Four Hundred and Fifty Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello! It is me, Kimmy dog, your guardian sister. Hmmm, that sounded a little bit awkward, but we’ll just go with it. This morning we took a walk with mama and we saw six giant trucks! LDB you knew all of their names and so much information about them! You pointed out details and told Irving and I all about your facts. Where did you learn all of that information dude? Actually I know, ha ha, I was just kidding, you have gleaned much knowledge from your literature about trucks. I should know because I’ve been present since you were in the womb, and I hear every single story too! I mostly pay attention to the snacks and the food that you eat, but I do pick up some tid-bits about what you’re being read.

For instance, today I learned that to be a “mensch,” means to act with kindness and decency as a human being. I would like to add a little bit to that definition so that it could include our four legged creatures as well. I could be considered a mensch, because I am patient, kind, and always wait for you, brother, mama and daddy. So all humans and creatures great and small can be mench-es too!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Little snuggles with the littlest brother.

Four Hundred and Forty Nine Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi! It’s me, LDB, golly it’s been a while since I wrote to you. I was thinking about summer time in our house. I loved having both mommy and daddy home with all of us. This morning we were greeting the tiny bro and he had some big feelings to share about diaper time. I told him, “It’s alright to be sad, it’s going to be ok, just you wait and see.” You circled around him and tried to lick his toes. I think he secretly enjoyed that even though he hollered loudly about it. Most days one of us chooses to holler, sorry about that Kimmy. I know your ears are sensitive, but sometimes I just can’t help, but yell back. It can be challenging to have a smaller brother; I know how much you love me and momma and daddy too. I tell myself every day that, “I am loved!” I hope you know how loved you are Kimmy-Kim. You’re a one of a kind dog friend.

Xo,

LDB, the biggest little brother.

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Big and little paws.

Four Hundred and Forty Eight Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello there sweet and busy ones! I noticed that you were all gone last night and admittedly, I missed you. Sometimes I wonder where my family goes, but most of the time I can use my detective skills and decipher where you all went. Take for instance the smells I got from your jackets last night, Daisy, my cousin dog friend, and Stanzi dog smells. So, knowing those two puppers, I knew you were with our family and I also smelled lots of grass and water so perhaps y’all were at a park?

IRB was talking about water and I think that LDB said something about a birthday. So you must have had a birthday party outside by the water and played in the grass! Am I correct? Mama… what do you say? Maybe next time it could be a dog and human party, eh?

Xo,

Kimmy

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The couch stare down.

Four Hundred and Forty Seven Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello! It is I, Kimmy the great sister dog writing to let you both know about how great you both are. LDB, thanks for giving me loves and sitting on the couch with me, I appreciate the cuddles and chat time. IRB, thanks for finding me when I hide in your bedroom behind the rocking chair. Even though you’re gaining those legs and exploring like crazy, you still find time to snuggle up close with me, and I love it. I love you both very much and I want you two to know that even when you get super tall, and busy, and big, I’ll still be your sister.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Momma snuggles.

Four Hundred and Forty Six Paws

Dear Brothers,

It’s nap time. It’s quiet in the house right now. I’m digging this feeling of peacefulness while I lay on momma and daddy’s bed. Ahhh, the luxury of silence. Whoever coined the term, “Silence is golden,” knew what it was like to live with two toddlers who are amazing and exhausting for this doggy sister. I love you both so much, but I also get tired from the noise and the running around.

Sometimes I try to nap underneath the kitchen table and chairs, but somehow y’all always find me. I’ve been enjoying how you’re pulling yourself up at the windowsills and on my back IRB. You’re getting strong and so much more interested in seeing what is up high. Things are changing for you, and in turn, for all of our family too. Life will soon encompass one less four-legged crawler, i.e. I’ll be left to my four-legged paw devices and watch you two legged creatures run around. Well, I think that’s enough for right now. I love you both very much, to the moon and back, just like our mama says.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Late night attention time for me.

Four Hundred and Forty Five Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi buddy! “Hahaha,” I am still chuckling from last night’s dreidel extravaganza. You’re such a silly dog Kimmy. It’s one of the many reasons why I love you so much. You can always make me laugh and feel happy inside. Mama and I were sitting on the floor playing, “spin the dreidel,” and you came in to investigate. Well, maybe you smelled that chocolate gelt, hmmm. None the less, there you were, at the ready to lend a hand, oops, I mean a paw, of course. You walked over to mama and investigated what she was holding. You sniffed the dreidel at first, and then you licked it. I think you thought it was a treat of some sort so you decided to nibble on the top of it. That nibble move sent me into a fit of laughter. I dribbled chocolate down my chin from the gelt I was eating. It was such a funny moment. I love you puppy dog! Thanks for being you!

Xo,

Biggest Brother LDB

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Dreidel sniffs.
Dreidel tastes, I summed up that it wasn’t tasty folks.

Four Hundred and Forty Four Paws

Dear Little Brothers,

Hello! It is I, Kimmy, your faithful pal and big sister. We’ve been gearing up for winter for what feels like a while now. The outside garden beds have been tilled, the hoses have been hung, the walk way has been swept, and the leaves have been recycled. The air smells a bit different now too, I get a little tingle in my nostrils when I walk around first thing in the morning before the sunshine has peeked her head out.

Mama says that winter is coming soon. I also recognized some interesting human objects up on the counter top. Do you know what a menorah is? We lit the first lights of the season last night! I also find the dreidels that you were both playing with to be quite funny. I like to try and get near the toys, but you all seemed really intent on letting them stay put, and spin. Aren’t toys meant for picking up and shaking? I know that you agree with me on this IRB. You’re really good at shaking things too! Speaking of shaking things, I wonder what you’re going to get as a Hannukah present tonight? Maybe it’ll be something we can work on together? How does that sound? Wanna share with me? If not, that’s ok, but I would really appreciate a nibble of latke and sufganiyot doughnut please!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Hannukah paws.

Four Hundred and Forty Three Paws

Dear LDB,

Hello there toddler. You’re in a serious throws of life called, “I want to do it myself, until I don’t want to do it myself.” I wish I could help you sometimes, but alas, I do not have opposable thumbs and I can’t always be there to help you. Occasionally I give you a little bit of herding help and scoot you up the stairs or out of the way when you’re needing some support in that way; but normally, I just give you space. I like to have my space and relax as well.

Take this moment for instance, I am relaxing on the parent’s bed and enjoying some peace and quiet during nap time. I enjoy the nap time immensely, as we have previously noted. Life’s better when we’ve all napped and relaxed. Mama says that it helps our brains and body to feel better. I couldn’t agree more. When I was a small pup I would just flop over wherever I landed and take a nap. I liked to curl up too, especially on someone’s toesies. I also like to lean into mama or daddy’s legs. I feel a sense of reassurance when I am touching someone, but in my own way that I am comfortable with. Do you know what I mean little dude? I think that you do.

Xo,

Kimmy

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“Getting my makeup done by my brother today.”

Four Hundred and Forty Two Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi doggy! Guess what? I can stand really well now when I hold onto you. Thanks for always being my support system, even when I didn’t realize I needed one. You’re here for me and I am so grateful for you. Sometimes we share, “What are you grateful for today?” We share when we’re altogether at the table doing the food business and I just can’t help but gaze down at your sweet doggy face. I’m grateful for you Kimmy. Thanks for being my four-legged friend. I think of myself as an extension of you and mama.

Xo,

IRB

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Beauty in the profile view, with a hidden foot below, do you see it?

Four Hundred and Forty One Paws

Dear Little Brothers,

Hello. It is I Kimmy, back for another installment of, “What is Kimmy thinking today?” Well, what’s on my mind is: rest time. I must nap frequently these days, my little brothers take it out of me! You see, we all woke up much too early today with the rumble-rumble of the garbage truck as it drove on our little road and dumped all the goods into it’s truck. It was not our usual Mr. Gilly friend who drove it. Perhaps that’s why it was such an earlier hour than usual? Regardless of the early time, I was exhausted after our walk and thus, tried to nap early on in the day, but y’all seemed h-bent on pretending I was a horsey. Thanks LDB, and so we play, play, played. We’re all sleeping now, which, I prefer if I’m being completely honest. So, thanks mama for asking about my thoughts, but I need to take a rest and then we can get back into sharing what I’m thinking later on.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Tiny hands and doggy paws.