The Gift of Dog This Thanksgiving

I am especially grateful for the gifts given me by all the animals I’ve encountered in my life— especially my dogs. Some gifts made me laugh, some made me cry, and some made me hold my nose and grimace in disgust; but I am thankful for them all. I would like to share some with you today.

Thank you for the slobber spot hidden on my side of the bed. It reminds me to always look before jumping into bed naked!

Thank you for the slobber spot on the side of my face when I cry. It reminds me that there is joy outside my tears.

Thank you for the warm spot hidden on my side of the bed instead of slobber. It reminds me that life holds good surprises when we least expect them.

Thank you for that annoying bark when I am trying to work. It reminds me that sometimes you need to take a break and roll in the grass.

Thank you for that annoying bark when I am trying to sleep. It reminds me of those things worth protecting.

Thank you for your still presence beside me when I’m sad. It reminds me of the life that exists outside my world of woe.

Thank you for your eyes with their expectant gaze. They are the true mirror of my humanity.

Thank you for the stain on the carpet, undiscovered for days. It reminds me that some problems are best solved with a little elbow grease.

Thank you for the fur on my clothes, never completely removed. It reminds me that sometimes you just have to accept what is.

Thank you for your lesson in death. You remind me that the grief of a life well lived in the sun, is only its brevity.

Thank you for puppy breath at 3AM. It reminds me that there is joy in sacrifice.

Thank you for that cold, slobbered on tennis ball in the face. It reminds me that sometimes you have to laugh in spite of your own indignity.

Thank you for your presence at parties. It gives me someone else to blame my gas on.

We would love to hear the reasons why you are thankful for your dogs on this Thanksgiving. Please, leave your comments and share them with us.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kevin, Jackie, Gavin, Annie, Tosha, Elbee