AC Pup: Rescued pets have grateful spirit

Do you know people who can walk in a room and light it up with their joy and loving countenances? Do you know people who seem humbly content with their places in life no matter their situations or challenges?

There are people who look at life as a grand adventure filled with blessings at every turn. They wake up each morning expecting something fabulous to happen and are generous with their praise when it does.

The people I know who fit this description seem to be constantly acknowledging their blessings. Maybe that’s why their outlooks on life appear to be so optimistic.

November is the season we all take time to count our blessings. Even though we have just one day we officially recognize as Thanksgiving Day, most of us have so much to be thankful for that we could focus on a blessing every day of the month.

If we make a conscious effort to daily acknowledge our blessings, we’ll see we’re really fortunate in spite of obstacles we all face. Focusing on them regularly changes the way we view our world.

I’ve been so blessed that I could be thankful every day of the year. I’m very grateful for my enchanted life..

From my very rough start being left out in the cold on a freezing night as a tiny puppy to where I am now with a wonderful family and fantastic job as animal advocate, I am one lucky boy.

I’m especially thankful for all the people who have helped me get to where I am in my life. I’ve been able to make a lot of progress for homeless animals because so many people have helped me.

In many ways, though, I’m just like any other rescued pet. I would venture to say the majority of rescued pets feel like they’re very lucky. For a dog or cat that previously wandered the streets, starving and lonely to be plucked from that scary, uncertain life and adopted by a loving family is every stray’s dream.

Over and over I’ve watched the transformation of downtrodden, homeless pets when they begin to know they’re loved. You can see it in their faces, in their personalities and in their improving health. They blossom into the beautiful, affectionate creatures they were intended to be.

And then, do you know what they usually do? They show gratitude to the people who saved them. And they typically do it for the rest of their lives.

In my lifetime, I’ve appeared at a zillion events with people and animals. I can pick a rescue pet out of a crowd of animals with a pretty good degree of accuracy. You know how?

Because there’s a deep expression of appreciation on the rescue’s face. His eyes are filled with adoration and devotion towards his parents. He has a sense of security and confidence that shows in his behavior.

But most of all, I can tell a rescue pet by his overflowing gratitude for life itself. He knows he’s been blessed, and it shows.

What a great example for us all to follow.

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