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First, I have to say that I laughed out loud when I learned that our Governor's dogs are named 'Kevin' and 'Doug'. Are those fantastic dog names or what?

In the video below, Governor Gretchen Whitmer took a minute to wish Michiganders a happy Thanksgiving and, as you've probably already guessed, issued a reminder about staying safe and keeping others safe from coronavirus.

The governor also proclaimed this Thursday, November 26 as 'Thanksgiving Day' in Michigan -- which we find a little redundant, but whatever.

Whitmer expressed her gratitude for Michigan's frontline workers, including those who are working in hospitals, childcare centers, and hospitals. She also gave thanks for her family here at home and across the country, but the only family members she called out by name are her pooches. Hmmm.

On a serious note, the governor noted the importance of staying safe and keeping our families safe over the holidays.

"As the weather gets colder and as cases continue to skyrocket, we must do everything we can to protect these heroes on the front lines,” said Whitmer. “If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving with people from outside of your own household, I urge you to reconsider.'

Whitmer went on to say that instead of hosting Thanksgiving dinner like she normally does, her family will connect others over Zoom. She asked Michiganders to think about the ones they love and to consider what could happen if visiting family members were to contract coronavirus.

"As hard as it will be not to see them in person this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if their chairs are empty next year."

Watch the governor's greeting in the video below.