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Carrollton United Methodist Church's annual Homecoming was this past Sunday. As always it is a perfect time to take extra time to fellowship with friends over a meal. Before church started I was on the periphery of a conversation that had to do with dogs or should I say our canine companions. As it turned out this week it hit home with me and other members of our family.
Most everyone who reads the Conservative is familiar with Carrollton's town dogs---Bolt, Pup Dog, Will and Sugar and J.W.'s dog that people, lovingly I hope, refer to as Devil Dog because of an unfortunate alignment of his teeth. They must have watches because at 8am they congregate at the Town Hall so Linda can dole out the treats. I have had the pleasure of meeting most of these furry friends. I say friends because they meet and greet each other on the Courthouse lawn and proceed across the intersection. I hope that everyone watches out for them so that they will be around as long as possible. Small towns are something special. You get used to things and expect them to be there.
I took a friend to Greenwood Monday afternoon and as usual let our two little dogs out for a run before I left. Peanut came back in but Pygee as usual left with Reecie for their daily walks between the three houses. I left her out fully expecting to see her sitting on the back porch when I got back home. No Pygee then or Monday night or Tuesday. I can only surmise that she and Reecie happened on coyotes or stray dogs. We hear the coyotes howling at night and have gotten pictures of them on the game camera. One of the risks that you take when you live where we do. We all love our companion animals. They are members of the family and it is always hard to say goodbye.
I guess that the round of area festivals is pretty much over now. Halloween is next Friday but that is pretty low key around here. Maybe things will slow down and everyone will have time to catch their breath before the next round of holidays. Thanksgiving being my favorite. Most people get an extra two days from work. Those who can get to stuff themselves silly and watch football games. Most people don't even let the day end without dragging out the Christmas decorations and heading out the door to get a jump on shopping.
With all that is going on in the world these days I hope that we can all find the time to stop and be thankful that we live where we do and share our blessings with others in whatever way possible. Small towns are special. Let's hope they stay that way.