Four Hundred and Fifty Eight Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi little doggy of mine. I just love to say silly things like that to you, because I think I’m SUPER funny. You’re my friend and I just love you so much. In fact, we were talking about you not being super small, but I still like to try, and get you to sit on my lap. That’s always funny too because you’re not so into that business. I like to think that you might be though, haha. I laugh at my own jokes now. Mama taught me how to do that.

Do you like to laugh Kimmy? Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever seen you laugh. Not yet anyway…hmmm. What if I try to make you laugh by running around, and around, and around? What would you think of that Kimmy dog? Would you like that? Mama’s giving me a funny look right now. I’m suspecting that she doesn’t think my idea is particularly funny. I think I’ll go back to dream land with you, and IRB. We had quite the romp on our long walk/bike ride and then playing in the backyard, sandbox, and rocks. IRB just loved scooping the rocks, and flinging them. It made me feel all wild, and crazy. I like to, scream and be silly with you doggy dog. Did you see me when I did all of that stuff? Ha!

Love you,

LDB

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Happy dog ears with my big babe, LDB.

Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Paws

Dear Littles Bro,

Hi IRB! We had quite the morning today. You had many words to share during our walk. I was trying to tell you that everything would be alright, but you were not having it. I’m glad that you decided you liked your water bottle, and were comforted by it part way through the walk.

You didn’t seem to enjoy when the other neighbor dogs ran up to our stroller. I was startled and decided that the best method of handling the situation would be to jump up, and try to pull myself out of my collar and leash. Mama was not having that business though, sigh. So I followed directions and stayed with the stroller. I was worried that the other doggy would come up to you, and LDB. Mama yelled, “No! Go home, NO!” to the other doggies. LDB, and you both started to cry, and then whine, and I was getting all worked up jumping around, and at last the two other dogs finally left us alone.

Golly, stress can really motivate us though. I took off on a brisk pace, and we ambled our way through the neighborhood for the rest of our walk. At first I was a little bit worked up, but I knew we were safe. You seemed to enjoy your water bottle straw, and hung out calmly after that business in the stroller little one. I kind of miss you when we’re all sleeping, but then I remembered that I can meet you in dream land! And, aha, there you are buddy! I love you!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Cute paws, and this baby… and his curiosity.

Four Hundred and Fifty Six Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hi there! I enjoyed our walk together today. There weren’t any other neighbors outside though! We enjoyed seeing a few garbage trucks throughout the neighborhood. They make lots of rumbling noises, and stop, and go so many times.

In fact, when we were all investigating in the sandbox, mama ushered me inside so that you three could run to the front of the house, and watch the glass truck rumble down our road. It took the recycling and went on its way. Who knew trucks were such a serious business? I was so tuckered out from our walk, back and front yard play, trucks, and play time inside that I decided to start my nap early. So here I am, laying on my blanket on the bed resting. It sounds like IRB is sleeping, but LDB has a lot to say, and work out still. Golly you can talk LDB, I love it, but I also like the quiet when I’m napping little dude.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Eye see you.

Four Hundred and Fifty Five Paws

Dear Kimmy dog,

Hiiiiii! It’s me, IRB, I am having a busy crawling, playing, screaming full day! How about you big doggy friend? I love you so much. I crawled right over to you and barred down and almost bumped my head into you today, because I was so excited to be near you! Haha! I laughed and flopped my arms onto your back giving you a great big hug.

I liked our walk together with daddy. You seemed to be having a great time! You sauntered along side the stroller, and walked proudly. We took our walk at a little bit of a later time, but it worked out just the same, and we enjoyed some fresh air, and sunshine together. You were lying by the garage door waiting on the carpet for quite a while. I took the hint and tried to tell mama and daddy that you wanted to go outside, but they didn’t seem to pick up on just what my scream words meant. Then, mama finally realized, and we had our change of scenery didn’t we buddy? Sometimes it takes those parents a while to realize what we need. We have to cut them some slack every now and then. I love you.

Xo,

IRB

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Snack helper Kimmy and caterpillar toes.

Four Hundred and Fifty Four Paws

(Memory post)

Dear Kimmy dog,

Hi big sister. I haven’t been feeling so well today. In fact, you wouldn’t leave my side this morning, even after mama put your blanket on the other comfy sofa chair for you. I thought that was very kind of you big sister. You really look out for both of us and make sure that we’re doing ok. I have seen you vomit many times, but I think it really worried you that I got so sick. I appreciated the nose boop and snuffle kisses as I was walking up the stairs. I wasn’t so sure on the timing of the kisses, but I appreciated your intention behind them. Mama says that you need to nose boop and sniff us to make sure we’re ok and to let us know that you care. I love that about you Kimmy.

Xo,

LDB

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Hiding from the cold and the midweek blues.

Four Hundred and Fifty Three Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello. It is I, Kimmy dog. I am in the nap zone right now, sleeping next to mama on a blanket, which is also located on their cozy bed. Sometimes I just need to take a nap, that’s simply what most things boil down to. I think naps help ease a lot of issues that we all have. I like to sleep because I feel most relaxed when I snooze. I let my paws unfurl and I just take super deep breaths, and let the air rise, and fall from my chest. Sometimes I even wag my tail in my sleep. That’s when you know that I’m feeling really groovy and chill. I help herd both of you upstairs for the nap time. After that I look for my blanket on mama and daddy’s bed. I follow that up by jumping up, turning around a few times, and settling into a relaxed position. I usually fall asleep once both of you are snoozing, but some days I really hit a wall and just dive deep into dream land. It looks like you both found me in dream land! Let’s go play by the red slide in cloud dream land! Wheeeee, come on brothers, let’s run!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Outside wet paws in late fall season.

Four Hundred and Fifty Two Paws

(Flashback memory post.)

Dear Kimmy,

Hi there big sister! Thanks for helping me crawl up the stairs. I have been practicing multiple times every day. I love seeing your furry face waiting for me on the landing and upstairs. You give me such big motivation to crawl, crawl, crawl. Mama and daddy said that I can now alternate my legs when I’m going up the stairs. What does that mean big sis? Is it something to do with the fact that I will use one leg and then the other to get up the stairs? I’m so good at that. Sometimes I get super excited and I almost plop over because I want to clap for myself when brother says, “Yayyyyy Baby-I you’re doing it!” Most of the time I just laugh and get super excited when I reach the top of the stairs. I love to race crawl, or bum hop over to you Kimmy. You let me give you big tight snuggle hugs. I love that.

Xo,

IRB

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Profile view of the sweet Kimmy.

Four Hundred and Fifty One Paws

Dear Brothers,

Long long ago, there was just two four legged babies and one mama and one daddy. Like I said, this was long ago, and now here we are. We are now minus one beloved fur baby, but our hearts are full with both of you. I miss my sister, Bella the cat, but mama and daddy love on me and so do both of you. There is a little bit of me that longs for my window gazing pal though. Sometimes I hide in your bedroom IRB, and it’s to be close to Bella again. I like to curl up in the tight spaces that she used to sleep in and then I dream with her. She helps me remember to be strong, and patient with all of the humans. She was around when LDB was tiny, and then the rainbow called to her. That’s what mama said to me anyway. I looked out the window with her and we just sat for a while that last day. Mama found a picture of us when I was just a young pup of six months. She liked it so much that she wanted to share it with you guys. I like it too, because it reminds me that all things change, and that our memories make us feel warm fuzzy. But, what’s most important right now, is to be present here with each other. I love you both a lot, even when you whine and cry all morning long.

xo,

Kimmy

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Memory lane from 2016 days, just us girls, mama, Bella and me, Kimmy.

Four Hundred and Fifty Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello! It is me, Kimmy dog, your guardian sister. Hmmm, that sounded a little bit awkward, but we’ll just go with it. This morning we took a walk with mama and we saw six giant trucks! LDB you knew all of their names and so much information about them! You pointed out details and told Irving and I all about your facts. Where did you learn all of that information dude? Actually I know, ha ha, I was just kidding, you have gleaned much knowledge from your literature about trucks. I should know because I’ve been present since you were in the womb, and I hear every single story too! I mostly pay attention to the snacks and the food that you eat, but I do pick up some tid-bits about what you’re being read.

For instance, today I learned that to be a “mensch,” means to act with kindness and decency as a human being. I would like to add a little bit to that definition so that it could include our four legged creatures as well. I could be considered a mensch, because I am patient, kind, and always wait for you, brother, mama and daddy. So all humans and creatures great and small can be mench-es too!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Little snuggles with the littlest brother.

Four Hundred and Forty Nine Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi! It’s me, LDB, golly it’s been a while since I wrote to you. I was thinking about summer time in our house. I loved having both mommy and daddy home with all of us. This morning we were greeting the tiny bro and he had some big feelings to share about diaper time. I told him, “It’s alright to be sad, it’s going to be ok, just you wait and see.” You circled around him and tried to lick his toes. I think he secretly enjoyed that even though he hollered loudly about it. Most days one of us chooses to holler, sorry about that Kimmy. I know your ears are sensitive, but sometimes I just can’t help, but yell back. It can be challenging to have a smaller brother; I know how much you love me and momma and daddy too. I tell myself every day that, “I am loved!” I hope you know how loved you are Kimmy-Kim. You’re a one of a kind dog friend.

Xo,

LDB, the biggest little brother.

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Big and little paws.