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A Rescue’s Resolutions

By Toto (with a little help from Oz)

2018 was a good year. I made new friends, started sleeping in Mom’s bed, raised money to help other homeless dogs, threw out the first pitch at an Indianapolis Indians’ game, and even won the title of IndyHumane’s Top Dog! But there are still a few things I need to work on this coming year that I know would make my mom proud:

— Stop the protest poops under her bed when she leaves town. Mom doesn’t understand that I’m just giving her a visible reminder of how much I miss her.

— Learn to sit for 30 seconds so I can pass my therapy dog assessment. I don’t understand why I have to sit for what seems like an eternity — and I don’t even get a treat!

— Stop drinking the Christmas tree water. Mom is taking the tree down this week, so I can put this one on hold until next December.

— Learn to lie down for 30 seconds so I can pass my therapy dog assessment. I first have to learn to lie down for one second. This is even harder than sitting.

— Share. For the first two years of my life, I had to share everything with 15 other roommates. Now I finally have my own home and stuff. I wish it could just be about me for a while, especially since when my “friend” Maya comes over, she finds all my hidden bones and eats them.

— Grow 12 inches taller so I won’t have to jump up on people to get their attention.

— Embrace baths since they’re not going away anytime soon. Flailing about, splashing everywhere, and trying to jump out of the sink or tub doesn’t work.

— Pass my therapy dog training so we will be able to volunteer in libraries and nursing homes.

— Let Mom brush my teeth since my breath is beginning to smell like fish. I don’t even like fish, so I have no idea how or why this is happening.

Well, I think that’s a good start. Whether you set resolutions, conquer, or completely ignore them, I hope you have a Toto-ally awesome 2019!


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