Thursday, November 25, 2010


TOBY here...
 Hello there to all my friends across the world...

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone ...


"Maxmom" says that there are many people around the world who are celebrating this occasion today and we share your joy in remembering all the things we are thankful for.
I am so thankful for my family and my forever home!

Here in South Africa, we don't have much in terms of these celebrations, but I have something to be thankful for...

 Us doggies were very happy to see "Miss R", who has returned home from university yesterday.  All her exams are over and besides a number of 'farm practicals' she is on holiday!!!
"Miss R" says that I must say a big
 to you all for all the wonderful wishes for her exams and her possible selection for Veterinary School. She really appreciated your thoughts and wishes yesterday...thank you again!

She brought out her 'long' glove to show us all what she has been up to in her studies.  Apparently she uses these gloves on the cows,

I stayed far away. 

The King was none the wiser about the dangers of these gloves...
sheesh, he's stupid!

Luckily "Miss R" didn't practice on the King, because she was soon distracted...

Whew, thank DOG for that!...

Maxmom whispered into my big, floppy ears that it was time for our family's annual


She told me that she does this every year for any boyfriends in our house...
(to see if they are up to scratch for her two daughters)

"Mr R" was up for the challenge...

The first thing to achieve in order to survive the Christmas cake test is to display
 a sense of humour...
You can decide if he passes this one...?

"Miss R" took the opportunity to 'check' if he was comfortable...

Then they got on with the serious business of stiring the cake mixture.
This is the test of 'strength, endurance and finesse'.
Mr R's task was to please Maxmom:
Good stirring, not dropping any of the mixture on the floor, and 'folding' in the egg whites carefully.  Maxmom says that the 'folding' task demonstrates tenderness, BOL!

 "Mr R" also had to endure all the 'instructions' from Miss R.
(Another aspect of the test)
"Miss R" helped to make the photos more attractive...
 Then in the spirit of goodwill, they were required to
send a wish of goodwill to all our blogging friends...

Did they pass?
Do you approve?

Sometimes, this test results in even more criteria to 'pass'...
with the participants setting the additional criteria.
In this case, it was a fight to see who would lick the spoon...?

 I'm not sure what I felt about that part of the test...

Maxmom says that "Mr R" passed the test with flying colours
(whatever that means?!)
So I suppose that I'd better say,

I must say that playing with my Aunt Tam' is far better than any
Christmas cake test!
Perhaps next year, I will ask "Maxmom" to add a
'playing with Aunt Tam' test'
What do you think?

Anyway, is this Christmas or Thanksgiving?
Happy Holidays everyone!



Mrs. JP said...

Hello to you all. We must say that the cake test looks grueling. Poor guy, he does have a sense of humor which is so important. I like it that the boyfriends have to prove themselves.
I'd stay away from Miss R when she has those gloves on,,,she looks like trouble with that glint in her eyes!
What a good picture of them all on the couch.

emilene said...

That is so funny! At least you got them all to play along - when my lot see me with the camera they run for the hills! :)

Becky Andrews said...

Awesome test. Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving. Grateful for you!

Ms. ~K said...

What a wonderful post, C!
It's so good to see your house filled with love, laughter, and happiness!
Can I borrow Miss and Mr. R? They are adorable! He passes this old Southern lady's test.

The turkey is in the oven, the parade is on TV, pups are on beds snoring, Hubby is building a fire...Life is good!

Dexter said...

Oh little dude. I cannot believe what a big handsome boy you are becoming. Almost all grown up for sure. That apron is da bomb!


kks said...

happy holidays! i'm sure you are glad to have Miss R home! any man who will help in the kitchen AND wear a sexy apron is OK in my book!
hugs to you and the pups!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Now regarding that apron, two possibilities.
Either: Mr 'R' is a jolly good sport with a well developed sense of humour...
Or: he is in serious need of an eye test!
Toodle pip!

Sheila and Bob said...

Great test and it looks like everyone had a great time.
We love the apron.
Today we will be having turkey, we are Thankful for all of our friends and we also remember Max today, thankful that he has allowed us to get to know you and your family.

Sheila & Bob

verobirdie said...

I might keep the cake test idea, you know, I have two daughters about the same age as Miss R...
It is getting difficult to tell you from Aunt Tam, you are so big now.

The Life of Riley said...

That is a great test and looked like lots of fun!

Tucker said...

Looks like fun, the cake that is. Why didn't you get to do the licking, Toby? About the glove, that is very disturbing... so anal.

Gail Wilson said...

What a fun post that was! And do be ready for the test next year. That cake sounds very yummy but I don't know about wearing that funny looking apron thing!
Hugs and wags, Mistaya

Sierra Rose said...

Oh that apron!
Looks like a lot of fun times there at your place Toby! Keep things under control, ok pal?

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Two French Bulldogs said...

Funny post! Love the apron
Happee Thanksgiving
Benny & Lily

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Great pics! We hope yoo all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And Toby, yoo still have the joys of Christmas to come!

Molly the Airedale said...

What a fun time your hoomans had in the kitchen, Toby! Mr. R's apron is too funny!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tweedles -- that's me said...

oh my gosh...
how did I miss this adorable post?

well here we are and we had fun reading this!

MySpecialDoggies said...

We missed this post due to Thanksgiving. Hopefully you got to share some cake too!

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)