Tag Archives: Tobey

Tale of Two Photos

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities of a picture I posted last week of Tobey and Baby Leo looking out the window to another picture taken a few years back of Tobey and our beloved Lillian in a similar pose. Both are pictured below.

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Introducing Baby Leopold!

It’s hard to put into words how much losing Lillian affected me. The house seemed so empty…. as well as my heart. In January, my wife started looking for a new member of our family… not as a replacement for Lili, because that could never happen, but as a new member of the family.

We started out looking for a female blue weimaraner. We love the color. My wife found a breeder nearby with a blue girl (Pink)… However, when we got there, it was clear that Pink was very independent and curious. We already have Tobey, who is exactly those two things. The Duchess was on the hunt for a ‘snuggly puppy’. Fortunately, there was a baby boy who only wanted to be held. The bond was instant. We made a deposit and picked him up the next day. With that, I’d like to introduce Baby Leopold (Leo). It goes without saying that we’re smitten.

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Weimaraner Halloween Through the Years

Halloween is always a fun day for the pups…. mostly because they bark at anything that moves…. In an effort to make the dogs less threatening (and because ‘re crazy weimaraner owners), we dress them up in costumes and sit in the driveway to pass out candy. Below is a compilation of some of the costumes throughout the years.

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 Tobey the Shark

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Lili the Mermaid

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Lili the BumbleBee

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Tobey the Witch

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Tobey the Panda

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Lili the Peapod and Panda Tobey

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Lili the Peapod and Panda Tobey

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So This Happened Today…… :)

There aren’t many days in the year when the weather is absolutely beautiful at the peak of fall foliage. Today was that day so I leashed up both pups and ventured outside for a run without any expectations…

After about a mile or two, I felt pretty good and Tobey was doing great so I set a goal of 4 miles…. however, when we got to the turnaround point. The plan was to run to the Powell Library and turn around…. however, when we got there we just kept going. The way the pups were running, they didn’t want to stop.

We were all doing great until the final 1/3 of a mile. Tobey scraped his paw, but he plowed on. In the end, we went 7.02 miles! A new personal record for Lillian and a huge accomplishment for Tobey (just 2 or 3 weeks ago, he was limping and I was worried he may never run again). After the run, I can’t help but smile with a great sense of accomplishment and an hour spent with my two best friends.

Update: After checking, this is my longest run since I ran the same distance on November 25, 2012 and I haven’t run a distance longer since May 7, 2011 when I ran the half marathon.

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2014 Dog Jog and Why It Matters to Me

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My first Citizens for Humane Action Dog Jog was in August 2008. It’s something I’ll never forget. The day before the race, my divorce became final, then, in a horrible twist of fate…. my grandfather passed away a few hours later. It was, without question, one of the worst days of my life.

I had signed up for the Dog Jog a few weeks prior because I wanted something to look forward to and thought this would be a good distraction.

When I arrived at the race, I found my good friend, Billy. It was great to have some support at the race. You can see from the picture how young and thin I was.

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Tobey was so happy that day. And I felt great helping homeless animals. It was exactly what I needed. We ran 5k in 23 minutes and 34 seconds (7:30 average).

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I’ve kept the Dog Jog on my  Calendar ever since. I even showed up with a severely sprained ankle one year. I didn’t run, but I was there. I’ve raised more than $3,400 since my first race.

I started bringing my Lillian and the woman who would become my wife. The event morphed into something I looked forward to every year. Something I could do to give back to the animals that can’t help themselves and something I could do with my best friend Tobey.

This year, Tobey is turning 9. It’s something that I’m having a hard time with. He’s started to slow down physically, which breaks my heart. It takes him longer to recover from runs, and he can’t go as fast as he could before. That’s why this year’s Dog Jog is so important to me.

There is a real chance this could be the last formal run we do together. We likely won’t beat our personal record (22:35 in 2009), but we will remain committed to the cause.

We’re going to show up and we’re going to have an amazing time helping other dogs. In the end, that’s what the CHA Dog Jog is all about.

I personally can’t wait.

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