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Snacks Time : Wrapping Up 2022

Snacks Sanchez
Snacks is a seven-pound silkie Yorkshire terrier with the attitude of a 100-pound pit bull . Formerly known as Mia , she is a recovering rescue dog who found her new and loving home in 2013 when she was unexpectedly dropped off at her new mom ’ s place of work . Her new dad — a seasoned empty nester , was not a fan initially . A six-year battle of wills ensued , which Snacks eventually won . In the process both Snacks and Dad gained a clear understanding of who the real Alfa in the pack was — Mom .
ABOVE : Inspecting my favorite couch at Grandma Silly ' s after Thanksgiving dinner . # foodcoma
Whoof ! 2023 is here ! I am still trying to figure out how that happened . If I recap 2022 , it was a challenging year for me . My mom is still trying to figure out my skin issues . She tried everything she could think of including suggestions from friends and family . I have been shaved bald in more areas , more often , than I ever wanted to be . I have had coconut oil slathered all over . Mom has even snuck coconut into my food . She ’ s trying to make me eat it ! Whenever I am greased up with coconut oil , I drag myself all over the carpet , the bed , and anywhere else I can rub it off . Coconut makes me smell bad . It makes me a greaseball . I also know that when the coconut comes out , a bath is shortly coming — another thing I hate . I wish she could figure this out and leave me alone .
In June , we went on a road trip to Colorado . I saw the snow , and it rained like crazy . Mom put me in my jammies and down jacket , and it still was not enough to keep me from being cold . Mom and dad went to a wedding for my awesome cousin Tammy and her new hubby — and my new cousin — Daniel . They are huge dog lovers and have filled their home with rescue dogs that have special needs . Daniel even made a special room for one of the dogs where he spends oneon-one time with him . Of course , when they first saw me , they fell in love . I mean , it was a given . Tammy spoiled me all week , and Daniel let me drive his Jeep one day to run errands .
We took a road trip to Sacramento to have Thanksgiving with my Grandma Silly ( dad ' s mom ). We went back for Christmas and spent a whole week there . I love being at my
ABOVE : Hanging out for the holidays at my favorite Grandma Silly ' s house . BELOW : Just another day working like at dog at the office .
grandma ’ s house . She and I hang out together . Grandma Silly likes it when I sit with her on her recliner , and she even lets me sit on her favorite side . Mom made Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for us . I got to run out in the backyard and bark at the new dogs next door . At Thanksgiving they were trying to dig under the fence until mom came out and yelled at them and blocked their efforts . I was ready . I could have taken them both . Mom panics and thinks I cannot take care of myself . But I did hear her talking to dad and Grandma Silly and saying that she named me Snacks for a reason . I don ' t get it .
Well , here ' s to 2023 . My hope for the new year is that mom gets this skin thing under control . I don ’ t know how much longer I can take smelling like a coconut greaseball . I also hope mom and dad start hiking again . In 2021 we walked everyday and hiked every weekend . Some days I was dog tired but overall , we were much more fit and much healthier . Dad even started eating better back then . I hear mom and dad rumbling about getting in shape , walking , and hiking in the new year . But mom ’ s been after dad all year , and dad has found creative ways to get out of it . To be honest , I do prefer sleeping most of the day , except for the occasional walk outside to check my p-mail . And dad does love his five-cheese pizza with creamy pesto sauce . I guess both dad and I are going to need a paradigm shift this year .
Happy 2023 ! Stay furry my friends ,
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