Monday, December 6, 2010


TOBY here...

Hello there every-furry-buddy!

As Christmas draws closer, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in our household.  "Maxmom's" domestic chores seem to be on the increase as she spends more and more time in her kitchen, mixing up various interesting smelling concoctions.  I have been introduced to the aromas of muffins, Christmas cakes, fudge as well as all her regular tastebud tantilisers at supper time. Whew, it's hard having to restrain myself, but I am learning that if I lie in the corner, I eventually get attention.

Since the household is a buzz of activity, I simply get on with my wonderful life of
'constant fun 'n games'.
I love being "Maxmom's" shadow and I love to lie near her and dream my doggie-dreams. My dreams are even better when accompanied by the rhythms eminating from her audio set.

My wonderful canine coach - Aunt Tam' - is always on call too. She hovers near me to keep a constant beady eye on my antics. I love my Aunt Tam'! We have lots of fun together and she's always up for a game. The two of us managed to sneak into the piano room last evening for a game of 'bitey-face'.

Sadly we were caught by the 'flashy beast' and our game was cut short.
"Maxmom" noticed our absence and came to look for us.
"Outside Dogs!" she boomed.

Thankfully 'Outside' is just as much fun!
  I have the pool at my disposal (and I love swimming!) and we have the best weather in the world! Bright blue, sunny skies during the day and the sounds of rumbling thunderstorms in the evening.

When the sun dips to the horizon and the afternoon cools down, "Maxmom" migrates to our garden.  This is her time to tend to her plants and I get to play with the water coarsing through the hosepipe. 
Has anydog got any suggestion of how to catch water?
My biting doesn't seem to work and "Maxmom" can't stop laughing at me.

Once the plants' thirst has been quenched, Aunt Tam and I congregate around "Maxmom" on the green grass where she brushes us up to our golden glory.  The King does his evasive tricks at that time (I don't think he enjoys being brushed) and he initiates a loud barking frenzy at the wall with the neighbour's dogs. That's quite okay with me because Aunt Tam and I have "Maxmom's" undivided attention...We love being brushed!

That's all my news for the moment!

I want to wish you all a "dog's life" week!

Lotsalicks too...


Gail Wilson said...

We love your sleeping pose near the kitchen while mom is baking all those yummy things! You are so cute.
I wish I could come and swim with you!
Hugs, Mistaya

MySpecialDoggies said...

Dear little Toby
You are too cute! How do you manage to stay so quiet when Maxmom is so busy in the kitchen??? Wow, Christmas in the summer weather - now that's something that Neeli & I would really enjoy.

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (Happy 16th B'day my sweet little girl - 12/6/1994-10/21/2010)

Becky Andrews said...

Toby such a good helper in the kitchen! Cricket tried to help by cleaning the floor while I made sugar cookies. We had to have a chat and remind her that was Missy's job and she wasn't supposed to as a working guide. So tempting with my messy cooking. Hope you have a good day and keep trying to catch the water :)

KB said...

You are growing SO fast, Toby. Lying in a corner of the kitchen is a great strategy. That's what our puppy R did... and he still loves the same spot where he laid as a puppy.

Love the bitey face photos! Good job MaxMom!

I'd love a dog's life for a week, especially a dog's life like yours!

Piappies World said...

Hello Toby!

Your growing a bit too big for your basket but that's ok. You still sleep so soundly in it.

Fudgie also loves to catch the hose water by biting into the water and piappies mom always laughs at it.

It's good to know that your weather is as good as ours too. Keep up the good work of snoopervising Maxmom with the Christmas chores. It is getting more busy by the day.

Enjoy your week!

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

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Toby, you are so adorable!! We love your sleeping pose in the kitchen! That's a great way to get some tummy rubs!! You and Aunt Tam really make the perfect team too!! The weather there sounds just perfect! Lots of love, Holly and mom

WFT Nobby said...

Oh yes, a dog's life indeed. You look so content, dreaming away there on your bed. And do you really just lie there in the corner and wait until you get attention? Wow!
Toodle pip!

pam said...

Was you trying to ride yer Aunt Tam there Toby? It doesn't look like she likes to play horsey!

Bobo and Meja

Mrs. JP said...

Toby and the gang truly have it made. We wouldn't want it any other way. Ours are spoiled as well.

Angus said...

That seems to be a prety good life !

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Toby, I continue to marvel at how quickly you are growing and what a handsome young man you are growing into! You certainly have been blessed with a wonderful life and family of your own!!

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Good smells, good fun and good brushies.....what a great life!

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Toby,

Here in NZ I'm literally living "the life of Riley"(with good food, lots of love and attention, walks, adventures, fun and games with other dogs, and also not a worry in my little world) so I'm glad to read you're also enjoying living a dog's life where you are. You are growing up so fast, and my mum keeps looking at old photos of me and then your blog pictures - becasue sometimes she thinks we look so much alike.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

What great fun woo have!

I so wish would khould experience another great sensation: SNOW!!!

PeeEssWoo: Of khourse, I'm still waiting fur my furst one here in Pawsylvania!

Clive said...


Such lovely photos and such lovely weather! We are freezing cold over here and Clive hasn't seen the grass in over 10 days (very unusual for Ireland). We need it to melt away and for some warmer weather to come our way!

Enjoy your swimming - we love the idea that you swim in your pool - Clive got into the pond yesterday here - only because it was totally frozen over and covered in snow and he ran over it - not realising what it was!!

take care
Murray's Mom

Anonymous said...

OMD Toby you sure are getting REAL BIG! You are WAY BIGGER than me now! But I would still love to play with you!

woo woos, Tessa

kissa-bull said...

oh we fink you have the bestest life ever to be. AND we wonder if ush oinky pibbles can actually swim.tee hee will you teach ush?

sugary pibble kisses
the pittie pack

Two French Bulldogs said...

Toby your moms kitchen sure must smell good. Toby we love the picture of you in the bed. BOL
Benny & Lily

Pepsi Bum said...

How do you manage to stay so calm when your Mom is cooking?! & wow, you're already bigger than me, Toby!


Molly the Airedale said...

We hope your mom is the messy-type in the kitchen so lots of yummy things fall your way, Toby!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

It's a wonder yoor mom gets any cooking done, wiv such a cute pup around to tickle the tum of!

sprinkles said...

I wish my boys were as good in the kitchen. They like to remain underfoot at all times in the hopes that I'll drop something yummy for them. bol

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You are tooo adorable laying there in the kitchen,,,,,sleeping,,
but I know your ears are peeled for just the moment when a little morsel falls!
I love the photo of you and Aunt Tam- doing the bitey face dance.
What a life you have,,, sleep, eat, swim,, get groomed and all that loving!

Asta said...

Dawling Toby
It sounds like youw dog's life is continooing to be pawfect..wif Tammy's guidance and all those wondewful awomas coming out of MaxMom's kitchen, I think you awe going to love this special season..youw vewy fiwst Chwissmuss
smoochie kisses