The holiday season has finally reached one of my favorite festivals- Thanksgiving. It’s time for all the friends and family to meet and enjoy the moment with good food and a deliciously cooked turkey. Most importantly, it’s time to show your thanks to people for being a part of your life. Since we are being thankful, why not celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently this year and include our Emotional support animal in the celebration.
If you are one of the many people who shared the lockdown with a furry ESA, you can use this holiday time to show your gratitude to your four-pawed friend for being of immense support during such hard times and all the other times when you felt low and defeated. So, here’s a list of a few fun ways that you can try to celebrate this Thanksgiving with your ESA.
Cook The Thanksgiving Meal Together
Whether you own a cat or a dog, let them help you cook the Thanksgiving meal this year. Well, they won’t necessarily help you peel the potatoes but the help can be more nonmaterial. Keep them around you while you cook a meal that they can share with you. And while you make the effort, they can be there looking at you for a piece of turkey and doing just what they are meant to do- provide you emotional support.
There are several Thanksgiving recipes that your dogs and cats can eat too. Need inspiration? Start with a simple roasted turkey recipe. Blend some pieces of turkey, carrots and oatmeal and turn them into bite-size balls. Bake for a few minutes and serve them to your ESA. I’m sure you’ll get an empty bowl within a few seconds.
Get Your ESA Letter Already
The best gift that you can give your pet is your company. So, why not make it easy for yourself and your pet by getting an ESA letter? Your pet will be a certified emotional support animal that can stay with you all the time. Whether it is your apartment complex with a ‘no pet policy’ or airplane cabin during your travels, you’ll be able to give them your company everywhere.
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So, make this Thanksgiving a happy celebration by getting your ESA certified by a legit doctor.
Dress Them up For The Occasion
If you have friends and family coming over for Thanksgiving either physically or through the phone screens, you’d want to enhance the beauty of your surroundings. But, don’t just decorate your home. Take time to dress your pet for the occasion too. Let that fur be covered with a beautiful bowtie or a cowboy hat. You can find several dog and cat costumes according to the different sizes. Visit your nearest Target and find a match for your ESA.
Dressing up your ESA will cheer up your spirits for the occasion and make the mood more fun and happy. Because who doesn’t like to see a cat dressed as a chestnut or a turkey?
Give Them a Spa Day
Since Thanksgiving is all about spending time with your loved ones and showing gratitude, there couldn’t be a better way than a spa day to show your love and care to your emotional support animal.
Pamper your ESA by giving them a bath, clipping their nails and brushing their coat. You can also give them a massage and watch them slowly falling asleep. Just let them lay back and enjoy the day. End the day with a special treat to let them know that they are special.
It’s a Win-Win Situation
Emotional support animals help you care for your mental health every single day. That’s one of the reasons why you have an ESA letter with you. The mere presence of your ESA is enough to forget about the negative thoughts. When they can help you get through such difficult times, you can devote a small part of your Thanksgiving to them.
Enjoy Thanksgiving With Your Pet At Home This Season
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Engaging in different activities with your pet will not just be a good time for them but also for you. Spending time and being in their presence allows them to be of more help to your mental state. You’ll feel the happy hormones kick in and the anxiety levels or low feelings disappear. That’s exactly the mood we aim for at Thanksgiving.
However, let’s not forget the need to be safe during the holiday season. Spend time only with your close friends or family and avoid traveling or going out. In any case, I think the best option would be to stay at home and spend the evening cooking dinner with your emotional support animal. So, enjoy the holidays and Happy Thanksgiving!