That time of year is upon us again. 2019 is about to blow out of here without paying the check, and the rest of us are left with the annoying task of setting New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re anything like me, you probably suck at keeping resolutions – so the start of a new year may just trigger your feelings of inadequacy that you can’t seem to follow through with one simple resolution like losing a few pounds, getting in shape, or deciding to take up transcendental meditation.
I believe one of the reasons people have such a hard time keeping resolutions is because we have not properly built in accountability to reach and maintain the goal. So to help you reach your New Year’s Resolution goals, we suggest adopting a resolution buddy!
What is a resolution buddy, you ask? It’s simple. It’s a pet who is uniquely matched to help you achieve your resolutions to be healthier, spend more quality time with loved ones, learn new skills, or just taking the time to stop and smell the roses.
To help you get started and hold you accountable, here are some adoptable resolution buddies:
Spend Time in Nature: Radar loves to get outside and chill in some shady grass or a nice wooded area. Believe it or not, his ears actually act as a radar to help him find the best spots out in nature, and he’s a pro at stopping and smelling the flowers! If you’ve been spending too much time staring at phones, computer screens, and televisions, one look at Radar will remind you that you have a friend who can help you unplug.
Be More Productive: Lucy thinks part of your problem is that you type too slow. By laying on your keyboard, she’ll vastly increase your word count in no time! Or, she’ll hit the escape key and close all your windows. But you know what, part of being productive is about taking breaks, too. Lucy will make sure you stop working every now and then to pet her and tell her how pretty she is.
Eat Healthier: When you give Blizzard some spinach leaves or carrot stalks, you’ll have plenty left over for yourself. Is carrot cake a vegetable? Probably not. But there are lots of other healthy meals you can make when Blizzard shares his leftover veggies with you! Just remember, a rabbit’s diet should consist mainly of a high-quality pellet, timothy hay, and leafy greens. And although humans can eat carrot cake, roasting carrots in a little olive oil is probably the healthier way to eat them.
To get more sleep. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching a cat sleep. And when Avery spends twelve hours a day napping in the sun, you’ll feel so relaxed, you’ll actually fall asleep at a reasonable hour rather than staying up late watching infomercials and coming up with those questionable late-night tweets. Cats are champion sleepers, so bring Avery home and get inspired to get those Z’s.
To learn a new skill. Roy is smart. SUPER smart. But he wasn’t born knowing sit, down, stay, and shake. He learned them over time – with the help of some yummy treats. What’s YOUR incentive? Do you want to learn a new language, take up a sport, or learn to crochet? Keep the reward in mind – a trip to Spain, an Olympic gold medal, or a handmade scarf for Roy. Learning a new skill can be a long road, and good boy Roy will always motivate you to keep going!
To be more social. Do you ever go to a party where everyone else is younger than you and ready to rage into the wee hours of the night? Dale can relate. But if Dale can hang with rowdy kittens, so can you! And if the introvert in you needs to go home early so you can watch ghost hunting shows and fall asleep on the couch, Dale won’t judge. In fact, he’ll probably join you. Recharging with a cat on your lap will help you prepare for the next time you decide to step outside your comfort zone. Being social can be fun, but Dale will be there for you when you need a break.
To practice self-love. Kit carries a few extra ounces around her midsection, but she doesn’t let that hinder her self-esteem. She knows she’s gorgeous, and not only that, she has a great personality too. Not every resolution has to be about changing yourself – sometimes it’s important to look in the mirror and know you’re beautiful just the way you are.
The adoption fee for all adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits will be just $20 from January 2 to January 5 as part of the Adopt a Resolution Buddy promotion at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. All dog and cat adoptions include the spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and age-appropriate vaccines. To view adoptable animals, visit pasadenahumane.org/pets.
Have a wonderful and safe New Year!