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Welcome to Day 12 of the 30 Thankful Days Challenge. Today we will show our gratitude for our pets.
There’s no doubt about it. People love their pets.
Today we’ll give thanks for our furry, feathered and four-legged friends who bring us joy and soothe our souls with their peaceful and loving ways.
Do you have a dog, cat, or other pet? Or might you have several of them?
Pets need us, and we need them.
The Wonder of Pets
Pets show us love, affection, and loyalty without expecting anything more than the bare minimum of food, water, and shelter from us.
Oh, and they occasionally hope to play ball, go outside for a walk, or indulge in a nice belly rub. All of which are pretty nice things to share together!
Pets provide emotional comfort by way of their unconditional love and affection for us. For the depressed or anxious, having a dog or cat to love and care for can be extremely beneficial and healing. It’s said that petting a dog or cat helps to calm our nervous system, slows a rapid pulse, and brings blood pressure down.
The act of caring for a pet can increase brain activity for an elderly person and slow the mental decline that comes with aging.
Give Me Shelter…for My Pets
Are you a friend of the local animal shelter?
Many pets need foster homes from people who are able to care for them properly. You don’t necessarily have to own a pet to make a difference in the life of a dog, cat or other pet.
Pet shelters are always in need of volunteers, people to clean out animal cages, give food and water, provide outdoor time, walks, pets and treats.
If you have children, why not take them down to the animal shelter for an afternoon?
Day 12 JOURNAL EXERCISE: Give thanks for your pet today.
Write down a journal entry dedicated to your pet or pets.
If you don’t have a dog, cat, bird or other critter in your midst at present, think back to a time when you did.
Are you ever upset about having to leave your dog alone in the house for several hours at a time?
And yet, your dog forgives all in a heartbeat, greeting you after a long time apart, with wildly wagging tail, wiggles, and glad smiles.
Maybe you’re a cat person. What does your feline friend do that amuses and delights you?
Cats are curious creatures, often funny, spunky, and with quirky personalities.
They teach us about independence, affection and the need for plenty of naps and down-time!
Describe your fondest memories of a cherished pet that you were privileged to know in your lifetime.
This is the free Workbook that goes along with the posts that you can download. It’s a perfect time to look at all the things we should be grateful for. Click here for the free accompanying journal.
Thankful Days Series
- Link to Day 1
- Link to Day 2
- Link to Day 3
- Link to Day 4
- Link to Day 5
- Link to Day 6
- Link to Day 7
- Link to Day 8
- Link to Day 9
- Link to Day 10
- Link to Day 11
Loving Life — The Reboot!