11/12/2012 05:21 pm ET Updated Jan 12, 2013

40 Animals Who Are Ready For Thanksgiving

Don't look now, but Thanksgiving is coming up next week, whether or not we're ready for the forced conversation with relatives who keep wanting to know if we got those paranoid email forwards they sent us. Let's put that awkwardness out of our minds with the help of one of Thanksgiving's greatest joys: cats and dogs stuffed into Thanksgiving-themed costumes. These animals are almost as ready to give thanks as is Brutus the bear in the picture above (which is a real photo, by the way).

Continue to the next page to view 40 cats and dogs graciously not ripping these costumes to shreds before the photos could be taken. Truly we have much to be thankful for this year.