It's been a crazy couple of months (and three snowstorms in three weeks have not helped). Over the last two or three days, I've been catching up on my reading, which is where I discovered a Paw Nation post titled "What Are Your New Year's Pet Resolutions?"
I'm not big into resolutions, because they're pretty much destined to be broken even before you finish defining them. I have found the idea of New Year's intentions to be more successful, for intangible reasons that extend beyond simple semantics.
I take good care of my pigs, buying them the best bedding, a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (Belgian endive and Boston lettuce even make an appearance every few weeks), take them for wellness exams, and make their daily needs the skeletal structure upon which the rest of my life's schedule is built. The "This House Is Ruled By Guinea Pigs" sign in my kitchen is no exaggeration.
So there's no intentions to be set for those obvious things, but I do still have one, and that's to hold them even more than I do. I wrote last September about some recent losses of furbabies, and how during my grieving process I agonize over whether I gave them as good as they gave me. And I always wonder if I held each of my guinea pigs enough. Snuggling through a movie. Curling up with a book. Scooping them up at random times just to give them a quick hug. Sitting with them and focusing on just them...no TV, no books...just them and me. Fully present togetherness. Lots of love. It's a good intention, I think.
What about you? Anything you want to strive for with your pets this year?