Two Hundred and Thirty Three Paws

Dear Leo,

Today was a pretty busy day if I may say so. The grandparents came over to visit. I slept in with Baby I and only got up a little bit before they came over. I was a little bit bummed because I didn’t get to go on the walk with you guys. I stayed with mama and Baby I while he slept and then we did the nursing thing. I whined and whined and whined until y’all realized that I was ready to come outside with you. Mama heard me upstairs and let me out once she was done doing the milking.

I was so ecstatic to see Grandma that I nearly took out her knee with my side turn body moving around to do my shuffle wag. I didn’t mean to bump her, but I think she was ok. After that I raced around and around the yard with you. Dada got all of his hairs cut. Baby I hung out on Grandpa’s shoulder for a little while, then mama’s arms, and the dada’s arms.

Next up was your hairs-cut time. You weren’t particularly fond of the comb that they used or the wet water, but you have really short puppy dog hair now. I loved your curls, and so did mama and dada, but they were pretty wild there for the last few months. I think the last time you got a doggy groom was right before your birthday! That was over five months ago buddy! I’m one to talk though because I don’t ever get groomed. I have the baths with you guys, but no scissors come near me. You asked mama about a hair cut for me and for your brother. But your brother has hardly any hair and me? Well I just told you. I wonder if your head gets cold now? I’m sure your hairs will grow back quickly. I better go, because I might wake up the baby, he’s sleeping… and you know what they say, “Don’t wake a sleeping babe.”

Love you,

Kimmy

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Sitting side by side, let’s go play!

Two Hundred and Thirty Two Paws

Dear Baby I,

Hi there tiny human. Kimmy here, your puppy dog sister, aka the one who licks your head. Speaking of licks, yesterday evening I had an especially delightful time giving you kisses. Your head is super tasty. You and your brother both have the best baby smells. You smell like mama and baby milk all rolled into one. I particularly love baby milk because of it’s tasty flavor.

Come to think of it, I enjoy all of the milks, creams, and lotions that the humans put on, the sunscreen, hand cream, baby bum cream, baby lotion, boo-boo medicine, you name it, I’ll lick it. I’m not sure why I like them so much, but none the less, I do! I like you too, but that is an obvious beside the point statement. We had an early 4:40 a.m. rise today. I laid outside of mama and dada’s room and groaned a bit to let them know I was there. I could, in theory push the door open with my nose, but I’m not partial to intrusions, so I wait, and groan. Sometimes I groan in my sleep, when we nap together I make you move around a little bit. I try to keep them less audible, but sometimes you just have to let it out, you know? Kind of like when you have some crying times throughout the day to let us all know that you need something, or to let out your frustration feelings. We all have those feelings from time to time, it’s good to have a long cry or groan and let it flow baby. I love you tiny brother. 

xoxo, Kimmy

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Rainbow paws

Two Hundred and Thirty One Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil dude. I rose early this morning or shall I say instead, in the middle of the night?! I like to lie on the landing between the stair case sets so that I am closer to everyone, but also still guarding us from the unknowns of the downstairs realm. I came upstairs when I heard your brother make smacking sounds.

Apparently he pulled his arm out of the swaddle and was sucking on his hand. You used to do that too. I supervised the feeding from my bed, and then joined mama for a little more snoozing on her bed afterwards. Your little brother is a Houdini, just like you. Both of you love to have your hands up by your faces when you sleep. Well, us dogs do too! That’s what paws are for, right?! I love to be able to snuggle into my legs and paws. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy laying on the couch bed. I curl up, just so, and then burrow my face into my legs. I receive a sense of comfort when I am snuggled. It’s kind of like giving yourself a hug in a way. I like hugs. Especially if I can fall asleep in a hug. Talking about all this comforting business has made me sleepy again. Back to the naps for now, dreams here I come!

xo,

Kimmy

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Back views of yard shenanigans.

Two Hundred and Thirty Paws

Dear Leo,

Do you know what today is? It’s boom day! I mean garbage day! It’s your favorite day of the week lil’ dude!  Sometimes you get so excited about garbage day that it’s all you’ll talk about for the rest of the morning. You take your special garbage truck toy and wheel it around the house again and again and again.

Now, I don’t mind the little person toys. But, I do mind the actions that they take. They interrupt my snoozes, especially if they are on the floor in the pathway, then they will find themselves placed into the truck. This truck of yours also doubles as a storage device. It stores things like my squirrel stuffed animals. It’s perplexing me, as to why it thinks that this is appropriate behavior. Those toys are mine! I seek revenge quietly, and I walk over and take the squirrels out one by one, if you’re not watching that is. I know that this might not be particularly kind, but I have to tow the paw line somewhere and my toys are it! Speaking of which, I should go check that truck right now, before you take it outside to show the garbage truck driver. Love you LDB!

xo,

Kimmy

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Wait, whose there buddy?!

Two Hundred and Twenty Nine Paws

Dear Irving and Leo,

Hello puppy dog pals! We’ve had some pretty fun times in the sun times as of late. Each morning we take a walk. I would say about ninety percent of the time it is with all of us, the team of five, but sometimes it’s the three of us. Irving, you’ve begun to look around a lot more, and you seem to really enjoy your mirror, sunlight, lights in general and you make the best squeaky sounds. I like to lick your ears and your head a lot, especially when mama says it’s ok. I always lie close to you and provide protection with my new found big doggy voice.

Leo, you’re still my best buddy. I liked how we rough-housed the other day. You had a ball in hand and came running to the family room, straight for me. I let you do all the hard work of racing around while I watched you. It was one of those games where I’m not quite sure what is happening, but I got a bunch of tackle hugs and so I just went with it because it was fun. You never cease to amaze me with your endless energy and love. It is generally accompanied by some sort of silliness of throwing blankets on my head and other such none-sense, but I love it none the less.

Mama and I have special early morning time together now. She types and I supervise. It’s a regular routine we have going here, and now dad is home so I gotta go check in on him. My day is off and running. I love you boys,

xo,

Kimmy

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You taking pictures of me again mom?

Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Paws

Dear little ones,

Hi boys. I love you both so much. That’s what I have to say first off. When mama had you both in her belly, at separate times, of course, I couldn’t help but feel like I was going to have my own little puppy. You both make me so happy and so tired at the same time. Ha! The other day, mama tried to take me on a walk during the nap time. I was excited at first. I love walks, I love mama, I love the sunshine, but something stopped me. I pulled back on my harness and then almost sat down on the driveway. There was something pulling me back to both of you. Even for the short time that it takes to go on a walk. I stopped myself. I worry about my puppy dog brothers. You see, I need to be with you both, I’m your guardian and I take care of you guys. I like to sit on the couch, or in the corner of a room and observe, protect and watch you both from afar.

Then we adventure together outside, play, and I sometimes will let you cuddle up to me when you pause your roll for a minute. I love how you squeeze me in your big boy hugs now Leo. You’re a super affectionate, silly, and mischievous lil’ dude. Now Irving, you have a thing or two to learn, but for now, you’re super tasty with all the baby flavors when I get a kiss in each day. I love to lick your head because I can get all of it in one big pink slurp with my tongue. I’m talented like that. Adept with the flash of a dog kiss. ‘Ya gotta be quick before the baby moves or cries, pick one spot for a dog kiss and go with it I say. 

xo boys,

Kimmy dog

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Window views, traveling adventures in the car.

Two Hundred and Twenty Seven Paws

Dear Leo,

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night on my couch bed and I just listen. Then I get up in one giant leap, and I walk to the steps. I stop and listen again. Then I climb up the steps to my spot on the carpeted floor. I like to get closer to everyone at that time in the night so I go and sleep on the landing of the stairs. It’s a quiet space, well there’s actually two really large squares where I can stretch out. If I needed to I could lay down on the spot above and then sort of melt off the stair and into the second one. It’s a special talent that I possess. I have seen you do this as well though. It must be something about that upper staircase that is so delightful. We just can’t help but slide off of it, right?

When mama and daddy wake up or Irving wakes them up, I hop up, saunter upstairs and wait for them to put my blanket on their bed so I can resume the next three hours of sleep. Sleep is essential to my doggy functioning, as we have discussed previously. I require a lot of sleep. Two naps in the morning, afternoon, and evening help me function at high speed when we play outside. Although, I generally have my later evening naps interrupted by a small human chasing me with cars, stuffed animals, or other items.

Last night we had a super fun time running around the house, or at least you did the running, and I more so “hopped” away every now and then. My favorite moment was when I sandwiched you between the foot stool and myself. That was highly amusing. You tried to wiggle free, but alas, I am too strong. You ended up laughing, yelling, and laughing some more. I was just standing there, leaning into you, so I wasn’t so sure what the problem was, but never the less, it was a good time to be had by all involved. Perhaps we’ll do that again today, we shall see! I love you buddy. Back to my morning nap.

xo,

Kimmy

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Sitting with my pal by my side.

Two Hundred and Twenty Six Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Morning friend! I’m sending this message to you from my crib-bed. You are asleep with baby I in momma and daddy’s room. There’s so many things that I want to tell you about, but sometimes I find it difficult to decide on one thing.

For instance a few things running through my head right now are: when do we get to go outside and play more? Why does the garbage truck only come once a week? Can we go out front and romp in the grass to the fairy land? Why do dogs have four paws? Can I have fur like you? How many raisins do you think I could put into my mouth at once? I told you I had a lot of things on my mind! Questions just pop into my head. I point to everything on the page in a book and ask, “What’s that? Momma what’s that?” Sometimes I do that for the things I recognize and that I know too. It just reassures me to ask and hear the answer that I know to be true. It’s kind of like when I run up to you and give you an attack hug because it just feels right.

I love to give you big squeeze hugs, even when you start walking away, I walk along side of you. I’m a follow through kind of hugger. I hold on until the hug is complete. I love you buddy. Thanks for playing and drinking pool water for me today. 

xo,

Leo

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Snooze-y afternoon space.

Two Hundred and Twenty Five Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi! It’s me, your buddy LDB. We’ve had a lot of nice, sunny, hot weather days this week. I love to watch you when we are outside. I observe how you run, shake your head, and sniff things in our garden. I used to emulate your behavior, but not so much anymore. Sometimes I act like a puppy dog when I am playing, but I don’t try to sniff things like I used to do. I know that you’re a doggy and I am a human, I have that much distinguished about our differences. I mostly like to try and guide you to do things, like, take for instance toys. I like to give you your ball, ring, sticks, grass, and other odds and ends.

Another favorite of mine is to feed you water from my raft pool. I take one of my various recycled pots and give you water after I do some scooping. Yesterday you wanted to go inside when we were in the middle of a, “Give Kimmy water,” session. I had a lot of feelings about that and I didn’t want you do leave our play time. It didn’t all end up working out as I had hoped it would, but that’s ok, as mama and dada say. Sometimes things in life don’t always end up the way you want them to. So, I just get my cries out, do some hiccup breaths, and then I move onto another activity. Usually that’s the pathway I take when life gives me the lemons. You’re definitely some lemonade though, Kimmy dog. I love you!

xo,

Leo

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Couch cuddles

Two Hundred and Twenty Four Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi there buddy! While momma and I write to you, you are in a deep slumber. I wonder what you’re dreaming about lil dude? Sometimes you’re in my dreams. I often wake up thinking about you and your little brother. We meet in the field by our house, in my dreams, and we run, run, run and chase after your rainbow soccer ball.

Speaking of that particular ball… we have been having a ton of fun in the afternoons during our cool off in the pool time. We started off last week with a round pizza pool, but it seems to have gotten a hole in it already. So now we are splashing around in dada’s raft. It makes for a really fun pool and it is more cushioned for you on the bottom of it… I wouldn’t know, I don’t go in the pool, but I heard dada explain it all to you and mama.

You have this super fun game that you like to play with me during your pool time. It’s called, “Scoop the water, give it to Kimmy!” Most of the time I enjoy this game because, let’s face it, it’s hot out, I need to drink water. There are other items when I’m not particularly interested in drinking the water, that’s especially true when it is ninety plus degrees outside! Yesterday you had a lot of feelings about me wanting to cool off inside and not be out in the heat. I will usually go back to you so that you don’t get upset, but I wasn’t interested in anything but laying down in the house. There’s something about our house that is more comfortable in the heat of the day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it when the sun is shining and the air is crisp with a breeze fluffing my ears back and forth. There’s always a perfect condition that I long for, but that’s all creatures, right? More so with humans, but us dogs have those feelings too, every now and then. 

Love you buddy,

Kimmy

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Ears pointed kind of nap today!