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.”


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