As the holidays approach us, we are gearing up to open our homes and ovens to friends and family. We are busy decorating, finding recipes, tidying up our homes, and gathering gifts for loved ones. Often times, we are running around so busily that we unintentionally forget our pets’ needs. We take them out for the walks, bathroom breaks, and their meals. But this holiday season, while we are giving thanks to for all the blessings we have, I want to give a special thanks to all our furry companions.
For all the times you:
· Greet us enthusiastically and exuberantly after a long day at work or just a 2.5-minute trip to the mailbox.
· Wait patiently for us to play with you as we finish up the last section of a research paper.
· Try to get into a trashcan and inadvertently cause your parent to drop their phone in the toilet trying to save you from the heap of grossness.
· Show your amazing ninja abilities by stealing broccoli off the dinner table or socks without anyone noticing.
· Listen patiently and attentively at our worse singing, rants, and raves.
· Always know what we need in life: mischief, gentle kisses, or quiet time.
· Find the cutest places to sleep…a purse, dad’s sock, the laundry basket, etc.
· Inspire us to be better human beings by your simple canine ways.
· Love us unconditionally every second of your precious lives.
This list is in no way complete or exhaustive. Only a year ago, we thought we would lose Charlie to an intense infection that caused him to lose balance, walk into walls, and tilt his head to the left for weeks. And recently, a few days ago, he was unable to stand or walk without wobbling around. Thanks to talented vets, the power of prayer, and a parent’s tearful pleading to get better, Charlie’s health has bounced back to 100% from each event.
This holiday season touches us more deeply as we give Charlie our thanks daily for continuing to be with us as we have witnessed the fragility of his big life in a little body. We try not to envision our lives without him, but we have tasted the despair, fear, and utter heartbreak of what life could be life without him. So in the middle of the hustle, bustle, coming, and goings of people and life, take a moment to tell your furry best friend how much you love and appreciate them. They may just lay curled up in a little ball and heave a sigh of relief once you stop talking. But, it can be guaranteed that they know they feel how much they mean to you.
For this holiday season 2012: this is our message to Charlie: Little guy, you make us better, happier, and wholesome people. Keep bouncing, keep healthy, and keep us wrapped around your little paw- it’s where we belong.
“No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich.” -Louis Sabin