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

Rory the Teenaged Human: Should I watch the news?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I enjoy watching television like most teenagers do. I mostly watch sports and music videos. My parents keep telling me that I should watch more news. They claim I need to be aware of what is happening in the world.

Although, when I actually watch the news, it makes me sad. It seems like all the news programs only air stories about shootings, wars, people without jobs and a lot of confusing politics. After a half-hour of watching news I feel blue and a bit helpless. Do I really need to watch the news?

-Rory the Teenaged Human

Howl Rory,

It is nice to hear from a member of the younger human set. You have asked an excellent  question.

We watch the news sometimes with our humans. However, when they started barking back at the TV we leave the room. They can be so embarrassing!

It is our opinion that you should watch the news. Your parents are right in that you need to be aware of events and issues in our world. Unfortunately, violence, disaster and crime are apart of the society we live in. Maybe seeing all of this despair will make you realize how lucky you are?

While you need to know about the serious stuff that happens in this world, it doesn’t have to be the only news you take in. There are many positive things going on such as animal adoption, scientific breakthroughs and thriving volunteer programs.

Of course, don’t forget to stay current on your canine news publications and blogs. Our community has a lot of good information to offer. Plus, you might get a plush toy or bone with your subscription to these news outlets. That is something the network news shows don’t offer.

Take it all in and decide what issues touch your heart. The world can be a sad place but you have the ability to change that message.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milo the Cornish Rex Cat: I reached for my dream! My exclusive advice interview with Bella and DiDi.

Howl,

A couple of months ago, a very athletic feline named Milo wrote to us about his dream of jumping as a part of the United States Track and Field Team at this year’s Olympics.

Milo working on his leaping skills with the help of a few friends.

The Olympic Trials have now passed and we are curious to see if he will be soon be boarding an airplane to London!

Here is an interview we did with Milo just a couple of days ago:

Bella and DiDi: Did you make it to the Olympic Trials?

Milo: I did! After I read your advice, I trained night and day. Then I convinced my humans to take me on a road trip.

Bella and DiDi: Good for you! You are a very influential cat! How did you do?

Milo: Well, I got so exhausted after the warm-up that I was unable to go on. I didn’t actually end up competing at the trials.

Bella and DiDi: Oh my. That is terrible. There is nothing you can do when you feel that way. If you need a nap, you need a nap. How are you feeling about the experience?

Milo: I am obviously disappointed I didn’t make the team. However, I don’t regret trying to be an Olympian even though some look at me and think I am just some cat. If I hadn’t tried I would always have wondered what was possible.

Bella and DiDi: Do you think you will train for the 2016 games?

Milo: I am going to jump everyday and try to improve my skills. I’ll see how I feel in a couple of years. One thing that I realized after the trials is that as much as I want to be an Olympian that doesn’t compare to the rush I get after making a huge jump. I might be happy finishing out my career seeing what obstacles I can perform around my house and yard.

Bella and DiDi: We admire your determination and passion. We wish more beings would reach for their dreams like you did.

Milo: Thank you. I wish for that too.

Bella and DiDi: Enjoy your next jump and nap.

Milo: I will!

Woof,
Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ralphie the English Bulldog: Why won’t my older brother play with me?

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Dear Paws to Talk,

I am a fun-loving 2-year-old English Bulldog. Currently, I live with my humans and Mattingly, my 5-year-old English Bulldog brother. We share a beautiful house, have a plentiful amount of toys and get a lot of love from our humans.

However, something is missing. I like to wrestle, go on expeditions in the yard and play chase but Mattingly wants no part of these activities. He will play tug of war for a few minutes a day but that is it.

Instead, Mattingly would rather sunbathe on the deck. I thought he was supposed to be my partner in crime? Why won’t he play with me?

-Ralphie the English Bulldog

Ralphie: I want to play but my brother wants to sleep. *Sigh*

Howl Ralphie,

Speaking as an older sibling, I can understand how Mattingly feels. As one progresses through life, it is not all about the thrill of roughhousing. You learn that quiet time can be very satisfying. This may be difficult for you to comprehend since you are a young dog.

Just because Mattingly, would rather relax on the deck, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Invite some neighbors over for a yard expedition. Maybe you’ll find some old toys Mattingly buried and forgot about?

Practice your wrestling moves on the living room floor. Stay limber and sharp in case Mattingly suddenly wants to duel. Also, maybe one of your humans will see your skills and decide they want to challenge you to a match?

Lastly, don’t let Mattingly become too lazy. Sure we all enjoy catching rays while reclining in a lounge chair, but there is more to life than this.

When Mattingly is least expecting it, surprise him with a loud brotherly bark. Take him by the collar if you have to and show him how fun it is to play. If Mattingly learns that special toys are being dug up, he will likely join you on the next yard expedition.

Sometimes us elders need a little reminder on how to be young again.

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Olivia the Bullmastiff: I’m swimsuit-ready! My exclusive advice interview with Bella and DiDi.

Howl,

A few weeks ago, Olivia the Bullmastiff wrote to us for some advice on how to get her body ready for the swimsuit season. After a lot of hard work, Olivia is feeling better and ready to turn heads this summer.

                  Olivia the Bullmastiff

We interviewed her about this transformation. See below.

Bella and DiDi: Olivia thanks for speaking with us. You look great!

Olivia: Thank you! I feel great!

Bella and DiDi: Tell us exactly what you did to lose those extra pounds and get toned.

Olivia: For starters, I ate only the food my humans put in my dish. No scraps or extra treats. I allowed myself to have a treat a few times a week.

Then, I made sure to follow the fitness program you suggested. I ran a lot of laps and did many Paw-Ups. Also, I stood in the Do Your Business Position for long periods of time. My legs burned but it was worth it.

In addition to that, my humans started taking me on more walks. Maybe they sensed my desire to get in shape?

Bella and DiDi: That is excellent! Was it hard to exercise almost everyday and cut back on the treats? For a lot of species, this can be a difficult thing to do.

Olivia: It was very challenging. However, I wanted to be in shape more than I wanted to eat treats. I kept that in mind when I passed by the treat jar. In my opinion, you have to allow yourself to indulge every now and then which is why I didn’t totally eliminate treats from my diet.

The exercise part was a bit easier for me because I like to be active. I enjoy breaking a sweat. Of course, I needed an extra nap here and there to recover but that wasn’t an issue.

Bella and DiDi: Did you wear a headband or any other gear while working out?

Olivia: I just wear my collar.

Bella and DiDi: We always have to wear bandanas or headbands when we work out thanks to our furry heads but we digress.

Olivia: I like headgear. It can be very stylish.

Bella and DiDi: Thank you. While as you may remember, we agreed to follow the program with you. The first week went well. However, then we became been busy with family events, day trips, taking care of humans and dispensing advice to our beloved readers. How do you suggest we stick with the program when life gets so busy?

Olivia: That is a tough question. Just know, that there will always be distractions in life. You need to schedule time to do the work out. Maybe before breakfast or in the late afternoon before dinner?

When you are at social functions, remember to eat only what you need to satisfy your bellies. You’ll get back on track. If I can do it so can you!

Bella and DiDi: Thanks Olivia. You give very strong advice. We have a workout planned for this afternoon. So what is the first swimsuit your going to wear to show off your body?

Olivia: I have a leopard print bikini that I plan on wearing later this week to a pool party my humans are hosting at our house.

Bella and DiDi: Very bold!

Olivia: I think it will turn heads.

Bella and DiDi: Do you plan on sticking to the program and maintaining your body?

Olivia: I do. I will stay fit because I feel most happy this way.

Bella and DiDi: Congratulations on your success. If you are asked to pose in a fitness magazine make sure you say your body is by Bella and DiDi.

Olivia: I will! Thanks for your help! Good luck with your workouts!

Bella and DiDi: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Enjoy the summer.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bo the Yellow Lab: I want more adventure in my life. What should I do?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I was watching TV the other day and saw a skateboarding dog. I observed with fascination as he went down hills and around corners.

After seeing this display of skill and extreme fun, I have decided that I want more adventure in my life. I love my walks, yard and playgroup but I think something is missing. I am a physically fit dog and would like to use all of my athleticism to do something exciting.

What should I do to satisfy my need for more adventure?

-Bo the Yellow Lab

Howl Bo,

I have seen that skateboarding bulldog and he is very talented. I think that it is wonderful that you want to have more adventures. For me, I get my thrills hopping over the stone wall and surveying the creek that is behind it. However, some dogs like to pursue other fun activities.

Before you attempt any of the suggestions I am about to give, make sure you are really fit. Set up an obstacle course in your yard and make sure you can complete it with ease. Be sure to stretch before and after. I would never forgive myself if I told you to try skydiving and you pulled a muscle.

Here are some activities you can do:

-Surfing: You’ll need a big board and a human to help you paddle. When you feel ready, stand up on the middle part of the board and ride the wave.

-Agility Competitions: Many canines participate in these events. They involve running and jumping with great speed and force. The winners usually get ribbons and a lot of treats which are additional perks.

-Take Your Human for a Ride: You can do this with a human on a bike or rollerblades. Have them put you on a leash (I know that statement sounds ridiculous but trust me on this one) and then get on their bike or strap on their skates. Next, pull with all of your might until both of you are moving. Let your human help you a bit by pedaling or skating lightly. This should be great fun and exercise.

I hope you spice up your daily routine with these activities. Just remember, that adventure is all around. It could be in the ocean or even in your own yard. You hold the ability to make your life all you want it to be.

Woof,

DiDi

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Milo the Cornish Rex Cat: I want to be an Olympian. Is this dream ridiculous?

 

Dear Paws To Talk,

My name is Milo and I am a young and athletic feline. Ever since I was a kitten, I have been able to leap far. My humans say I was born with springs on my paws. I spend most of my days leaping and trying to beat my own personal records. I use flower pots, deck chairs, other cats and cars as jumping markers. Each time I set a goal to leap past a marker, I do it.

I have always wanted to be an Olympian. I figure the team could use my leaping skills in the long jump event. I haven’t shared my dream with anyone because I don’t know if it is silly. After all, I am just an amateur leaper who has never competed in an event beyond my back yard. Is it ridiculous to think I could be a part of the Olympic team this summer?

-Milo the Cornish Rex Cat

Howl Milo,

What a fabulous natural gift you have. It sounds like your flourishing ability might be perfect for a long jump competition.

As I have mentioned before, I am a very talented at catching fly balls. A few years ago, I planned on trying out for the Boston Red Sox. I thought I would have made a great outfielder for the team.

I never made it to the tryout because my own doubts took over (my ride to the stadium fell through but that is a different story). Thoughts raced through my head. What would people think of a four-legged creature playing for this beloved professional baseball team? What if I looked terrible in the uniform? What if my talents did not translate to the baseball diamond? I regret doubting myself. What I did was truly ridiculous.

Your dream is not ridiculous. If we don’t act on our dreams then we miss some of the best experiences in life.

Do you live near Oregon? I did a little bit of research and this is where the USA Olympic Track and Field Team qualifying events are happening this summer. Find a way to get there and show off your natural abilities. If the tryout doesn’t go favorably, at least you can say you leaped toward your dream.

I hope to see you on TV during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies wearing one of those hideous team uniforms waving at the camera. Good luck!

Woof,

Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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