Dear Friends, Family, Fans and Abolish the Crate Federation Members,
It has been brought to our attention that many humans feel that the start of a new year should bring about changes, referred to as New Year’s resolutions. “New Year, New You,” seems to be the mantra. Grady and I must confess, we find this perplexing. We love our human and wouldn’t dream of asking her to change (although Grady is quick to point out that he wouldn’t argue with an increase in treat allotment!).
We wondered, are we alone in our happiness with our human? Do our fellow canines feel the same way about their human like Grady and I do? We decided to investigate.
I came up with the idea to conduct a survey among the Abolish the Crate Federation Members.
The survey consisted of two questions, with a yes or no response:
1. Do you love your human just the way they are?
2. Do you find the treat distribution schedule at your home adequate?
(Grady insisted on adding this question. No further explanation needed.)
The response to our survey was overwhelming! A total of 1,080.5 canines participated (the .5 is a young puppy who cast a vote even though not a member – her parents are – but we didn’t have the heart to exclude her so this was our compromise). The results were that 100% of the canines surveyed answered YES to question #1. Question #2 is still being analyzed and results will be shared at a later date.
Grady is busy crunching those numbers as I write this.
Therefore, based on our survey, we find that it isn’t necessary for humans to change or have New Year’s resolutions. They can stay just the way they are and be loved all the same. Consequently, Grady suggested a different mantra for 2021. “New Year! Love You!” which has been unanimously endorsed by the Abolish the Crate Federation membership.
We realize some humans will have difficulty with these results and will want to set some New Year’s resolutions.
For those humans, we suggest the following:
1. Increase snuggle time with your dog.
2. Incorporate play time into your daily routine (We suggest tug, fetch, or anything with a tennis ball).
3. Lengthen the time of your walks with your dog.
4. Be overly generous with treats.
5. Daily nap time with your canine friend(s).
6. Take a joyride. (This is a pleasurable but often overlooked adventure. Be sure to stick your head out the window, smell all that you can and enjoy the wind rushing through your hair. It really is a marvelous feeling!).
Grady and I wish to thank every dog that participated in our survey. And, we wish all of you and your humans a fun filled 2021!
There you have it. Chapter and verse.
Dawson Earnest Huntley
President & CEO, Abolish the Crate Federation
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