My Furry Friend Tag.

Monday, 14 April 2014

I saw this tag on Rachel's blog, and as it's been a while since I did either a tag post, or shared some pictures of my fur babies, I thought this was a good excuse to indulge in my love of my pets.

What is your pet’s name?
My dog is called Toby. His kennel name is Jocasi Aldwyn.
My cat is called Star.

What kind of pet are they and what breed?
Toby is a black working Labrador. Star is a black common moggie.

How long have you had your pet?
Toby - 2 years 6 months.
Star -  4 years approx.

How did you get your pet?
When I first moved in with my other half I had a cat called Mason who came to live with us. I had dogs at my mums, but one of them sadly died one weekend. My other half had gotten ridiculously drunk the night before and was in no fit state to drive me over (clearly I was too upset) and was unable to come with us on the family day out designed to take our mind off it. As a 'punishment' he agreed I could have another cat (I had been belly-aching for one for ages) as long as he didn't have to be involved in picking one. Star came from a rescue centre. She wasn't actually the cat I had gone to look at, but that one wasn't available as it was still nursing kittens. Star came straight up to me and started fussing and drooling, and I knew she was meant to be with us. I still offered the nursing mother a home once she was ready, in the event no one else selected her, whoever she went to live with one of her babies.  Needless to say despite that, my other half loves our baby girl as much as I do.

We moved house a year or so later, and within a week, we sadly lost Mason. We had been talking about getting a dog, but felt it was unfair on Mason (who we think was at least 21 years old) with him being so old. Instead of getting another cat, we decided this was the right time to have a dog. We got Toby a few months later, when he was 12 weeks old. He had been bred by a friend of ours who is a gundog trainer. My other half was clear he really wanted a Labrador. When we went to see the litter, he was the one I selected, and it turned out he was the only one who didn't have a home!

How old are they?
Toby will be 3 years old on 17th June.
As Star is a rescue we aren't entirely sure how old she is. We were told when we got her she was about 3, but we think she was alot younger, maybe 18 months old. As she grew so much we don't entirely believe she was a fully grown adult. She probably about 6 or 7 years old, but still seems like a baby to me.

What are some quirky things about your pet’s personality?
Star is a drooler, and I mean a real drooler. As she seems so young, we think she was also probably taken from her little really young. Drooling can usually be a sign of this. Whenever we fuss her she just dribbles everywhere! She beds with her claws a lot too. She loves to lay right on your chest, particularly when you are laid in bed.  She has a really bad habit for licking the side of the bed when she wants to get your attention (It echoes incredibly loudly!) She can be quite fussy when it comes to food, but she loves a McDonalds burger, and seems to know exactly what the bag looks like!

Toby isn't very confident for a Labrador. He's not particularly fond of new people. This isn't through lack of socialising, its more his personality, as when we first went to see him, he was the puppy who ran back into the cage when the others came to greet us! He loves to be on the sofa or on the bed, but as he knows he shouldn't so he curls up really small, as if we can't see him. He loves to work. His favourite thing to do is fly up and down a field retrieving and sniffing out things. He would literally do it until his paws dropped off. He enjoys a swim (when we allow it) but isn't a big fan of baths - although he will jump in no problem! He especially loves the rub down he gets afterwards. His favourite thing is a belly rub. He is able to recognise people's names (ask him if he wants to see Nanny, and see what reaction you get!) and gets quite upset if Star gets in his bed!

What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
Toby and Star are, for me, essentially my children. If you've got kids (which I haven't) you will probably say its not the same relationship etc etc but I love and care for them. I even get a sense of pride when Toby does something clever, as if I actually had something to do with it. I know I probably sound a bit bonkers, but I love them both dearly. I worry about them being left at home when I'm at work, and whether they miss us or not. They, along with my other half are my little family.

What are some of your favourite past times with your pet?
I love training Toby. He doesn't really get much out of having a walk, he finds a bit boring in all honesty, but let him off and send him off to find things and he's in his element. I love to snuggle up with him on the bed (yes I do allow him up sometimes, I know I'm a terrible parent) especially in the winter when its chilly, and I'm tucked up with a book. Its great to watch Toby try to find snowballs too! Toby gives us an excuse to get out for a good muddy walk.

Star is a snuggler. She loves to sit on your knee whilst working (if you can get her away from the computer fans that is!) and I've spent many a Sunday afternoon with her curled up on my lap, Toby on my feet, with a good book and a cuppa. 

What are nicknames that you call your pet?
Tobe(s); Toblerone, Toby LeRone, Little Boy, Handsome, Boy.
Star. Starry Eyed. Baby Girl. Girl

Favourite toy?
Toby has a Kong, which he has had since he was a pup. It is literally the only thing he hasn't destroyed. His favourite treat to go inside is peanut butter. He also loves a 'puppy', which is basically any cuddly toy we give him. He usually pulls all the stuffing out until he finds the squeaker, then he just carries it around with him after that. He also knows the difference between his two toys and will go and fetch whichever one you tell him to.

Star doesn't really have toys so much. She does have some danglers and little jingle balls, but they are too small to be around Toby. She will chase any bit of fluff or paper that's around on the floor. 

I hope you enjoyed finding out about my furry friends. If you do this tag, let me know so I can check them out.
Finally I will leave you with this video of my little girl giving her big brother's ears a wash (just don't tell anyone they really like each other!) - it's filmed on my Iphone so not great quality but its not very long.


  1. aw this is such a cute tag, I might have to join in too.
    Lovely to hear you spilling your love for Toby and Star (what a cute pair they make!) x

  2. Awww I'd love to see a post about Lincoln!


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