Toby and ‘the hairclip’

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Toby posing with his new hair do I’ve been working on the late shift this week which has meant I’ve been able to enjoy the fabulous weather we’ve been having. I’ve spent hours out in the garden watching Tracey break her back on the weeding and tidying up… oh the joys of spring! OK OK I’ve been helping out, honestly.
 
As it’s the UK let’s enjoy it whilst it lasts. That includes walking Toby over the stunning acres of heathland we are lucky to have around us here. As long as he can see where he’s going that is! As I’m sure many dog lovers amongst you know mature Beardies have a very long shaggy outer coat, but when they're young they have this beautiful soft fluffy coat.

Toby is caught at that stage right now and we noticed that he was barking at shadows and walking into things, and then we realised that his hair was covering his eyes entirely. Just cut it I hear you shout! But despite a regular trim by yours truly, the hair is definitely winning.

We know from our last Beardie Emma, that if you can get over the next few months of growth, the hair Toby running actually starts to part naturally and becomes less fluffy allowing the dog to see!
 
So 'the hairclip' was donated by my daughter Alex and I have to say it has worked a treat, apart from the fact that my son Jack is now embarrassed to walk Toby when he's wearing it –  the alternative is a punk top-knot Jack! The clip certainly didn't slow Toby down however, look at him go (right)!
 
This got me thinking and I was wondering… do you dress up your pets? I have actually met a lady who bought a Diamonique bracelet for her cat to wear as a collar!

Let me know if your pets wear any kind of clothing – I know we're not in LA but I’m sure there must be some great stories. Let me know and thanks for all your blog responses, keep 'em coming!

Dale x

8 Comments

  1. Rebecca March 25, 2009 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale. Toby is soooooooooo cute. I love him.
    Rebecca.

  2. Mary Gladman March 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Dale, you were wearing a very nice watch this evening whilst presenting the Markon Footware show on Wednesday 25th March. Is this going to be on an up coming show in the near future? My other half is a bit of a collector and his eyes went straight to it.

  3. Dale March 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary, Yes the watch is one of a new range called “Renato Watches” launching this Sunday (29th) at 9pm with Daniel, there’s some really great styles – I hope your other half can tune in.
    Hi Rebecca, I’m totally biased Toby is very cute and he knows it ! In my next blog I’ll include a picture after he had a bath – you’ll love it.
    Dale x

  4. steve elliott March 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Dale.Tell them the Kung Fu joke.Regards,Steve.

  5. Dale Franklin April 4, 2009 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    If you’re the Marc Bolan/Frankie Abbott “air-guitar” hero from my Strode’s past – we’re both too old to remember that gag !!
    & it’s Good to hear from you – if that’s not you I’m sorry I don’t get it ? Cheers anyway Dale.

  6. Fiona Williams April 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale. What a gorgeous fella he is.The lovely Toby that is. This is the first time i’ve looked at your Blog. What great fun.
    Willow, my Chocolate Lab is full of beans too but very accident prone. She’s had three ops already and she’s only 18 months old. You wouldn’t think playing in the snow could be so hazardous.
    Continue to enjoy your lovely Toby and best wishes to your family too.
    Fiona in Grove. (the bard)

  7. Dale Franklin April 15, 2009 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you Fiona – I think it’s the first time that it’s not in rhyme !
    Pets can bring such joy to a home, along with dirt, expense and worry – wouldn’t change it though, would you ?
    Hope Willow has kept out of trouble since your posting. Dale x

  8. sandie vickers October 13, 2009 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    HI DALE WAS LOVELY TO MEET YOU AT QVC YESTERDAY WE SO ENJOYED THE EVENT AND WELL AS THE UPDATE ON TOBY HE LOOKS GREAT IN THE PHOTOS MUST BE HARD NOT TO SPOIL HIM.
    LOU LOU IS LOOKING AT ME AND ASKING WHEN ARE WE GOING WALKIES.
    SANDIE AND MAGGIE
    X

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