New Year's resolutions learned from dogs and cats
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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Cathy Rosenthal (aka The Pet Pundit), CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist
Cathy brings more than 35 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.