New Year's resolutions learned from dogs and cats

Animal Welfare Specialist
Cathy has worked in the animal welfare field for more than 25 years. As a Director of Public Relations for local and national animal welfare agencies, Cathy developed and managed public relations programs, wrote press materials, and prepared staff to handle media interviews on animal issues.

While everyone is pondering their New Year’s resolutions, I have decided to venture forth this year as if my dogs and cats were my closest advisors. Here’s what pets teach about the important things in life.

  • There’s always time to stop and smell stuff.
  • Sticking to your diet means eating only what’s on your plate, not the plate itself.
  • Ice cubes can be good snacks, as long as they are referred to as “treats”.
  • A walk around the block makes your tail wag.
  • Running in circles makes you dizzy, but makes other people laugh.
  • Jumping on people is fun, but most people prefer you don’t.
  • Good manners makes people talk sweet about you.
  • Good training and education keeps you in good standing with those you love.
  • Pure joy comes to those who like to play.
  • Patience often leads to unexpected rewards.
  • One great toy is all you really need to be happy.
  • Knowing a good trick or two really impresses people.
  • Everyone needs a friend who listens.
  • Keeping quiet is sometimes the best advice given.
  • Doing nothing is absolutely okay — and taking a nap afterwards is even better.
  • Good friends forgive you even if you eat their socks.
  • Carrying ID keeps you from getting lost in the system.
  • And giving love, unconditional love, is the answer to almost everything.

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