Who is Toby?
Toby is our new puppy (FEB 2008). He is an Hungarian Vizsla. We looked at 150 different breeds before finally settling on a Vizsla. We needed a dog that would not go wandering off and disappear for ages (that was all terriers out of the question).
He had to be big enough so that we could find him (that was all small dogs out of the question).
He had to be “manly” (that was all poodles and the like off the list -. This means those girly french poodles who shave there legs – not Californian Lucy who is the most adorable poodle to walk this earth!! ) – and not as common as muck (that was all labradors off the list).
Our previous dog was a Dalmatian and he was so beautiful and well behaved (ish) that we did not want to spend months comparing the new dog with the old one (Oscar may be gone, but will never be forgotten see his page for pic).
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The Hungarian Vizsla – fit the bill.
The lovely Toby is now 2 years old. Here are a couple of pictures..
Next job was to try and find one – not that easy. We wanted a puppy in March/April 2008 so the hunt was on. Many phone calls and web searches later we found a chap called David Mallows near Swindon (UK) who had a litter of pups – born 1st Jan 2008 – we drove to Swindon and found 11 puppies all clammering for our attention. 3 boys were left so we had to choose one.
That was the tricky bit – could we fit 3 boys into our life…. reality check – no. One was chosen and we called him Toby – much debate over a couple of weeks coming up with a suitable name!
So this is how we coped with him from day one to present……