Hilarious Reasons We’re All Thankful for Our Pets This Year

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There are so many reasons to be thankful for your dog or cat this year. Let’s see… there’s the:

Natural alarm clock:

Cats and dogs alike have the innate way of standing on your chest and sticking their face in yours until you wake up letting you know that it is time to start the day… even if it is before sunup.

Brown dog looking up with sad eyes.

Wasn’t-me face:

It doesn’t matter if you catch them red-handed, ergh, red-pawed, pets have an uncanny ability to make you feel sorry for them. Whether it is your dog getting into the trash or your cat knocking books off your bookshelf, their face of innocence is just too darn cute for you to stay mad at them.

Is-that-mine face:

You spent the last hour slaving over a hot stove and oven making an amazing meal for you and your family after a hard day at work, and here comes your pup or kitty prancing in staring up at you as you get ready to take your first bite of your delicious meal. Nothing like a 12-hour nap to make them think they deserve a spot at the human table.

Large black dog sits on woman's lap as she sits Indian style.

Plenty of room on the couch, but I’m going to sit directly on you instead:

Seriously? Did they all get together and have a meeting about this or something? But the truth is, there’s really nothing better than snuggling up with your favorite furry pal. In fact, the moments where they choose to sit next to you rather than on your lap almost breaks your heart a little.

Butt-wiggle dance:

So, this is more of a dog thing but something that all pet parents can appreciate it. The moment when you come home or ask them if their hungry and their little fanny goes crazy. It’s almost the equivalent of a small child doing the “I have to go to the bathroom” dance. I mean can you even imagine going over to Aunt Ethel’s for Thanksgiving and her greeting you with a butt-wiggle happy dance? Sorry, didn’t mean to put that image in your head.

Where’d-it-go face:

How do they have so many different faces?! But you all know this one. It’s the one where your cat thinks she just pounced on the mysterious light on the ground, not realizing that you just shined the flashlight somewhere else. Or possibly when you pretend to throw the tennis ball only to have your dog chase after nothing wondering where it went. Now, who would do such a mean, stroke-of-pure-hilarious genius?

Cat hides in closet.

It’s always time for hide-and-seek game:

You come home and you’re looking to pick up your cat for a little pre-dinner snuggle–problem is you can’t find her. You call out her name, you shake the bag of her favorite treats, you check in every room and you start to fear the worst. Then, you go to your room to change into different shoes to go outside and look for her, only to find two beady little eyes staring at you from the back of your closet. You breathe out a sigh of relief, meanwhile she snickers to herself, “I am the queen of hide-and-seek.”

I didn’t realize I installed two doorbells regret:

You see headlights pull into your driveway; pizza delivery man is here. You race to find your wallet before he gets to the door. You sprint across the living room, jumping over furniture like it’s a competitive sport, and just as you reach for the doorknob, “DING DONG.” Sigh. Now your dog is acting as if he is possessed, barking literally in every direction to make you aware that the noise to signal that someone is at your front door wasn’t enough notice. “Thanks bud. Bet you’re going to give me your is-that-mine face now too.” The worst is when the doorbell comes from a commercial on TV. Sigh.

Mixed emotions antics:

“You ready to go for a ride boy?” And just like that here comes the butt-wiggle dance of joy. That is until you whisper under your breath, “to the vet.” And now he’s sprinting to go hide underneath the bed. Or you go to pick up your cat. She is thrilled as she purrs in your arms trying to nuzzle in closely. Then, she sees you taking her toward the carrier, and suddenly you become her favorite scratching post.


I wish I could train you to use the toilet, so I don’t have to clean up after you problem:

This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

But in all seriousness, there are so many wonderful things about our pets and a million different reasons to be thankful for them this holiday season. It’s true they can be a handful sometimes, but they bring so much joy and laughter to our lives every single day. Please join us in thanking our pets for everything they give us this Thanksgiving.