Four Hundred and Eleven Paws

Dear LDB,

Hi there! It’s your best buddy, Kimmy. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed our cuddle time the other day. You brought the blankets and pillows over to me in the family room. I was curled up along the slider and sunshine. You laid the blanket down and pillows and curled up next to me. So I did what comes natural, I laid my head down on your blanketed back and tried to nap.

Although, I don’t think your intention was to actually nap little one. You started moving and giggling and saying, “I woke up!” just moments after you had laid down. We need to work on the duration of these play naps. I can teach you an abundance about this. Now just listen closely, first you lay down and get cozy, second you stay lying down, thirdly close your eyes and sigh deeply, and finally think of something you really and truly love and keep that picture in your mind, then finally: zzzzzz zzzzz zzzzz. See that? I fell asleep describing it to you! Let’s practice now, ready, get set, sleep!

Xo.

Kimmy

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All curled up with my mama.

Four Hundred and Ten Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello! It’s been a rather sunny few days here again. Although, I think that the weather teases me, if I am to be honest. First it’s sunny, and warm and dry and then it rain, rain, rained, and this cycle has repeated itself twice. Mama says that, “Three times is a charm,” I’m not quite sure what that means exactly, but we’re coming upon the third time with warm weather so maybe it means that summer will stay again?!

Last night I was minding my own business and watching for daddy’s return out the window. I rested my body along the wall and stared out the window pane. Mama cuddled with me and took a photograph of the two of us. We represent the female perspective in this house. I approved of the photo, although most of the time I get up and move or walk away when she starts with the picture business. I don’t like it when light flashes near my eyes, or sitting and being stared at for too long. There’s something about remaining in one position for too long and something staring at you, it’s like that in the wild too. I know this basic canine instinctiveness all too well, I’m quite in touch with my wolf side.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Always gazing out the window, looking for opportunities to wave.

Four Hundred and Nine Paws

Dear Little Brothers,

Greetings from my couch bed. I enjoy dictating to my scribe from the comfort of my blanket bed. I just know it’s going to be a great day when I can start it off by being left to sleep in. That’s always a sure fire sign that things are going well for me the Kimmy-est dog there is.

Life is much more fun when you’re well rested. That is my philosophy for many a-thing in life. The answer is always sleep, sleep and water, sleeping, water, food, repeat. Y’all have been super busy working on the front grass, ground, and land area. I watched out the windows, and well let me be honest, mainly daddy planted four new bushes out front. What are rhododendrons anyway? Why does it seem like the worlds longest word and most unusual spelling as well? Humans, always make life a little bit more complicated than need be…whoops, I guess I said that out loud. I’d apologize mama, but I’m not sorry because those are my true doggy thoughts so I’ll stick with them and smile about it. Honesty is the best policy, right?

Xo,

Kimmy

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Gentle pets from my smallest brother.

Four Hundred and Eight Paws

Dear Brothers,

Guess what? It’s a special day. Do you know what day it is? There’s a song that can go along with it! It’s daddy’s birthday! Isn’t that exciting? We had a visit from the Grammie Kathy to celebrate and we all ate lots of the human foods last night. I loved getting to romp around her, and do several paw greetings. I just love our grandparents so much. I have to lean, push, and hop around them so that they can feel my excitement. I’m getting off paw, oops, I meant to say, off task. Where was I? Hmmm. Oh yes!

So today is daddy’s birthday and we started the celebration off with some downward dog yoga, play time, pancakes, but sigh, not for me… and some more romping. I’m tuckered out, and so are you IRB. Mama helped you get started on your nap while I watched a construction video with you LDB. I thought that the trucks were to remain outside, but we have some inside, and lots of trucks in books too, and now, you have been watching a movie of trucks on the giant screen thing. I did not realize the lengths at which humans would go to demonstrate what moving wheeled objects could do. But, like my puppy mama always said, human wonders never cease. I’ll join you in our dream land now brothers.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Sweet puppy dog Kimmy.

Four Hundred and Seven Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello fellow home inhabitants. It is, your faithful companion, Kimmy dog. We have had a lot of interesting events taking place over the last two days. Mama and daddy invested in someone working on our front yard space and the entire ground was dug up, transformed, and now is being replanted. Who knew that you could do that much digging work in one day?

I remember dig, dig, digging as a puppy, but I did not do that much digging, come to think of it, now that I am a full-grown dog I don’t dig anything anymore. There are so many other things for me to think about instead for instance: keeping tabs on the yard squirrels, monitoring my number two locations, checking on the growing things in the boxes and the ground, noting where your sand trucks are located for the day, eating spiders that wander around my brothers, and a number of other doggy duties that shall remain unmentioned.

Anyway, back to the task at paw, monitoring this grassy work that’s happening out front, wow, it’s fascinating and hard labor. You’ve been doing this monitoring work with me LDB. I appreciate the extra pair of paws and eyes to keep a look out on what is transpiring. I think I might rest for a bit. I’m tuckered out from the last few hours.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Thoughtful and sweet moments.

Four Hundred and Six Paws

Dear World,

Let the sunshine in, could be our phrase to describe the last week’s weather. Yesterday however, was reminiscent of our rainy and cloudy days. I got to enjoying myself with my sun spot snoozes and porch rests in filtered tree sunlight. I was reminded of my early puppy days in the sunshine of California and I liked the warmth that was brought in. Our constantly shifting weather reminds me that all things are not indeed permanent and change is always upon us.

So, here we are in the fall filled sneeze days. I enjoy this time because so many things are falling into the garden bed. I check on it daily because the squirrels leave small footed tracks and shelled peanuts for us to uncover and dig up. I point out all of the spots to mama so that she can check on the plants. Even after I do this though, she’ll miss the message at times. I have to be patient with her. She’s easily distracted by you two tiny brothers. Whoop, better head off, I have a big day ahead of me.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Smoosh faced cuddles.

Four Hundred and Five Paws

Dear Little Brothers,

Hi, I’m back, it’s Kimmy. I’m taking a nap on the couch bed right now. I did a lot of work this morning. Mama decided to do the unsoundly and unsightly thing: vacuum. I loathe the vacuum little dudes. So, she helps me out by sending me to the upstairs/landing area and then I am free to roam around in peace upstairs and relax. I generally plop myself down on my comfy landing bed space and watch from above what’s happening in the realm of downstairs land.

Vacuuming is the strangest of all strange encounters that humans do. Why is it that they insist upon sucking up all of my hair, and fantastic dirt that is tracked into the house? I find it all bizarre. It reminds me of when we had my best-est cat friend Bella. She used to do her business in a sand box in the spare bathroom. Why would she do that? Why not just use the thing that flushes or better yet, go out back and take care of all of that? So I of course would go and remind her each time she did her business to take it outside. She didn’t seem to understand why I would check her business out.

All in all, I ended up getting my nose tapped a time or two by her, no claws, just paws, but still, shameful all the same. I guess I should have known by around the fourth time that I should keep my nose in my own business. Woah! I just realized something, that’s what mama says to us, LDB. Oh my goodness, I just made the connection. Ha!

Xo,

Kimmy

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“Playing sleep time.”

Four Hundred and Four Paws

Dear Paw-Brothers,

Kimmy here, reporting for daily duties. Lately, we’ve all been enjoying the out of doors times. The big humans have been mowing the lawn more, pulling up the prickly bush plants, and plucking the weeds. I didn’t know that our garden would grow so quickly! We have a plant called bok-choy, and another one called radishes that are growing really well. Who knew that a little bit of earth and water would produce such interesting smells for all of us?!  

Every morning we greet the plants, water them, and sometimes we sing to them to help them grow. Our crocus, and tulip blooms have all petered out. We also enjoyed the tall purple irises. Mama said they were called dragons beard variety of irises. I have no idea what all of that means. What is a dragon anyhow? Have you ever seen a dragon?

Oh wait! Remember that song, “Puff the Magic Dragon?” You know the one…we often listen it before the nap time for IRB. Well, there’s a dragon in that one, but it’s a green dragon and the irises are purple…there’s no beard on Puff either. I’m so perplexed. Maybe a nap will help me solidify my thoughts. I’ll go do just that, nap on!

Xo,

Kimmy

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All curled up, literally.

Four Hundred and Three Paws

Dear Little Brothers,

This weekend we did a lot of yard and outside work. I supported the team effort whenever there was inside passing and through the front window. LDB you helped daddy take out the seven large prickle bushes by the front walk way. You discovered interesting cocoon’s for moths. You also helped daddy move them to the wetland so that they would be safe and open up in the grass lands by the water. You were over joyed to discover big rocks underneath the bushes and you got to launch those into the water of our wetland too. You and daddy went on an adventure to a grocery store and got a pot of plants with flowers for mama and a googly eyed card. This card stared at me while I slept last night, but I know that the hedgehog on the card is pretend and not real so, I was ok. I gave mama extra love lean in’s and kisses to say I love you to her directly, in my way.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Small paws.

Four Hundred and Two Paws

Dear Pack Humans,

I am writing to you at bedtime. We had quite the eventful evening of play, romping, and rough housing around outside. I was so tuckered out that I quite literally couldn’t move once you were both in bed. My body was so tired that I nuzzled into your blanket on the couch LDB and didn’t move when mama came to take me out and do my food routine. She cuddled with me, gave me some good pet pets and then I begrudgingly slid off of the couch.

Outside we got some evening smells together before the drops of rain returned. I also had quite the encounter with a wild squirrel. I was standing so very still on the rock path in the yard that the squirrel didn’t see me! It was chattering away to itself and raced across the fence highway. I moved a bit when it was four feet away from me and it startled the squirrel. It flung it’s body from the fence into the cherry tree and up the spruce tree. Then it whipped itself around and lectured me from it’s safe vertical height. This squirrel had so much to say that mama was drawn away from writing her book post and looked up into the trees. She and the squirrel met eyes and there was something in that moment that made mama concerned. She called me over to her, but I pointed to the squirrel trying to tell her that we were indeed having a conversation, albeit, I was silent, but the rodent had much to say! Mama called me over again, but this time she sounded pretty serious so I went to her and we hopped inside. I love my solo time with mama. I mostly like to lean into her and give her side cuddle hugs. That’s my favorite thing to do, but if that’s not an option I seek out a spot to guard with and stand by in case I’m needed.

Xo,

Kimmy

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“Whose playing dress up?”