Four-Legged Gratitude

As I sit on my blanket and think about my life this year, I realize I have much to be thankful for. Where should I begin? Well first, since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I am glad I am a dog and not a turkey! In all seriousness, there will always be more blessings than I have paws, and I find new reasons to give thanks each day. Here are a few things I am particularly thankful for.



There’s nothing like getting in touch with your primal instincts, am I right? Chasing squirrels in the park is an urge nearly impossible to resist. I’ve never caught one, and I am not sure what I would do if I did, but tracking the scent of those little critters is top-notch playtime.



Road trip? Heck yeah! Being in the car is one of life’s happy experiences; it’s almost as fun as rolling in stinky garbage. Zipping around town, taking in the sights and sounds of the city, and going crazy over the smells makes me feel as if I am part of a pack on a hunting expedition in the wild.



New toys are great, but my tried-and-true squeaky squirrel is my favorite, regardless of how battered and frayed it is. I don’t think I’m alone here, either; I’m willing to bet most dogs have one toy that holds a special place in their hearts, and the attachment almost always leads back to a special moment spent with their best friend: their human.



For me, every meal is a little celebration. I am grateful for crumbs dropped on the floor, treats made with love and healthy dog food that doesn’t taste like cardboard.



Nothing shows love quite like greeting my mom at the end of a long day. I get a wiggle in my walk the minute she steps through the door. It’s the best moment of my life! When she rubs my belly and scratches that spot on my back I can’t reach, I know I’m in the best place on earth. When I invade her lap, steal her blankets, and nuzzle my face next to hers, she knows I feel safe and comfortable.



The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing. Family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs, who accept you for who you are, who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter how often you bark at the mailman. It turns out, dogs rely on humans more than each other for affection, protection and everything in between.


As you celebrate this holiday season, remember that your pet has many reasons to be thankful for you. What they are not able to express in words, they will show you through love and actions.