The Never-Ending Political Campaign Comes to the Upper Valley

Politicking is going strong these days in the Granite and Green Mountain States. The candidates are furiously competing for serious street cred. Their names are at once familiar, comforting, or unsettling: Norman, Charlie, Trump, Hillary, Daisy. Friends and neighbors are talking about the candidates using words that may seem reckless in these tricky times: "adorable," "beautiful," and "handsome." Some campaign managers are even throwing some verbal elbows, calling another's candidate "cute, but I like [mine] better." 

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Together, the contestants are asking us to look deep into their eyes and see the best of ourselves in our candidates. The candidates are, of course, animals, competing in the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond Pet Contest. Pigs, donkeys, roosters, cats, and canines galore. They aspire to supremacy and glory, and they are, without a doubt, in it to win it. Their owners have made a charitable donation to help two organizations, the Upper Valley Haven and the Upper Valley Humane Society. Citizens are turning their schedules upside down in an effort to vote early and often, with each vote helping to aid these two not for profits in the region.

So, brace yourselves for the lobbying, the requests to vote, the shameless self-promotion of owners and their pets. Remember: it's all for a good cause or two. 

And to think that you thought compassion, empathy, and kindness were reserved to humans at this time of year...

Tomorrow, we'll be discussing a unique way to find a cubic yard of compost, a ride in a fire truck, wool mittens, or a sushi platter...all in the same place. 

19-3=16 to go!

Daily Reminders:

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all 19 Days donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $125,000. Make sure to label your donation as "19 Days" in order to get the matching funds.

For the 19 Days Pet Contest, click here.

For the 19 Days Auction, click here.

To make a donation directly to the Haven, click here.

For background on the 19 Days, click here.

N.B. We are using Dan & Whit's as the umbrella posting organization, but the stories will come from all over the area. For a list of participating businesses and organizations, click here


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