This Thanksgiving, as you share family traditions —and the typical things you’re thankful for—pause for just a moment to consider the furry friend next to you. Think about what he or she brings to your life every day. It won’t be long until you can produce a whole cornucopia of reasons you’re thankful for your dog. But to get you started, we’ve come up with a list of our own top ten reasons to be thankful for dogs. Without delay, here they are.
10. Dogs accept us, just the way we are.
No questions. No judgments. They don’t ask us to check our attitudes or change our behavior. They love us as we are!
9. They chase away the blues.
If anything can make us feel better after a bad day, it’s coming home to your dog just waiting to bombard us with doggie kisses and cuddles. Studies have even shown that people who have pets are less lonely and less likely to become depressed or anxious.
8. They help protect us—from bad guys and bad health.
With little more than a quick, loud bark, dogs can frighten strangers away from the door. And walking your dog for just a half an hour a day can relieve stress and reduce your risk for developing cardiovascular disease. There’s also evidence that dogs have an effect on humans that is both calming and energizing. In short, they’re good for the mind, body and soul!
7. They’re like having our own in-house comedians.
Dogs can make us giggle like little kids at the drop of a hat. They’re just naturally funny! And playing a game with them is always sure to bring on a few laughs.
6. They never complain.
When the last time is your dog criticized how you folded the laundry? Or pointed out how long you were gone yesterday? In fact, dogs don’t complain about ANYTHING we do. Even when we leave them alone for hours, they are never anything but thrilled to see us when we come back.
5. They ask so little of us.
All they need is shelter, food, water and love. A ride in the car once in a while. The occasional bath. And a little TLC each day. That’s all. And when you consider everything our dogs give us, they would be well within their rights to demand a whole lot more.
4. They greet us like we’ve been gone for five years, even if it’s only been five minutes.
Dogs don’t have the same sense of time that we humans do. They can’t tell how long we’ve been gone. They only know that they have missed us fiercely!
3. They’re always up for cuddling.
If it’s been a rough week, you can always count on your dog to be there with a hug and a kiss— or two or three if you like.
2. They’re role models for how to enjoy life.
Dogs tend to live in the moment. No worries about tomorrow or regrets over yesterday. All that matters is what’s happening here and now. We should all aspire to these key principles of doggie “zen” living.
1. They teach us how to be better human beings.
Just by being their little doggy selves, our furry friends teach us a great deal about being better people. They shower us with unwavering love. They remain loyal through thick and thin. They long to be helpful at every opportunity. And most of them are exceedingly patient with the young, whether puppies or children. In fact, we can learn a lot about being good to one another just by observing dogs.
See how quickly we got to 10 reason to be thankful? What about your dog are you most thankful for? Please share your thoughts with us and share your photos on social media by tagging #BilJacDogs.