With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us are taking stock of all we have to be thankful for. For pet owners, the human-animal bond is something for which we can all be thankful for regardless of our circumstances.
Regardless of why we have pets in our life, the simple act of their being there brings a certain peace to many pet owners. The unconditional love and companionship pets give us is precious to both people and pets alike.
Pets bring us joy. Despite their sometimes-bad habits, the crazy antics of our pets are hard to resist and usually leave us smiling, if not laughing out loud.
Pets are always happy to welcome us home and give us something to come home to.
Pets motivate us to get some fresh air and exercise. Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk or trying to coax your cat off the roof, pets help us get outside and get moving.
Pets remind us when it’s time to stop working, more often than not by laying on our keyboards, or pouncing on our paperwork.
Pets love us unconditionally, even when we might not love ourselves that much.
Pets force us to get up in the morning, whether we want to or not.
Pets help to protect our homes. Even the smallest dog can deter a stranger, as can many cats and birds.
Pets give us a chance to meet new people. It’s hard to take your dog for a walk without stopping to chat with someone who wants to say “hi.” This is doubly true if you’re taking your cat, ferret, or bird on an outing.
Pets often know when we need a little extra love, and give it without hesitation or having to be asked.
Pets give us a little extra warmth on a cold winter’s night. Why turn up the heat when you can curl up with your pet?
Whatever your reasons for being thankful for your pet this Thanksgiving, we hope that you will take the time to let them know.
A long after-dinner walk will go far in letting your pet know just how much you appreciate all the good they bring to your life.
McMillan Veterinary Clinic wishes you and yours a safe & Happy Thanksgiving.