As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us are thinking about what we’re most thankful for in life. The list could include family, friends, jobs or even the basics like having a food and shelter. If there’s a dog or cat in your life, you’re likely thankful for the love and joy they bring to your home.
Have you ever thought of what your pet is thankful for? Tom Baker, author of the new book, “One Dog’s Faith,” tells us what his dog Mango might be thinking.
Why I’m Thankful for My Humans
It's no surprise that humans are my best friends. Hi, I’m Mango, an 8 year-old Springer Spaniel mix. I am a lovingly adopted dog and live with my family in Knoxville, TN. I was adopted when I was about 8 months old after spending many months inside a local shelter. Having been picked and brought home with a loving family I know how incredibly blessed I am.
So what might I be thankful for? Since we are in the Thanksgiving season, I’m glad I’m a dog and not a turkey right now. There are more blessings than I have toenails but I can at least tell you a few of them.
Dogs, as you might expect, are programmed by our maker to love all the time and unconditionally. I was made that way and can’t seem to turn down the level of love I give to others. When I receive love from my human makes me wag my tail to the point of making me walk funny. I’m thankful when my humans come home and meet me at the front door, grab my face and pull me close enough to plant a sloppy lick on their face, scratch behind my ears and rub the top of my back where I can never reach. I know that there is no better place on this earth than right here. Many times through the week, they let me ride with them in the car to take kids to school or go for a trip to the store. I don’t quite understand the times when they don’t take me, but I’ll accept it and be very thankful for the times when they do. It's one of the best parts of the day.
Many humans would believe that I am most thankful for my food, but that’s simply not the case. I love and am passionate about my eating times. You’ve probably noticed that dogs turn eating into an event each and every meal. Food is high on the list, but my favorite blessing is the job of caring for my humans when they are upset, sick or simply sad. Lying down next to a struggling or ailing human is one of the highest honors a dog can have. I take that privilege very seriously and can always tell when something is wrong. I can feel their sickness and I can feel their sadness and their pain. I will even miss an opportunity to eat when I am needed for a sick call.
Bottom line is, I am called to serve my family, and that is the true blessing that I have the highest and utmost thanks for. Now, how about dropping some of that turkey down here towards the floor!
As we celebrate this holiday season, remember that you give your pet many reasons to be thankful. While they may not be able to say it in words, they’ll show you in their love.