Make your pet a part of your 2022 New Year’s resolutions and you’ll both be happier and healthier


Holly, one of the Christmas Cats, was rescued from a single house with over fifty other cats. Although two-year-old Holly is understandably a little shy and scared of her new environment, we know this sweet girl just needs someone patient to let her go at her own pace. When a cat has been through so much, like Holly has, it’s so rewarding when they finally come out of their shell. This beautiful girl deserves a wonderful life with a kind and caring human!

My new year’s resolution is usually the same each year…lose weight. This past year, my goal was to lose 21 pounds in 2021. While I didn’t hit the goal, I did manage to drop 15 pounds, which was better than previous years when my weight and waist kept inching up.

Part of my success this past year was due to adding the idea of living healthier. For me, that meant spending more time snuggling with my dog Sueshi, taking longer walks, adding a new exercise routine, and making sure to get eight hours of sleep. Sueshi is an excellent sleep coach, and she was happy to help

While we may have the best intentions on the first of the year, sticking to our resolutions can be challenging. If you need some extra motivation to stay on track, consider enrolling a pet as your accountability buddy. With your dog or cat by your side, you are more likely to succeed.

Here are some fun ways to include pets in your New Year’s resolutions

  • Resolution #1: Exercise More — Create a workout plan that includes your pup. Walking Fido at least two times a day will help you burn some calories while providing exercise and enrichment for your dog.
  • Resolution #2: Spend More Time with Loved Ones — Spending more quality time with your pets is great for your health and well being. Scientific studies show that pets decrease stress and lower blood pressure.
  • Resolution #3: Get Organized — While putting together your to-do list, don’t forget to add, “purchase or renew my pet’s license.” Dogs over 4 months old must be licensed, and in some cities, cats must be licensed, too.
  • Resolution #4: Learn a New Skill — Don’t believe that “old dog/new tricks” saying. Pets of any age can learn new tricks. Teach your dog a new command at home or enroll them in a training class. Leash train your cat so they can enjoy some safe outdoor time.
  • Resolution #5: Complete a Home Improvement Project — Consider your pets when doing upgrades around the house. Install indoor shelves for your cat to give them a high perch or go big and build a ”catio” —  an enclosed outdoor cat patio!

Of course, this year my resolution is to lose those other six pounds. I’m sure Sueshi will be happy to assist by adding even longer walks to our routine.

I wish you the best of luck in reaching your goals in 2022, and most of all I wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Dia DuVernet is president and CEO of Pasadena Humane.