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January 1, 2015

New Year’s Resolution for Pets (and People!)

I generally don’t have a new year’s resolution. The holidays are like a runaway freight train of exhausting fun that I barely have time to get out of the way of.  Yeah, kind of like this When January rolls around I’m quite content but quite tired. Doesn’t
I generally don’t have a new year’s resolution. The holidays are like a runaway freight train of exhausting fun that I barely have time to get out of the way of. 1.1

Yeah, kind of like this

When January rolls around I’m quite content but quite tired. Doesn’t seem like the best time for all-or-nothing, stressful ultimatums. Fulfilling resolutions always feels like running uphill, against the wind.

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Yeah, kind of like this

And inevitably, just when you think you have your resolution under control, something comes out of nowhere to bite you in the back and mess it all up.

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Yeah, exactly like this

So today, and everyday, I like to remember a simple mantra: “Work in progress, progress in work.” In all things, we improve and get better when we work hard. So without setting a specific target or drawing a hard line, I remind myself to work to improve each day. With Penny around, there will be plenty of work to do!

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Loose leash walking training – take two

Even with Eko, my rock, there’s work to do. He (we!) could be better on leash and there’s always room to brush up on commands.

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“Me? But I thought I was perfect?”

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You think surgeons just show up and operate? Of course not, they work year round to get better!

There will be plenty of frustration, setback and difficulty in 2015, but as long as we work to get a bit better each day we can carry on with our heads high. A simple resolution for any day.

And don’t worry, after extensive research I can confirm hard work and silly fun are not mutually exclusive. There will be plenty of both in 2015!

Comments for New Year’s Resolution for Pets (and People!)

  1. Elyse says:

    I can easily get behind these resolutions!

  2. that’s a simple resolution and its the best :o) I hope it will be a wonderful year for all with the funniest adventures ever :o)

  3. I definitely vote for hard work and silly fun not being mutually exclusive. Need to make a (big) bumper sticker that says that!

  4. Victoria says:

    looking forward to more silliness (aka hard work) in 2015 from you guys – believe it or not i get good tips from you – my dogs will never be as well trained but we keep trying

  5. Kismet says:

    On the beach on Jan 1? You must be a member of the Polar Bear Club.

  6. Emmadog says:

    We don’t have resolutions, either, but we have some goals we would like to hit this year with our nose work and tracking. Hopefully they will work out. Happy New Year.

  7. “hard work and silly fun” sounds perfect to me! HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. Uhm, we don’t want to alarm you Will butt we count three, yes THREE pups in those photos. Did we miss something??
    Wally & Sammy
    PeeS: Happy New Year!

  9. fozziemum says:

    Happy New Years guys! I have been on hols but hope to catch up soon..let’s hope 2015 sees great times for all and a year of adventure 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  10. Marcela says:

    Will, I love your mantra and I am going to use it, if you don’t mind, to keep me going. Why? I love to make plans, but I, many times, have difficulty stay on course, so when I see that happening I will remember, “Work in progress, progress in work.”

  11. cafall says:

    Happy New Year! Our only resolution this year is to not repeat 2014…

    Monty and Harlow
    http://howsamseesit.blogspot.com/

  12. OhMelvin says:

    Works in progress indeed!

  13. Sounds like a good mantra too have. Happy New Year!

  14. Great thought on resolutions!

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