I believe that Max is a very thankful dog. While I don’t know all that goes on in his head, it is not hard to tell he is grateful when he comes running up with tail wagging or when he flashes his loving, puppy dog eyes.
He is definitely thankful for food and walks and attention. And he is thankful for us finally getting out of bed in the morning after he has been whining for an hour.
I think he is thankful that I only dress him up in costume a couple of times a year.
And in the spirit of the week, I’d like to share a few of the reasons I am thankful for Max.
I am thankful that Max stopped knocking over the trash can and eating out of it this year.
I am thankful that Max reminds me of how much I need to rake leaves by rolling around in them and then dragging them in all over the house.
I am thankful that Max is remarkably chill. I am reminded of this fact every time we are around other more hyperactive dogs. Max hardly ever barks and never scratches at doors. I am thankful that even though he doesn’t really obey commands to stay or come, he does remember how to act reasonably civilized.
I am thankful that he at least waits an hour before destroying a new toy.
I am thankful that Max loves people and that he is always eager to meet a new friend.
I am thankful for his “fierce” protection.
I am thankful that Max enjoys evening walks, even when I don’t let him sniff every little thing.
I am thankful for all the laughs he gives us.
I am thankful that he provides me so much material to think and write about.
I am thankful that on my really busy days, he reminds me to slow down and appreciate the moment.
I am thankful that Max is authentically himself, and that he embraces me just as I am.
And, of course, I am thankful for his cute face.
Max has taught me much about being thankful for the nice, good, fun things in life, but he has also taught me to try to enter all the other parts of life with a spirit of thankfulness.
So, Max, we are thankful for you. Thanks for being you and for being a part of our lives.