Bella and DiDi: We’re throwing a party!

Howl,

Please join us this Sunday February 3rd at 2pm EST on Google Hangout for a fantastic time. We will be there on camera with our human leader and blog assistant, Margot Ahlquist.

Before the real athletes take the field on Animal Planet, we will celebrate. Sign up here: http://pawstotalk.com/bella-and-didis-puppy-bowl-tailgate/ Our blog assistant will send you more details over email as the day gets closer.

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Woof,

Bella and DiDi

Simba the Siberian Cat: How do you know if you’re talented?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Recently, I was watching the big bright thing with my humans and there was a cat on a talent show playing the piano. Then during this same show another cat demonstrated how she could contort herself into a little ball. I thought these cats must be really gifted to be on this show.

It made me reflect on my special abilities. My humans have always said I have the most beautiful purr. Also, I am great at climbing trees. I can pick the highest one in my yard and climb all the way to the top. However, I am not on the big bright thing or on a world tour giving out tons of my paw prints. How do I know if I am talented?

-Simba the Siberian Cat

Howl Simba,

Just because you aren’t on the big bright thing doesn’t mean you lack talent. Cats, dogs and humans all have various talents. This makes our world an interesting place. I would say I am a very talented hole-digger and kitchen taste-tester. However, my talents are not diminished because I don’t have a show on the big bright thing showing me working on a construction site or in a kitchen giving opinions on recipes. I believe in my talent.

When you know what your talent is, the worst thing you can do is waste it. If you have a beautiful purr then purr more. Maybe your humans can help you record album?

If you are great at climbing the highest tree in your yard then climb everyday. Use those powerful paws. I bet there is a taller tree nearby that you can conquer.

Use your talents and enjoy them for yourself. However, you never know when some television producer might want to showcase a signing cat that can climb tall trees.

Woof,

DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bella and DiDi: 3 ways to survive winter weather

Howl,

Many of us are involved in a bitter tug of war game with winter. This season loves to dump its large storms in our yard and then leave us with the aftermath.

Last week, when winter dropped off another storm we decided a guide for navigating this weather must be made. See below.

1. When a winter storm arrives, make a pathway to anything you might need outside such as the lawn for taking care of business, the car or firewood.

Bella and DiDi: If you have four paws, the better your path will be.

2. Although winter can be nasty at times, take a moment to enjoy the soft sound of the snow falling. Immerse yourself in the snow flakes for a bit.

Bella: This snow is beautiful and it highlights my black fur so nicely.

3. Be sure to have the proper winter gear on when you plan on spending a long period of time outside in the storm. Who wants to be cold or bring the storm into the house?

DiDi: No one told me that I have a parka, hat and scarf! It’s okay I will dry off by rolling around on the sofa.

Happy Winter!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

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Bella and DiDi: Butt in! But out!

Howl,

Alright, we know, us dogs butt in a lot. It is how we say hello and make sure we know who has joined our pack.

However, a butt in is not the same as a but in. For starters, the smell is different. A but in smells like nothing where a butt in has a particular scent that teaches us so much such as what you ate for breakfast, how you are feeling and what type of species you are.

But ins rarely serve anyone well unless an emergency is involved. When have you ever felt happy in the midst of a but in?

The but in hurts feelings, creates anger and is fueled by speculation. The butt in is a useful tool.

Next time you think of pulling a but in, be sophisticated like us canines and go for the butt in.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bella and DiDi: Be spunky!

Howl,

Don’t forget to let the spark in you ignite! Run around, laugh, hug, be happy, explore, challenge yourself, learn and then eat some treats.

     Bella: I am an older dog but I still zoom around my yard. It makes me feel alive!

                                    DiDi: Nothing stops me from trying something new.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

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Bella and DiDi: From our yard to yours…

…Happy Halloween!

                                 These headbands are ruining our hairdos.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

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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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