Zach the dog: How do I break up with my girlfriend?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have been dating my girlfriend (who I prefer not to name) for 6 months. She is smart, funny and has a lovely fur coat. Overall, she is a wonderful canine, However, I don’t have romantic feelings for her anymore.

I know that I need to break up with her for both of our sakes but I don’t know how. Last week, I took her for premium chow outside of our yards figuring that over a nice meal I could end it. At least then, her tummy would be full even if her heart might be broken.

But I couldn’t do it. I knew it would be hard. How do I break up with her?

-Zach the dog

Howl Zach,

I am relieved that you care enough about your girlfriend to ask for advice on how to deal with this difficult situation. Some men can be such wild animals.

No matter how painful it may be, most of us just want to know the truth. Don’t waste our time or say you are too busy to take us out of the yard for date night because in reality you don’t care about the relationship anymore.

Before you do anything, make sure that you are ready for the relationship to end. Are you sure those romantic feelings have diminished? Can you live without seeing her gorgeous fur coat on a regular basis?

If breaking up is still the correct choice,then perk your ears up. Go to your girlfriend’s yard when she won’t be crowded by humans or other animals and tell her your feelings have changed.

Then just listen to what she has to say. When she is done crying, barking or reminiscing, tell her again how fabulous you think she is. Explain how you agonized over this. Be gentle and kind.

If you handle this sad situation with grace, it will help both of you to move on peacefully. Leave the gate to the yard open because you never know who may trot through it in the future.

Woof,

Bella

Bella

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

Frank the French Bulldog: How do I smile more?

Dear Paws to Talk,

At first glance, I may not look like the happiest dog on the planet. It is my loose jowls. They make it a bit more difficult for me to smile.

However, inside I am a jovial canine who loves others. Unfortunately, humans and other animals can be put off by my business-like appearance.

How do I smile more and let my inside personality show on the outside?

-Frank the French Bulldog

Howl Frank,

You have come to the right place! I love to smile and over my many years on this planet have perfected a winning grin.

                     Bella: Is this a smile or is this a smile?

On the other paw, DiDi is one of the happiest beings I know but doesn’t always flash her pearly whites. She likes to save her smiles for when they count. I think this is part of her guard dog instinct.

DiDi: I am smiling on the inside but working to protect my yard on the outside.

It is wonderful that you want to smile more because it will make others more comfortable around you and have an overall positive impact on your attitude.

Since you have some physical challenges that make it harder for you to smile, I suggest the following exercises.

1. Loosen up your jowls by shaking your head back and forth. Who cares if you get some drool on the humans’ floor? Shake it out!

2. Hop up on a chair in front of a mirror and smile. It is important to watch yourself do this because you want to show off an authentic smile. No one enjoys an awkward, half-smile.

3. Let you inner energy flow. The next time you are on a walk, smile at everyone. Soon you won’t even have to think about it. You will have a wide grin that everyone will adore.

Perfecting your smile is the easy part but having the desire to spread cheer is special.

Woof,

Bella

Bella

Bella and DiDi: Butt in! But out!

Howl,

Alright, we know, us dogs butt in a lot. It is how we say hello and make sure we know who has joined our pack.

However, a butt in is not the same as a but in. For starters, the smell is different. A but in smells like nothing where a butt in has a particular scent that teaches us so much such as what you ate for breakfast, how you are feeling and what type of species you are.

But ins rarely serve anyone well unless an emergency is involved. When have you ever felt happy in the midst of a but in?

The but in hurts feelings, creates anger and is fueled by speculation. The butt in is a useful tool.

Next time you think of pulling a but in, be sophisticated like us canines and go for the butt in.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bubba the little human: Why don’t cats love me as much as dogs do?

                  Bubba trying to love a cat. Courtesy of bumpyroadtobubba.com

Dear Paws to Talk,

Why don’t cats like Bubba girl loves as much as dogs do? I am a little girl with a lot of loves to give and it makes me so sad when my cat friends run away from me. My Mumma wrote about this recently because I was so upset.

Our dogs, Bella and Beary and all of our other puppy friends are so happy to stay around for my loves. Mumma says my loves are the best kind of loves. So what’s with the cats?

Special Bubba loves for you both,

Bubba

xox

Howl Bubba,

To begin with, you are an adorable little human. If you were in our yard we would spoil you with kisses and Poodle hugs. That sweet face of yours might even convince us to give you some of our special treats. Maybe.

Scientists, philosophers, and great thinkers have tried to figure out on the whole why cats don’t seem to give out love as freely as dogs do. So far there don’t seem to be any solid answers.

But don’t let that get you down. We have some cat friends who are very affectionate and we also know some dogs who would rather be left alone. No matter what kind of animal you are, there is a chance to be loving or distant. We choose loving because more happiness and treats are involved this way.

Maybe your cats were teased by their litter mates and don’t know how accept love?  Perhaps, they only like being near other cats because that makes them comfortable? Our world is filled with all kinds of species who act a certain way because of their own life experiences.

Of course, their behavior has nothing to do with you. If a cat doesn’t want to cuddle with you, that is their problem. They are missing out!

We suggest you keep trying to give them your loves. You are a sweet girl and should not change your way because of others.

We hope one day these cats can appreciate the precious little lady in front of them trying to brighten their day.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheila the Cat: I’m dating online but not connecting with anyone I like. Should I continue?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I have been a single feline for quite a while so at the urging of my friends I joined an online dating site.

It has been fun to look at the gorgeous and interesting males on the site. I have written to many but the ones I like never write back.

Instead, I seem to get messages in my mailbox from men that I am not attracted to. I don’t want to sound superficial but I like a guy that is not losing his fur, doesn’t crack jokes about his time in the litter box and wants to accomplish goals in life. Why is that too much to ask for?

I am not sure how to meet my mate at this point. I know many animals and humans who have met their mates online. Should I continue the online dating?

-Sheila the Cat

Howl Sheila,

We’re glad you wrote to us. Even though our kind is supposed to disagree with your kind, we find ourselves relating to your question as we are two single ladies too.

It is one of the great mysteries of our time as to why it can be so difficult to find the right mate. We are determined to get to the bottom of this, even if we have to dig night and day in our yard to find the buried answer.

It is terrific that you are putting yourself out there. If you stay hiding behind the sofa or in your carpeted cat tower then no mate will ever find you.

We think you should stick with the online dating. It seems to be an effective tool even though it may not work wonders right away.

In addition to that, do some other things to help find your mate. If there is an activity you enjoy or cause your believe in (Perhaps, a litter box etiquette group?) then join the groups that participate in these things.This way you can meet some males who share your values.

Also, when you are looking out the window or out with your humans, keep your eyes wide. You never know when the right guy will appear.

Do they have magical powers? We have heard so many stories of men appearing at the right time in a woman’s life.

What can we say? It can be hard being a single woman these days. However, don’t lose hope. Also, don’t settle for a feline that doesn’t make your heart flutter.

We’ll keep digging for a solution. If all else fails let’s get together and have a single ladies’ night on the town.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gus the Bulldog: What do women really want?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I just got dumped by my girlfriend. I am so confused. Just a few weeks ago, she told me that she wanted a tough guy. Admittedly, I am not really a tough guy at heart but knew how to beef (yum) up my manliness.

I worked out more, spent less time cuddling with her and exchanged all my plush toys for rawhide bones.

One night while we were out with friends, I made sure everyone knew she was mine. I clinched her collar with my teeth and led her to our next hang out destination. I felt guilty about doing this but I thought she was impressed with my manly domination.

A week later, she left me, saying that her needs weren’t being met. She wanted someone more sensitive. Why didn’t she see that I am truly a sensitive guy and that I only became more macho for her? What do women really in a man?

-Gus the Bulldog

Howl Gus,

See three different answers below. One each from Bella, DiDi and our Poodle nephew Toby.

 

Bella: I think women want a smart, funny and athletic man who has most of his fur still intact. Personally, if he knows how to play a good game  fetch that is a bonus. I think when men act macho they are hiding something.

 

 

 

DiDi: I want a man who can play all day. Tug of war, fetch and hide and seek. You name it! If it is a fun game let’s play. Also, he has to be comfortable hiding in the bushes with me as that is one of my favorite things to do. If a man is willing to have fun day after day then he is perfect or me.

 

 

Toby: In my experience, women want the sweet guy. Sometimes they lose their minds and think the macho guy is better. Usually, women come back later for the nice guy.

They want an adorable face that will listen to them and give kisses. I have been blessed with a precious face, toned body and glorious fur coat so I am ahead of the game.

However, I believe every guy is able to be sweet even if they have a beefy look. Then again, what do I know? I’m just a man.

Woof,

Bella, DiDi and Toby

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