Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks, Athena

This Thursday will mark our very first ever Thanksgiving spent with Athena.  I look forward to incorporating her into our Thanksgiving traditions including watching the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving morning!  Athena probably won't have the opportunity to indulge in any of the Thanksgiving feast, but don't feel sorry for her, she will be sure to get an extra special pumpkin Kong for the occasion!

Athena got a pre-taste of her Thanksgiving Kong when she got to lick the prep bowl!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I have been thinking about the many things that I am thankful for which include family, friends, and good health.  I am so happy to also add Athena to my list.  This year I am extremely thankful that B and I found Athena.  She has helped me more than she will ever know.

Mom, do you think I could be in the Thanksgiving dog show?

Without her I may not have realized how lucky I am for the things that I have in my life right now.  Maybe my life isn't exactly how I pictured it would be at this point in time, but I know that it is what it's suppose to be right now.  I may get down on myself for certain things (like not landing a teaching job this year), but I know it's for a reason.  Every day Athena helps me to remember that there's a reason for everything, like why my life is the way it is right now.

The reason is her.

Athena and me

If I would have landed a teaching job this year, I know that I wouldn't have had nearly as much time to devote to Athena.  I believe that at this time in her life, Athena really needed someone who could give her all of the time in the world to learn and grow to be the best dog that she can be.  She needed me, and I needed her just as much if not more.  I needed her unconditional love and loyalty as well as the smile that she brings to my face each and every day when I see her wiggly pittie butt!

I also still love her even though she wraps me up in her leash!

So with that, I would just like to say how very thankful I am to now have Athena in my life.  No matter how many socks she steals from the hamper, or how many tissues she sneaks out of the garbage, I wouldn't trade her for the world.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Thank you to all who read the blog and thank you to those who leave such meaningful comments; you are much appreciated!  We will be taking a short break from blogging as we celebrate the holiday with family, but don't worry, we'll be back next week!


  1. We love and are thankful for having you as our blogging buddy! Ray and I love reading about the Pitlandia crew. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you eat a lot of good food, and that Athena doesn't steal any of it. =P

  3. Oh how you make me misty eyed! I too am crazy thankful for my pups! As much as it's just as easy to make something, we bought the Merrick canned Thanksgiving dinner for the kiddos.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! Sounds like Athena is a joy to be around!

  5. I usually just read your blog and never comment, but today I was compelled to do so as your post made my heart warm. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...and hugs to Athena!

    1. Thanks for commenting =) It means a lot! Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Watching the National Dog Show is one of our family Thanksgiving traditions as well...and we'll be watching it with our own brindle pup for the first time this year as well :)

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! I know Athena is thankful for you too. I wish more pups and kitties had families that were thankful for them...families like you :)

  8. Nice post:) Happy Turkey Day! My pups are going to get some big raw knuckle bones to keep them busy:D

    PS: The first picture is amazing!

  9. Happy Turkey Day! This post almost made me cry, it was so sweet and touching. Athena is a very lucky girl.

  10. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  11. Well I am thankful for Athena coming into your life too - because without her we never would have met! ;) Hope you guys had a wonderful day!