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As 2014 winds down, it’s fun to reflect on the year that was. The horse racing world looked to have the second coming of Big Red as the California bred California Chrome threatened to break the Triple Crown drought, but fell just short in the Belmont. Will 2015 be the year a Triple Crown champion emerges? And how about the cat that chased the dog away from the little boy? Then there was the dog that had over 40 socks removed from his innards, a parrot that returned home after four years, speaking Spanish. The National Dog Show was front and center on Thanksgiving, and the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France brought more medals back to Aubrey, TX thanks to Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and the US Reining Team.

And in a story we continue to follow, the New York City carriage drivers are still able to work, and the mayor’s initiative to ban the carriages and reassign the drivers to electric cars, and the opposition in the city and state governments are beginning to voice their disapproval. In Venezuela, on the other hand, the government has created a shortage of necessities, even milk, which led to the closing of the Coromoto ice cream store which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for its 863 flavors. Thankfully, we in the USA bring 2014 to a close as a democracy still, where we can enjoy our animals, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…and ice cream. Happy New Year!