A new resolution for our pets

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Here we are at the end of another year! I hope it was a great one for you and your family, including your pets, of course. As I sit back and reflect on all the activities that took place, all the changes–for worse and for better–I also look forward to all the things I’d like to accomplish next year, particularly with Paws Corner, in both its print and online incarnations, as well as all the things I’d like to see happen to improve pets’ welfare.

Paws Corner is a labor of love, something I write in the hopes of improving the lives of pets and their owners. Improving the website was a major goal throughout 2010, but for 2011 I’m going to add more services to the site, services that I hope will help owners get information they need. I’ve had a lot of help from my readers, especially suggestions for what you’d like to see on the website, and I encourage you to keep sending in those emails and letters! You can send suggestions directly from the site by clicking here.

In 2010, the new and improved PawsCorner.com launched with a new look and interface and the ability for readers to register. The print edition of Paws Corner continued to serve readers through their community newspapers. A portion of this year’s earnings was donated to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), which provides an incredible range of services to residents and operates the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and on Nantucket. If you’d like to learn more about them or contribute, click here for their website.

For 2011, I hope to do more, accomplish more. PawsCorner.com will continue to grow, and I’ll be debuting a newsletter that’s exclusive for registered members. If you’d like to receive it, register today for free.

There are also some things I’d like to see more of, from myself, from organizations out there, and from you.

This year, let’s resolve:

— to spend less time on the couch, and more time with our pets.

— to give a little, either money or time, to an animal in need.

— to educate ourselves on newer, better ways to train and care for our pets.

— to take a deep breath when we get frustrated or discouraged, and press on, for the sake of our pets, our families, and ourselves.

Thanks for reading Paws Corner this year, and here’s to a fantastic 2011!