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New Year, New Yoga (Seriously)

Dear Kid,

You’re not going to believe this. We’re doing yoga. Not just me. Your father is joining me. And enjoying it.

So far we’ve just done a 20 minute intro to yoga which consists mostly of breathing while sitting and then breathing while standing with one downward dog and one warrior pose. But we’ve now done it three days in a row, which I consider to be a Trend if not an actual Achievement.

Yoga. We haven't quite mastered this one...or anything even close. Breathing. We can breathe. DearKidLoveMom.comDad is quick to point out that it is not just yoga, it is Yoga with Adrienne. Adrienne has videos on YouTube which we are playing on the big TV (so it’s techy). If you want to see what we’re doing you too can follow along.

The funniest part of yoga is how the Puppy feels about it. He sees yoga as an invitation to play. We’re breathing calming. The Puppy is bouncing around. We bring our awareness to our center. He brings awareness to his toys. We go into downward dog. He head-butts me. It’s an interesting dynamic.

Not only are we doing yoga at home, Dad has been going to the gym with me. He’ll walk with me a little and then ride the bike a little. He’s even jogged a bit with me, but he insists on trying to correct my running form so I don’t encourage the jogging as I am not there for criticism or instruction.

New year, new us.

Love, Mom

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Empty Nests, River Otters, and Confusion

Dear Kid Child,

Your mother is losing her marbles (and let’s face it—she didn’t exactly have a full set to begin with). So I’ve sent her to bed (with the fond hope that she’ll have moved on to some new nonsense by tomorrow) and promised her I would write to you.

She wants to adopt river otters.

Sigh.

Your mother wants to adopt river otters. She needs something to cuddle. DearKidLoveMom.comYou heard me. River otters.

I blame her friend the internet.

And Empty Nest Syndrome.

Puppy: What is Empty Nest Syndrome?
Dad: It means Mom doesn’t have anyone to take care of.
Puppy (confused): You’re here to take care of.
Dad: Yep.
Puppy (affronted): And I’M here to take care of!
Dad: Yep.
Puppy (genuinely perplexed): And the Dust Dragons are here to take care of.
Dad: Yep.
Puppy: And she still wants river otters?
Dad: No. She just wants to snuggle something baby-like.
Puppy: I’m the baby!
Dad: Confusing, isn’t it?
Puppy: My thinker hurts. I’m going to take a nap.

I understand how he feels. But I also know we are not getting otters.

Love, Mom Dad

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Puppy Conversations | The Kid Goes Back to College

Dear Kid,

Puppy: Mom! There are suitcases.
Me: Yes, sweetie.
Puppy: And bags.
Me: Also true.
Puppy: Which means someone is leaving, right?
Me: Well, yes. The Kid is going back to college.
Puppy: What?!
Me: It’s time for him to go back to school.
Puppy: What did I do wrong?
Me: Wrong? Honey, you didn’t do anything wrong.
Puppy: Is it because I slept too much? I can try to stay awake more.
Me: Sweetie, he’s not leaving because of your sleeping.
Puppy: Then why is he leaving?! I tried to behave so he would stay.
Me: You are a wonderful Puppy. The Kid isn’t leaving because of how much you slept or how you behaved. He’s leaving because he has to go back to school.
Puppy: Does he still love me?
Me: Absolutely, he still loves you. It’s just time for him to leave.
Puppy: Will he hug me goodbye?
Me: Not only will he hug you, I’m betting he’ll give you a goodbye scratch under your chin.
Puppy: And he will come back?
Me: Yes, sweetheart. He will definitely come back.
Puppy: I guess that’s OK…but I still don’t like it.
Me: I certainly understand that.

Love, Mom

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Puppy Conversations | Pi Comes Home and Lasagna

Dear Kid,

Puppy: Where is she?
Me: What?
Puppy: MyGirlMyGirlMyGirl
Me: She’s sleeping.
Puppy: But she was just here.
Hi Friend! Puppy Conversations. DearKidLoveMom.comMe: She’s home. But right now she’s upstairs sleeping. You’ll have to wait.
Puppy: …
Puppy: …
Puppy: Ok, I waited. Where is she?
Me: You’ll have to wait a little more.
Puppy: This is very hard.

 

Puppy: I’m ready for lasagna.
Me: What?
Puppy: Lasagna. I’m ready.
Me: We don’t have lasagna.
Puppy: You could make some?
Me: And lasagna is not for puppies.
Puppy: Garfield eats lasagna.
Me: Garfield is a cat.
Puppy: I’ll pretend to be a cat if you give me lasagna.
Me: Since when do you read the comics?

 

Puppy: Here I am.
Me: Yes you are, you sweet thing.
Puppy: Sooo…?
Me: So?
Puppy: I smell the treat, Mom.
Me: You do?
Puppy: Do you doubt the World’s Greatest Nose?
Me: Silly me.
Puppy: I’m here. And the treat’s here.
Me: And?
Puppy: You’re not really good at math are you?

Love, Mom

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Puppy Conversations | Cooking for Thanksgiving (and Garbage)

Dear Kid,

Puppy: What is THAT wonderful thing?
Me: The garbage?
Puppy: It smells fantastic!
Me: Sniffing is allow. Touching is not.
Puppy: My nose is sooo happy.
Me: I’m very glad your nose is happy.
Puppy: When do we eat the stuff in that wonderful thing?
Me: We don’t.
Puppy: What?
Me: It’s the garbage.
Puppy: You said that. Garbage smells delicious.
Me: Garbage is not for Puppies.
Puppy: Ridiculous.
Me: Do not touch.
Puppy: It’s very hard to behave with that wonderful thing right there.

 

Puppy: What are you doing?
Me: I’m cooking.
Puppy: There are very good sniffs up there.
Me: I’m glad you approve.
Puppy: May I have a taste please?
Me: This is not for you.
Puppy: What?
Me: It’s for the family.
Puppy: But I’M family.
Me: Right. It’s for family members with only two legs.
Puppy: Not my fault you’re all limb-deficient.

 

Puppy: Mom!
Me: What?
Puppy: I have to eat some of those smells!
Me: No.
Puppy: What?
Me: No. Not for Puppies.
Puppy: We should talk about this.
Me: We can talk. Won’t change the answer.
Puppy: I don’t like this.
Me: I know, but we want to keep you healthy.
Puppy: I don’t think I like “healthy.”

Love, Mom

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Puppy Conversations | Thanksgiving Food and Staying Healthy

Dear Kid,

I'll just sit here and look adorable until you share some of the yummies. Puppy Conversations. DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: You’re cooking!
Me: Yes, I am.
Puppy: So that people can eat.
Me: Yep.
Puppy: I should probably taste things.
Me: Excuse me?
Puppy: To be sure things taste good. I’ll be your tester.
Me: I don’t need a taster.
Puppy: You taste.
Me: True.
Puppy: I should taste too.
Me: Not true.
Puppy: But it smells sooooo goooood.
Me: Thanksgiving food isn’t very good for Puppies.
Puppy: I think it will be very yummy.
Me: Perhaps. But your insides won’t be very happy.
Puppy: My tummy will be very happy.
Me: For a short time. But your liver and pancreas won’t be very happy.
Puppy: My which?
Me: I want to keep you healthy, so no tasting for you.
Puppy: None???
Me: Tell you what. How about a scoop of pumpkin?
Puppy: I LOVE pumpkin.
Me: Happy Thanksgiving, Puppy!

Not all people food is good for dogs. Cooked bones can splinter and cause serious problems. Raw turkey is not properly prepared for animals and may still have toxic pathogens. And fatty food can cause very serious issues. Stick with giving your pups lots of love. And maybe a tiny bit of cooked turkey (no skin) and a small scoop of plain pumpkin.

Love, Mom

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