Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –
Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –
Today is National Pretzel Day – what a way to celebrate pretzels of all shapes and sizes. How do you like your pretzels? Straight, twisted, hard, soft, thick or thin? Then think of all the different flavors you can get – cinnamon, raisin, salted, sesame, chocolate, jalapeno, bacon wrapped, stuffed with peanut butter, sour dough – served with mustard or cheese? AND let’s not forget about pretzel wrapped hot dogs – mmm. Do you eat them straight out of the bag or do you prepare your own and bake them in the oven?
Pretzels are believed to be the world’s oldest snack and date back as far as 610 AD in Southern France. Monks baked thin strips of dough into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. Add a little salt, and Voila! …the pretzel industry was born.
Pretzels also symbolize good fortune, bringing prosperity and spiritual wholeness with every bite. Wedding couples fell into the practice of breaking a pretzel, much like one might break a wishbone on Thanksgiving. The person with the larger piece was assured domestic happiness. The pretzel, over time, came to symbolize the “tying of the marriage knot.”
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Dear Bacon – I have the perfect plan my friend. Oh barks – it’s the best! Here’s the plan. I plan on going door to door in my neighborhood. When humans come to the door, I plan on telling them that I’m and Inspector with C.M. across the country. You know C.M. = Canine Meals. And that I’m there to sample their canine meals for originality and taste. Dude, I think I have a chance. What do you think? Signed Inspector Husky
Dear Inspector Husky – Oh dude! I think you do have a plan there. I can see it now – canines from all over the world will be catching on in their neighborhoods all in the honor of YOU. Might I suggest you get a badge made up as well. You know humans these days won’t let you inside unless your official. Be safe and keep us posted.
Dear Bacon – There we were me and my human going for a walk here in the Spring – rolls doggy eyes. Yeah Mother Nature has a twisted sense of humor. Snow in Spring. Yeah okay. Back to my story. We were walking and all of a sudden this snow came drifting off of the roof. I moved but guess who didn’t? Barks! Where’s Lassie when you need her to let peeps know my human fell and can’t get up? You know I did what I could. I stuck my head in the snow to make sure they were breathing. They were. Signed Lassie in Training
Dear Lassie in Training – Well priorities my friend. At least you made sure that your human could breathe. We all know that their hearing and reflexes aren’t like ours. This is just proof in the pudding – snorts. You did dig him up, right? I hope he’s not still there.
Dear Bacon – Well there goes my political career. I was going to run for President however this picture has now been circulated by the other candidates. I knew they were afraid of my charisma and they knew I would beat them. Darn it. I missed being President by just a cat’s whisker. Signed Nip Ready
Dear Nip Ready – You know my friend this doesn’t mean the end. As long as you didn’t inhale, you may have a chance. Really – check it out in the past history. I think you still need to run. Heck, even with the nip history you still have a better running campaign than some. Honestly.
REMEMBER my friends. Dear Bacon can’t happen without YOU. Please continue to send me your letters and pictures to my email address. ♥
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