"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Thursday, January 09, 2014

Toby's Diary

Just thought I'd drop you all a line to let you know how I'm getting on. After all, Jenny and Keith both seem to think I'm clever, so that must mean that I can write blog posts ... I think!
I've been here for a few weeks now and I think I'm settling in pretty well. I probably wouldn't have settled in so quickly if Paddy hadn't been here to show me the ropes, but I think the old guy gets a bit fed up with my energy sometimes. He's very patient, but he does tell me where to get off now and again. Mind you, I can run rings round him most of the time - part of being clever, I suppose.
We've had a few ups and downs, mind you, like the time before Christmas when I accidentally bit a lump of fur out of Paddy's cheek. Jenny had to take him to the vet's for some special cream. I did try licking it better, but that didn't work, and then he made it worse by scratching it! Jenny said the visit to the vet cost her £40 and she wasn't impressed with either of us. 
She spends quite a bit of time not being impressed me, truth to tell, particularly when I leave puddles and messes around the house! I'm sure I'll get round to remembering to ask to go outside eventually, but, let's face it, would you want to go out into the garden to go to the toilet? 
So, what have I learnt so far?
  • When Jenny puts my lead on me for a walk, it's not good to start chewing it.
  • When Jenny puts Paddy's lead on, it's not good for me to start chewing it.
  • Jenny and Keith are not happy when I have an accident in the house.
  • They are doubly not happy when I have an accident in the house 2 minutes after coming in from the garden!
  • While I am out for a walk is a good time for me to go to the toilet. (It's what dogs are supposed to do, but I just can't get my head around this one.)
  • When Jenny is putting my food into my bowl, it is not a good idea to bark frantically. If I do, she stops, turns her back on me, and I have to wait even longer for it. But I still forget sometimes.
  • Paddy does NOT like it if I try to steal some of his food. 
  • Paddy doesn't like it when I squeeze into his bed with him. However, he does put up with it - usually.
  • Keith's not keen on my chewing his shoes and slippers. I think that if he leaves them lying around, they're just asking to be chewed!
So, that's how things are at present. I'm off to the doggy hairdresser next Thursday. Let's hope I don't disgrace myself there!
Bye for now, everyone and be good! (Oh no, that's me!)

9 comments:

  1. Ho-ho Toby! You are a bit of a practical joker aren't you? I can think of several other bits of mischief you can get up to - like hiding Jenny and Keith's TV remote control and pulling out some of the wires at the back of NASA. This will really infuriate them!

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    1. Great ideas, YP. Can I come and live with you? We would have such fun together...

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    2. Yes. You may come and live with me Jenny but leave Toby in Wales!

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  2. I'm sure that it's just impetuous youth and that you'll soon start to improve. Just remember that it's Jenny who really is most important so learn to keep on her good side at all times. Flighty xx

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    1. Sound advice to the little twerp, Flighty! ;)

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  3. Accidents? In the house? My goodness, Toby. The other three in your family have mastered it. Really. How hard can it be?

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    1. For a supposedly clever dog when he wants to be, he is annoyingly dim regarding toilet duties, Dale!

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  4. Bloody dogs; they all have their foibles, some worse than others!

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