8 reasons you should be so grateful for your dog this Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving—the best time of year to be a dog! Everyone has food. There’s always someone to play with. And naps are readily encouraged. Between having you at home and getting to try delicious human food, your pup certainly has a lot to be thankful for!

Let’s turn the tables, though: Why are you grateful for your dog? Maybe it’s their companionship or the silly ways they make you laugh. Many pup parents know just how tricky it is to narrow down the reasons why their furry friend lights up their life, especially when each dog has their own adorable personality and quirks.

Below are just eight of the infinite reasons why you should be thankful for your dog this November.

1. They’re the perfect cuddle buddy for chilly fall days

As winter creeps closer, you and your fur baby will surely start to notice a change in the weather. Odds are, the trees have already let go of their leaves, and maybe your pup is bundled up in their winter wear as we speak.

Since it’s cozy season, you may want to indulge in a few cuddles with your furry friend while you watch Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of your couch. Even a little lap dog can feel as warm as a big fleece blanket, so what are you waiting for? Get your snuggle on!

2. Who needs a vacuum when you have a dog?

Instead of stressing out over creating a spotless home, let your pup get in on the cleaning action. They’ll be the first on the scene in the event of any edible spills—it’ll be like nothing even fell in the first place! In all seriousness, though, do keep an eye on what your dog gets their chompers on.

They can be a fantastic companion while you get ready for the holidays, whether you’re cleaning, cooking, or decorating. Plus, how cute do they look among all the fall colors?

A Shiba Inu dog looks back at the camera, with a pumpkin and autumn leaves on the ground behind

3. Your pup is the perfect “pawtner” for Thanksgiving activities

No matter what time of day it is or what you’re planning to do, your pup is up for a party—though we don’t blame you if your idea of “partying” includes a nap or two. A good meal and a nap are two of human life’s simplest pleasures, and there’s no reason why your canine companion shouldn’t enjoy a seasonal snooze and a special (dog-friendly) meal too.

Your dog may also enjoy a round of football or Frisbee before Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you include your whole family. Even if your doggo doesn’t play by the rules, they’re sure to be the star player.

4. Dogs put smiles on faces and provide endless entertainment

Whether scooting in for a cuddle or stealing a turkey drumstick off the dinner table, dogs are endlessly entertaining. You can never expect the same thing twice, especially when it comes to fun family gatherings. You may have to chase down your fur baby for the remnants of your dinner, but your family will be too busy laughing to notice the rumpus your sneaky pup has caused.

5. They’ll help take care of the leftovers

If your fridge is a bit too packed after a successful Thanksgiving, there’s someone in your house who’s more than willing to help out. There are many safe Thanksgiving foods for dogs, including pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carefully prepared turkey.

Make sure not to overfeed your dog or swap out too much of their regular food. Even safe ingredients can cause stomach upset in more sensitive pups. Turns out there can be too much of a good thing!

Two cute dogs sitting wearing turkey Thanksgiving hats

6. Dogs don’t judge

There’s almost nothing that matches a dog’s unconditional love. No matter who you are or what you do, your four-legged friend will always be your biggest fan. They’ll be there for you after the Thanksgiving feast, when you swear with an aching belly that you’ll never eat so much again. (And they’ll be there next year when you say the very same thing.)

7. You (and your food) will have your dog’s attention all day long

Where are the food-motivated pups at? This one’s for you!

Be prepared to have a Velcro pet for the day! Thanksgiving is basically Christmas for dogs who love a good snack (all dogs, in other words), so don’t be afraid to indulge them a little, but not before taking advantage of their increased alertness, of course. Training time, anyone?

8. They really are your best friend

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, or any day of the year, it’s always a good idea to be consciously grateful for the best bud by your side. Just think of all the memories you’ve made together and all the hard times your sweet pup has helped you through. Dogs will love you purely, whether you’re sharing festive activities or just sharing snacks, so take in every moment!

Happy Thanksgiving!

There’s no shortage of reasons to be thankful for your beloved pupper, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate them. Whether you write out a list of what you’re grateful for or just take a few moments to reflect, make sure to pencil in some time for just you and your best buddy this Thanksgiving—even if it’s only for a nap or a walk.

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