One Hundred and Seventy Four Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi little guy. We had a pretty busy morning together. We played in the back yard for a while. You like to say the word play, but in your own way now. You say, “P-ay,” and then you run around and around, dig, scoop, climb, slide, and move about. I had a great time romping around while momma tried to get me to do my business. You helped encourage me by saying, “Kimmy, poop!” every so often when you’d run by me.

I know that we were out there for me to do my business and for you to play, but I like to prolong the experience of fun for as long as I can. When I’m good and ready I do what I’m supposed to, but not a minute before. I think it’s just something deep inside of me that needs to have a little bit of freedom to make choices. I’m a lot like a hound dog in that way. I may be part labrador, but I am a plott-hound dog too!

The same goes for when I hook into a specific scent on our walks. I find something that really intrigues me and then I will just lock onto it for dear life. That happened on our walk today while you were booping the leaves and flowers of this bush we visit each day. I like to try and get deep down into the bush and henceforth, pull the adult human along the way with me. It’s a method that is tried and true, it works most of the time for me. Then I go about the rest of our walk like we were doing before. We enjoyed a bit of sunshine and summertime like weather before the end of our walk. Just before we went to bed last night we took another walk and it was so nice outside that my paws were actually a tiny bit warm as they padded along the pavement. I liked that warm feeling. It reminded me of summertime! I love you buddy.

xo,

Kimmy

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This is how we water the plants Kimmy.

One Hundred and Seventy Three Paws

Dear Leo,

It’s a beautiful morning! The sun is shining, I got lots of warm rays soaked into my back and you’re enjoying the weather in the yard. You are so into scooping dirt, placing it into your truck bed, dumping it, and then bringing them onto your slide. I like to watch you and check to make sure that everything is going well for you. It’s one of my doggy duties.

Another activity that we do well is watching the continued construction behind our house. They’re mainly working on painting the building right behind our house. We still hear lots of noise from the other building while they work on the deck building. You love to say, “Boom!” When the big dump truck and crane come to move things from the ground to the roof and vice versa. I romp around when you say, “boom,” because it just feels right. Ha! You’ve also really been into the wheeled toys in the house as of late. For example, the wagon, the indoor car, the baby stroller, anything with wheels. You’re going through a big stage of, “testing the limits,” as mama and dada say.

Sometimes you try to bump me with the wheeled things, but that’s not an option and we work through that with the big humans. They’re always near and working on these things with you. I don’t mind mostly, even if I have to share my bed with them, but I don’t like it if the toys touch my paws. Paws are: off limits! Better go check on you!

xo,

Kimmy

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Spot my buddy!

One Hundred Seventy Two Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy! It’s another sunny day in the neighborhood. I had a little tummy trouble this morning. Sometimes when that happens I end up drooling a lot and then the big humans worry about me. I know you worry about me too, because you say my name and then, “Boo-boo?” So I am pretty sure that you understand how hard it can be to have a tummy that feels upset.

I’m resting in the piano room right now. It’s nice and cool and dark in there. I had a splendid time lounging in the sunshine with you and mama. You were quite busy with your dump trucks and balls in the back yard. The game you came up with to play was silly! You decided to bring your dump truck up on top of your play structure, push it down the slide and add some sound effects to it. Then you would slide after it and run around and do the whole thing again. I investigated your game a few times. Mama and dada cheered you on and then you lounged in the deck chairs a little bit. You couldn’t decide which chair should be yours so you had all three chairs in a long line and said, “No dada,” when he wanted to sit down. Good thing I’m a dog and that I sit on the ground, or lay on the ground. I enjoyed my towel in the sunshine, thank you very much! I’m going back to napping now. I love you buddy. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Let’s go together!

One Hundred and Seventy One Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi. Guess what? The sunshine is back! Hazzuah! I heard mama or dada say that once and I wanted to try to say it once too. What do you think? It means something along the lines of, “Hooray!” Anyway, today was exciting. On our walk we saw lots of birds, squirrels, and flowers. You love to boop this one particular flower bush on our last block of our walk. You always say, “Mama or dada, (pointing) and ooh oooh!” You get quite excited about it, and admittedly, I do too because there are some great dog smells underneath that bush. I am always well acquainted with the spots with the best smells. This was a new location because the big humans wouldn’t let me explore underneath that bush, but now that you’re interested in it, well it’s a different story!

So I pull my harnessed self way far underneath the bush and I soak in all the smells. Sometimes I am in the middle of a long scent hall and I forget where I am. Mama has to haul me out from underneath the bush which she doesn’t really like to do. You always emerge from the foliage cradling a tiny leaf or something along those lines that pops off in the expedition. You will hold it all the way back home and then put it into your big boom! And for those who might read this and are unaware of what a boom is, it’s a large truck. I love you buddy!

xo, 

Kimmy

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Time to share!

One Hundred and Seventy Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil’ dude. There was some major noise happening behind our house this morning which made the doggy and baby boy rise a little bit earlier than we are all used to, well in some ways. I knew you were awake so I didn’t make too much of a fuss about getting up and out of my bed. I always do my downward doggy stretches first, and then I casually crawl out of my bed. I like to move as slow as possible to prolong the comfort of my sleep routine. I go to sleep right when you do, in order to maximize how much shut eye I am getting. A dog of my age needs as much sleep as dogg-ily possible. I have a lot of things on my mind these days. Take this list for instance, in no particular order I have some things to share:

-The itchiness of my eyes on occasion when we romp around outside.

-Why do babies grow up so fast?

-Why are both of the adult humans at home, all the time now? 

-Why do you not go on an adventures each day with the mama for at least an hour or more?

-What happened to my mid-morning nap ritual?

-Why do toddlers like to tell me what to do? 

-How long is it, truly, before we each our next meal?


-Where does the sunshine go when it gets dark and cold?

-Why is the moon called the moon and why do the neighbor dogs bark at it?

-Where are my four legged cousins at, because I haven’t seen them in a very long time?

As I said, I had a lot of things on my mind. I feel a little better having made some time to discuss them here with you. Thanks for lending me your ears, or is it ear? Mine work in tandem, but sometimes one will flop over onto itself, but I guess that’s another story. I love you brother!

xo,

Kimmy

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Regal views.

One Hundred and Sixty Nine Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi best friend! One of my favorite things about the morning time is that we have special cuddles when I wake up. You usually come and get me and lean up against my bed. I like to reach my hand out and wiggle my fingers into your side. Then I hear the, “Thump, thump, thump,” sound of your tail and I know it’s time to start getting up.

You help me with our morning routines and then I like to boss you around downstairs, or at least I feel like I can because I’m told what to do all the time. So naturally I need someone else to take care of, right?! You are such a patient dog with me, even when I lecture you about not laying on my spot on the couch and laying on your bed. You look at me and sometimes goose me in the face or ear and walk away. Thank you for listening to me Kimmy. Life can be hard when you don’t have a friend by your side. I know that you’re always going to be next to mine. 

xo,

Leo

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Thanks for being by my side buddy dog!

One Hundred and Sixty Eight Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy. Sometimes I wonder about things in my doggy mind. Do you ever wonder why things are the way they are, or why we are where we are at in life? I often wonder why I was brought to Oregon with my doggy sisters. There were six of us in all. We originally lived in what Mama and Dada say is Southern California, which I have previously explained was warm in temperature and climate. I get more and more used to the rain here at home, but it’s not my preference of choice.

Back to what I was saying, I often wonder why we get to where we are in life. I think that I was brought to Oregon so that I could help our parents. They needed me and they found me just in time. I needed them too because my puppy tummy was sick, but I didn’t know that yet! I remember being worried and scared about the reason why I was in a strange place after being brought home. I remember mama cuddling with me on the couch all night long and pushing into her with my paws. I remember our cat sister Bella sniffing me and laying near me, all the while sending me happy kitty vibes. I think all of it combined, helped me to heal. So that’s why I lay extra close when I sense that you need it. It’s also why I lean in when I can tell that the humans need my energy. We all have something we can share and help each other with. I love you baby. Thank you for being my brother. 

xo, 

Kimmy

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“Hey mom, you’re really close to my face right now. Just sayin’.”

One Hundred and Sixty Seven Paws

Dear Leo,

Today was the day, the day of the long mama walk in the morning! I was a little bit naughty with our walk once we were near the excavator truck. I had a hard time focusing on my job to, “sit and stay,” while you and mama discussed the in’s and out’s of the truck business. I was pre-occupied with some very important scent trails. In fact, I was so much so preoccupied that at one point on our way back to the home path, I was stuck on a scent and mama kept going! I leapt back after you and fell into a rhythm with the mama.

Don’t worry! I would never abandon my doggy duties. You’re all my people and pack. I must stay with you to assure we maintain our rightful order of things. Right now I’m taking a nice long snooze on the big human’s bed. I went up on my special blanket a little bit early because you were pushing a big wheeled toy around and I was very concerned about the wheels bumping into my paws. I didn’t want to get in the way of the play time, and I was not sure where to put my doggi-ness. Mama sensed this and she found me a cozy spot that I could rest in. I’m grateful for when the humans realize the important things I am trying to communicate in life. When this happens, I feel like we are in synch or, “jiving” well with one another. I love you lil’ guy. Thanks for our play times so far today. Have good dream! I’ll see you by the slide! 

xo, 

Kimmy-Kim

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“Let’s go for a ride!”

One Hundred and Sixty Six Paws

Dear Leo,

Greetings buddy! I heard mama use that word before and I thought I would try it out. What do you think? Is it fitting for a doggy to say? Ha! I find new words fun, even though sometimes I am not quite sure what they all mean exactly. She and dada took us on a walk this morning. It was cold out, even though it is now the spring season. We put two doggy fur coats on you to make sure that you would stay warm. You really love to hold your right hand up behind your stuffed animal friend and so they only put one glove on your hand because the other one is all covered by your stuffy friend. I, on the other hand, wore my doggy harness and leash for the humans. They still don’t know the route quite well enough so I need to make sure that I show them the correct way to go! It’s an essential part of our walk. We headed for the beep-beep digger truck, better known as the excavator, after we rounded a few blocks of walk diverting our pathway to go around other dogs.

You enjoyed booping the flower bushes and collected a leaf that came off of the plant when you poked it. I was much more interested in all the smells that were emerging as the ground began to thaw out. The birds were beginning their wild decent from their nests and flying to and fro and every which way. You sound just like a bird when you cheep for them. I was quite impressed the first time you did your best bird impression. We all agree, perhaps you have animal call abilities as one of your highly specialized abilities little dude. Time will tell all! I love you,

xo,

Kimmy

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“I’m watching you as you walk away lil’ dude.”

One Hundred and Sixty Five Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil’ dude. Today has been one of those days when I just need to nap a lot. I took a couple of naps before our big nap that we’re taking right now. Sometimes when the weather changes I feel extra sleepy. It also doesn’t help when I am cooped up inside and I accompany you and mama on the bed to hang out and do an activity. A lot of your activities require thumbs and, I don’t have thumbs, so I watch for a little bit of time and then I get tired, so I just close my eyes for a little while and then, poof! I’m asleep!

Mama and dada took us on our morning walk. We didn’t get to see a digger truck like we normally do, but we did see a pickup truck with a yellow light, and two big semi-trucks delivering things. Mama kept stopping to take pictures of flowers which I was a little bit unsure about, but I kept my eyes on her and lept up into the air whenever I was concerned about other dogs. It’s just my way of showing I care! I’m getting tired again buddy, I think I’ll take a break and snooze for a bit. Writing can be exhausting. I love you!

xo,

Kimmy

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Good doggy, pet, pet, good dog.