1 Would they resolve to take fewer naps?
2 ... or lounge in the sun less?
3 Would our canine friends set out to show more appreciation to their human as he/she arrived home?
Gidget is waiting to be adopted in the Los Angeles area. See link to her info below.
4 Would Mittens commit to kick the catnip?
5 And the reason is because animals are naturally balanced by nature.
6 They instinctively reach most of the goals we humans set out to achieve.(Rescued Daisy is now a lady of leisure, seen here reclining fireside)
7 They are resilient, present, and naturally athletic. Enjoying life is part of their DNA! Let's take a look at how companion animals can help with the top 5 New Year's resolutions...
8 Resolution #5: Helping others is a big resolution people make each year. And there is no lack of help needed. Many rescue groups need help walking dogs. George and Minnie not only need walks, they need a home and are available now in Los Angeles. See link to info below.
9 Others need a foster home. This is Milton, a special-needs dog I fostered. He was unable to use his back legs, but he motored around the house with no problem! He is now safe and sound in a permanent home.To help an animal like Milton, go to Adopt-a-Pet.com and click the "special needs" box.
10 Shelters and rescue groups often need help bottle feeding kittens -- especially during kitten season!
11 And volunteer help is not just needed for dogs and cats. Bunnies need to be fostered, adopted and tended to as well!!
Bun Bun's time at the shelter in NYC is running out. Can you help her? See link to her info. below.
12 Oops! I mean real bunnies!
13 If you'd prefer to volunteer your time and help wildlife, groups like Valley Wildlife Care exist all over the country and need help and funds for birds, coyotes, deer and any wildlife you can think of.
14 Endangered wildlife are in need everywhere!
15 Did you know that farm animals often end up at local municipal shelters? There are farm-animal rescue groups across the county that offer sanctuary and humane education. Here is Richie volunteering at Animal Acres (.org). At least you won't have to worry about taking any animal home with you!
16 Resolution #4: Spending more time with friends and family tops the list of resolutions. Tending to a family pet or volunteering together provide fruitful opportunities to meet this goal. The time shared will be meaningful to all involved!
17 Resolution #3: Losing weight is another resolution that always finds a place in the top New Year's resolutions. Whether it's getting out to walk your own dog, volunteering to walk dogs for a shelter or "Driving Ms. Daisy" in your bicycle basket, you're sure to burn calories and shed pounds...the Daisy way!
18 Roxie here would be happy to help you shed pounds as she'd like to shed a few too! Studies show that walking the dog 20 minutes a day, 5 days per week resulted in an average loss of 14 pounds per year. Roxie is ready and waiting to be adopted and be your personal trainer right now.
19 It's a year later (12/2010) and sweet Roxie is still in the care of Molly's Mutts and Meows Rescue Group! She has shed some pounds and continues to hope for a forever! See link to her info. below.
20 Resolution #2: General fitness is another frequently declared resolution. Having a companion animal or helping one in need can easily make this goal a part of daily life.
21 And enrolling a dog in your exercise plan actually makes you more apt to stick with it! Alli Lange here sticks to her fitness schedule by walking her foster dog Cody. Cody is in need of a forever home through ADogsLifeRescue.org
22 It's a year later (12/2010) and Cody is still in need of a forever home through A Dog's Life Rescue in L.A. See link to his info. below.
23 And don't just take it from me. Martha herself knows the value of a brisk hike, and how much more fun it can be with four-legged friends.
24 Quitting smoking is a biggie this time of year. Add the health of your pets to the list of reasons to quit. According to a study in The American Journal of Epidemiology, dogs in smoking homes are at a 60% greater risk of cancers than their counterparts in non-smoking homes. Serious respiratory ailments are also increased in exposed pets.
25 According to a Tuft's University study, cats in smoking homes were at triple the risk for lymphoma. And pets are affected even when you are not lighting up. Since carcinogens are absorbed in their fur, the detrimental effects are ongoing. As cats and dogs lick their fur, they ingest the toxins that way, too.
26 Also, your animals need you around to care for them, so each drag on that "human catnip" compromises that in a serious way.
27 Resolution #1: The final resolution rounding out our top 5 is the very worthwhile goal of "enjoying life more." Our companion animals are experts at this, and time spent with them naturally gets us enjoying life too. Bettina here walks dogs twice a week for her local shelter and considers it the best therapy around.
28 Unlike humans, animals live in the present and never forgo an opportunity to roll in the grass.
29 Time spent with companion animals is one of the healthiest things for a family. Just by being present, our furry friends provide non-judgmental, soothing acceptance that is critical to well-being.
30 Our companion animals teach us to seize the moment and never to pass up a welcoming lap. In fact, Cosmo (Los Angeles) here is looking for a permanent lap to cuddle up in. See link to his info. below.
31 Animals are always present and attentive to the sights and sounds of daily life.
32 They cuddle shamelessly...
33 Or as needed for warmth...
(or simply because an empty box beckons and far be it for them to let it go unused.. cats are consummate recyclers!) That's my Max and the amazing 3 legged Ms. Olive!
34 They frolic and play whenever the opportunity presents itself.
35 And they keep us connected, balanced, and reminded of what is really important in life. Phoebe here is providing a stress-free moment for Julia Pennington who co- founded A Dog's Life Rescue.
36 Like Phoebe, Sweet Zoe here would be more than happy to share her perspective on how to stay grounded and surrounded by love and licks! Zoe is currently waiting for a forever home through L.A. based A Dog's Life Rescue. See link to her info. below.