Today I am thankful for my pets and the love they bring into my life.
Even though Marco wakes us up too early most mornings, and can be as demanding as a toddler, he is the funniest, sweetest little guy. Just this morning he looked at me and said (in the saddest little voice), "I gotta go to work." It made me literally laugh at loud.
My dog, Ginger, is truly one of my best friends. She is a wonderful walking partner. With her for company I have worked my way up to walking 2-3 miles a day, as opposed to being a total coach potato. She is smart and loving and a fierce protector of our home and of me. When GB isn't at home, she will not let strange men (like the plumber or salesmen) get too close to me. She will sit down in front of my legs, raise the fur on her neck, and growl menacingly at them unless I insist that everything is ok. She only does it with strange men, and with me. I don't know where she learned such a thing, but she seems to consider it her duty to defend me (GB, not so much. I guess she thinks guys can look out for themselves!) Otherwise, she is totally sweet. She is gentle with children, affectionate to our friends (and she never forgets them, even if we don't see them for months) and she never barks unless there is a good reason. Ginger is also the most naturally obedient dog I've ever seen. She will almost always stop on a dime and do exactly what you tell her to, even though we've never formally trained her. What a great dog she has turned out to be!
Ginger and Marco make my life so much happier, and so much more fun! I love those two!