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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to identify what makes us grateful. And it should come as no surprise that here at the AKC, our canine companions are at the top of our list.

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, we asked our readers to submit their favorite fall photos of their four-legged sidekicks. Here are 15 canines that make us thankful for dogs.

Australian Cattle Dog in fall scene

This Australian Cattle Dog‘s smile says it all. He’s happy to be a part of his family.

Australian Shepherd dogs in fall scene

These Australian Shepherds look mighty dapper in front of this autumn-inspired backdrop.

Bouvier des Flandres running in a field with hay

Bounding his way straight into your heart is this joyful Bouvier Des Flandres.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever in fall leaves

Guess who wants to make sure your holiday season is bountiful? This Chesapeake Bay Retriever, that’s who.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a sweater in a fall scene

That look of adoration from this precious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup? Yeah, consider our hearts melted.

English Springer Spaniels in a fall scene

Picture perfect! These English Springer Spaniels certainly know how to strike a pose.

Golden Retriever puppies in baskets

What’s better than a bucket of Golden Retriever puppies? Two of them!

Golden Retriever with a pumpkin

We have to admit, this Golden Retriever is the pumpkin of our eye.

German Shepherd Dog in fall leaves

“Wanna work off some of that Thanksgiving grub? Why don’t you play in the leaves with me!” says this German Shepherd Dog.

Italian Greyhound in a hooded sweatshirt in a pumpkin patch

Looks like this Italian Greyhound is feeling a little chilly. Perhaps a post-party snuggle is the perfect way to warm up.

Labrador Retriever at a pumpkin patch

Check out this Labrador Retriever who’s looking absolutely gourd-geous!

Rhodesian Ridgeback with pumpkins

We wonder what this Rhodesian Ridgeback is thinking about? Maybe he’d like to join the family fun! (In the safest way possible, of course.)

Standard Schnauzer in a pumpkin patch

If you’re looking for that perfect pumpkin to make a pie with this year, this Standard Schnauzer looks more than happy to help.

Scottish Terrier with a pumpkin

Guess what?! We’ve found a Scottish Terrier who is ready and willing to serve as the official greeter to your guests this year!

Weimaraner dogs at a Thanksgiving Table dressed up as pilgrims

Wow! This Weimaraner couple could have fooled us into thinking they just got off the Mayflower! (And of course, they didn’t, but did you know there were, in fact, at least two canines that made the trip?)

After the dishes are washed, and the guests have gone away, don’t forget to give your furry family member an extra scratch to show them just how much you appreciate having them in your life.