Sabrina the Human: I need 5 engery-boosting tips to finish this exhausting week.

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am in the middle of one of the busiest weeks of my life. I have so much to do before Sunday ends and am losing my energy.

Between my paying job, a looming deadline for the business I am starting, my family and keeping the house in order, I feel like I have nothing left to give. I am working 16 hour days and need some help to finish off the week.

There are 5 more days left of craziness. Can you give me 5 tips to help me boost my energy and accomplish everything?

-Sabrina the Human

Howl Sabrina,

Whatever you do in the midst of your busy week, don’t forget to feed your pets! Most of us aren’t as good as our ancestors were at hunting down dinner.

It seems like life has given you everyone else’s work to do this week. That doesn’t seem fair. We will try to see if we can file a grievance.

Here are your tips to make sure you survive the remainder of this week with grace and poise.

1. Take a short nap either after your lunch kibble or before your dinner kibble. Nap for no more that 30 minutes on the couch. If you go to bed and sleep longer than 30 minutes you probably won’t get up until morning.

2. Treat yourself to something special. You may think this is the wrong week to be doing this. However, a massage, facial or special meal is probably just the thing to rejuvenate your tired mind and body. The massage usually works for us every time when the humans stress us out.

3. Chase something. For us, this is easy because we have pesky squirrels invading our yard every morning. An invigorating run with a purpose in mind gets the blood flowing. If you don’t have a squirrel to chase then pick out a tree or building to run to.

4. When you are done for the day, be done! Sometimes we go to bed contemplating tomorrow’s blog or if the humans will remember to feed us the good kibble for breakfast. This is wasted time in which we could be getting our beauty sleep. Close your eyes and dream of something nice.

5. Bark it out! You have a lot going on. When it feels like you can’t do anymore, find a friend who understands and bark about the situation. You will feel much lighter, like someone removed your leash and collar.

Best of luck with the rest of the week!


Bella and DiDi



Nia the Human: The weekend got away from me.

Dear Paws to Talk,

I am a busy working mother with two kids and a husband. At the end of each week, I stumble to the finish line due to exhaustion from work meetings, kid events and household chores.

I entered this past weekend determined to finish tasks that did not get accomplished during the week. Some of the things on my list were:

-Do laundry

-Pull weeds from the garden

-Grocery shopping

-Buy the kids summer clothes

-Organize everyone’s closet

-Clean my home office

Needless to say, it was a beautiful and sunny weekend so this list went out the window. I did pull some weeds from the garden but spent most of the time outside with my family. We went for ice cream and took in the summer air.

It was a glorious weekend. However, it is hard for me to get everything done during the week and now another weekend has slipped away. This morning, I feel the burden of my weekend duties that remain incomplete.  When will I find the time to get these things done? What should I do?

-Nia the Human

Howl Nia the Human,

I’m happy to hear that you had a nice weekend even though you didn’t complete your to do list. I think you did the right thing in enjoying the sensational weather with your family. It is important to keep things in order but not at the expense of your kids and husband.

My to do list doesn’t vary much from day-to-day. In fact, I have most of it memorized. Here it is:

-Act alert when Bella wakes the humans at dawn (I could sleep for a couple more hours if given the chance)

-Eat all of my breakfast

-Digest my breakfast 

-Make sure to take care of my business outside and not in the house (The humans get really mad when I confuse the carpet with the lawn)

-Patrol the yard morning, noon and night

-Love my humans and Bella every chance I get 

My list fits in organically with the activities that I enjoy doing each day. I understand that we all have things we must do in life that are not fun (it seems like laundry falls under this category) but maybe you should consider revising your list.

Can someone else do the laundry and organize the closets? You have children so give them a job to do. Isn’t that part of the reason why they are there?

Also, if you have money in your budget, hire someone to do the gardening and any other loose ends around the house.

I think the key here is to delegate parts of this list to others. You will have the piece of mind knowing that these chores are being done and that you can savor your weekends.

Of course, there are some things on your list that I recommend you do yourself such as organizing your home office. You want to make sure it is done just the way you like it. Maybe you can tackle this for a couple of hours during the week instead of saving it all for the weekend?

Finally, be sure to take your kids out shopping for new clothes. See this as a milestone you don’t want to miss. They get bigger every day and this could be a nice time to make some memories. Just don’t let them persuade you into purchasing too many collars.

I think if you split up your duties amongst the family and hired help you will breathe a lot easier. After all weekends are meant for fun. Mondays are meant for reminiscing about the weekend, not feeling guilty.











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Chloe the Bull Terrier: I lead a stressful life. How do I relax?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I lead a very busy life and can tend to get stressed out. With a house to patrol, 5 humans to take care of, many toys to keep track of and a boyfriend, I find it hard to relax. Can you give me some relaxation tips?

-Chloe the Bull Terrier

Howl Chloe,

Life can be very busy but you have to take moments to enjoy it. We have written below our favorite ways to relax. Hopefully, they inspire you.

Bella: When I need to relax, I go to my mommy and daddy’s room. I jump on the chaise lounge chair in the room, lie on my back and just let my paws dangle. This helps to release any stress I may have about the humans, DiDi and the fear that dinner could be sub-par tonight. While in my relaxation position, I also take deep breaths. I fill my furry rib cage and then release. The stress and anxiety leave me.

DiDi: I am a very laid-back dog so I don’t get stressed out that much. However, when strange humans mow my lawn, I feel tension building. I claw at the door while they are doing this to let them know I am supervising. It makes me feel a little better.

When I need to relax, I literally go inside this huge bush in the yard and hide. It gives me some important time away from Bella and the humans. Sometimes you just need solitude to put life in perspective. I love the feeling of the cool soil on my fur. While I am in the bush, I like to gnaw on the branches. I emerge from the bush a new girl.

You have to develop your own way to de-stress. Is there a place that makes you feel comfortable? Is there a hobby that allows you to feel calm? Try some things out.

Focus on what is important, like spending quality time with your humans and boyfriend. Defeat the stress monster.


Bella and DiDi
















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