hdibrell - I agree. I think dogs have it all figured out all the while us piddly humans keep fighting wars, working for "the man", lusting for money and power, stressing out, etc. Every day is a happy new day for Cookie and her cheerful greeting in the morning and when I come home from work makes my day. Honestly, a pet (particularly a dog) the best thing for anyone who's in the dumps.
She's been so sweet lately, when I come home she is so happy to see me she grabs a soft squeaky toy, and I lay on the floor facing her and she lays on her side staring into my eyes and starts to whimper like "daddy, I missed you so much today".
OK, those of you who are dog lovers get my drift.