The best photos of dogs begging for Thanksgiving scraps

You say no to that face.

 

Miles Klee

IRL

Published Nov 29, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 12:54 am CDT

Dogs may not use calendars, but they know all about Thanksgiving. When else, in the course of a year, does that unique mélange of culinary scents—prime among them the mouth-wateringly savory smell of a properly basted turkey—fill the air? 

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Yes, for many Americans, the holiday is incomplete without a few searching, soulful, puppy-dog looks from a furry face wedged between their thighs beneath the dining room table. Below are a few of the best (i.e., most shameless) canine begging displays that social media had to offer. If nothing else, we ought to applaud these mutts’ patience and determination.

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It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without my cousin’s dog, Maximus, begging at the table. ;-) pic.twitter.com/L4KXQojdum

— Hillary G. Anderson (@HgaHillary) November 29, 2013

Successful Thanksgiving complete with a #Lions win and 3 #goldendoodle dogs begging for turkey. pic.twitter.com/0AwWkiJX2E

— Brittany Darga (@MBrittanyDarga) November 29, 2013

Begging at her first thanksgiving dinner with us 🐾 pic.twitter.com/V1S496ZdfQ

— Shelby Thompson (@s_thomp20) November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Let the Ringo begging Olympics begin. pic.twitter.com/fM4CsgRYId

— Dave Sims (@Film_playground) November 28, 2013

Happy thanksgiving from the sweetest little baby in the world. Begging for a cinnamon rollup. pic.twitter.com/GJGF3aeFyJ

— Liana Brett Goff (@lianabrett) November 28, 2013

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Lucy begging for food. It’s her first Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/7ONwwGzzc7

— Morgan McGuire (@Morgan_Bubbles1) November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a begging 🐶 pic.twitter.com/hrMpgel4ld

— Pay Hola (@paolamaria96) November 28, 2013

It’s not thanksgiving unless this one is begging. pic.twitter.com/2zJbAdsK0i

— wabby (@abbywentworthx) November 28, 2013

My best buddy Koda begging for some #Thanksgiving food 🐶☺️ pic.twitter.com/hWLUsrD9T7

— VickyLynne (@IAmVickyLynne) November 28, 2013

Wouldn’t be a complete thanksgiving dinner without her begging in my lap the entire time pic.twitter.com/IMMud0YsLq

— Callie Chester (@calliechester) November 28, 2013

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As a bonus entry, here’s a photo of my parents’ majestic golden retriever, Harper, gazing longingly at our carved-up bird. (Full disclosure: I definitely snuck her some pieces of meat when nobody was looking. Thanksgiving is about generosity, let’s not forget.)

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*First Published: Nov 29, 2013, 5:07 pm CST