Wednesday, August 10, 2011



Dear friends,

In honor our our friend, 'SUGAR's 10th Barkday today, Toby wanted to do something special.  He ventured into the garden and sat in Maxmom's flower bed, contemplating some ideas.

"Flowers perhaps? All dogs like flowers!"

After some time, he wisely reconsidered it. Something about the idea had bothered him.
"Maxmom won't be impressed."  he said sadly to himself. "She prefers her flowers intact.  I'll have to think of something else!"

After waltzing around the garden for sometime, something interesting caught his eye.

It was lying quietly behind the fence.

"I'm sure she'll enjoy that stick,"  he thought.

He tried and tried, for a long while to pull the pesky stick through the fence. 
Unfortunately that didn't work either. 
So he returned to the flower bed, to think some more...

Finally, after much thought, he had a brainwave.

"The poem!" he thought.  "It's perfect for a wise old dog!  I'll send her the poem, written by our ANGEL MAXDOG! Maxmom really liked that poem and I am sure she'll enjoy it too"


So, dear SUGAR, here is the poem - especially for you on this your 10th Barkday! 
 I hope you'll enjoy it.


Adapted from the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling, 1865 - 1936


If you can find a household that is a happy home

And adopt its styles and ways,

And honour all its human hands

So that you will be there for many days,

If you can find the Master of that home

And sniff out exactly what He needs,

And learn His cues and all His tasks

To purposefully carry out His deeds,

If you can “Fetch!” on His command,

And “Down!”...and “Stay!”...and “Wait!”

Or jump through hoops on His demand

Or bark at strangers at the gate,

If you can tune your ears to sounds

Which maybe have no place,

And puckle your nose to stay alert,

Or wag your tail to start the race,

If you can sniff the air for a change of scene

Or read the news on a trunk of a tree,

And guard your bones, but share your treats

And celebrate when you are free,

If you can growl or huff and call His bluff

And ask to soon be fed,

Or lie at His feet when the day is done

And know that it’s time for bed,

If you can bare a bath – to clean your fur –

To make you spruce and bright,

To accompany Him with a heart assured

To show off His delight,

If you can do all this without a slouch

And know your Master’s thumb is up,

Yours is the Earth and everything in it

And – what’s more – YOU’LL BE A DOG, MY PUP!

(Caryl Moll - July 2009)


Have a wonderful day and please go and visit SUGAR and wish her well too..


Sending lotsaluv and licks to you all,


Suka said...

hey Toby,

What a wonderful and touching poem! Your mom and Angel Maxdog are amazingly talented!

You are such a sweet friend to work so hard to find the perfect gift for your dear friend Sugar. I think the poem is perfect, and I am sure she will love your birthday gift of the poem. :->


Molly the Airedale said...

What a great poem, Toby! Sugar is going to love it on her very special day!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Lots of Golden Thanks. What a lovely poem ... LOVE it!. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
FYI: we added your blog post manually on the list. Golden Woofs

Two French Bulldogs said...

What nice tribute for Sugar's birthday!
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...

Toby, that poem is perfect! You're a very thoughtful pup to put so much work into Sugar's birthday gift.


Mrs. JP said...

Toby is just the sweetest hooligan there ever was. We liked the poem and are going to look up the Rudyard Kipling version. Also, we don't know Sugar but are going there to meet her and give her our best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Wow Toby a stick, some flowers AND a poem if I didn't know I would say you have a thing for older women! BOL

Really though, great tribute and Barkday wish to Sugar!

woos, Tessa

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a beautiful poem!! Love the pictures! We wish Sugar a very happy birthday!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

sprinkles said...

What a thoughtful gift, Toby!

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Thank you. That was very nice. Happy birthday Sugar.

Bouncing Bertie said...

We just love the MaxDog version of 'If'. Well worth spending 'the unforgiving minute' to read it.
Toodle pip!

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Such a pawsome tribute to a pawsome dog!!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Toby
You put so much thought into this gift, and it truly is so perfect.
I know Sugars birthday was a memorable one with all the happy wishes from friends,,
and with you and your mom and Maxdogs help- this was the perfect gift.

Curt Rogers said...

Caryl, that poem is simply wonderful! So fun! Thank you for sharing it. I'm sure Sugar and her people loved it, too.