A thought fun to ponder this Thanksgiving, who is spoiled the most: You or your pet? Your knee jerk answer might be your pet, but I believe with all my heart that we are the spoiled or lucky ones! Our pets come into our lives in one way or another, adapt and blend with our families and then we end up loving them more than we ever could have imagined. They are there for us 24/7 if we desire and at our beck and call. They don’t argue with us (well, not much), don’t complain, hold grudges or judge us. They longingly wait until we get home and then lavish us with affection instead of holding it against us that we were gone all day. Who else do you know is that easy to get along with?
Our pets are completely at our mercy. They cannot tell us what they are hungry for, only to eat what they are given. Many of them don’t get as many walks as they would like, but they patiently wait until they see the leash picked up for the next outing and delight in getting to go with us once again. They seem to pretty much go with the flow.
I believe that animals have a very important purpose on this earth and role in our lives. They can distract us from the daily grind and they help relieve the anxieties of life. It is said that our blood pressure and respirations lower upon interacting with them. They comfort the elderly and the ill and are a friend and lifeline to the grieving and lonely. They teach children how to be kind and caring to something other than themselves. They can create a smile easily which is certain to be a good thing. It is also said they can even extend our years of life with their faithful love. They forgive us in a heartbeat if we are late on feedings, accidentally step on a paw or have to leave them all day when we go to work. They ask for very little in return.
So as you and your family gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, don’t forget to say “thank you” for your family pet. He or she is there for you through thick and thin. They come into our lives, wiggle themselves into our hearts, create many wonderful memories and teach us pretty deep lessons along the way. Yes, I believe we are far more spoiled than them. Give your pet an extra hug on Thanksgiving — for that matter, how about every single day?!
Terri is the owner of Spoiled to the Bone Dog Grooming in Surf City. Some of her hobbies include studying the holistic approach to grooming with emphasis in skin and coat, music and exercise on the beach with her beloved BFF, rescued Poodle, Tiki.