Over the past few weeks I've been taking an inventory of things that I am thankful for. Today, I am thankful for...

Pets.

For most of us, our pets are our family. Unlike our human family, we can pick our furry family.

Whether your furry family includes dogs, cats, horses or whatever, they hold a special place in your heart. When God made the animals he told Adam to take care of them, to be a good steward of them. Many people have made it their life's mission to rescue and help animals in distress. At this point, I want to give a quick shout out to the Midland Humane Coalition and Petsmart for all the great work they do here in West Texas.

I know I said that we get to pick our pets, that's not always true sometimes they pick us. I've had animal show up on my doorstep for some reason or another and they became part of my family for the rest of their lives. All of our pets are rescues, whether that's Tigger, the cat who runs the house, Cleo our little one that looks like Toto from the 'Wizard of Oz', or Dixie our great Dane, I'm thankful for the joy the companionship they give us.

If you need that place in your heart filled with a furry friend, please rescue an animal today! It'll be something that you're thankful for from that day on.