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Saying Thanks
Who are the important people in your dog's life?
Nemo thanks one of the important people in his life, his rally obedience instructor and a good friend of mine.

From political platforms to airing grievances, award show acceptance speeches give celebrities 30 seconds to fill the air with whatever is most important to them. Game of Thrones actor and winner of the Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award on Sunday night, Peter Dinklage, showed how much he loves his pup, Kevin, when he thanked his dog sitter in his acceptance speech, perhaps a first in the show's history.

Someone once told me that it takes a lot of work to raise a dog in today's complicated world and I completely agree. Dinklage's acceptance speech made me think about all of the people I would thank for making a big difference in my dogs' lives.

First would be my parents, who take care of my dogs when I'm at work and on vacation. Then my training instructors, who have taught me the skills to teach my dogs good manners and how to have fun together in sports like agility. And last, but not least, my training buddies, who help me work through training challenges and support me through hard times.

Who would you thank on behalf of your dogs?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Carolyn | September 20 2011 |

Big on my thank you list today, is our vet. Just got my little dog's blood work back and it was characterized as "fabulous" when Dr. Angie called. Thanks to her and the team at Kalamazoo Animal Hospital, Maggie is traveling back to Belize much healthier than when she arrived. For an old dog, every good day is a precious day.

Submitted by Carol Menke-Clark | October 27 2013 |

I want to and must thank my neighbors who are faithful about checking on my now two elderly dogs every time I have to leave my house for more than a few hours. The "kids" know they will get cookies and know they will be petted and loved when I'm with my dad in Sacramento for the day. I am so very spoiled and blessed to have these fabulous ladies in my life.

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