One Hundred and Seventy Eight

Dear Kimmy,

Hi friend! How are you feeling doggy? Sometimes your tummy has these upset things, I’m not really sure what they are called, but I call them boo-boo’s and I worry about you. I go up to you and give you gentle pet-pets and say, boo-boo to check in on you. I love you so much Kimmy dog. You’re my best friend. Sometimes I get a little excited or carried away and I will try to chase you in the house or outside with one of my wheeled toys. I think chase is a fun game. I like to do that with you especially in the later afternoon when I am running high on post lunch sugars! Most of the time mama and dada notice my little sly smile and my run for you before I get too far. They “intervene” and we have a chat about safety and kindness.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to be kind, especially when the sillies take hold of me and you’re running around and around too. The other day we had to let you outside in the morning right away because your tummy was upset. We checked on you and then gave you foods with warm water in it. I think you really liked it because you slurp-slurped all of it up. I gave you a big hug and some pets as you settled down on the floor.

One of my biggest suggestions, as of late, for you has been to try and get you to lay on the smaller couch because I like to be in charge of the big couch. That seems hard for you to understand. I call you, and pat the other couch, but you still jump up on the bigger one. I have some big feelings about “spots” and space on the couch right now. I’m working on it. Especially so when mama and dada say who is in charge… sigh. The learning curve is always quite high buddy. I love you. 

xo,

Leo

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Sometimes mom takes my picture when I am blinking.

One Hundred Seventy Seven Paws

Dear Leo,

I was at it again last night. Sometimes I have to just wake up nice and early and think about all the delicious possibilities there are to eat during the day. While I am doing so I lick my chops over and over again. I do this so much and so loudly that I have the powerful capability of waking up the big humans. Isn’t that funny?

I decided to cuddle with mama at about four a.m., so naturally I joined her on her bed side. I’m thoughtful like that. We got up early and had a nice time in the back yard. I love listening to all the birdies move around and tweet, so I just pick a spot in the yard to stand in, lift my nose high up towards the sky, and I take in all the breathy smells I can. I do this for a good five minutes and then the humans begin to get anxious about time.

Time, time, time, they always say things that involve that word time. I like to focus on the feelings I have instead of, “time.” I find it much more useful in the long run to breathe into the things that are important, such as the current moment at paw. Did you see what I did there? I made a pun about a paw. Case in point, be clever about the words you use! Well, I think I have made my point about a dog’s perspective on early morning work. I love you buddy. I hope you had nice dream-ies because it’s going to be a great day today! 

xo,

Kimmy

Late night snooze with baby IRB ❤

One Hundred and Seventy Six Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil’ dude! Did you know that it’s a brand new day? A fresh start, with no mistakes in it? Mama likes to say that a lot. It’s a sunny one! I’m super excited about the sunshine business. It makes my heart feel happy to have it shine down on us. You had some nice play and run around time when I went out to do my business this morning. You were super busy listening for work trucks and running to your tower to see then whenever they would drive by. You’d yell, “Mama, Kimmy, BOOM!” We heard and saw a big recycling truck dumping glass that was quite audible. That was a highlight of the morning yard time together, for sure. Right now you’re on a walk exploration with dada. I heard that you practice your numbers with daddy on those walks. You count the suns that a neighbor painted onto the sidewalk. You don’t like to say the number seven for some reason, but eight and nine are your favorites! I can understand eight because it sounds like, “ate,” haha, get it, ate food?! We puppy dogs think alike. The important things in life involve food, sleeping, and resting. All the essentials are covered that way, am I right, or am I right?! Haha. Love you baby,

Kimmy

Tiny human puppy brother. Kimmy says, “I like to smell him.”

The Return of Kimmy’s Paws

Dear Leo,

He’s here! Our newest puppy brother. You kept calling him, “baby I,” but I didn’t understand what that was all about. Now I realize that you were talking about the baby in momma’s tummy. Boy did he get to be a big puppy! You had a hard time sitting on momma’s lap when it came close to the baby’s birthday! Sometimes you would try to sit on her lap and then just get a big bump, from the belly.

I knew something was up when momma got up in the middle of the night and the two big humans started shuffling around. The next thing I knew they brought me downstairs and Auntie Allison or Auntie A as you like to say, came over. I love Auntie A because well for one she gives me the pet-pets, and for two she is Daisy dog’s momma and Daisy is my best friend.

Speaking of friend’s, I think you and the baby will be friends. You love to cuddle on the bed with all of us when mama does the milks, you give him kisses, and you never chase him around with the stroller, only me. So I think you know to be gentle, kind, and reserve the rough housing for me. Yesterday we had the best romp and then, “lounge in the grass time,” together. You kept laying down next to me. I loved it! I even gave you big lick kisses on your ears to let you know that I loved it. I think you may have missed that memo though because you kept jumping up and saying, “No Kimmy, nooooo,” and then running around, race style, so of course I had to run after you! We had a great time while mama watched us while holding the baby, whose name is Irving, by the way. I love you puppy brother Leo. We’re all still sleepy or even asleep in baby’s case and I sent this message to mama. 

xoxo,

Kimmy

Summer vibe: Time to lounge!

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!