Celebrate – Good for the Dog; Good for You

An Irish saint’s feast as an excuse to drink beer? Bah, humbug.

Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary? Why is an anniversary more special for having a five at the end?

Big birthday parties? What’s the big deal? Billions of people have managed to get born.

If you haven’t guessed, I’m a bit of a sour puss when it comes to celebrating. Maybe I need to take a lesson from my dog and learn to celebrate.

Honey the golden retriever likes to celebrate the little things.

Dogs Celebrate Little Things

Mike came back from walking Honey this morning.

It wasn’t a long walk. It’s pretty cold out. But the sun is shining—a rare event even in warmer seasons.

But Honey just had to celebrate.

She came running up the stairs. She spotted her favorite squeaky on the bed. She jumped up, nabbed it, and began running around the room squeaking it gleefully.

No matter how small the occasion, Honey finds a way to celebrate. I have a lot to learn from my little fuzzy butt.

Celebrate to Show Gratitude

Celebrating is one way to show our gratitude for something. Whether it’s a day off, a chance to spend time with friends, someone’s life accomplishment—they are all worth being thankful. And worth it for us to express our thankfulness by celebrating.

My friend Jodi has something in common with Honey. She remembers to be grateful. And she celebrates the things she’s grateful for, no matter how small, by sharing them on her Gratitude Adjustment page.

Maybe you have no more intention of drinking green beer today than I do. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the little blessings that come our way each day.

So I’ll take a suggestion from Jodi and Honey. And find something to celebrate, no matter how simple or small.

Your Turn: Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today? What’s your favorite reason to celebrate? What’s your dog’s?

Update: Best City for Pet Travelers

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In my next post, I’ll start sharing some of the reasons you should vote for the charming, historic town of Cape May over a beach in the land o’hurricanes named for a noise you make when you have a respiratory condition. I may even talk some trash.


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  1. St. Paddy’s is one of my favorite days – combining being Irish, with my birthday and being from Syracuse – a big St. Paddy’s town – how could I not. Much less celebration now than when I was younger, but still a favorite day.

  2. No celebrations here, I’m a bit of a scrooge. Always have been. I clearly remember telling my mom I wanted to skip my highschool graduation because “everyone graduates highschool these days – it’s not a big deal.” Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t compelling to her.
    But I do agree we could all make more efforts to celebrate!

    • We are kindred spirits. I decided to go to the movies instead of attending my high school awards ceremony.

      My dad came running out of the house to catch me and my sister in the driveway. They were awarding me a scholarship to honor an English teacher who had been killed in a car accident a few months earlier. Minutes before the ceremony, I don’t think it ever occurred to the school that anyone would blow off such an important celebration.

      BTW, if common things (like graduating high school) are less worth celebrating, you have plenty of uncommon things to celebrate. Just how many people do you know that have a loving relationship with two dogs whose combined weight dwarfs her own? :)

      • Haha – fair point! But rather than celebrating it, I’d rather just enjoy it!

        Curious – do you remember which movie you were going to see?

        • You know I’m old, right, Jen? Even if I wasn’t prone to senior moments, I doubt my ability to remember any movies I saw in 1983. :)

          But looking at at list of movies that came out that year, I’d guess Flashdance, Risky Business, or my fond high school fave, Vacation.

  3. I’m pretty bah humbug about holidays too. Bah humbug. LOL

    • But I noticed you took time to celebrate Prescott, AZ in the Pet Friendly Traveler’s competition. :)

      Good luck in the competition.

  4. Aw, thanks for the shout-out Pamela, St. P day is one of my favorite days, and I’m a bit bummed today because with everything going on at home, I forgot my beanie and ears to wear to work. After work, (if I remember) I’ll put them on and take a selfie.

    We can learn so much from our pups, and celebrating is definitely one of them.

    • I can’t wait to see that selfie. And maybe you add a party hat to your pic of Sampson in PicMonkey since he’s not feeling a party mood today.

      Even so, Sampson and Delilah have a lot to celebrate about having such a loving person taking care of them. :)

  5. I don’t need a “special” occasion to celebrate. When I feel like celebrating something, I just do it. Although I don’t necessarily make a big deal out of it. Of course, come next February I will help Sam celebrate his 65th birthday. It’s a milestone that not everyone I’ve ever loved has had a chance to celebrate. Personally, I choose to be grateful for each new day, and each time I return home safely to my pups who remained safe while I was gone. Both are something to celebrate, but I don’t grab a squeaky toy and carry it in my mouth around the house. I leave that to my own “little fuzzy butts”.

    • If you celebrate wonderful little moments all the time, then you’re an honorary golden retriever, Sue. :)

      Do you have big plans for Sam’s 65th? Go on, you can tell me. I don’t think he reads my blog. :)

      • Honorary GR, huh? I like that! I wish my Mom were here – physically – to share that with! She’d get a kick out of it.

        As for Sam’s birthday, I think we’ll just keep it private. Maybe dinner at The Melting Pot. I’m at a point in my life where I prefer to keep celebrations – big & small – low key, at least in public. I might mention it on the blog when the time comes; but not in a restaurant where they make an embarrassingly huge deal out of such things.

  6. We love an excuse to celebrate but unfortunately we usually forget the smaller holidays! I guess that’s because every day we are in a fairly celebratory and indulgent mode, with lots of kisses and snuggles and yummy treats.

    • Yep, every day celebrations are the best. We never know how many days we have on this earth so it’s best not to wait around for special occasions.

      That said, I’m often sorry that days less publicly celebrated days sneak up on me, like solstice and the equinoxes. Every year, I vow to pay more attention to the sky and celebrate the planets. But I never keep up.

  7. I’ll celebrate anything if there is cake involved.

    • St. Patrick’s Day isn’t known for it’s cake.

      But March 17 is also the date of Julius Caesar’s last military victory in 45 B.C. (Battle of Munda). Since there aren’t many ancient Roman’s around today, I don’t think anyone would mind if you celebrated with a little slice of something. :)

  8. We aren’t big celebrators at our place. Events with lots of family are fun, but that is about it. No green beer here.

  9. I think we should all spend a lot more time celebrating!!