Being a dog is great. I’m three years old now, and I’m a very happy dog. People say that Moshi is the wise one, but I’ve learned a whole lot in my short three years. And that includes the secrets to being happy. Would you like to know what those secrets are? Here you go:

1. Bunnies. You can’t be anything but happy when you’re chasing bunnies. You don’t have to catch them, but watching their little cotton ball tails bounce up and down while they hop away will always bring a smile to your face.

2. Swimming, especially with a friend. Take someone with you to throw the ball. Swimming is great exercise. It can warm you on a cold day or cool you off on a hot day. It’s not possible to frown if you and your friend jump into the water together chasing a tennis ball. Even if your friend wins the race to the ball, you’ll be smiling and laughing in no time.

3. A soft bed. There is nothing as comforting as a nice, soft bed. Sleep a while. You’ll wake up feeling great.

4. True friends. My friends Jane and Rhett are always there for me, and I for them. Knowing this allows me to feel safe and happy. Surround yourself with kind, healthy people who love you, and whom you love. Let the mean girls go. You don’t need them.

5. Purpose. Having a reason, a purpose that’s bigger than yourself, is very important. Search your own heart and figure out what’s truly important to you. Do more of that. Don’t wait. Do it now.

Say, would you like to go to the pond with me today? I’ll show you where the bunnies live, and you can throw the tennis ball. That will make us both happy! See you there!

Love, Indy