Twenty Paws

Dear Leo,

Today it was warm, even for this California, sun loving dog, it was a warm one little dude. You and mama didn’t take me on the morning walk like we do almost every day. I was very confused as to why you guys left, but you did. You came back smelling of new carpet and construction dust. I think you must have gone to the place that mama, “worked,” at because she would come back smelling of old carpet, glue, and smelly children’s fingers. I went to that place once. It was super fun. I chewed on a toy that a kid gave to mama, for me, it was great! I chewed a hole in that toy. I’m salivating, that means drooling Leo, just thinking about it.

Speaking of drool today, for the lunch time you had the peanut butters on bre-bre, which is short for, bread. I was drooling because I wanted some, you were grouchie-s because you wanted some too I guess and you got in the trouble because you kept running at me and growling. It was like you were turning into a doggy. I didn’t mind though, I just kept walking back around. Then I got to lick the spoon that the peanut butter was on. That was tasty! Thanks for taking me on an afternoon walk lil one. I loved it! Have good dreams, meet me outside!

Love, 

Kimmy

Hugs please. 🙂

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19 Paws

Dear LDB,

Did you know that those are your initials? I learned that yesterday after you and mom brought home the fridge-y magnet things. I was listening from the sunny spot on the carpet you know, and momma talked about the alphabet song, that went on and on and on and on, and then she talked about the letters in your name. Did you know that if you reverse the letter L and D in your name it’s actually your Auntie’s initials too? Momma says your name holds a lot of meaning.

My name starts with a K and then after that I’m not sure. My name came with me when mom and dad adopted me. They loved that I had a happy name and that you can use a lot of nicknames with my name! You say my name a lot differently than the other humans, but I can hear your high notes from all over the house or down the street so I know it’s me that you need. I like that about how you say my name. Oh, and thanks for sharing all of your scramble-y eggs this morning, that was great! 

Love you lots little guy,

Your Kimmy

I’m always ready to help you clear your plate or fork, for that matter.

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Eighteen paws

Dear Buddy Leo,

Today the grandparents came over. You say their names over and over at home, along with mine, and your cousins. You love them a lot. I can tell because you reach for their human paw fingers and you take them to other parts of the house to see things stuck on the wall, or in your puppy shelves. Sometimes I like to grab the elephant stuffed animal on the shelf. I know that they were stuffies that were given to you, but I like to chew on them. It’s quite satisfying to give it a good shake-y shake too. Especially so when I’m not getting a lot of doggy attention, sometimes that’s hard for me. I love you so much and we have lots of funs together so it’s not a problem, just something I recognize about myself.

Every now and then I like to be alone, so I go to lay down and just be. That helps me to get the chill out in my body going. Then you come along and give me pet-pets and I’m ready to go do the play thing with you. Mostly I like to follow you around and get some, “lick-by’s” in. A, “lick-by,” is when I walk around you and get your neck, ear, cheek, mouth, and nose all clean real quick before the adult humans get in the way. I love you baby. 

Nighty night, 

Kimmy

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Seventeen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today I tried to get you to play with me by pouncing around and plopping in the dirt. You seemed  to really enjoy that. We made friends with the neighbor kid. She’s really sweet and quiet. You ran right over to the fence and touched paws with her. I tried to do the same thing, but then you laughed really loudly and ran in a circle and so naturally, I followed suit as the humans say, and I ran around and came back for more. We did this for quite a while and it was a blast. Then we heard something and so we had to go in the house. Turns out it was a giant box thing that mom dragged into the house. I was worried and tried to help her, but I ended up having to sit like you did on the carpet, but then I got my smells in. It’s hard to wait and get your smells once you’re allowed to, you know? I’m a tired feeling dog tonight so I’m going to go to sleep on the couch because it is cool and my body has been warm today. Love you buddy!

xo, Kimmy-Kim

Always side by side. ❤

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Sixteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today it was sunny. Then it wasn’t, it was cloudy and gray-ish, so I’m told. Did you know that I don’t really see color? It’s true. But I can smell really, really well, so my sniffer makes up for what I can’t see. We played in the pool today. You love it. That’s all I can say about it. I like it, mostly because I can drink lots of water while you splash around. My favorite part of the water times in the pool thing is when you hold up the cups with the holes in them and the water pours out of the bottom. I like that a lot! I can keep drinking until the water runs out, but you seem to have picked up on the idea to keep refilling the cup for me, so that works well baby.

I also helped you with the bath tonight. But before you got in the tub-tub, you took the cup that dumps water on you, and you threw water on the tub, on you, on the carpet, on the floor and just really all over the places. Dad thought it was really funnies, mom didn’t see it happen. Then you pulled the scary knob thing-a-ma-jig that starts the water that comes from the ceiling, they call it the shower. That upset you a lot, because then the water was coming down on top of you, but you weren’t in the tubby-tub yet. So yeah. There was some crying and a lot of wetness and then you took a bath and it was all fine. I helped you feel better by licking you on the face before mom started the washing. I hope you’re dreaming about our pool time today baby. 

I love you Leo babe, 

Kimmy

Doggy patrol
Ready for the water times

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Fifteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today is a special day. It’s our Auntie Debbie’s birthday. That means that as we go about our day, momma says, we’ll remember our auntie and do a few special things to honor her. This morning we had fun in the sunshine together. Momma says Auntie Debbie loved the sunshine and cool air combination. I do too.

I love to play with you in our backyard every morning. You throw the ball really well for me now. Sometimes I just get so excited that I run up and grab it out of your hand. I know that’s not, “fair,” as momma and dada say, but I don’t know what fair really means. I just know that if you’re standing there, holding that ball, I wanna come and get it! So I do that, like I did this morning. You thought it was pretty funny though. We practiced problem solving and you got the ball and threw it for me again. I hope you had a fun time on your morning outing with momma. You guys smelled like a bread, books, and a choir room! You were a busy babe today per your generous smells! See you in our dream baby. I’ll meet you by the playground! I love you! 


Love, 

Kimmy doggy


Dear Kimmy,

HI DOGGYYYYYY!! I was so happy to see you this morning that I ran up to you and gave you a big hug and then kissed your ribs, I got some hair on me, but that was ok. We had a nice breakfast time, I know you love to give me hand kisses when I’m eating, especially when momma isn’t looking, that’s always good timing Kimmy! We had some fun in the grass this morning! You stole the ball from me, that was kind of funny, but then momma had you try again. I have to try again a lot. It’s just part of being little and learning. That’s what momma and dada say. So you had to try again too! Momma took me to this place that smelled like really yummy bread that our Auntie Debbie liked, then we got the hot drink for momma, and we visited this giant book store! I got a book about TRUCKS and we got other books for her little library! You’re going to love this book Kimmy. Know why? Because we can point to it together and yell, “TRUCK!” Then we went to the big kid place and saw dada singing and I ran around the room; up the stairs, down the ramp a lot of times, until I fell a lot. Then it was time to go. So now we’re both having dreams. Let’s meet soon by the slide!

Love you,

Leo

Getting morning smells
Before the books!
Shadows of us
At the big kid place called, “Choir.”

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Fourteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi baby. You are really into climbing that ladder/stairs deal-i-bopper outside. It makes me really nervous, so I like to hang out near you. Naturally, as your sister with four paws and surrogate puppy mom it’s my duty to protect you. I think it really helps you when I lick your neck repeatedly until you giggle. Especially if I go for a tongue in the ear move, real fast and stealth like, “Sllllurrrrrp!” Most of the time to grown up humans don’t notice, but you do, obviously, and you start giggling. That’s my fav! I LOVE it! I love it so much that I race around the yard kicking up dirt in the dead grass patch where I peed and turned around a lot as a puppy. It’s now the launching pad, and provided great footing opportunity for you as you learned to walk. Anyways, I’m going to curl up on the couch and go do the sleepies. You have a nice night-night time too and we’ll play in our dreams. 

Love you 5,000 slurps and more, 

Kimmy

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Paw Thirteen

Dear Leo,

Oh my goodness baby boy. Today we were gifted an awesome play set for you in the backyard. It’s like a big tower with stairs and a slide that you can go down. You had the best time trying to climb back up the slide, I would nose you in the leg and then give you kisses when you came down the slide. You laughed and had so much fun! I love seeing you happy. So I would go get the green squeaky ball and run around the play thing while you went up and down on it. I liked doing that because we were both super happy.

Sometimes when I feel so many happy feelings coming up inside of me I just get so overwhelmed that I have to run, run, run, which I do! I like running the laps around the yard. It makes me just get all the happiness going and it floods out of me. Mom says I look like I’m smiling when I run, run, run, probably because I am smiling, I’m HAPPY!

Love you, 

Your Kimmy-Kim doggy


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Twelve paws

Dear Leo,

Today we romped around the back yard. You spotted a bumble bee and then showed me, mom and dad. We also looked for Charlotte the spider, but it appears to be that she has moved  to a new home. Sometimes that happens with bugs, but I don’t mind. Then our friend, Uncle S. came to visit and I was so excited that I boop-ed him where I shouldn’t have boop-ed him and I got in trouble because of my choice. Then you went on an acorn hunt with momma. I watched from the front window of the house because the neighbor dogs don’t like it when we all visit their yard. You put one acorn hat on each gnome of mom’s outside. We’ll have to see if the acorn hats are still there tomorrow. 

Love you baby, 

Kim-Kim

Just hanging with my buddy.

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Eleven Paws

Dear Leo,

Today you learned something called, “High five and fist bump!” You fist bumped or should I say, boop-ed me in the bum region. I did not appreciate that kind of boop-ing so I took matters into my own paws. I gave you a high paw!

Now, let me just explain, a high paw means that you actually take your paw and hit the human paw with your paw. I tried to explain this to you, but it seemed quite hard for you to understand for some reason. It ended up more of a tangle of baby legs and dog paws and I boop-ed you with my nose and that had us all laughing at the end of the situation. So in the future let’s just agree to give high five and fist bumps or high paws in the front region and not the back region, because the back is for sniffing and the front is for greeting. Ok, thanks lil dude!

Xo, 

Kimmy

Baby toes and me, aka Kimmy the dog.

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