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My dog does this really great trick

ALICE FRANCIS
Last updated 05:00 07/05/2014
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MY HAPPINESS: My dog, Riley, has seen me through some of the toughest times in my life.

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This is my 12-year-old Golden Retriever, Riley.

He has seen me through some of the toughest times in my life.

From career and relationship difficulties, to the deaths of family members, he is the best kind of friend, who instinctively knows all he really needs to do is be there.

Unlike most people, he doesn't feel the need to offer unwanted advice, pass judgement or even so much as think "I told you so", whatever mistakes I've made.

He's been there for my successes, and he's been happy, just because I was.

He never expects anything in return, yet is so grateful for anything he's given.

This photo was taken a couple of years ago, after a long week of bad weather.

We were out in our backyard and I asked him if he was happy that there was sunshine again, and this was his response.

I loved this picture so much, a friend had it put on to a coffee mug, and this is one of the first things I see every day. It reminds me to focus on the good, and be happy with what I have.

Something I read recently sums it up perfectly: "My dog does this really great trick, he just exists and makes my entire life better."


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