Friday, February 18, 2011


TOBY here...

Hello there every-furry-buddy!
Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all of you who commented yesterday and explained the true meaning of 'brain fart' to me.  Maxmom says she had a good laugh...thank you! You guys were great - apparently very revealing too, BOL!  Even my trainer popped by my blog to explain my "Mardi Gras brain fart" to me! mmmm...

Well I was determined to show my real style at my obedience class last night.
I couldn't wait to get there, so I stuck my head through the back seat of the car. 

 Cool hey?

I was ready and waiting for whatever Maxmom asked. 
(I was very careful not to 'Brain Fart' again.)
I had to show off my 'Heel' command...

and my trainer did a long watch-check on my 'Stay' command...

(Look how dark it was getting.)
...and I got to look at 'Molly', my very sweet little class-mate...

So all-in-all Maxmom was pleased with me.  No 'brain farts' at training last night!

Maxmom was so pleased with me that she took me to visit my very special labradork-friend,
 who is training to be a guide dog.  We got to REALLY romp and play today.

Asta has grown so much!
Here's a close up of her from September 2010...

and this is what she looks like now...

Of course we had to check out who is the boss,
At first Asta thought she was the boss...

and then I had a turn....

Then we decided we'd both be boss...

We soon decided that it was time to PLAY!
At first we played round and round the bushes - like lunatics...

Then we swam in the pool, taking great care to shake ourselves off VERY close to the humans. 

 Humans are so funny when they get wet, but we don't mind at all!

I got to sit with Asta...

and then I got to show her how I jump into the pool...

She showed me quite a few of her own tricks too - like picking up objects from the ground for her mom.  She's pretty clever you know!

Anyway we had a wonderful time  and we finished off the visit by playing a really good game of tug.

Thank you ASTA for the fun play session!
So all in all, it seems that I am back to my normal, 'Sweet-Hooligan' self.

What's next, Maxmom?

Sending lotsalicks to you all...
and a special thanks to all my trainers at
McKaynine Training Centre.

for being so patient and kind to me!

Oh yes and remember:
Money CAN buy a beautiful dog - but it CAN'T buy the wag of its tail!!!
I love you all!


Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

Your guide dog friend "Asta" looks furry cute!
I'm glad to hear you didn't have any brain farts, what good news!

Rudy's Raiser

Two French Bulldogs said...

Thank goodness you learned the true meaning. Have fun playing in your pool.
Benny & Lily

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Toby
Yes we too learned something from those comments yesterday...
Didn't you have fun playing with big girl Asta today. Especially the one of you jumping on top of her - teehee!
Oh and thanks for the birthday wishes. I just had a slice of birthday cake. Yum!
Toodle pip!

Rob said...

I know dogs are very smart and what you two do should prove it to all non believers!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Toby, you and your friend Asta look like you were having some really fun time!! Love the way you jump in the pool!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

3 doxies said... mum has them brain farts several times a day.

Well done on your training, ya'll makes it look fun. I heard dat is one of da bestest ways to bond.

Holy smokes, Asta has grown so much. I loves da pikture of you jumping in da water. Looks like ya'll is havin' purty weather.


Texas The Doxie said...

Wow you have gotten super big since we've last visited your blog Toby!! So handsome too!

...Mom added that last part not me.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Looks like wonderful fun playing with Asta after your class. You too make quite a handsome pair-so glad you have such a good friend who you can wrestle with. Have a delightful afternoon.
Lots of treats to you.
Noreen & Reggie-dog

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, it's good to hear about Asta. It looks like they had a whopping good time and I bet they were both tired and content at the end of the visit.
Love, love the head poking thru the front seats. I had some of that this week taking our crew to the vet for annual check-ups. All is well here in the holler.
Toby you are such a love. Love to MaxMom from all of us in the holler.

houndstooth said...

Your play date with Asta looks like a lot of fun! I'm sorry I didn't get to see your question about brain farts until today, but I'm glad you got the answer! Keep up the good work on the training!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Isn't it just wonderful to share with Asta, all the wonderous things that you know how to do?
And Asta shares with you too?
That is what friends do.. they learn from each other and have fun and love each other.
All your photos show how beautiful you are. And Asta is so beautiful too.

The Thundering Herd said...

Natasha sits with her head between the front seats to make sure the humans do not take a bad turn.

P.S. We can only imagine the google searches your title will get.

Dexter said...

She is all grown up and crazy water dog for sure. Seems like she is a great companion for you. Mind your manners at school. It is important for your big stage debut.


sprinkles said...

You and Asta have both grown so much!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

What's with those human-beans not liking us to shake on them! You'd think that our kind thoughts of showering them off on a hot day would be aPURReciated.

Scout an' Freyja and the momma

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