A Dog's View On: Giving Thanks For Our Pets
A biweekly column highlighting the perks of being a pet owner.
"Dog Bath Wipes—those wipes you can use in-between baths to keep your dog smelling nice."
Bridget O'Donnell didn't hesitate when I asked her what she was most thankful for when it came to her pet. Bridget is owner to Jamison, a chocolate lab mix, who is one of many dogs that can be found prancing around at Pretzel Park in Manayunk.
"I'm actually pretty thankful for this park, too—it can be hard to find a safe place to let Jamison off the leash in the city," she added.
Bridget and Jamison come from Mayfair in the Northeast to reap the benefits of Pretzel Park.
A few days ago, a Facebook friend of mine posted a status update that got me thinking:
"Dear Facebook Friends, a close friend of mine, Alice, lost everything to arson Friday, including her dog. She is OK, thank God. In light of the holiday season, what she wants most is to cremate her dog, who's first birthday was Tuesday. However any household items, clothes, etc. could help her get back on her feet. Please let me know. Every little bit counts. Thank you to those who have already responded! God Bless"
As if losing her house wasn't enough, Alice now has to go through the loss of her dog, as well. I've only my dog, Chase Mutley, a few months, and I already can't remember what my life was like without him.
The post on Facebook made me think that I should praise Chase more, and be less concerned when he does the "bad" stuff. I think we should try to see the "bad" things in a more positive light, and be thankful that our pets are happy to be with us, and realize how lucky we are to have them. Sometimes it can be more obvious when a pet does something wrong—not only can you see the puddle of pee in the living room, but you can smell it, too. I think that it is easy to take the "good part" and benefits of being a pet owner for granted.
So in keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, here is a list of some things that pet-owners should remember to be thankful for:
- Doggie wipes—try them if you haven't!
- The feeling of having someone who is looking forward to you coming home... all the time.
- Snoring Boston terriers like Chase—they're adorable!
- Organizations and nonprofits that host events and contests to make pet-owning even more fun.
- Low-cost clinics that make giving the care your pet needs more feasible for some families that may not have been able to afford a private veterinarian.
- Kong toys—stick a treat or some peanut butter in there and your dog is set for hours!
- When your dog enjoys laying around and watching TV as much as you do
- Pet friendly neighbors
- No matter how tired your dog is, they are never too tired to wag their tail and get excited to see you!
So what are you thankful for? Next time your dog nibbles on your shoes, breathe in deep, and remember: your shoes are replaceable, but your dog is one of a kind.