New Year’s Petsolutions 2014

The Weekly Walk

Happy Woof Year! How was your 2013? Did you have your fill of barks and meows and chirps? Are you hoping for more in 2014? Are you unsure about what you want more of in 2014 but know that it involves animal noises? Then keep reading to get inspiration for some New Year’s Petsolutions!


Make Friends With the Vet: “This year, give your veterinarian the chance to notice any developing illnesses and the opportunity to take care of them right away. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make that appointment today!”


Prepare for Pet Adoption: “Try fostering. Many animal shelters and rescues need loving homes to provide safe and temporary living arrangements for pets. It’s the perfect way to test the waters of pet ownership without the lifelong commitment, since you are simply hosting a pet while they wait for their forever home.”

Marc Lee Abraham, The Huffington Post UK

Adopt: “Rescue dogs, cats, and rabbits, are usually already toilet-trained with years of experience under their belt. When you adopt a senior animal, chances are you’re saving their life.”

Kim Campbell Thornton & Marty Becker,

Show Your Love: “Make time for him. When your pet nudges your hand or bumps you with his head, don’t just automatically hand him a treat. Instead, reward him with a scratch between the ears or a few minutes of play. You’ll both be better for it.”

Chicago Dog Walkers Reader

Be a Student: “Follow your pet’s lead this year. When you see her relaxing on the floor or the couch, learn to take a break and curl up alongside of her.”

Treat Your Pet: “Curious about what’s really in the treats you buy for your pet? Make homemade treats and wonder no more! Your pet will taste the love you put into each recipe.”

Alyssa Landau, The Friday Flyer

Spend Your Free Time Wisely: “You can volunteer at a shelter or, if shelters sound too scary or heartbreaking to you, you can volunteer at a rescue. There are so many rescues around our area (not just for cats and dogs either)!”

Tyler Stover,

Exercise Together: “Instead of dreading a daily workout, you can view it as additional time to bond with your best friend. A daily walk with your dog helps her learn proper manners, and helps both of you get in better shape.”

Marc Morrone, Newsday

Keep Your Eyes Open: “This is the most important one: Do your best to look at the world from your pet’s point of view.”

Maria DeFillipo,

Click here to read a few resolutions from animals, such as this one from Rockwell, a pit-bull mix: “I resolve to get adopted this year. I overheard people saying that no one would adopt a black pit bull like me, but I resolve to prove them wrong.”


Thank you for taking a walk through another post with us. Share your New Year’s Petsolutions with us in the comments, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

The Weekly Walk: Petrospective 2013

The Weekly Walk

As we walk toward the end of route 2013, we are taking another stroll past our favorite animal posts from the year. Like a wonderful path that you enjoy walking with your dog each day, some things are made to be appreciated once, twice, and several times more.

Article of the Week: Never Forget (May 17)

Dogs remember. They remember when they will be fed. They remember when their owners will return from work. They remember which pieces of furniture are off-limits — although, they may not care to remember this lesson when their owners are away. And they also remember how people treat them. Disrespect or neglect a dog, and that dog will shy away from you or become aggressive. On the flip side of that, treat a dog with respect and care, and he will show you his gratitude by giving you love and attention. The photo on the right adds more proof to this concept. Since we don’t want to steal the short write-up about this human and canine embrace, click the picture to read the article and see a larger version of the photo. Woof.

Joke of the Week (March 29)

Q: What do you get if you cross a sheepdog with a rose?

A: A collie-flower.

Treat of the Week (January 18)

This recipe for homemade dog treats comes with a fun blog post. Love it!

Photo of the Week (November 15)

Beautiful photos of beautiful shelter dogs. Click the picture for more.

Video of the Week (September 27)

A husky playing in leaves. As if you needed another reason to love fall.


Thank you for taking the last Weekly Walk of the year with us. We always appreciate your company, and we always want to hear your stories on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Woof!

The Weekly Walk: Resolute Hope

The Weekly WalkArticle of the Week: Sharing Strength

Life requires hope, and Eldad Hagar, a member of Hope for Paws, remained optimistic when he decided to save a stray dog in Los Angeles. Lying on a heap of trash, the dog now known as Miley appeared exhausted and defeated. Hagar managed to coax Miley into a leash, and he took her to a veterinary care clinic, where she was diagnosed with mange, parasites, and other serious ailments. While everyone remained committed to caring for Miley, no one was sure she would survive the rescue, and it wasn’t until she met a friend that her condition really began to improve. Who was this friend? Someone who needed saving as well. Watch the video below to learn the rest of the story. It will make your day better. Woof!

Joke of the Week

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a dog?

A: Frostbite.

Treat of the Week

A simple homemade dog treat recipe to make edible stocking stuffers for your favorite pooches!

Puzzle of the Week

Solve the anagram “Gold Over You.”

Hint: three words, heart yours.

Highlight the space after the colon to see the answer: Love Your Dog

Photo of the Week

It has been a big year for boops. Click the photo for Buzzfeed’s review.

Video of the Week

Best friends forever in the making.


We would love to hear about holiday plans with your pets in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!