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What We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Give Thanks with leaves and berries on wood; be thankful
BFFs Soldier and Peanut Butter

Writing this week’s blog post was exhausting!

Soldier:  “Hi! It’s me, Soldier. Mom’s taking a break today and letting Peanut Butter and me write about what we’re thankful for. Gosh, this is going to be a long list! The hardest part will probably be keeping it short and not too heavily focused on what Peanut Butter likes. She can be very overbearing, and she’s booped me on the snoot enough that I know I don’t want to go down THAT road again…but I digress… oh, hey, did I ever tell you about the time I actually caught a squirrel and Mom made me let it go? It was a warm day…Ouch! What was that for?!”

Peanut Butter: “Sigh…Peanut Butter here, trying to keep the dingbat under control. We’re here to make a list of what we’re thankful for, not hear about your one pathetic hunting triumph.”

“Sorry, everyone. Soldier loses his train of thought so easily these days. I think it’s that CCD that the female human talks about. I wouldn’t know – my mind is still sharp as a tack. So let’s get on with the lists. I was here first, so I’ll go first.”

Soldier: “But – ”

Peanut Butter:  “Hush. We’re thankful that the humans (Mom and Dad to Soldier, but “the humans” to me. Sure, I love them, but too much familiarity…well, you know…) didn’t give up on us. They’ve spent thousands of dollars in the last few years on our medical bills, prescriptions and special diet needs. All without pet insurance to help out! We were too old for insurance coverage by the time we needed it, but the humans never blinked when it came to veterinarian visits, even though we’re seniors and don’t get around as well.”

“I’m personally thankful for the fact that the humans have taken my blindness into consideration. I pretty much have the layout of the house memorized (I AM a cat, after all!), but I can’t see what’s in my way anymore, and stairs are kind of scary when you can’t see. So the humans are taking pains to keep things off the floor and they don’t move the furniture around or leave things where they don’t belong. Now that I think about it, my blindness is actually beneficial to the people here – it helps them keep the house tidier. You’re welcome, humans.”

Soldier: “Okay, okay, okay, is it my turn yet?”

Peanut Butter: “No. Hush.” (Boops Soldier on the nose.)  “As I was saying…I am thankful for a lot of things the humans have done for us. I’m not a cuddler in general, but I do like to relax in a nice, warm lap in the evenings. The humans always step up to the plate on this. They even pet me and scratch under my chin, which I appreciate.”

“The humans also take care of our comfort with soft beds, and our food and water is always fresh and served in clean bowls. If you’ve ever had to drink day-old water, you know what I’m talking about. You need to clean those bowls, people! No one wants to drink slimy water, especially cats!”

Soldier: “Umm…excuse me, is it my turn yet?”

Peanut Butter: “Almost. Go bark at a squirrel or something. Now where was I? Oh, yes, things to be thankful for…the humans make sure I don’t endanger myself. I admit I do like to go outside and prowl around a bit at night, but the humans only let me go into the front yard with them because they don’t want me to wander off and get hurt. Being blind definitely means I shouldn’t be on the prowl alone, but sometimes my animal instincts take over and I try to make a run for it. Fortunately, the humans keep me from getting away. In my saner moments, I realize they know best on this matter (Yes, humans are sometimes right. I know. Shocking but true.”

Soldier: “Now is it…”

Peanut Butter: “Yes, yes, it’s your turn, dorko.”

Soldier: “Yay! So I made a list.”

Peanut Butter: “We know that.”

Soldier:  “K. First, everything Peanut Butter said I agree with. They make us special meals, they take us to the vet and their lives seem to revolve around us. Always a good thing! Wait…that’s three things already, huh? Should I count them on my list even if Peanut Butter counts them on hers? Hmm…this list thing gets complicated.”

Peanut Butter: “Oh dear Lord.”

Soldier: “No! Wait! I can do this. Okay, so things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving:

“Mom and Dad give us great meals that are good for us. They take me out for walks every day, but keep them short because my joints hurt. They give great belly rubs.”

“Oh!! When we go to the vet (which I HATE), they always reassure me and never leave me behind . They hold me and don’t let the vets or the technicians do anything weird unless it’s absolutely necessary. Cuz, you know, shoving a glass stick up my butt is weird.”

Peanut Butter: “It’s a thermometer, you goofball.”

Soldier: “Hey, I didn’t interrupt YOU when you were making your list…Oh, wait…Yea, I kinda did. Sorry ‘bout that. Where was I? Oh, my list!

“Orthopedic beds all over the house. Because seriously, it’s awesome to have a bed in front of a heat vent on all three floors!  Letting us get up on the couch. So many plusses to this! More likely to catch stray belly rubs, can see the TV better, I’m closer to Mom. My coat. It keeps me warm when we walk outside during the winter and I look cool in it. My paw protection, to keep snow melt off my feet in winter and protect me from hot pavement in the summer. Flea and tick protection – super important this year, cuz those suckers make me miserable!”

Peanut Butter: “Yea, you got that part right. Those fleas were disgusting.”

Soldier: “Hey, I’m not done.”

Peanut Butter: “Continue.”

Soldier: “Not leaving me outside in the cold for too long”

Peanut Butter: “That’s something they DON’T do. It’s not something we need to put on our list. If you start talking about what they DON’T do,  you’ll never get finished. You could say you’re thankful they don’t hit us, that they don’t feed us spoiled food, that they don’t…I don’t know…don’t tattoo us…don’t step on us on purpose….”

Soldier: “Ooh! I’m thankful for all that, too!”

Peanut Butter: “Okay, I’m cutting you off. List time is over.”

Soldier: “But I still have stuff to….look! There’s a squirrel on the front porch!  I gotta go bork at him….”

Peanut Butter: “And…there he goes. Sorry folks, but Soldier’s on a mission now. So just take it from me. We are BOTH thankful this Thanksgiving for everything Mom and Dad….I mean, the humans, do for us.  I’m sure your pets are thankful for you, too! I want to…what is he doing now? Oh no! He’s ….”


Peanut Butter (with a heavy sigh): Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


  1. meowmeowmans

    November 20, 2017 4:45 am

    We love your lists, Soldier and Peanut Butter. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  2. Kathy Crable

    November 20, 2017 12:57 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to Soldier and Peanut Butter from Sydney and Lia. Enjoy the love.

    • Lori

      November 20, 2017 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Sydney and Lia! We hope your holidays are wonderful, too! We’re pretty sure Kathy will make sure you’ll have an awesome Christmas!

  3. Linda

    December 1, 2017 12:11 am

    OMG! What clever writing! You two are adorably typical dog & cat siblings.

    • Lori

      December 1, 2017 6:27 pm

      Soldier said, OMG! You’re so nice! I’m so glad you visited our page. You’re one of my favorite people!”

      Peanut Butter sniffed and said, “Linda and her minions obviously have impeccable taste.”

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