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The Puppy, the Robin, and the Worm

Dear Kid,

The Puppy and I saved a worm today.

Puppy's (temporary) new best friend. DearKidLoveMom.comWe were out for our morning walk (as we do in the morning), and saw a robin yanking up a worm for breakfast. The worm seemed to be exceptionally reluctant to be eaten; the robin seemed to be exceptionally intent on eating it.

We were curious, the Puppy and I. So we gently, ever so gently, took a few steps forward to get a better look-see.

We did not intend to deprive the robin of his morning repast. We did not intend to rescue the worm.

But the robin got a little spooked and took off and the worm dove underground. The robin didn’t go far and in no time at all was chomping on some bugs and listening for worms.

Listening for worms? One of the world’s Top 10 Silent Creatures?

Apparently so.

Birds use sight (oooh, look! Worm tail!), sound (me thinks I hear a worm!), scent (fe-fi-fo-fum, I smell worm!), vibrations (the earth is shaking! It must be a worm!), and Google maps to find their prey.

Worms on the other hand have far more limited skills. They eat dirt so you really can’t expect highly developed brains. Worms can feel vibrations but too often instead of interpreting the vibration correctly (dang! It’s bird! Dive! Dive!), they poke their heads up (forgetting that they are blind) to see what’s going on (Hey, wanna be friends?).

While the worm we saved didn’t stick around to award us the Badge of Worm Savior, we waved good morning to its tail and went on our way.

Love, Mom

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Seven Things You Never Knew About Dogs

Dear Kid,

We all (and by “all” I mean “all people who like dogs”) know that dogs are wonderful, adorable, and pretty much the best listeners on the planet. But do you know that.

Puppy running with the ball. Puppy Conversations #PuppyConversations DearKidLoveMom.comDogs have three (count ‘em, 3) eyelids. The third lid (the nictitating membrane) keeps puppy’s eyes moist and lubricated.

Speaking of eyes, in ancient Egypt when a pet dog died, its owners would shave their eyebrows off and smear mud in their hair as part of their mourning. Today, most people skip the eyebrow shave.

The sign of the dog in Chinese astrology symbolizes loyalty and discretion with a touch of the temperamental. The Mayans symbolized every 10th day with the dog which symbolized outstanding leadership skills.

Queen Elizabeth (the 1st) had a thing for pocket beagles. (Pocket beagles are typically 7-11 inches tall, a height also achieved when one is a beagle/dachshund rescue mix).

Dogs have 18 muscles in each ear. While they have excellent hearing, food often improves their ability to hear and interpret commands.

If they decide to run to you to get the food you’re bribing them with, you might notice that the average dog runs about 19 mph (plus or minus depending on their age, weight, distance involved, and how well you chose the bribe in question).

A group of pugs is called a “grumble.” I have no idea why.

Love, Mom

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Puppy Conversations | How We Spent Saturday

Puppy Conversations | How We Spent Saturday

Dear Kid,

The Puppy and I were snuggling in the hammock.

Puppy: You left me.
Me: We left you earlier, but just for a while.
Puppy Conversations DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: Where did you go?
Me: First we went down to Fountain Square.
Puppy: Why did you go there?
Me: We went to a Climate Change Rally.
Puppy: I would like to go to a Climate Change Rally.
Me: Possibly another time.
Puppy: So did you?
Me: Did we what?
Puppy: Did you change the climate?
Me: Well, not yet.
Puppy: Then it can’t have been a very good rally.
Me: And then we had lunch.
Puppy: I like lunch.
Me: But this was not a lunch for Puppies.
Puppy: That’s not very friendly.
Me: It was a lovely lunch. Then we went to the Kirby Nature Preserve’s new Nature Center.
Puppy: I like nature centers.
Me: I think you would have liked going to on the hike with us.
Puppy: I LOVE hikes.
Me: Then we went to Putz’s for ice cream.
Puppy: I like ice cream.
Me: You’ve never had ice cream.
We took Pi to Putz's Creamy Whip for ice cream. DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: But I’m sure I would like ice cream.
Me: I’m sure you would too.
Puppy: But you didn’t take me!
Me: No, we didn’t take you.
Puppy: I’m sad.
Me: But we’re back home now.
Puppy: Yes! You’re here now.
Me: And we’re snuggling.
Puppy: I’m so happy.
Me: I’m glad, honey. I’m happy too.

Love, Mom

 
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Puppy Conversations | Someone Needs Attention

Puppy Conversations | Someone Needs Attention

Dear Kid,

And there I was at 10:45pm listening to Dad snore gently as I watched sheep race up to fence, then stop and enter into a philosophical discussion about whether they were being kept in or out. DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: ‘Scuse me, ‘scuse me, Puppy coming through.
Me: Am I in your way?
Puppy: Not exactly.
Me: “Not exactly” because you’re climbing into my lap?
Puppy: That’s where the attention is.
Me: And you need attention?
Puppy: Exactly.

 

Me: Can I help you, sir?
Puppy: I need attention.
Me: What kind of attention do you need?
Puppy: What kind of attention you got?
Me: I have snuggling attention. Will that work?
Puppy: I was hoping more for a good scratch behind the ears kind of attention.
Me: I think I can make that work.

 

Me: Where are you going?
Puppy: To take a nap.
Me: I thought you needed attention.
Puppy: I did. Now I need a nap.
Me: I feel abandoned.
Puppy: You’re not a very good pillow.

Love, Mom

 
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Puppy Conversations | In Which We Learn About Corgis

Dear Kid,

Puppy: What are you doing?
Me: I was looking at things on my computer.
Puppy: Was?
Me: Now you’re in my way.
Puppy: We can watch together.
Me: That would be easier if you weren’t in my way.
Puppy: Not for me.

Puppy Conversations | In Which We Learn About Corgis DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: So what are you looking at?
Me: Corgis.
Puppy: Am I a Corgi?
Me: You are not.
Puppy: How can you tell?
Me: Corgis have stumpy little legs.
Pi: He has stumpy little legs.
Puppy: I love my legs! They reach all the way to the ground!
Me: Corgis have ears that stick up.
Pi: Yep. Your ears definitely do not stick up, buster. You have very floppy ears.
Me: Corgi butts are called momos.
Puppy: What?
Pi: What? They have a special butt name? That’s ridiculous!
Puppy: I want a special butt name.
Kid: Your special butt name is butt-head.
Pi: Why do they have a special butt name?
Me: Momo means “peach” in Japanese. Apparently, Corgi butts look like peaches.

Everyone falls on the floor laughing at the idea of peach butts and furry Corgi peach butts.

Me: Corgis are herding dogs.
Puppy: What?
Pi: I heard you.
Puppy: I herd you.
Me: Because they are so low to the ground, Corgis would herd cattle by nipping at their ankles.
Puppy: It’s herdly surprising.
Everyone falls back to the floor making herd puns.

Me: When a Corgi flops on the floor, it’s not called flopping, it’s called “splooting.”

Everyone is laughing too hard to breathe.

Pi: I thought I herd you say splooting?!
Me: You did indeed.
Pi: I never knew Corgis were this funny.
Puppy: Sploot! Sploot!

Puppy: I think I look like the puppy in the picture. Maybe I really am a Corgi.
Pi: Your coloring is similar, but really you’re much more handsome.
Puppy: Oh. Well, that’s ok then.

Love, Mom

 
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Puppy Conversations | Melting In The Rain

Puppy Conversations | Melting In The Rain

Dear Kid,

Puppy Conversations: What Your Pet Wants You to Know (Conversations with the Dog) by Judi Cogen is here! Details coming soon. DearKidLoveMom.comMe: Come on, Puppy, it’s time for a walk.
Puppy: I don’t think so.
Me: What do you mean? It’s time for a walk.
Puppy: I have very good hearing.
Me: Then let’s go.
Puppy: And it sounds like rain.
Me: You’ll live, let’s go.
Puppy: And I have very good sniffing.
Me: Right. You love to sniff. Let’s go.
Puppy: And it smells like rain.
Me: Time for a walk. Hup to it.
Puppy: I don’t like rain.
Me: And yet, still, it is time for a walk.
Puppy: What we have here, is a failure to communicate.
Me: No more late night movies for you. Move it.

 

Puppy: You’re weird.
Me: Um, thank you? What are you talking about?
Puppy: You make me take baths.
Me: Oh, yes.
Puppy: You don’t take baths.
Me: I shower.
Puppy: You don’t invite me.
Me: Correct.
Puppy: Do you get wet in the shower?
Me: Yes. Water, soap, shampoo, the whole bathing experience.
Puppy: That’s my point.
Me: You lost me there, kiddo. What’s your point?
Puppy: That you don’t melt.
Me: We’re talking about melting?
Puppy: When we go out in the rain, you put on boots, and a jacket, and take a little house
Me: Umbrella?
Puppy (continuing): and make sure you don’t get wet. I get wet in the rain.
Me: Ah.
Puppy: I thought maybe you melted in rain.
Me: Well, rain water is different than shower water.
Puppy: WHAT?
Me: Just teasing. I don’t melt.
Puppy: Good to know.

Love, Mom

 
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