4 Ways Pets Teach Us Gratitude

November 23, 2021
By: Adriana Valle

Can you even believe it? It’s that time of the year, again! The time when we are planning our Thanksgiving gatherings and start reflecting on all the things we are grateful for. As we count our blessings this season, we like to recall the ways our pets have added meaning to our experience of gratitude. The following are 4 ways pets teach us gratitude.

Unconditional Love

They accept you as you are. Every single day that they are with us they provide us with the greatest mental and physical health benefits. All they want in return is for us to love them unconditionally! Our pets show up for us on the best and worst of our days and don’t even look for a thank you. Simply being by your side is the greatest thank you they could ever receive.


Our sweet pets do not have calendars. How many times have we done something simple like a quick walk to the mailbox and they are SO excited to see us when we get back. With pets, it doesn’t matter if you were gone for 5 minutes, 5 hours, or 5 days. They are just as excited to see us upon our return, every single time. Any minute without us is the longest minute ever to them. There is no better companion to have than one who loves and misses us so deeply.


Patience is a virtue — it does not come naturally but it can most certainly be taught. Dogs teach us this every day! Learning to adopt the art of patience with training our pets can spill over into our everyday lives. They teach us that if we are patient and consistent with time and effort, the reward will come — things will fall into place. Learning to be patient lessens our instinct to fall into a trap of frustration and anger, leading to a more fulfilling life for everyone!

The Little Things

Pets are truly happy with the simplest things in life! A big hug from mom and dad, a brand new $3 toy from the store, or a walk around the block to ‘stop and smell the roses’. The smallest gesture brings the biggest reward when we have pets in our lives. They experience joy and happiness so easily and that is a true life lesson we can all take note from!

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Here at Shoreline Happy Paws, we are SO grateful for ALL our loyal clients. We cherish every precious moment you’ve enabled us to spend with your beloved fur-babies. It brings us so much joy to see their furry faces each and every day. We are thrilled that you trust us with their care. Thank you, SHP family, and remember to find moments of gratitude around you every day this holiday season!

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By Adriana Valle

Adriana is the owner and Chief Pet-Loving Officer at Shoreline Happy Paws. She has been a Professional Pet Sitter for over 10 years.

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