9 Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Our Dogs

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Let’s Have a Toast to Our Best Friends

By Erik Ryken

9 reasons why we're thankful for our dogs

Thanksgiving comes at a time of year when our dogs’ noses are swimming in stimuli. Autumn leaves outside and slow roasts indoors paint a vivid picture of this special time in their minds. Our joy in watching their tails pick up in pace calls for a toast to the warm and fuzzy feelings they bring us.

1. They Remind Us to Appreciate Food

Photo: Sandy Brach0-Hyland

While they aren’t the slowest eaters, we can count on dogs to show us that food is a precious thing that nourishes our bodies. Even though they can be just as picky as people, dogs know that when it’s time to eat it’s also time to focus, absorbing themselves in the delight of each bite. Now, we definitely think that Mercy is ready for some tacos!

2. They Make Us Laugh


With a combination of their unique personalities that separate them from humankind, dogs have a keen ability to inspire our giggles, along with outright, joy-inducing, bursts of laughter. And we all know, that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

3. They Help Us Meet People

Sometimes our companions bring us out of our shells. In the colder seasons it’s helpful to have someone eagerly tugging us out the door. Plus, we can attend, amazing dog-friendly events and socialize with the best type of people — dog people!

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