I’ve been losing my focus again lately, something that seems to come and go with me. My mild OCD seems to have gone on vacation for good. Most people would see this as a good thing, but for someone who is accustomed to being meticulous and organized, it’s kind of frustrating. Sure, I still write lists…but when you have five different lists going, on various scraps of paper, can you still be considered organized? Therefore, I decided this was a good time to go back and look at my New Year’s Resolutions post, and see if I could get myself back on track that way.
Also, having just passed my one year blogiversary, it seemed like a good time to reflect on the blog and where things are going with that. Since this post got quite lengthy when I began to write it, I decided to break it into two parts: Part 1 will be a follow up on my resolutions regarding our pets, and Part 2 will cover my resolutions regarding the blog.
Here’s a recap of what I resolved to get done for our pets this year, and grades on how I think I’ve done so far:
1. Walk Kobi more. (B+) I am doing very well on this, though I could always do better! Back in the Winter I signed up for the Idita-Walk, and that really got me motivated to get out walking. I logged the 1049 minutes required, most of them with Kobi. He had some medical issues, so missed out on some of it. Once that was behind me the weather turned to Spring, and even though it was crazy Spring weather, we still managed to get out quite a bit. I had some downtimes, but overall, I’ve been doing well. Summer is usually a slow walking time for me also, because of the heat, but this year I’ve persevered and I think I’ve been out more than ever in a Summer. Fall can only be better.
Kobi has slowed down a lot lately (he’s almost 13), so we cover a lot less distance, but it takes more time. He not only stops to smell a lot, but now when he is moving, especially on the second half of a walk, he is SLOW. I’ve had to learn patience, and remember that now I’m out there for him, not for my own exercise. I get my exercise by long walks or runs with the two girls, and I often walk Kobi as my cool down after that.
Not just Kobi has benefited, but we have been more active with the girls also. My hubby has started helping a lot more. Now that he is running, when he gets back from his run he will take one of the dogs for a walk (we take turns as to who needs it the most). For example, this morning after his run he took Sheba for a walk. Sheba is on restricted exercise because of her limp…..at least until she has x-rays on Tuesday to find out exactly what is going on. She hasn’t gotten worse, but she hasn’t gotten better either. While he was gone I played ball with Cricket, and Kobi will get a walk this weekend also.
2. Spend more time brushing and grooming the Goldens. (B-) In a way, this has become a bit easier since we unfortunately lost one of them to cancer. But Sheba is still the difficult one to groom, as she gets very antsy. I’m doing better at keeping her paws trimmed, and I brush her more often, but I’m still struggling to clear her of all her knots and tangles. Her undercoat has been coming out early this year, and that just makes it worse. She’s also had a skin issue going on, she was scratching a lot and created some hot spots. At least that seems to be clearing up now. I’ve toyed with the idea of taking her to a groomer, but she’s so high strung and I know it will stress her out and I hate to start that now. I think I’ll just keep plugging away at her, little by little!
3. Get the cats to play more. (F) I hate to admit I totally dropped the ball on this. I did try early on, but those cats are hopelessly lazy. Samantha kind of half-heartedly swatted at the feather toy, and Conrad was scared of it. Neither one of them has had any interest in the other toy (see Conrad ignoring it, below). Maybe I need to try different toys? Conrad gets zero exercise, because he pretty much only goes from the kitchen counter where he eats to his favorite bed in the dining room. He can’t even always be bothered to go downstairs where the litter box is (UGH).
The most exercise Samantha gets is climbing through the window to get to her favorite napping spot on the porch, when the door isn’t open. That and her mad dash out the sliding door when we’re not paying attention (she’s supposed to be an indoor cat but doesn’t quite accept that). If anyone has any suggestions on a toy that is irresistible to cats, I’d appreciate the input!
How about you? Did you make any resolutions for you and your pets this year, and have you looked back at them to see how you’re doing?
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