It's traditional in the U.S. to pause and give thanks in November.

We've had a rough couple months here, marked by pain and loss, but through it all, we're thankful for you, our customers, and particularly thankful for the way you have supported – are continuing to support – Scarlett's House, our plan to open a sanctuary for elderly dachshunds. Most recently, we want to thank you for supporting Hay & Hallowieners, our October 27 party and fundraiser.

Now, if you're not familiar with either Scarlett's House or Hay & Hallowieners, please take a minute to click this link and read about both in an October 18 article in a local newspaper. We'll wait for you to get back.

The event was a success, and it put us that much closer to our goal. If you were there, we thank you. If you weren't, we hope to see you next year. And to give you an idea of what you missed and an inducement not to miss it again, here are some photos posted to Facebook by Chuck Kellerman.