The Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time with the ones we love and appreciating what we have. For many of us, this appreciation extends to our four-legged family members. Whether you have just welcomed a new puppy into your home or spent the last several years with your furry companion at your side, our best friends give us a big reason to be thankful. As you reflect on what your dog means to you this holiday, we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons we are especially thankful for our dogs.
They Are Always There for Us at Home
If we’re working from home or coming home after a full day of work, our dogs are always there for us. They stay by our side in long meetings and are ready to make our co-workers smile by popping up expectantly. And when we leave the house, nothing makes a pet parent’s day better than coming home to the love of a dog. Our dogs greet us like we’ve been gone for five years, even if it’s been only five minutes. Whether you’ve had a long day at work or heading home from a quick errand, nothing beats the love of your pooch waiting to meet you there happily at the door.
They Keep Us Healthy and Active
Our best friends are always there to get us up and moving or enjoy many fun activities together! Not only are there many health benefits that come with an active lifestyle of parenting a dog, walking your dog for just a half an hour a day can also relieve stress or reduce your risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Our favorite furballs are good for supporting our healthy mind and bodies!
They Provide Protection
With little more than a quick, loud bark, our dogs can warn us or frighten away strangers from the door. Sleeping at night becomes just a little easier when you know your best friend is alert and always protecting you each hour of the day. Big dog or small, it’s comforting to have your own personal watchdog!
They Ask So Little of Us
When is the last time your dog complained about anything you did? Even when we leave our dogs alone for hours, our four-legged friends are nothing but thrilled to see us when we get back. All our dogs need is shelter, food, water, and love – maybe an occasional ride in the car or bath, or maybe a little TLC each day. When you consider the ways our dogs make our lives whole, they really ask so little of us when they deserve so much more!
They Are Role Models for How to Live
Our furry friends teach us a great deal about being better people. Dogs shower us with unwavering love, remain loyal through thick and thin, and long to be helpful at every opportunity. We can learn a lot about being good to one another just by observing dogs.
They Chase Away Our Blues
If anything can make us feel better after a difficult day, it’s coming home to your dog just waiting to bombard you with doggie kisses and cuddles. In fact, studies have even shown that people who have pets are less lonely or less likely to become depressed or anxious. No matter what kind of day you have, it’s certainly a comfort to have your furry friend there by your side to make everything a whole lot better.
They Accept Us Just the Way We Are
Dogs never question or judge the people we are. Dogs don’t ask us to check our attitude or change our behavior. Our dogs love us exactly as we are, and for that, we couldn’t love them more.
They Make Us Laugh
Having a dog is like having an in-house comedian – they can make us laugh at the drop of a hat! Playing a game with your furball is always sure to bring on many laughs and many smiles.
They Provide Companionship
Our furry pals are always there by our side, on good days or bad. Whether we need a jogging buddy, a snuggle buddy, or a buddy to make us laugh, we can count on our dogs to be there when we need them.
They Keep Our Lives Interesting
Good times or hard times, one thing is for sure – life with a dog is always an entertaining one! Whether you’re watching your best bud zoom around the room with outbursts of energy, teaching them new tricks or taking a vacation together, our dogs are sure to bring plenty of smiles to each adventure.
Give Thanks to Your Furry Friends Each Day of the Year
No matter the season or holiday, our four-legged family members give us a lot to be thankful for! To give back to your dogs each day of the year, join our Best Friends Club to receive our exclusive email newsletter full of informative articles, training tips, and members-only discounts on Bil-Jac Dog Food, Treats, and other products.