Pet lovers resolve to make 2012 a very good year

Have you made your resolutions for the New Year yet? It’s never too late to remember beloved pets as you look back on 2011 and make big plans for 2012! To give you a head start, here are a few ideas from Julia Szabo, a.k.a. Pet Reporter >^..^<, who resolves to spend more quality play time with her dogs and cats in the coming year. Read more about Julia here and follow her on Twitter @PetReporter1

* Paws for Thought - Dogs bring us so much more than warm, fuzzy comfort and unconditional love. They can also serve as our life-lesson gurus, personal fitness motivators, even marriage counselors! Stopping to think and be inspired by K9s is the lesson of bestselling author Julie Klam’s newest title, “Love at First Bark,” which celebrates the versatility and ingenuity within every dog, big or small, mixed-breed or purebred. Get yourself a copy of this witty, heartfelt collection of true tails - and get inspired to see Spot in a whole new light! While you’re at it, follow this unique literary voice on Twitter @JulieKlam

* A Snack That Gives Back – Author Julie Klam (see above) sweetly serves homemade treats to her voracious readers at all the stops on her cross-country book tour. But busy Julie has little time these days for baking – she’s too busy penning must-read books like “Love at First Bark” (above) and her previous title, “You Had Me at Woof.” So she buys Andy’s Dandys gourmet dog treats, which offer “homemade goodness for your best friend.” These treats do more than make tails wag; baking them provides a valuable, enjoyable learning and career-prep experience for young adults in Vermont with diverse needs and learning styles.

* Clear the Air - Surface disinfection is not enough to maintain a spotless animal house. An air purifier is a wonderful way to improve the atmosphere in your animal house. As it helps you, your pets, and your guests breathe easier all year long, it can also prevent serious illness caused by airborne transmission of bacteria and viruses (including Canine Influenza and Feline Calicivirus) from threatening your pet’s health - and breaking your heart. The best purifiers for you and your pet are made by PetAirapy, specialists in commercial and residential air purification systems within the pet industry.

* A Gift for Mother Earth – Imagine what a much cleaner place this world might be for future generations if we all resolved to use as few plastic bags as possible today. Every journey begins with the first step, so start reducing your pet’s carbon paw-print by using biodegradable bags for poop-scooping and litter box cleanup. Harry Barker’s “No. 2″ green bags are an attractive, witty solution for scooping Spot’s droppings; and BioBag’s kitchen waste bags are excellent for disposing of kitty clumps (and, of course, kitchen waste too).

* Old Friends are the Best Friends – Senior dogs and cats experience the very same joint stiffness that makes January’s cold, damp weather so hard on senior humans. You can resolve to help four-footed friends gain better footing all year thanks to tasty treats-with-benefits. Packed with natural ingredients to promote easier movement – including Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, and Sea Cucumber, Sea Mobility “Joint Rescue” by Ark Naturals is so deliciously meaty, pets will never know just how good-for-them these treats are. When they see the bag, my dogs politely sit without even being asked!

* To Your Health - Keep your own and your pet’s immune system strong all year long, so you never have to miss out on fun activities with your dog or cat. If the common cold is cramping your style, reach for Umcka Cold Care by Nature’s Way; its unique homeopathic formulation works efficiently to ensure that you’ll be up for that dog-walk Spot’s eagerly anticipating – even on mornings when the urge to crawl back into bed is overpowering!  And remember, our pets are susceptible to the adverse health effects of stress too. Support Spot’s immune system at stressful times with a brilliant new supplement called Nutri-Stix. Packed with powerful natural ingredients (including olive leaf extract), it’s just the ticket before a long road trip, say, or a stay at a boarding facility.

* Think Global, Adopt Local - This new year, let’s all resolve to do something for our respective communities’ animal shelters, which do dog’s work 365 days a year. We can all pitch in to help, whether it’s making a donation of money or time, fostering a pet to free up cage space, or giving the gift of everyday necessities (shelters can always use towels, blankets, and cleaning supplies to make the animals’ lives cozier while they await their forever homes). And if there’s room in your animal house, please consider adopting a dog or cat to keep you - or your existing pet – company. To locate the worthy shelter nearest you, simply do a search by zip code on


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Julia Szabo is nationally recognized as the authority on living and traveling stylishly with pets. Her expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Real Simple, Family Circle, and Cesar’s Way, among many others, and she’s a frequent guest of “Morning Living” on Sirius Radio’s Martha Stewart Channel. The author of six lifestyle books, including the acclaimed “Animal House Style” and “Pretty Pet-Friendly,” she produces the daily “Living With Dogs” column for and Traditional Home’s monthly “Star Style” column, a feature about design and the zodiac. She lives in New York City with her family of rescued dogs and cats, including Lazarus the pit bull (pictured). Follow her on Twitter @PetReporter11919192730303030303030

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