new years resolutions

New year, new look!

Happy New Year!

Normally at the start of each month I post a list of dog-friendly events happening around town, but there aren't many scheduled for January.  So instead, let's talk about what's been happening behind the scenes!

I love this time of year... time for reflecting on the past year and planning for the next.  Over the holidays, I worked on two big projects... the first was a redesign of my website.  Bigger pictures, a more modern design, I'd love to know what you think!

houston pet photographer website

The second big project will be revealed soon, but if you follow me on Instagram, you got a tiny peek.  Let's just say you want to be on my mailing list so you don't miss out on a special opportunity! 

Cheers to a happy, healthy, and successful 2017!  What are your new year's resolutions?  Are you optimistic about the new year, or cynical about making resolutions?

Falling off the wagon? Get back on with your dog's help

Now that January is almost over, how are you doing on your New Year's resolutions?  Right on track?  Or did you just scarf down an entire batch of cookies while wasting 3 hours of your life watching The Bachelor?  Wait, that's just me?!?  Well, for those of us needing a pep talk, here are four ways your dog can help you get back on track with your resolutions:

dachshund on red wagon

Lose weight

It's the most common resolution...  While the gym is still uber crowded, why not dust off your pup’s leash and hit the pavement instead?  I always enjoy the high from getting fresh air and exercise.  For days when the weather doesn't cooperate, some indoor fetch or tug of war is good too.

Reduce stress

Years ago I read that the simple act of petting your dog helps reduce stress.  Have you tried it?  It totally works!  Next time you’re having a bad day, take a deep breath, snuggle up with your pooch (bonus points if you actually get down on the floor) and give him/her a good ear scratch or belly rub.  It’s a win-win!

Live your life

Dogs don't typically have to balance work and life like humans, but we can still take notes from our pup’s behavior.  When your dog chases a squirrel, or dozes off on the couch, or is fixated on the treat in your hand – are they thinking about anything else?  Heck no!  They are focused and in the moment.  So when you’re spending time with your friends and family and you get distracted by work or TV or social media, try to think like a dog: concentrate on what's important and live life to the fullest!

Support charity

There are many awesome organizations and volunteers improving the lives of animals.  Consider volunteering at a local rescue group, or fostering an adoptable pet.  Who knows, you may end up with a new best friend!

What are your resolutions?  Is your dog helping you achieve them?