Monday, January 27, 2014

Happiness

Happiness is a very transient feeling.


You may be happy with your team winning a Superbowl.


You may be happy with the love of your partner.


You may be happy because you have a dream job.


I am happy because I have a couple of these things. But also because Leif is just a great dog.


He is, at this very moment sunning himself outside in my back yard. He loves the sun, he comes to me occasionally warm, soft and not a little dusty. It is the last week of January and warm enough for my crazy guide dog to sun bathe.


There are times when working Leif can be a frustration. He is very intelligent and quick to pick up on my moments of distraction.


But when we get to work together in harmony then it is the most wonderful experience. Working with a dog so closely is one of the greatest causes of happiness in my life, did you notice Life is an anagram of Leif? 


Many guide dog users talk of a life changing bond between themselves and their dog. As we come up to our three month anniversary, I can really see this bond developing.


For me then today, happiness is my wonderful wife, my great job and a short black Labrador Retriever named Leif. My guide dog.