Make this the year that you meet, play, and love.

The New Year is a time for resolutions, reawakening, and renewal. It’s a time to spend with friends and family (whether they’re two, four, or three-legged), to have a “clean slate,” and to tackle goals and projects anew. From health to wealth, from organization to education, and from family time to travel time, animal lovers resolve to make truly meaningful changes in their lives each year.

For 2019, we’re renewing our commitment to you, our community. Our New Year’s Resolutions List is here to help you get the New Year off on the right foot (or paw, or hoof). This year, make some New Year’s resolutions that will truly make a difference for you and for the animals – start your 2019 off by lending your time, your heart, and your soles to the animals!

Become fitter, healthier, and happier. Eat healthier, exercise more, and work toward your fitness goals. Working out doesn’t have to be a solitary task, either! Exercise with your pets by taking walks, hikes, and jogs, participating in doga (dog yoga! It’s a thing!), take a goat yoga class at the Wobbly Ranch or take horse rides in the abundant local trails. Take a closer look at what’s on your plate (and in your pets’ bowls), too! The Pet Connection Magazine pups all eat NutriSource (Jack loves the salmon and peas) and he likes to mix it up with slices of raw apple and carrot and cooked potatoes and green beans!

Learn something new. Consider an internship or externship at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society and introduce a new game to your pets, like nosework for your dog. Research environmental enrichment for your cats, horses, dogs, and other companion animals. Remember that play is an important part of our animals’ lives – you can buy their favorite toys at Mud Bay or Denny’s Pet World!

Juniper the kitten playing with her new toy that she received from Greater Good

Live life to the fullest. Do something that will have a lasting impact in 2019 and beyond. Volunteer at a local nonprofit – volunteering opportunities encompass many areas, and walking the shelter dogs is a great way to get in shape, too!

Spend more time with family and friends (including your animal family members.) Grab a bite to eat at a dog-friendly establishment like Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse, invite friends and family over for a potluck, complete with pet treats from local favorite Seattle Barkery, or grab a drink at DogWood Play Park.

Grab a bite at Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse! Oh, boy — Jack has his eye on that pupcake!

Spend less and save more. It’s time to get serious about your finances! Consult with a financial planning expert to see how you can make the most of your budget!

Get organized. Inventory what’s in your home (and shed, and barn, and garage!) and donate what you don’t need. Organize an emergency kit for yourself and for your pets, ensuring that you have two weeks’ worth of food and water for all of you.

Travel more. Visit dog-friendly destinations – check out Seattle DogSpot’s piece on Bend, Oregon! And visit longtime favorites like Twisp River Suites, Maryhill Winery, and Vacations by the Sea.

Read more. Pick up a great book about animals, like Dog Behavior: Modern Science and Our Canine Companions, Your Robot Dog Will Die, Walking With Peety, or My Life In the Cathouse, and read back copies of PCM on our website!

Fall in love…with someone unexpected. Foster or adopt an animal in need. Many local rescues are in need to foster families; sign up today to be a foster parent!

Fall in love…with someone unexpected!

Let us know how you’re resolving to make 2019 your best year yet! Did you visit a pet-friendly local venue? Volunteer at an amazing non-profit? Did you fall in love?

Send your stories and photos to and we might include them in our upcoming issues!