Orlando, FL, Miami, FL & Washington, D.C. November 26, 2013—The office of mystery novelist Digger Cartwright has released two Thanksgiving thanks messages. Mr. Cartwright has created twelve Thanksgiving thanks from the rescued shelter animal in conjunction with his own list of thanks this Thanksgiving in hopes of bringing greater awareness to the needs of shelter pets and the shelters that care for them this holiday season.
Mr. Cartwright made the following comments at a business luncheon today in Orlando:
“This Thanksgiving we should all take a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year. None of us may have all that we want, and some of us may have problems or afflictions or be down on our luck. To those who feel lost and left behind and to those who feel there’s little hope in this world, I would offer that life is full of challenges and while seemingly unfair at times we have the blessing of life and liberty here in America. With that comes opportunity and a hope that millions throughout the world do not have. Let us be thankful for what we do have and not be envious of what we do not have. This Thanksgiving let us reach out to friends and family and those in need with a welcoming and helping hand and with compassion and love.
Let us be thankful for our friends and family and for their love, support, and encouragement. Let us be thankful for being born free in America, which despite our problems remains the greatest nation on the face of this earth. Let us be thankful for the veterans, living and dead, who served and sacrificed for our freedoms so that we might enjoy the blessings God bestowed upon our nation. Let us be thankful for those men and women in uniform today who make sacrifices to ensure our nation remains free and our people safe. Let us be thankful for the opportunity to receive a good education. Let us be thankful for our upbringings in good homes with good families. Let us be thankful for good health and keep those ailing in our thoughts and prayers. Let us be thankful for our own prosperities and successes, for each of us have achieved something in our own right and no man can take away our own accomplishments. And let us be thankful for the blessing of a hearty meal, which so many lack not just on Thanksgiving Day but many days throughout the year.
As I sat down last night and wrote out my own list of thanks for Thanksgiving this year, my cats hopped up on my desk and watched me. As they sat there, I thought about what they might be thankful for. They are rescues, and they represent to me the many shelter pets who will be without a forever home this Thanksgiving. And so I decided to write down what I thought the rescued animal might be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I think the rescued pets are thankful that they got rescued, for there are many still who are homeless and in need of assistance. They’re thankful for the human who adopted them. They’re thankful for the love they get from their humans. They’re thankful for the safety and security of their home. They’re thankful for their daily food, for many homeless animals go hungry each day. They’re thankful for a warm, soft bed, for many homeless animals are cold and alone today. They’re thankful for their playtime and their toys. They’re thankful for the love and affection from their human, for many homeless animals yearn for a forever home and the tender caring of a human. They’re thankful for the shelter that cared from them until they were adopted and that will care for them until they’re adopted. They’re thankful for the forever home that they were lucky enough to find. And they’re thankful for the stranger who found them alone and in need and who rescued them and either gave them a home or took them to a no-kill shelter.
Some would say this is stupid or corny, but I hope that it raises awareness of the needs of the many homeless animals living in shelters throughout the country and for the many homeless animals yet to be rescued. Equally important, I hope that it can help raise awareness of the needs of animal shelters throughout the nation and inspire us to contribute in whatever way we can either financially or by volunteering or giving a shelter pet a forever home. And I hope that we can bring a caring and compassion to our society and local governments and organizations and end the practice of euthanizing homeless pets in shelters simply because they don’t have a home or haven’t been adopted. I’m thankful that many others are joining in supporting no-kill shelters and helping to convert many other shelters to no-kill status. But there is much work to do in this regard. I’m thankful for the progress being made, but let’s work together until every shelter pet has a good, safe, loving forever home.
To my loyal fans, I thank you for your support and your encouragement. I hope you all have a healthy, hearty, and blessed Thanksgiving, and while you’re sitting around the dinner table, take time to share you thanks with each other. God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!”
About Mr. Cartwright— Digger Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s, The House of Dark Shadows, a psychological thriller, and The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, a mystery set in the Old West. His latest book, Conversations on the Bench, is an inspirational/motivational novel. His books are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book format through his website, www.DiggerCartwright.com, on-line booksellers and bookstores.
Mr. Cartwright has contributed to a number of articles on a wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials focusing on current economic and political topics for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe.
Mr. Cartwright is an enthusiastic supporter of local no-kill animal shelters, the Wounded Warrior Project, and local Meals on Wheels programs.
He enjoys golf, participating in charity golf tournaments, and attending WWE events. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.
Executive Assistant to Mr. Cartwright
I am so proud to call Mr. Cartwright son. All of his thoughts and writings reflect the kind of man that he is. On Thanksgiving Day and every day of every year I am thankful that he is my son.