Toby Gets Board

May 5, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, our American Farm Collie, Toby, likes to carry around a stick, a board, a log… just some piece of wood!  It can be anywhere from toothpick size to dragging around a big log.  He just has to have some wood in his mouth, because after all, someone might want to play tug-of-war or fetch with him!

But sometimes the big pieces of wood present a… well, a bit of a LOGistics problem!

Toby on the back porch with a big board.

Like how in the world can he get this big, long board through the door?  He just can’t lumber through any old which way.

Toby trying to get board through doorway.

However, being a resourceful dog, he gets a new “slat” on his problem.

Toby getting through the door with his precious board.

Unfortunately, there are more obstacles.  Here’s yet another gateway he has to pole vault through somehow.

Toby trying to get board through gate.

He has a stake on getting through though.  He likes to follow me around while I do chores, and maybe get a treat biscuit (or two or three…).

Toby pulls board through gate.

He manages a sort of “Beam me through Scotty” approach and gets through once more.

Toby carrying board around in the yard.
Ha, ha! It’s mine, ALL MINE!!!

I’ve got him pegged however.  He’ll drop that board if I offer him a treat!

Of course, just maybe Toby has had a few too many treats.  Youngest son and I took Toby to the vet Friday to catch up on his immunizations and stuff (the dog, not the son).  While Toby was there, we got him up on the scales and weighed him.

Toby & Youngest Son at the vet's office.
Waiting For The Vet

Now you’ve seen all these pictures.  You’ve seen him compared to the chickens in the background, and sitting beside my about 6′ tall son.

So the question is: How much do you think Toby weighs???

I’ll give you a couple of hints.

  1. About 4 years or so ago, he weighed 42 pounds.
  2. Next month he’ll be 5 years old.
  3. He may be just a tad fluffy, but he’s mostly pretty solid!

The person who guesses closest to his actual weight by this Friday wins the contest!  The prize is a 5×7 picture, your choice!  (And Jenny, yours is ready to go as soon as I have an address!)  I don’t say I’ll get it to you FAST, but I will get it to you!

So take a guess!  Just how much do YOU think Toby weighs???

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