Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A barkday...celebrated TOBY STYLE!

Hey there, dear friends.
I hang my head in shame...I forgot Toby's 3rd barkday on the 24th July!
Oh, the guilt!

So , on Saturday the 'sweet hooligan' received a pampering bath for his "belated" barkday. Indeed his compatriots also got the full makeover. Lexi, Tammy and Toby were brushed up to their shiny glory. It's a real mission and takes me the better part of a morning - after which I had to have my own shower.  But they look gorgeous afterwards and are allowed all sorts of concessions.

Since I'd 'forgotten' Toby's barkday, my guilt extended to organising a special walk in the park on Sunday.  We took them to 'Delta park' with its beautiful vast, open spaces for the dogs to run freely. The idea included giving Toby a particular opportunity to romp with his special buddy 'Hoby', and Lexi. (Unfortunately, Tammy was left at home because her arthritis can't stand the long, vigorous walks any more.  We make up for it in other ways)

Well, all I can say is that ..."The best of times were had by 'a few'"!

Turns out Toby decided that a mudpack would seal the whole deal about the 'guilt thing', thus leveling the playing fields with my forgetfullness. Yep, dog-logic!

In a matter of minutes he found the most glorious slush-puddle and turned himself into "TOPDECK".  Had it not been for my adrenalin, I am sure he'd have done a full 360 degree roll in the muck.

Although I was unimpressed, everyone else seemed to be doing an extended belly-shake of mirth.
"Oh man, this is SO funny!" seemed to be the consensus.
 It took me a few hours before I finally saw some humour of it all.

Thanks to the clever thinking of my friends - Darryl and Liz, we do have a few photos to share of this great
TOBY PARTY... (Check Lexi's confused expression in the photo  below)
 Talk about pulling my hair out! ...

Back at home, Toby had yet ANOTHER bath.  So did Lexi because 'Where Toby goes, so does Lexi'.  Luckily she is better behaved than the sweet Hooligan, so only managed to get her dainty paws plastered.

 Lexi lies in the sunshine, watching the spectacle (below), while Toby?
He appears unimpressed that I've removed his own attempts at making himself smell utterly 'desirable'.
Look at the all photos and tell me...
Do you think Toby is bothered that he hugely inconvenienced me?


What is it about a clean dog that rubs away all the misdemeanors?

Wishing you a wonderful, happy week.


The Life of Riley said...

Happy 3rd barkday Toby. I love the photo of you and Lexi on the couch - you get twice the space she does! It sounds like Maxmom gave you a memorable celebration, but I'm not sure if I'd like having two baths in one day.


Bouncing Bertie said...

Belated Happy Barkday Toby. Why is it that our silly humans don't think a mud bath is sufficient?
Toodle pip!

Amber DaWeenie said...

BWHahahahah....Poor Toby just wanted to smell like HE thought he should smell. And you took away all his fun. :)


Mary Lou said...

This story!! Crack. Me. Up!! ;-D
Happy, happy, happy birthday to Toby!! Three years old!! Here's to many, many, many more!! ;op
--Raelyn and Rose

Mrs. JP said...

What a great story. I am so glad that someone captured your reaction! We all know that Toby was having fun. It is amazing how well behaved they are when you are grooming them. Well done. Also, you and he totally made up for missing his birthday!
Great seeing your posts they make my day.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Happy Birthday sweet Toby
Benny & Lily

Val said...

Happy Belated Birthday Toby!! I bet your mum never forgets your bday ever again. Toby thinks mud baths ROCK!! :)

Millie and Walter said...

Happy Belated Birthday Toby! You sure got back at your mom for missing your official day, but you ended up with two baths out of it. You do look great after your bath though.

Millie & Walter

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Happy Birthday Toby. We're sending you three hugs and smoochies. We think you had a fabulous time including the mud. That was just the best and we laughed too (sorry Maxmom hehe). We realised you share the same birthday as our angel brother Oscar. Hope your mum doesn't feel guilty anymore cause it sounds like you were spoilt and loved! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

rottrover said...

Happy Third Barkday, Mr. Toby. They are SO wrong bout this whole bath thing. Who needs it?

Bart, Ruby and Otto

Molly the Airedale said...

Happy Birthday, Toby! Mud is a great way to spend your special day!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

sprinkles said...

It's hard to believe Toby is already 2 years old! I still think of him as a new puppy.

Years ago, my parents had a poodle. They had taken him for a grooming appt., and let him out in the back yard when they got home. He somehow got loose and when he came home, he was covered in cow doodoo.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Bark Day Toby!