On this national day of gratitude, I'd like to give thanks for a variety of people, places and occurrences -- some momentous, some not:
-- After just having watched the taped National Dog Show on NBC, I'm grateful that shoe designers and manufacturers have come up with footwear that looks reasonably chic but also allows female handlers to sprint around the ring without having to wear athletic shoes and socks.
-- Although I'm taking a day off from said writing today, I'm profoundly grateful to have the chance to write a book about my current heart-breed, the Golden Retriever, and get paid for doing so.
-- I'm always, always, always grateful to have friends with whom to share history, good times and, in many cases, love of dogs and writing.
-- I'm equally grateful to have a loving husband and daughter, both of whom are healthy and here, and who have been my mainstays not only during 2009, but always.
-- I'm just as grateful to be sharing my life with the namesake of this blog, who amazes me every day.
-- And, finally, I'm super grateful just to be here. I know it could have been otherwise.