Happy New Year from Elliot’s House!!! It that time of year again! We made all these resolutions last year and maybe we succeeded, but if you’re like me, you didn’t do any of those things you were going to do, like losing that extra weight you put on in college, saving money to buy that dream house or car, or finding your prince (or princess) charming. Either way, 2015 is here and it’s a new year filled with new opportunities just waiting to be seized. So let’s make 2015 your best year yet and start with some resolutions that are beneficial for both you and your pet to live a happy, healthy, and remarkable year.

 

  1. Eat Healthy

We all know that we are what we eat right? Time to drop those holiday pounds! (Or maybe those pounds we have been holding onto since we had hair). The New Year is a perfect time to assess what you and your fur baby are eating. Are you and your dog getting all your daily nutrients? Take the time out to learn the best foods for you and your dog. Do some research. Try measuring both you and your dog’s food. Learning portion sizes for both you and your pet will help make sure that both you and your pet don’t consume more calories than are necessary. You won’t regret it when you have big pants and a happy pup!

 

  1. Move more

Shake your groove thang! Promise to make goals for you and your dog to get more exercise. We all know that overweight people and animals can develop various dental and health concerns and in some cases live shorter lives.  Start where you can. Plan walks with your pet into your daily schedule. Take your dog to the dog park more often. Try new activities with your dog like hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Not only does this increase bonding with your pet, making them feel happy and loved, but it will be beneficial to both you and your dog’s health in the long run.

 

  1. Make routine visits to your doctor/vet

Routine medical care is important for both you and your pet. Annual exams are important for adequate preventative care in order to keep both you and your pet healthy. Making sure you and your pet have up to date medical care is crucial in living a long, happy, healthy life. Keep up to date on hygiene and grooming as well, and ensure that you and your pet have regular dental care.

 

  1. Play more

Have more fun in 2015! Everyone is always consumed with the stress of daily life that we often forget to make time for both ourselves and our dogs to have fun. Life is too short! Go out dancing, skydive, travel, go skiing, hike the Appalachian Trail! Whatever tickles your fancy! Vow to play with your dog more often too. Teach your fur love new tricks and socialize him or her with other humans and animals. Maybe it’s time to send your pup to training classes? Both humans and dogs thrive on social interaction and it makes us feel important and loved. Don’t sell yourself short this year. Play like you’re a kid again!

 

  1. Volunteer

Dogs are great animals to provide services to others. Dogs are extremely beneficial in helping the sick, disabled, and mentally ill. You and your dog can help! Don’t have a dog yet and thinking about getting one? Become a foster parent. Not only will you find out if a new pet is for you, but you will be helping a bigger cause by providing love and care for an animal that may otherwise be euthanized. To find out how you can volunteer or foster in your community, contact your local shelters and hospitals in the area. You can also help by donating to large pet organizations like the ASPCA.

 

These are all great ways to start your new year off right, but they are not by any means have to be your resolutions to live by. When all is said and done, I think that ultimately the most important thing is making this year count. Don’t let this year pass you by…

 

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

-William W. Purkey

 

 

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