New Year's is celebrated around the globe, and in many cultures people make resolutions (though they don't necessarily keep them). What about resolutions for our pets? I asked my fans on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Dale/50057343596) and here's a sampling of their responses:
"To try not to scare my pets when I raise my voice at the TV." -- D.D., Petaluma, CA.
cats have resolved to not barf on the bed when I'm sleeping," --L.T.C., Berwyn, IL
"My dog has resolved not to pee on my bed when I leave for too many hours." -- C.H., Hartford, CT.
"Grantley resolves to stand in front of more people coercing them into petting her and thereby lowering the blood pressure of the universe." -- A.R.F., Oak Park, IL.
"To train (my pets) more for fun and games. To look at the world from their (my pets') point of view point, not my expectations. Too love them as much as they love me." -- K.C., Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
"My cats are going to eat a healthier diet and get more exercise." -- A.D.H., Amarillo, TX.
"To get my kids more involved in the routine care of our three cats." -- K.P.D., Caracas, Venezuela
"The Kone, my big red Doberman, resolves to be more practically perfect in every way." -- T.H., Chicago, IL
"If I exercise more, and I need to, then my dog exercises more, and he needs to." -- J.B., Milano, Italy.
"Our cats will now be indoors-only for the new year. (There are) many reasons for that, including fines if they are caught outside." -- J.P., Frankston City, Victoria, Australia.
"To spend more time with each of my dogs and train them to behave around others, so they can be included in more things we do as a family." -- C.R., Cape Girardeau, MO.
"Eat healthier, exercise more, and have more fun!" -- D.W., Herald, CA.
"Morris, our Golden Retriever mix, resolves to go on a diet. I should do the same, but I haven't decided." -- S.H., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
"To improve my reaction time. I need to open the door before the second bark or meow (tongue in cheek, yet so true)! -- G.P., St. Petersburg, FL
"I signed up my 16-year-old dog for a K9 nose work class, because he may be deaf and blind, but his nose still works." -- J.A., San Diego, CA.
"My resolution is to continue to love my dog as he loves me -- unconditionally." -- M.W., Niles, IL
"My Great Dane, Pharaoh, hopes to (pass) his Canine Good Citizen test (a basic temperament/obedience exam) by next year." -- T.M., Waterford, MI.
"To make sure my 13-1/2-year-old Lab, Addison, gets her fair share of attention, in spite of the pushy, younger rescue and foster dogs who inhabit her space." -- J.H., Milwaukee, WI.
"To get my girls to the dog park more often; love seeing them run free." -- B.D., Quincy, IL.
"Prevent more bunnies from being purchased impulsively at Easter." -- T.V.G., Chicago, IL.
"To save, foster, and adopt dogs and cats. We are winning (the battle)!" -- L.G.M., Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.
"To somehow avoid the temptation to feed my dogs food from our table. This will take great resistance on my part." -- C.T., Orlando, FL
(Steve Dale's new ebooks, "Good Dog!" and "Good Cat!" are available on all major eReader devices and platforms. The basic version of each book is $2.99. An enhanced version of "Good Dog!" with embedded videos is available at iTunes for $4.99. For details, check the "Good Dog!"Facebook page. Write to Steve at Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207. Send e-mail to PETWORLD(at)STEVE DALE.TV. Include your name, city and state. Steve's website is www.stevedalepetworld.com)