Sunday, January 13, 2008


This is Ben......


He's the love of Tobi's life.

Tobi 2008

Ben is the reason she endures her grooming..the bath, haircut, toenail clipping and other unmentionable things that we won't go into here....and even the cutesy little bows that she sometimes allows the groomer to put on her ears, it's all for the love of Ben!

Tobi with bows 1

Unfortunately for Tobi, Ben is a "man about town" and usually won't give her the time of day. You know the type. He goes traipsing about town from one end to the other, usually looking straight ahead. Everybody in town knows Ben and knows his name and it's not so much that Ben is friendly with everybody, he is actually kind of aloof. If you call him by name he will stop and look at you for a minute, then go on his merry way without so much as a "howdy-do", leaving you with the impression that he doesn't have time for you or can't be bothered.

Poor Tobi. She gets so fiesty, in spite of her almost 14 years, when she see's Ben on the street. Even though Ben is not a bad looking speciman, he's no spring chicken either, so to speak. With every chance meeting Tobi starts prancing along and shaking her beautiful, long, blond, tail from side to side...looking at him longingly with those big brown eyes. The other day Tobi and I were taking our walk out the street and we met Ben walking down the other side. He just kept walking on, refusing to look in her direction. She started to run from me to get to Ben but I held tightly to her leash. She then began a whining sound almost like crying. I really think she had tears in her eyes. Then she started a low, woofing bark to try and get his attention, but Ben kept right on going down the street, completely ignoring her.

My heart breaks for Tobi when I have to watch her go through this humiliation. She received a little bit of encouragement a few days ago when DH took her for her walk. Ben's "daddy" drove by them with Ben perched in the passenger's seat. He stopped the car and said, "Ben says, 'Hello', and Ben goes, "Woof, Woof!!" Tobi was such a happy girl for a little while.

I just know that someday soon Ben will realize what a wonderful old girl Tobi is and it will be too late for him. She will become so weary with vying for his affections that she will decide she doesn't need him at all. Then when she sees him on the street again, she will turn that beautiful, blond tail in his direction and say, "Talk to the butt, Ben. Talk to the Butt!"

Talk to the butt


Lib said...

Hi Miz. Hope,
Poor Tobi.XOXOXO
Hope you're having a good day.
I'm home alone ,now thats rare around here. DH had to go to Pigeon FOrge, I stayed behind trying to catch up on washing and drying fabric. Should finidh it today or tomorrow.
We're sunny here and I loveit.
Gonna go and grab a nother cup a.on my 2nd pot.
Have a Great day,LHB,Lib

Anonymous said...

My picture of Ben didn't turn out. But Tobi is a doll.
It is kinda cool here todat so im off for a hot bath and a few stos in town before work.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh Tobi! You can do much better than Ben! He doesn't deserve you!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Hope,
What am I going to do with you and Lib? I guess I'm just going to have to buy you both an Alarm Clock. LOL. I was up at 4:00a.m. this morning. By 9:00a.m. I had finished my whole pot. Both of you are an hour ahead of me, so you both should be up and have my coffee ready for me. LOL. "THANK YOU" for the condolences on my Aunt. I talked to my Mom earlier and they are having my Aunt's Funeral Wednesday morning at 10:00a.m. I won't be able to go because I can't take the girls out of school and also our oldest daughter has her Basketball game Wednesday night as well. My Parents are going to leave early in the Morning going down there and they will come back home Wednesday evening. I do hope yall get some snow this week. I sure wish we could get some. They are saying we may have some Wintry Mix on Wednesday night late. I'm not going to hold my breath for it tho. LOL. That is a shame that Ben won't give your Tobi the time of day. If I was Tobi, I would be looking for someone else. Yep, just like in real life I would. Ben will regret it I'm sure one day. Maybe he is just sowing his oats for now. LOL. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Nora Lee said...

You are cracking me up. I love dogs and know exactly what you are talking about...poor Tobi. Just like all girls she will have to learn that sometimes it gets to the point that yes you just have to turn your butt and walk away!

Give Tobi a little belly rub for me :)


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Why is it the blonds always go for the bad boys?
She deserves so much better!

Tammy said...

Awwww...this post was wonderful and Tobi is a beautiful gal!

I can't wait to email this post to my Mama as she is a huge dog lover and recently lost her 15 year old Sheltie named Beau! said...

You are so much fun Hope! Tobi can do better!! So cute!
I will have to go visit lib! I was at Pigeon Forge TN this summer, In fact I just found the beautiul dish that Karen bought me from the Christmas store at Pigeon Forge. I had put it away this fall and forgot about it and didn't put it out for Christmas..... Then I was putting something else away on Saturday night and I found my pretty dish with the red birds on it!!
It is beautiful in the Smoky's! We drove from there over to Waynevile NC in the Mountains and I do mean Mountains!!! Love and Hugs, Grams

Karla said...

Aw! It's just puppy love!!

Cute story!

Betty said...

Loved the story of Ben and Tobi. Reminds me of some of my days as a single gal, lol.

Do you suppose Ben is gay? Just a thought!! After all, Tobi may be old, but she's a real knock out for her age.

Peggy said...

Tobi I am sure there is a prince out there wanting to look into your pretty eyes. LOL

Anonymous said...

I agree. the soup is good,but im not into the whole diet thing.That is why I do it for a few days as a cleanse. It sure gets that fluid out.
As for the muffins my favorite is blueberry also. I had never had this one so I thought id try.
Okay Ben showed up this time.Aww he is walking away.She don't need him.

Country Girl in the City said...

Hi Hopie,
Tell Tobi to keep her spirits up things happen when you least expect it. Kaycies birthday was yesterday, She got her license and of course all the gang was here last night for her party. We had a ball.
Love Ya,

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing this, made me smile.