Is your dog happy? Whether you say yes or no, do you really know?

I catch myself (often) watching my Boys wondering if they are happy, content, and/or comfortable.

Do I make them as happy as they make me?

Smart Living Network shares six signs that can help you tell if your dog is happy –

  • eyes – shape and size change with their emotions
  • mouth – used for communication
  • ears – whenever the ears sit on their head naturally
  • tails – a wagging one!
  • hair – not over shedding, not raised between the shoulder blades
  • body posture – standing normally means he’s at ease

Another example is to look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (a theory of human motivation) with a little canine twist to discover the secrets to a happy dog…



The meaning of life is to live it. The secret to a happy dog is to help him live a fulfilled life. That means he actively participates in it. He plays, goes places, and does things. Basically, the secret to a happy dog is not much different at all from the secret to a happy person. Cullen’s Archangel Rescue, Inc.

Well, Harley and Jaxson seemed very happy when they met with Mayor John Techlenburg.



Because the Mayor loves his pet friendly city and wants to meet the Doodles who are barking day and night to make Charleston THEBest City for Pet Travelers!


We’re coming down to the wire in the Go Pet Friendly March Madness tournament.

It’s Round 5 and we’re up against the defending 2015 champs of Port St. Joe, FL.

Known for their miles of pet friendly beach sand , I still believe Charleston’s got much more to offer.


40 pet friendly restaurants (they’ve got 4)

3 pet friendly beaches (they’ve got 1)

34 pet friendly attractions (they’ve got 3)

But most of all – Charleston’s now got Groovy Goldendoodles™  who the Mayor has just renamed as “The Charleston Boys” #hellosomebody

So once again – we’re asking for your vote…


In order for the Boys to advance to Round 6 #thefinalfour – they’ll need oodles of doodle votes.

It’s pretty easy – just click HERE and scroll all the way down then vote for Charleston SC (Cathy B).

You can only vote once – but please share with all your friends

We thank you in advance for your support ❤️

Voting for this round ends at 9PM on Thursday, March 31st


For continued reading about your dogs happiness, visit –

Smart Living Network

The Secrets to a Happy Dog

GOLDEN hugs & DOODLE kisses


  • Monika & Sam
    March 28, 2016

    Love the comparison to Maslow! We’e rooting for you to make the Final Four! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      Thanks Monika – just gave it a canine twist that’s all LOL Thanks for your votes too! We’re trying doodle hard to take this all the way!

  • Emma
    March 28, 2016

    We are happy girls at my house. We’ll be even happier if we start getting a few more titles this season! Good luck on the voting!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      I know you and your sisters will load up on titles – this is your year Emma, and the Boys will be right here routing for you all the way! #weloveussomeGBGV

  • Pamela
    March 28, 2016

    How could Jaxson and Harley be anything but happy with a hu-mom who gives them such a great life?

    It’s really exciting that Charleston’s mayor is behind the city’s bid to be the Best City For Pet Travelers. And you and the doodle boys, er, Charleston boys, are great ambassadors for a wonderful city.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      You are too too kind Pamela. I’m just an older woman trying to make it into heaven LOL The Mayor was pawsome for sure. He’s got just the right personality and he was quite accommodating considering as soon as we arrived the fire alarm went off and we all had to evacuate the building. But he and the “Charleston Boys” adjusted and we even drew a crown on the corner of City Hall. HA!

  • Pedro and Alessandra
    March 28, 2016

    Just voted! By showing those idyllic places that you’ve visited with the Boys and how happy they are to explore their new city, we’re longing to come visit you! Plus in other Doodle forums, we’ve come across oodles of doodles in SC… lots of friends to meet!
    Best of lucks, but we think you guys got this! 😉
    With loving paws always,

    Pedro & Alessandra

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      Pedro, I cannot tell you how blown over I am with all the love and support with this tournament. Friends like you and your Mom are precious to us. I hope to take it all the way, for Charleston and for all our readers! You must come and visit Charleston. It’s such a beautiful place for both humans and pets.

  • Jan K
    March 28, 2016

    Every time I’ve voted, you’ve been whomping the competition! Keep up the good work pulling for your new city. I only know from everything you’ve written, it sure sounds like a great city, where any dogs and their people would definitely be welcomed and happy!
    I can usually tell our crew is happy by their smiling faces and wagging tails…which it makes me happy to see!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      Harley’s tail is his give away, but Jaxson’s face tells it all! Thanks so much for your support with the voting. I really hope we can pull this off.

  • Two French Bulldogs
    March 28, 2016

    Very interesting. Needless to say the animated picture cracked us up
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 28, 2016

      It made me laugh too! Reminded me a lot of Jaxson. That’s how he acts most days LOL

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    March 28, 2016

    Voted! Good luck!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 31, 2016

      Thanks so much JoAnn. Have a great weekend!

  • Melinda
    March 29, 2016

    Thank you so much for the article. Often times I question both of my dogs emotions. I am always wondering if they are happy and content. Great read, found this information very informative.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 31, 2016

      You’re welcome Melinda – I believe our dogs can feel our love and that is what ultimately makes them happy! But it’s nice to know the signs huh? Have a great day 🙂

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    March 29, 2016

    Last time I looked Y’all were way ahead. Which reminds me, I need to go pester my friends again!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 31, 2016

      Pester, harass, do whatever you need to do! Thanks so much for all your help in this tournament – we are so grateful.

  • Greg
    March 29, 2016

    Doodle Dad needs to get 3D in the game! Good luck!


    • Cathy Bennett
      March 31, 2016

      HA! I will make sure I tell him that too Greg!

  • Cathy Bennett
    March 31, 2016

    Thanks Pamela – I’m so glad we met, and I’m so lucky it was here in Charleston. You now know first hand just what a great pet friendly city it is…

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