One Hundred and Thirty Four Paws

Dear Kimmy,

I just want you to know that you’re my favorite being to cuddle with. I love to snuggle into your side and rub my face in your doggy fur. Sometimes I get a little more than I bargained for in terms of doggy hair, but momma and dada take care of that for me. You always nuzzle me, give me ear and face kisses and talk to me about life when we cuddle. One of my favorite spots to cuddle together is on the parent’s bed. There is an endless supply of pillows too! I like to face plant into pillows and then crawl over to you. Usually you share your feelings of some sort when I crawl over to you. Momma calls them, “Yawn sighs,” she said that you didn’t used to do them, but now you do! I guess it’s because you’re telling me how much you missed me while I napped or had to go to night-night bed. 

One thing I noticed about our cuddle times is that you always seem to be on a bed, or a couch. You have good taste doggy! I like the couch and the big beds too. Earlier today you were all curled up in a big Kimmy dog circle on the couch and I popped up there, crawled towards you and nuzzled in. You promptly hopped off of the bed and then proceeded to yawn sigh in the family room. We ventured upstairs for the nap time and you made yourself comfortable on the big parent bed. As soon as I crawled over to you after my diaper business, you moved to the other side of the bed. I guess there’s more than just me that needs a nap! Hehehee, have a good nap Kim-Kim. I love you best buddy. 

Love your baby,

Leo

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Taking time to smell my garden flowers!

One Hundred and Thirty Three Paws

Dear Leo,

Currently it is night-night time and mama is writing for me while I snooze on my bed. You helped tuck me in and give me treats before your bath time. It’s our ritual thing. You holler for me, pounce on my bed, and then hand me treats. I like this time of the day or night, because it’s about me, Kimmy the dog. Then I get to give you lots of kisses while you get undressed because, baby skin is so tasty! 

Earlier today we were playing in the back yard and you handed me my ring toy, which was fine and dandy. I chewed it for a little bit, but then you decided to hand it back to me after I had put it on the ground. That was ok, I guess, but I decided to paw you over and play, but it didn’t work out that way.  You ended up with a face in the grass/dirt and mama saying, “No Kimmy.” I was so very confused about what the no was about in the first place. Never the less, I was happy when we went on a walk with dada. You brought a cup with snacks and thought it was absolutely hysterical to show me each of your crackers and then pop it into your mouth. “Nom, nom,” I eat crackers too baby, but honestly, when we’re on a walk, nothing else matters. I’m outside! I’m with our family! We’re on a walk, life was great! 

I love you, sweet dreams lil’ dude. 

Xo,

Kimmy

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Checking on the spring blooms!

One Hundred and Thirty Two Paws

Dear Leo,

It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood baby. You and I had a nice romp about the backyard. You find it extremely funny to slide down your slide with a ball in your hand. I run from the stairs to the slide and wait for you. Each and every time you slide down you have the ball ready for me and you shout, “BA-LL!” And each and every time I wag my tail to tell you that I am happy and that I want to play.

You came over to me when I was playing with the green spiky ball and said, “Pah-lease,” so that I would drop the ball for you. I did, begrudgingly with mama’s help. After that I ran around super fast, crazy dog like to get my energies flowing really well. It helps me to run, run, run, especially if I am having a hard time sharing the toys. I hear you calling for me from your bed while the mama writes for me. I think you want to get up and play, but we haven’t even napped yet lil’ dude. What’s up with that?! I love you! Now, “Nigh-nigh,” as you say!

xo,

Kimmy

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Teaching how to pet, continuing onto year two now with this strategy. ❤

One Hundred and Thirty One Paws

Dear Leo,

Hello little buddy. Guess what? The sun is out once again. This is the best news EVER! We had a lot of fun throwing the bouncy balls, you going on the slide, and romping around in the backyard this morning. There is something about the sunshine that ignites the puppy in me. I couldn’t help myself whenever you would slide down the big red slide, I would get super duper jazzed up and circle around and around the yard to show you just how excited I truly was.

After that you and the mama had a nice little exploration time and then we all took a walk. The air was super cold, but the sun was shining down on us. You and mama went on some kind of adventure together. You came back smelling like slides, feet, and grass. I think you went to a small human park of some kind. I thoroughly investigated you and you seemed happy so I felt good to focus on the banana time that was up next. We’re both snoozing now. I love you Leo. Thanks for being my puppy dog baby. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Curled up, balled up, for sleep time today.

One Hundred and Thirty Paws

Dear Leo,

Guess what little buddy? The sun is back again today! Hip, hip, hooray, as we say! You said, “Yay,” so many times this morning during several play sessions outside that I lost count. You came back from an adventure with mama talking about big, “Booms!” I can only presume that meant that you saw a lot of trucks on your trip.

I know that we watched a cement mixer truck for a good long time together this morning. They were pouring out stuff onto the ground, and the workers were smoothing it out in between these wood boards. You were fascinated. Me? I thought we were supposed to sniff the ground over by where we stopped to watch, so that’s what I tried to do, sniff, sit, sniff, sit, sniff. Mama took a picture of us and I kept trying to walk back over to mama, and she would laugh with you and say, “No, no Kim-Kim, sit!” I don’t understand why she wanted me to sit next to you! I needed to be with her, with the leash, so that she wouldn’t get lost along the way!

Sweet dreams little guy, I love you,

Kimmy

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Quarantine day: YAWWWWWWWN.

One Hundred and Twenty Nine Paws

Dear Leo,

The. Sun. Has. RETURNED! Cue all that loud music that mama and dada play please because, THIS, is a moment to behold. The sky began to clear part way through our walk this morning and I was overjoyed. We went back outside and played together, and then you went on a, “walk exploration adventure,” with the mama out in the front and down the street. You told me that you were watching construction, looking for cats, and squirrels and all sorts of nature things. I had so much fun with you in the backyard. It felt grand to romp around and be in the sun’s rays! There is nothing quite like soaking up my beloved vitamin D and living my best doggy life with my baby best friend. Thank you nature for bringing back some much needed sunshine our way.
Oh! I almost forgot. You and the mama moved all the big dirt pots back into the sunshine. There are tiny green plants sprouting up from them! Mama was so excited about the plant sprouts. She was teaching you what they were called, how to look at them, and how to touch them. I knew that I probably shouldn’t bump into them if I were to jump over or through the plant box. I love to romp through that empty box because, well, I can, quite frankly! I’ll be extra careful now where I put my paws, because the baby plants are growing and we say hi to them every day. Happy nap time baby.

xo, Kimmy

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One Hundred and Twenty Eight Paws

Dear Leo,

One of the Mimi grandma’s visited today. I was so excited about her coming to see us that I ran around the house without getting my paws wiped first. Momma had some feelings about that because I raced around and back and forth over the carpet. You thought I was quite funny, but I had to lay down when mama said, “Stop!” So I stopped and she wiped my paws. Then I calmed down and gave grandma my attention. She needed me to give her loves and I needed some doggy pets.

Next we played fort time, pull things off the shelves, trucks go, “Beep beep beep,” and fit the tiny people into the trucks. I helped you climb up the stairs and we showed the Mimi all the things in the library room. You have wooden trucks, block/balls and big bears from our Auntie Debbie’s collection. Sometimes I just rest my chin on the window sill and I relax watching the cars and people go by. You help me look out the window and say, “Whoooo whoooo,” if a firetruck or ambulance goes by. I love to watch for our mama and dada to come home. I look for their cars or listen for the garage door to make noise. Whenever someone comes home I sound the alarm with barks and running back and forth. Mama and dada were surprised that I started barking after you were born. “I found my voice,” as they say because for the first two years of my life I wouldn’t bark, but merely whine or growl when I was playing. I am usually a pretty quiet doggy, but I do like to let my pack know when someone is around that shouldn’t be!  I need another nap. I love you LDB. 

xo, Kimmy

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Ready, steady, GO!

One Hundred and Twenty Seven Paws

Dear Buddy,

This morning was a little bit of an early rise kind of day. You and the momma got up at six when the sun hadn’t even come up yet. But, dad got up at 4:30 in the morning to get in his long run. Oh my puppy stars! I was not sure why he would get up so early, but he did. So I got up too, and then I slept on the bed with the momma to make sure she would have good dreams until we were supposed to get up. Sometimes I need to snooze near you and momma to make sure that you both soak up all the good doggy vibes I send out to you. 

Here is my take on sleep times: we should all nap and sleep as much as possible because it helps us to have energies to run, play, eat, and then have more fun in general. I love to take naps. For instance, I curled up in your blanket fort today and made myself cozy on all the pillows that the parents had laid out for you. They were pretty cozy and soft. I had not slept in the fort for quite some time. You even came in the fort to snuggle and visit me, I yawned a bunch to show my displeasure in being bothered during nap time, but you still flopped around on me.

Later, when I was sleeping in the fort again, I didn’t even worry about the bananas that you were eating. Surprisingly, I was just needing a nap, so a nap is what I gave myself. You’re napping right now and I think you needed it because you didn’t talk or sing much after the momma put you in the sleeping spot. You just went right to the dream land and that’s where I’ll meet you now baby. I love you,

xo, 

Kimmy

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Momentary pauses between paw movements!

One Hundred and Twenty Six Paws

Dear Leo,

Today I had another one of those unspeakable events transpire, a bath. Momma started it all very inconspiculously. She was going in and out of the bedroom and the bathroom. She brought towels out, moved the curtain, pulled out the cup and all the dog shampoo and leash. Then she said, “Ok Kimmy, come on sweet girl,” and I started shaking because I knew what was about the happen. I was about to get all wet! Sure enough. She helped me down off of her bed, you came in to help me too, and then I was in the bathroom.

I hopped right into the tub like a good doggy dog because I knew that putting off the inevitable was not a good decision. It is best to just bear down and face the facts, a bath was happening whether I liked it or not. I did my best and mama and you told me I did a great job. I got lots of pets, cookies, and doggy attention. I feel clean and shiny now, but I am not about to tell mama that because I don’t want another one of those baths any time soon. Thank you very much! Oh and by the way, when mama reads you the book, “The Pigeon Needs A Bath,” that Pigeon really does have a point. Nap time now, for sure.

xo, 

Kimmy

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Sephia views.

One Hundred and Twenty Five Paws

Dear Leo,

There are some days when I just need to curl up and take a nice, long, snooze. Today is one of those days. Mama tried to get me up before your nap so that we could all go upstairs for the nap together. I wasn’t having it though. So I attempted to jump back up onto the couch, she helped me down again. So I gave a really big sigh and romped up the stairs. You tried to catch me, but I was still too quick and I leaped up the stairs.

I know that I help you get to and from places because you need a buddy with you. I understand that now, but when you first started all the crawling and then pulling yourself up business I was quite concerned about where and what you were doing. I still go back to those moments now and then, and that is why I nose you or as mama and dada say, “Goose you,” with my puppy nose to let you know x, y, or z, might not be a great choice. I’m curled up on mama’s side of the bed and enjoying a nice long snooze. I hope to see you in our dream. I was thinking we could play, wait for it, “BALL!” I know how much you love playing with those bouncy objects. Me too baby, me too!

xo,

Kimmy

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“Wait a minute, let me grab my ring toy!”