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Thanksgiving Thoughts From A Canine

By BJChips(5,633) BJChips

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Hello fellow bloggers and readers.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here in the US of A and most humans will be gathering around their table for the annual feast. Last year at this time I posted about the human feast and how we canines tend to feel about the humans we love stuffing themselves with food and passing out in front of the television set during the football game. That was last year this year I'm doing something different.

This year I'm posting a list  of 10 things I'm thankful for. Now, before I start my list I would like to tell you humans out there a bit about how dogs view being thankful.

Funny thing about we canines is that our brains aren't clutter up with a lot of biases, pre- conceptions and stereotypes like you humans. A dog judges other dogs on his scent and his pack order. Plain and simple.

Old pack members are given respect because they are old, and through age have acquired wisdom and skills that the youngsters only hope to learn. They have done their duty to the pack and are protected to live out their lives in peace.  Strong pack members are respected for just that, strength. Every pack needs protection from enemies and the strong take care of the weak, the old, and the young. So a dog judges another dog not on his breed or how big his dog house is but on what he brings, or has brought to the pack.

It's a concept that quite frankly you humans could learn from. You should take care of your elderly and respect the wisdom they bring to your life. Care for those who are weaker or needier because they need to be cared for, and honor the strong ones who protect the rest.

Canines don't judge people by human standards either. A dog will love a begger on the street as much as a millionaire in a mansion, just because he is a good human. We don't make distinctions on the color of skin, or how tall, short, fat, skinny, young, old or whatever other things you humans use as your measuring stick. A dog loves because he can. And, a dog is thankful for what he has, because he has no expectations of more.
For us, it's pretty simple, we don't judge our friends by what they have but by who they are. We are never disappointed when we don't get the best because we never have expectations about things. We never look at what the other dog has because we're too busy enjoying what we have of our own and, we never pretend to be more then we really are, so we are never confused about our place in life, and never stressed about keeping up appearances.
So, with that basic stuff out of the way here's my list:
1- I'm thankful for family. For a good family who not only care about each other but have enough love in their hearts to care about me, and others too.
2- I'm thankful for a place of shelter, because I know there are others who have none, and have never known a warm, clean, dry spot for a good nap.
3- I'm thankful for a good place to sleep, and for the fact that I can sleep without worrying about being in danger.I can close my eyes knowing I'm not on the dinner menu of a larger species. I'm thankful for belly rubs, and butt scratches and for snuggling in the human bed on a cold night.
4- I'm thankful for puppy noses. There is nothing in this entire world that can equal a puppy's nose. It's not only small and wet but it is always seeking a spot it hasn't sniffed before. A puppy's nose is his curiosity button and it's how he learns and explores his world... it's a inch square miracle at the end of his face!
5- I'm thankful for my sister. Candy has taught me more this past year then anyone, and its all because she had nothing in her life until she came to live with us. She was born to a weak, sick mother who was forced to have pups way to early in life. She lost that mother when she was only three weeks old. Some human stepped on her and broke her jaw, probably before her eyes were even open. She was 9 months old before she saw grass, or the sky or smelt dirt, or rolled on her back on the ground. She was hungry everyday of her life until she was rescued and brought to the shelter. She would have been forced to have a litter of her own in just a few months if she hadn't been saved by those kind humans at the rescue place. She told me she would most likely be dead by now, and she's only two years old!

She suffered more in those nine months then I ever will and yet she hasn't a  bitter hair on her body. She loves our humans probably more then I am capable of, and she lives every moment, every single second  with an intensity I cannot even begin to equal.  We almost lost her a couple of months ago to cancer, the humans told me she might die. It was at that moment I realized how important she was to me, and that I had never really told her so.

The nights she was away from home, in her kennel at the animal hospital must have been hard on her, she never had a good day in a cage .. until then, where she got well, and strong again and overcame one more obstacle. I overcame an obstical at the same time, I'll never hold back on telling the ones around me how important they are to me and how much they mean in my life.
6- I'm thankful for my old friend Bear Dog. Bear is 13 this year and he walks a lot slower then he did when I first met him. He's three times my size but he treats me like a brother and lets me pretend that I too, am a hunting dog. He tells me stories about duck hunting, and  I close my eyes because when I do I'm there in the blind, diving into the icy water, crashing through the reeds with the other Labradors. I'm tracking down the biggest duck you ever saw, and bounding back with it in my mouth. .. Then I open my eyes and I'm fifteen pounds again, on my back, on the ground, in his yard, and that old yellow lab is smiling. I know that one day soon the back gate won't open for me because Bear Dog will have gone on to the Rainbow bridge, but I will hold my tail up high and howl at the moon the night he passes because I know he'll be there at the bridge waiting,and that's what we hunting dogs do.
7- I'm thankful for kids. Not puppies but human kids. Not only are they a constant source of special food crumbs, they are a constant source of amazement. Human kids develop so slowly compared to canine pups and I enjoy watching our little human grow up. Heck, if he were a pup he'd be out on his own long since passed, instead he hasn't even started his education yet! Humans, you got to love em, even when they are only three foot tall.
8- I'm thankful for critters. Yes CRITTERS! Without critters what would the back yard be good for? There are so many critters in our world. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, deer, skunks, the occasional rabbit and even a possum. These critters wander through our yard on a daily, or nightly basis and oh what wonderful scents they leave. So I'm thankful for all the critters that turn my suburban back yard into a wild and wonderful jungle.
9- Puppies, namely my puppies. If you think that seeing a human baby is a special treat for the parents you can't imagine the thrill of seeing a litter of your pups for the first time. I waited ten days after my 7 pups arrived before I was allowed to visit them and oh, fellow reader the wonder of it! Their they were, curled up along their mothers side, making tiny sounds and smelling like nothing else could possibly smell. And, when you're close, and they nuzzle their way around your legs and over your paws your heart can hardly stay within your chest for all the excitement.
And finally, I'm thankful for all of you, my readers. Hey, I know you're all busy and I'm a dog, so I'm sure you've got better things to do then read my ramblings. Yet you do! And you have read them for over a year now. So, as Thanksgiving 2007 comes around I'll leave you with this final thoughts.
"Walk through your life with zest for each moment because no one knows how many moments we have. Love and care for your pack. Laugh often, roll on your back in the grass and smell mother earth. Respect your elders and learn from them, they have a lifetime of valuable experiences to share. Look for the good in everyone, judge less, give more and don't forget to say thanks along the way.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone


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