Well, by now many of you have met with family, opened your gifts and have eaten wonderful food. Now it is time that we all take a step back and thank our pooch for the unconditional love that we may have overlooked for the other 364 days this year.
Whether the dog in your life came from a breeder, puppy mill, rescue or shelter, the dog has given you one really important thing that may have been lacking before the canine came into your life. Dogs just have a knack to know exactly what the person or persons in their life needs during each day of their life. Dogs provide emotional support, can help with our physical well-beings, and psychologically provide us with what we need when we need it!
Take for instance this one day….Christmas Day. Think back to what it was that you needed and what the dog did to bring that need fulfillment to fruition.
Quantum Leap, our Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was Johnny-on-the-spot to provide us with morning kisses and then joined the family when we opened gifts. Terriers are known to be smart, especially Wheaties, but this dog knew that he had special kibble treats in his stocking, so he communicated to us the fact that he was hungry and if we were unable to pull ourselves away from opening presents to feed him breakfast, he would figure out exactly how to help himself to some new varieties of Natural Balance Dog Food.
After his tummy was full, Quantum Leap looked very interested in other family member’s gifts, helped to chew on remaining paper products and sniffed readily to see if any of the other gifts may just suit his fancy. It was so nice to have the furry member of the family amidst the rest of the family; participating with excitement.
Hopefully many families added a canine to their family today. Until now they will not have known exactly what they have been missing. Now they will not want to miss out any longer!
Besides getting a dog to participate in the good times in life, if you happened to rescue the dog, you will also have the self-satisfaction of knowing that that particular rescue may have just saved a dog’s life! Dogs left in shelters this time of year may not have the opportunity to see another Christmas, so it is a miracle when dogs get adopted and shared with family during the Christmas holiday. Besides, you may have just adopted your new best friend.
Hope your Christmas was filled with love and canines. Rescuing and adopting a dog brings a whole different kind of gift to your family – especially during this holiday of love!