Twenty six paws

Dear Leo,

I can still beat you with my agile speed when we go bounding up the stairs. I’m super fast Kimmy dog! Although, you’re gaining on me lil’ one. When momma or daddy hold your hands you can stand and swing each leg one after the other to get up the stairs at super Leo speed!

I’m not sure when all that happened, but you seem proud-happy when you get up the stairs. I used to feel that way too because I was scared of the stairs. Believe it or not, momma and daddy tried to teach me how to go up and down the stairs like a doggy should, but really, it just took a lot of practice for me to do it. I was nervous that I might fall so I would run quickly down the stairs in the hopes that I would get there faster. That did not always work out well, but at least I tried! High paws to you LDB. You’re becoming a little boy, and not so much a baby anymore. But, you’ll always be my baby puppy. I love you.

xoxo, Kim-Kim

Napping on my, I mean, baby’s elephant.

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Twenty five paws

Dear Leo,

This morning you woke up a little bit early, but you fell back asleep, so I did too. That was nice, but then momma was calling me from upstairs telling me to come see you, she just doesn’t get it sometimes. I saw you in our dream…parents. When we went on our walk I was super duper happy, but you cry-cried a few times because I have figured out that it is hard for you to transition or change from one thing that we do to the next. I used to feel that way too. I would run around the yard again, and again, and again, and again, you get the idea, until I felt like coming back to momma and daddy. But now, for the most part, I come when they call me because I have to set a good example for you baby.

So, what were we talking about, oh yeah, the walk! I was super excited-s to go on a walk and you were not because you needed to play more outside with the thing on the wheels that I don’t like. So we played more, and then we came inside which was upsetting to you, I’m sorry Leo. I knew you would like our walk once we got going though! You held onto momma’s keys the whole time, but then you tried to eat them and that was a very doggy thing to do. You must have gotten that from me! Here’s to chewing on things, spotting na-ni-na’s aka squirrels and me chasing them! I love you!

xo,

Kimmy

Patiently waiting

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Twenty four Paws

Dear Leo,

Today you went on a big kid slide at a park with some friends. I could smell the slide on you when you got home. You even brought me a pinecone so I could get some park time too! Sometimes I feel sad when you leave with momma and dada, but then I curl up on the couch and take long naps and I see you in my dreams. Then you’re home and I feel better!

One of my favorite things is when we get you up in the morning or at nap time and you call out my name! I love that! We’re best buddies little guy. Thanks for that.

xoxo

Kimmy

Trying to look forlorn while playing outside.

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Twenty Three Paws

Dear Little puppy brother,

Hi. It’s Kimmy again. I just wanted to tell you that I’m sorry I ate the piece of banana that you flung on the floor this morning. I’m not sure why you decided to do that, because I know you love the bananas as much as me. But, just so you know, I love the bananas too! I don’t like it when you growl and stomp towards me when we get the morning bananas before the oatmeal, so I kinda sorta didn’t feel so bad about eating your dropped banana. But then, when you were cry-crying about it, I felt the sad feelings too.

You don’t need to cry though little guy, momma had more for you in your bowl! Just know this next time, try a yawn or a big sigh, that helps me when I’m feeling sad or stressed or the anxious feelings come up too. Sometimes I like to shake my head and my floppy ears also. It helps to get the jitters out of my body and back into the air. So, next time you feel the sad feelings, what are you going to do? Yawn, sigh, or shake it off little guy! Ok, off to banana land for nap time!  See you soon LDB!

Xo, 

Kimmy-Kim dog

Play time on the floor of course.

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22 Paws

Dear Leo,

Today we spotted over 10 airplanes flying overhead in the sky. You’re really good at spotting them. I can hear that there is something there, but I don’t really see them as well as you do. When we were watering our plants, you kept laughing at me because I was really thirsty. I didn’t understand why mom kept giving all the plants the water, I needed a drink real bad, all of a sudden, so that’s why I was licking up all the water from the watering can! You and mom laugh a lot when I do that, but I think that it makes sense because it’s there!

You saw a big wasp today trying to drink water from the flowers momma calls, “snapdragons,” I think they are just puffy looking yellow popcorns, and you said, “MAMA!”  We went inside the house shortly after that because the wasps and the yellow jacket bugs are not so nice this time of year. Sometimes I try to eat the flying bugs when I see them, but then momma and dad are always telling me, “No Kimmy, don’t eat that!” I know how to eat them though, and then I go eat the grass so it doesn’t bother me, but I don’t always chomp on them the first time, so I just opt for the grass because it’s safer. Daisy dog, our cousin taught me about eating the grass. It’s tasty and it cures all of the illnesses or troubles a dog can have. Alrighty baby, I need a nap, so I’ll see you soon in our dream-ies. You’re already playing without me in dreamland. See you soon!

Love, 

Kimmy

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Twenty One Paws

Dear Leo,

I thought yesterday was hot, well today was even hotter, if you can believe it. My paws were warm during our morning walk. You’re so lucky that you can ride in a stroller because your toes are out and not on the hot ground. We saw lots of squirrels, which you call, “Na-ni-nas,” and many birdies. My favorite part of the walk was when we made it longer and we walked through the grass and we spotted a cat with no tail. It had these bright yellow eyes that shone like a light. You pointed to it and laughed a lot, I got excited and started panting, and then we kept walking.

The other best part of the day was that Grammie, who you like to call Mamie, came over and played with us. You had peanut butter and other stuff for lunch, it was tasty, thanks for sharing your carrots with me, and your fingers at the end. I love to lick your toes and fingers. They taste delicious baby. I love you lots!

Kimmy-Kim

PS

Let’s meet at the slide in your dream tonight, I’ll give you kisses when you slide down!

Hot walks in the summer time!

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Twenty Paws

Dear Leo,

Today it was warm, even for this California, sun loving dog, it was a warm one little dude. You and mama didn’t take me on the morning walk like we do almost every day. I was very confused as to why you guys left, but you did. You came back smelling of new carpet and construction dust. I think you must have gone to the place that mama, “worked,” at because she would come back smelling of old carpet, glue, and smelly children’s fingers. I went to that place once. It was super fun. I chewed on a toy that a kid gave to mama, for me, it was great! I chewed a hole in that toy. I’m salivating, that means drooling Leo, just thinking about it.

Speaking of drool today, for the lunch time you had the peanut butters on bre-bre, which is short for, bread. I was drooling because I wanted some, you were grouchie-s because you wanted some too I guess and you got in the trouble because you kept running at me and growling. It was like you were turning into a doggy. I didn’t mind though, I just kept walking back around. Then I got to lick the spoon that the peanut butter was on. That was tasty! Thanks for taking me on an afternoon walk lil one. I loved it! Have good dreams, meet me outside!

Love, 

Kimmy

Hugs please. 🙂

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19 Paws

Dear LDB,

Did you know that those are your initials? I learned that yesterday after you and mom brought home the fridge-y magnet things. I was listening from the sunny spot on the carpet you know, and momma talked about the alphabet song, that went on and on and on and on, and then she talked about the letters in your name. Did you know that if you reverse the letter L and D in your name it’s actually your Auntie’s initials too? Momma says your name holds a lot of meaning.

My name starts with a K and then after that I’m not sure. My name came with me when mom and dad adopted me. They loved that I had a happy name and that you can use a lot of nicknames with my name! You say my name a lot differently than the other humans, but I can hear your high notes from all over the house or down the street so I know it’s me that you need. I like that about how you say my name. Oh, and thanks for sharing all of your scramble-y eggs this morning, that was great! 

Love you lots little guy,

Your Kimmy

I’m always ready to help you clear your plate or fork, for that matter.

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Eighteen paws

Dear Buddy Leo,

Today the grandparents came over. You say their names over and over at home, along with mine, and your cousins. You love them a lot. I can tell because you reach for their human paw fingers and you take them to other parts of the house to see things stuck on the wall, or in your puppy shelves. Sometimes I like to grab the elephant stuffed animal on the shelf. I know that they were stuffies that were given to you, but I like to chew on them. It’s quite satisfying to give it a good shake-y shake too. Especially so when I’m not getting a lot of doggy attention, sometimes that’s hard for me. I love you so much and we have lots of funs together so it’s not a problem, just something I recognize about myself.

Every now and then I like to be alone, so I go to lay down and just be. That helps me to get the chill out in my body going. Then you come along and give me pet-pets and I’m ready to go do the play thing with you. Mostly I like to follow you around and get some, “lick-by’s” in. A, “lick-by,” is when I walk around you and get your neck, ear, cheek, mouth, and nose all clean real quick before the adult humans get in the way. I love you baby. 

Nighty night, 

Kimmy

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Seventeen Paws

Dear Leo,

Today I tried to get you to play with me by pouncing around and plopping in the dirt. You seemed  to really enjoy that. We made friends with the neighbor kid. She’s really sweet and quiet. You ran right over to the fence and touched paws with her. I tried to do the same thing, but then you laughed really loudly and ran in a circle and so naturally, I followed suit as the humans say, and I ran around and came back for more. We did this for quite a while and it was a blast. Then we heard something and so we had to go in the house. Turns out it was a giant box thing that mom dragged into the house. I was worried and tried to help her, but I ended up having to sit like you did on the carpet, but then I got my smells in. It’s hard to wait and get your smells once you’re allowed to, you know? I’m a tired feeling dog tonight so I’m going to go to sleep on the couch because it is cool and my body has been warm today. Love you buddy!

xo, Kimmy-Kim

Always side by side. ❤

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