Once we pack away the ghouls and goblins, the holidays come fast and quick and smack you in the face. Well, they smack me in the face, anyway. Those cinnamon scented pine cones should be outpawed outlawed!

Christmas seems to get all the glitz and glam, but here I sit wagging my tail in anticipation for Thanksgiving. It’s one of the most paw-some days of the year and I’ll tell you why.

  1. Homemade Treats

Mom pulls out all the stops on Thanksgiving. I watched her stuff the turkey—now, I know why she told Dad that she’s “over it”—that was hardcore. On a related note, I’m also really glad I’m not a turkey. But I will happily take the scrumptious dinner scraps she saves for me. Just a reminder, friends, to check for bones before tossing us pups the turkey leftovers.

I digress. The real star of our Thanksgiving meal  is the pumpkin pup treats mom bakes for me. Baking them helps to balance out the stench from the cinnamon scented pine cones. Here’s the recipe so you can share it with your moms and dads, too!

  1. Unlimited Cuddles

Once all the humans have dined on the turkey and fix in’s, they’re a little…lazy. But I’m not complaining. Extra cuddles from mom? I’ll take it. Bonus! All the other humans visiting will give you cuddles, too. Except for Uncle Pete — he isn’t a “dog person.” What other kind of person is there, btw? I bet if I give him extra kisses he will change his mind. I’ll report back and let you know if it works.

  1. Required Napping

It’s like clockwork. Within an hour of eating dinner, everyone is snoring in front of the TV. And this is when I declare Thanksgiving to be the best day ever. I’m not sure why none of the other holidays we celebrate don’t include this resting ritual but I’ve decided that every party we throw or go to should include an after dinner nap. I’ll lead the revolution!

  1. Football

These guys on TV like to chase the ball too, so naturally I’m a fan. Although, I’ll be honest, it’s a lot more fun to fetch my own ball outside than to watch humans tackle each other for a football. I could teach them a thing or two about fetch. For starters, a round tennis ball works so much better! (Just something to think about, football players.)

Thanksgiving includes all of my favorite activities: eating treats, cuddling, napping and playing (or watching) fetch. So yes, I am confident in saying this is my favorite holiday!

We can’t wrap up my note without saying what we’re thankful for. I’ll go first. I’m thankful for my mom, my dad, my comfy bed and my backyard. I’m also thankful for you, friends!

Your turn, Max-ka-tears! What are you thankful for? Show us on Instagram @oneupmax.

Ears Truly,

One Up Max