When all else fails, hug the dog.
I work from home, so she's my only companion/coworker all day. She's my 5 minute break and my lunch time de-stresser. If I'm sad, she sits next to me. If John and I fight, she barks at him. My couch and tv watching buddy. My motivation to get out of bed in the morning and to take a walk in the afternoon.
Amazing that I sometimes take her for granted... Like all the people who are in our lives. It is good to stop and appreciate what we take for granted.
Be the person your dog thinks you are.