Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land
Every creature was stirring hoping safe food was at hand.
The regulations were proposed by the FDA with care,
But will they truly make food safe for all the animals out there.

Big Pet Food was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of more profits danced in their heads.
And lobbyists in kerchiefs and trade groups in caps
Had just settled their brains for a long winters nap.

When out on the Internet there arose such a clatter
Everyone sprang to their computer to see what was the matter.
Away to Windows they flew like a flash,
Logged onto the truth and they soon were aghast.

The hope upon the eve of a brand new year
Gave those that hinder the truth something to fear.
When what to their doubt-us eyes should appear,
But truth and more truth come to light next year.

With determined pet food advocates and millions who care
They will know in a moment on Facebook we’ll share.
More rapid than greyhounds our truth will be told
And we’ll scream and we’ll shout – we’ll be ever so bold.

Now Listen – we mean it – stop hurting our pets,
On food! On Treats! Nothing from China we bet.
To the tiniest kibble to the largest dog bone
Make them safe or we’ll tell all wherever pets roam.

Our faith that before many recalls did fly
When we see worthless ads of pet food to buy.
We’ll no longer accept everything that you sell,
Our trust you must earn – then others we’ll tell.

And then at long last, FDA rules we await,
Rules that will protect all animals they state.
As we hope and we pray before long we might find
Rules and Regs that will give all animals safe food to dine.

We’re watching very closely every rule that they make,
We learn from insiders whats real and whats fake.
We’ll never be careless with our trust ever again,
We know where we are going – we know where we’ve been.

We’ll never lose hope, we’ll never give up
Our pets deserve to eat the best – every cat, every pup.
Now hear us exclaim, hear us shout with hopeful cheer,
Merry Christmas to all – may 2014 be a safe pet food year.

Thanks to all for your support in 2013,
Susan Thixton

December 24, 2013

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22 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

  1. D says:

    Bravo!! Bravo!! *stands & applauds*

    Love the poem!! Love knowing the truth!!

    Happy Hollydays To All & To All a Good Night!

    Thanks Susan for all of the endless work that you do. ♥

  2. Mary Huber says:

    Very clever, Susan! Sending you peace and love this beautiful season and much gratitude, too, for all you do for us! Mary, and Border Collies Raleigh Wood and Shep (who both learned to read so they can follow your excellent advice and tell Mom what is the best dog food to buy).

  3. Marsha says:

    Fantastic poem! Brought tears to my eyes. I will pass this om to all my pet friends. Thank you for all your hard work.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  4. CSollersa says:

    Thank you so much for the work that you do to raise the awareness of we the public.

  5. Debra Morgan says:

    Thank you for all the work you do to uncover the truth and provide us petsumers with the information to protect the beloved four legged members of our family.
    A Merry & Blessed Christmas to everyone!

  6. Valerie Noyes says:

    And you’re a poet too! Fabulous! Merry Christmas Susan. May all our pet food dreams come true.

  7. Jeri says:

    Merry Christmas to all and to their furbabies, too! Happy New Year and may it bring wonderful changes in the realm of pet food!

  8. vickie says:

    Wonderful poem–thank you so much for all your tireless work and dedication to help us pet parents make safe and healthy food choices for our furry loved ones!

  9. Ann says:

    Merry Christmas to Susan, Mollie and all our furry friends. And may none find China chicken/etc jerky treats in their stockings this year.
    Wishing all a healthy and prosperous New Year 2014 with much hard work yet to do.
    Ann, Dingo & Chewie

  10. Carol Wright says:

    Thanks Susan,
    From Bella (Border Collie/Cattle Dog),
    Scheherazade (Maine Coon) and
    Carol (their people Mama)

  11. Thank you over and over a million times for all you do for all of us who love our pets!

  12. Marge Mullen says:

    We need in a special way to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures; that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. And that the basis for peace is respecting all creatures.

    Merry Christmas!!

  13. Janine says:

    Love it!!!!!

  14. Linda Messina says:

    BRAVO! Thank you Susan and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  15. Bonnie N says:

    Great poem. Thanks for all that you do for our kids. I’m reading your Buyer Beware and it is eye-opening.

  16. TJF says:

    Susan, you are a woman of many talents ! Loved the poem !
    Many blessings to you and yours this holiday season….and thank you for all you do for the animals.

  17. Debi says:

    So good, so right!

  18. Barb Vroman says:

    Thanks, Susan, for fighting the good fight on behalf of ALL our pets. Nothing worth doing comes easy. We’ve got your back and stand with you.

  19. Lynne Holley says:

    Thanks for getting in the trenches and doing the tough work that you do Susan. My Lily in heaven doesn’t want any other dog or cat to die from the poisoning that she suffered from eating melamine in her Nutro Dog Food ever again.

  20. Linda Parks (mummylinda) says:

    this would be true in a perfect world !!!!
    we can only hope -one day.
    so little has been done since 2007 , it is all about profits, thank god for the one brand that only uses prime cut muscle meat !!no matter the profit–but then they first started the kibble in 1904, and stayed family to current day.
    thank you for caring and speaking for us .

  21. Linda says:

    Very cute….and a Ho Ho Ho to you from all the furry friends, thanking you for the tremendous work you do year-round for us.

  22. Linda Parks (mummylinda) says:

    OH Susan my tiny bit that I contribute is but a small thing, but I will challenge anyone who believe the TV ads that call the protein they use , quality,!!!! and the blue buffalo ads, have sucked in so many folks, –who do they think pays for the results?
    but the word for 2013 was REAL !!!! meat————did we feed fake last year ??? LOL!!!!

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