Thanksgiving Stories

Deb D’Andrea


As long as I can remember,pets have been part of my holidays; from sharing our Thanksgiving turkey and giblets, to curling up in front of the fireplace and enjoying an evening of relaxation as everyone slept off their turkey day indulgence.  One of my most memorable Thanksgivings was at a friends’ parent’s house on Long Island, NY.

Everyone was scurrying about preparing for the late afternoon arrival of friends, family and food.  Plates were pulled from the china closet, ‘good’ silver saw the light of day, napkins were folded, and candles were placed on the table, but not lit.  The house filled with the smell of goodness baking as Thanksgiving food was prepared and cooked, and holiday music filled the house.

Tiki was a little over a year and we had been doing agility since she was four months old.  She loved jumping over anything, climbing through narrow areas, and performed all the acrobatics involved with agility.  She pretty much had wings and definitely loves people.

It was early afternoon as guests started to arrive and the excitement level rose in the household.  Door bells rang, the front door opened and closed, people entered, hugged and laughed as coats were hung and more food appeared.  Dogs got petted and hugged, and lots of new smells floated around as these newcomers entered.

Tiki isn’t a big dog and she decided she needed a better view of what was going on.  She gingerly jumped on a chair and then jumped delicately onto the fully set dinner table, and as if floating above the table raced from one end to the other without so much as disturbing a fork, plate, candle or salt shaker.  Launching herself off the other end of the table she eagerly greeted new folks entering.  Everyone who witnessed this feat stood speechless, unable to move and in awe.  Not only was it amazing she didn’t touch a single item on the table, but she didn’t even ruffle the tablecloth upon dismount!

Tiki to this day is an amazing pup who loves agility and has taught her sisters the ropes; but I now pay a bit more attention to chair placement around dinner tables as who knows when Tiki may decide to do her table walk again!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with friends, family, love, laughter, good stories and delicious food.  Till next time!  Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides Petz Nanny Services, mobile Canine Massage, and Canine Agility.  Deb’s home-made dog treats are sold at local stores and K9Birthday Cakes are available direct.  Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc.  Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or  HYPERLINK “”