Hi everybuggie…er…I mean….buddy. Hi, everybuddy!
I think my bug finally hit the road or the windshield or whatever cuz I’m feeling MUUUUUUCH better today! Thank you to everybuddy who left me such nice get well wishes. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be all better today if it wasn’t for all your pawsitive vibes. I felt each and every one of them.
Okay, my mom wanted to know if she could take over the keyboard today. But don’t worry! Today’s not one of those heavy posties that she sometimes does. It’s about…um, well, I’m not exactly SURE what it’s about but it’s most definitely NOT heavy. I don’t think. Anyway, here’s mom!
Oh, wait! One more thing! If you haven’t yet, be sure and go visit Khyra’s bloggie and leave a comment for a good cause! Okay, here’s mom for real this time and I hope you all have a Most Happy Friday!
Yesterday, I read a fun post written by our friend at Tip Tail. She wondered whether rescue dogs feel grateful for being rescued. She said she never saw any real evidence of gratitude in her rescues and wondered if any of her readers experienced gratitude from theirs. Of course, this got me thinking about my own. I responded to her post but thought I’d share here as well.
Every pet we’ve owned has been a rescue. Some have come from more difficult backgrounds than others but I would have to say that almost across the board, they don’t appear to be grateful. Happy to be safe and loved? Yes. But grateful? No. I can’t really see it.
By the way, notice I said “almost” across the board.
When I first met Mayzie at the adoption fair, the lady who was holding her leash told me that Mayzie was “one of those dogs who’s grateful for being rescued.” I thought that was nice but didn’t really understand what she meant. I mean, how does a dog show gratitude? Gratitude implies that someone understands they’ve received a gift and are acknowledging that. Are dogs capable of that?
While I don’t know the answer to that, I DO know that Mayzie practically vibrates the words “thank you.” Every single day, she celebrates the dozens of little miracles that make up her world in a way our other pets don’t.
“Ohmigosh! Dinner?! THANK YOU!”
“Ohmigosh! A walk? THANK YOU!”
“Ohmigosh! A car ride? THANK YOU!”
“Ohmigosh! Lay on the couch and do nothing? THANK YOU!”
And who knows? Maybe she was the same way with her previous (crappy) owners. Maybe that’s just who she is. Or maybe she really is grateful for the new life she’s been given.
All I know for sure is that she is a constant reminder to me to celebrate life’s little blessings, to never take anything for granted, and to always say thank you when someone offers you a kindness.
So what do you think? Do you think rescue pets can and do show gratitude for being rescued? If so, how?