It’s no secret that dogs are loyal companions. They wait until you get home, and they always provide licks and cuddles when you’re in need. During fall, they can often get less attention as the holidays draw near. There’s less and less time to prepare for company and relax at home with your best-pal.
Thanksgiving is all about thankfulness and appreciating those that have always been there for you. So what are five reasons to be thankful for fido on Thanksgiving?
1. Four-Legged Friends Help You Stay Fit
Going for a walk is a must when you have a dog waiting at home. They have to do their business outside, and it gives you an excuse to feel the fresh air as soon as you wake up. But some dogs have even higher energy levels that require more exercise from you.
From throwing a frisbee to going for a jog, dog’s help us get outside and be more fit. It’s easy to be tired after work and recline on the couch. Your furry companion won’t let you sit-down for long. They encourage you to get up, get moving, and spend time with them in a healthy way. Just be sure you stay safe when walking or jogging with your dog at night.
2. Companionship is Priceless
Coming home after traveling or after a long day of work is rewarding when you have a pooch. They wait at the door or window and greet you as soon as you come home. Dogs are naturally loving and cuddly creatures. But having that companionship after a long day is irreplaceable.
Dog’s don’t ask for much. They just want their head scratched and to hang out with their favorite human when you’re at home.
3. They Have a Happy Meter Attached to Their Tush
Dogs are undeniably happy creatures. When they’re well-taken care of, they can be the life of the party. They have a toothy smile, slobbery kisses, and a tail that shows their excitement level. Having friends over is extra fun with a dog, because they can help get the conversation going. Don’t forget to be thankful for your dog for breaking up uncomfortable silences with their boundless love and need for hands-on attention.
4. Dogs are Socializers
They can be super social creatures. When dogs are going potty outside, neighbors and park-goers will want to say hello to your pup. They draw attention everywhere, from coffee shops, to pet stores, to bars, dogs naturally attract notice.
You can create unlikely friends or start up a conversation with a fellow animal-lover, all because of your fuzzy companion.
5. They Help Mental Health
Most people don’t think about their mental health when they go to adopt a furry friend. But dogs are shown to help lower cortisol levels, which are often elevated when you feel stress. Petting your pup and taking care of them actually helps elevate your mood, and they ease loneliness.
Holidays can sometimes be a cause for loneliness when you can’t see your family, or if they don’t live near you. Dogs become your family when you bring them home, and they provide constant support to improve your spirit.
Good Things Come in Small Packages
There is so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. But first, be thankful for your reliable companion. Dogs are here year-round, providing relentless support and love when you need it. Thank them with extra attention by playing with them with new dog toys, and treats, to show them just how much you ap-paw-reciate them.