As 2016 is now here, I have decided that like humans, I am going to make some new year resolutions!
The first and most important new year resolution is to lose weight. Boring I know but the vet is always telling my human that I need to be lean in order to live a full and healthy life. Now, I am not overweight, my mom has always been vigilant about that but I am not at my ideal weight. And if I am being honest, the holiday season was super busy with my book signing events and I had more treats than normal (mom always uses treats as a reward for good behavior at the book stores!). So unfortunately, I need to cut out the extra treats. My ideal weight is 30 pounds and I am hovering around 33 pounds. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but it is! Also, we have been eating out a lot over the past few months as we have been traveling and I tend to get a little snack at the restaurant. So I am afraid that is a thing of the past as well. My human knows that it is my food intake rather than exercise that is the key to losing weight.
My second new year resolution is to exercise more. This past summer and fall in Southern California was unusually hot and humid which adversely affected my energy levels. My usual 3-5 miles a day walking routine was cut back – it was just too hot! Now that the weather has cooled down and we are less busy with events, mom and I are going to start walking and hiking on a regular basis again. (It will be good for my human to exercise more too!) We both have missed our daily hikes!
Finally, my last new year resolution is to do more training. The experts say that training for your dog never ends and that you should incorporate training practice on a regular basis. My human has noticed that I have been getting lax in my obedience. My down is not quite down anymore and my recall has been a little iffy. Mom and I used to practice my commands on a regular basis as part of our daily walks but as I noted earlier we have gotten out of our routine. I am afraid that will change too. Training is important not only for my safety but it also strengthens the bond between my human and I.
So there you have it, my 2016 resolutions. You might have noticed that they are very similar to human resolutions; do you need any more proof than dogs are just like humans? Wish me luck!