Two Hundred and Twenty Three Paws

Dear Leo,

One of the reasons I love to snooze so much is that it powers me up for when we get to play together. Sometimes I don’t have quite enough energy to race around and around and around the yard one hundred times, so I have to lay down. Then you race up to me and tackle me, which, if I’m being honest, I don’t mind at all, I love it, but none the less, I need my sleep.

Another reason I love to nap is that it’s so relaxing. Us dogs know a lot about relaxing and allowing our bodies to refresh through sleep. I especially enjoy sleeping in the same space as you and your brother. This allows for full on dream transparency between the two of us. I find that it’s easier to transmit the proper dream code to one another, if we’re in the same room. We had the best dreams together when you were tiny. I loved sharing dreams because we would play, race, romp, snack, love, and laugh together. I do this with you when you are awake too, but mostly I enjoy our dreams because they are ours and ours alone. I love you buddy. Thank you for being my awake and dream buddy. 

xo,

Kimmy-Kim

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Mid-Sneezy moments.

Two Hundred and Twenty Two Paws

Dear Leo,

This morning y’all went on an adventure for a walk at a park, but I didn’t get to go with you. I felt kind of sad in my paws. Later in the day though, after our nap time, we went to the giant field, and you have been talking about ever since. I had always seen other doggies on the field, and this time, we got to go together!  I was so excited to get all of the smells into my body that I almost pulled daddy and baby I into the garden along the field’s fence line. I pulled it together though, or daddy did, rather, and then we romped around the grass. I got into full hound dog mode and turned on the hyperactive smell radars. I smelled the grass, the brambles, the tree trunks, the grass around the tree trunks, the dirt, the rocks, the soccer goal, momma, baby I, you, your feet, mama’s toes, dandelions, bumble bees, the list could go on and on and on. Dada took us across the field with your ball in your small hands and we adventured to the, “dirt mountain,” and back and back across again. Mama sat on the ground and did the milks with the baby, and I checked in on them before we went back across the field.

Gosh, that was one of the best summer moments so far. I loved being able to explore and go on an adventure with my buddies. You guys fill my puppy bucket with love and laughter. Speaking of laughs, you laughed so hard when I was checking out the tree trunk. I’m not sure what was so funny, but mama said something about, “Snuffle-up-a-gus.” Whoever that Snuffle-dude or dudette may be, they have a good thing going with that nose of theirs, like I do. Love you LDB! 

xo,

Kimmy

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Gentle guardian of little toes.

Two Hundred and Twenty One Paws

Dear Leo,

Greetings small human! Did you notice I didn’t say, “tiny human,” as a reference for you? That’s because your brother is the newest tiny human. I have fun coming up with these references for my little guys. I love you both so much! I digress from the main point of this letter though. 

Yesterday, while on our second round of the neighborhood walk, whilst passing the cat house not one, but two cats crossed the road! I was so excited and startled that I tried talking to them and tried to pull dada over so we could socialize with them. No such luck though. That was slightly disappointing. I am a super friendly dog, and I am aware that cats are different than I, but I still want to be their friend. My best friend at the start of my life in this house was a cat. I loved to lick her ears, snuffle her soft fur and ruffle her feathers. She’s gone now and I miss her a lot. That’s why I like to lay in the extra bedroom, well now little brother’s bedroom and look out our window.

The last afternoon we had together we snuggled on her bed, and then she hopped up and gazed out the window with me and sniffed my eye brows. I knew that was her way of saying good bye to me. Bella’s my bestie for life. So that is why I am always on the lookout for the cat friend potentials out there. She taught me that cats are cool, and that they rule of course, but I just can’t get enough of them! Also, sometimes you like to answer questions with a, “Meow, meow,” so I’m thinking that you’re a fan of cats too Leo. You know a good thing when you see it!

xo,

Kimmy

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Books, toes, and paws, as everybody knows.

Two Hundred and Twenty Paws

Dear Leo,

Thank you for taking me out on a walk with dada each morning. Sometimes mama and the tiny human join us. I know that you all go on an afternoon adventure together, but I love it when we are altogether as a family. The tiny human sleeps a lot and we don’t wake a sleeping baby, at least that’s what dada and mama say to us. So, sometimes we take walks that are not altogether and that’s ok. It’s a season of life with two little puppy brothers.

I love when you talk to me on our walks. You hold my leash sometimes, so that you don’t lose your way, but mostly we just go on our walk and search for kitty cats, diggers, flowers, neighbors, and dogs. Our neighboring husky dog friend hasn’t been out the last few days. Sometimes, when he/she is out I pull us closer and we have a quick little chat of, “Sniffs, woof woof woofs, grunts.” That pup has a giant old volleyball in the front yard that a little girl plays with. You always point to the ball and now you say lots of words, so naturally, you say, “Ball, mama/dada, that doggy ball, play!” I must exit this letter entry because I need more doggy sleep. It really takes it out of me to keep up with you all morning and then work on my writing with mama’s transcription, of course. Gotta go catch some Zzz’s.

xo

Kimmy

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What are we looking for lil’ brother?

Two Hundred and Nineteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Hiya buddy! I write to you whilst sleeping on mama and dada’s bed. I know that you love their bed too. It’s pretty fun to sit up high from the floor on the coziness of bedding. You love to go under the covers and snuggle into a pillow next to mama. You both do that when the baby is nursing.

Then I listen to you read all the books from the giant book pile. You like to hold all the books now, turn the pages by yourself, and point to things in the pictures and tell mama all about it. I love listening to you describe pictures and photographs. You have lots of words that you know and can pronounce so well. Often times humans try to underestimate what us dogs can truly understand. I know a lot of things, and when I don’t know something I can decipher its meaning from what mama calls, “the context clues.” I figure things out by listening, watching, and learning. I’m hearing your little brother make tiny sounds from his bassinet. He wiggles around like a little glow worm in his snug blank-ie swaddle. I remember when you were a glow worm baby and hung out all day. I loved you so much then, and so much now. 

xoxo,

Kimmy

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Say cheese with your eyes!

Two Hundred and Eighteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today you played in this outdoor bathtub contraption. I did not attend the shenanigans out in the front yard. It was quite hot and my doggy paws and fur weren’t interested in the splashing circumstances. I watched you from the house and checked on my humans as you came into the house. You seemed quite pleased with yourself and the water. You did, “dives,” and would plop into the water and hold your head up whilst kicking furiously. Mama and dada got covered in water and laughed.

The tiny baby human sat in a buzzing chair and kicked his feet happily. Earlier in the day we went on a walk just the three of us, you, dada, and I. I loved the feeling of the sun beating down on my fur. You told me I was shiny and that I was a good dog. Right now I’m laying down next to mama because I need to always be her shadow if she is home. I’m her doggy, well I’m everyone’s doggy in this house, but she’s my person. She needs me, especially if the baby cries. I like to give him kisses and help mama with the boobie juicing business.

On another paw, but related, our beloved Bella cat sister, who passed over the rainbow a couple of years ago, she told me that I was responsible for taking care of everyone once she was gone. So that means I have taken on, ‘latch duties,’ and that I take care of the nursing, the caring, and the carrying. I think you’re waking up from your night time sleep because you are talking now. Mama is typing faster as I send her this message, because she wants to finish up. I’ll sign off on this one for now. I love you buddy.

xo,

Kimmy
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Mid-ear kiss pose

Two Hundred and Seventeen Paws

Dear Irving,

This evening we saw something special out of our back window. Mama called it a, “hummingbird,” I call them: flying creatures. I’m not quite sure what was so special about the bird, but mama seemed riveted to the window and even filmed with her tiny rectangle for a while. I started my snooze fest and we watched you kick your legs and do your baby cooing/talking thing that you love to do.

One thing I appreciate about mama is when she stops and gets interested in nature. Even though the bird aka the flying creature was not truly inspiring to me, as a four legged mammal, I love to be outside and be in nature, so it made me happy to see her excitement.

When we are all outside together I love to watch, sniff, explore, and then snooze. When you sleep in the sunshine outside, it helps to heal any of the previous problems of the day. My favorite patch of grass and clover provides a welcome comfort when I am ready for a rest. Your brother likes to lay down next to me on the grass. I wonder if you will do the same when you’re a bigger human? Right now you make some really great faces when I give you kisses. I like to taste your head and ears, so that’s what I aim for, but every once in a while when you’re close to my ground level, I get a little one on one time with you. We’re going to be best buddies, just like Leo and I are, I can feel it in my paws. But I do know that you will be your own person and or personality and I have no idea who that will be, but I am excited to find out!

xo,

Kimmy

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Take two of noses and toesies.

Two Hundred and Sixteen Paws

Dear Leo and Irving,

This morning we took our usual walk around the neighborhood and added the extra square in. I love taking you both on walks. It’s one of my favorite past times. Then we all took naps in synchronization mode. Mama has Irving resting on her leg right now and I think it might be falling asleep because she keeps squeezing her toes and moving her leg, but you know, a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do.

I am listening from my bed and I perk my ears up and open my eyes whenever noise comes from dada or you. I forgot to mention my favorite moment from the morning time. We were all on the floor together! Here’s how it happened: I laid down to rest during the making and the baking of the bread you guys were doing. Irving was hanging out in the chair thing that vibrates, and I supervised him with the momma and dada. Then mama pulled out the baby mat, and you both laid on it. Mama read books to us all and we were off in, “Elephant and Piggie land!” I still don’t quite understand how an elephant and piggy are best friends, but they are and you love both of those characters dearly. Irving seemed mildly interested in the story. He was intrigued by your hand holding and what was happening up above him. I loved watching you three and having you close by on the carpet with me. Have a nice nap buddy and little buddy. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Paw toe business.

Two Hundred and Fifteen Paws

Dear Kimmy,

The sun is out! Whenever it is a rainy day I say, “Sun, out, no rain!” Sometimes mama or dada sing this song, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun!” I like to tell them, “No mama, no dada, no ya-ya-ya aka la la la,” even though I secretly like when they sing for or to me. Sometimes you just have to assert your feelings when you’re a smaller human such as myself. I wanted to say thank you to you Himmy aka Kimmy. I love you. Thank you for trying to make me feel better when I was having a hard time with my feelings before my nap time today. You were really sweet and tried sitting by mama and giving me kisses. I gave you pets and hugs too, but I was still having big feelings about things and I just had a hard time with it all, so much so that it upsets your doggy ears. I hope your ears feel better now that you had sleep time. It can be hard when you’re little and you try to express yourself, especially when you’re tired. That’s what our mama says. I agreed, even though I didn’t say yes. So. I love you Kimmy, thanks for always understanding me and being so kind when I have big feelings come over my body. I loved your kisses when I was trying to take deep breaths. Thanks for those, even though I said, “NO!”

xo,

Leo

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Two Hundred and Fourteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy! Today is the start of a new day. I can feel the winds of change coming, especially this last weekend. There was so much wind, and shifting in the atmosphere. I would put my nose up to the sky and sniff. You did this with me for a little bit too. It helps to breathe in and out and think about what’s ahead of us in our puppy day together.

We had an extra long, or double walk with the dada this morning. Mama went to the, “boop, boop, boop,” doctor and we waited for her to come home. You said, “Mama, no, mama stay,” this morning. I just sat by your side and agreed quietly. I know that the mama has to go sometimes and the dada too. I’m used to the coming and going. You’re not so used to those things quite yet, but you seem to really understand and ask questions more about it now. You’re growing up so fast lil’ dude. Keep playing and being curious with me. I love you!

xo,

Kimmy

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Tongues out, slobber happiness.