You can see by the way he stands that this is a little dog with a lot of confidence.
Sure of himself, happy, secure.
That stance, full of pride and contentment, almost looking like he's surveying his empire.
That tail, upright and sure. He's interested and alert and eager - and he rarely doubts himself.
In fact, he usually believes he can do anything.
In the very best way, he feels he is entitled to good things, for things to go well, to be loved for being him and even to get to sleep in a huge bed (well, sometimes!).
And I think that's partly his character, partly the traits of his breed and partly the way I talk to him.
Every day he hears how great he is, how clever, how funny.
Every day, many, many times a day he hears things like, 'YOUR'RE THE BEST!' and 'I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!'.
So much positive reinforcement, positive messages for the whole 8 years of his life.
And I do think it's got a lot to do with it.
Which every now and then gets me thinking that this is not the way a lot of us speak to ourselves.
Language is so important, and the way we talk to ourselves has such an impact.
Many of us talk to ourselves in a way would NEVER talk to anyone else - we can be harsh and judgemental.
Our inner voices often tell us that we're not great or clever or funny.
We tell ourselves we should do more, could do more, aren't doing enough and what we're doing isn't good enough.
We can be very harsh on ourselves and yes, just sometimes, it might be useful and the push we need.
But often I think we could do with giving ourselves a bit more praise and love.
I think if we told ourselves several times a day, 'YOU'RE THE BEST!', 'YOU'RE SO GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO!', 'I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!' etc etc, it would have a big effect.
No more, 'mm I'm not sure that's good enough'.
A lot more, 'that's fantastic, press publish!' would go a long way.
Even just as we go about our daily lives, an inner voice could be encouraging us, bolstering our confidence and courage and growing our ability to create, share, grow and help.
To be the people we were meant to be, want to be.
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