Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.
Honey loves going new places and sniffing new things. But let’s face it, she’s never once told me she was bored with her walk. Or decided she’d rather stay inside. Every walk is a new adventure–squirrels to chase, cats to investigate, and lots of p-mail to check.
Sometimes I get wanderlust. It appears that some other place is cooler or more interesting. I forget how to see my home with new eyes the way Honey smells it with a fresh nose.
And Honey isn’t the only one to teach me this lesson. One of the wonderful blogs I read expresses a lot of appreciation for local history and beauty. Tales and Tails not only shares the lives of Bunny, Blueberry, and Lilac the greyhounds along with the German Shepherd, Morgan, but it also has great photos and historical notes about the interesting places they visit. Tales and Tails is a great reminder that the best places in the world are those you share with the ones you love.
I must remember to appreciate my own backyard as much as Honey has. Notice the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells all around me. And stop taking them for granted.
How could I be happier anywhere else? Honey couldn’t.