Sunday, March 13, 2011


TOBY here...
Hello there every-furry-buddy!

As many of you know, I attend
and on Thursday last week, we had our graduation evening for the
'Elementary Obedience' level.

There was a whole group of doggie candidates booked for their assessment, four of which were from my own class.
My own class has had a lot of fun together over the last 6 weeks and..
guess what?

We all passed!!!
This is the rosette which each of us received:

On our arrival, everyone seemed a litte nervous.  Handlers and dogs were revising their various commands on the field.  Maxmom also put me through my paces...
Eventually it was time to start our assessment.  First we had to do a focus exercise for 30 seconds and then we had to demonstate that we know our 'Sit!' and 'Down!' commands.
Then each of us were assessed individually, and had to go through a course where the judge shouted out instructions to the handler.  This meant that we had to show off my 'Heel!', 'Sit', 'Left turn', 'Right turn' and 'About turn' commands. 
My photographer ('The Boss')was so nervous that he blurred my most important photo, BOL!
It was already dark by the time we'd all finished our assessments.  Our judge then had to count out our scores and this was followed by the prize giving.
Nicki and 'TASMIN' came first in our group with a whopping
Congratulations and very, very well done, Nicki and Tasmin!
Another fellow classmate - MOLLY and her handler, Dale, also did very well!
Congratulations Molly and Dale!
Maxmom and I also got a prize:
We got 99.7% in our assessment!
Maxmom was very pleased with me!
Another classmate of mine - 'MAX' and Gail
also did very well!
Congratulations Max and Gail!

The next picture of my sweet little classmate,
MOLLY and Dale...(below)
...And the next picture is of the
A very proud Nicki and her sweet little doggie...

Our wonderful (and great fun!)Thursday night group:
(L to R)
Maxmom & Toby, Dale & Molly, Nicki & Jasmine, Gail and Max

I just want to say a really big thank-you to my classmates for the fun time we had together. 
Also, a special thank-you to BELINDA, our trainer, for making our evenings such a fun time.

Congratulations to ALL the


Maxmom and I celebrating in our own special way...

Sending lotsalicks to all my buddies around the world!
I love you guys!


Sheila and Bob said...

Very proud of you Toby and MaxMom, 99.7% terrific !!!!!

Sheila & Bob

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

Congratulations, Toby!! Well done! Whoopee!!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Congratulations on a job well done by both of you.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

How Sam Sees It said...



Scout and Freyja said...

Congrats on your splendid showing in class! Hope you got lots of treats in celebration of your wonderful accomplishment!

Our momma loves the fact that in SA they don't whap off the tails of the spaniels. It is so furry sads to see the ones in the US wagging only their little stumps.

Lastly, uhm, momma would like to know if that last photo is of your guest bedroom!? If it is, she said she will need to hold her breath to get into it☺

rottrover said...

Congrats Mr. Toby!! Well done!! You look sooo grown up!!

Angus said...

Toby - a rosette ! That is mega hip. Guess we'll learn why you've crawled into a blue box with a flap later this week.

WFT Nobby said...

Hey Toby, well done! Silly things decimal points, I think you can round up your score to 100%. Awesome!

Oh, Gail wants me to pass on congratulations to the "Max and Gail' team too. Her brother is called Max, so she feels that the names sound oddly familiar together!

We did have a chuckle at the picture of you and MaxMom in the crate. Did you tempt her in there with a treat?

Toodle pip!

The Life of Riley said...

Well done Toby. I hope Maxmom didn't try to pin your first rosette onto you!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Yipppeeeee congratulations Toby
Benny & Lily

Clive said...

Fantastic result!

Well done Toby and Mom!!

take care
Clive and Murray

Molly the Airedale said...

We love that you and your mom are sharing your crate, Toby! What a cute picture!
Congratulations to both of you! Well done!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

MySpecialDoggies said...

Congratulations on a GReat job - Toby & MaxMom. Well done!

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

Piappies World said...

Well done, Toby!!! A remarkable 99.7%! Congratulations to you and MaxMom! We really love your last photo here. Weeeeee

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

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

That looks like quite a celebration! Congrats, Toby!!! Can I send you Fernant for training? PLEASE?????


Mrs. JP said...

Good job to Toby and MaxMom!! See, isn't it great in the kennel? :O)

Amber-Mae said...

Wow, your friend scored a 100? She must be VERY good! Congrats to you & all your friends for passing. Love that last picture of you & your mom in the crate. I can't believe she can fit in there with you!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Toby
I loved that you shared all those photos with us. And I love that you shared this journey with you.
You are my blue ribbon gem,, and I love you

Unknown said...

Oh - congratulations, Toby!!! Your human must be SO proud of you! And how lovely that all your class passed together! I just LOVE the feeling of working together as a big team to master new challenges - it's why we still keep going to training classes whenever we can, even though Hsin-Yi can easily train me at home! :-)

Honey the Great Dane