Four Hundred and One Paw

Dear Daddy,

Hi there pal. Did you know that you’re my favorite human to cuddle with? I absolutely love to climb into your lap and give you a hug. I can rest my chin on your shoulder and ease into a full body lean. You provide ample support for my strength and I truly love it. Thanks for the cuddle the other night. I know that you’re carrying a lot of work and pressure throughout the day so I could feel that we both just needed a Kimmy hug!

I like watching you ride on your bicycle. I much prefer seeing you return home on it, than riding away, but that goes without saying. I always want our pack to be complete and being altogether means that for me. It’s strange not having you here every day, every hour, after a year of so much time in our home. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy mama and my baby brothers, but I like things best with daddy too. Thanks for walking me on the leash even when I pull really hard because of my worries or smells. I love you dad!

Xo,

Kimmy

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“I’m watching my couch bed be made mama!”

Four Hundred Paws

Dear World,

Hello. My name is Kimmy and I’m the pup who runs this here blog. Did you know that my momma Rachel Ann works hard to take care of me and my two human brothers? She and I have been a team since the day that she and daddy adopted me. I’ll never forget how she laid on the couch with me after I survived the parvo and lung cough at the veterinarians. We laid on the couch all night long until it was morning. I basically pushed momma off of the couch with my strong paws and tiny, but long legs. Not too much has changed since then.

Momma grew two tiny humans in her belly and now they hang out in the house with me. We share the carpet, the blankets, and the toys, for the most part. I like these moments when we share, but I also like to have my time alone. A dog needs to contemplate and relax by themselves just like you mere humans. Life’s challenging for all of us and we need to take some time to reflect. Speaking of which, I shall go and relax now!

Xo,
Kimmy

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Dress up with a hat gone wrong for me, or right for both of us.

Three Hundred Ninety Nine Paws

Dear Brothers,

(Flashback posts for the win….)

Today it was Star Wars day, or something like that. Littlest brother, you wore a star wars outfit for a while, but then you blech-ed out on it and so you changed into your fourth outfit of the day. Wait a minute, that’s actually pretty funny because it was the fourth of May and you wore four outfits. I’m cracking myself up, what can I say? I have picked up on mama’s sense of humor and now here I am writing her ridiculous mom humored sayings. But, I guess that is, “paw for the course,” because we share this blog now don’t we mama? What did you think of the usage of the word paw in that sentence? Pretty ingenious, eh? Life’s what you make of it so, I’m making due and doing my best by putting one paw in front of the other.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Shadow views while I wait patiently for the babies.

Three Hundred and Ninety Eight Paws

Dear Brothers,

Golly it feels like a season’s change now! We had the glorious opportunity of receiving sunshine after sunshine day! We planted all kinds of green things in our other garden box and there’s more standing trees on the side of the house. Although, those smell like they might have something to eat on them soon which is rather exciting, if you ask me, perhaps I’ll be able to nibble little bits off of them? Although we all know what my favorite part of this season is, the sun.

I love getting snuffles of smells in the morning air. I walk out into the lawn, or out on the patio and I just stand and catch scent currents with my nose. You have to stand very still and relax your body, but stay alert to what is happening around you. Our neighborhood squirrels have been busy collecting nuts and hiding them in our yard. Mama found some in the new raspberry bushes we planted, and there was a whole stash in the fence on the side of the sand box. That explains why so many squirrels were romping up and down the fence vertically from the sandbox. Those little stinkers are just in and out and all about constantly running. Sometimes I get close to catching one, but they’re pretty elusive and they move quick enough that I’m a second behind them each day. One day it might happen, I’ll catch up to one. Until then, I’ll keep a close eye on them.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Sleepy in the sunshine today.

Three Hundred and Ninety Seven Paws

Dear Brothers,

Season’s change is upon us, and I can feel it in my paws. On our family walks it has been warm and sunny with a slight breeze that carries with it some delightful smells. Our neighborhood squirrel friends are romping around collecting the last of their nuts and busying themselves with their squirrel munchkins. I do have a thing or two to say about our squirrel friends. Whenever they are gallivanting about our garden, and I happen to be outside too, I race after them. I am more swift than you might think I am. I can provide a mean leap whenever I need to, and my balance is unmatched when cornering around a plant box. It takes skill to challenge the squirrel crew and I am here to rise to the challenge. I am always amused when they slip under the fence or race up a beam of wood more rapidly than they would on their own. That means, my challenge has been accepted, and perhaps this time they’ll stay out of my vegetables. A dog can dream, right?

Xo,

Kimmy

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Rollin’ with my homie.

Three Hundred and Ninety Six Paws

Dear Brothers,

Today was quite an exciting morning. I got to visit with the cousin. Not just a cousin, but the cousin named Kate. I love her. I love her sister too, the Anna. I love their momma too, the Allison, and their daddy too, the Tom. They’re like my second family, lil dudes! Did you know that?

I lived with them when you were coming into the world LDB. Then Gramma and Auntie Allison stayed with us LDB while IRB came into the world. We’re all a great big family, and so, it is imperative that I get to visit too, whenever someone from the big family comes to our little family. We love to spend time and talk with them. Our big cousin lets me sniff her, and lean into her, and give her kisses. I like that. She knows that I’m silly and just want loves, so I feel happiest when they all visit, but I’ll take one human at a time too. Also, she smells like my bff Daisy-doodle dog, and so I can’t help but love to be ever so near to her, even if it means I almost knock her over and slobber all over her pants. I left my doggy mark on her, what can I say, I’m helpful like that.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Nursing pal, I am.

Three Hundred and Ninety Five Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello, greetings, good morning. I am currently sending mama messages while eating my breakfast. You’re both snoozing still. I love to see you sleeping because you’re like two tiny human angels and you’re in matching moon jammies. There is nothing quite like a sleeping baby and cute pajama prints. I love your sweet faces too.

I took a quick whiff smell outside this morning and I have deducted that, it feels as though the rain might be coming back to greet us. I was so hoping that the sunshine would stay put for a while. I think you might have been too LDB. You have been going on two neighborhood bike rides a day, burning off all of that excess energy you have in your toddler body. I love our family walks in the sunny weather as well. There’s nothing quite like parading my pack down the street for all of my doggy neighbor friends to admire. I wag my tail extra hard on those walks because I feel so proud.

I’m planning on an average of fifteen naps today, give or take a couple less if I’m interrupted. I may start early to meet my goal this morning. Sometimes I sneak in one or two naps before you really start, “the romp and crawl,” around the house little ones. I’m currently smacking my jowls in the other room listening to mama type this all out. She does pretty well to keep up with my thoughts. She’s a good scribe, she aspires to be helpful with my blog.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Wrestling the tiniest human. Spoiler alert: he won.

Three Hundred and Ninety Four Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello, testing, 1, 2, 3, are you both asleep? Oh good, ok we can start mama. I’m here with an update on the animals of the house. Something is wrong with Owen fish-fish. Now, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but he’s been sleeping for days in his castle. Then daddy cleaned his tank, he seemed to be swimming around alright for a while and now, he is lying about more on the bottom of the tank. Mama and daddy have been discussing his lack of activity and I have been listening, whilst lying on the couch in my blankets. Perhaps it’s bladder disease or something else. Mama has a history of sad fish tails or is that tales to tell, so this is a sensitive topic for her.

Once upon a time, before Kimmy, there was a giant fish tank and two cute fish, Hermie and Kermie. Well, one of the fishes got itself sucked into the filter, that was traumatizing, according to mama. Then there was Kermie 1 and Kermie 2 who arrived shortly after the fish sucking incident. But, Kermie 2 had a bit of a ferocious side and pecked, nibbled, and ate Kermie 1. Mama took him to be flushed, but alas Kermie 1 didn’t make it. This was all a bit too much for her heart so that was the end of life with fishes for momma and daddy until Owen. You see, Owen was gifted to LDB from our big Cousin Kate. We love her a lot, she went to the college place in the fall and LDB took care of the fish. But, as I have been trying to tell mama, sometimes fishes don’t live forever. She doesn’t want to hear this though. I’m exhausted again after telling that whole story. I think I shall retire again for nap 1 of the day.

Xo,

Kimmy

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I love you too mama.

Three Hundred and Ninety Three Paws

Dear Brothers,

I think today is a special day because we are reaching a big number of letters that mama and I have written. So, with this all being said, I’m going to write a special list of all the things I am so grateful for. I have done this once before, and I kind of like lists, ha, mama’s influence on me, so here goes:

  1. Our pack aka our family.
  2. My cozy couch and floor beds. (Note that was plural)
  3. Running free in the sunshine.
  4. Getting hugs and cuddles from my brothers, momma, and daddy.
  5. Peanut butter, on anything.
  6. Banana bits and bites.
  7. My doggy foods.
  8. Talking to Owen fish-fish in the tank.
  9. Snoozing on and off whenever I need to.
  10. Listening to stories while cuddled up on the couch.
  11. Winter paw prints in the snow.
  12. Warm blankets.
  13. Quiet mornings with mama cuddled up next to me clicking away.
  14. Finding a loose crumb while cleaning around the table.
  15. Getting nibbles while the big humans cook.
  16. Daisy dog cousin romps.
  17. Grandparent loves.
  18. Family walks around our neighborhood.
  19. Catching the gaze of a squirrel and frolicking with them.
  20. Lying in the grass on a sunny day with the breeze in my face.

Xo,

Kimmy

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Hanging by my brother.

Three Hundred and Ninety Two Paws

Dear Brothers,

The. Sunshine. Is Truly HERE! Oh my goodness, my doggy paws couldn’t be happier. What can I say? I just love the warmth that the sunshine provides. There’s been so much heaviness this past year that I can hardly believe we have made it from winter to spring and now summer. Yesterday I laid out on the grass and the patio for a bit of time and just, enjoyed. I enjoyed the breeze, and the tickle of the grass on my nose. I enjoyed the feeling of the sunshine warming my back, but not at a burning hot state. Life just feels better when I am immersed in the sunshine. Littlest dude took in some sunshine with mama on a blanket in the front yard. I watched you both from the window, out our peek-a-boo window and I jumped to the side when they came inside. Now you’re on a big adventure bike ride LDB and I miss you. I am keeping mama and sleeping IRB company. I look out the window and watch the parking lot cars. I also watch the squirrels and birds pass by. It’s a whole exciting activity from the window realm. But, back to what I was saying, the sunshine, has returned. YAY!

Xo,

Kimmy

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Lounging out the rest of these summer days.