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Thanksgiving the Pet Writer Way

by | Nov 22, 2012 | Appearance (Theater, Signing, Talks), Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 19 comments

Happy  Thanksgiving! It’s time once again to count my furry blessings. I don’t do that often enough.

I’m thankful to be home with my family—furry and human—rather than on the bumpy road and bumpier plane. I’m thankful my human family, though miles away, remain close-knit and loving. And I’m thankful all remain healthy.

I’m thankful for veterinarians who make life better for the pets we adore. I’m thankful for researchers who work to find diagnoses, treatments, and cures for our ailments, both for pets and for people. I’m thankful for the animal welfare volunteers who do the work of the angels when others somehow let pets down.

I’m thankful that I have the best job in the world, sharing information about the cats and dogs that have become so important to our emotional and physical health. I’m thankful for publishers, editors, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio shows, websites, bloggers and email lists that share these important resources to benefit cats and dogs and the people who love them. And I’m thankful to writing organizations, teachers, agents and all those who promote the craft of good communication and help others pursue this rewarding craft.

17 days old GSD puppy "Magic"

My, how Magic has changed…here at 17 days old.

I’m thankful for responsible breeders who ensure purebred dogs and pedigreed cats have a healthy paw-start in life. I’m thankful that Magical-dawg at age six has become a bit…just a bit…less driven. I’m thankful for water hoses, and tennis balls, stuffed teddy bears and Frisbees that wear Magic out without exhausting me at the same time. I’m thankful my roughneck dawg recovered from his mystery medical issue this year. I’m thankful Magic is smart, funny, a comedian, and a wonder to train—and doesn’t argue but has accepted that the cat is the boss of him. And I’m thankful that these furry muses inspire me daily with their presence.

I’m thankful that although he never grew up with pets, my husband loves Seren-kitty and Magic-dawg as much as I do. I’m even more thankful they adore him back (that could get awkward!).

I’m thankful for my church family—pet lovers or not—who also support my furry notions. I’m particularly thankful to the Cuchara Gang (you know who you are) who lift me up with friendship and love. I’m thankful for the gift of music I get to share with colleague musicians who have become wonderful friends, and especially thankful for my partner-in-play-writing-crime who helped make our theatrical dreams come true this past year when life threw us some Kurves.

Finally, I’m thankful to you—yes, those who read this blog, the folks who have “adopted” my new thriller, those who offered awesome applause and support me in so many  ways.

Without you, I would not have a career, and my life’s passion would remain unfulfilled.

Without you, your pets wouldn’t have the wonderful love and care you provide.

Without you, there wouldn’t be any reason for this heartfelt—THANK YOU!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly PUPPY CARE must knows, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

19 Comments

  1. lynettemburrows

    Great gratitude list, Amy. I’m with you, thankful for family, friends, my pets, and so much more. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Hi Lynette, Enjoy your Thanksgiving–I appreciate you visiting and commenting on this day of all days! Now…back to the cooking. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Marcy Kennedy

    This is a beautiful list of things you’re thankful for. I’m thankful my husband and I made our 12-hour drive safely. I’m also thankful for the kitten we recently found and that our vet could fix him up.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Ohhh Marcy, a 12 hour drive–been there, done that for holidays. But it is SOOO worth it! And I’m delighted to learn your new foundling kitten received successful vet care. Scritches to the kitty–I’m sure he’s thankful you found him, too!

      Reply
  3. Patricia Hubbard

    We all have so much to be THANKFUL for. Even though I have no biological kids, I do have my 3 furry cat kids that continue to bring me so much joy and happiness. I’m thankful for you Amy because you are always there for us pet lovers who need advice, a question answered, etc. Thank you for sharing your life, travels, books, advice, etc. with us – we are so lucky to have you.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Awww…Patricia, I don’t have two-legged kids, either so the furry wonders bring much joy. Thanks for commenting on today’s blog.

      Reply
  4. Cat Holm

    thank you, Amy. I can echo lots of what you’ve said. So thankful for healthy kitties and our healthy dog; thankful for my own health, and thankful for an interesting life!

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      An interesting life, yes! Boring is so…boring. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Kitt Crescendo

    Nothing like fur babies to lighten the heart!

    Reply
  6. wendycats

    And I, Amy, am thankful for YOU. Thanks for being your magnificent self, for being part of my world, and for sharing your many, many gifts so selflessly, as you always do.

    Reply
  7. patriciasands

    And thanks rightbackatcha, Amy, for the support and friendship you offer. I started reading your book this afternoon … had to put it down for the turkey … but I’m into it. Gooood!

    Reply
  8. catchatcaren

    loved the list of all that you are thankful for….we are BEYOND thankful to have gotten to know you better…it has been one of the highlights of our year!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Reply
  9. amyshojai

    What wonderful notes to read this day-after-Thanksgiving! I’m so glad to have gotten to know all of you–some more recently and others for many years (~~Wendy!). Have a wonderful day!

    Reply
    • Franny Syufy

      I’m also thankful for you, Amy, for sharing your incredible knowledge with my readers, and your friendship with me. I’m thankful for all our fellow CWA members, for my own readers and friends. And I’m so heartfelt thankful for all the unforgettable cats and dogs who have shared my home and my heart with their unconditional love. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

      Reply
      • amyshojai

        Franny! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you, too, my friend.

        Reply
  10. animalartist

    Amy, once we start listing everything out, it’s amazing when we realize the list could go on forever. Glad you have so much to be thankful for.

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Bernadette, you’re so right. It was hard to stop the list. *s*

      Reply
  11. Brenda

    We have much to be thankful for too — including our dear Oscar and your blog. My Thanksgiving list is long too!

    Reply
    • amyshojai

      Every day is a time for thanks. 🙂

      Reply

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