Pets Help Us Attain New Year’s Goals

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

It’s December, and I don’t know about you but it’s my time to think about goals for the new year. Many people refer to them as resolutions. However, resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something,” and that just puts too much pressure on me and that’s when I give up.

So, I simply call them my goals!

I’m a very visual person so I put goals in writing, print them up so I see them every day and hopefully stay on track. I’m making only two resolutions for 2022 and they both involve my health. I’m thinking my pets are going to be the key to my success.

One goal is to be active and be outdoors more. My dog Cassidy Roo makes that happen for me now, but I want to be out together longer, benefitting both of us! With her, even if I don’t feel like going for a walk it’s not an option, I have to go for her (or deal with the circumstances).

I’m hoping with my new goal, once I get out there, I’m going to enjoy it and our walks will get longer every day. I want to notice more of nature and the beauty around me. I started doing that this fall and was in awe of the colors changing every day on the trees and decided then I needed to pay more attention to the world around me instead of thinking about everything that needs to get done at work or home.

My second goal, which is to relax more and take some “me” time, is where my cats Pooh Bear and Tigger come into play. Both love cuddle time, nap time and a good meal. The minute I sit down on the couch they’re ready to nuzzle in my lap and basically “force” me to relax. If I add in a healthy meal and a good nap once in a while, I’ll definitely hit my goal!

Basically, what I’m saying is pets really do help our health and well-being. If you have pets then you already know this, and if you don’t have pets, it’s the perfect time to adopt one and change your life and theirs!

Happy holidays from everyone at Yavapai Humane Society! May all your goals for 2022 bring you health and happiness (and special time with your fur family)!