Do you make New Years resolutions? I typically don’t. I learned, years ago, while working as a psych tech with eating disordered women, that resolutions can be a harmful thing for some people. I think, like most things, though, that New Years resolutions are what you make of them, that it depends on the why behind it, as well as your resolve and how you carry them out.
This year, however, I’m making dog New Years resolutions. I’m making them for and about my dogs.
I’m also making them for my family. Not pictured here are Flash and Patches.
- I’m going to teach Chewy to use that Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell I keep talking about. In January. Soon. It’s very cool. Resolutions need a purpose, yes? I’m doing this for Chewy and all the dogs. Maybe Chewy will stop sitting on my chest and licking my nose while I’m trying to work. Instead, he’ll ring the doorbell with his nose.
- Joint care – this one we’ve already begun. I’ll be writing a post about it in January. When I was at BarkWorld, Tomlyn gave me two bags of hip and joint chewables for senior dogs. They’ve made a big difference for Flash and Patches. My local pet store carries them, so we’ll be continuing on the maintenance regimen.
- Meet more people – Chewy and Gadget need better social skills. I plan to get them out and about more each week, taking them into shops wherever they’re allowed.
- Teach Chewy and Gadget to wear clothes – alright, this New Years resolution is really for me. I want to dress up the dogs for photos. They hate playing dress up. But they’re so stinkin’ cute wearing hats and outfits! And I have a real camera now! So we’re going to work on being comfortable in clothing.
- Saving money specifically for the dogs – I’m setting aside an envelope to put cash into each paycheck. That cash will be for emergencies. Emergency vet visits only, not routine care. No one should have to panic because something happens to their dog and they can’t afford the vet.
Five is enough for me. I’m diagnosed ADHD, and have a difficult time remembering a list of three things, much less five. That’s a post for another day, though – living with dogs and ADHD. Remembering to feed, let the dogs out, vet appointments, etc. I think this is a most excellent list for both the dogs and myself. It’ll push me to be more self-aware, more aware of my dogs’ needs.
What about you? Are you making personal New Years resolutions? Resolutions for your dogs? I’d like to hear some of them. They fascinate me – not the resolutions, exactly, but the reasoning behind them.
I would have resolved to give my dogs more Jones Natural Chews, but they get plenty as it is. Any more and they’d never eat their meals. 😉
Now go give your dog a Jones Natural Chew. And enter the giveaway! Click this sentence to be taken to the entry post. Tweeting daily adds to your chances to win! Our winner will be announced on Monday. And have a happy New Year!
Until I write again …