Saturday, September 25, 2010


MAXMOM here...

Hello there to all my friends across the globe...
It’s been another invigorating week!

Toby was 9 weeks old on Thursday and is using every gram of his being to refurbish and reorganise our household.

I can’t believe how the time has flown. It seems like yesterday when I held my little one-week-old Golden sausage in my hands; a little bundle of canine potential which time itself would graciously unwrap.

Our energised “white lightning” now weighs in at 7.7kg and gets up to all sorts of puppy mischief. Our household is in a state of rapid transformation! 

 “7.7kgs” has certainly changed my own sleeping habits. Not only do I sleep soundly when I can (from utter physical fatigue), but we are all dragged up at the crack of dawn for an early sunrise "rumble in the jungle".
This energy can usually be dissipated with Toby’s regular ‘puppy-play-sessions’ with Asta. She is a good match and generally allows him to understand his limitations. At home however, Tammy-Girl is best...

Thankfully, we have had few accidents of elimination - he’s been marvellous with his housetraining! Indeed we’ve not had to ‘train’ him much – Toby’s choice of newsstands has been instinctive – he is polite and I am eternally grateful! 

However all is not calm. Overnight our laundry is usually redistributed around the rooms of the house, shoes are extricated from solitary corners and items that have been abandoned for eons have suddenly come to light. It’s been interesting to see what strange treasures have been unearthed. Toby has proved himself to be a ‘retriever’ of note!

King Toffee – the wise one – has stayed out of harm’s way.  The wisdom of old-age has descended on his royal crown and he has finally learnt that the best form of defence against youth is simply to stare into the blue yonder and pretend that nothing has changed.

Toffee's rank as ‘King of Laps’ remains unchanged. One of the blessings of life is that retrievers grow fast and their occupation of the ultimate ‘lap space’ is short lived. In essence...King Toffee’s throne is intact! He remains small, cute and pampered.

Tammy-Girl, on the other hand, has discovered the elixir of youth. This fountain has thrown all its glory her way – she has another bubbly partner to accompany and the world is good again!

She has introduced Toby to the tantalising taste of Carob pods, encouraged him to bark for his food and shown him the ropes of alerting us to front-door activity. “Toy-boys have their advantage!” she says, “Especially when you are the apple of their eye!”

As for me:  My family is home for a long weekend, the weather is glorious, the garden is Eden, the swimming pool is calling and I am getting puppy-fitter by the day.

Life is good...and Toby continues to grow in leaps and bounds!

 One week to go and then his all-important “Puppy Classes” commence. Oh Boy!

Sending lotsaluv to you all.
Have a wonderful,happy and energised weekend!


Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Little Toby really is growing quickly! He is such a cutiepie. Ahhh youth. How it invigorates!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...



Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

What a sweetheart!! And such beautiful photos!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Dexter said...

Puppy school! Yahoo! I wish they had puppy school for grown up dogs. I think everybody is fitting in quite nicely. Toffee gets to be king and Tammy gets a playpal.


Angus said...

Well done Toffee. How wise to let youth hold centre court while the real power gets exercised in the background. It shouldn't be King Toffee so much as Sage Toffee!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Sounds like all is well with all. Have a great weekend with the family.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We so enjoy reading about Toby. And of course we love seeing his pics. We think they call it "puppy love"! MOL!

Brenda said...

Every post makes me smile. Thank you.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I look forward to every post to watch Toby grow and to see what he has done! I laughed about him rearranging the house!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Piappies World said...

We are so happy to see that all is well there with Toby, Tammy and King Toffee too!

Seems like Toby has been helping with chores by fixing (?) the home. Puppyhood is such joy!

For sure you are enjoying the weekend, especially with the family there. Weeeeee

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

Valerie Cummings said...

I love hearing that Tammy is bonding with Toby! She needed him!!!! Sounds like life is full!!! Im so happy for you and I love coming here to watch Tobyu grow!!! We love you!!! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Golden Samantha said...

Oh how fast Toby is growing! And so glad to hear about how good the relationship between Tammy and Toby is - that is wonderful! (I was worried that Sam would hate Avalon, but it has been the reverse - feel so lucky!) I know you must be so relieved too - but tired - I understand completely. At about 4 3/4 months, Avalon started to mellow a bit. She still is going through changes at 6 months though - we never know what they will be! Love reading about Toby's discoveries!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon and Mom

Molly the Airedale said...

We just love checking in and seeing how Toby is getting on. He sure is a cutie patootie!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

sprinkles said...

I'm glad that Toffee is still King of the Laps! And I'm sure he's happy to continue on in that role.

I love that picture of Toby rolling around with Tammy. They have the same coloring and it occured to me that if I didn't know any better, I might think she was his mother.

Homer said...

Hello my little cheeky ball of fur. Just want to let you know that you look so cute and we love you!


Mrs. JP said...

As always, you are quite the wordsmith and I feel like I'm right there with you. Puppy classes should be super fun. I'm glad that you and Tammy are keeping up.
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...


I did not think that it was possible but Toby is actually getting cutier! Yes, so very cute!

woo woos, Tessa

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Do you feel that each time you blink your eyes,,, your little fluff ball Toby has grown a little more? And more adorably cute each time I see his photos.
I just knew that Tammy Girl, would get a second wind to her soul with her little baby brother, and it is happening.
King Toffee is smart to sit on a lap, be content knowing he is number one King,,,, and just observe.
And the words I love to hear were spoken by the OP PACK, and it makes us feel happy inside... knowing "all is well"on your side of the world.
We love you all

Bouncing Bertie said...

7.7 kgs! Already! You've caught up with me Toby!
Toodle pip!

Scout and Freyja said...

The l♥ve that I see growing between Tammy and Toby is so PURRecious. I just knew that the two of them would become fast FURends.

Isn't it amazing what a puppy can find that you thought was long gone? Youth has its way of showing age that there can be new things to discover around every corner.

It's so amazing for me to experience spring with you as I prepare for fall. This world of ours is truly a place of remarkable beauty, isn't it?

Sending cuddles and snuggles to the little Prince, smoochies to Miss Tammy and a gentle ear rub to the elderly King.

Aunti Mimi

How Sam Sees It said...

How wonderful that Toby is providing company for Tammy - I always think Golden's need the company of other Golden's, after all, who understands them better than their own kind?

Toby is so very cute!


Oskar said...

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kissa-bull said...

wow we are just catching up and boy is toby a cutie patootie . we so love that tammy girl has someone to enjoy her days with. such a blessing. king toffee is as regal as ever. kisses to all

pibble sugars, wee wiggles and pupperbreath licks
the pittie pack

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Toby
You are so lucky to have such a GReat sister like Tammy as your leader. My Neeli learned a lot from Apples as her "guide" doggie and now you're blessed with your K9 sister.

You are so cute Toby - sending hugs from Philadelphia

Nadine Apples & Neeli

The Life of Riley said...

I think I need a puppy to keep me young!


Kari said...

Toby does get cuter all the time, doesn't he. Mum says watching him makes HER feel young again! He is growing so fast which is very exciting but maybe be could slow down just a teeny bit.