What are your new year’s resolutions?

I have never been particularly keen on making New Year’s resolutions but this year I thought it was time to make a few.  Not only have we joined up with Jessica’s 30/30 Challenge and Pamela’s 30 Days Challenge, but I also have a few challenges up my own sleeve.

For 2013 I would like to...

Spend more time at the beach.  Let’s face it; this might be the only time get to live less than a mile from a beautiful beach, and I need to be taking every opportunity possible enjoying the sand and surf with my dogs.

Take an\nobedience class at The Zoom Room. Does your dog come when called? Mine doesn't.  Okay Penny does, and Luna will eventually come back, but not after she has made the decision to do so. If I would like to\nspend more time at our off leash beach, I need to have Luna\u2019s recall firmly established.","engine":"visual"}" data-block-type="2" id="block-aaab6dcce85b057f0028">

Take an obedience class at The Zoom Room. Does your dog come when called? Mine doesn't.  Okay Penny does, and Luna will eventually come back, but not after she has made the decision to do so. If I would like to spend more time at our off leash beach, I need to have Luna’s recall firmly established.

Make a promise to myself and the dogs that I will walk them every day, and if I don’t, my punishment will be riding my elliptical trainer.

Be more active with the Daily Dog Challenges.  I joined a great thing here and failed miserably to participate in.  The challenge for me will not only be the technical parts of the photography challenges, but interpreting them as well.

 Purchase a ridiculously overpriced item at our local dog and cat boutique store.  This is the place to go to in Carmel if you would like to fancy your furry friend in say an evening gown, tiara, or tux.  I have my eye on a fashionable leash and collar set that I know my husband would die over if I actually bought them.

What are your new year’s resolutions? Do you make them? Or more importantly, do you actually follow through with them?

Elizabeth Bergesen

Our Most Memorable Blog Posts of 2012

This past year was fun and entertaining, and D and I experienced a few large and small steps in our life as a married couple. As always, our dogs have been amazing companions to us and I can honestly say that I love blogging more than ever. I wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who stops by and reads our blog. Here are a few of my most memorable blog posts from 2012.

1) In January D and I celebrated our six years of marriage and all I can say is - boy did it go by fast; two dogs, two cross-country moves, ten overseas trips (just him...), lots of time being separated for special occasions (six birthdays, four anniversaries, one Thanksgiving, and one Christmas), one looooong deployment.

2) In February D came home from his looooong deployment. It was on a Sunday night, after 9 o’clock. I was in my pajamas. Nothing unusual was happening… the doorbell rings and I freak out thinking that it was a man with a hook for a hand and he was going to break down the door. Actually, it did not turn out to be a hook-handed man – it was my long-deployed husband!?!?

3) In May we packed up 200 boxes and said good bye to my home town of Seattle and moved to Carmel, California.

Good Bye Seattle

Good Bye Seattle

4) In June, after attending one of the most powerful social media conferences in the nation for pets, bloggers and anyone in the animal industry, I wrote Elizabeth’s survival guide to attending BlogPaws.

My Survival Guide For Attending Blog Paws.

My Survival Guide For Attending Blog Paws.

August was a busy month for us.

5) Luna walked on narrow, elevated planks; she jumped over [low] hurdles; she weaved through a slalom; she even passed through a 12-foot-long tunnel – all on her first experience at The Zoom Room.

6) My family visited Carmel for the first time and I was able to get more play time with my nephew Ben. We spent time at the beach and visited Fisherman’s Wharf.

7) In October, Shorty after achieving our goal of getting Luna comfortable with the agility equipment at The Zoom Room, we decided it was time to challenge our little Penny.

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8) In November D gets a Knee Injury while playing soccer which resulted in no major tears to the MCL or meniscus, but a dislocation of his patella. Today, D is still not able to drive, but is more mobile thanks to physical therapy three times a week.

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D Get's a Knee Injury

What were your favorite posts from 2012? Also, what do you hope to see more of in 2013?

Elizabeth Bergesen