Toby – Life with a new puppy

Formally known as Red Mallow Pepper – A Hungarian Vizsla

Archive for August, 2008

The Changing Face of Toby

Posted by Admin on 27, August 2008

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Toby in August 2008

Posted by Admin on 27, August 2008

Toby is now nearly 9 months old.  I cannot believe it – where has the time gone?

So much has happened to us as a family and obviously Toby has done some growing up (ha!).  As the saying goes “Show me the pup until he 7 months old and I will show you the dog”  IF that is the case – we are in trouble 🙂

Toby age 8 mths

Toby age 8 mths

For those of you out there who are new to Toby I thought I would do a “round-up” of his progress and give him a score out of 10 (oh dear….)

Walking to heal when on the lead   6/10  Not quite up to Crufts standards but manageable

Sit, Down, Stay     9/10 Thiw would be 10/0 but he does get distracted when in the great outdoors

In your Bed      9/10 – not bad

Eating Sheep Poo     4/10 – he just cannot resist this stuff – but does leave it ocassionally

Rolling in the unspeakable      2/10  This is just tooo enticing – the more rotten, horrid, smelly it is the better (for him!!)

Eating his food    9/10  – will eat most of his food but sometimes turns his nose up in the hope of some cheese coming his way.  He likes grapes, bananas, ice-cubes, stange mutt that he is 🙂

Jumping up      4/10  He is much better at this, but still does it for the first 5 minutes of anyone visiting

Biting   9/10  He no longer bites/nips at anyone but me.  He does this to my arm (very very gently) EVERY MORNING.  He also likes to chew my dressing gown first thing in the morning.

QUESTION: When I come home or downstairs he loves to get some of his bedding and bring it to me – is this a normal Vizsla trait or is a Toby thing?.  He then mouths my arm – never anyone else and likes to grab at my clothes and chew them – again is this normal?

Cuteness  10/10  well, what more can I say

Loveability  10/10  he is adorable (most of the time)

Jumping onto sofa   5/10  He is much better.  NEver even attempts this when Graham here, but if its just him and me he gives it a go (and fails).  Will never sit still with me in lounge but does for Graham – what am I doing wrong?

He sees me as his chum and Graham as the boss (Don’t we all?).  So he thinks he can get away with much more with me.  He also thinks he is the size of a small terrier and tries to sit on my lap not posible anymore!

i am adorable!

i am adorable!

He loves to play “Fetch” and loves to rush around like a demented cat dog.  He has manic moments but on the whole he will lie in his bed for a reasonable amount of time.

He is now in a bed during the day and only goes into the crate at bedtime.  He is still chewing the wallpaper and the doorframe, but in his defence it is not very often that he chews things.

He likes to grab my shoes and run off with them at every opportunity but never ruins them – they are just all slobbery and yuk!

Toby has had a spell in kennels – which he hated and 2 weeks with my mum – which he loved and she hated 😦  He knocked her over twice, would never get in his bed,  pushed her off the sofa, tried to hump everything and was generally naughty for the whole fortnight.

We are moving to California next year (it was supposed to be November, but Visa stuff has delayed the move until June next year – a long story!!)

Toby is big, strong, naughty, well behaved and every other description you can think of in-between.

I would not be without him

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Toby is 8 months – already!!

Posted by Admin on 12, August 2008

It has been ages since I have had the time to update Toby’s blog. We have been so busy time has flown by. A couple of important things have taken place. Firstly, we are moving from UK to California. This was supposed to happen in December 2008 but Visa delays mean we have put it off until June 2009 (due to school start dates etc).

I am trying to find the right size container to get Toby from UK to San Fransisco – this is a 12 hour flight and costs lots!! I am going to Do it myself and not use an expensive company. He has been to the vets and had jabs etc and now has PEt Passport and is ready to go (ish).

Also we have been to USA and to SPain for holidays. The first trip to USA Toby went into Kennels – he HATED IT. It was a horrible experience and I do not want to do it again (but will have to). WE then left him with my mother for the 2 week trip to Spain. She found it very difficult. He was boisterous; kept jumping up visitors; knocked her over twice!; and tried to mount every other dog he met!. To be fair, she spoilt him and he took advantage of the situation. Anyway, it was too much for her and this means he will need to go to kennels again. I am going to go to USA and back to UK a fair bit during the next 6-9 months so I am worried how this will pan out – we shall see

Since my last post Toby has grown so much!! He no longer fits into the crate so only goes in there when we go out and he sleeps. The rest of the time he is on a plastic bed and seems quite happy. However, this is early days and he has only been in platic bed for 15 days so far..

He is pretty good at walking on the lead and does not jump up onto kitchen work surfaces as much as he used to and gets better and better.

He does not eat as much sheep poo but still rolls around in unspeakable dead birds etc (yuk!)

He is very strong and powerful and full of the joys of spring – he bounces around and when we are in kitchen together he likes to lean against me and pushes me against the walls!

This is just a quick update and will add more later when got more time

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