Pets provide many things which our human companions sometimes seem incapable of: quiet moments, unconditional love, and happy energy. They give back with affection and can even help us heal. They play, they cuddle, and they're always there for us. They give without expectation of anything in return, beyond a decent meal, kind tones, and a little of our attention. Women from all over the country share why they are thankful for their pets this Thanksgiving.
"I'm thankful for my pets because they are always there for me. There is something soothing about holding a pet and knowing they love you unconditionally." - Amy, Bryson City, N.C.
"This Thanksgiving I'm more thankful than ever for Euri, my cocker kid, for showing me what it truly means to give and show unconditional love. After I adopted Euri, his magical powers somehow conquered my 14-year battle with chronic staph infections. I learned first-hand that special animals can come into our lives and lift our spirits so much that they are able to affect our physical well-being and for that, I will be eternally grateful to my Euri." - Bobbi, Houston, Texas
"I am eternally grateful for my cats. They are my greatest inspiration. I am truly blessed to have these extraordinary free spirits with unmatchable beauty and grace in my life, who generously give me their loyalty, love, and affection - while always remaining true to who they are." - Christine, Lyndhurst, N.J.
"I'm thankful that my dogs get what being a true friend is about. They don't feel the need to talk nonstop, try to solve my problems, or brag. They just want to be with me and are always there to give unconditional love." - Jo, Ormond Beach, Fla.
"I'm thankful for my kitty because she keeps me on my toes. Every morning she sits by the bed purring until I get up the ambition to start my day. She asks for nothing but love, a clean litter-box, and food and drink. How many people can you say that about?" - Jeanne, Denver, Colo.
"They make me laugh and keep me mobile. They keep me company and let me know who's really the boss of the house." - Karen, Wichita, Kan.
"I'm thankful for my dog, Holly, because she makes winter bearable for me. She stretches out beside me when my husband is at work and keeps me warm. She makes me smile when she burrows her nose in newly fallen snow and emerges with a joyful look on her face." - Sandy, Two Harbors, Minn.
"I'm thankful that my pets are here for me, no matter how bleak everything else might seem. They require so little from me, yet give back so much." - Marie Anne, Chillicothe, Ohio
"My pets keep me company, protect me, drive me nuts, make me laugh, cost a fortune, and don't do their share of the housework... and they're just like any other family member, who fits right into our crazy life. I'm so thankful we're blessed with them in ours." - Kim, Tampa, Fla.
"Our dog has an energy that brightens our days and livens our household. She fills a place that would otherwise be void, and for that I'm thankful for her." - Kay, Rochester, N.Y.