Thanksgiving With the Fur-Babies

November 26, 2013

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Fur Babies

Thanksgiving, just two days away, is a time to sit down and reflect on what we're thankful for this year (and to gorge ourselves with pumpkin pie, of course).

#1: I'm thankful I'm not traveling home to Michigan as a winter storm is brewing this week. Airport delays, traffic back-ups, breaking your key off while trying to unlock the frozen car door (yes, this happens sometimes when you live in the tundra of Michigan)...so, no thanks. I'll be staying in DC and enjoying a quiet and relaxing long-weekend--just me, my husband, and our two dogs, Bonnie and Clyde.

This brings me to number two on the list...

#2: Ah, yes, babies. Babies are cute and I'm thankful I can look at pictures of yours on Facebook without my own waking me up early this long weekend. Bonnie and Clyde are all the babies I want this Thanksgiving. Sorry, Mom.

So instead of the mommy thank-you lists that run around the Internet this time of year, I'm writing a few of the reasons why I'm thankful I have dogs, and only dogs, and that's thanks to birth control. So, on to #3...

#3: I'm thankful my dogs will be there on Thanksgiving Day to eat all the bits of food that will be dropped. I haven't picked up pieces of food, dropped ice cubes, or had to get up and throw away an apple core in years.

#4: I'm thankful that after a long day of eating turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie...and then maybe some more mashed potatoes later on for good measure...I won't have to go through a bed-time routine. I can just pour another glass of wine and the dogs will take care of themselves.

#5: I'm thankful that the next day, after a long day of eating, my dogs will sit at the door quietly (though staring a hole through me) and will force me to get out and walk off that extra piece of pie. Without them I might get through the entire House of Cards series without moving.

The reasons why I love and am thankful for my mutts could go on and on. And I'm sure one day I'll revise this list to be why I'm thankful for children (no, it's still a not yet, Mom). But until then, I'm enjoying the fur-babies I have and am thankful for the many choices of birth control out there that allow my husband and me to plan for a family when we're ready.

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