With the Thanksgiving holidays just around the corner, many families are beginning to spend time counting their blessings. While it goes without saying that most people express gratitude for their family, friends, and jobs, others are careful to give thanks for their best canine pal as well. Dogs play a vital role in our lives, bringing with their wagging tails and drooly grins their own unique brand of joy and laughter. Our dogs offer us unconditional love on our very worst days. They listen to our problems without judgment and can elicit a smile from even the most stubborn of lips when everything in our day has gone wrong. When it comes to sharing your life with a dog, there are lots of things to be thankful for.
The Top Eight Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Dog
Whether you’re on the cusp of a holiday or simply just reflecting on the many ways Fido enriches your life, there are lots of reasons why you might feel thankful for your dog.
Here is our list of the top eight reasons to be thankful for canine companionship in your life
- Dogs are expert cuddlers.
There is something very comforting about resting next to someone you love. Whether you’re taking a nap on the couch, curled up to watch an episode of your favorite show, or simply out for a car ride, having your dog snuggled tightly against your side is one of life’s purest joys.
Dogs are expert snugglers, always content to be where you are, and in their eyes, the closer together you are; the happier they feel about it.
- Dogs always greet you with enthusiasm.
No matter what your day has been like or what kind of mood you are in when you walk through the door of your home, there is one thing you can always count on like clockwork. Your dog will be over the moon happy to see you.
Since your dog has no true concept of time; whether you’ve come back from running a five-minute errand at the corner store or have been at work all day, your pooch greets you with the same jubilant enthusiasm. His over the top exuberance will bring a smile to your face even if you have just experienced the worst possible day.
- Dogs improve your health.
Dogs improve your health in more ways than one. Since all dogs require regular exercise, owning a dog means you are going to be moving your body more often than you might if you didn’t own one. Getting out in the fresh air improves mood and going for a stroll is also excellent for your cardiovascular system. Taking Fido for daily exercise can also contribute to the achievement and maintenance of a healthy weight.
- Dogs are always good for a laugh.
Your dog derives great pleasure from bringing you joy. Whether that comes from Fido getting up to his regular mischief or deliberate ploys to make you smile, your dog knows how to make you laugh like no other.
It takes very little to entertain a dog, and watching your beloved pooch having fun is often a great way to lighten a heavy heart. Whether your dog is barking at a reflection of himself, chasing his tail, or trying to sink his teeth into your wife’s best pair of Manolos, it’s bound to make you giggle, and of course, as the doctor says; laughter is the very best medicine.
- Dogs are great at cheering you up when you feel blue.
Dogs are very intuitive and can easily sense any change in your mood. If you are having a down day, your dog will stay by your side to help provide comfort for you. This close proximity often acts as a balm to a hurting soul, causing you to feel less sad and alone.
- Dogs place no demands on you.
Other than being fed, walked, and loved, your dog has no expectations of you. When you come home at the end of the day, your dog is not concerned about how much money is in your bank account, who your friends are, or what kind of car you drive. Your dog simply wants to love and be loved by you.
- Dogs are man’s best, and closest, friends.
Every man needs someone they can rely on. If you’ve got a dog in your life, you have a loyal friend that will stand by you no matter what is going on in the world around you. Though every person needs human companionship as well, your dog touches a part of your heart that no human being can.
Fido is always a willing listener when you need someone to talk to. After hearing out your complaints; even if you’re wrong, your cherished pooch will always take your side.
Whether you are enjoying a financial windfall or money is very tight, your dog will remain a constant in your life for he loves you for who you are, not what you can offer him. In good times and in bad; whether happy or sad, your pooch will remain your devoted pal.
- Dogs love unconditionally.
Human relationships change over time. Since many people form friendships based on give and take, some relationships deteriorate when one party no longer has anything to offer. But your dog loves you because you are you.
Though you may have much to offer your dog, your relationship transcends the act of giving and receiving. Your dog loves you whether you are in a good mood or a bad one. Whether you have won the lottery or lost your life savings, your faithful dog remains a constant by your side. Whether you live in a chateau or a humble shack, it is irrelevant to your best canine pal.
Dogs remain a constant in a world that is fraught with uncertainty. Your pooch’s devotion can be counted on from the day he first enters your home until the day he moves from this life to the next…and THAT is something to be very thankful for.
Have you counted your blessings when it comes to sharing your life with your best canine pal? Consider the ways Fido enriches your life and be sure to thank your fave pooch today!