This Year Make a New Years Resolution You Can Keep

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Please Help Me. If not you, Who?

We all do it. It’s really nothing new. We all sit around during the holidays and proclaim that “This coming year it’s going to be different. This year I’m going to ….” and then we go into detail about what we are going to do different and how our life will be different because of it.

But by the end of January the “resolution for change” has been put on the back burner (so to speak) or forgotten completely. But that’s OK. No one got hurt, no one’s life was harmed because of it … it’s just something that never got done. Right?

Well it might not be that simple! Lives might actually be hanging in the balance, be lost, or at the very least, they might be changed for the worst.

I’m not talking about humans here. I’m actually talking about the pets that live in shelters and with rescue groups across our great land. Millions of shelter pets are counting on us to look after them and to provide the much needed resources that they need so that they can live long enough to find great homes.

So this year, why not make a resolution you can easily keep? Resolve to help your local shelters and rescues … and then do it.

It’s actually very easy! Just search Google or Yahoo for “Animal Shelter” or “Animal Rescue” and then put your city or state behind it. When the results page is displayed, simply click on the links and pick the one (or more) groups that you like the best.

Then contact them and give them a few dollars. Any amount will be helpful. You can also take them some old blankets, towels, a few gallons of bleach or some cleaning supplies. Every shelter and group has something that they need. All you need to do is ask. Better yet, why not give them a few minutes of your time once in a while. They can always use an extra hand so help out where ever you can. They will really appreciate it!

If you can’t decide, just drop us an email and we’ll help you figure out which group is the best fit for your assistance.

Remember … Donate Locally or Your Donation will NOT Help Local Pets In Need!

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Your Dog and Your New Diet

Well, for all intents and purposes the holiday season is over. We’ve made it through all of the parties, the shopping, the stress, the cookies, the drinks, the turkey and dressing, the pies, the cakes and cookies and a few tons of Christmas candy!

One more night of dinner and drinks and maybe a well placed New Years Eve party and it’s back to normal living again. Yah, Right! Most of us are now suffering from some form of Post-Christmas-itis! With credit cards melted around the edges from over use, and clothes fitting a bit tighter from the effects of over indulging, life will be far from normal for the next few months.

In the next few days, we will all be sitting around with friends and family make plans for the new year. Among the topics of discussion will be resolutions to stop smoking, eating fatty foods and loosing weight.

Several years ago I was one of those people who resolved to drop some weight as well a few pant sizes. The plan was to eat better, eat less and walk several miles a week. The result was to be a gradual loss of weight that would be easy to keep off.

With the help of my German Shepherd Neka, and more recently now Patchs, I have been walking regularly and clocking up to 15 miles per week. We were biking together for a while, but if you have followed me on Facebook for any time at all you know that that didn’t work out very well. The overall results have been that I am still “on target” to hit my goal in the time I had set for myself.

Oh sure, there are set backs. In my case it was the biking incident, but the point is that I keep going forward. And the dog is much happier for it too. She lives to go for walks! After she gets her leash put on, she gets a bit wound up. She can’t sit still and she wines and squeals with anxious anticipation.

Until we get a few houses down the street she tends to try to encourage me to move a bit faster than I am. But when she gets into her zone we can really cover some distance.

Other than loosing weight, our walks help me in other ways. It builds cardio, it allows me to sleep better, it removes stress, and I also get to meet people when we are walking. Patchs gets some great benefits too. Besides exercise, she gets mental stimulation and she gets a chance to socialize with humans and other dogs.

So if you are thinking about dropping a few pounds in the next few months, consider doing it with your dog! You’ll save money on Gym fees, you won’t need to buy a bunch of workout clothes and you’ll get a chance to bond more deeply with your dog!

Best Wishes in the  #12 …Help yourself, Help a dog!

My Dog Works For Santa Claus

YES, My Dog Works For Santa Claus … but I have to admit that I’m not really all that surprised to find this out. There have been a lot of little signs that I just chose to ignore until today.

– She has been very jolly and cheerful
– She has been very well behaved lately
– She has been eating all of her supper without complaints
– She has been learning a few new tricks
– when we go for walks and we see a deer she wants to run over and talk to it
And …
– She has been hiding her toys from me and she doesn’t want to tell me where they are

 

Then, today I came into the house unexpectedly and caught her  ….

Merry Christmas Everyone and don’t forget to leave out a few milk-bones for Santa Paws!!!

The True Meaning of Christmas

The true meaning of Christmas is not about parties or presents. It’s not about shopping, or putting up a Christmas tree and hanging lights. It’s not even about putting together a huge feast on Christmas Day. If one or more of these things happens to be the reason we celebrate Christmas, then we’re missing the point. If this is what Christmas is, it’s no wonder that we don’t feel fulfilled when it’s over on December 26th.

Many of us feel some level of depression when the Christmas season is over. For most of us, the depression begins about the time we realize that Santa is a concept, a.k.a. “the spirit” of Christmas and not a real person. That’s when it changed for me too. Christmas went from “the most magical time of the year” to a time to go to a bunch of parties and hang out with my friends and eat lots of food.

After I became a little older and took on even more responsibility, it turned into an often hectic and sometimes stressful time of year. The holiday season became more about multiple lists of gifts, making time to shop, putting up with the crowded malls, planning holiday parties and meals, and arranging holiday schedules to meet all of the added business and personal commitments.

No matter were you come from, no matter what your religious beliefs, or even your geographical location, Christmas should be a time that we spend with the ones we love and care about. It should also be about the giving of our time and resources to make sure that those who are not as well off will have a better life because we crossed their path.

As a whole, I think the human race has lost sight of the fact that every person on earth has the responsibility to respect and care for his or her fellow man. If we would all except and live by “The Gold Rule” the world would become a peaceful place. After all, Giving In It’s Purest Form, expects nothing in return.

[Last lines from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas – by Dr. Seuss – 1966]
Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.

Patchs’ Night Before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas, the season is here.
My dog sleeps beside me, she’s really a dear.

The stockings are hung, we’re relaxing a while.
Life’s pretty good and I’ve got a great pal.

For years now I’ve known that St. Nick is not real.
It’s the sprit of giving, that’s the really big deal.

Millions of children, all snug in their beds.
They dream of new toys, it goes without being said.

I think of their dogs. Are they fed? Are they warm?
I pray that they’re all happy, and not feeling poor.

Just then on the lawn, there begins such a clatter.
I spring from my chair to see what is the matter.

Away to the window I fly like a flash.
I’m thinking a stray might be into my trash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear.
T’was the Spirit of Christmas – dressed up like a deer.

He looked and he saw me, it looked like he winked.
Gotta be the Magic of Christmas! Then he smiled … well, I think!

More rapid than rabbits he ran from the scene.
Just then Patchs barked, and tried to sound mean.

I told her “Be quiet. Listen and learn.”
We went out on the porch without a concern.

We looked into the night, and we saw a great light.
The North Star of Christmas was shinning so bright.

I knew in that instant, if I got nothing else all year.
Santa had been here once already this year.

Patchs came as a gift that was not just for the season.
She’s now a part of our life and God had a good reason.

I still think of companions that were mine in the past,
They’re gone now to Heaven to live with my Dad.

At Christmas we hasten to buy kids a great gift.
But there’s one thing important we sometimes might miss.

A dog will be loyal, your companion for life.
He’ll love and adore you, and help you thru strife.

A dog needs to be family, and cared for the same.
Don’t give someone a life, then put it out on a chain.