Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I know in this picture, you can hardly see the man with his two dogs.  He and sometimes his wife, walk them in our area every day and has done so since before I moved in here eight years ago.  His two dogs are exactly alike and we asked him where he got them. One he got from a breeder, but the other one comes with a story.

When he and his wife purchased the first dog, they bought her brother along with her.  After having the two dogs for a few years, the brother dog got sick and passed away.  They thought of buying another one but the breeder didn't have any and they didn't know anyone else that bred toy poodles in the area. The female poodle they have, doesn't bark.  She can if she wants to, there is nothing wrong with her, but she doesn't bark. 

On Christmas Eve years ago the man and his wife were woken up by a dog barking.  Of course they woke up and immediately went to their dog who was awake but not barking.  The man got out of bed to find out where this barking was coming from.  He opened the front door and there was this poodle dog standing in front of his door.  The dog was cold, covered with snow, so he let it in.  Poor dog was so cold and covered with mud, they gave it a warm bath, fed it and kept it in separate room from their other dog.  They couldn't get over how this new dog and their dog looked so much alike. 

The two dogs tried to see each other.  Next morning the owners called the vet and left a message on her answering machine to make an appointment the day after Christmas, but the vet got the call on Christmas morning.  She said her family wasn't coming until the afternoon and if they wanted to bring the dog in, she would see it on Christmas Day.  So off they went to the vet. 

The dog got a doggie physical and was in great condition.  She gave it all it's shots so the two dogs could be together.  The new owners named the dog Christmas because they found him on Christmas Eve, but everyone calls him Chris for short.

The two dogs after looking each other over became fast friends.  Day after Christmas, the owners put an add in the paper and asked around the area to see if they could find the previous owner.  They had people call that said they would buy the dog or take the dog, but no one claimed  it as their dog.  Of course the people had no plans on selling or giving it away to anyone but it's owner.  No one claimed the dog, so he has become a member of their household.  That was over eight years ago.  The owner laughed and said he wished the dog could talk and tell of his life before they got him.  They believe he is a special dog because he came on Christmas Eve.


1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup
Less than a can of milk
2 cans of drained tuna (could also use ham, turkey, or chicken)
package of noodles

Mix mushroom soup, cheese soup, milk and tuna.  Cook, drain and rinse noodles.  Combine all ingredients, put in casserole dish, bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.  (This is an excellent way to use left-over meat in place of tuna).



Countryside Reflections said...

What a wonderful Christmas story. It was like God sent them the dog, and what makes it more incredible is that the breed was a poodle. What are the chances that a stray dog would be the breed that someone is looking for.

I love these simple quick recipes. I'm sure I'll have a lot of ham left over from our Christmas dinner, so this recipe will come in handy.

Stay warm. The temperature is suppose to be in the single digits tonight.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,
Seeing Chris (Christmas) found his new home on Christmas Eve, I thought it would be a great day to put the story on here. They couldn't believe another white toy poodle would come to their door and the two dogs would get along so well.

Glad you like the recipe. That is one of Jean's favorites.

You stay warm, too. I heard that about the temperature. Also looks like we will have a white Christmas.


Vickie said...

What a great, great story Marilyn. Madeleine and I loved it!
We are currently at -1º here. brrrr
It is a very, very white Christmas here. God bless you!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
Glad you and Madeleine loved the story. We are in the 20's today, so we are not as bad as you are today. It is suppose to cold tomorrow. I think we are going to have a white Christmas, too.

Merry Christmas,

New York State Of Mind said...

I was wondering if you folks would pray for a friend of mine. She went into a local hospital yesterday, was transferred to another and transferred again to a hospital in Buffalo. As of yet, I don't know what is wrong with her, but it might be a stroke. She is my boss at nutrition where I volunteer. It is also hard on her family especially this time. I would really appreciate it.


denimflyz said...

Wishing you a most Joyous and Blessed Christmas to you. I have enjoyed your posts and post from everyone who has shared their lives with us.
Thank you so much for helping get through a very difficult year.
Warm Regards from Nebraska

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello denimflyz,
I wish the most Joyous and Blessed Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for coming to New York State of Mind. I hope 2014 is a better year for you.

Merry Christmas,