I can’t believe we’re already nearly half way through the first month of the new year and you may be sticking to your resolutions but, I have to be honest and say that I don’t really do ‘New Year resolutions’; I just aim to make the new year the best it can be, for both me and my family – furry members included!
Many of us will have unashamedly indulged in all the wonderful food and drink over the holidays and, whilst the celebrations are fast becoming a distant memory, some of us may have picked up a bit more baggage around our tummies along the way! Our canine companions will have had their fair share of extra treats too, so they are probably in the same boat!
No worries – the shared problem can also be the shared solution!
During the winter months, we’re often a bit lethargic and guilty of staying indoors more, but the solution is simple – we just need to get ourselves and the pooch off the couch and go to the park – whatever the weather!
The exercise will do you both the world of good, but unlike running around, your furry friend is totally dependent on you to get their diet right too and their requirements will change with age.
If your dog suffers from stiff joints or arthritis , then carrying an extra few pounds will simply increase the pressure on the joints and no-one likes to see their beloved pet in pain, especially when there is something we can do to help them.
Keep their fatty treats to a minimum or, better still, why not replace their usual treats with tasty supplement treats that will not make them pile on the weight, help with pain relief and put the pep back in their step!
… and what if you can’t have a Dog of your own?
That’s no problem either!
How about becoming a shelter volunteer?
Dog shelters and animal rescue centers need volunteers all of the time, but especially at this time of year. It’s a sad fact, but many animals are surrendered simply because they were unwanted Christmas gifts, so DON’T DELAY – they need your help NOW!
Believe me, once you’ve started this great work, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner!
It’s so rewarding, plus you will meet other like-minded people and form new friendships. These people will love dogs the same as you and you are bound to get on well with them.
You could be doing any number of things, like checking in new arrivals, grooming, walking, training an old dog new tricks or simply comforting a terrified animal that doesn’t understand why they’ve been dumped.
Shelters want to find new homes for pooches, and with your help the dogs are prepared faster for this. Each new animal will be different and will need different kinds of help. There is nothing more rewarding than nursing a neglected hound back to health, or helping turn one who had no skills at all into a house-trained pet, ready for their forever home.
Being a volunteer at the local shelter will keep you active. You will have no time to get bored, as there will always be something that needs your attention. Don’t waste your life sitting in front of the TV – do something meaningful and become a dog rescue volunteer.
Whatever you decide to do, we wish you and your canine companions a happy and healthy 2020!
Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team