New Year’s resolutions for your pet

New year's resolutions for your pet

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to readjust our habits and patterns, even those that involve our pets. We can each apply a little modification to our pets’ lives. A New Year Resolution simple means to “do” an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice for someone. Of course, being pet lovers, to us that “someone” is our pet! We can all be better, give more time to and pay more attention to our pets or even someone else’s!

There are many lists and suggestions out there for New Year’s resolutions, and below we offer you a few of our ideas. I just spent time watching my husband on the couch with our pet pig. As he stroked her through her 20 minute nap, I thought, “It was not priceless; it was worth everything!” And within those moments lay my resolution, to simply observe. I get so busy, as do we all. My Granny use to tell me to slow down when things got to hectic, and I used to think, “Are you kidding me?” Like I had extra time in my day to do nothing! But today I did, and I simple stopped and watched and a blog which I was having trouble writing, later flew out of me in no time flat.

Christmas Eve with Baby Banks

Let us know what your declaration is for pets as this New Year unfolds. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it comes from your heart and benefits your pet’s well-being!

Happy New Year’s pet lovers, and may all of your wishes come true.

New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Walk with my pet more.
  • Play ball or fetch more.
  • Join a meet up group with your pet.
  • Practice commands and/or learn new ones.  (You only need 5 minutes a day)
  • Start “measuring” my pet’s food.  (This can help our pets from becoming overweight)
  • Start feeding my pet better.  (Maybe it’s time to start reading labels?)
  • No more table scraps!
  • Purchase Pet Insurance. (Did you know that if you can afford your vet visit you can ask for “emergency” only insurance, which is priced well below a “full service” policy? The more you raise your deductible, the cheaper your policy becomes as well!)
  • Healthy veterinarian visits (Proper assessment from a licensed professional is the best care.)
  • Give your pet a massage.
  • Observe!
  • Get “off” the computer!  (Let your dog do more than lay beside you!)
  • Build a pet first aid kit (Because you can only work with what you have!)
  • Be kind.
  • Be involved.  (Have you ever seen a lost dog? Or called the number on a flyer to see if the animal is still missing? Or taken a picture of it and put it on your social media?)
  • Make a difference. (I am the president of a nonprofit organization and I can tell you it all counts and it all adds up! Donate $5.00 to a pet organization you can get behind. Or better yet, volunteer.)
  • Walk the neighbor’s dog.
  • Simply pay it forward to another pet.

Enjoy your time with the creatures you love, and may you have plenty of new memories to share.

Debra Jo Chiapuzio

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