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Merry Christmas 2012 from CassidyLand!

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May you find joy in all you do,

May you feel the love that surrounds you,

May you know peace in the chaos,

May you treasure those you hold dear.

Cass & I doing what we love, teaching the magic of a horse.

Cass & I find our joy teaching the magic.

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Can anyone guess why this young man’s so happy?

Jonah sees what Cass has for breakfast.

He’s getting to meet Cass and Becca after reading about them the past 4 years on this very blog! He and his brother, Bryce, were in town visiting their Grand-Parents who happen to be Pookie clients. I’m always happy to show the girls off. They’re always happy to have visitors – especially kids.

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Jonah asked all sorts of good questions. I told the stories of when Cass left Canada with Becca in her belly. And the story of Becca being born. They were amazed how much bigger Becca is than her momma. Cass was comfortable around the boys. She speaks to me in our silent language and I knew she’d be fine to let Jonah do some grooming.

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Becca was napping in her stall while her Momma was getting prettied. Looks like Cass was falling asleep herself! After we got them groomed I put the family in a safe spot near the corner of the barn. I had the girls run so could really hear what thundering hooves sound like. They were thrilled! Bryce took video of the race, Cass was in the lead the majority of the time. It was a beautiful day and the girls enjoyed running as much as we did watching them.

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We enjoyed spending time with their Kentucky fans and hope they visit again! When they were leaving, the girls actually left their tub of hay to come say goodbye. They don’t even do that for me! I believe they’ve made some good friends. That’s what Christmas is all about.

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The girls and I have big plans for the coming year… This is our new-to-us-antique-saddle! We really, really like it. Been trying to trace it’s origins but keep hitting dead ends. I would love to know it’s stories.

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There’s a cushy saddle pad to go with it. Only took Cass a few moments to realize it wasn’t going to eat her.

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Becca, as per her usual way of doing things, didn’t flinch when I tossed it up on her back. She just kept right on eating.

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Cass and I have to figure out if this saddle fits her properly. I am not schooled in the ways of saddles at all so need some expert advice. Also have to figure out if it’s going to be too heavy for us. It weighs 37 lbs. We will get it cleaned up, have someone who knows something look at it and decide what steps are next. You just may see us out on the road soon!

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Newtown, Connecticut. Never heard of it before the tragedy unfolded live on TV this past Friday. The town must have been idyllic. Families were drawn there by its beauty, by its safety, by its loving school. The world is heartbroken by this senseless act of evil. The pain those families are experiencing is unimaginable. I don’t know how anyone can get through this. I’m questioning my faith; how does God allow such things to happen to innocent children? My Mom’s answer was, “God doesn’t allow these things, he gets us through them.”

In memory of these heroes and angels – Sandy Hook Elementary School 12.14.12

– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05
Rachel Davino, 7/17/83
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06
Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65
Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05
Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06
James Mattioli , 3/22/06
Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60
Emilie Parker, 5/12/06
Jack Pinto, 5/06/06
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06
Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06
Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06
Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982
Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06
Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06

Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in wooded area beside road near Sandy Hook Elementary School for victims of school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

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There’s a little tiny dude making big waves on the interwebs. His name is Spike Strip Taylor, have you heard of him? He’s quite a celebrity on Facebook. I’ve been a fan of his for some time and look forward to his daily Spike-isms. Here’s today’s example: I told mum I got ants in my pants, and to either take me on an adventure – or go buy me a can of Raid. Spike

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Spike is a mighty 4 pound Papillon who sports a mohawk. He’s wise. He’s enchanting. He’s loved by nearly 17,ooo of his pack members on Facebook. It’s amazing how attached I feel to a family I’ve never met. That is the power of social media. We become involved, investing our hearts and if Spike has anything to say about it, we will all keep doing good deeds way past his time. Spike is sick and has been since he was rescued. I intimately know the battle he’s fighting, as 2 of ours were taken by congestive heart failure. I know the heartbreak to come for his Mum & Dad. His pack will be there, heartbroken right along with them.

I have driven by this place thousands of times over the years. Never gave much thought to it other than noticing it. Since finding Spike’s Place I can’t drive by without smiling because I think of him. It’s a shame it’s gone out of business. I really wish I would’ve just stopped and gone in one time.

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It’s for sale if anyone’s interested.

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Spike’s Mum (as he calls her) is writing a book about Spike & his brother, Scrappy. I’m thrilled about this! I’ve been secretly hoping she had something like this in the works. She’s been able to capture the essence of this dog through her phrasing and quips. It’s simply adorable while still being able to get some very serious points across. I see great things in their future.

Not too long ago we had a scare from our fearless and furry leader. Spike collapsed while out at a do-gooding event. Candles were lit all over the internet. Prayers were said. Healing energy from all parts of the world was sent to Spike. I bought a Papillon fridge magnet on impulse with all intentions of mailing it to his Mum. I’ve had it hanging on my own fridge, selfishly reveling in smiles each time I see it because I think of Spike.

Spike, The Baconator, Head of the Bacon Clan has a simple philosophy – While I’m here we’re celebrating my life everyday with smiles, awareness, and good deeds, my legacy. We promote & support “adopt, don’t shop,” and speak out against Breed Specific Legislation & bullying. We encourage our Pack to help others, show compassion to our elders and each other. Thank you for joining us on our journey!

Go check out this special, special pup. He has his own charity, Operation Pet Pals, pawing it forward by giving stuffed animals to those in hospitals and nursing homes. He’s got funny videos, lots of famous friends, tons of photos and a great outlook on life. He’s got perspective. He’s got a fan for life. HECK YEAH!!!! 🙂

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