Well, none of us stayed up ’til midnight to ring in the new year, which was okay with me, cause I don’t see what the big deal is anyway. All I know is it’s a holiday, which is kinda the same as a vacation day, and now everything ends in 17 instead of 16. It doesn’t make much difference to me.

“Well David, a good way to look at it is that it’s now a brand new year, and we can all have a fresh start to make it better than the last one. This is the time we make New Year’s Resolutions.”-Editor/Mom

Resolutions? Not sure what that means. I try to be good all the time.

“You are a good Boy, but it’s not just about being good, although that might be a good way to explain it to you. Remember how you promised to pick up your toys and make your bed? Well, making a Resolution is a lot like making a promise, only to yourself. You can make a Resolution to do things differently, to become more responsible, to fix old things or try new things, or maybe to help others.”-Editor/Mom

Do you make Resolutions all by yourself? How many can you make? Did “you” make any New Year’s Resolutions?

“Resolutions are all yours. You can choose to keep them to yourself or tell everybody. You can make as many as you want to, or none at all if you don’t want to. I suggest starting out slow. Remember you’re making promises to yourself, and then trying to keep them. The more you make, the harder it is, and you don’t want to let yourself down, because the whole idea is to make you feel better. I’ve made a Resolution to go back on the 21 Day Fix diet and lose the 15 pounds I’ve gained since the last time I tried it.”-Editor/Mom

So, I stayed up late thinking about it, and I’d like to make some Resolutions. I’d like to become a better frisbee player, so I think my 1st New Year’s Resolution will be to practice every day.

“Okay, I can help you with that, and that can also be a Resolution for me. Anything else?”-Editor/Mom

You said Resolutions can be about trying new things, right? I would like my 2nd Resolution to be to try some new foods. The humans are always eating good smelling stuff that I would really like to try.

“Well, unfortunately, dogs have different digestive systems than humans, and a lot of the foods we eat would make you sick. There “are” a few different protein sources available from your food provider though, so we can get you some different things to try in the new year. Anything else, maybe on the idea of becoming a better dog in general? Like not making me tell you things twice? We spent a lot of money and time on your education.”-Editor/Mom

Cool, thanks about the new food, Mom. And I thought Resolutions were supposed to be my idea, but okay, I guess my 3rd Resolution could be responding a little quicker when you tell me to do stuff, even when it’s not what I want to do.

“That’s my Boy. Very commendable, David, and since I’m just as much to blame for your slacking obedience, I’m going to make it my third Resolution to help you. I’ve already called Uncle Khaled to schedule us a refresher class or two to get us back on track.”-Editor/Mom

Oh, man. More Training? That wasn’t what I had in mind. Can’t I just do it on my own?

“Becoming a better being isn’t always easy, you know. Do you think I want to go on a diet when you’ll be getting to have new food? Being a well trained dog is important. Not only will it make us both proud, but it might even save your life someday. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to you because you weren’t listening. Not to mention, someday, when Auntie Jen gets another dog, you’re going to have to be like a big brother and help train her. You want to set a good example, don’t you?”-Editor/Mom

New dog? Did you say new dog?? Is that the surprise you guys have been talking about??? I “knew” something was going on. You and Auntie Jen have gone out without me twice and come home smelling like a pack of puppies. I’m no dummy. That’s it, right? We’re getting a puppy, aren’t we?? Yippee!!! I Love puppies. Don’t get me wrong, I like being an only dog, but it was a lot more fun when Jazzy was here. It’ll be great having a puppy to play with. I’ll be a great Big Brother, I promise. In fact, I’m gonna make it my 4th New Year’s Resolution to be the Best Big Brother Ever!

“Yes, we’re getting a puppy. We would’ve told you sooner, but we didn’t think you’d be this happy about it. We thought you might be a little jealous, so Auntie Jen & I have made a joint Resolution to make sure we still have our “David time”, even after your little sister arrives.”-Editor/Mom

“Yeah, don’t worry Buddy, we’ll always have our “David time.”-Jen

Cool, cause I would be sad if we didn’t. I can’t wait to meet her, but can I tell you about my last New Year’s Resolution first?

“Sure, we’ve got plenty of time to talk about all of that. What is this, your fifth Resolution?”-Editor/Mom

Yup, for my 5th, and final Resolution of the new year, I would like to learn how to play the guitar. We already have one and I could practice in my spare time.

“Well, I’ve gotta say, I didn’t see that one coming. I don’t know how much spare time you’re going to have, but sure, I’m all for it… Happy New Year!!!”-Editor/Mom



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