One Hundred and Sixty Eight Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy. Sometimes I wonder about things in my doggy mind. Do you ever wonder why things are the way they are, or why we are where we are at in life? I often wonder why I was brought to Oregon with my doggy sisters. There were six of us in all. We originally lived in what Mama and Dada say is Southern California, which I have previously explained was warm in temperature and climate. I get more and more used to the rain here at home, but it’s not my preference of choice.

Back to what I was saying, I often wonder why we get to where we are in life. I think that I was brought to Oregon so that I could help our parents. They needed me and they found me just in time. I needed them too because my puppy tummy was sick, but I didn’t know that yet! I remember being worried and scared about the reason why I was in a strange place after being brought home. I remember mama cuddling with me on the couch all night long and pushing into her with my paws. I remember our cat sister Bella sniffing me and laying near me, all the while sending me happy kitty vibes. I think all of it combined, helped me to heal. So that’s why I lay extra close when I sense that you need it. It’s also why I lean in when I can tell that the humans need my energy. We all have something we can share and help each other with. I love you baby. Thank you for being my brother. 

xo, 

Kimmy

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“Hey mom, you’re really close to my face right now. Just sayin’.”

One Hundred and Sixty Seven Paws

Dear Leo,

Today was the day, the day of the long mama walk in the morning! I was a little bit naughty with our walk once we were near the excavator truck. I had a hard time focusing on my job to, “sit and stay,” while you and mama discussed the in’s and out’s of the truck business. I was pre-occupied with some very important scent trails. In fact, I was so much so preoccupied that at one point on our way back to the home path, I was stuck on a scent and mama kept going! I leapt back after you and fell into a rhythm with the mama.

Don’t worry! I would never abandon my doggy duties. You’re all my people and pack. I must stay with you to assure we maintain our rightful order of things. Right now I’m taking a nice long snooze on the big human’s bed. I went up on my special blanket a little bit early because you were pushing a big wheeled toy around and I was very concerned about the wheels bumping into my paws. I didn’t want to get in the way of the play time, and I was not sure where to put my doggi-ness. Mama sensed this and she found me a cozy spot that I could rest in. I’m grateful for when the humans realize the important things I am trying to communicate in life. When this happens, I feel like we are in synch or, “jiving” well with one another. I love you lil’ guy. Thanks for our play times so far today. Have good dream! I’ll see you by the slide! 

xo, 

Kimmy-Kim

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“Let’s go for a ride!”

One Hundred and Sixty Six Paws

Dear Leo,

Greetings buddy! I heard mama use that word before and I thought I would try it out. What do you think? Is it fitting for a doggy to say? Ha! I find new words fun, even though sometimes I am not quite sure what they all mean exactly. She and dada took us on a walk this morning. It was cold out, even though it is now the spring season. We put two doggy fur coats on you to make sure that you would stay warm. You really love to hold your right hand up behind your stuffed animal friend and so they only put one glove on your hand because the other one is all covered by your stuffy friend. I, on the other hand, wore my doggy harness and leash for the humans. They still don’t know the route quite well enough so I need to make sure that I show them the correct way to go! It’s an essential part of our walk. We headed for the beep-beep digger truck, better known as the excavator, after we rounded a few blocks of walk diverting our pathway to go around other dogs.

You enjoyed booping the flower bushes and collected a leaf that came off of the plant when you poked it. I was much more interested in all the smells that were emerging as the ground began to thaw out. The birds were beginning their wild decent from their nests and flying to and fro and every which way. You sound just like a bird when you cheep for them. I was quite impressed the first time you did your best bird impression. We all agree, perhaps you have animal call abilities as one of your highly specialized abilities little dude. Time will tell all! I love you,

xo,

Kimmy

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“I’m watching you as you walk away lil’ dude.”

One Hundred and Sixty Five Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi lil’ dude. Today has been one of those days when I just need to nap a lot. I took a couple of naps before our big nap that we’re taking right now. Sometimes when the weather changes I feel extra sleepy. It also doesn’t help when I am cooped up inside and I accompany you and mama on the bed to hang out and do an activity. A lot of your activities require thumbs and, I don’t have thumbs, so I watch for a little bit of time and then I get tired, so I just close my eyes for a little while and then, poof! I’m asleep!

Mama and dada took us on our morning walk. We didn’t get to see a digger truck like we normally do, but we did see a pickup truck with a yellow light, and two big semi-trucks delivering things. Mama kept stopping to take pictures of flowers which I was a little bit unsure about, but I kept my eyes on her and lept up into the air whenever I was concerned about other dogs. It’s just my way of showing I care! I’m getting tired again buddy, I think I’ll take a break and snooze for a bit. Writing can be exhausting. I love you!

xo,

Kimmy

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Good doggy, pet, pet, good dog.

One Hundred and Sixty Four Paws

Dear Leo,

Hello my dear little human friend. Today, I am sad to report that we are back to the rainy days of Oregon, I don’t approve. Nope, nada, not having it, so I required to have my paws and body wiped down so that I could be nice and dry before going back outside for a walk. High maintenance, I know, but what can I say? I know what I like. And I like what I know, that’s a dog’s natural order of things.

We took a walk even though the wetness was pouring down. Mama and I got quite wet, but we managed a nice walk and spotted many pretty things growing, squirrels running, and birds swooping around us. Occasionally I have to keep things in check, like the other dogs on the usual route, I give them a woof or a leap now to show that I’m still in charge. You find this quite hilarious and live up the moment with some, “Woof, woofs,” in unison with mine. Thanks for backing me up buddy!

One of the neighbors on our route with two dogs suggested to mama that she bring along a can with rocks and a taped spout to shake when I bark to deter me from it. But little did she realize I was listening, so why then, I ask, would I be afraid of it? I heard you human. Silly, humans, I know many things. I do not always recognize the sounds of the noises that I hear, but I can acknowledge them much faster and stronger than humans because of my super radar dog sensibilities. Thanks for indulging me in this narrative. I love you baby. Have a good nap.

xo,

Kimmy

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Purple hazy Kimmy with her iris blooms.

One Hundred and Sixty Three Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy. Today was an earlier rise for all of us. Mama left upstairs without me, so I went on a search to find her, which I did. Good thing too, because she needs my company to make sure that things run smoothly in the morning, especially my potty and food time. We have a routine you know. You woke up a little bit earlier and you seemed pretty happy and perky. We had a great walk with dada and saw a big garbage truck, we also saw our twin baby friends and waved hello to them. They came out with their big humans and we all had a nice hello, hi, how are you wave session. You were excited to share your, greetings with them as well. I like to pull dada and jump around to show my excitement when you are excited. We got to play outside later in the morning in between the rain showers and we enjoyed some breeze-y smells, or at least I did. You were really careful to boop the blooming flowers gently that mama pointed out to you. I watched for a bit and then I settled back into the carpet area in the house to watch you in my sunshine spot. I love you buddy,

Kimmy

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Kimmy in motion.

One Hundred and Sixty Two Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi sweet boy. You and I had a nice walk with the dada with no rain! Then we played in the house, then outside in the mud, bark dust, and dirt. You loved scooping, moving, and pushing things with your special bin in the backyard. It was a busy time! You even had a walk with mama all the way down the street and around the corner. I heard all about it when you returned home. I watched you both until I couldn’t see you anymore on our street. I waited for you both to return home and I wondered where you went. You smelled like grass, and trees and you told me that you heard the frogs croaking.

I’m not too sure about frogs. I have only seen two in my life time. One was perching on the side of our house for some reason. The dada caught it and I saw that, and then it hopped away into the trees. The second time I saw a froggy was with you in the backyard. It had hopped into the strawberry plant that grows underneath the fence from our neighbors yard. It was a tiny, green, and quick little bugger. Mama tried to catch it to show us the froggy up close, but it hopped away quite fast and we talked about the frog for a little bit after that. I’m napping on my newly washed bed. I tuck my legs up underneath my body and I relax fully into sleeping dog mode. It’s a great position to be in. I find it quite relaxing. I love you buddy, 

xo,

Kimmy

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“Hello? Anyone home????”

One Hundred and Sixty One Paws

Dear Leo,

Hi buddy! Last night I had an unfortunate puke incident. The dada came and took me outside, but I got sick in the house too. I always go over to the back door to take care of that business. I know that’s where I go to the outside land to do my #1 and #2 business so I always aim for getting to that door. Sometimes I make it, and sometimes I don’t. It all just depends on how quickly I can run. Poor human parents, they had a hard time going back to sleeps after me getting sick. That happens sometimes. I laid by mama’s side of the bed for a while making noises until she got up and told me to lay in my bed.

Then I fell asleep and the rest is doggy history. This morning we all rendezvoused and had a cuddle together. I feel great! I’m not sure why the mama and dada were mopey but we had a nice walk, play session outside and we watched some of this “movie,” called, “101 Dalmations.” I heard these doggies barking and I wasn’t sure why, so I watched the movie with you. I have not seen one of these white and black spotted friends before. They were quite entertaining, I must say! The film started out with two doggies and then there were fifteen more added, and I saw a hound doggy like myself. After that scene, I checked out and sniffed the back door until we went outside. I’m gazing out the window and telling mama what to write right for now. It’s almost time for the naps. I love you baby. 

xo,

Kimmy-Kim

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Gentle hand guides!

One Hundred and Sixty Paws

Dear Leo,

We had a nice dry walk with the dada this morning. We saw many birds and squirrels out and about searching for early worms and seeds. My favorite thing was when you were super excited to see a truck pass us by. We search for construction trucks on our walks because it’s a theme of interest for you right now. I don’t mind them so much, as long as they stay semi-quiet and I can get all the smells I want out of the viewing spot we park at.

It makes me a little bit nervous when I see the trucks move because I don’t know where they are going to go though! I worry about our safety, that’s why I jump around and pull us sometimes. On our street we were greeted by the neighbor doggy and she was jumping all around us, so I did the same around dada, which kind of twisted my leash. She’s a happy pup with curly hair in her eyes. I like to watch her through our peek-a-boo window. Now we’re going to do the play, splash, stomp and dump business outside in our backyard for a while! I love to get all muddy, but not the, “clean the paws,” part that comes later on. I love you. 

xo’s buddy,

Kimmy 

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“I’m coming for you Kimmy! Charge!”

One Hundred and Fifty Nine Paws

Dear Leo,

The rain has returned. There is something about the rain in this climate of ours that makes me want to curl up on my blankets and sleep. There is no rest for the weary dog though. We have lots to do this morning. We did the potty, the food, the change, the food, the potty, the walk, and now back to the play time. You’re really into throwing your soft toy balls back and forth and running after them.

At first, when the parents brought the balls out, I thought they were for both of us, but I soon discovered that those balls are too squishy for my mouth and I bit through them once, if I pounce bite at them, as I do the, “shake, shake, shake.” Too bad. I’m left with my toy spikes ball, and the squirrels, when you allow me to play with the squirrels. Sometimes you get quite upset if I try to play with the squirrels and you need to hug and rescue them. I’m not quite sure why you think they need recusing. Squirrels are creatures that bother us larger mammals. They’re nothing but trouble baby! Have you seen the way they taunt me? They chide from the fence and trees and then scamper away before I can have a word with them. Humph. I sound a little bit grouchy, in retrospect now I see this. Perhaps it’s because I have not started my morning nap yet. Mama has been doing a long downward doggy video and I’m ready for some winks. I’ll go check on her now. I love you baby.

xoxo, Kimmy

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