“Don’t change because a new year is coming up but change for your own personal growth; no matter what resolutions you make, they start with you.” –Unknown

I can’t believe that this time last year I was just starting out on my DFR adventure. In fact, my premier DFR blog appeared just about two weeks before New Year’s Day 2012. My apologies for my tardiness, but I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this last year! Here’s to another great year!

The new year gives all of us the chance to set new goals for the next 12 months. Photo © Can Stock Photo.

Every year, millions of people worldwide take a look back on their previous year in hopes of making for an even better one to follow. In that process, New Year’s resolutions are born, creating new goals with hopes of actually accomplishing them. Now we all know that’s not how it always works, but for the most part it’s important to at least try!

Common resolutions include things such as eating healthy, saving money, traveling more, managing stress and reading more. But for dog fanciers, our list of resolutions goes even further: qualifying for the big shows, breeding our first or 31st champion, winning the National Specialty or taking Best in Show at an all-breed event.

My number one, all year long, personal resolution for 2013 is “Be positive.” Not that I don’t want to do a lot of the things listed above. Many on the list above are resolutions I’ve worked on in 2012, and I plan to keep focusing on them. But those on the fanciers’ list will have to wait while I’m pouring my energy into my photography career.

As I reflect back on this time last year, I remember writing about a brand new year for juniors. We can officially say that it’s been a very full year with some wonderful new things for the sport’s junior handlers, including the Masters class. There still seem to be a few mixed feelings even after a year of the Masters class, but a lot of good has come along with it as well. It has given a great opportunity to kids of all ages and from all classes to get their time in the spotlight. It’s also provided a new organization to junior classes overall. Thus far, I would call it a great success, and I hope to see it continue to thrive in its second year.

Now, if you don’t have any particular resolutions in mind, there’s no need to worry. You can, and should, set new resolutions at any time of the year. And if you’re already concentrating on your 2013 list, you are in good company, as millions of others worldwide have penned their own resolutions for the year ahead too.

Here’s to a new year and a wonderful 2013 for all of you DFR readers!

For the first time this year, I remind you that Dogs Freakin’ Rule!