Today I’m Grateful for…

…dogs, who make our lives better.

As I was typing that, Stanley, jumped up on my chair just to make sure I was working.

This morning we had the usual nap after I exercised. I tried, I really did, to stay awake, but I gave up. This afternoon I was reading and he jumped up on my chair, got comfy and napped for an hour while I read.

I’m so grateful that Stanley came into my life. I read something recently that perfectly epitomized how I initially felt. The woman wrote that she needed a distraction to take her mind off how miserable her life was. You have to have a schedule with dogs. You have to feed them at a certain time, play with them, exercise them, and adjust to their needs. The act of having to tend to another creature pulls you out of yourself. Flash did that for me. So has Stanley.

The other day I turned off the ceiling fan in the bedroom. He barked at it for five minutes. When I started it up again a few hours later he barked at it some more. He doesn’t like mechanical things, as I’ve mentioned. The blender is a monster. So, too, the hand held blender. He hasn’t had a fit with the Keurig, though. Maybe it’s just the motor sounds of the other appliances.


The Kong cheese spray that I put into his Kong bone made a sputtering sound the other day. He ran from it like it was the devil himself. Now when I use it, he retreats into the dining room and growls.

Something else I read the other day resonated with me. Be thankful for gifts, however temporary they might be. In the case of animals, we know we’ll outlive most of them. When we take one into our lives there’s always a hint of loss and pain out there in the future. I would rather endure the pain than not have Flash and now Stanley in my life. True, furry gifts.

8 thoughts on “Today I’m Grateful for…”

  1. Today I am thankful for YOU and your great generosity. When I went to my mailbox I found a package from you and inside was a book I have desired for what seems like forever. To say I was astonished is putting it mildly. There in your mailing envelop was copy of “Tapestry”. I have been reading your books for a long time and in that time I have heard the word ‘tapestry” spoken in awe and attached to your name.
    I know it seemed to disappear shortly and no-one could find it. You cannot know how happy you have made me. I feel blessed to have received a copy straight from your hands. THANK YOU, Thank You, thank you. I sincerely mean it. Please accept my appreciation and give Stanley a big hug from me (If he will let you).

    • Stanley is an odd dog – he loves hugs.

      You are so welcome! Thank you for your lovely comment. You’re a sweetie.

  2. I agree, you are right. It is better to have the fur baby to love even though you might loose them – than to never have them to love and for them to love you.

  3. When both my Boxer girls died within a few months of one another, I went into a big dark spot. They had both been with me for such a long time. I found it was difficult to be without them. Cancer took both of them. I did not believe I could ever deal with another pet.

    Then, by accident I found Sonny. I could not bear to think that his abuse would continue and no one wanted him. He is not an athletic dog like my girls. Shoot fire, his entire goal in life is to look cute and he does that very well. He is small and has enough hair for a dozen dogs. He is nothing like any dog with whom I have ever lived.

    He makes me smile every time he waddles by. He is funny without knowing he is funny. He has recently learned that being on the patio is not a frightening thing. He has recently almost attempted to play. ( a big deal for him)

    I love him and I feel that I have received a wonderful gift.

    And, I reckon I am so old, he is the one who will be left….I have made plans for that. I am darn lucky to have a dog in my life.

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