10 years ago today, my dog Vinny was born. It has been a crazy life for the little guy. He grew up in a fraternity (and an occasional sorority), has driven from Chicago to California and back without a single nap, had life saving disc surgery, and has recently been ridden like a rodeo bull on a daily basis by our insane cat. All the while, Vinny has been the most loyal dog who, and I'm not using hyperbole here, may love me more than any other dog loves its' owner. He has been attached to my hip every day of these 10 years and tries to protect me as much as his little bark lets him (he still growls at my wife in the morning when she gives me a kiss in bed). I figured on such a momentous occasion as a 10th birthday, Vinny was in line to receive a random act of kindness. Since I know he typically reads this blog before he goes to bed at night, I can post this and have his act still be a surprise. So today, for my random act of kindness, I will be giving Vinny a birthday dog massage. I researched calming massage techniques for animals so I think he will have a nice relaxing evening as long as the cat doesn't bite him on the legs like she typically does.