Two Hundred and Ninety Three Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi big dude. I like you, just the way you are. I heard someone say that a while ago, well I have heard someone say that quite a few times actually. It’s someone named, “Daniel Tiger.” I am not sure who that is exactly, what I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the voice on the black box above the fireplace that says it. I think he’s the tiger in a tv show that you talk about. I like those words though, a lot. I feel that way about you and your brother. You’re so special to me and I hope that you feel that whenever I am near you.

Sometimes we have a hard time understanding one another, especially if there’s food involved, which I can understand, food is delicious and I want all of it that you’re willing to share. However, I do recognize that I can’t have it all the time. You have a lot of big feelings when it comes to your foods and I have begun to realize this information. I try to give you your space, because we talk about giving each other space. I need space sometimes and that’s why I yawn at you when you crawl on my back. Or other times I will yawn and stand up, which invariably means that you might topple over me and flop onto the floor, especially if you were trying to cuddle with me. Never the less, as the tiger says, I like you JUST the way you are. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Curled up, just like a pup.

Two Hundred and Ninety Two Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Irving here, writing with mama’s help. DOGGYYYYYYYYY! Hi friend! You are so tall! Why are you so tall? And also, why do you walk on all four of your legs? Why don’t mama, dada, and brother do that too? Will I walk on four legs? I just learned that I have hands. Well, I think I just learned that, anyways, they’re there and I love them! I love them so much that when I am in my swaddle I PULL them out and snuggle up to my hands.

Why do the parents move my hands before I do the sleeps? Do you know? Do you have a swaddle too? It looks kind of like you swaddle yourself on that spot up high that you sleep on. I like to watch you Kimmy because you can move around me and you’re always here so I know you’re part of the family. I like when you kiss my toes, that’s a funny feeling. I’m not so sure about how I feel when you try to kiss my face though, and my head, and my cheeks, and my ears, and my nose, and my mouth. Mama always rushes over when you start licking my face so I’m not sure how she feels about it either. I appreciate all the licks, I think that means you love me. It’s kind of like how I drool on mama and dada to show them that I love them too. I get it with the drools. Our mouths are really important parts of our bodies! All of this writing has tuckered me out Kim-Kim. I’m going to go lay down for some more sleeps.

Xo,

IRB-baby-tiny human two

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Baby and doggy profiles.

Two Hundred and Ninety One Paws

Dear Brothers,

Greetings from the couch, well really, the blanket on the couch, i.e. my bed now. I’ve been snoozing down here for four straight months. It’s just a lot of work for me to head upstairs after I have my night time snack and vitamins, so I have begun to settle into, “Kimmy time,” routines after you are both in your respective beds. I would happily snooze in either of your rooms, but apparently my midnight ear shakes wake humans up. I am not quite understanding of what all that means, but I rest easy right here.

Both mama and dada came downstairs before the sunlight began to shine. This early riser-ship wakes me up, but I do my best to get my shut eye in when I can. It’s not easy to squeeze in that last hour of quiet time with these noisy parents, but I do my best to retain my coiled position and quietly rest my body. Sometimes I pretend that I am in the woods sleeping and enjoying a cozy resting spot on a bed of leaves.

Actually, that thought reminded me of something. Our Uncle Scot came to visit and say goodbye yesterday morning. I was SO EXCITED to see him that I circled around him, the yard, and him again and again and again and again. As I was saying, I was beyond ecstatic. He is one of my favorite human beings. He used to wrestle, play, and pet me all the time when I was a small puppy, and so I will fur-ever be grateful to him for his human kindness. He seemed to have a lot of happy vibes happening when he visited. I think he might even be experiencing a big shift in his life because they said something about another place, and he smelled like warm air and big skies. Maybe we’ll get to go in the car and visit him and his sweet wife one day? I like Ms. S. a lot. She gives me lots of verbal confirmation that I’m a good doggy and she laughs really kindly. These are the things we need to pick up on about humans beings, my boys. You can always sniff out trouble, and notice human kindness, remember that! 

xo,

Kimmy

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Baby pets and yawns.

Two Hundred and Ninety Paws

Dear Buddies,

Sometimes the big adult humans make a LOT of noise. I gotta tell you, if they would just let the three of us snooze in their bed, we’d be set. I mean, it’s cozy, it’s large, and the three of us would snooze so well together. Also, then they would not wake us up with their sneezes, shuffling about, and noise making. I don’t mean to sound like a grouch, but seriously, they’re always waking me up when they rise before the sunshine does. It’s the strangest thing, I tell you.

I am not nocturnal creature, and neither should they be, but some of their habits sure seem nocturnal to me. Why do they rise so early, and then my couch bed and blanket kingdom are disturbed too early in the morning. So, in protest I lie on my couch bed, breathe deeply and provide an adequate amount of sighs to portray my distain. When mama or daddy come over and give me pets, kind words, and kisses, I can’t help but forgive them for their faults as early risers. I love the extra pets and words. So, wait, I guess I just disproved what I was describing all along….I actually enjoy the fact that they rise early-ish. I like the attention, just not the timing of it. Love you both,

Xoxo,

Kimmy

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Tasty baby fingers!

Two Hundred and Eighty Nine Paws

Dear Brothers,

Howdy tiny tikes! Y’all, the rain has returned! I know you were quite overjoyed about this LDB, I however, was not. Ok, now let me make something clear, again, I love being outside in general, but I do not love going potty in the rain. When it is pouring, the wind is blowing, and my ears are flapping, I don’t feel my best brothers, I don’t! There is nothing quite so miserable as doing one’s business in drudgery like that. I enjoy watching the rain, yes. I would even go so far as to say, I enjoy watching you play in the rain and splash in puddles LDB, but I do not enjoy always doing the doggy business in the rain.

Hurumph. Mama thinks we should all dress up as a Winnie The Pooh family for the Halloween day. I think I would definitely fare well with the character Eeyore. He’s quite a sad sack, and sometimes, alas, that’s how the weather makes me feel. “Oh ho hum, bother, it’s rainy!” Sigh. To try and perk myself up, let’s talk about something delightful for a change…

THE PEANUT BUTTER has been quite fluffy and delicious the last few days. I think dada whipped it with this hand mixer contraption. I LOVE it, and quite frankly, so do you LDB. You said that your favorite foods were peanut butter and banana. I know that’s why we’re bff’s because those are my two favorite foods too! They’re sweet, and sticky, and delectable. We should go dream about them! No, better yet, let’s go bug mama for some now! Although, I do recall receiving both of those things this morning, hmmm, maybe if we beg and drool she’ll give us some? What do you think? 

xo,

Kimmy

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“Oh, hey there momma, I’m waiting for baby food to drop!”

Two Hundred and Eighty Two Paws

Dear Brothers,

We all have had a very sleepy start to our morning. In fact, I’m still on my couch blanket bed. I was so tired after both of your doctor appointments and our evening walk that I had to lay down and not move for eight hours. It’s a good thing that I have a bed that offers me warmth, coziness, and protection. I would prefer to sleep with both of you, but I fear that I may in fact smoosh you unintentionally, however we cuddle on mama and dada’s bed during the day, so there’s that.

Sometimes my tail has a mind of it’s own and will take over fully, and move from side to side so vigorously that it might fly off. It never does though, my tail is a faithful friend that follows me around. Occasionally you try to grab it LDB, and we both know that that does not end well, for you, not for me. I will just turn around and slobber your ears and face until you let go, or I will drag you down the hall. One option or the other works just fine for me. I think you’re moving around a lot tiny human. Mama might go get you soon, so I have to get ready for the milking. I have a big job to do each day. I send happy milky vibes to you both, and I absorb all the worry feelings that are emitted in a room so, as you can tell, I have to get ready for my job today. But, maybe I can squeeze one last snooze in before you hop down the stairs LDB. 

xo,

Kimmy-Kim

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Hanukkah buddies and cuddles.

Two Hundred and Eighty Two Paws

Dear Brother,

Hey there, Kimmy here. I’m back after the last installment of our blog from you. Which, by the way, thank you for writing to me. I absolutely enjoy taking a day off from all this writing business and also getting the benefit of reading something that you wrote for me. What a pleasure, thanks brother!

Daddy came downstairs and woke me up quite early this morning. I love our quiet morning time, but once I’m awake, I’m awake. Do you know what I mean? It’s challenging for me to get time alone, and get enough sleeps in. I strive for that minimum of 15 naps a day. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, boy do I feel great! Take yesterday for instance, I got just under my 15 naps and I felt pretty good. I was especially chipper and energetic on our walk after daddy was done with the work stuff. Speaking of walks it was a beautiful one with bright blue skies, autumn leaves falling, and sunshine warming the air. You had lots to say as did tiny brother.

Boy, speaking of which, again, IRB has a LOT to say. It’s pretty funny. I think he answers you and the mommy and daddy now. He chats, gurgles, and squeaks lots and lots. I think he is saying momma too! Time for my third morning nap. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Dino jammies and puppy dog ears.

Two Hundred and Eighty One Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi, It’s LDB here, reporting from nap land that we are on duty by the red slide in our yard. Come on Kimmy! Don’t let the squirrels nab the castle! Wheeeeee! You’re so good at supporting me by the slide Kimmy. I love it Kim-Kim! Wait, watch me, wheeeee! Did you see how I slid down on my belly? Haha! I can do that in dream land because mama won’t let me in real time land. 

I don’t quite understand WHY I can’t go up the slide with my feet and down on my belly, but it had something to do with a word that started with the letter, “S.” I think the word was….. safety!  That’s a word I hear a lot t home.  I understand that word more so after I hurt myself, but I hear it when mommy and daddy say it to me and I do think about it. It mostly has to do with not injuring myself and thinking of a safer choice to make instead, even if I don’t want to do it. Mommy has me practice saying affirmations such as, “I can make a safe choice, or I can be responsible!”  There are times when I am not interested, and then self talk helps me get through the feelings.  Alright, back to our dreamland play, let’s gooooooo!

xo,

LDB

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A present for me?!

Two Hundred and Eighty Paws

Dear Little Human Brothers,

Hiya! Boy, we had an exciting drive together this morning. I would NOT let mama leave me out from the adventure so I raced my body into the garage like this, “ZOOM!” Next, we raced around and around the garage while mama said, “Walk please, please be careful on the concrete floor, Kimmy come!”

After our mini-romp I came and jumped into the front seat of the car. The front seat, is my spot! I love to sit there and look back at you two. The front seat is a good spot to help steer, watch over, and get pets from mama or dada. Mama gave me some kisses at red stop lights and you said funny comments brother. You said, “You looking at me Kimmy? Want some chocolate on your head Kimmy? I love you Kimmy.” I liked the last statement the best, ha, gee I wonder why? I think it’s obvious I love you too buddy! 

We saw so many things on our drive today! We saw, “Five fork lifts, three dump trucks, one road roller, two bulldozers, countless pick up trucks, four fire trucks, lots of flags, and one choo-choo train!” That’s a long list of things that we spotted from the car isn’t it? I’m getting pretty good at distinguishing these human objects too. I mostly just listen closely and stare at my humans, but I can tell you the difference between a road roller and a forklift any paw day! Just try me! Well, I gotta go catch some Zzz’s because I’m exhausted from the morning session of business. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Hanukkah paws.

Two Hundred and Seventy Nine Paws

Dear Brothers,

I’m lying on the floor already, at this early hour because someone woke up at 3:45 in the morning. I’m not quite sure why that is, but it is, what it is. So then that meant that daddy came downstairs super early and we started my routine right away. I woke up, went to do my business in the dark and the cold, and then I ate some breakfast. I waited for momma in the hallway and licked her toes when she came downstairs and said good morning to me.

I love my morning pets and loves from momma and daddy. I was their first baby you know, so I soak up the time when it’s just myself and them. However, don’t you get to thinking that it doesn’t mean I love you any less, because I sure love you both more than I can explain. I try to take such good care of you, especially if you’re having big feelings. I lick your faces, your ears, and try to make you feel better. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Dog paws and ears, cutest around.