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New Year's Resolutions for Pets


It’s become an annual tradition, asking my Facebook fans about resolutions for their pets or all pets for the coming year. (Also, if you haven’t done so – join my fan page!).

Here are some responses:

“To have my cats stop using my credit cards to buy toys and treats on the internet. They drool on them and then they can’t be returned,” M.S., LaGrange, IL

“More walks with my dog and more play sessions with my cats,” H.H., Cairo, Egypt

“My dog howls every time I sing. In 2014, I will stop singing – at least when my dog is around,” C. H., Henderson, NV

“I would love to see a decline in funds to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and more money to local shelters. This would do more good for directly helping those dogs and cats in need. VR, Seymour, IL

“Wow – I don’t know what happened this year. It seems a notch on my belt buckle has changed. I need to lose a few pounds. And to be honest, I’m not alone. My kitty and puppy are sporting a bit too much ‘baby fat.’ In 2014, you’ll see us all working to be the biggest losers.” P. H., Orlando, FL.

”Over the summer our house was remodeled, and in the process our backyard was destroyed by the workers. It’s still a total mess, and I feel bad the dogs don’t have no grass to play on. I want a total dog friendly and kid friendly backyard, fully landscaped. Our New Year’s Resolution is to get this done ASAP,” K. F., San Jose, CA

“To help keep families together and pets out of shelters by continuing to support Noah’s Ark, a Rockford, Ill.-based no-kill shelter that also has a pet food pantry for families having a tough time affording kibble for their furry babies,” H.S., Rockford, IL

“My hope is for all pets to have a home, love and respect. My own three cats are spoiled rotten just like they should be,” M. H., Copenhagen, Denmark

“More walks, homemade treats, and squeaky tennis balls for my fur babies! For all pets, may they have full bellies and a loving home,” A. K., Indianapolis, IN

“I will finally begin volunteering at an animal shelter this year, especially with the cats – because everyone else does dogs,” B.G., Las Vegas, NV

“I want to try that TNR (trap, neuter, return) thing to help feral cats. I’m a 67 year old man who will turn into a ‘bonafied cat lady’ in 2014,” S. T., Hartford, CT

“Recruit an army of volunteers at Chicago Animal Care and Control,” S.R., Chicago, IL.

“To find more time to give more individual attention to each of my six pets,” L. B, Rolling Meadows, IL

“Have more therapy dog visits with Sedona at local schools,” J.P., Peoria, IL

“All I want for is for Boss and Felix to be healthy,” C.S., Dalton, GA

“Over the past few years three cats have adopted us. They were all indoor/outdoor cats. We believe they are safer indoors only. Two of them are inside only, in 2014, I want to bring the third inside for good. S. H., Barcelona, Spain

“I play with my dogs every day – but sometimes forget to play with my cats, but not more,” A .G., Montreal, Canada

“Learning better leash manners. We got lax on training this year, so our Timmy girl has a tendency to pull us around on walks.”  M. K., Chicago, IL.

“We gave up on keeping our five cats off the counters. Now, for 2014, we’ll try to keep them off the tables. Fail? Well, it’s hard to say ‘no’ to those faces. Pay  no attention to the cat beds on our tables.” B. F., DesPlaines, IL

“I can’t tell you how much I love my dog – it’s hard to put into words. Gizmo will turn 16 in January, realistically I don’t know what the future holds. I will appreciate each and every moment we have together,” F. J., Tampa, FL

“I resolve to do a far better job of taking plastic bags with me for walks – and even to carry an extra one for a neighbor who might also forget. We need to pick up,” J.S., Buffalo, NY

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