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Thanksgiving Giveaway: Why Are You Grateful for Your Dog?

Tell us and you'll be entered for a chance to win a P.L.A.Y. dog bed and book from surf dog Ricochet.

 |  Nov 13th 2013  |   52 Contributions


Update: We are no longer accepting entries. Please click here to vote for the five finalists.

Historical origins aside, Thanksgiving in its modern incarnation is an opportunity to spend time with your family and reflect on the abundance we enjoy. For me that means having a day off to myself (I haven't done holidays with my biological family in a few years) where I treat myself to dinner and a movie and hang out with all my fellow holiday orphans. I'm grateful to have the luxury to do that.

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I'm grateful for my friends, with whom I can be a total weirdo.

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I'm grateful for coffee and tiny cupcakes.

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I'm grateful to be able-bodied so I can ride my bike everywhere -- wee!

I'm grateful to live in a really cool city, to have this job where I am given permission to be myself, and to have a network of friends and chosen family who make my life a joy. I'm grateful for my health, for my stunning good looks (ha-hah), and the small pleasure of drinking coffee every morning. I'm grateful for a dog named Ambrose, who was one of my clients as a dog walker when I first moved to San Francisco -- without that adorable black Labrador, I don't think I would have been able to overcome the breakup I was going through and get to where I am today.

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Beautiful Ambrose!

It's no doubt that dogs are amazing, but I wanted to take some time to talk about why you all are grateful for your dogs. As a bonus, I've teamed up with P.L.A.Y. and Ricochet the SURFice Dog to give away a prize to the story of gratitude that most touches your heart. (And please make sure to go like Ricochet's Facebook page to keep up to date on all the great things she's doing!)

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Ricochet's holiday book is part of the prize package!

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This bed from P.L.A.Y. normally retails for $149, but we're giving it away here.

Here's how the contest will go:

  1. In the comments section below, tell us in 100-150 words why you're grateful for your dog. Entries will be entered into a random drawing to select five finalists.
  2. On Wednesday November 20th, we'll announce the five finalists.
  3. From November 20th until the 27th, the finalists will be voted on.
  4. The entry with the most votes on November 27th will be the winner.

Please note that you need a Disqus account with a valid email address in order to enter. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to US residents.

I'm grateful to have Dogster readers like you, who are passionate about their dog friends. I look forward to reading your entries.

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