Second Chance: 2014 Predictions

Ladybug

Ladybug

The first Second Chance Pet Column of 2013 promoted making positive and empowering resolutions – as opposed to resolving to NOT doing something, which rhymes with just setting yourself up for failure: for example, last year Boris resolved “I will not eat kitty litter snacks for breakfast” only makes one crave those delicious little nuggets all day long.  I hope this encouragement to stay positive led to successfully completed resolutions for all.

So, in Second Chance’s continued pursuit of making the world a better place for all creatures, we turn this year to positive and empowering psychic predictions. While researching 2014 predictions, I came across so much negativity and fear mongering (wars, natural disasters, and disease) that I started to feel sick to my stomach, so I dug deeper to find light at the end of a dark tunnel. I find that in this age of dire predictions and apocalyptic prophecies, it’s nice to anticipate events that aren’t cataclysmic.

Below are some of my favorites:

-New minimum wage of $10 per hour.

-Unemployment rate for U.S. to be down around 6.8 to 6.4 percent.

-Housing market will slowly recover.

-U.S. economy growth recovery of 3.4 percent.

-A new president with similar values to the late Nelson Mandela will be elected in South Africa.

– Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy and has baby boy.

-Boring will be the new cool.

Socks

Socks

-The world will not end.

-This will be the last year of reign for Queen Elizabeth.

-Faux leopard print will continue to be in style.

-Fundraising for the Second Chance Dog Den will succeed and the facility will be open in April.

-Both dependence and ignorance of science and technology will increase globally.

-Pet overpopulation will sharply reduce.

-A new Picasso will be discovered in someone’s basement.

-A new kind of affordable dog treat is developed that doesn’t block, clog, lodge, or otherwise torture the canine digestive tract.

-I will be adopted into a loving and active family.

My name is LadyBug and I am a beautiful Golden Retriever Lab mix, otherwise known as a Golden Retrievador. I have a tall athletic build and am just under 60 pounds of calm sweet dog who likes to play with the other dogs. I am very gentle, but do require rigorous daily exercise to maintain my chill. I resolve to have my adoption prediction come true.

Happy New Year everyone. Let’s keep a positive focus on change and growth!

And my name is Socks, the Golden Retrievador of cats. I am a long lean loving machine who is keen on adventure and exploration – as long as it is within the confines of a safe environment. I didn’t expect to be homeless in 2013, and am quite displeased by the circumstances beyond my control that led me here. I resolve to have a happy new home and predict that I will never end up in a homeless shelter again.

 

Editor’s note: It’s no secret. The Telluride region is dog heaven. Well, pet heaven. Unless you are one of our furry friends who gets caught in the maw of neglect and abuse. Then heaven is on hold until Second Chance Humane Society comes to the rescue. Second Chance is the region’s nonprofit dedicated to saving animals’ lives and promoting responsible pet parenting and human-animal bond. In her weekly blog, executive director Kelly Goodin profiles at least one, generally two of the many animals now living at the no-kill shelter, Angel Ridge Shelter, a dog and a cat, hoping to find them loving permanent homes. The column is sponsored by Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch & Kennelwho from time to time exercises his skills as a dog whisperer, partnering with Kelly and her staff to help train a particularly challenging animal.

By the by, there is no better place to park your pup than Cottonwood whenever you head out of town (for locals) or are heading to town and staying somewhere that does not allow pets. Consider joining Ted’s Very Important Dog (VID) Clubfor added benies. (Details on Ted’s website.)

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shop are both located in Ridgway, but service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View the shelter pets and services online:www.adoptmountainpets.org

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