I thought today I'll reshare an old new year's post I wrote two years ago. It's one of my favorites.

Time flies! So much has changed but the message stays the same. Enjoy!

Out With The Old, In With The New

This year is almost over. I noticed around the web that people really hated this year and it will go down in history as the worst year ever.

Was it really all that bad?

Everything in this life has a balance. Yin Yang. There can't just be bad all the time, there has to be good too.

Looking back...

This was the year I finally started my blog after waiting two years.

I got more comfortable driving my car that I waited 9 years to get because I was too scared to get my license.

I finally stepped on an airplane for the very first time. My ears still hurt sometimes, but I know now what it's like to fly above the clouds.

I now have another dog after waiting more than a year. It had to be another Buffy type dog. So I waited and waited. I was surprised when I finally got her because I thought I had to wait until next year.

This year Buffy and I started to communicate better because I learned all about dogs and how to train them.

I'm a naturally nervous person and scared of a lot of things. I suffered from anxiety most of my life. So most things I listed were big milestones for me.

Remembering happy moments and frustrations

Yes, it has been frustrating at times to raise a new dog, but there were happy moments in between. Like the first time, my puppy ate normal dog food after not wanting to eat or drink anything.

The first time I realized my two dogs actually like each other after it seemed that Fluffy was just annoying Buffy.

The first time she fell asleep on my lap and also realizing that I have a very smart new dog.

I also discovered I have some anger issues that I need to deal with asap lol. I didn't know I could scream that loud.

It's also frustrating that there are different opinions about how to raise a dog in my house. Other than that I love that my dogs always want to be around me.

They come when I call. They listen for the most part. My bestie pointed out that I'm a pack leader now. I like the sound of that.

Never forget the happy moments

I never want to forget the happy moments. Those are the ones we look back on that make us laugh and smile.

What happy moments do you remember from this year? Your achievements. The things that made you laugh and smile. However big or small they are don't let the bad overshadow the good.

New years resolutions

Most people already made their new years resolutions by now. We all know by middle January when life gets in the way those resolutions will be a distant memory.

I decided not to make any resolutions. What's the point? I've always been a, whatever happens, happens type of person. If you ever stuck to a new year's resolution, good for you.

Changing habits is a process. It takes time. Like a set of steps that you have to climb. A new year shouldn't be a reason to rush to the top.

Start with something small and achievable. Maybe, just maybe it will snowball and before you know it you've reached your goal.

new years quote neil gaiman.

Try new things

The main thing is to just start. Or try. People change, goals change. Last year this time I never would have imagined writing a blog or interacting on social media. That was not me.

I hate attention and I never wanted everyone to know what's going on in my head. But there was something inside me that wanted to share my stories. A part of me that thought someone might benefit from them.

I'm not even sure if anyone has. I was brave enough to try. All we can do is try. It's better than doing nothing. So I tried something and I loved it.

There's a lot of things to try doing in this life. Maybe make a list of things you want to try. Even if it's only once. If you don't like it, move on to the next thing.

That's the only way you will find out what you like. There's no committing, no promises, no high expectations. There are many different ways to do something, find out what works best for you.

Final words

So before I go waayyyy off topic. I hope you can look back and find the moments that made you happy.

I wish the new year will be full of new opportunities for you to explore and may there be an abundance of happy moments.

Nothing will ever stay the same. Life changes constantly. All we can do is hold on to the good memories and try to let the bad ones go.

Until next time,

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Dog Table Manners - How to Eat Properly Ruff! Hello, my fluffy pack! As your future queen, I've had to learn how to eat properly. Dog table manners go hand in hand with queendom.

I can tell you now already that Buffy did not teach me eating skills. He eats like an animal! You'd think since domestication that our species would have been more civilized by now, but nope.

Snowy also eats like Buffy so I'm assuming it's an epidemic. Humans aren't too worried about eating properly either. Food falling on the floor is proof of this.

Let's look at how you can improve your eating skills.

Basic dining etiquette for dogs

1. Chew your food

You'd think this one is obvious but it's not. Buffy swallows his food whole. I wish I was kidding.

Mommy has to mince his food like a baby or else it gets stuck in his throat. How hard is it to chew? Geez!

Teeth are not just for threatening the human, it's used for chewing food too. Use it!

2. Take breaks between mouthfuls

I know it's tempting to eat all your food up without stopping but it's a bad idea. Mommy has to make sure Buffy doesn't choke because of swallowing too much food at once.

It's the only time he gets yelled at. Mr. Cant-do-wrong has bad eating habits. Finally a skill I can teach him!

Buffy eating Fluffy's food
Buffy eating my food in front of me
Taking a breather is advisable. I take my time and eat slowly. Renza mommy says I eat like a lady. I'm a Queen! Get the title right human!

3. Eat up all your food

Leaving leftovers is a big no-no. Well with one exception. If it's that dried junk mommy gives us then you can leave leftovers.

That's the only food Buffy chews so we get a lot of it. A lot! This is why point nr. 1 is so important.

If you don't chew, the human will give you more dried food because it's not as yummy and they know you'll chew it so that it goes down easier.

This spiral effect must be avoided. If you find yourself in a situation where you've been getting just dried food then don't worry. Just go on a food strike.

I've been on a few strikes so I know how effective they are in getting what you want.

A food strike is where you have to refuse to eat.

I know it's hard but it's worth it. When the human starts wondering why you're not eating, all your favorite dishes will suddenly appear out of nowhere.

It depends on you if you're willing to hold out for the good stuff. Humans are slow and lazy. You might have to wait a while.

4. Bowls are optional

Look! Personally, I can eat food off anything. The ground, mommy's hand, a chair, a mat. Anything! Bowls aren't necessary.

Fluffy discussing empty food bowl
Discussing empty bowl with mommy

Unfortunately, the humans prefer bowl eating so it's something that's expected of us. Luckily I only listen sometimes or else floor food will get wasted.

We all know to waste food is a doggy sin. The 5-second rule does not exist!

5. Smell before eating

Not everything is yummy or eatable. I've done some extensive taste testing of everything around here.

It's normally followed by mommy screaming, chasing me and forcing my mouth open. It's not my fault that things are just lying around.

In my defense, I'm still learning and very curious. Anyway, I know now that I have to smell first then eat.

Mommy also taught me the swop trick where I trade her for whatever I have in my mouth. Normally with something better smelling.

6. Begging for food

Dogs are really good at begging for food. All it takes is sad eyes and staring at the human until they cave. Believe me, they will cave eventually.

This only works if you're in close proximity to the human when they're eating. They will try to distance themselves from you because they are weak.

dogs begging for food
Buffy's expert sad eyes look
Your job is to get their attention by doing something they don't like. They'll come to check up on you and yell a bit. Soon after, the weaklings will feel guilty and you'll be stuck by their side.

Let the begging begin!

7. Should you bin raid?

Sometimes food goes from the human's plate straight into the garbage bin. Why? I wish I knew. The horror!

Leftovers are supposed to go straight into a dog's mouth. We were made to consume leftovers.

In case a mixup like this occurs then bin raiding is an option to correct the mistake. Buffy
is a professional bin raider but refuses to teach me his garbage eating dog skills. The nerve!

Don't worry! As long as I'm right behind him while he tips the bin over, then I get to enjoy yummy garbage food too.

What?! Geez! We're dogs. This is what we do.

That's it my fluffy pack. I hope you don't eat like Buffy. Remember the worse you eat, the worse the eatables will get.

Food is what makes us doggies happy. Got to go now. I see Buffy trying to eat my dried junk food. Excuse me while I go yell at him!

Ruff! Ruff!

Author: Fluffy
Job: Doing puppy work, part-time blogger, a world leader in training.
Future plans: World domination
Likes: Biting hands, destroying everything in sight, playing, stalking, digging, cuddles and tummy rubs.
Dislikes: Baths, self-cloning Needleman and not getting my way.

Pic credit: Fluffy(me) and Buffy posing for pics Renza took and edited. Main pic from Pixabay.

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