Charlie Bear here.

Guess what happens the first part of every year? You got it . . . resolutions! Record numbers of humans sign up for Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, or join a 24 Hour Fitness. They want to quit smoking, exercise more, lose weight. And that’s all really good stuff. In fact, every year I make a resolution to lose a little weight, and to become a better dog.

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Here’s how I work on it:

  1. Start with small steps. Puppy steps, if you will. Define your goal. My goal is to maintain my weight of 20 lbs. It’s tough, cause I like treats.
  2. Be real. I’m not cutting out ALL treats. That would throw me into a tizzy (and I do enough spinning and twirling). No, I’m having Mom give me smaller treats at bedtime and when she likes to reward me. Instead of an entire Jerky Stick, I get half of one.
  3. Set a date/target. My goal is to lose half a pound in the first month. For me, that’s a big deal. Now Mom Peep…she’s different. She plans on losing 2 lbs. by the end of January, then another 3 in February.
  4. Share your resolution. Tried that in the past and hated when you failed? Yeah, me too. There’s this cute girlie dog at the park and I told her my goal last year. Then when I saw her again she said I still had a butterball butt. Not good. But here’s the thing. If you don’t tell anyone, then how can you be accountable? How about telling me? I won’t tell anyone else. Email me, your Charlie Bear fit-and-trim hunky dog, at (Mom Peep reads all of my emails to me).
  5. Don’t quit. Even if you stumble and eat three Jerky Sticks in one night, don’t give up. Get right back into your program the next day. You’ll feel better about yourself if you do. Trust me.
  6. Ask for help. Finding it hard to stay out of the treat bag? Me too. So I ask Dad Peep to be kind and don’t overindulge me. It’s hard for him, but when I askk him to help me keep on track, he complies. Good human!

So there you have it. My way could just be your way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions!

Woofs and wiggles to you,
Charlie Bear the Rescue Dog

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6 thoughts on “Can a Dog Make a Resolution?

  • January 22, 2016 at 12:28 am

    BJ, I appreciate you so very much. You are wonderful with goal setting and problem solving…such insight and wise, practical application. You are a blessing.

    • January 22, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      You’re a blessing, too, and we are different in some ways: you are so wonderful with family, and kids, and heart issues. I’m what you say: goal oriented and a problem solver in practical ways. Wish we could blend the two of us. That would stir up into a tasty cup of coffee! But God knew what he was doing and gave us each strength to support and help each other. God bless you,
      B.J. & Charlie Bear

  • January 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Brilliant, Charlie Bear. Just brilliant!

    Your mom peep and I have a friend named Wanda who says, “Brilliant. Just brilliant” a lot. And I love saying it too.

    P.S. Ellie does NOT like to go out in this cold, rainy weather.

    • January 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Miss Ellie’s Mom Peep,
      I’m like Ellie too. I don’t like getting my paws wet. And I really hate the cold. We know you had a heat wave for a while there in Georgia. I guess that’s over? We’re having rain. Mom and Dad Peep are like…Hooray! I’m like…no!
      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear


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