Life Lessons from Doc


In some countries, January can be a difficult month for humans.


The days are grey, cold and long.


Everywhere you look are different shades of grey, light or sombre and also hues of brown.

Brown is actually one of little T’s mum’s favourite colour, but I don’t think she likes it when associated with winter.

There is green too, but not the vibrant kind.


In January, it is more dull than vivid or bright.

And in our little village by the sea,

little T’s mum says it becomes like a ghost-town around where we live.

There is no life.

There are no tourists around.

If it’s even possible, our village becomes even more silent.


Imagine long days without sunshine, sometimes it is even wet and windy.

I doesn’t really bother me though.

To me, days are just days.

When you’re feeling down, you must focus on the things that make you happy.

Little T’s mum calls them Small Joys.

As for me, I get really excited

when they take me out for a walk.


The headland is my happy place.

Can you see me?


I can run around like a loony, especially when there are no cows around.


Little T’s mum likes to sit on this stone.

I think it’s boring to sit and stare.

Why sit and stare when you can run around …


especially when you have a stick in your mouth?

Now that’s one another thing that really makes me happy, finding a stick and running around like a loony with it!

Other things I love:

* treats (especially when hidden in my kong).

* rolling over badger poo, any carcass (the smellier the better!)

* hugs (although admittedly my humans hate it when I’ve just rolled over something).

* old shoes, cloth I can chew and tear apart.

The trick is dear humans,

to embrace your small joys,

and before you know it whatever is making you feel sad

is gone.

If that fails,

you can try running around with a stick in your mouth,

always works for me! 😉


What about you?

What makes you happy?


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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Sounds good to me – though I might go for just running around and skip the stick!

  2. Anne Russell

    I’m appreciating my ‘small joys’ right now. It was a cold, windy and wet playground duty this afternoon but now I’m hugging a mug of non-alcoholic mulled punch and eating Lebkuchen sitting on my sheepskin rug in front of a cosy fire.

  3. I didn’t think about your village getting ever more still! I wouldn’t have believed it was possible! But, love the post from Doc’s perspective!! So adorable! I know he loves when he doesn’t have to have his leash on and can run free!

    • Dear Kate, I did mention that to little T’s mum when I was dictating to her what to write. She nodded absentmindedly and I knew she’d forgotten something. I think T’s mum is getting old, either that or she’s losing her hearing! 😉 Love, Doc. Woof!

  4. Dogs are so optimistic aren’t they? They could teach us a lot about living in the moment and enjoying the little things. I might see if I can find a stick to run around with…! #AnimalTales

    • They certainly are! I can vouch that the running around like a loony definitely works 😉 Haven’t tried doing it with a stick in my mouth though, but I’m sure it does the trick too 🙂

  5. My small joy today was making a hot chocolate after a particularly muddy & blustery walkies. Looks awfully high up on that headland! 🙂

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