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Get More Positive Attention

Most dogs notice that as they get older

They get less of the type of attention they love.

Puppies are cute and everything they do earns them praise

That this changes as they age is a huge burden to shoulder.

 

So what they look forward to during next year’s progress

Is finding a way to attract more of your attention

Entirely of the positive sort.

It’s a situation they must assess.

 

Their place in your home is very well known

And they know what kind of actions make you mad

And seeing them age also seems to make you sad.

There must be some way to change this, the idea is sown.

 

Getting outside is frequently a huge success here

Because you are happy for the fresh air

And the dog is happy to play anywhere.

Now the dog’s brain shifts to a new gear.

 

To get what she wants, it’s all about you.

The way to get attention is to do what you like,

And if it means food so much the better,

Because another shot at food is nothing to froufrou.

 

All a dog needs to do is get you to engage more in your hobbies.

You will be happier, and in turn the attention will show it.

Strangely it’s a good plan and you know it.

This is something your dog will start to lobby.

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More Time on the Road

This one is tricky because they have no control

The thing is they must get you to spend more time on the road.

Which most people avoid on the whole.

Perhaps if they find a way to lighten the load,

You’ll be more willing to get on a roll.

 

For cars are the best way to travel, it is truly the life

With the window down the world seems at peace

And getting a view of all the exciting wildlife

It’s a bonus! Will the joy never cease!

Like a perfect marriage, a merger with no strife.

 

During this the new year they must find a way to resolve it

Taking to the road with their tongues sticking out.

They must find a way to keep you from arguing, even a bit,

For them the trip is awesome, and that’s what it’s about,

Chilling in the car in the passenger seat they will sit.

 

And should that seat be taken by someone you know

That will be alright because there are more in the car

And they will do just as well if they can stick their head out the window.

That is how a dog turns into a rock star

The most beloved and happy virtuoso.

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A Dog’s Resolution Is up to You

In the end what a dog really wants is to simply be near their pack

An easy request when you think it through.

With all of the clutter in our lives it is hard to imagine,

But the way a dog reacts shows just how they feel.

The way to make it the best year for a dog

Is to show your dog just how you feel.

Take her out for a walk, even in the rain.

Flop down on the floor by his side.

Spend some time teaching her tricks.

Take him out for a rousing bout of Frisbee.

 

The benefits are not just for your dog.

Doing what right for him or her is also what’s best for you.

Whether you need to get out and exercise more

Or learn how to sit back, relax, and let the rest of the world worry,

Dogs have a lot they can teach.

And science is definitely on their side.

People with dogs tend to be happier and live longer

Which should come as no surprise.

They help us to realize what is important

And it isn’t anything about a job or things that usually cause us stress.

 

It is so unfortunate that dogs’ lives are so short

And we all know that in a few short years

They won’t be able to do what they do today

So now is the time to show them the time of their lives

To make sure we don’t regret the time we didn’t spend

Interacting with our best friend.

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Shed to Keep the People Happy

There is something about shedding that gets the people excited,

So much so that they are unable to hide it.

So it is with joy a dog takes up this task.

Why to shed more since you ask,

Make huge fur balls that can be united.

 

A person will come into the home and start to sweep up the fur.

Clearly they like it because they collect it with each sweeping whir.

It makes no sense, cause the dog is right there

But instead of petting him we go after the hair.

If fur makes you happy, they can shed more, yes sir.

 

On their bed, your pillow, or the floor

Little fur bunnies swirling around the door

They can leave traces of themselves absolutely everywhere

And as you clean they will lie there and stare.

They are happy to see your hands soar.

 

It is even worth it for the terror that it sometimes brings

It is one of a dog’s least favorite things.

The vacuum. Oh, you bring it out and the dogs scatter

All of their peace and sleep you do shatter

But it is worth it to see your heart sing.

 

Just imagine everything that a dog is willing to try

Just to see the happiness alight in your eye.

Shed more, sit to the side as you work

Even endure the vacuum, something they shirk.

They will endure it all with a loving sigh.

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More Sneak, Less Capture

There is one thing at which cats excel

That dogs tend to do poorly (to us that’s just as well).

Cats are quite good at being clever sneaks

Dogs not so much, they lack the necessary response

If only they were better at the innocent sell.

 

This is clearly a priority for the new year

Because from trouble is something most dogs want to steer clear

Knowing their person’s unhappy is bad enough

But that the anger is directed at them is completely awful

It is something they usually come to fear.

 

So obviously the answer is to get better at not being discovered

And that is the only part of the problem that needs to be altered.

Because a dog only does the things that need to be done,

If it means tearing up the trash, it was for a good reasons

Or perhaps something was up and you needed to be badgered.

 

If a couch has been chewed it was with good intent

For a dog’s time is always wisely spent.

And so the question is how to get away with this crime

How can they be at their utmost sneaky

So you don’t find out and start doling out punishment.

 

Once they figure out this major dilemma

You’ll come home and have nothing to say but “Uh”

Because it won’t be clear that the perpetrator was the dog.

Of course! It needs to look like it was the cat.

Oh how delicious, the dog can’t wait to see how kitty feels about that.

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What All Dogs Want to Have

The biggest goal a dog can have for the year

Is to find a way of making it so you have no fear.

 

If that means they need to spend more time barking

Or going around the house in the shadows sharking.

 

They want to help you on your way to feeling comfortable at home

They will go around with a fine toothcomb.

 

No one may enter the house without their permission

They know best, it’s no longer your decision.

 

If they heard a sound somewhere outside

You will know it, for everything they will confide.

 

With as much energy as they can muster

They will bark, wiggle, and bluster.

 

Like a ball of terror they will be there as your first protection

And nothing gets by without their detection.

 

It’s a tough job but one your dog will gladly accept

As you know protection is one thing at which dogs are adept.

 

From the cat who comes prowling and likes to loiter in your yard,

To the pedestrians who pass by, it is really quite hard.

 

No reward is necessary, not for this honor they choose

But you can feel free to occasionally toss them a treat or leave them to snooze.

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Avoid the Horror of the Bath

There are a few times of year that a dog comes to dread.

They aren’t quite sure just what they did

But we humans have a punishment that is unnaturally cruel

One that makes their hearts stop as if they were dead.

 

One simple word is all that it takes

And dogs turn into cowards who are difficult to find

You will spend a good bit of time looking under, through, and behind

Only to find your dog suffering a terrible round of the shakes.

 

With a look of horror trying to inspire some hint of your pity

A dog’s eyes boring into your soul, pleading for you to stay your hand.

With so much feeling how can you fail to understand?

What they have done must have been bad, for the torture is cruelly witty.

 

First you make them wait in the yard or worse put them inside of a tub

Then you douse them with water that at any other time would be fun

But something about this water is compelling them to be undone.

That is when you so ironically begin to rub.

 

With something that smells not at all like a dog should

You lather them up creating bubbles with that smell.

Surely it’s torture, that it could be anything else is a hard sell.

And now your removed the good smells like dog, dirt, and wood.

 

So finding a way out of baths is clearly something that must be done

Because no one likes to be tormented by someone they love.

Once it is done they will smile as they look up above

At your pleasing face beaming like their own personal sun.

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Stop and Smell the World

It’s far to easy for a dog to get caught up in a walk

To trot right along as you babble and talk.

 

But for this new year there is something they should do

It’s something that should sound familiar to you.

 

Stopping to smell the flowers, that’s what it is

They can do that, not just as they do their biz.

 

There are so many things that have such lovely scents

And it is always nice to have a trail of where they’ve went.

 

For dogs don’t see quite the same as we do

The world’s colored in smells, a veritable smell stew.

 

While you take in the sights with careful intent

It is down toward the smells that a dog’s head is bent.

 

Of course we have a saying with a similar theme

Stop and smell the roses, but smells to them are a beautiful dream.

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Make More Time to Sleep

A dog seems to sleep so much of the day as is

How on earth could they sleep more?

Well isn’t that part of what resolutions are about

Making the impossible happen,

Find a way to even the score.

 

If they can find a way to get more sleep

Then maybe they will have just a little more pep

To keep them bouncy when you are around

So they can enjoy you to the fullest extent.

Getting more sleep seems the logical step.

 

With 24 hours making a day

There is plenty of time that can be given to sleep.

When the people are gone is clearly the best,

Because they don’t want to miss out on any activity

That price is a little too steep.

 

But when you go out to get the mail

Or perhaps when you head out and don’t invite them along

And you focus on cutting the grass

Or raking the leaves or even shoveling snow

That’s a perfect time to sleep, no way that is wrong.

 

Then, when you clean a dog might as well sleep

There’s not much else to do and the smell,

Oh how that clean smell does stink!

Perhaps sleeping through the trauma will help them a bit.

Who knows, only time will tell.

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Less Being Alone

Dogs spend so much time lounging around the house

Humans often feel they have the raw deal

But in a dog’s mind they feel like the louse.

 

They are pack creatures and love to have others about.

Being at home may be something they really enjoy

But it is certain when it comes to their pack they don’t like being without.

 

Why do you think they are so excited to see you at day’s end

Dancing and barking when you walk through the door,

That joy is not something they can pretend.

 

So for the New Year the one thing high on their list

Is having a way to keep you home more

As they have for so long wished.

 

Whatever it takes that is what they must do.

If that means having more accidents then you best beware

Because in the end it’s all about you.

 

With any luck this attempt will come in a different form,

Maybe cuddling you more when you are there

As if to say they need you even without a storm.

 

Or perhaps they will hound you less when you are busy

Or they could always try keeping calm when the mail comes to the door

Instead of letting a stranger send them into a tizzy.

 

Whatever it is, this kind of resolution can be achieved by different means

Both positive and negative angles for them to work

Or perhaps some are so clever they’ll think of something in between.

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