Tuesday, October 4, 2011


MAXMOM here...
If you ever come to visit us, brace yourself for a surprise.

 Our dear, sweet hooligan Toby has conjured up a rude welcome for anyone who cares to venture through our front door.
Don’t ever say I didn’t warn you!

As the door creaks open, Toby is immediately alert. Visitors?
He leaps up and scrambles to check out the talent.

“Hello, welcome! Please come in,” we say.

These few words are Toby’s cue. His own goal has suddenly become critical. He turns, back into the house, and starts romping around like a lunatic – up and down the passage in unhindered delight, working his entire entourage up into a barking frenzy.

“Woof! Woof!”

 We all look at each other; knowingly and helplessly. Suddenly, his ‘happy dance’ is diverted to the kitchen.
He HAS to retrieve his B-I-G blanket now!


There’s one challenge however. Toby’s blanket is about 2mx1.5m big - it’s large and cumbersome and difficult to hold in his mouth. This doesn’t deter him in the least. He reaches down and scrunches up the fabric in his big jaw, and then turns back towards the action. In all this time, our poor visitor has stood spellbound, trying to make sense of all the commotion.

Toby is determined. He begins to pull his “gift” in the direction of the unsuspecting visitor. Our passage is fairly long, and he can only manage the task by positioning his body sideways and dragging the blanket up towards the front door. But everything in his path is swept clean in the process – misplaced glasses, chairs, lamp-stands, anything! The sound of carnage fills our house. There are upturned items everywhere. Throughout his lunacy, Toby is vocalising: small whimpering and endearing sounds, with a few accompanying snorts.

Our poor, unsuspecting ‘visitor’s first reaction is to take a step backwards in alarm. Toby’s eyes meet his. My hooligan surges forward - still with his blanket in his mouth - while our visitor is rooted to the spot.

Toby then purposefully and rudely manoeuvres himself around the poor person’s legs – still with his long blanket in tow. And then, quickly, he weaves a few more efficient circles – effectively wrapping him up and leaving the poor guy totally immobilised.

“Woof! Woof!”
Job complete, he stares at me.

Toby’s explanation:

“I know you like him, so I gift-wrapped him especially for you!”

Visitors beware!
You will be loved to death!

Sending lotsaluv


Scout and Freyja said...

Mr. Scout says: He's a 'triever and dat is what a 'triever is supposed to do - be cordial and always greet guests with enthusiasm and a gift.

rottrover said...

Toby, you ARE a sweet hooligan!!

For the past several years, Gizmo has greeted me with a huge floor cushion in his mouth (the other dogs have something like a squeaky toy or a bone) which he drags through the house after our initial greetings. It is nearly de-stuffed now and holds little interest for him. It's me that can't throw it away :-)

The Heartbeats said...

I love it when dogs share their treasured belongings. The look on their face is so sweet and pure happiness!

Mamma Heartbeat

Bouncing Bertie said...

Toby's way of greeting visitors seems entirely appropriate to me, and I am very envious of his beautiful blanket.
Toodle pip!

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

How wonderful. I cant think of a better greeting and would love it.. Mum would anyhow mol.. Hugs GJ xx

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Awww, how sweet is that - nothing like a hooligan welcome.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Two French Bulldogs said...

Toby we bet every buddy are just as Happee to see you
Benny & Lily

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, What a funny habit he has,no harm done unless the visitor tries to move and falls.
Our Reggie has had two really bad nights(the runs)and the vet says it is either a bug or the cancer is spreading. Hopefully the meds will help but his appetite is not good at all. Time will tell.
Give Toby and the gang lots of love from us!!!
Noreen & Reggie

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, oh that's okay, what's for lunch:)

Asta said...

Oh toby
That is a most wondewful welcome. I know Mommi would just love to be gweeted like that
smoochie kisses

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Toby, what a welcome. We would love to get wrapped in your special blanket. You are a great sharer for sure. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Toby's welcome is so sweet! Taking his special blanket to say hello to the visitor...what a gracious hooligan! I love his blanket...it is beautiful! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

The Life of Riley said...

What a grand gesture to welcome your visitors - it's nice Toby wants to share his blanket with them!

Enzo only offers our visitors a stuffed toy, and I just wag my tail and act really excited (until I get lots of pats from them!).


24 Paws of Love said...

Oh Toby, you are just too cute. He did say he was cold, didn't he??

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh yesss,, it is a hooligan welcome for sure. My moms had a yellow lab that was the same way.
A happy puppy forever!
Your Rock Toby!

Chester said...

Thats a very beautiful blankie to wrap somebody up in - can't say as I blame you for wantin' to show it off. If'n you're like me, you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE gettin' visitors!

*There's worse things you could greet with (we won't go there) so I am glad that your PUs allow you to greet with your blankie.

Woofs and a blanket of slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Anonymous said...

That's very very cute! :D

I love it!


Unknown said...

Toby you are so cute! I have a cushion with a pug on it I drag everywhere! ;-P Gypsy

Piappies World said...

You sure got a very unique way to welcome guests, Toby. Another proof of your special talents if you ask us. BOL

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie (Tabby, too)