New Year's resolutions learned from dogs and cats

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New Year's resolutions learned from dogs and cats

Updated Dec 31, 2008

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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2 thoughts on “New Year's resolutions learned from dogs and cats

  1. Wonderful!  I have revised my New Year’s resolutions to be more in line with these!  Thank you!

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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 25 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.

Read more about Cathy here or check out her Non-Profit's page to see more ways she can help you and your organization.

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