Does this sound like you: think of a New Year's Resolution, stick to it for a week, and forget about it.

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Or, maybe you don't make a resolution at all (it happens!) If this is the year you're looking to change all that, Best Friends Animal Society says your furry friend can help make your resolutions stick in the following ways:

  • Making you more active (of course - you've got to take them for the walk at the very least)
  • Helping you feel less stressed
  • Changing up your diet with healthy snacks that you can share with your pet. Best Friend Animal Society says "Dogs can eat raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds, plus produce like watermelon, blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, bananas, apple slices, and baby carrots (but no grapes or raisins, which can be toxic). Cats can get in on the fun, too. Felines are able to enjoy fish like salmon or mackerel, meats like plain boiled chicken, and even a bit of cheese or egg."

And more (like safely socializing at dog parks, or going for a day trip with your pet). How cool is that? And perfect timing too - the pandemic has made it more difficult to access exercise facilities, but you can definitely get a good workout in with your pet! While I don't have a pet myself, I can see how one would make it easier and more fun to crush your New Year's Resolutions.

And if you're deciding not to make a resolution for 2021, or you don't follow through with it, that's okay too - go easy on yourself!

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