Hello my adoring public (paw waving)! I hope you are all ready for this wondrous holiday called Thanksgiving. I am new to the human world, but I have been told by my animal friends that Thanksgiving involves lots of food. As I mentioned in my Halloween blog - lots of human food isn’t good for us four-legged folk, but that doesn’t mean a few extra treats shouldn’t be on your holiday menu. Humans - please take note.
Thanksgiving isn’t all about food - although that surprised me at first as my nose smells all sorts of delicious treats in my home. Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for all the wonderfulness in the world. I have a lot to be grateful for!
First and foremost, I am hugely grateful for my humans who care for me and love me almost as much as I love them.
I am grateful I have a job where I can make a difference for all my fellow furry friends. Many of my friends at the Washington Humane Society have a rough time during the holidays because they don’t have a warm house and cozy bed to share with their family, but I am grateful for the WHS Team who works very hard to get all the animals in homes as fantastic as mine.
I am grateful to all the wonderful volunteers and donors who help us every day save and rescue more animals.
I am humbly grateful for the overwhelming support to save the life of my dear friend Roxie, who had a hard start on life like I did. All you fabulous humans - come by my office and I will dispense sloppy side kisses of gratitude and joyful tail wagging.
Not that I often find myself in deep thought (I’m mostly a “live in the moment” type of gal) but the last few days I have been watching my Twitter feed with a sad heart and have seen #JeSuisDiesel. The hashtag means “I am Diesel” and has been used to honor Diesel, a working dog who was recently killed protecting the lives of French citizens. So I got thinking how grateful I am to be a dog because we do so much to help the world.
Service dogs help people with disabilities live fully engaged lives. Therapy dogs help comfort people who are suffering or lonely. Working dogs partner with law enforcement and military officers to keep our country, and service men and women safe. Companion dogs provide unconditional love, and did you know - cuddling with a dog increases levels of oxytocin making humans feel better.
I cannot think of anything a human couldn’t do better without a dog by his or her side!
I am just saying that with all the bad stuff and heartache in the world today, I am grateful I can provide puppy hugs and sloppy side kisses to all the people and animals who make the world a better place.