Giving thanks for people from a dog’s perspective
For those of us who are passionate dog lovers, we thought you might like to know why our dogs are thankful for our love and attention, on this Thanksgiving Day. These observations come from experience with our Doggie-Diva Boutique family of beloved dogs.
A dog gives thanks for people:
1. Couples with no children need training
We love it when young couples who are newlyweds adopt us. They are not sure if they are ready for children, so we can teach them the basics about how to care for a creature that cannot talk! We will even indulge them by letting them put clothes on us, talk to us in a silly voice and act as if we are their “baby.”
2. They like to go on a moment’s notice
Our people love to take us with them, so we are always ready when they say, “Let’s go!” It does not matter whether it is a short walk around the block, or a hike in the country, we love to hang out with our humans outdoors.
3. It doesn’t take much to make them happy
All we have to do is wag our tails and we get a smile. We enjoy staring into their eyes to make them feel loved, so when they notice, and speak to us, all we have to do is a “sit pretty” and a wag.
4. They ask for empathy and unconditional love
Humans feel happy and sad along with a bunch of other emotions. We know it is our job to lay our head in their laps, lick them on the hand and sit quietly beside them whenever they need understanding. They are good about returning the same kindness.
5. We help fill the empty nest
Often we are adopted when the children grow up and leave their parents. We adore giving parents who live alone a reason to laugh, to provide 24/7 care and something to talk about. Other “empty nesters” will dog sit for their children who are our masters, calling us their “granddog.”
6. They can be talked into exercise, no matter how they feel
Our folks will get up from their easy chair or nap for a walk. If we insist, they will even walk farther than they planned. They will take us on errands, visits with friends or simply to sit on a park bench. We appreciate that they enjoy our company and we certainly love their companionship.
7. They are patient with our training
Sometimes we take a little time to understand what they want, but they keep trying to communicate with us until we “get it.” That is why we love it when our humans take the time to teach new habits and tricks. Of course, chew treats and toys encourage learning, along with head pats and praise.
8. They provide comfort when we are down
When we are sick, our parents pay attention by taking us to our doctor immediately to find out what is wrong. If we are bored, we can get a treat, take a ride and play ball with our two-legged companions and soon forget our blues.
9. Keep us social
Because we are “pack” animals, we love to have our families around us. They think it is clever when we herd everyone together for a gathering. They also don’t mind if we want to stop and sniff other dogs and their owners when we take a walk.
10. They make our world better
The best part about our masters is that they train us to fit into their lives. That means we love them even more because we become partners that support each other in this world.
We like to reward our owners every chance we get, so we greet them enthusiastically when they return home; we wag and lick to let them know they are appreciated; and we stay by their side through good times and bad so they will never have to feel abandoned.