Happy Thanksgiving and ThanksLiving to All!

I couldn’t let the day pass without taking the time to proclaim gratitude for all I am blessed with in my life. In addition to good health I’m most thankful for my two and four-legged family members and my amazing circle of friends. Both those I’ve had in my life for years, and those I’ve made recently through the animal-loving community.

I’m heartened to find such a large group of people who, despite our differences – religious, cultural, political etc – are able to unite over our common love of animals. Though we haven’t met in the flesh, we understand each other in ways people in our daily lives may not.

I love this turkey, but not in an “get in my belly” kind of way


Together we do small things that make a big impact to a single animal or person be it coordinating animal transportation, raising funds via ChipIns or being there for emotional support through a single Facebook post.

I’ve written in the past about my journey from carnivore to pescatarian (I eat fish but no meat or poultry) and on-going flirtation with vegan. Last month I attended my first ThanksLiving at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Faux turkey, yummy kale, stuffing with corn and pumpkin soup – the desserts were also amazing!

It’s a vegan version of a traditional Thanksgiving meal where turkeys are served dinner rather than being it.  I attended it with seven other animal-lovers – only one of them vegan – four of whom I met through the online animal community (including Kim Clune of This One Wild Thing,  Lola The Rescue Cat’s Mom and local NYC animal advocate Lisa Alexander).

We felt super special having a VIP table!

So I thought I’d share a few photos from that wonderful sunny crisp day where I played with the goats, hugged a turkey (yes that was after a few glasses of wine) and had a lovely day with friends both old and new bonded by our love for our 4-legged friends.

Happy ThanksGIVING and ThanksLIVING to you and your family (be they 2 or 4-legged!)!  Love, Tamar, Kip, Petie, Haddie (and just for now Gracie too)

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Of COURSE they had kitties there!

The turkeys enjoying their feast. Their feathers are super soft!

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25 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving and ThanksLiving to All!

  1. What else is  turkey thankful for? Good looks?

  2. Janiss says:

    That sounds like an awesome feast! BTW, you were so missed at the CWA Conference!

  3. Ingrid King says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Tamar! That looked like a lovely place to be. We missed you at the conference!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Looks like a wonderful place.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Incredibly cool place…the food looks so yummy….and the turkeys look pretty darn happy! (did you give them some of your wine?)

  6. meowmeowmans says:

    Wow, what a neat place!  Happy Thanksgiving, Tamar!

  7. what a fun time and I love your dedication! ((((hugs)))))

  8. I love the photo of you hugging the turkey! And the meatless meal looks delicious. My husband and I have not eaten meat in about 15 years. Like you, we changed the way we eat because we love animals. 
    Usually I make a meatless version of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but this year I am thankful to be preparing to sell my art work in the Columbus Circle Holiday Market which opens next week. My apartment has become a crazy working studio so we had a simple dinner of pasta. 

    If you are in the Columbus Circle area between Nov 30 and Dec 24th, please stop by my booth! I’d love to meet you.

    Deborah Julian

  9. Anonymous says:

    How cool that you got to do that! Sounds like it was a wonderful day. I have also been flirting with vegan…about 99% of the time I eat that way and my body feels sooooo much better. That pic of you with the turkey is extra-cute 🙂 Love ya, my dear!!

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Thanks Angie! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I too feel great when I eat vegan! I need to make more of an effort to do it more consistently! Haven’t had meat in years but dairy I’m not as good about…I don’t buy eggs, milk or cheese but I do eat it out….
      Can’t wait to hear about your book! 

  10. Petrichoric says:

    I’m very much like you, in that I’m now pescatarian. I was vegan for around three years, but eventually stopped because I was a little bored with my food choices. I know that it is very possible to have a wonderfully rich and exciting vegan diet, but I feel that you have to be a good, creative cook to make that possible, and sadly that’s not the case for me. (petrichoric.wordpress.com)

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Yeh, it’s not easy. It takes lots of planning ahead! I feel like places like WHOLEFOODS have made it easier. Even as a vegetarian it’s always a struggle to get enough protein. I have to be really conscious of eating beans etc!
      Thanks for visting and posting 🙂

  11. Dawn says:

    I had a great time that day and can’t wait to go back again!

  12. Vicki Cook says:

    Yay Tamar – Happy ThanksLiving to you! Hope you have a wonderful holiday. 

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