Mark#53 – BBQ

April 4, 2007

The weather is picking up and so our attention is turning to outdoors cooking. We just went and bought a big shiny barbecue – charcoal fuelled of course, none of this gas malarkey for us – and we’re having a few chums round on Sunday afternoon for a flame-grilled feast.

First thing on the menu? Easy…HOT DOGS!



Mark#52 – Todd’s Big Garden Adventure

March 26, 2007








No, Todd… NO!!

March 8, 2007

Poor Mark. Reports from home suggest that our darling Toddlington has been a very, very naughty boy today.

In between chewing the curtains, the couch, the coffee table and Mark’s slippers, Todd has unfortunately been using the floor as a toilet, instead of doing his business outside during one of the 15 opportunities he’s had today. We fear he is regressing already… just when we thought we were making a bit of progress!

So, if you see Mark today, please be kind to him. He’s had almost no sleep (thanks to Todd crying and refusing to settle down last night) and has been on clean-up duty all day today. And to top it all off, he’s been snowed under with work. Can’t wait to see what kind of state my boys are in tonight… argh.

Mark#44 – Todd and his Monkey

March 6, 2007



Mark#43 – A Couple More Todd Snaps

March 6, 2007

For anyone who hasn’t been to our house and already had this explained to them, please excuse the hideous pink carpet – it was left by the previous owners and we decided we’d keep it until after Todd was fully house-trained.




BREAKING NEWS: Canine/feline relations suffer critical blow

March 5, 2007

As Mark works from home, he has also been forced into a new daytime role: pet mediator.

The cats have been pretty pissed about Todd’s arrival… we have seen some hissing and lots of scrambling to get out of his way as he attempts to engage them in play. Jerry seems to have sussed that Todd can’t climb stairs yet, so often retreats to the safety of the staircase to observe from a distance.

Slowly but surely, Jerry has been investigating this new critter who has invaded his domain. Yesterday, when Todd fell asleep on my feet, Jerry climbed onto my lap for a cuddle and a closer inspection. I thought, “wow… progress!”

However, today Mark witnessed the first real interaction. Todd, again eager to play, approached Jerry to smell his face. Jerry reportedly endured this treatment for a few seconds before taking a huge swipe at Todd’s face!

This apparently resulted in much crying and yelping, as Jerry looked on with an air of satisfaction, having put the interloper in his place. As I told Mark, I’m really glad I wasn’t there when it happened as it must have been so upsetting! Is there anything sadder than a crying puppy???

A footnote to this story is that Joey, our gentle giant (see banner at top of the blog… she’s a lovely gal) has pretty much avoided Todd altogether. My prediction was that she would be less freaked out than Jerry but it just goes to show, you can never predict cats’ behaviour.

We’ll just have to continue trying to win back their love with food.

Apologies to anyone who thinks posts about pet behaviour are lame. I find it totally fascinating and Mark and I are probably more guilty of anthropomorphism than anyone else we know!

Mark#42 – Here’s the Toddster…

March 4, 2007

This is Todd’s first official photo:


I’m sure there’ll be many, many more to follow…