Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ringing in the New Year with your Furry One

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  How about making some for your pet this year?  If you’re up for the challenge, start with my list and then add your own.  Your four-legged companion will love you for it.

In the year 2016, I resolve to...

  1. Brush my dog’s teeth every day.  Yes, you heard that right, EVERY day.  I regret not having brushed my dog’s teeth every day up to this point, because now we are faced with the expense of oral teeth cleaning, which can be very pricey.  So, make it a priority to brush your pet’s teeth now, and hopefully you will not find yourself shelling out the big bucks later.
  2. Walk/play with my dog for at least 10-15 minutes a day.  With my busy schedule I find that I can go a whole day without much interaction with Summer other than a few head pats.  She is an important part of our family, and she should feel like one.  So, I resolve to spend some time with her, play with her, and take her for brisk walks.
  3. Try a new activity.  You know what they say about raising kids?  The days are long but the years are short.  The same goes for life with our animals.  I want to look back on my dog’s life and know that I provided rich experiences for her.  We used to take her to the lake next to our house and let her jump off the dock and swim, then we’d hike on a path around the lake.  We’d bring her home, worn out and happy, ready for a bath and a long nap. Now, her old lady hips are content with a walk around the block, but I am glad we played like we did back then.  So, I resolve to try something else new, something she can handle.  Maybe a dog park or doga.  And here’s something for you avid outdoorsmen: kayaking!  David Bahnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Vermont figured out how to take his dogs on adventures with just a few tweaks of his canoe.  
  4. Incorporate more play into our day.  This one is a good one for you cat lovers.  Cats are a little more difficult to exercise than dogs, and obesity can be a problem for cats as well.  But they won’t even know it’s exercise if you engage their natural predatory instinct and involve them in the thrill of chasing a laser.  Our Summerdog is a Golden Retriever, and even though she’s never been much of a retriever, she has always loved the chase.  Throw the ball for her, and she’ll go get it and return only to tease you into thinking she’s going to hand it over.  But the chasing part is really what she wants.  It’s like a game of tag!  And it’s a win-win because we’re both getting exercise!
  5. Celebrate her birthday.  Now this one I can honestly say we have done from the beginning.  I remember when I told my then four-year old little boy that Summer’s birthday was coming up and he asked me if we were going to invite the neighbors’ dogs over for her party.  Well, why not?  We ended up inviting our neighbor’s kids over to celebrate!  We made dog bones, ate bone shaped PB&Js, played pin the tail on a poster sized picture of Summer, and sang happy birthday.  It was so much fun and Summer enjoyed being the center of attention. You can visit my post about Summer's birthday party for a recipe to make your own dog bones.

Happy New Year’s!

Also, visit PetPartner's Blog for more helpful tips. If you're still wondering what to get your furry child for Christmas, I rounded up some great Toys for Cats and Toys for Dogs. I can't wait to see Summer try to figure out the dog bone puzzle Santa's bringing!

This post is part of the 9 Awesome Things to do on New Year's Eve. For more great ideas and activities to do on New Year's Eve, be sure and check out some of my favorite bloggers who are linked below: 9 things to do on New Year's Eve 1
Laura Jo @ Wildwood Vale | Traditions
Pam @ Our Little Tinies | Pet Resolutions
Kim @ Hunt and Host | Gold Dipped Party Glasses
Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom | 18 Appetizers
Liz @ Smart Girl DIY | Photo Booths
Katie @ Twin Stripe | Cocktail Pom Sparkler
Sharon @ Pretty Practical Home | Be Fashionable
Jennifer @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn Shelton | Photo Booth Props
Sandy @ Pink Tool Girl | New Year's Resolutions


  1. If I had a dog, I'd totally kayak with him. I'll pass this on to the pet owners in my world!

    1. Yes, I could see you doing that, Sandy! ;) Ha, ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your pup, Summer, is so sweet! I love your resolutions for your pet. I will say, if you brush her teeth everyday, I will be impressed. My pup would not be a fan of that resolution.

    Happy holidays!

    1. It's a pretty lofty goal to brush her teeth every day, isn't it? She does not love it. But if I plan to do it every day, maybe I'll actually do it once a week?

  3. We still have a NO PETS rule in my house, so I'll have to save this one for the future. ;)

    1. Awww, no pets?! A house is not a home without a dog! But I understand. Dogs come with a lot of extra responsibility! :)

  4. Such good ideas. We just got a laser for our cats and they LOVE it. I agree, it is important to pay special attention to the often neglected pet members of our family!!

  5. What sweet resolutions! Your dog is going to love 2016!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Now if I can only stick to them! :)