We’re thankful for our dogs 365 days a year, but this Thanksgiving, we can share why our dogs make our lives better while helping to further canine health research.
Here’s how to do it!
Dogster got things started by asking dog owners at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia dog show last weekend, which airs as the National Dog Show, why they are thankful for their dogs. Here’s what some of them said:
David Keating with his Finnish Lapphund Aleutian — “It’s like having a friend and family member all the time. Even when it’s not Thanksgiving, you have your family there every day.”
Trudi Krick with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever Hondo — “He has a sweet disposition and is very loving.”
John O’Hurley (actor, author, and National Dog Show host) about his dogs Lucy the Havanese and Sadie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel — “Our dogs round the edges of my life. It’s tough to be a bitter man. It’s tough to have a mean thought. It’s tough to be worried about anything when you have a dog in your lap. I always say I’m a better man with a dog in my lap… and a fishing rod in my hand!”
Regina Chalfont with her Standard Bull Terrier Luna — “It seems weird now to not have her in my life. I was on vacation for a week, and it was so miserable without her.”
Ben Hoyle with his Clumber Spaniel Janie — “Clumbers are just a real great family dog. They love the people in their family.”
Chester, handler of Toumour the Azawakh — “Dogs and dog shows kept me out of trouble as an inner city kid in Boston. I would ask my friends who were getting into trouble, how much do you pay to get high? Well I get paid for my high, because this is a rush. This is my high.”
Mark with his Greyhound Jilly — “I’m thankful for her because she’s a sweetheart. She’s a daddy’s girl.”
Danielle Dibona with her Pumi Rozi — “They bring joy into my life every single day. I smile. All the worries melt away.”
David Frei (dog judge, author and National Dog Show analyst) about his dogs Grace and Angel — “I’m thankful for my dogs letting me be the guy on the other end of their leash … The dogs have brought me so much, their therapy dog work especially, and my friendships and social circles … Grace and I visited the VA Hospital every week in New York City, and Grace and Angel and I all visited the Ronald McDonald House in New York City with kids with cancer. The smiles that we bring to the people — to the veterans, the children and their families — it really makes it. When a parent says to you, ‘That’s the first time she’s smiled all week,’ you know you’re doing good things.”
Now hop on social media, and let the world know why you’re thankful for your pups. Don’t forget to tag @purina and use #dogthanking in your post!
All photos by Cassandra Radcliff-Mendoza.