GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
When the producer of “Annie” mentioned that they planned to bring Toby onto stage ‘in a box’ as a Christmas present for ‘Annie’, I cringed. How was I to help Toby learn to overcome his crate-phobia in the short time left before the curtains rise? How am I to do this when I don’t even a crate at home? I thought it would be an impossible feat.
This morning his expression pleads:
“Is this crate here to stay, Maxmom?”
Our trainer managed to unearthed a crate somewhere and we brought it home yesterday. After giving it a nice wash, I set it up in my kitchen. Toby’s bedding was inserted and I tentatively hid the first treat in the hope that Toby would fall for my trick. No problem. He was in the crate in no time: firmly settled and staring at me with his big, brown eyes. In a matter of minutes my reservations had been obliterated.
Seems like I'll have to save up for one of his own.
Garden time is a dog’s favourite.
"King Toffee" waltzes along the perimeter on a constant mission to be the first to notice intruders – be they large or microscopic. All need to be eradicated! Hadedah Ibises are a particular irritant to him as they languidly stroll along the edge of our neighbours’ roofing. He quickly whips his larger siblings up into a barking frenzy. I have no option but to leave the keyboard and put a stop to it. I grab my camera too.
Toby’s love for jumping into the swimming pool is growing daily.
Today my mock throw saw him leaping with abandon, frantically sticking his head under water in a desperate attempt to find the elusive object. Was it all a dream? After blowing many bubbles he discovered that his dumbbell was still in my hand. I wasn’t very popular.
He was out of the pool in a wiz and then forced me into throwing the real object at least 10 times more. Perhaps we’ll have to think about lengthening our pool someday because he’s nearly jumping all the way across! (Only kidding!)
The perfect picture of Toby’s pool diving still eludes me. If I could divide myself into two I might have the chance at that picture, but it’s hard to take photographs whilst getting Toby to “WAIT” for his dumbbell to be thrown. All of this has to happen simultaneously.
Any volunteer photographers?
There’s been a noticeable drop in the night time temperature recently. Obviously winter is just around the corner.
Toby, you’d better enjoy your swimming while you can!
"Happy 7 months old, my boy!!!
Sending lotsaluv to you all,