|Julia's cat, Annabelle|
These wise and gentle souls have taught me so many important life lessons, and they’ve made me a better person because of it. In addition to being remarkable teachers, my cats are best friends, roommates, healers, trusted companions, stress busters, good listeners and great secret keepers.
My cats are not my children and I am not their “mother,” but they do provide an outlet for that nurturing instinct we all have. It fulfills me to take care of them, and makes me feel good to meet their every need. Regardless of how much money I might have on any given day, my pets make me feel like the richest person on earth. Their love is a priceless treasure never to be taken for granted. I make a point to give thanks each and every day for these beautiful beings, my angels with fur, my beloved cats. They have my heart…and I would not have it any other way.
|Langley's pets, Frosty and Jet|
I’m thankful that my precious, shy pup writhes in delight every time I say something to her. She can be across the room, (she’s never far away), minding her own business and I’ll look up from my computer, meet her eyes, and say “hey girl, hey pretty girl.” When I do, she starts her happy squirm. If I keep talking to her, she gets up so she can get more of her body in motion, and wiggle her way over to me. When she gets to where I am, she either forms a crescent with her body and leans against me or bends her head so she can plant her forehead against my legs. When I talk she wants contact. Our contact feels like she’s trying to give me a hug. It’s hard to explain but, in that moment, our love for one another is palpable.
I’m thankful that my cool, macho-acting cat is a complete family man. He’s got a fake swagger that cracks me up, but he’s a lover through and through. When I’m in the house, he’s always in the room with me, usually on or near me. When I’m outside, he’s right where I am. He knows my car and when I drive up, he runs to greet me, like a dog. I love that he loves me as much as I love him, and that he’s quick to demonstrate his love.
|Tamara's dogs, Dusty and Cody|
Their open and individual personalities encircle our home in silliness and love. Something in which I’m grateful to be a part of every day. It keeps things lively.
It’s not just that I appreciate that my dogs are lovey or funny, but that they dare to be this way no matter what’s going on around them. Because, to them, nothing can be so bad that there isn’t time to play or snuggle in for a hug. Nothing is so horrible that it can’t be made better, taken back or forgiven. It can all be smoothed over with a little laughter and a lot of love.
I can’t think of a better outlook to have in life, than to live it full of exuberance. It’s a perspective I’ve grown to cherish. Almost of much as I do our furry companions.
|Linda's dog, Riley|
We have no guarantees in life, and it's up to us to make the best of what we have, regardless of how great or small it may be. My pets have taught me the beauty of sitting quietly and taking in everything around me. To listen and see with my heart all of the beautiful life we share our lands with, and never take anything for granted, especially those you love. Life isn't about taking, it's about sharing, and enjoying each day no matter what's been thrown our way.
I'm thankful for my pets because they helped me understand the importance of seeing the little things, and to look at the world with genuine curiosity and wonderment. To keep moving forward, one day at a time, and don't sweat the small stuff. If you get knocked down, get back up and keep going. My pets accept me for who I am, regardless of my faults, and give me their unconditional love. Over the years, my dogs and cats taught me how to respect all life. I'll always be thankful for the wisdom my pets have shared with me.
Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans for this long holiday weekend?