One Hundred and Eighty Eight Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi dude. This morning was quite the start to the day. I decided not to get up until everyone was up and getting started with the breakfast stuff downstairs. Then I got kind of sick in the back yard because I waited too long to get up and to eat my breakfast. I had some peanut butters with my later breakfast and then I felt terrific.

We had a fun family walk with some sunshines, and there were birds, bugs, and butterflies flying around, I loved it. Next we played outside in the yard. You were super busy climbing in and out of the deck chair. I busied myself with yard chores. You know the usual: sniff the flowers, check the weed bushes, nibble the grass, run around, go look in the bark dust, be chased by you, sniff the flowers, check on momma, repeat the list.

Dada brought out the loud machine that eats the grass after that. I went in the house because I don’t trust that machine. It concerns me that it spits out the grass and dirt. You and the mama watched from the deck chairs and gave dada some good tips. You like to direct where dada cuts the grass. Up next was snack time, my job was to check for crumbs and anything good that might fall my way. I got a few tasty crumblies.

Later, you and momma went outside again, but you took your bike and I stayed inside and guarded the front window watching you. You area really into pushing your bike everywhere and especially so on the grass. Afterwards you helped mama pull green plants with yellow flowers from the bark dust outside my front room window. You pushed a big cardboard box around, carried the trowel, and dumped the plants into the box as mama’s helper. You were a super busy lil’ dude! After all that weeding business we played more in the yard with me. I’m exhausted Leo. You worked hard, and so did I. Let’s play more after nap time. I love you, 

Kimmy

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Good dog, pet, pet, pet. Toddler loves.

One Hundred Eighty Seven Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy. It’s been a rainy and then sunny, and then rainy kind of Oregon day in our neighborhood. The big machines behind our house are rumbling again. They come out when our day begins in the morning and they make some interesting noises throughout their work. It’s been going on since the fall time. We have enjoyed learning about trucks, and forklifts, roofing, and deck building, but sometimes it interrupts my nap time and I don’t like that so much baby.

For instance, take this moment just now, something really large was just dumped into a giant dumpster and it shook our house. I was sleeping soundly on the bed and then the boom woke me up. Sometimes it wakes you up and sometimes it does not. Mama says there isn’t anything we can do to control that situation so we might as well not be upset about something that is out of our control. That reminded me of when the squirrels play with our toys in the backyard at night time. There’s not much we can do about that unless we remember to move our toys! Well, I don’t know if that is the same thing when I come to think of it. But anyway, noises are interesting in the human world. I prefer to stick to nature sounds. Those make sense to my doggy ears. I love you buddy. Have a nice nap dream, I’ll get back into snooze land to meet you there soon.

xo, 

Kimmy

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Hydration station.

One Hundred Eighty Six Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Do you feel it puppy? Right there? That’s the happiness bubble. I feel it when I wake up and have rested for a while. I also feel it when I get snuggly with you and our momma and dada. The happiness bubble is when you choose to feel happy and you know that you are loved. I feel this every day and mama talks about being grateful for it. I’m not sure what all of that means, but I do know how to say please and thank you. Those words help me get what I want, and I know that I feel the happiness love whenever we’re together. You’ve been my dog buddy, my whole life. I know that you help me get through the learning times and the hard times when I say or do something unkind. Thank you for being my buddy Kim-Kim. You’ve taught me how to be patient, give loves, and be silly. You always make us smile and you always protect me. I love you!

xo,

Leo

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Playtime in the sunshine!

One Hundred and Eighty Five Paws

Dear Leo,

Hey there lil’ dude. It’s been a long morning aka day for me. The sky is super bright and gray without sunshine. I thought there would be sunshines today, but alas, it is not so. It makes me feel a little bit glum inside my head when we have days like this. I don’t really feel like romping around as much, but we surely did none the less!

You and dada made a bunch of different forts this morning too. There is one set up on the couch right now! It’s not on my chair couch so that’s ok with me! You crawled in, and used this blinky light to see and hollered, “Night night dada!” You also love to crawl into the pillows and blankets on the big human’s bed and say, “Cover!” Then you wiggle around a bunch and pop your head out and say, “HI!” It surprised me the first time you did it, because I was laying on my blanket on their bed. But now that I’m on to you and your shenanigans with the blankets, I know better.

You crawled over to me and gave me a big squeeze-y hug. You tried to do that again and I had enough of the human interaction business so I hopped off the bed and curled up on my doggy bed. That’s supposed to be the, “Don’t bother me, I’m Kimmy, and this is my space bed.” Most of the time it works that way for me. Sometimes it seems like you just can’t help yourself but want to come and cuddle with me. I can understand that. I’m a pretty good cuddly dog.  Or, so I have been told. I do my best with the skills I have baby boy. I love you to the moon and back kid. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Suns out, panting is on!

One Hundred and Eighty Four Paws

Dear Kimmy,

For the past few years we have had a visitor. Not the kind of visitor that we would normally have that would play with us. But this visitor is one of a kind. It keeps coming back, to all the windows and screens on the windows. I think it wants to come in and play with us.

I like to go and talk with it by telling it, “Knock, knock, bird, home play!” It taps back to us and then moves to another window nearby. Mama and dada keep asking me what I want to name the bird. I think it should be named, “Doh,” as in do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do! It’s quite strange because the bird likes to fly up along our window, flap around, and then hook it’s claws into the screen.

Then it will fly straight up and tap, tap, tap on the window frame. It’s been here all week. We can watch it from the kitchen, the table area, the screen door, the upstairs rooms, anywhere really! Sometimes it will even visit if the curtains are closed. At night time it rests in our big pine tree out front, and then once the sun rises, here it comes! For a while you would act concerned about it tapping. I think you’re used to it now, unless it taps really hard on the screen door, which is at your Kimmy dog eye level. Mama said that you are snoring while she is writing all of this! Our walk and play time must have taken it out of you this morning! I get tired too, but it’s not quite my nap time yet. Love you Kimmy-Kim. 

xo,

Leo

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Thoughtful Tuesday.

One Hundred and Eighty Three Paws

Dear Leo,

Did you know that sometimes I get worried? Well, I do, I have a big heart. At times I worry about our pack, and what we’re all doing if we’re not all in the house together. Then other times I will move to the hallway and lay in-between everyone at night to just be on guard for our family. This morning I was a little worried about why it was so wet outside. It has been so nice the past few days and now it’s just rain, rain, rain, rain, and more rain. It makes me miss the sunshine time we had. You kept saying, “Dada, mama dry, bi-ke,” and pointing to your bicycle outside that was getting all wet.

I think you’re wanting to ride your bike but, to be honest I don’t want to play outside in this downpour. I don’t mind a sprinkle of rain here or there, but a huge amount just makes me feels like I am taking an involuntary bath. We both know how I feel about baths. You really like baths and you also really like to see characters in books that take a bath or have a bath tub. Then you shout, “BA-TH!” I’m not so sure why a puppy dog likes the bath so much, but we’ll keep working on that. Even if I am part labrador retriever dog, I don’t really focus in on my water abilities and desire to become wet. I’m quite good, behavior wise when in the bath now-a-days. I have realized that the inevitable will come if I make a big fuss or not. Sigh, so I just take a lot of the getting into the tub business with a grain of salt, as mama says, but of course, I make a lot of sighs audibly to display my displeasure. I love you buddy!

xo, 

Kimmy

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This is how we roll…

One Hundred and Eighty Two Paws

Dear Leo,

This morning is another glorious day because, THE SUN IS OUT! I was so excited to get outside and play, walk, and do whatever we decide to do. I could hardly wait for our six feet of distance walk with the grandma and the grandpa. We haven’t seen them in over a month and a half, forty five days is what grandma said. That’s a long time for us!

We usually see them at least every ten days or so. I missed them so much that I was hopping around like a bunny when they pulled up into the driveway. Grandma walked me because I’m her grand puppy, you know. She knew that I needed some extra loves from her. Right now I’m watching your every move outside from the window because you’re super busy moving things around in the front yard, watching cars and trucks go by, and sorting the gnomes into their daytime spots. You do this most days.

On an unrelated note, I ate some grass yesterday afternoon and got sick in the middle of the night so mama said I should probably stay inside and not eat more grass and get sick again. Sigh. I’m not so sure why I choose to do this. It’s probably because it feels like something I should do, deep down in my doggy instincts, but then afterwards the big humans are always saying, “No Kimmy, no grass.” I do my best to follow the rules, but sometimes I forget what I’m supposed to do and not do, especially if things smell delicious. It’s a challenging dog walk to balance. I love you lil’ dude. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Oh hey there, it’s Friday. Paws out!

One Hundred and Eighty One Paws

Dear Kimmy,

We went on an adventure together with mama and dada in the car today. I loved it! We haven’t been going on daily car adventures in a long time so it was exciting to head out together on a journey. You make me so happy when I look across the back seat and see your doggy face. You leaned into the seat and sometimes rested your head along the back window to look outside. You had lots of smells through the windows and sunshine along the way.

Mama and dada danced in the car when we had to wait in a long line for the coffee beans. I told them, “No, no, no, no,” and laughed and then you laughed and panted along with me. They are so strange sometimes, I know that you agree on that whole heartedly! We all had a snack before we headed back on our adventure route to home.

We passed by an airport and I said, “Jet, jet, jet!” while pointing them out to you! We also passed by lots of trucks, diggers, and cranes. We tried counting some of the cranes but there were so many of them and we passed them quickly! Mama and dada said I was a good sport, and were you too. We were in the car for a while because we drove out for the adventure, waited in a long line, and then had the sun shining on us as we headed home. We had lots of water sips, snack, and music along the way though, so it wasn’t difficult to be happy. I love you Kimmy. Thank you for being my adventure partner puppy dog! 

xo,

Leo

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You gotta check out all the toys and give them good solid sniffs.

One Hundred and Eighty Paws

Dear Leo,

Today, WE WENT ON AN ADVENTURE! I loved it. I curled up in the seat next to you, took in the smells and watched you gobble up some fresh fruits. I’m not into the blueberry deal too much, so I didn’t mind that I wasn’t given any as a treat. If it had been crackers, well, now that would have been another story, but that’s me digressing, back to my purpose here…. where was I? Oh yes, our adventure! We visited our cousins Kate and Anna! I love them so much. They’re these teenage girls who love to give me pets and bum scratches. They loved on me when I was super tiny, as a new pup in our home and I always remember how much love they sent my way. It helped me tremendously to grow and get stronger when I was sick with the parvo sickness. 

The bigger cousin graduated. I’m not sure what all of that means, but it’s something big because the Auntie and Uncle put up cardboard signs on the lawn, which, as I was writing about yesterday, is yet another strange custom of humans… but never the less, they did. The sign was huge, sparkly, and quite fun, as mama said. You were ecstatic to see your cousins. You like to say their names over and over again like this, “Kaaaaa-te and NANA!” I sniffed, licked, and panted while we all hung out in the car visiting from a long distance away. I missed visiting with my four pawed cousin Daisy. She’s my best friend that has paws. We play and run after balls together. Sometimes she gets grump-ies with me if I get in her space too much, but that was mainly when I was a much younger and inexperienced puppers. I know better about boundaries now, for the most part. 

We had a grand time talking, panting, laughing, and pointing with the family. I’m not quite sure why we couldn’t get out of the car and really go visit, but seeing them was terrific. I miss the visits from the family. They all need Kimmy love too you know. I have a feeling that we’ll get back to play time with them soon though buddy. I know you love and miss them too. 

xo, 

Kimmy

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Shadow play time.

One Hundred and Seventy Nine Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil’ dude! Things have been a little bit off the last four weeks of our life journey. For starters, you, dada, and the mama are always home. I enjoy your presence, but sometimes I, the dog need a little bit of space. Mama makes that space for me by summoning me upstairs to the dada while he teaches in front of the black box thing. But, in all dog honesty, I prefer to be near you and mama, even if that means you chase me with wheeled things and think it’s a game.

Secondly, you and the mama haven’t been going to the pool place, the books smelling place, or anywhere else for that matter. I’m not sure who all these people are that drop off squares, bags, and rectangles on our door step. It’s rather discouraging, to be honest. I try to keep up with it all, but I mostly sigh and roll over these days. Human beings are such strange creatures. You all have the funniest traditions, rules, and privileges. Sometimes you break them, but mostly they are maintained by the mama and dada because they’re the ones that rule this roost. Although, you and I both know that we actually rule the roost, right buddy?

Thirdly, I would like to draw a pact about the wheeled objects. If I am on a bed space, I don’t wanna play, if I am in full play mode, ears perked, tail wagging, and wiggling from side to side: game on kiddo. Did that make sense to you? I hope so because right now one of those wheeled contraptions is in the closet, “sleeping,” because you were playing a game that just wouldn’t end with it and me. I wasn’t too fond of it so I relaxed upstairs for a while. I love you so much lil’ dude. Thank you for always trying to play with me. 

Love your old pal sister, 

Kimmy

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“So what exactly do you want me to do with these toys?” ~Kimmy