One Hundred and Seventeen Paws

Dear Leo,

We had such nice walks this weekend with the dada. I love that both our big human parents take us on walks in the morning time. It’s one of my favorite things in this life: to be outside, exploring, and taking care of you. You love to point things out and lead the way, but really I lead the way, all dogs do. It’s our duty to lead and take charge of the family, or at least, that’s what I think anyway.

Mama always goes and does some kind of doggy yoga on a mat and we take some time outside. Then the mama and dada switch and the mama takes us outside to play and the dada goes on a really, really, really long solo run. I used to go on the the runs, but I don’t like leaving you very much, so I prefer to stay at home. Jogging around the neighborhood is fine, but I put the puppy paw breaks on when we leave the familiar smells. I get worried that I don’t know the route, so I would rather be where my paws can lead. You don’t seem to mind too much though either. You always call for me and giggle when I run up to you. You’re the best puppy pal. I love you,

xo, Kimmy

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Hi, this is my close up.

One Hundred and Sixteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today we had a nice, wait for it, dry, NO RAIN: walk! I loved it. You brought along two stuffed squirrel toys and cuddled them on the walk. We had a really nice time cruising along on our route. It was odd though, we didn’t see any other doggies out and about. Not even the husky dog that hangs out in the front or back yard down the street. I always get so excited to see it that I jump, talk, and try to pull us all closer so that we can have a little play time with it. Momma doesn’t go for it though. And now, come to think of it, neither does dada. That’s ok though. You and I are always excited to see the doggy friends in the neighborhood.

You think it’s hilarious when I talk to other doggies and you join in chatting too! You say, “Woof, woof, woof!” The other dogs don’t realize that you speak doggy and so they get very confused about who said what. It’s almost like a game that we came up with together. I love that you have embraced dog language. Thanks baby. I love you, 

Kimmy

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BFF’s.

One Hundred and Fifteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today was the day. We finally got the sunshine we all needed this morning. It was so dry in fact, that our backyard puddles are no more! I was ecstatic that it wasn’t raining. We raced around and around and around. We did poo detail together and with the mama of course. We got to take a walk in the neighborhood and no one had to be towel dried off afterwards. It was an exciting day indeed! 

Did you know that the sunshine is one of my most favorite things in life, besides our family times? I just love how warm and safe it makes me feel inside. When I was a puppy I lived in another place that the parents call, “California.” I think that’s why I love the sunshine so much. I remember being outside with my puppy sisters and running around in the dirt a lot. Then we were all put into a space together and put on the side of a very scary and noisy road. That’s why I get startled when it is super dark and there is traffic outside. I don’t like to walk when it’s dark and there are scary noises. Especially if I have all of the family with me because I worry about you all and it’s my job to take care of you. So that’s why we do our walk in the morning or daytime light. I like that the best, especially, as you know if there is sunshine accompanying us. 

I love you baby, 

xo, Kimmy

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“Wait, momma are we taking a picture? Where do I look?!” ~Kimmy

One Hundred and Fourteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today, I have unfortunate news. It rained again so much that I was soaked within the first ten minutes of playing outside. I wanted to go inside and have dry paws after I got soaked. Mama dried them off and then she took you on a puddle walk with your giant frog suit on. I watched you from the windows in the house to make sure you were safe. I’m really good at tracking you in each window we have. I watch intently and then I sit on the front carpet and wait for you to come back. I know that you’re with mama and that everything is ok, but I will always be protective and worry about you because you are my puppy brother. 

We went on an adventure with mama to bring dada a coffee bean thing. We stopped and got the warm liquid stuff that smells. Then we drove to dada’s school and I got to give him some nose kisses with you. We ate bananas when we got home and enjoyed some stories. We watched some of the construction out of the back window. You narrate it really well with, “Beep beep beep’s and booms!” I just watch and wonder what are all the humans doing anyway? I’m going to get my nap on, it was a busy morning. 

xo,

Kimmy

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“Let’s watch together, it’s more fun buddy!”

One Hundred and Fourteen Paws

Dear Leo,

Sometimes we team up and investigate things. Take the upstairs for example. You have these two amazing thumbs on your hands and you use them so well. I didn’t realize that you could grab the things that are on the so-called shelves. Some of the, “things,” look really exciting to chew on. I really appreciated when you threw a “ball” for me and I raced after it. But I would like to get one thing straight about the giant blue yoga ball. It scares me.

When mama had you in her belly she would sit and bounce on the giant ball. I was constantly wagging my tail and pacing around her because I was worried that she might fall off the moving object. Humans will never cease to amaze me in regards to how much trouble they can really get themselves into! You love to roll this giant ball around and you giggle with glee when I run away from it. I don’t think you understand that I’m running away from the ball and not with the ball, even though we often go in the same direction. Perhaps I can divert your attention if I bring up a toy with us when we adventure upstairs! I shall try this soon. I love you. Better go nap myself so that I have all 8 morning naps in the books. I love you baby. 

xoxo,

Kimmy-Kim

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“Did I blink mom? It’s kind of dark in the blanket fort.”

One Hundred and Thirteen Paws

Dear Leo,

We had a blast outside this morning. You looked kind of odd though because mama put you in this froggy suit for keeping you dry from the rain. You kept saying, “Mo,” but eventually sat down and put on your rain suit and then boots. Once you had all of your fur on you got to come outside with me which was the best part. I loved it when we played chase and I ran around like crazy in circles on circles. Later you picked up the poop-a-scooper and tried getting my doggy number twos. Mama intervened and helped you, but I think you’re quite a responsible little guy. I appreciate what a helper you are, well, we all do. You’re getting to be such a big kid. We play together and you’re as tall, if not taller than me now when we play the chase game. I love it because then I know that if I accidentally bump-bump you that you’ll bounce back up quickly. You gave me a really nice hug and pet-pet before I had my breakfast that you scooped from the doggy food bag. Thanks for the loves. I love you too little guy! 

xo,

Kimmy

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“Wait, hold on!”

One Hundred and Thirteen Paws

Dear Leo,

“Boom, boom!” That’s what you say when the construction workers are moving things in the lot behind us. There was so much construction happening that I came downstairs to be near mama. I actually started my second part of the nap on the couch and then I moved to your blanket fort. It was darker and cozier with less tap tap tap’s happening in it. I was hoping that I might reach our nap dream sooner if I was in your special fort.

So far, it’s not working too well, but I am comfortable. So there’s that. Now they’re using some kind of automatic hammer that reverberates. It reminds me of when I had my nails trimmed at the vet. THAT was a scary moment in my life, but that noise isn’t doing me any good as far as bringing back the memories. I’m starting to drift off to sleep now that I got my worries out of my head. I love you baby. xoxo,

Kimmy

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“Wheeee! Slide time!”

One Hundred and Thirteen Paws

Dear Leo,

This rain is starting to get to me baby. I mean it’s interfering with my sunshine time in or outside of the house. We played in the rain even though I got my paws wet. I tried to stay dry, but then I had the desire to just RUN, so I gave in and ran around through the mud and puddles. You had a grand time playing as well. You laughed so much when I ran around. I loved that.

Then you were really busy with momma’s garden gnome. You picked it up, hugged and kissed it and then gave it some mud baths. You transferred him to a new home and then scooped puddles of muddy water with your shovel or trowel thing. I love our outside time, even in the rain, I must admit it. 

xo

Kimmy

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“Throw the ball buddy, come on!”

One Hundred and Twelve Paws

Dear Leo,

Today the noise behind our house of rebuilding the human homes continues. You’ve taken to saying, “Boom!” whenever the trucks move around or slam things down. You love to climb up on your tower in the yard and watch the, “Beep beep beep,” happenings behind us. I stick my nose up into the air and get all the smells that I can so that I know what’s happening.

I have tried to teach you how to use your nose to sniff out the details, but you like to watch and use your ears to listen more than your nose. These are entirely appropriate senses, but I fear that you neglect your puppy sniffer all too often. My favorite moments are when you bring things over to share with me so I can sniff them, and then you sniff them and we investigate them together. You pick up on a lot of good doggy traits that I have taught you. I’m glad that you still listen to me when I try to teach you my tricks. You’re my one and only puppy pal that learns all the good stuffs I know about in life! I love you. 

xo,

Kimmy

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“Leap buddy!”

One Hundred and Eleven Paws

Dear Leo,

Today, guess what? The rain is back. However, it was really pretty outside in the morning. Thankfully we had some fun playtime in the sunshine while our backyard was filled with light. I loved sniffing the blue sky and watching the planes go by, while you say, “Je-t!”

After that we had a nice walk in our neighborhood and you held my leash some of the time. Mama holds the leash too, but you like to feel like you’re helping and kind of in charge in some way. I get that. But in all honesty, I’m the one in charge baby. I lead the way, and guard against the dangers of squirrels and other woodland creatures. We have a grand time working together through our walks. I love to pull just a little bit to keep the pace moving along. Sometimes we see other doggies on walks too. I like to greet them with a full jump, but mama’s not to fond of that idea. Come to think of if, I don’t think dada or the grandparents are too fond of my leaping abilities either. None the less, I do it anyway because it’s the friendliest choice I have! You completely understand me and love my jumps!  I love you lil’ buddy!

xo, Kimmy

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CEMENT TRUCK SITING! Kimmy was thrilled, clearly.