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

Sabrina the Human: I need 5 engery-boosting tips to finish this exhausting week.

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am in the middle of one of the busiest weeks of my life. I have so much to do before Sunday ends and am losing my energy.

Between my paying job, a looming deadline for the business I am starting, my family and keeping the house in order, I feel like I have nothing left to give. I am working 16 hour days and need some help to finish off the week.

There are 5 more days left of craziness. Can you give me 5 tips to help me boost my energy and accomplish everything?

-Sabrina the Human

Howl Sabrina,

Whatever you do in the midst of your busy week, don’t forget to feed your pets! Most of us aren’t as good as our ancestors were at hunting down dinner.

It seems like life has given you everyone else’s work to do this week. That doesn’t seem fair. We will try to see if we can file a grievance.

Here are your tips to make sure you survive the remainder of this week with grace and poise.

1. Take a short nap either after your lunch kibble or before your dinner kibble. Nap for no more that 30 minutes on the couch. If you go to bed and sleep longer than 30 minutes you probably won’t get up until morning.

2. Treat yourself to something special. You may think this is the wrong week to be doing this. However, a massage, facial or special meal is probably just the thing to rejuvenate your tired mind and body. The massage usually works for us every time when the humans stress us out.

3. Chase something. For us, this is easy because we have pesky squirrels invading our yard every morning. An invigorating run with a purpose in mind gets the blood flowing. If you don’t have a squirrel to chase then pick out a tree or building to run to.

4. When you are done for the day, be done! Sometimes we go to bed contemplating tomorrow’s blog or if the humans will remember to feed us the good kibble for breakfast. This is wasted time in which we could be getting our beauty sleep. Close your eyes and dream of something nice.

5. Bark it out! You have a lot going on. When it feels like you can’t do anymore, find a friend who understands and bark about the situation. You will feel much lighter, like someone removed your leash and collar.

Best of luck with the rest of the week!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

Bella

DiDi

Bella and DiDi: From our home to yours…

…Happy Holidays! Thank you for reading our blog. Sending you Poodle *kisses* and *hugs.*

                                                                 Bella (L) and DiDi (R)

Woof!

Bella and DiDi

Poppy the Brussels Griffon: I like to be in control. Is something wrong with that?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Just like so many of us, I have humans to take care of, jobs to perform and a house to manage. I prefer that these things are done in an orderly manner so I take control of each situation.

If the humans aren’t doing what they are supposed to, I bark or give them a nudge with my nose. When working my jobs, I always finish my tasks and make sure they are done flawlessly. If the house is not in order, I drop my bone and clean it up.

My friends have told me I need to relax more and not always be in charge. The humans even call me an Army general in the body of a dog.

Is there something wrong with being in control?

-Poppy the Brussels Griffon

Howl Poppy,

We commend you on keeping things in order. With skills like that, you should be a CEO of a large corporation. Hopefully, you would be CEO of a premium kibble and treat company that is looking for two Standard Poodles to work in the test kitchen. Our palates are refined and hungry.

We wonder why you feel the need to be in control all the time? Life can be fleeting and we would hate for your to miss its joys because you are stuck at work late at night.

All of us have our moments when it feels satisfying to have things just as we want them. However, it is difficult to maintain that. Eventually, one of your humans might defy you, walk away from your nudges and put you in time-out (DiDi: I hate time-outs). Or you may not be able to finish all your work by the end of the day.

There is nothing wrong with being in control as long as you don’t tear your fur out when things become unpredictable.

This may be impossible to comprehend but let your humans do some of your work. We canines are here to help out but our main job is to be companions. Your humans have had it easy while you run around with your tongue hanging out the side of your face.

After all, your paws must be tired from always juggling your house, humans and jobs. Even though, your biceps are probably very toned.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bella and DiDi: Venting session!

           Bella: Time to vent! I have a lot of things to shake out of my fur.

                            DiDi: Follow me to the special venting place!

Howl,

Whether you are a dog, cat, human or porcupine, everyone needs to vent their emotions. Thankfully, we have each other to vent to when the humans are off doing whatever humans do.

Here was what we covered in our latest session.

Bella: Why is everyone talking about Sandy? She is our dog walker but did she do something to get on the news? I even heard someone call her a hurricane.

DiDi: That’s not nice! I hope she walks us through the park today. I love smelling the leaves!

Bella: Woof!

DiDi: I don’t want to start my Christmas shopping but they have all the decorations out in the store.

Bella: Oh, I know! Now this year we have an extra human (Cooper) and canine (Toby the Poodle) to buy for.

DiDi: Have you noticed that they took the grains out of our food?

Bella: I don’t understand why all of sudden they decided to do this. I bet pre-historic dogs ate grains. Why can’t we?

DiDi: I am so cranky! I miss the extra carbs! I want to eat a loaf of bread and slather it in butter (my favorite)!

Bella: I am heartbroken that Justin Timberlake is married. He was always my human celebrity crush.

DiDi: He’s cute but I never got into boy bands. Pick a new crush. How about George Clooney?

Bella: Oh, perfect!

DiDi: I’m sticking to my choice – the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Bella: Adorable and delicious.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

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Lacey the Beagle: Can I make it in the big city?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My humans just moved the little humans and me from a large house with rolling hills to a small city apartment with no yard. I am in shock.

In the apartment, every time I turn a corner trying to enter a new room I end up back in the room where I started. Worst of all, I had to do my business on concrete last night. There is no yard! Don’t humans know they have to give us some grass so we can find the right scent to poop on? How am I ever going to make it in this place?

-Lacey the Beagle

Howl Lacey,

I am sorry you had to leave your rolling hills but life changes all the time. So get used to it! Before DiDi was around, my humans took me to New York City for a trip. One of my little humans grew up and moved there.

I got out of the car and stepped onto the sidewalk. I thought, “What filth!” Have I made a mistake in raising one of my humans?

I didn’t do my business for 24 hours in fear of touching my behind on the sidewalk. Yuccckkkk!

Then I settled in. All the humans that I loved were there with me. I had kibble and water. I didn’t really have anything to be afraid of. I decided I couldn’t hold it anymore so I did my business on the sidewalk (I was thankful that my mommy freshened me up with a warm towel afterwards).

Then the best thing happened. All of us went on a walk in this enormous park. It had pathways and lawns forever. Between you and me it was much nicer than my immaculate yard at home. I even saw all kinds of canines trotting through the park. I took a big sigh of relief.

You just need to get used to your new surroundings and you will be fine. I am sure you will find your own big yard in the city. Above all don’t panic

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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