Thankfulness: Day 1 - I am so thankful for my dog!

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There is an old saying here in Washington, DC: “If you want a friend, get a dog!”

Whether you live in Washington, DC or Washington, North Carolina, this is great advice - and I followed it.

Willie the Labradoodle was a little, wee puppy when I first began to blog on ActiveRain.  Now, eleven years later, he is a geezer doggy - about 77 in dog years.  That's older than I am!

During this time, he has been a wonderful companion, has out lasted several guys and one engagement, helped me to prospect for business during our not-often-enough walks, and has been a best friend. 

While dogs don't get wrinkles or crows feet, Willie is starting to show his age.  He has a hard time climbing stairs unless there is a serious emergency - like the kid next door shooting off fireworks.  He doesn’t chase the cat very much, and he chews socks and pot holders a lot less often than he used to, though he still loves gloves. 

But he still guards the house from unwanted intruders and lets me know then the mailman or FedEx delivery shows up.  And the wag in his tail is still as energetic as the day he moved into my house!

But the best part?  He is really glad to see me when I get home, and he makes it seem like it’s more than anticipation of getting fed.  

Now, some readers might think it's sort of pathetic to have a furry significant other, but he's so much easier to live with than any human - even though he just ate some fingers out of my favorite gloves!


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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I "get it" Patricia Kennedy . I do miss my Amos often.

Nov 08, 2018 07:09 PM #1
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Patricia,

He seems to keep you on your toes with that glove incident.

Nov 08, 2018 07:19 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

So glad you are jumping into the Gratitude posts, Pat. pets are such good company and most don't talk back.

Nov 08, 2018 07:19 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OMG, SO happy not only to see you here but, WILLIE - my favorite labradoodle! I cannot believe he's 77, Patricia - my how time flies!

Happy Thursday, my friend...

Nov 08, 2018 07:33 PM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia Kennedy, dogs are the best friends, their love is unconditional, humans can learn a lot from them for sure.

Nov 08, 2018 07:50 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat welcome back where have you been for the past ten months or so? Hope you enjoyed your time off from AR... Endre

Nov 08, 2018 11:20 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Pat.

Our fur baby sure lets me know when his momma gets home.  He is so excited if it has been 8 hours or 8 minutes.  

Nov 09, 2018 03:19 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hello, hello, hello Pat... long time no see! And so great to see you today. Trust you are well. I get why you're thankful for your dog... I've always been thankful beyond words for my fur-babies (dogs and cats).

Nov 09, 2018 04:15 AM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Patricia Kennedy (Pat).... a dog is unconditional love....

Nov 09, 2018 04:31 AM #9
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Pat. Willie sounds like a great friend that has you back! Enjoy your next walk with Willie!

Nov 09, 2018 05:30 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We had ours certified as an emotional support dog but we joke about us wearing the vest instead of him. I understand where you are coming from.

Nov 09, 2018 05:37 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello pat,  I am so glad to see you back in the rain and sharing with us.  I miss my brandy at my feet in my office for 2 years now.

Nov 09, 2018 06:19 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Patricia - that is a Washington saying.  Great that Willie can still bark and chew.  My daughter's 11 year old beagle had some teeth remove.  Maybe Willie has been brushing.

Nov 09, 2018 06:34 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia and nice seeing you again. Willie is beautiful and I totally get it. My gang make me laugh daily and are always happy to see me too.

Nov 09, 2018 06:49 AM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia, so nice to see your smiling face!    Willie is so cute, and know he makes for a wonderful companion! 

Nov 09, 2018 07:04 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Pat- you have no idea how happy I am to see you here!!!!! And Willie too!!!!  More please!!!

Nov 09, 2018 04:39 PM #16
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Wonderful to see you and Willie! There's nothing pathetic about having a furry significant other, so no worries!

Nov 10, 2018 03:57 AM #17
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I've met that dog a few times!  Patton named his dog William, after William the Conqueror.  Once William was scared by a cat and ran away, and Patton was so disgusted that after that he called the dog Willie.

So Willie has good company!

I would love to be as wonderful a person that my dog thinks I am.

Nov 10, 2018 03:57 AM #18
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Pat,
I'm sure if Willie could type and participate in this Challenge, he would say how thankful he is for you!

Nov 12, 2018 04:51 PM #19
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