DiDi: Who can confidently stand alone?

DiDi: Alone on a snowy day relying on myself even though I know a human let me outside.

Howl,

It took me a few years on this planet and knowing that I could hunt for my dinner if needed to realize that I can rely on my own four paws. I stepped out of Bella’s shadow and discovered what I wanted out of my life. More play, nature and time in the kitchen cooking with mommy. Less double dates with Bella, shopping trips and romantic comedy movies.

The best part of standing on your own is finding those special people who appreciate you and want to stand with you.

   DiDi: Bella and Toby join me for some snowy fun. 12 legs are better than 4.

Can you proudly stand on all four of your paws?

Woof,

DiDi

Toby the Poodle: 3 ways to get over it!

       Toby: I got over it! Therefore, once I help you I am going to relax and watch TV.

Howl,

Bella and DiDi (my aunts) have asked me to stand up on my treat box and give some advice today. I believe I have a very important message to deliver – get over it!

We all know life is not a large heaping bowlful of delicious bones. Humans and animals say, do and think negative things. When this happens to me, I feel like a St. Bernard has hitched a ride on my 25 pound body.

Thankfully, I have learned how to let go and move on. I used to live in a shelter so everything else besides that seems insignificant.

Here’s how you can get over it.

1. Define what it is. Could it be something you did to yourself? Is it a comment a friend made to you? Is it a behavior? Is it a feeling? Is it from the past? What is it?

2. Once you know what exactly it is, put it on a leash and take it for a long walk. You may think it is the only thing being exercised but soon you will see that you are working out your feelings. After it is exhausted, let go.

3. Find a healthy and friendly it to replace your bothersome it. This could take some time but be on the look out. How about a cooking it? A boyfriend or girlfriend it? A dog it? A peaceful it? There are many options.

An it can only bother you if you let it.

Woof,

Toby

Aimee the human: How do I feel less guilty leaving my dog when going to work?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Each morning just as I am about to leave for work, I look at my dog Charlie and feel so guilty. He goes to his bed and looks sad which makes me feel worse.

Even though, I have a wonderful dog walker visit him while I am away, that doesn’t seem to help me from feeling badly.

How can I feel better about this?

-Aimee the human

Howl Aimee,

Charlie is lucky to have you as his mother because you truly care about him. These feelings most likely result in Charlie receiving more treats. Way to go our canine friend!

Despite the fact that Charlie looks sad when you leave, trust us when we say that he needs time to himself. Just as you have things to accomplish in the world, so does Charlie.

Speaking from experience, while you are gone, Charlie is working on various projects such as finishing a challenging chew toy, his side project(s) around the house and keeping in touch with his animal friends. These are all things that are put on the back burner when you are home because Charlie’s focus becomes taking care of you.

Take comfort in knowing that Charlie is being productive and not in bed sulking all day. However, just because Charlie fills his days with activities in your absence, is no excuse for you to pay less attention to him when you get home. Keep up the hugs, kisses, tug of war games and treat dispensing.

Charlie will let you know if something is really wrong or if he becomes lonely. Meanwhile, make some tea and biscotti for two and have Charlie tell you about his day.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

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 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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Bella and DiDi: The perfect picture?

Howl,

This weekend our Rosebud (human sister) tried to take a nice photo of us and our Poodle nephew Toby. Who wouldn’t want a nice image of our Poodle trio?

We agreed to take part in this photo shoot because Rosebud offered us a lovely treat rate for our time.

Also, we didn’t think the shoot would take away too much time from our busy day which was filled with rolling in leaves, catching rays and tending to our garden.

However, we were wrong.

Bella and DiDi: Is this our test shot? Is there going to be make up? Hey, cottontail (Toby) where are you going?

Toby is a complete amateur when it comes to posing. We think he gets so excited over the idea of his handsome face being captured on film that he loses all ability to focus.

Bella and DiDi: Okay we’re in a different room. Tell us when you are ready. Toby you have to stay in the frame.

Rosebud lost control of the shoot (typical) and never got the perfect picture.

We decided that our time was best spent in the yard or cuddling. Sometimes you can’t make a perfect picture or moment happen.

When it is the right time, you will know and the picture will come together in the most beautiful way.

What does your perfect picture look like?

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