New Year resolutions for pet owners
For the Tribune
1. I will accept the unconditional love of my pet and honor it as something to emulate.
2. I will keep myself healthy so that I can provide mental and physical stimulation for my pet while enjoying the same myself.
3. I will monitor my pet’s activity and habits and will maintain an active relationship with my veterinarian so that he or she will be there when my pet needs medical care or emergency services.
4. I will scrutinize the labels of pet toys, treats, food, and equipment to make sure it is safe for my pet just as I do for myself and my human family.
5. I will practice patience in my interaction with my pet, understanding that though we speak a different language we both understand and respond most reliably to positive signals through praise, distraction/alternate behavior offering, and affection.
6. I will remember that I am the center of my pet’s life. I will plan ahead to provide for my pet should I become unable to care for him or her or in the event of my death.
7. I will model compassion and kindness to youth and influence the character of my community through my humane relationship with my pet.
8. I will demonstrate to others responsible and tourist friendly habits such as picking up dog waste, leashing my pet – no matter how well trained or “friendly” – before others approach and when meeting horses, runners, or bicycle riders.
9. I will protect my pet by keeping him or her out of traffic, safely harnessed, crated or tethered in a vehicle, never running my pet behind a car or on a leash held through a vehicle window.
10. I will be grateful for the gift of life entrusted to me and will advocate for respect of all living creatures, domestic and wild, as key to living in harmony with nature and each other.
For more information about any of the above topics, call (530) 542-2857.
– Provided by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals to help “Keep Tahoe Kind.” Dawn Armstrong is the executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA.
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