THE UNITED STATES DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE was put into effect on July 4, 1776. A section of the text reads:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Watson seemed to expect good things out of each day and was always prepared to welcome them. From the start of his day, he would eagerly anticipate each person’s rising and be at their bedroom door to greet them. Throughout the day, Watson was attuned to the weather, and he loved to observe what was happening out in the backyard. He enjoyed watching the many types of birds that visited, especially the huge families of quail. In the evenings, Watson embraced the setting of the sun or blustery winds, even rain and snow, depending on the season.
It was as if Watson knew the words of the Declaration of Independence and lived them, every day, to the fullest extent possible. He brought a cheerful lightness to each day he was with us. And in doing so, he helped us with our pursuits of happiness.
Watson’s way was fundamentally happy and good natured. Even on days he felt bad, was in pain or hurt, he behaved happily. What would the world of dog-persons be like if they behaved happily?
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