Monday, June 27, 2011


MAXMOM here...
(Above: A freezing Donovan, with Toby)

We woke up to a blisteringly cold day on Saturday. 
The temperature guage was firmly indicating -1 degree centigrade.

Toby's breeder, Zeena, asked that we enter him in the breed show ring for the
 which was held at Goldfields Kennel Club, in Johannesburg - about 45minutes drive from our house. 
(Above: Toby representing Golden Puppies in the Gundog Group judging)

We had to be there by early to secure a place for our gazebo.  Whew, it was cold! Not a nice day at all for a dog show. But Toby didn't mind in the least...
(Getting some zzzz...while waiting for the ring)

 The wind chill must have kept the temperature close to freezing for most of the day.

As many of you know, I am not really a show person, so Toby was taken into the ring by his faithful handler, Donovan
(Thank you Donovan!).
Toby was very excited by all the activities around him - making him uncontrollable at times (for me).  Thankfully Donovan is a handler who commands respect from the dogs.  The Goldens adore him and he gets their attention instantly. Toby was no different.  The two of them looked good in the ring...
("I like to run with Donovan")

 Toby and Donovan pulled off the 'best Golden puppy class' award and came fourth in the group of Gundog puppies.
Congratulation to both Donovan and Toby's breeder, Zena!


Back home, the King (Toffee) and Aunt Tam' were left in the capable care of my two adult daughters.  Miss "R" and Mr "R" even took the pooches for a nice long walk later in the afternoon. When we arrived home, they were still out, so Toby forfeited his usual canine welcoming committee.

However, it wasn't long after our arrival at home, that a good dose of anxiety erupted. 
With an expression of utter alarm, Miss "R", ran into the house announcing that she had accidentally locked dear Aunt Tam' in the car.  Unfortunately the keys were also in the car.  To add insult to injury, the only set of spare keys was miles away - at her university residence. 

What were we do do?

Well, a quick google search put me onto an extremely professional, 24hour locksmith -
(Highly recommended for similar emergencies!)

After hearing the urgency in my voice, 'Jay' was with us within 30 minutes.  A totally unphased Aunt Tam' was finally freed from her comfortable prison, and we were able to breathe a sigh of relief.
(Above: Aunt Tam)

I want to extend a special
for his timeous help in our dilemma.  He was quick and professional, and most understanding to our dear dog.
It was with some surprise, that we realised how quickly a Hyundai Getz can be prized open -without any damage to the car.

Tammy's response?

 "What's all the fuss about?"
 It was tail wags all around, but she quickly ran off to get some much needed water. 
In return, Tammy left her calling card in Miss "R'"s car ...

...a nice wiff of canine aroma, specially dispensed for the occasion...
...with love to Miss "R", LOL!

There's never a dull moment in our household.

(Above: Toby)

Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world.
Have a happy week!


rottrover said...

Congratulations, Mr. Toby. You have a huge smile on your face! Poor Tammy!! Glad it was cold rather than hot!!

Have a great week!!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Well of course Toby was best golden puppy, we knew that already!
As for the keys, we agree with Rottrover, how fortunate it wasn't the middle of your summer.
Toodle pip!
Bertie (who notes that the midsummer temperature here in Aberdeen is currently 13ºC, contrasting with 28ºC at Wimbledon! Why did Gail ever move away from London???)

Valerie Cummings said...

Ahhh poor Tammy!!!!! Good that she got let out!!! And congrats to Toby!!!!! Hugs, Joey and Kealani

Amber-Mae said...

Toby boy, you looked beautiful in the ring! Congratulations on your win!!! Your mom must be very happy. And I am glad to know Aunt Tam was finally set free!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my goodness Toby are we going to see you on television next! You better hire King Toffee as your agent
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

Congrats Toby! We always new you were a Winner!!!!

Sorry that Tam was locked in the car but sure was happy that!

Toffee, well, what can I say, hes the king.

Have a great week.

woos, Tessa

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

CONGRATS TO TOBY who is showing what a bright star he is!!!

Are you sure that Tammy didn't lock herself in the car on purpose just to steal some of the attention away from Toby?? :-)(I'm glad it turned out okay!!)

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Concatualtions toby and MaxMom and Donovan and And Zeena! Great job all around!

Tam.....we don't blame you for leaving your calling card. We probably would have done the same!

Stay warm!

Molly the Airedale said...

Congratulations, Toby! How can we be any more proud of you!
Bless Jay for coming to Tammy's rescue! Bummer about the oopsie!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

Congratsulations on your puppy class Toby. That is wonderful. and we are happy that the locksmith arrived so quickly..well, not quickly enough to avoid Tams calling card but that's okay.
Hugs and wags, Mistaya and Maggie

How Sam Sees It said...

Wow! What an up and down day! I'm glad Tam was okay!

Congratulations, Toby!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Toby, your a champion! Congratulations!

Maybe Miss Tam wanted to be a star too,,, and it looks like she really was!

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, what a day! Congratulations to Toby. Don't dogs keep life interesting?

Stewey said...

Congratulations Toby! Sorry about Tam.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Well done Toby, even though we knew you were the most gorgeous and handsome. You are a stage star after all. Glad Aunt Tam got out ok. Those locksmiths are really good. Hope you get some sun to warm up. No worries, love Carol.

Suka said...

hey Toby,

Congratulations to you and Donovan for your win! That is excellent! The photo of you and Donovan is awesome, and you look beautiful!

What a scary incident with Aunt Tam, but glad it worked out O.K. and she was freed relatively quickly. Also, thank goodness it was cold out so she did not overheat in the car. Very funny, though, that Aunt Tam left a little "thank you" in Miss R's car. BOL!

You pups sure lead exciting lives, and keep your humans on their toes! :->


Homer said...

Hey Toby,

Congratulations and well done!

Glad that Tammy is not traumatised. Give her an extra cuddle for me please.


Scout and Freyja said...

It's been a busy week for me and I feel like I've missed so much! Kudos to Toby for doing so well on his big day and, well, Aunt Tam - we think that you made the correct call(ing card) for being locked in the car☺

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hello Toby, Are you there? My name is Stella and my mum said to come and visit. She said you were just like a movie star but on the stage. Wow. I hope I can be an actor one day. No worries, and love, Stella.

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