Gift giving holidays have me asking myself one thing. No, not where can I buy the most Chinese-made crap for the most people for the least amount of money. It’s “what makes someone happy?”
I spend a lot of time pondering that question before I decide what to buy or make someone for a gift.
Lately, I’ve been asking it about Honey.
What makes her bounce around the room? What gets her tail wagging loosely? What has her eyes lighting up with joy?
What Makes My Dog Happy? What Makes My Dog Ecstatic?
Honey is happy when a stranger comes to the door.
Honey is ecstatic when our friend Diana comes to the door.
Honey is happy when we walk in the general direction of the park where we play ball.
Honey is ecstatic when the ball comes out of my coat pocket.
Honey is happy when I take her for a walk around the neighborhood.
Honey is ecstatic when my husband joins us.
Honey is happy when I let her leash dangle on a walk in the woods.
Honey is ecstatic when I unclip it from her collar and let her run zoomies.
Honey is happy when I tug her favorite squeaky toy with her.
Honey is ecstatic when my husband does.
Honey is happy when I teach her a new trick using a clicker and treat bag.
Honey is ecstatic when she masters that trick.
Honey is happy when I slip her a piece of the apple I’m eating.
Honey is ecstatic when I cut off a morsel of liverwurst for her.
Honey is happy lying under my desk while I’m typing at the computer.
Honey is ecstatic when I get up from the computer and tell her it’s time to do something fun together.
I’d better go. It’s time to make my dog ecstatic.
Make Yourself Happy. Make Someone Else Happy.
I am so thrilled by the enthusiastic response to bringing back the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange. If you’ve been living under a rock, it’s the time of year when a pet blogger pairs up with a random partner to share link love, encouragement, and compliments. And couldn’t we all use a little of that?
Not convinced? Check out 5 Reasons to Join the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange by our awesome co-host Pup Fan over at I Still Want More Puppies.
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Your Turn: What makes your dog(s) happy? What makes your dog(s) ecstatic?