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!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

Bella

DiDi

Mason the Human: How can I get my work week off to the best start?

Dear Paws to Talk,

 I start my work week in complete chaos. Monday morning comes and I often didn’t relax or finish weekend projects around the house. Then, I go to the office and get swept up in a tidal wave of work and meetings.

I make it through the week somehow and get some reprieve from the weekend. However, by Monday morning, I am flustered and do all I can to ride the title wave.

I rarely enter the work week organized and relaxed. How can I make this happen?

-Mason the Human

Howl Mason,

Although we have never rode a tidal wave, Mondays make us anxious too. The humans scatter and go to different places which makes it so difficult to watch over them. Then we are usually taken off guard by a cleaning person, mailman or repairman showing up unannounced. Plus, the cuddling percentages almost always drop during the week.

Not to mention, it will be probably another year before we finish our weekend project of building a bone dispenser.

No matter what is happening in your life, clearly the work week likes to grab a hold of you and rarely let go until Friday evening. However, we think there are some ways to make the work week less grabby. See below.

Map out your week

Is there one specific area where you feel the work week is negatively effecting you? For instance, maybe you like to run and cook your own meals, but the week gets so crazy you don’t do these things.
Instead of mourning your missed runs and recipes, think about when and how you can incorporate these things into your week. Maybe Wednesdays are slower than Mondays and a good day for these activities?

Let your weekend be a weekend

This is a tricky one. Admittedly, we rarely relax on the weekend because we are preoccupied watching the humans take part in their extra activities. Plus,  lately we have spent a lot of time building the bone dispenser so our weekends aren’t as peaceful as they should be. Thankfully, we have Monday and Tuesday afternoons off to catch up on some much-needed rest.

Since you probably can’t nap at your desk on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, don’t let your side projects or even work take away the time you would spend with your pets, family and friends. Sometimes it is more important to watch TV than answer an email. Give your paws a rest.

Indulge during the week

Sometimes a sumptuous piece of treat and kibble cake (we can email you the recipe if you want) is needed after a long day. Be kind to yourself and you won’t find the work week ruling your life.

Perhaps, a nice spa treatment or watching a movie is just the thing to provide a pleasant escape.

Above all, remember this is your life. You can make it be as lovely or torturous as you want.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Digby the Brussels Griffon: Where did my summer go?

      Digby courtesy of digbyvanwinkle.com

Dear Bella and DiDi

Firstly, thank you for your wonderful advice on dealing with the monster known as “hairdryer.” He’s not scary anymore and he actually helps me to get warm after a bath (which I appreciate as it’s very cold at our house at the moment). That’s actually what I have written to you to ask about.

I live in New Zealand. It seems like forever ago that the sun was always shining and the humans were coming home while it was still light out. It actually seemed like the sun was out for longer but I’m not very good at telling time so I can’t confirm that 100%.

We were going to the beach everyday and playing with so many other dogs. It was a lot of fun! Now, we go to the beach only on weekends but it’s cold and there aren’t many dogs there.

I have many friends from around the world and it looks like most of them are now enjoying the warmth and long days that I am missing! Did they steal the sun from me? Where have my warm days gone?

-Digby the Brussels Griffon

Howl Digby,

We are sorry you are cold! There is nothing worse than being reduced to a trembling ball of frigid fur.

First of all, no one stole your sun. In fact, we don’t think anyone actually owns the sun. It is so high up in the sky who could reach it?

The lack of sun happens to us too. You are not alone even though it seems like everyone (including us) is experiencing long, sunshine-filled days.

Our sun usually goes on vacation when the humans start carving pumpkins and cooking turkeys. Are your humans partaking in those activities? Maybe those are signals that cold days are ahead?

We believe that those sunny days you love so much will return. In the meantime, while the cold days are present, make the most of them.

Use this time to do some extra cuddling with the humans. There is nothing wrong with hovering under a blanket on a cold day. Are there any good movies on TV you can watch? Help your humans cook a lovely cold weather stew and then demonstrate a sad face so they put some in your bowl.

Even though you yearn for those sunny days, the cold days can be just as gratifying. Stay warm!

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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M.J. the Human: How can I add more balance to my life?

Dear Paws to Talk,

My life is so busy. I have a husband, two kids, one dog, one cat, and a full-time job. Most days I feel like I barely get all my tasks done so that everyone’s needs are met. I usually collapse into bed at night from sheer exhaustion. Is there a way I can add more balance to my life?

-M.J. the Human

Howl M.J.,

Life can get so busy that it becomes hard to slow down. As much as you have a responsibility to make sure all of your humans and animals are properly taken care of, you also have to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself then you are no good to your family and will be less productive at your job.

As difficult as this sounds, try to take at least one hour out of the day to do something for yourself. Walk your paws, take a nap or enjoy a view with a nice treat. There are many options. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your pets. We are in our humans’ lives to provide joy and support. Sometimes all you need is a canine hug or feline cuddle to recharge your battery.

Our life is different from yours but maybe you can get an idea of balance by seeing our daily schedule. We have written it out below.

Bella and DiDi’s Daily Schedule:

6:00AM – Bella or DiDi wake the humans.

6:00-6:30AM – Do business in the yard, run around and hide toys that were left out the day before.

6:30-6:40AM – Kibble time!

6:40-7AM – Wake up any humans who may still be asleep in the house.

7-7:30AM – Collect kisses and pets on the head from our humans.

7:30-8AM – Game of catch in the yard with our mommy.

8-8:30AM – Help humans get ready for work. This usually means we approve or veto outfits for our mommy to wear that day.

8:30AM – Get the humans out the door.

8:30-10AM – Write our blog.

10AM-11AM – Go on a walk with our neighbor.

11-11:30AM -Eat any remaining kibble from breakfast.

11:30-2PM – Nap time

2PM – At least one human (usually our daddy) comes home and finishes work from our home computer.

2-4PM – DiDi lies on the human’s feet while watching afternoon talk shows. Bella sits like a statue in front of the human with a sad face trying to get them to stop working. Some barks are thrown in to make a more persuasive argument.

4-5PM – Back to the yard for more games of catch or tug of war.

5PM – Kibble time!

5-6PM – Check on our blog

6-9PM -Entertain our humans

9PM – Bella puts herself to sleep upstairs.

9-11PM – DiDi guards and patrols the yard.

11PM – DiDi is forced to go to bed by humans.

As you can see we keep a busy day but we can’t constantly serve our humans or be pursuing our writing career. We need some breaks during the day. Feel free to start following our daily routine. It is quite satisfying.

We hope you can find more balance in your life.

Woof,

Bella and DiDi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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