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

Cleveland the Bloodhound: Can you suggest New Year’s resolutions I will keep?

Dear Paws to Talk,

It is that time of year again. This is when I sit down, close, my eyes and think hard about my New Year’s resolutions.

My humans probably think I spend today and each January 1st sleeping off my New Year’s Eve celebration but in reality I am concentrating on my goals for the upcoming year.

In my experience, it has been so tough to complete my resolutions.This past year, I failed at seeking more adventure outside of my yard. The year before that I wasn’t successful in losing my extra vanity weight.

Can you suggest some New Year’s resolutions I can keep?

-Cleveland the Bloodhound

Howl Cleveland,

You are a very ambitious dog and we like that. Most humans have barely risen from their beds (they are still probably covered in shiny paper from midnight parties and too embarrassed to show their faces) and you are contemplating how to make the most out of this new year. Bravo!

We discussed your letter last night over our kibble and a little bubbly (we like to cheers to a new year) and decided that a resolution puts too much pressure on a being.

So many humans and animals make their resolutions too difficult to complete and they set themselves up for failure. This is no way to spend one’s days.

Instead, why not set 2-5 realistic goals or things to accomplish? If you get them done before the end of the year then make some new ones.

See our 5 suggestions for achievable resolutions below.

Get your blood flowing

Run 10 laps around your yard 4 times a week to burn off the vanity weight. You will be amazed how fantastic it feels to break a sweat and have that blood pumping through your fur.

Who can really give up bones or spit out delectable kibble? So burn it off.

Be friendly

Once a week, start a conversation with a neighbor or friend you don’t usually bark with. New friendships or relationships can begin anywhere.

Explore!

You don’t need an airplane ticket to an exotic locale to add more adventure to your life. Have the humans walk you on a different path. Or spend some extra time in a part of the house you typically avoid.

Always be ready for a squirrel sighting. You never know what creature may enter your yard.

Limit bad habits

It takes a long time to give up a bad habit so why not start off by cutting back? If you are in the habit of sneaking food off the counter everyday then cut back to doing it 4 times a week.

This probably goes against every desire in your body but in the end your belly will feel better and the humans will trust you more.

Be open

Try new kibble if it is put in front of your nose. Play a new game if friends suggest it. Participate in a yoga or meditation class.

Happy New Year and good luck!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

Bella

DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Julie the Chow Chow: How should I behave at a party?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Recently my humans had a party at my house. There was human food and drink everywhere. I usually am restricted to the upstairs during these parties but this time I was allowed to socialize. I pranced around the room greeting guests. Everyone adored me. I even got a taste of human food. How do you think dogs are supposed to act at parties? Did I pass the test?

-Julie the Chow Chow

Howl Julie,

I am happy to answer your letter because I attend many parties. DiDi wishes she could answer. However, she is always banned from our human’s parties and ends up pouting in her bed. She gets too excited and ends up with her paw in an appetizer. Last year, while the humans weren’t looking, she pulled the whole tablecloth off the table trying to steal a stick of butter and basket of bread. Foolish girl.

Being invited to a party is a privilege, so you must be grateful and act politely. Always greet each guest with a tail wag even if they are not your favorite. It is a party. A time for fun. There are other times to growl at someone you don’t like.

Once everyone has arrived do laps around the room (don’t run) and collect love and pets on the nose from everyone. If you don’t put yourself out there than no one can ever love you or pet your nose.

Enjoy the food and drink but don’t pull a DiDi. You don’t want to be the laughing stalk of the party. There is nothing worse than waking up the next day and being ashamed to show your face.

It sounds like you did well at your first party. Keep it up and maybe next time they’ll give you your own lamb chop to chew on. Yum.

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruno the Pug: Help! I need 3 wonderful holiday gift suggestions.

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am starting to panic! I have three humans to but gifts for before our annual holiday party next week. My mind is not in gift-buying mode but instead is preoccupied with the plush toy I lost in my yard a few days ago.

I love giving gifts to my humans but am afraid I might disappoint them this year. Help! Can you suggest some wonderful gifts I could get them?

-Bruno the Pug

Howl Bruno,

It is refreshing to meet a being who enjoys giving gifts. So many others only focus on what they are getting. We have even seen some even write out paper lists of things they want. What a waste of paper which would make a lovely snack or impromptu toy.

We have different ideas on what to give the humans so we usually go to mall together but purchase separate gifts. So we will each give you our top three ideas.

Also, don’t forget how special homemade gifts can be. Plus the cost less bones.

See our suggestions below.

Bella

-Fuzzy gloves to keep your humans’ hands warm and stylish this winter. They can’t pet you if their hands have turned into ice blocks.

-A food processor. This gift will encourage your humans to cook more at home and hopefully create some sumptuous meals for you.

-Home decor. Take a non-stinky, inedible item from the trash and fashion it into a pretty design. If this is too complicated then just leave your paw prints on the item you selected. Your humans will appreciate the originality and effort you put into this gift.

DiDi

-A large smoked ham. Who wants to cook during the holidays? Be sure to sit up straight at the table and put on your “hungry face” when the ham is being served. This will increase your chances of getting a piece and being able to chew the bone after the ham is finished.

-A flower or plant from your yard. Uproot it and bring inside so your humans can enjoy their garden when it is too cold to go outside.

-A  bundle of sticks.This one may only work if your humans have a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Gather as many sticks as possible and lay them in a nice pile. Your humans will barely have to lift a paw next time they want to make a fire because you have done all the hard work for them.

Good luck!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

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Bella: It’s my birthday!

                                       Bella: Is it too early for a birthday cocktail?

Howl!

Today is my 11th birthday! So what if recently I had a senior checkup at the vet, I am still a vivacious girl.

                                                     Bella: Where is my birthday cake?

DiDi is throwing me a dinner party tonight and all of our neighborhood friends will be there. I am so excited!

I hope all of you have a fabulous day!

Woof,

Bella

Ken the Human: How do I throw a great party?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My wife is the most important person in my life. She has stood by the past several months while I was sick and struggled to keep my business going. Amazingly, she swooped in, took care of me and all the other responsibilities she has.

Now that we have exited that difficult time, I would like to throw her a lovely party. The problem is, I have never really given a party and am not sure where to start.

I do know that I would like it to be outdoors with our closest family and friends. Can you help me in planning this party?

-Ken the Human

Howl Ken,

What a touching story! It sounds like you both deserve a party! Thankfully, our humans love to entertain so we have absorbed some knowledge over the years that will be helpful to you.

Pick a Location

It might be nice to have the party in your own backyard. If the weather acts up, then have a tent put over the party area.

In our opinion, the best parties are the ones that happen in our house. When you are all partied out, your bed and plush toys are just steps away.

Time and Food

First, figure out when you want to have this party. Is it a brunch, dinner or cocktail party? Once you have decided, then the menu will fall into place. Don’t be afraid to ask some friends or family members to help with the food. Or you could have it catered.

In our experience, the follow items seem popular at every party:

-Prime Rib

-Salmon

-Bones

-Rotisserie Chicken

-Risotto

-Homemade treats in the shape of a Standard Poodle or any other breed

The Guest List

It sounds like a small to medium size get together is what you have in mind. When planning a party, the guest list can balloon very quickly. Only include people who you want there.

There is no need to invite beings out of social obligation. Surround yourself with those who are dear to you.

Also, animals make everyone happy so you might want to consider adding a few dogs and maybe some cats to the guest list.

Entertainment

This is optional. Sometimes the best parties are ones where conversation and laughter fill the air. However, if you want some talent suggestions you have come to the right place.

We have a few animal friends in the music industry. Many of them have just cut their own music videos. Also, we know a couple of singing dogs. These acts would really spice up the party.

We truly hope that you and your wife enjoy this event and the days that follow it. There is nothing like a great party to make you feel alive.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

P.S.- If you need us on site leading up to the party, we would be happy to fly in. Our fee is one Prime Rib per dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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