Saying Thanks

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year. It’s a time to pause and reflect. A time to feel gratitude for all that we have in our lives. For some, it might not be much, but for all of us there is at least one thing we can all be grateful for in our lives, whether it be a our children, our pets, our friends and family.

I am thankful for quite a lot this year. I have a job, a house, three lovely dogs (safely at home and not wandering throughout Eagan), a wonderful family and some really awesome friends.

I am also feeling grateful for all of you, my new friends, who have added so much to my life. You laugh with me, cry with me, question me, challenge me and support me. You also share your very own personal stories – many of which have moved me to tears. When I started this blog it was to share information with my pet sitting and dog walking clients. I never expected it to become a place to make friends. To have such wonderful people like you reading my words (as good or bad as they may be some days) is something I never expected. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, but above all for sharing your very own stories. I love reading them.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to say this Thanksgiving Day, I realized that there were two groups of people I wanted to say THANKS to this year.

To the volunteers and staff with Minnesota Sheltie Rescue I say thank you for all you do. Thank you Karen, Estelle, Susan, Mary, Heather, Cindy, Francine, Pat, Kathy, Judy, all the foster parents and volunteers I may have missed. Most people don’t realize all that is involved in saving dog’s lives, but I do – transporting, vetting, fostering, conducting home visits, calling potential adopters, answering inquiries from people wanting to surrender their dogs, helping people with lost Shelties,  – you do all of this and more. Thank you! (A special thank you to Estelle and Susan who spent their Thanksgiving last year helping me find Cupcake. I hope you actually get to enjoy your holiday this year!)

To the volunteers and staff at Animal Folks MN,thank you for your continued work and dedication to bringing attention to the puppy mill situation in our state. Nancy and Ann – you have worked tirelessly to bring about change in Minnesota. We may not have the most puppy mills in this state, but we do have some of the largest facilities in the country. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your hard work and dedication in leading the charge to change how breeding dogs and cats are treated in this state. Daisy thanks you too!


May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. May the blessings be great and the connections deep.

  1. November 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Stay safe and keep warm- and most importantly, enjoy the time spent with those you love.
    (your shelties are adorable by the wayyyy)

  2. November 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    I just started my blog late this summer, and am finally getting out here on other blogs too and starting to get to know people a little. It is also something I never anticipated would happen from writing a blog. I am enjoying reading and learning about other bloggers’ pets, and about lots of pet related subjects. I have been writing about puppy mills, and thanks for bringing my attention to another group that I will need to check out. I am also thankful for the same things you are, with the only difference being that I have four dogs instead of three! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. November 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Mel. I am thankful having met you.

  4. November 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I love their chubby butts.

  5. November 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

    Amber and the Pack
    and Mom too!

  6. November 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Mel!

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Thanks Vicki! Same to you and your family. 🙂

  7. November 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your furry and human family, Mel. 🙂 I am so happy I have met you as well.

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM


  8. Jen
    November 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy yourselves ^^

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Thanks Jen! I hope you and Elka had a great time. I need to find a way to comment on your blog from my phone. Darn Blogger! I tried to comment twice!

  9. November 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Grateful to have me you as well, Mel! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      🙂 Thank you Ogee!

  10. November 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Stop on by for a visit

  11. To Shea
    November 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Happy Thankgiving Mel,
    Give your 3 furry friends a big hug from me and a Woof Woof from Penny…:-)
    Alex and Penny

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks Alex and Penny! Sorry I am just responding now. I sure hope you had a lovely holiday.

  12. To Shea
    November 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    PS…I am Thankful that my Family Survived Hurricane Sandy and that no one was seriously hurt!

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      I am so glad your family survived Alex. I am also glad Penny made it through with no serious repercussions. So scary. I watched a NOVA special on the hurricane this past weekend. Talk about frightening! OMG!

  13. November 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the pups! I hope you all enjoyed the day in a big way!

  14. November 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    wonderful post…Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. November 22, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving Mel!

  16. November 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  17. November 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! Big pets to the pups, too.

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Thanks Karen! I just had to congratulate you on your awesome post from today. Clearly it struck a chord with many people.

  18. November 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    What a lovely Thanksgiving post. So glad this year’s holiday than last year’s.

    • Mel
      November 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Me too Pamela. Thank you to you and all the other bloggers who helped. I cannot believe it has already been a year.

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