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The Guest Who Is Staying a Bit LongerThan Normal

The Guest Who Is Staying a Bit Longer Than Normal

grandmom and grandpet

My son and daughter-in-law are having a house built for them in Arlington, Virgina.  They have (my first four legged grandson named) Toby, who is a Boston Terrier.  Unfortunately the place they are staying temporarily, does not allow dogs (how unfortunate).  So I was asked to take care of him for 2 weeks, which transformed, or course, into over 2 months! Presently Mr. Toby is still with us from his arrival on June 25!!   Their house is progressing, but you can imagine easily, how timetables are rather nebulous and it takes longer than expected.

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Mr. Toby is absolutely adored by our guests!  He LOVES people. In fact he received a report card from doggie day care that stated he does not play well with other dogs.  I suspect he thinks he is a four legged human.  A few problems, he is not a dander free pet and he jumps up on you.  So Mr.Toby is always behind our kitchen gates, much to his sorrow.

Maggie and Lila are not jealous, which surprises me.  It is quite a feat to have both dogs in my lap at the same time (Toby and Lila).  The girls even wait for me to get Toby’s harness on before they run out into the back yard.  We cannot let Toby run loose.  He is very muscular and very fast.  Being a terrier, when he gets free he stays just out of your reach, running in circles, stopping to make sure you are trying to catch him with a huge grin on his face.  It is rather annoying and time consuming to catch him.  Thank god he really just wants to be where I am, so eventually he tires and let himself be escorted back in to the house.

So we are now a family of 5 (temporarily) here at Applewood Manor Inn.  One wide open Boston Terrier and two lazy Silky Terriers.