Do you know anything about that, Dean?

While visiting the Kong plant in Golden, CO last week, their dog trainer gave a presentation and asked us, “Do you know what the number one thing dogs consume is?”

I responded, “socks.”

He laughed and said I hit the nail on the head, socks and underwear! He then asked me how I knew that…

And I replied, “Because I don’t have any socks left!”

You don’t happen to know anything about that, do you Dean?

Dean and a stolen sock.

Thanksgiving Feast the Ridogulous Way

The dogs waiting for turkey dinner.

Dean, Dolcezza, Lola, Smokey, and Danner are waiting to say the blessing and dive into that turkey dinner!

The Darby dogs have so much to be thankful for. I have no doubt that they realize just how blessed they are. Many of them remember their time on the streets and appreciate every meal in a special way. Others who never experienced being homeless see the rescue dogs that come to our house and understand how lucky they are. We work hard every day to try to make the lives of homeless dogs just a little bit better. Dogs love us, work hard for us, and give us unconditional love. They deserve the same from us.

I’m constantly amazed at the rescue dogs that have been abused physically or by neglect. They’re so quick to forgive humans. Even though sometimes it takes them awhile to be comfortable and trust us completely, they still appreciate everything we do for them and show their gratitude with every tail wag or lick.

Now to try and express how thankful I am for my dogs. This might be impossible to put into words. Actually, it is. I cannot even begin to imagine my life without animals. They give me purpose. They are my purpose. A very special friend of mine sent me some Bible verses after I lost Sloane. She included these:

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.
I Corinthians 12: 7

God put each of us here for a reason, and my reasons have four legs. I haven’t yet figured out the whole story. I don’t know what His long-term plan is for me, and sometimes I question whether I’m following the right path. It’s hard to just close your eyes and believe sometimes, but guess what…my dogs are the very ones that remind me that He’s with me all the time, and I can put all my trust in Him. Without them, I would be nothing. I would have no reason to wake up in the morning. I would have no purpose. And I would have never invented my new pooper scooper blower (and I’m sure that’s going to be a million dollar idea soon)!!!

With each new furry family member that I find, my heart is filled more and more with pure love. And with the loss of each one, I endure extreme pain. But I would never take back the time I had with each of them. They each teach me something new and amazing, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

So today, I’m beyond thankful for my amazing family (which is comprised entirely of animal lovers), so grateful for my friends who understand my love for animals (even though they might not be quite as extreme in their love of animals as me), and I’m forever indebted to the animals that give me purpose.