Although we were missing out on the Thanksgiving fun that some of my doggy friends were enjoying in America this week, yesterday there was a frisson of excitement (or maybe that was just the cold?) when the first Christmas card of the year dropped through our letterbox.
It was this beautiful scene, below, of Serena galloping over snowy ground on a card sent by John and Judith at my old temporary home - the Retired Greyhound Trust's Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary.
They also told us about a couple of events coming up in December - an annual Christmas gift fayre on December 4 and 5 at the sanctuary (which is just outside Newark in Nottinghamshire) and the annual Boxing Day walk!
They are also encouraging people to give a Christmas gift with a difference and sponsor one of their long term resident greyhounds who for various reasons have not found a forever home with a family but will stay at Crossing Cottage for as long as they need to.
Sponsoring a greyhound costs £24 a year, or £2 a month. You can also sponsor a kennel for £60 a year or £5 a month, Visit the website to find our more. It sounds a great idea to me. I'm so thankful I found a forever home at the third attempt and I'd love it if people could gift a greyhound sponsorship for some of my old friends.