A Less-Controversial Posting...
I apologize for the fervor in the last post. It is never my intent to alienate or "bloviate" or overpontificate-but I fear I may have. Sooooooo...a post about Tobilicious. The kittens are long gone, but this picture says it all about Toby's temperament, although I must add, he did not love the kittens-merely tolerated them.
I haven't posted on him in a while. He has become such a smart wonderful pet and we adore him. He does not love going to the kennel, but he isn't any trouble at all. He doesn't pout or sulk when we pick him up, just "hugs" us. They say he does not bark his head off like all of the other dogs we hear barking their heads off, or EVER dirty his cage.
At home, he only barks for a reason, namely he really needs out to pee, poop or play with a canine friend who wanders into the yard. He also gives a loud very mena bark if people are in our yard or at the door. I like that very well. He loves children, especially playing fetch but sometimes he doesn't come back with it.
Once upon a time, he really hated his crate. We actually read somewhere that dogs would go into their crate without being told as a "safe" place. We laughed our heads off because he looked so sad when we put him in there to leave and also was so eager to get out when we returned. Now, all we have to do is say, "crate" when we are leavng and he goes right in. He doesn't even care much about the treat. He also goes into his crate to nap or chew a toy about 3 or 4 times a day. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, cute, well-behaved dog. In the very early puppy days, I really did not think things would turn out this way. He was just such a dopey, nervous little dog, redeemed by his awesomely cute ears and sweet cuddliness. Fast forward a few months, he has not had anything even resembling an accident since he has been a full-grown dog. This is amazing because it was so often as a pup.
I am very proud of our great dog. I can't believe we got 4 great very smart dogs in a row. It really makes up for the totally stupid beagle dog, Lucy, that we adopted one time that dug out of our backyard fence and ran away to another house. We told the people there to just keep her-she later dug out and ran away from there too. Not a smart dog!
If Toby did not shed, he would be the world's most perfect dog EVAH! So instead he is just OUR most perfect dog EVAH.