Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –
Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world
April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day. Isn’t this fantastic!! Elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys oh my. These are small little sweet cookies shaped like zoo animals. They were first brought to the United States during the 1800’s. The demand for these wonderful little cookies skyrocketed and demand was over the roof!
Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries came together under the National Biscuit Company or “Nabisco Brands”. In 1902, the famous Barnum’s Animals circus theme box came out. Bacon’s mom says that she remembers her parents bringing her these little boxes as a treat.
Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in the Barnum’s Animal Crackers? Today, more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world.
I think Bacon does his share in the intake! They are one of his biggest treats that his mom has to get him in the economy size! I can’t tell you how many of these huge buckets that he has gone through in his day. In fact, this one is what the Easter bunny brought him and it’s almost gone. Time to reload.
So on this National Animal Cracker Day – enjoy a box OR TWO of these sweet delectable bits. Just remember though, if you are going to eat in front of the pig, you have to share!
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My master thinks he is so smart – bark bark. He put things on the couch in order to make sure “I” wouldn’t get on the couch. He forgot one thing though. There is always the back of the couch – HA! I’m not sure who was more surprised when he found me there – his face was priceless! Signed One Smart K9
Dear One Smart K9,
That is too funny. You are really smart. I don’t know why the humans just don’t cater to us. They know we are going to figure out the ways – You go pooch!
Does this look pitiful enough on my face? This is my plead for, “Can you spare a cup of nuts my friend?” It seems to work at times. What do you think? Signed Nut Collector
Dear Nut Collector,
AAWW that look is precious. I know if you came to my door, my mom would let you have a cup of nuts… possible a safe dry place as well. Bashful my pet rock gets that look sometimes when he wants things. There’s just no way you can say no.
A lot of people are scared of me and I can’t understand why. Don’t I have a likeable face? I even try to smile more to make myself more personable. Signed Smiling Liz
Dear Smiling Liz,
Your beautiful my friend. It’s their loss if they can’t see that inner and outer beauty. Keep smiling and doing your thing my friend!
Do you ever spend time in front of the mirror after you brush your teeth checking yourself out? I just can’t help it. This is my time when I practice my smile and winking my eyes. Signed Vanity the Cat
Dear Vanity the Cat,
You know I do spend some time in front of the mirror. I think we all need to at times. I like to personally watch how I move my tail up and down and sideways. You know cats move their tails with such elegance and I try to practice that to impress the purr things here. Carry on!
Trouble in 3, 2 and 1. The master caught us playing on the bed and thought it was hilarious. You see, I’m not the one that initiates the trouble in this household – it’s the cat. Always has been. Do your cats cause this much trouble at the Hotel Thompson? Signed Innocent Pooch
Dear Innocent Pooch,
Well, yes they do. They are definitely the little instigators here at the Hotel Thompson. They like to wiggle those long tails right in front of me to get my attention and then whine if I pull it. And that Hemi with his extra digits, he likes to run by me and slap my little pig hiney. Oh yeah, I can definitely relate to the trouble makers – snort.
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