Kisses the Persian Cat: I know a secret. Do I spill?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I live with a dog named Terrance. We have always had a good friendship until a week ago. He showed our humans how I like to run and cling onto the screen door with my paws. I usually hang on the screen with my claws dug in for a while. It is fun. Apparently, this ruins the door. How was I supposed to know? The humans got angry at me and now make sure the screen door is off-limits. My spirits have been down.

The other day when I was making myself comfortable on the couch I noticed something under the cushion. There were 4 dinner rolls that Terrence stole. I watch him just before dinner time and he is fast. His face is in and out of that bread basket before I can say meow. He really likes bread. Our mommy is always upset when the bread goes missing before dinner is on the table. She suspects it is Terrence but thinks it could be a hungry little human. Horror of horrors she might think it is me.

I have dirt on Terrence. Maybe if I show the humans what he has done I will get my screen back? Should I spill this secret information?

-Kisses the Persian Cat

Howl Kisses,

I’m sorry you lost your screen and that Terrence told on you. You do have knowledge that might level things if you share it but spilling secrets can be tricky. Things don’t always play out the way you think they will.

Often, while no one was looking, DiDi used to relax on our human mommy’s favorite and flawlessly upholstered couch. I always knew this but one day when I was angry I decided put an end to DiDi’s leisure. I lured my mommy into the sitting room just in time to see DiDi in the act. She was furious at DiDi! I thought my mission was accomplished.

Except the next day, mommy took all the cushions on every couch and chair in the house and turned them on their sides so no one could lay on the furniture. That meant my favorite cushy chair in the corner was no longer available for lounging. I hurt both DiDi and myself.

You are upset but remember that you love Terrence. I recommend telling him how you feel instead of getting him in trouble with the humans. This will make you feel better and if Terrence is a good canine he will feel sorry he told on you.

You are a team. Secrets can lead you to a dark place.

If Terrence doesn’t show remorse after your talk then sit in his kibble bowl at dinner time and he’ll get the idea.

Woof,

Bella

Dan the Human: How can I thank my dog for saving my life?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Recently, my dog Ruby saved my life. I had a bad day and decided to drown my sorrows in whiskey. A couple of drinks into my pity party, I started to make dinner for myself. I put a frozen dinner in the oven without taking it out of the box. I continued to drink and drink until I eventually blacked out.

Hours later, I woke up thanks to Ruby barking at her highest pitch in my ear. The smoke alarm was going crazy and my dinner was on fire. I grabbed Ruby and we made our way out of the house. I live alone so I can’t imagine what would have happened had Ruby not sounded her own alarm.

The truth is that I had been struggling with alcohol abuse and that night made my realize that I needed help.

I don’t know where I would be without Ruby. Since that night, I have been in counseling and am putting my life back together.

Ruby continues to be my lifesaver and shining star. How do I thank her for everything she has done?

-Dan the Human

Howl Dan,

We’re glad you’re safe and improving your life. Ruby sounds like she is a true gem and not just because she is named after one.

There are many ways you can thank Ruby. For starters, a lifetime supply of treats and plush toys might be a good way. Don’t buy any cheap stuff. She deserves things that are top of the line.

Besides the gifts, the best way you can thank Ruby is to love her with all of your heart. Give her hugs, kisses, and belly rubs. Tell her that you love her. Just because she barks a different language doesn’t mean she can’t understand what you are saying. She will hear it. Many of us dogs are bilingual. Humans just don’t know it.

Is there an adventure that you have been meaning to do with Ruby? Now is the time. If you think she will love a hike or swim then go for it. Explore new things together.

It sounds like you learned a lot from that night. Ruby means a lot to you but you are also very important to her. Don’t spend all of your days trying to repay her (you should spend some though) just be there for her and that will be enough.

We wish you and Ruby all the best.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

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Byron the Boxer: I learned how to hold a conversation with ladies I like! My exclusive advice interview with Toby.

                                                     Byron the Boxer

Howl,

I am Toby, Bella and DiDi’s Poodle nephew. A couple of months ago, I answered the letter of Byron the Boxer who was having trouble conversing with the ladies. Clearly, Byron needed another guy’s help. As brilliant as I think Bella and DiDi are, this one was out of their yard.

I gave Byron some pick-up lines to use and I am proud to say they have helped. Earlier in the week, I interviewed Byron over the phone about his newfound social success. See it below.

Toby: So Byron did any of the pick-up lines work?

Byron: Yes!

Toby: Which ones?

Byron: “Did you just get a fur trim? Your coat has the perfect amount of fluffiness.”  That one was very flattering and appreciated.

Also..

“I know a great place where they give out treat samples. Would you like to join me there sometime?” This line was most helpful as it led to a date. Although, it was difficult to find a place that would give treat samples in my neighborhood.

Toby: Byron, I hope you didn’t promise a lady something and then not follow through?

Byron: No, I found a way to make sure we had a nice table with an assortment of treat samples.

Toby: Okay, I can breathe again. There is nothing worse than starting a great conversation and then having it end with no treats and a disappointed date.

Were there any pick-up lines that didn’t work?

Byron: Yes. “Your human(s) are very well-mannered. You did a good job training them.” Apparently, training humans is an ongoing process and they only act well sometimes in public. How was I supposed to know?

Toby: That is the risk with some conversation starters. You never know if you are stepping in poop or about to stride on the path to love. At least you made an effort.

So how have you changed your approach to speaking with ladies you like?

Byron: I feel more confident now that I have some ideas on how to start a discussion instead of standing there speechless acting like I have a giant chew toy in my mouth. Also, I have learned how to listen more to what the ladies are saying. The pressure doesn’t always have to be on me to speak.

Toby: That is right. You have large ears so why not use them?

Byron: Exactly, mine work really well too.

Toby: I am very happy that you are doing so well socializing with the females and getting back to dating. I wish you continued luck.

Byron: Thanks Toby.

Woof,

Toby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Debbie the Beagle: Is it worth the fight?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My good friend Lexi and I are in a fight. She told our group of friends that I had no interest in participating in our annual neighborhood party. Lexi wasn’t trying to be mean when she said this statement but was misinformed.

I always planned on being a part of this year’s party as it is such an important social event. Lexi heard a rumor and spread it as the truth.

When my friends asked me why I wouldn’t be at the party, I was perplexed. I confronted Lexi and she explained the mishap. However, I am so angry that someone would speak for me.

I am a very independent canine and like to use my own voice.

Lexi doesn’t seem to understand this about me, otherwise we wouldn’t be in a fight. I get so frustrated when I think of the situation but I do miss spending drama-free time with Lexi. Is this a fight worth carrying on?

-Debbie the Beagle

Howl Debbie,

We’re so sorry someone stole your voice. That must have been very inconvenient when you needed to bark. How frustrating!

We can understand why you are so mad. No one likes to be misunderstood or have words put in their mouth (although you can put treats in our mouth anytime).

At some point, the anger you are feeling will lose its purpose and start to eat away at you. Instead of enjoying your friends, the yard, toys and your humans, bitterness could take over you.

Make it known one last time that all matters concerning you should be run by you and then let it go. Throw a toy around just to make sure you get that last bit of madness out. Trust us that you will feel better once this whole situation is over.

It is bad enough losing your voice but don’t get stuck wearing an anger muzzle.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marisa the Cat: The love of my life is a dog. Is this really taboo?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have a confession. I am head-over-paws in love with a canine. His name is Preston and he is dreamy.

When I am with Preston, I feel like a true lady. He is always telling me how beautiful my fur is while he cuddles close to me. If I have a bad day he is there to listen.

It brings me such a sense of happiness to be there for Preston too. I tell him all the time how cute his toned legs are.

Recently, Preston and I discussed spending the rest of our lives together. I had to fight back purrs because I was so thrilled.

However, my feline friends and family don’t know about Preston. They can be judgmental when it comes to canines. This is mainly because they haven’t spent much time around them.

Is it really taboo to love a different species? Should I tell my family?

-Marisa the Cat

Howl Marisa,

Congratulations on finding love! You have tapped into something that is more valuable than a truckload of treats (we may want to retract that statement later). Does Preston have any brothers who are interested in Standard Poodles with gorgeous long legs?

We digress. It is our belief that love can happen between anyone. You can’t help who you fall in love with. Just as long as Preston isn’t betrothed to someone else or have a litter of pups on the side he is failing to tell you about, we think you have nothing to be ashamed of.

Before we get into this family stuff, we ask that you make sure that you aren’t having any doubts about spending your life with Preston. Take some time to ponder this question. It is okay if concerns pop into your mind. You can speak to Preston about them.

Once you have been through this process, tell your family. If they hiss in disapproval that is their problem. Just remember the bond that you and Preston share. That is the most important thing.

Family members can be stubborn but once they see the love between you two they will likely come around.

We wish you both a lifetime of joy.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bongo the Dog: My girlfriend is angry at me. What do I do?

                           Bongo the Dog courtesy of bongodogblog

Howl,

Our friend Bongo asked us to offer some advice about his girlfriend predicament. See an excerpt below from Bongo’s blog post explaining this issue.

Our walk was over and we were heading into the parking lot when I saw her. I hadn’t seen her in a very long time. My girlfriend Lucy!

But Lucy was stand-offish and didn’t want to play with me. Disappointment on top of disappointment.

Oh no! What if she heard about LeighLa, my other girlfriend? My friend Sweet Kitten warned me about having two girlfriends but I didn’t believe her. I thought it would be okay.

What do I do now? They’re both my favorites. This is serious disaster!

Bongo the Dog

Howl Bongo,

Normally, we would be upset about a male secretly balancing two girlfriends at once but you seem to care about both Lucy and LeighLa. Also, your sweet face has captivated us. You certainly have a way with the females.

We know you are conflicted but for a moment think of how Lucy must feel. Maybe she learned from your trail friends that LeighLa has entered the picture? Her feelings are most likely hurt.

Out of the goodness of your heart, we suggest giving her a special treat as a respectful gesture the next time you see her. Also, apologize for any pain you may have caused.

The next step out of this confusion is to decide what you really want. Do you want to have more than one lady in your life? Or are you ready to settle down in a committed relationship?

Take time to ponder what you would like. Think about it when you are on your walks, resting in your yard and as you drift off to sleep at night (We do some of our best thinking just before we fall asleep). There is an answer within you and it just needs to surface.

Once you have decided, let Lucy and LeighLa know what type of relationship you are looking for.

If you want to casually date more than one female that is fine just as long as they know about it.

However, if you truly want to have a steady girlfriend then pick the one that makes you feel happiest. Who do your feel most comfortable around when your collar is off? It may not be Lucy or LeighLa but someone you have yet to meet.

You won’t feel awkward on your trail walks anymore if the females know what your intentions are. What we really want from males is the truth. If that is missing than there is no chance at love.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marshmallow the Bichon Frise: How do I let go of a grudge?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Last year, I had a falling out with one of my friends. Her nice dog disguise came off and I saw her true colors.

We worked together as therapy dogs which is where her ugly side came out. She didn’t take the job seriously and would bark mean things about others to make herself look good. 

One day, I was feeling down because one of my humans had been in the hospital so I confided in her. Little did I know that she would share this information with our supervisor and mention that I may not be fit to work.

I was furious! I cut off all communication with her. I love my job and take it very seriously.

 All this time later, the thought of her makes my fur stand up straight. I want to let go of this anger for my own well-being. How do I do that?

-Marshmallow the Bichon Frise

Howl Marshmallow,

A story like this gets us grumbling mad. We don’t understand why some animals and humans feel the need to act like they are better than others.

Your former friend sounds like she has a lot of issues. Maybe she didn’t get out of her crate much as a puppy? Her nasty behavior is an attempt to compensate for something that is missing in her life.

Understandably, you have some pent-up anger towards this dog. We think you should write her a letter explaining how you feel betrayed, hurt and furious at her actions. Let those paw prints flow on the paper. It is your choice if you want to send it or not. Sometimes just getting your feelings out is relief enough and there is no need to involve the culprit.

The best thing you can do is focus on the supportive beings in your life. You seem to be a compassionate canine and you have a delicious name. Life is too short to hold a grudge. Also, carrying around that baggage can’t be good for your posture.

Get a massage and then walk freely because you dropped that baggage at the local dump.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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