More pics of Toby and my Pilates aero machine


Toby playing with a stick I apologise to those of you who are not dog lovers, because my recent blogs have been dominated by stories and or pictures of Toby. But I have received so much feedback from viewers asking for more pictures etc, because they have loved watching him grow from the pre-Christmas bundle of fluff.
Pilates aero machine My Pilates aero arrived today and it took only a few minutes to have it up and running – that’s a bad choice of phrase actually. The main reason I decided to get one was because I had been advised against running on hard surfaces.

Using the 'spring board' facility of the machine, I can burn calories and tone muscles without anywhere near the impact on my back, plus Marjoleine Brugman has convinced me (as well as countless hundreds of thousands around the globe) of the benefits of improving or maintaining core body strength.
So, now I have no excuses and cannot ever again say on air "I must get one of these".

For those interested, I will keep you updated as to my progress but in the meantime I’d love to hear from anyone who has an inspiring Pilates story. I could perhaps share it with teh viewers next time I present a Pilates show.
Regarding the pictures, I have advised Toby that smoking is bad for him!

See you soon



  1. Cora Hall April 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Just wanted to say please keep the pictures coming of your lovely dog.Myself and two sisters luv animals and have four shelties and just love the update on your lovely dog. Keep us posted dale.
    Luv it

  2. Dale Franklin April 4, 2009 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Thanks Cora – Toby has 3 sheltie pals (although one’s grumpy with him) Can’t blame her as he’s very bouncy and energetic when he meets her – bit like Charlie Brook ! Dale x

  3. Mrs. V. Truman April 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, love your doggie photos. One of our last litter of puppies has his own blog! Although a different breed to yours his “funny” photos are typical of all pups and a great laugh. Also I have had a very painful back but more across my pelvis. Have bought the Back Magic which I think you’ve used. Did it take long for you to feel the benefit? Maybe I’m a bit impatient! Love your shows. Ronnie Leics x

  4. Dale Franklin April 15, 2009 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Ronnie, sorry for delay in replying – I took a few days off. I’ll include another funny pic for you in this weeks blog. With regard to the back magic, I do feel a benefit fairly quickly, particularly if I’ve forgotten to use it daily. I’m sure you’re not impatient, but it sounds like the lumbar condition I have is a different nature to yours – perhaps you could discuss the “back magic” with your Doctor/Physio etc and see what they say ? (If you haven’t already of course). Look after yourself and the pups ! x

  5. Jon Swan April 18, 2009 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    NICE, Dale, good game good game

  6. dale franklin April 21, 2009 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    You don’t get anything for a pair, my luv !Not in this game ! If anyone’s interested Jon and I used to spend at least 35 minutes a day doing “Brucies” to each other on the phone when we worked together about 19 years ago ? Nice to hear from you .. to hear from you NICE!! Dale

  7. Jan Norris April 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale,I was told to look up your blogg by Elaine.I have Toby’s brother from same litter ‘Harvey’.Good to see pics of Toby will keep looking as he grows up.
    Jan Norris

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