Two Hundred and Seventy Eight Paws

Dear Daddy,

Hi, it’s Kimmy dog. I’ve been getting used to this new schedule for our family. Although, I have a few questions. Why is it that you no longer leave each morning and come home smelling of feet, paper, and piano keys? Don’t get me wrong, I love having the whole pack together every day. I am just a little bit confused as to why things changed so abruptly. Mama explained to Leo and I what the germs are that are floating around. I understand that you cover your nose and mouth up, but I still think it’s strange.

Perhaps if humans grew more dog hair, that could be a solution to the problem? What do you think dada? Hmm.  Most mornings feel the same to me, it’s just that mama and I are in charge of the tiny brothers until after nap time, and then there’s a few more hours and you come back to play. I like when you’re not tap, tapping, on your keyboard, and you just pet, pet my ears. I wasn’t super interested in spending time with you in your tiny library office room. I like that room for one specific purpose: Leo book shops and I window shop for squirrels while he grabs books. The window shows us who is outside and what is happening in the front yard. I like that. Also, I must be with our boys, as you know, so I can’t help you do the tap, tap, tapping on the keyboard because I need to be with our boys. I gotta go now, tiny one is crying. 

xo, 

Kimmy

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Gentle baby hands.

Two Hundred and Seventy Seven Paws

Dear Brother,

We were out back earlier today and you were telling your sand toys to,”Grow, grow, grow, shovels!” Can you explain that to me? I didn’t realize that you could grow shovels in the sand! I think that you must possess some kind of power I was unaware of LDB. Can you grow doggy toys too? What about dog treats? Bones? Hmmm. I’m very curious about this new found ability. I wonder if this is an acquired ability or a natural trait that you hold.

On a completely unrelated note, there is something coming up at the end of this month that is rather odd. This time of year always brings out the most peculiar objects onto human beings porches. I didn’t realize that giant orange gourds were so special. We have some smaller squashes growing in our garden bed, and have had them there for quite some time. I remember when you planted the seeds in the ground with mama, dada, and I. I supervised and tasted the water, you planted seeds in rows, and dada covered them up with dirt. Every day we would go outside and visit the plants and say, “Grow, grow, grow plants!” Is that how you gained the ability to make things grow? I should check in with mama about this because I am super enthralled. I spun my side note topic all the way around 360 degrees and I am now back to the sand box shovel growing topic once again. Who knew it would be so fascinating?! Alas, I have to go and get my nap on. Love you buddy!

xo,

Kimmy

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Reaching out for his buddy Kimmy!

Two Hundred and Seventy Six Paws

Dear Tiny Humans,

Guess what day it is? Well, to be honest, I’m a little unsure about the answer, but I do know that we’re altogether and spent a large chunk of our morning time on a walk, so I know that it’s a day when daddy doesn’t have to sit in his office room with the door closed. It’s the strangest thing… he used to go somewhere, and mama did too, for the longest time each day, and then they would return. At first it was both mama and dada that were home, then daddy was home all the time with LDB, and then mama stayed with LDB and I, and then she had IRB in her belly and it has been all of us chumming around together for the last six months.

Daddy sometimes sings when he’s in his office. I hear it especially so, when I am on their bed, snoozing during nap time. IRB doesn’t seem to always understand when nap time transpires. Leo and I need our snooze fest to regain our strength for the rest of the day. It’s quite a hall from lunch to bedtime. I find myself becoming increasingly tired when we spend time outside and inside, on a walk, and back outside. It’s a whirlwind of a day with the tiny humans, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love them, to the moon and back, just like you mama. 

xo,

Kimmy

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December Sunshine

Two Hundred and Seventy Five Paws

Dear Mama,

Hi! It’s Kimmy dog. I’m writing this letter, unbeknownst to you. I thought it would make for a nice surprise. You’re always working so hard to take care of us puppy dogs and I wanted to let you know that I see it all. One of the reasons why I follow you around and give your legs and toes kisses is to remind you of how loved you truly are. You wake up before the light comes, and you go to bed way after the sun has set. I know that you work hard mama. I hope you know that it’s appreciated.

Do you remember when you had LDB in your belly? I used to soothe you to sleep with Bella cat on our bed. It was our job to ease your anxiety and make sure that you knew how special the small moments were, like naps in the middle of the day. I helped with napping when IRB was in your belly too. I enjoyed those naps, even when you smelled like chlorine after your pool classes with Leo. It doesn’t feel like any of that happened so long ago, but it was a while ago. Time is elusive, like how the nighttime creeps up on us and then it’s time for bath, books, and bed. I love you mama.

xo,

Kimmy

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Kimmy the Star.

Two Hundred and Seventy Four Paws

Dear Tiniest Brother,

Hello small one! Did you know that your mama protects you no matter what? We were on a walk with the mama the other day. You were nestled into the front pack taking a snooze on mama when something jumped up from the road and caused mama to trip. I didn’t even see it happen. I think that the balance ability for mama was off kilter, as she says, and I was definitely excited. Admittedly I pull mama in my direction often while we walk together. One moment she was walking, and the next she was on the ground. She held you so close and let her whole arm take the fight with the cement. I’m sorry to say that she ended up with road rash on her arm, but she didn’t seem to mind one bit.

A neighbor couple came out and checked on us. We sat in their backyard and then they gave us a ride home in their car. I rode in the back on these blankets that smelled of another dog. At first I didn’t want to get into the car, but eventually I jumped up and sat down waiting for mama to sit inside too. The neighbor drove us all home and we had a mini-reunion with dada after he was home from his run with big brother. It’s funny how such a small act of kindness truly made mama feel so much better after she fell.

It was quite scary for us, but the silver lining was that there are really kind people in the world who look out for one another. That accident turned out to be such a blessing in disguise that proved to mama to keep faith in humanity. I could smell their kindness as they came over to us and so I hopped around and waited like the loving Kimmy dog that I am. So, I guess the moral of the story tiny brother is this: if you are scared, look for the helpers and they surely will be there. I think a man named Mr. Rogers said that at some point in my young life. Mama says it all the time, so I thought it would apply well to this letter. I love you!

xo,

Kimmy-Kim

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Tired Monday vibes.

Two Hundred and Seventy Three Paws

Dear Human Brothers,

Why am I not invited on the morning adventures anymore? I know that if daddy comes along, I can go too, but we don’t have a double wide stroller for you two humans, and thus the answer. However, I still like to ask the question though because I want to be a part of everything we do in our family. This made our later afternoon walk so much more meaningful, squirrels and all.

Also, something to note, the odd smell in the air is back again. I’m not quite sure what it is exactly, but the hazy sky told me that something is amiss in the Earth as we know it. I could sense it a week or more ago when we were inside all of the time and things smelled burned outside. I missed the sky, and the sunshine, and our play time outdoors. We have those things back now, and I know that we are all grateful for them. I’m waiting patiently on the couch, my couch, as you call it LDB and I’m relaxing on my blanket until mama takes me outside. I don’t like to fully commit to getting up until I know it’s a sure thing. I can’t use my doggy energy up too soon in the day. It’s all a process of learning and extending my lab sensibilities to where they truly need to be. I love you two!

xo,

Kimmy

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Puppy dog guard.

Two Hundred and Seventy Two Paws

Dear Kimmy,

We walked to the field today, I walked the whole way, as I normally do now that I am such a big kid! Mama pushed little bro in the stroller with the giant wheels and we had my ball, snacks, and all the things down below him. He took a nap-o and we talked all about the cars, neighbors, yellow jackets, grass, crunchy leaves, leaves that rustle, sunshine, signs, yellow stopping marker, the letters S-T-O-P, shapes, and I ended the journey with tree hugs. 

Did you know that you can hug a tree? Well, wait a moment… I’m not sure if you can hug trees Kimmy dog. It might be a little bit challenging for you to do that. I love to hug the trees that line the field by our school. I go up to the tree and say, “Thank you for the oxygen I breathe!” Mama taught me about loving trees and the oxygen. I’m a scientist toddler, so I know lots of information about outside, leaves, trees, and puddles.

In fact, I am an expert puddler. That means that I search for puddles, I assess their size, and I jump in to find the depth. It’s a pretty fun experiment each and every time. A puddle never fails me, especially if I have boots on to protect my feet and legs. I love to say, “1-2-3, JUMP!” And then I jump or hop into the puddles and hopefully I land with a giant SPLASH! I like to get wet and to splash mama or daddy if I can. It’s a good time had by all, at least in my perspective that is! 

xo,

Leo

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Face of a pup who is concentrating.

Two Hundred and Seventy One Paws

Dear Brothers,

“Zzzzzz, drool, drip, drip.” Whoopsies, I was in a deep sleep there for a moment. Mama is sitting on the bed with me and I am curled up in doggy dream land right now. Iriving, you took a little while to fall asleep, but you did it, nice job buddy! Isn’t it fun to snooze in a quiet space vs. when brother is chasing me with the wheeled objects?

Leo, I’m over here, come on, meet me by the slide and let’s race around together lil’ dude! I love meeting you in dream land. It’s my second favorite to outside playtime in the land of, “realness.” You know, something just reminded me of an adventure that transpired yesterday! 

Grammie visited us yesterday. She cut all of daddy’s, Leo’s and mama’s head hairs! I was so very confused about what she was doing. At first, I greeted grammie, sat down for treats and jumped around some more. I settled down and watched the family get all the hairs trimmed afterwards. I don’t ever get my hairs trimmed, I think it has something to do with me being so shiny and having shorter hairs from my lab dog genes. After the hair cuts, the hairs all blew away into the whisps of the wind. I think that straggler hairs are for the squirrels and birds to collect! These creatures make funny little round beds in the trees by our house. Mama told me about these nest beds once when I was a puppy. I listen really intently when I am told new information, especially about squirrels, because those critters are stinkers and I need all the information that I can get on them. I love you two! Let’s go play in our dream now Leo! Come on and chase me buddy!

xo,

Kimmy

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“Oh, hey there momma!”

Two Hundred and Seventy Paws

Dear Brothers,

Today was a special morning. You rose before the sunshine LDB, I mean, I wasn’t even off the couch yet and you were coming downstairs all ready to read books and play. I listened to the stories from my bed, after I jumped down off of the couch. All those stuffed animal friends take up a lot of space on the couch. You would think there’d be room for me, you, and the stuffies, but alas, there is not.

So to the doggy bed I ventured. I know that I get the couch all to myself during nap and bed time, so I don’t mind using my bed as much. Did you know that when I was a tiny puppy dog mama and I slept on the couch my first night at home? I had a loud cough and would shudder on and off. Mama cuddled with me all night long. I changed positions a few times and rotated around so that my paws were pushing into mama for a while. I remember that cuddle session like it was yesterday. I love to cuddle with mama and dada. Whenever dada is on the floor I go in for a cuddle, every time!  Sometimes I’ll sit on him and demand some snuggles, but I mostly do that if I haven’t had a walk that day so I need some extra attentions. Oh golly, speaking of cuddling, I’m snoozing with your stuffies on the couch and lounging on the pillow. It makes for such a lovely cushion beneath my head. I love you lil’ dudes. 

xo,

Kimmy

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Sniff trails.

Two Hundred and Sixty Nine Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Why do you like to lick me? I’m not quite sure what the warm tongue on my head means, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it means something like a hug. This morning mama was doing some standing on a mat and I didn’t want to watch anymore so I shared some feelings about it. You came over casually and then gave my head and cheek a tongue bath. It was quite a strange experience, but I am growing more accustomed to it every day. Last night during the supper ritual, I watched you walk around the table and in-between myself and big brother. You like to stand near my brother and catch any of the food that falls.

Speaking of food, I have been practicing eat my hands so that I can be ready when I get to eat food. I love the milks with mama, but I’m really excited to participate at the table like the rest of the family. Some day when I’m a little bit stronger I’ll be able to hold myself up for long times and hold, reach, and grab. Although, I can grab hold of things when I concentrate on them for long enough. For instance, the other day mama was reading me a book called, “Little Hedgehog,” and I was so excited to see the critter that I kept reaching for it again and again. Life’s pretty exciting and challenging at times, but I persevere, just like you big sister. I love you puppy dog, and we’ll work on the licking. 

xo,

Irving

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Baby and dog walks.