June 1999


My name is Toby. I have just had my fifth dog birthday on March 19th.  I'm a pOur beautiful, sweet Golden Retriever, Tobyroud Sunshine Golden Retriever, and I come from a family of champions and loving pets just like me. My dad, Sunshine's Four on the Floor, better known as Casey, finished his show career with four majors, and I am told that I look a lot like him.

Well, enough about me. What I want to know is, what's going on at my house? I know something is up, because my folks don't go to work anymore. They are very busy doing this and that, and I am watching them carefully to try to figure out exactly what is going on. I miss sleeping on their bed while they were gone all day. Now that they are always home, I can't do that anymore, because it is against the rules. And not only that, they have begun putting me in the big cage with the wire windows and the door that locks. I go in for about an hour every day. They used to put me in there years ago when I was a puppy in training.   Does anyone know why they're putting me in there again?

One day later.

Have you ever wondered how my dog friends and I know what's going on?  It's the doggie network.  While you sleep at night, we operate the network. It's an undetectable wave link between canines. Anyway, I finally found out last night, through my friends on the net, that my family is going to Europe on an airplane, and that this time they're taking me. I've never been on an airplane before, and I am a little nervous. But that explains why they have been putting me in my cage every day. I'm practicing for my plane trip.

Oh boy, I have a feeling that this is going to be a quite an adventure.