Why I’m Thankful For My Dog, Twister

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It’s that time of year again. A time when we look back on all the things that have made our lives good. A time to reflect on our past, maybe even learn from it and hopefully grow a little. A time to ponder our current situations. Do we need to make improvements? A time to look to our future: where we will go, what will we do and how will we do it? The Holidays are always an opportunity for change. A time of renewal.

Holidays for a dog and his or her family can be downright special, though. It might just mean a new toy or extra treats. It might mean a new fur-sibling. If you are lucky, then changes won’t matter because you have discovered a family that loves you and cares for you. If that’s the case, then you are a lucky dog! A lucky dog is a happy dog!

Twister was one of those happy dogs. She had a family that loved her, cared for her, and treated her as family. She was my fur-baby! I am thankful that I had those 11 ½ years with her!

Twister, for all of her eccentricities, was the most loving and caring dog. She always let you know that she was thankful to be in the family. She loved each family member and chose to spend time with us. We returned her love and chose to spend time with her as well. She enriched our lives in so many ways.

Twister became the “babysitter” of sorts, as she would situate herself near the baby and immediately alert me if they began to cry. Twister became our counselor. She would listen patiently to our problems and even allow us to cry and never once did she pass judgemen. She just kept on wagging her tail and was always ready to offer a lick of encouragement.  Twister became our confidant. We could always tell our secrets to her, knowing without a doubt that they would go no further! Twister became an extra set of “hands” anytime there was yard work to be done. She loved to “help” me trim the bushes. She would use her teeth to get the lowest branches done. Twister became the “watch dog,” barking at things both seen and unseen, heard and unheard. She especially loved to keep the yard free of those pesky cats and squirrels.

Twister became my best friend, my fur-baby, my dog, when she entered my life way back in March of 1995. I will never forget her, I will always love her and I will forever be thankful for my Twister Belle!

Jill E McDowell is a stay at home mom with three children, Kelci, Ben and Emily Rose as well as three fur babies, Brittany, Rocket and Peter.  She has been married to Doug, the love of her life, for 18 years. Jill and her family live in Alabama.

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