This is the first time I am making New Year resolutions. We dogs live in the moment. Planning for an entire year is a challenge, especially when you consider that for me, this is like seven years. The conversion of human years to dog years inspired me to propose seven resolutions for the New Year. (If I only have one seventh the time on this planet, I have to work seven times faster!)
So here are my seven resolutions for 2015.
1. Remember life is short, especially for us dogs. Roll around on the floor with someone you love. Do this often.
2. Bark less, listen more. Looking back on my life, I cannot recall a single instance when I learned anything of value while my jowls were flapping. How about you?
3. I resolve to whine only when I am actually experiencing physical pain. How difficult can this be?
4. Be gentle with someone who is having a difficult time. Resist the urge to go in for the kill. Trust me, I know how tempting this can be.
5. Say “please” and “thank you”. Courtesy is free yet it can pay huge dividends. We dogs are pros at communicating our appreciation. It strengthens the bond with our human partners and often leads to a warm caress or a tasty treat. Life’s simplest pleasures are the best!
And now a few favorites from Obedience School.
6. Sit. Stay. Set aside a little time every day for quiet reflection. This is your time. You could ponder a situation in your personal life or a professional challenge. Here is a photo of me sitting at my favorite window taking a moment to collect my thoughts and plan my day.
7. Heal. This is not a typo. I mean “heal” not “heel” . Resolve to heal one injured relationship in your life this year.
Please leave a comment with your resolutions for the New Year. In my next Boxer Briefing, it’s back to work with candid advice for the workplace.
Your best friend,