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With the coming of the New Year we all get the chance for a great big “Do Over” in our lives. That’s the wonderful part about those resolutions, if we fell short in some way last year we get to try again. I don’t know about you, but I need all the extra chances I can get.

Our resolutions tend to be things we would like to change or improve about ourselves. But they can also be altruistic such as vowing to do more volunteer work. I was watching my dogs playing the other day. Yes, they are vastly entertaining and the cutest dogs on the planet. I speak from a place of complete, personal prejudice in this matter, but I’m convinced I am right about this. And I remembered a quote, “My goal in life is to become the person my dog thinks I am”.

That’s what resolutions are all about, becoming something and someone better than we are today.  So I started to think about what that list might look like if my dogs wrote it for me. Bear in mind that “Dogs are completely and innocently selfish.” (Jean Donaldson, The Culture Clash)

1.    Give the dogs more food…better yet all of it.
2.    Give the dogs more treats…and we’re not talking about those dog cookies that taste like sawdust.
3.    Spend more time playing with the dogs…in fact quit your job as it is cutting into our recreational opportunities.
4.    Trade beds with us. Yours is ever so much more comfortable.
5.    Wear a collar with a buzzer because, believe me, it’s YOUR turn to come!

I am sure you can think of dozens of dog wishes to add to this list. Give yourself and your dog a gift in 2012. There is an amazing book that beautifully depicts the heart and spirit of all dogs and tells us what they wish we could hear them say. The book is, “If You Only Knew How Much I Smell You, True Portraits of Dogs” by Valerie Schaff and Ray Blount, Jr. You will laugh and cry and be able to relate to every page as you see the world through your dog’s eyes. The authors have found a way to celebrate dogs in all of their pure dogginess. I often think dogs have a better take on life and we have much to learn.

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