Thursday, November 24, 2011

What I am Thankful For

I know I said I'd post the list of everything I am thankful for, but this sums it up better then I can. 

                                              Here in This House

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’. 
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake, my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness, and be
allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house… There will be an effort to communicate with 

me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that
I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house… I will never be a substitute for anything I am 

not. I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves. I
will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I
should be. I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or
stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved
by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

Here in this house… I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch… 

knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be
cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful
and known to be of value.

I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not 

cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I
will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair
as dogs.

Here in this house… I will belong. I will be home.
 Author unknown
Dachshund Nola


  1. Hi Nola, thanks for posting this wonderful prose. We really enjoyed it. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Baxter and Baxter's Mom & Dad

  2. What a great thanksgiving post! I hope you guys had a wonderful day and enjoyed being thankful for your babies!

  3. Hi Nola!

    Hope you had a Pawsome Turkey day! Hope you gots lots of Turkey too!

    woos, Tessa

  4. Dearest Nola,

    Mommy cried just now when she read this. Its just the way Mona & I feel. I was one of those dogs out there for 9 years left in the cold & rain with a little food trowed at me once in a while. Those "people" got rid me when I started going blind but ATDR rescued me from a high kill shelter and then my life began "Here in this house."

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I sent it to DROH & ATDR. They will love it.

    With love....Weeenie

  5. My friend Mona and Weenie told me about this awsome thankfulness post and I had to come read it.
    This is so heart felt and beautiful. I know your thanksgiving was blessed


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