I can easily make a list of things I want to accomplish this coming year. Most of my resolutions involve being active, helping others, trying new things, and travel — the same categories I have had for many years — even before I had my pups. My two active terriers are perfect companions for me while I navigate through life’s journey. But what if they could write their own resolutions? They might look something like this:
SET ME UP FOR SUCCESS: This is the best advice I received in my training classes and I think Cubby and Ginger would agree. Acknowledge and appreciate your doggy’s strengths and weaknesses. Get to know your pup and see where she thrives and when she may prefer to do something else. Training classes are a great and safe environment to reconnect with your pooch. We love the Andrea Arden classes.
THE BASICS: As crazy as it may seem, sometimes the very basic doggy necessities are overlooked in lieu of fancy collars and a designer wardrobe. (We love fancy harnesses and designer doggy clothing by the way!) Cubby and Ginger want and deserve quality dog food and treats. They visit the vet at least annually (their Petplan health insurance policies help with this cost.) And they have comfortable beds in a safe environment.
KEEP ME STIMULATED: As an accidental doggy guardian, I was so fortunate that the dog who showed up on my doorstep was a perfect fit for my active life. But active doggies like Cubby and Ginger need a lot of stimulation to help keep them happy and healthy. Many facilities in the area offer off-leash play groups where pups can be pups and blow off steam. We love the Animal Haven Saturday play groups, the Biscuits and Bath weekly groups, and the Central Park Bagel Barks.
SAFETY FIRST: Although we prefer to travel by public transportation (Note to Amtrak – when will pups be allowed on your trains,) we travel by car several times a year. My dogs want to be comfortable and safe. Invest in a doggy car seat or carrier that you can secure with the seat belt. Kurgo makes great travel products in many price ranges for big and small dogs. Take a Pet Health and First Aid course to brush up on basic injury management and CPR techniques.
ICING ON THE CAKE: Cubby and Ginger approach each day with a new sense of wonder. Every day for them is a rich cake ready to be explored and eaten — taking everything in. They are grateful for every extra bit of icing that comes their way. Whether it is an extra belly rub, an extra walk, or even a cool breeze on a warm summer night.
Here’s to a year of lots of icing on an already very pawsome cake!