18 Reasons To Thank Your Pets This Thanksgiving

18 Reasons To Thank Your Pets This Thanksgiving

Who else is going to greet you at the door like your dog will?


It's finally that time of year and you're on your way back home after a couple of busy months at school. No member of your family, no matter how loving they are, will welcome you back like your dog will. Or, maybe you live at home and get to see your baby all the time. Whether you live with them or miss them like crazy during the semester, let's be real: our pets are the ones we really should thank this Thanksgiving.

1. They’re not going to ask you if you're still single or if you declared your major yet.

You don't have a boyfriend? No problem. You don't have the slighest idea about what you want to do with your life yet? That's also not a problem.

2. They’ll welcome you back home like no human can.

I don't know any person who would run to the door when they hear my footsteps from outside the house and jump on me until I'm on the floor so they can attack me with licks.

3. They won’t get wine-drunk and subject everyone to awkward political talk.

Your cat may be smart, but she doesn't know enough to talk about Trump's immigration policy by the time you've only just finished their mashed potatoes.

4. They certainly won’t be late to dinner.

Dogs can smell food from a mile away; there's no way he's missing a meal.

5. They won’t let the details of your wild adventures slip in front of your family.

The girl who walked past her job wearing the same mini-skirt and bralette she was wearing the night before? Your cat doesn't know her. The girl who learned the hard way that not all pink drinks taste as good as they look? Your cat doesn't know her, either.

6. They won’t hog the gravy from everybody at the table.

You won't have to ask them to pass the gravy over to you eight times.

7. They’ll help you finish Thanksgiving leftovers.

They're down to eat at any time and any place.

8. They won’t spoil the ending of Game of Thrones season seven.

What kind of monster would do this, anyway?

9. They won’t be a sore loser when they lose Scrabble.

He may try to eat a Scrabble tile, but your dog certainly won't complain when they lose.

10. They won’t judge you no matter how long you stay in your PJs.

Dogs don't have a judgemental bone in their body. Cats, on the other hand… I can't say the same thing for.

11. You wouldn’t want to binge Netflix without them.

Movie marathons with your cat? I can't think of a better night.

12. They’re the best to FaceTime with.

FaceTiming with anyone other than your pet? No, thank you.

13. They are the best snuggle buddies.

Give your dog a place to sleep and they'll cuddle with you.

14. Cuddling with them can make all your problems go away.

The best way to cure a bad mood is to take a snooze with your furry friend.

15. They give the gift of unconditional love.

They'll never stop loving you (as long as you keep those belly rubs coming).

16. The happiness they bring is incomprehensible.

The amount of pure joy they give us can't be manufactured or bought at a store.

17. You may have grown up with them.

These little guys may be such an important part of your life and bring you back to your childhood.

18. They’re thankful for you, too.

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You know when your cat rubs up against your legs (almost to the point where you can't walk straight)? Or when your dog snuggles up next to you and rests his nose on yours? That's how they show they love you. Trust me: they, too, are very grateful.

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.

Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.

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Do Not Be Ungrateful This Thanksgiving, Here Are 33 Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair


Thanksgiving is a beautiful, unique and American holiday. Thanksgiving is about food, about family, but especially is about being thankful. I know, we spend a lot of our time complaining about several things, our job, our professor, our boss, our partner, our family, ourselves, our politicians, our favorite artist, our car and much more.

We do not spend enough time being thankful, and that is unfair. We have many reasons to say thanks; I give you thirty-three. Here are my reasons to be thankful (and I think they are yours too):

1. Our family. Even if you don’t like them, they made you like you are.

2. To be alive. You may not like your life, but it is an opportunity.

3. To live in the US. Have you seen all the people in the world who want to live here? The US is a country full of opportunities.

4. Our jobs. I don’t like mine either, but it pays my bill, and it reminds me I can do something better.

5. Our schools/colleges/universities. We are so lucky because we have the chance to study.

6. To vote. It took thousands of years to get the right to vote and chose our representatives, governors, presidents, senator and others (if you’re a woman or part of a minority you must be more thankful).

7. For Facebook. The best way to know our friends and relatives’ lives

8. For our favorite TV shows. We are living in the golden age of TV; we are so lucky (and we have TV Reboots & Revivals).

9. We can dream. We can change our lives; we can choose our destiny. Half of the people in the world do not have that chance.

10. For love. It does not matter if you have a partner or you don’t; enjoy the fact you have your stories and you will have more.

11. For babies, puppies, cats and dogs. What would we do with all those hours watching their videos on Youtube?

12. Free sexuality. We are living in the time where you can be anything you want, and you can love anybody you want. Just think, fifty years ago, we were prisoners of society.

13. “Game of Thrones” is back in April 2019. We have been waiting too long.

14. For books. Reading makes us better people.

15. For Instagram. Food never was more important than now. IG is the best way to know how our celebrities’ lives are.

16. For our friends. I cannot imagine my life without my friends; they are my rock and the best support in the worse moments.

17. For Netflix. How did we spend our Sundays before?

18. We are the last generation who can handle climate change and save the world.

19. For Christmas. 

20. For your kids. I am talking about your own, your nephews, nieces, siblings, godchildren, step kids, even your neighbors.

21. For alcohol and all the good memories (and really bad decisions), it made us have.

22. Freedom of the press. Today more than any other time we must be thankful about freedom of the press (and we must protect it).

23. For our health. Even if you are not completely healthy, you are in the era where medicine is available and improving every second.

24. For #Metoo movement. Finally, we can share our experiences and stop them for the next generations.

25. For traveling. You can go to Australia, Madagascar, France or Chile if you want. There are no limits.

26. For freedom.

27. For second chances. We all need them in all the moments of our lives.

28. For food. Because it makes our lives better and delicious.

29. For memes. Now each picture has a huge potential to be famous.

30. For God or the Gods. Be thankful because you have somebody who listens to your prays.

31. For the Future. Because we can make it.

32. For the past. Because it is our history.

33. For the present. We are living the best of all the times. Today, most of the social movements have had important advances. It is easier to be a woman, a minority, a refugee, an immigrant or have a disability. 

Yes, probably I am missing some important motives to be thankful which means there are dozens of more reasons. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

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