Charlie the Boston Terrier: How do I spice up my weekends?

 

Dear Paws to Talk,

Lately, my weekends have been very boring. My human has been working hard and has just wanted to lay on the couch and relax. She is not neglecting me by any means. We still go on a walk a day and I have plenty of toys and kibble.  However, I am over this lazy scene. I need my weekends to get away from the grind of digging holes, fetching and taking care of my yard. What can I do to make my weekends more fun?

-Charlie the Boston Terrier

Howl Charlie,

Just because your human wants to sit on the couch and be distracted by the TV doesn’t mean you have to. Go out into the yard and start a conversation with your neighbors. Find out what is going on in their lives and on the block.

Use your athletic ability to get the car keys off the counter. Seize them. Then stand in front of your resting human and shake the keys. If she gets annoyed don’t be deterred. Keep shaking until you get a car ride. Enjoy the time away from your yard. Take in the sites. See what others are doing. A nice car ride always allows me to recharge my battery. Plus, I like the heated seats in my humans’ car. I hope you have those too.

When you are out on walk, talk to canines. Keep an eye out for that female you like. See if anyone wants to get together for a game of chase.

If you want more excitement then you have to take this situation into your own paws and make it better. A fun-filled weekend does not appear out of thin air.  Hopefully, your human will snap out of it and want to do some more activities on the weekend. If not then keep reminding her. Dangle those car keys.

Good luck.

Woof,

DiDi

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Phyllis the Standard Poodle: How do I accept someone who is different?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am a 5 year-old female Standard poodle. Shockingly, a few weeks ago my humans brought another breed into our house. He is a Corgi.  At first I thought he was just visiting but now it seems like he is staying. He is much shorter than me. His coat is all different colors and falls out all over the place. I have Corgi fur in my food and water bowls. Yuck!

I like to run laps in the yard. He likes to twirl around. I sit up tall like a statue for my humans. He collapses on the floor.

Am I supposed to like this different breed?

-Phyllis the Standard Poodle

Howl Phyllis,

Our world is full of all kinds of breeds. So the Corgi is not like you. That is okay because it makes you special. It also means that he is unique too.

One time our humans brought a small Dachshund named Tiki over to our house. We weren’t sure what to do with him. Bella accidentally stepped on him going to the food dish.

We stayed in our separate corners until he picked up our ball. Tiki liked to play ball!

He would roll it along the ground and we would retrieve it. It worked out well for all of us. Tiki was very different but we put that aside. The time he spent in our house was a lot of fun.

See if this Corgi has more to him than twirling. You probably have more to you than running laps and sitting like a perfect statue.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camomile the Siamese Cat: Why can’t I sleep in my human’s bed?

Dear Paws to Talk,

One of my favorite things to do is to cuddle with my daddy. I love to sleep on his chest at night. I have done this a few times and it was so comfy. Lately, when it is bedtime, I hop up on the bed and get settled on his chest. Just as I am about to doze off, he quietly moves me to the floor. Dumbfounded, I collect myself and then jump up on the bed and nuzzle onto his chest again. This usually ends in me landing back on the floor.

How do I get my favorite cuddle position back?

-Camomile the Siamese Cat

Howl Camomile,

I hate being kicked out of bed after getting into a good cuddle position. You might as well take my kibble away from me while I am starving.  I can sympathize with you.

Has anything changed in your daddy’s life lately? Is he sleeping differently?

If he is trying a new way of sleeping maybe that is why he is kicking you off. Of course, it could be that he let you on the bed a couple of times and has decided that he doesn’t want it to be a habit.  He may be trying to train you.

I wish I could sleep on my mommy but I don’t think she would appreciate such a heavy blanket. Sometimes, we can’t always get exactly what we want.

I suggest trying to see if your daddy is comfortable with you sleeping at the edge of the bed on top of his feet. That way you can still cuddle. If he doesn’t want you on the bed at all, then find the next best place in the house that you would like to sleep. You will get used to it after a few nights. Be sure to make the most out of cuddle time during the day so you don’t feel lonely at night.

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gina the Pug: I have a crush and I don’t know what to do.

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have a crush on a dog in my neighborhood who should remain anonymous for now. We have known each other for a few months. The best part of my day is seeing him and sharing barks. He makes my heart feel full.

All of my friends have said that I should ask him it he wants to take a walk around the neighborhood. I hesitate to ask him out because I don’t know if he likes me too.

Also, he is the president of our neighborhood dog association. Our by-laws state that we aren’t supposed date anyone in who is in office. It creates complications. I think he is supposed to be done with his service in two months.

In the meantime, what do I do with my feelings?

-Gina the Pug

Howl,

Having a crush is a great thing! We’re happy you found someone who you enjoy.  If your crush or the organization he is involved with has set certain rules then you want to abide by them. If you decide to ignore them you might embarrass or upset your crush. The whole thing could backfire.

It is so difficult to like someone and not be able to tell them or show them. DiDi has a boyfriend in the next yard but it is hard for them to go on dates because he has an electrical collar that goes off when he tries to leave the area. Relationships can be so complicated.

Until your beau is unrestricted by his professional rules, try to enjoy the time you spend with him. Learn as much about him as possible. Also, don’t limit yourself to just him. Keep your eyes open for other crushes who may be in your neighborhood, at the park, or even in the next yard. While you really like your politician, there may be someone else out there who you were meant to be with.

Good luck! Let us know how things turn out.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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M.J. the Human: How can I add more balance to my life?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My life is so busy. I have a husband, two kids, one dog, one cat, and a full-time job. Most days I feel like I barely get all my tasks done so that everyone’s needs are met. I usually collapse into bed at night from sheer exhaustion. Is there a way I can add more balance to my life?

-M.J. the Human

Howl M.J.,

Life can get so busy that it becomes hard to slow down. As much as you have a responsibility to make sure all of your humans and animals are properly taken care of, you also have to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself then you are no good to your family and will be less productive at your job.

As difficult as this sounds, try to take at least one hour out of the day to do something for yourself. Walk your paws, take a nap or enjoy a view with a nice treat. There are many options. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your pets. We are in our humans’ lives to provide joy and support. Sometimes all you need is a canine hug or feline cuddle to recharge your battery.

Our life is different from yours but maybe you can get an idea of balance by seeing our daily schedule. We have written it out below.

Bella and DiDi’s Daily Schedule:

6:00AM – Bella or DiDi wake the humans.

6:00-6:30AM – Do business in the yard, run around and hide toys that were left out the day before.

6:30-6:40AM – Kibble time!

6:40-7AM – Wake up any humans who may still be asleep in the house.

7-7:30AM – Collect kisses and pets on the head from our humans.

7:30-8AM – Game of catch in the yard with our mommy.

8-8:30AM – Help humans get ready for work. This usually means we approve or veto outfits for our mommy to wear that day.

8:30AM – Get the humans out the door.

8:30-10AM – Write our blog.

10AM-11AM – Go on a walk with our neighbor.

11-11:30AM -Eat any remaining kibble from breakfast.

11:30-2PM – Nap time

2PM – At least one human (usually our daddy) comes home and finishes work from our home computer.

2-4PM – DiDi lies on the human’s feet while watching afternoon talk shows. Bella sits like a statue in front of the human with a sad face trying to get them to stop working. Some barks are thrown in to make a more persuasive argument.

4-5PM – Back to the yard for more games of catch or tug of war.

5PM – Kibble time!

5-6PM – Check on our blog

6-9PM -Entertain our humans

9PM – Bella puts herself to sleep upstairs.

9-11PM – DiDi guards and patrols the yard.

11PM – DiDi is forced to go to bed by humans.

As you can see we keep a busy day but we can’t constantly serve our humans or be pursuing our writing career. We need some breaks during the day. Feel free to start following our daily routine. It is quite satisfying.

We hope you can find more balance in your life.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leona the Chinese Crested: Why don’t I fit in?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am a young Chinese Crested female. When I walk in the park, I notice the group of girl dogs in my neighborhood shun me. After I have walked by, they make comments about how ugly they think I am.

I admit that I have only a few patches of hair and my spotted skin is exposed for the world to see. However, I think I have a cute face and figure.  Are they ignoring me because I am ugly? Will I ever fit in?

-Leona the Chinese Crested

Howl Leona,

I am glad you wrote in because I think I can help you. Please don’t feel bad if you don’t fit in with all the other girls.  You can’t change your breed. In fact, you should be proud that you have unique features.

I am sure the other females just don’t know what to make of you, which is why they make comments. Creatures can be cruel sometimes. Also, a lot of times canines will talk about other breeds to take the attention off of themselves.  This is their problem and has nothing to do with you.

I suggest that you try to enjoy your look. Fix your hair patches to make sure they are neat and spunky. Walk down the street or in the park and hold your head up high because you are special. Remember that the next time you go for a walk.

You don’t want to spend time with a pack of females who are insecure. Open your eyes and look for canines who have more substance. Spend your time with them.  You don’t have to ever fit in with the right friends. They will love you just the way you are.

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bella and DiDi: The hairy details.

Howl,

We have received a lot of questions about our hair since we started this blog. Everyone seems to wonder how we feel about the traditional Poodle cut (exposed behind, fur balls on the legs and tail).

While we admire our fellow Poodles who can pull this look off, it is not how we like to wear our fur. Thankfully, our humans agree and have always kept us looking sharp with “puppy cuts” or a level layer of fur covering the whole body. Although, maybe they do this just to keep the grooming bills down?

We think the Poodle form is beautiful but we are not competing at the Westminster Kennel Club so we’ll keep our puppy cuts. Just because the traditional cut is not our style doesn’t mean it is wrong. We understand how others can think it is silly to have a dog running around half-naked but many years ago Poodles started to be groomed this way so they were more aerodynamic while in the fields hunting. There is a lot of history behind this method of grooming.

We’ll keep our bottoms warm and respect our fellow Poodles who show theirs off.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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