Are you thankful for your dog? Mom, my sisters and I have been pondering this question the past few days. In the last two weeks several of our furry, friends (canine and feline) have passed away, both online friends, and in person friends. Some were older, some not very old, and for some it very unexpected. It got us all to think about our lives. Being a dog, I focused on dog/human life together.
Life is busy these days for everyone, and there is no sign of it slowing down. If you have a dog, are you paying enough attention to her? Do you set aside time to spend with your dog every day? When you bring your puppy home, it feels like you will have all the time in the world together, but who knows how much time you will really have. For us doggies, our humans are our lives. We spend out entire life obeying, following, and usually waiting for our humans. It is up to you to be there for us in return.
Not all dogs are snugglers, but in my family we are really big on snuggling. Mom always makes time for cuddles, snuggles, and huggles with us. Even when she is busy working, mowing the lawn, whatever she is doing, if we approach her looking for some loving, she will give it to us.
Plan activities you can do together with your dog. My sisters and I love to explore the great outdoors with Mom. Discovering new places and trails is so much more fun with a dog, according to my mom. Be thankful for your dog, because she will go with you any time, any place – no excuses like humans often have!
When you hit the road with your best furry friend, leave the phone and earbuds at home. Dogs, like humans, suffer from all the technology these days. Spend your walk or run focusing on your dog, and the area around you. If you must bring your phone, leave it in your pocket unless you need to take a photo. Your dog may not really know what a phone is, but they do know when you are on the phone, they are not getting all of your attention. Dogs want to interact with you.
Are you frustrated with the trouble and misbehavior your pup is causing at home? My mom gave up being angry about all that. She has accepted some dogs just enjoy exploding pillows, or digging holes in the yard. Tell your dog, “no”, but let it go. One day you will look back and laugh when your dog is old, and not able to get into the mischief she is into today. Pillows, shoes, grass, are all able to be replaced, but you will never be able to replace your dog.
Remember why you have a dog in the first place. You wanted a companion, so be a companion for your dog too. Enjoy the time you have together be it many years, or just a few. Create memories together, and most of all be thankful for your dog who is always there for you no matter what. Dogs don’t care about winning, losing, or perfection. All your dog really wants is to spend time with you.
We are joining Brian’s Home Blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!