By Keikei Cole, canine guest blogger
Humans make lists for everything. There’s the grocery list, to-do list, bucket list, Christmas wish list, and the granddaddy of all lists – New Year’s resolutions.
The Boss and her friend were talking about their New Year’s resolutions the other day. I rolled my eyes as I munched on a CANIDAE Snap-Bits treat. As I helped myself to another one, I thought about what would be on my list. Even a dog can bark out resolutions!
Let me think. What could a sweet, innocent, quiet and obedient doggy resolve to do? I suppose I could try harder to control my herding instincts, but it’s so much fun. Do you have any idea how challenging it is to herd cats and humans? My favorite part is the stare down, and the racing around; oh, and the barking – I really love the barking part. I keep practicing my moves, just in case the Boss finds some sheep to rescue, and to stay in shape. I’ll have to think about this one some more.
I know I’m not supposed to bark at night when I’m outside ’cause it might wake up the entire neighborhood, anyway that’s what the Boss keeps saying. But darn it…when a cat or possum or deer is traipsing through MY yard – it’s my duty to send out the alarm. It would go against the “Doggy Code” (an ancient pact canines have followed for centuries) to allow any critters to pass by without me giving them a piece of my mind and letting them know I mean business. So if the Boss thinks I’m going to make a resolution to go against the Code, she’s bonkers.
Every year around this time, many of us make a few New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most popular include: to eat better, lose weight, become more organized, save money, pay off debt, and get a better job. Resolutions are good to make because they keep us focused on making positive changes.
As responsible pet owners, we can also make New Year’s resolutions for the sake of our four legged friends. Here are a few:
I resolve to play with my pet more often. While your dog or cat might love special treats or toys, more than anything they probably just love spending quality time with you. Resolve to set aside time each day to play with your pet.
I resolve to learn from my pet. They can teach us valuable lessons about living well, being better humans, and enjoying every aspect of our lives. Julia Williams wrote a great article about lessons learned from cats.
I resolve to slow down. Just as we learn so much from our pets, we also need to learn the importance of slowing down. We hurry through our lives, rushing to get through one day and on to the next. Slowing down and savoring each unique day is a great way to live life; you’ll be happier and less stressed overall, which benefits your pet too.
By Julia Williams
Everyone who knows me is well aware that I am a kid at heart. My philosophy is that you’re never too old to play. There’s a time and a place for adult stuff, of course, but I firmly believe that taking time to play keeps us young in our bodies and our minds. Nurturing your inner child is every bit as important as taking care of the adult you.
So it will come as no surprise that I discovered an app called My Talking Pet, and found it utterly hilarious. Yes, it is *very* silly, but so entertaining for your inner child as well as any actual human children you might want to share it with.
The My Talking Pet app is so easy to use, and unless you are one of those humans with no sense of humor, it will make you laugh… a lot. My inner child (I call her Baby Quirky) had more fun with this app than she’s had in a good long while. And trust me when I say, this kid knows how to play!
I downloaded the app on my ipad, but it will also work on your iphone, and there is an Android version now, too. Essentially, you take a photo of your pet, then record anything you want your pet to say. You can change the pitch from low (for doggies) to high (for kitties) or somewhere in between depending on what you fancy their voice to be like. When you’ve finished making your video, you can email it to a friend, save it on your ipad or phone, and even post it on Facebook or your blog (see my videos below!).
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the hap-happiest season of all! And our latest contest wants you to capture these moments with, of course, your pets as the stars of the season.
Snap a photo of your festive dog or cat, and you’ll be ready to enter our photo contest!
And, of course, CANIDAE is delivering the holiday cheer to three lucky winners! What better than FREE CANIDAE pet food to help celebrate the season?
It’s simple—just visit the CANIDAE contest page on Facebook, upload your photo, and submit your entry!
Then, you’ll need to spread the holiday spirit amongst your friends, since one of the prizes goes to the photo with the most online votes. The other two winners will be chosen by a panel of pet-loving judges from the CANIDAE team, so even if you don’t receive the most online votes, you still have a chance to win!
CANIDAE Prizes to Be Awarded
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the photo with the most online votes.
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive dog chosen by our pet-loving panel.
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive cat chosen by our pet-loving panel.
The contest ends at midnight on January 3, so keep your camera at the ready for the next week and—of course—enjoy time spent with family and friends (both human and non-human).
Merry Christmas from the writers of the Responsible Pet Ownership blog and everyone at CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company.
Wishing you a Christmas filled with love, laughter and happiness; doggie tails that wag with glee, and kitty headbonks that make you smile.
We wanted to share a few festive photos of our pets with you. We hope you enjoy them.
Diane’s cat, Ginger
Julia’s Elf Kitty, Annabelle
Beth’s Santa Dog
Linda’s dog, Keikei
By Julia Williams
Is there a more heartwarming activity than decorating the Christmas tree? We start with a blank “canvas,” then add shiny balls, glittery garland and precious ornaments. When the transformation is complete, there’s that satisfying “ahhhh” moment.
A beautifully bedecked tree is, for many, a Christmas must. For others – cat owners for instance – the urge to have a tree is tempered by memories of Christmases past, when they spent the holiday season trying to keep the cat out of the Christmas tree. The first time you see your kitty’s cute face peering out at you from inside the tree makes you laugh. But mirth quickly fades as you try in vain to make your feline friend understand that the tree was not, in fact, placed there for their climbing pleasure.
There is no denying that cats are the biggest Christmas tree ornament you will ever have. Nearly all cat owners have a story to tell about waking up to find the Christmas tree in shambles. One friend even joked about starting a 12-step support group for people whose cats wreck the Christmas tree.
I can relate. I’ve had my share of knocked over trees and shattered ornaments. But here’s the thing: expecting a cat not to be infatuated with your Christmas tree just isn’t realistic. You can’t change any creature’s instincts, let alone one whose middle name is “mischief.” Simply put, cats love to climb trees. All of those shiny things dangling from the branches of your Noble Fir or Blue Spruce just make it all the more enticing to a tree-loving feline.