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

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

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauren the Human: The holiday season is coming. How do I stay in shape during this time?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I looked at the calendar last week and realized that Thanksgiving and the whole holiday season are so close. At first I felt excited, then a feeling of dread came over me. While I love celebrating with my family and friends, I often eat and drink too much during this time.

My happiness is diminished by too much egg nog or being stuffed with turkey stuffing. How do I enjoy the holidays but keep my body in shape?

-Lauren the Human

Howl Lauren,

You are not alone. We have all been there. First, you are sprawled out on the couch after a lovely meal and next you have to retire to the bed as your tummy feels like it could burst.

Both of us have our holiday strategies for making sure our fur coats still fit in January. See below.

Bella:

I can’t help myself when it comes to appetizers. My mommy makes such yummy appetizers! I sit next to her and drool as she prepares them. Then she puts the whole spread on the low coffee table. This is too delicious (and easy) to pass up.

My favorite is the bluefish dip with crackers. Before anyone can scold me or give me a look of disapproval, I put my face in the dip. I don’t eat the whole thing but have enough so I feel that I had a nice treat. Of course, after having some dip I take a few crackers in my mouth to even out the flavors and clean the rest off of my face.

Before any of these appetizers are set down for consumption, I make sure to eat my normal and “healthy” kibble. Otherwise, I would be famished and devour the whole appetizer spread. My tummy would be mean to me for a couple of days if I did that.

Eat a normal meal and then indulge in a handful of things that are special. Bluefish dip will always have a special place in my heart.

DiDi:

While Bella is having appetizers, I am making sure the young humans are fed. I am usually on clean up duty after their meals. Young human food is actually quite good.

However, I arrive at the dinner table ready for some good chow. I don’t know why but I love butter. Half a stick of butter and a fresh roll is my usual holiday treat.

Before I make a move for my favorite treat, I survey the other foods on display to see if there is anything else I really want to try.

I wait until my hunger starts acting up or the humans are in between courses and have the butter and bread. Then I zero in on the other item (s). I enjoy these lovely treats until I pull the tablecloth complete with glassware and leftovers to the floor. That is when I know I am in a “food coma” and have had enough to eat.

Coincidentally, when the tableware hits the floor is also the perfect time to go outside for patrol duty or up to bed early.

Since, I don’t have as much self-control as Bella when it comes to holiday treats, I make sure to run extra laps around the yard after the holidays. I like to maintain my athletic and lean appearance.

Good luck! We know you can have a wonderful holiday season and not feel so guilty.

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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DiDi the Standard Poodle: It’s my birthday!

Howl,

Today is my 6th birthday! Despite a slow start, Bella has thrown me the most wonderful party.

For breakfast we had line-caught trout and asparagus risotto. After that, a bunch of our friends came over and we all indulged in a 5-tier cookie cake.

Next, the whole party took a nap on the enormous plush bed that Bella had brought in for the event. Once everyone was rested, we played fetch with a crystal-encrusted tennis ball. There was also a lot of hole digging. I worked on my favorite hole and was surprised to find my gift from Bella an inch below the surface. It was a talking hedgehog toy that said “Happy Birthday DiDi.” She knows what I like.

Then, I led everyone on a walk around the neighborhood. It was sunny so Bella made sure we all had shades to wear while walking. We looked great.

After another nap on the huge bed, we had a sit-down dinner and ate Filet Mignon, sweet potatoes and another cookie cake. Also, everyone had their own stuffed bottle of champagne to celebrate.

Thankfully, one of our neighbors is covering my patrolling duties for the night because I am exhausted. Bella made my day very special. Thanks for reading about my birthday party. Your “presents” is the only gift I really need.

Woof,

DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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