I had to take a trip to the vet the other day.

Well, actually, I took two trips to the vet in five days.  The first was just for my annual check-up, but the second visit was because I ripped my one rear toe nail off.  When I left the vet’s office the second time, I had to wear the “Cone of Shame” so that I wouldn’t try to lick my boo-boo where my nail came off.

Mommy and daddy have to give me an anti-biotic twice a day so that my boo-boo doesn’t get infected, but I really don’t mind that because I take it with peanut butter.  And…I love peanut butter, so bring it on!

Some dogs feel sad when they have to wear the “Cone of Shame,” but not me.  I mean, sure it’s an inconvenience and I look kind of goofy, and I might walk into a wall or mommy or daddy’s legs every once in a while, but that’s no reason to mope around.  Mommy and daddy aren’t happy when I walk into their legs when I’m wearing the “Cone of Shame,” but that just comes with the territory.

One of the things that I’ve learned in life is that happiness is a choice.  So, whether I’m wearing the “Cone of Shame” or not, I’m going to choose to be happy and smile.  No matter what happens in life, I will always choose to be happy and grateful.

Life is short, so we have to understand that the little things in life that make us happy will always outnumber the bad things in our lives.

It’s like sometimes daddy will eat an entire sandwich in front of me.  Then when he gets to the end, he tears off a little piece of the corner and gives it to me.  Then he lets me lick the crumbs off of his plate.  Now some people may be upset that they only got a corner of the sandwich and some crumbs, but not me.  I am happy and grateful that daddy shared any of his sandwich with me.

I think that is one thing that people can learn from us dogs.  Too many times people focus on what they don’t have as opposed to being grateful for what they do.  When you’re grateful for everything that you have, it’s actually quite easy to be happy.

When I lost my toe nail, I wasn’t keen about wearing the “Cone of Shame” or that I wouldn’t be able to take daddy for walks for a few days, but I was still happy.  I was happy that I got bacon in the mornings from Matthew, I was happy that mommy and daddy were still with me every day, and quite frankly I was just happy to be alive.

Every day when I wake up, I thank God for another day that will be filled with smiles, treats, pets, a walk, and of course love from my mommy and daddy.  Even on the days when I knew that I wasn’t allowed to walk because my foot was still healing and I’d have to wear the “Cone of Shame,” I was still grateful and happy for all of the other awesome things in my life.  All of the good things still outweighed the fact that I couldn’t take daddy for a walk and I had to wear that silly thing on my head.

I didn’t focus on the bad things; I focused on the good things.

By focusing on the good things, it made the days go by faster until I could take walks again and not have to wear the cone.

Believe me though, now that I am out of the cone and starting to take short walks with mommy and daddy again, I am even more grateful for them now than I was before.

That’s why I never take anything for granted and I’ve learned to cherish every moment.  Life is precious and it is the little things stacked on top of each other that make up the big things.  You never know what tomorrow may bring, so you have to appreciate every moment of today and forget about anything bad that happened yesterday.