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I might be Toto

July 26th 2006 4:39 pm
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Oh boy, I have an audition to be Toto in the local production of the Wizard of Oz. I am not quite sure what that means, but Mom said that if I get the part, a lot of people will love me. I like that, so I am going to work real hard with mom before we go so I can be Toto. (What's a Toto?) Now I know all my commands with just hand signals. I can sit and down and here and stay and heel and twirl. Now mom is telling me to bark, which is really confusing since she is always telling me to NOT bark. I wish she would make up her mind.

I went to Grandma's this morning but the screen door was locked so mom took me back home and I had to stay by myself all day and I did not get my toast with jam. I made up for it by tearing something up and pooping upstairs. So there! It really seemed like a good idea at the time. But when Mom came home, I felt bad because I knew I had done bad things and I was afraid she would yell at me at call me a "bad dog." I hate that. She didn't yell or anything. She just picked it all up and then worked with me to get ready for this Toto thing. I got lots of treats, too. Hmmm. I think I like this Toto thing better all the time.

I will let you know when I find out what Toto is. Woof! Woof!



My audition

July 28th 2006 6:31 pm
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I had my audition today to be Toto in the Wizard of Oz. It was no big deal. No, really. Mom just asked me to do some stuff I do for her all the time anyhow, like sit, down, stay, heel, twirl. Then she gave the good bologna to the guy there and he asked me to heel. He was real impressed, but what did he think, that I was going to let him walk away with my bologna? No way! Anyhow, I have to go back on Wednesday to play with the rest of the cast. He said something about they would all want to feed me cookies. I don't care if I have to sit or lay down for cookies. I sit and lay around a lot anyhow, so again, no big deal. Cookies and bologna...I knew this Toto thing was going to be good.

Oh, and better yet, this guy wants mom to let my hair grow out. You know what that means don't you? No grooming!!!! It only keeps getting better and better. Now, if only I don't have to take baths, either...

"I'm off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz" What's Oz?

Woof, woof!



Being Toto isn't easy

August 11th 2006 4:46 pm
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Man, easy street is over for LexiToto (me). I have to go to rehearsals and get dragged out to Dorothy where she always picks me up. I'm not liken that at all. But then Dorothy came to my house! and she played ball with me! and she played platty hand puppet with me! and she took me for a walk! and she gave me new treats! She even understands dog-speak!! And she sang to me too! I heard her tell mom she's not going to pick me up any more because I don't like it. Ya know, maybe she's ok after all. Then we went to the meat market and the butcher came out to see me and brought me a big bone. It is so big I can hardly lift it, and boy oh boy is it good!

Mom got me this super yummy treat that is soft and tastes like peanut butter. She keeps making me roll over on my side before she will give me any. I don't like that. It doesn't feel right. She said something about poppies and looking like I am asleep. Right now, I am hoping she gives up on this "over" thing. What are poppies?

My people cousins from out of town came to visit my grandma today and mom took me over so they could adore me. They were all very nice and pet me lots. I heard them say they were going out to eat, so I gave mom my best poor me look, but she made me stay home anyhow. Just wait until I am a big star--the restaurants will be begging me to come eat there!

Woof, woof!



Publicity pictures

August 19th 2006 8:04 pm
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I got to go back to the theater center and got interviewed (I tried to answer some of the questions but the lady only wrote down what mommy said), I had my picture taken a bunch with Dorothy. I decided I like having my picture taken and posed very nicely outside right next to Dorothy's red shoes. All of her they got in the picture were her red shoes. Ha, ha, won't she be surprised! The camera lady said I was very photogenic. What's photogenic?
Maybe the lady will give some of the pictures to my mommy and she will put them on my web page.

I followed Dorothy everwhere during rehearsal. I was soooo excited to see her. She came over to my house last week and played with me. Then she came back another day just to take me for ice cream. I wonder how she knew I love ice cream best of all? She is my special friend now. I heard her talking to mommy about coming to see me again. She is going to go to my grandma's and pick me up. She said something about taking me on tv with her. I hope I don't have to sit on the tv. It is up a little too high and I might fall off.

I love rehearsal. I get lots and lots of treats. And lots and lots of petting and "good girls". But especially lots of treats. Everyone is very impressed that I bark when mommy tells me. Once she remembered the right word to tell me to bark, I understood and now I bark every time she says it.

It is late and I want to go to bed now. I always get a treat at bedtime!

Woof, woof! (And a special woof at the witch's old hat!!)



I made the paper

August 28th 2006 3:27 pm
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When I was a young pup and having a great time chewing to shreds my potty paper, who would have thought that some day I would be a feature in a newspaper. ( Yep, there I am, posing so beautifully with Dorothy in the Lifestyle section of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Mom helped me put in a link so you can see it on mom's website. She says you will have to copy and paste in your address line.

I sure hope some puppy doesn't peepee on my picture.

Woof woof



I am the star

September 22nd 2006 8:30 pm
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I am the star. That's what everyone says. They say I steal the show, but honest, I didn't steal anything. I just run out on the stage (most of the time) when Mom says, and get treats, and run off. Now I have found that I can go down the front stairs off the stage into the audience. That' a hoot. Mom seems kinda freaked out when I get back, though. And those monkeys--oooooh I don't like those monkeys. I run as fast as I can when I see them coming and mom picks me up. But then she hands me to one of the monkeys! So last time they came after me, I ran into my kennel off-stage where I would be safe. Just when I came out of my kennel, thinking they were all gone, mom picked me up and handed me to one of them again. I don't know how I am going to stop her from doing this. Doesn't she know they are scary??

So here I am, the star of the Wizard of Oz, and Mom still comes home at lunch and gives me a bath. The indignity of it all! I thought I was safe at my grandma's, but no, here mom comes with shampoo and a towel and sticks me in the sink. I can't wait to get back outside and get this shampoo smell off of me. At least she hasn't tried to make me wear clothes lately. That's even worse than a bath.

I get to go to Dunlap tonight and help teach dance. I haven't gone in a long time. I missed the first 2 lessons because I had to go to rehearsal and face the flying monkeys. Of course, there were lots of treats and fun, too. Mom says some of the people who love me are still there in Dunlap, and there are new people, too, to love me. I am so excited, I can hardly wait. I wish we could go now. I don't understand why we can't go right now. I think mom should come home from this work place where she always says she is going and take me to dance. Doesn't she know I want to go now? Now, now, now, now, now.




Annie Awards

September 23rd 2006 8:59 am
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You should have seen me at the Annnie Awards a week or two before the show opened. I wore a white tux collar and red bow tie--I just knew clothes were going to enter into this at some point! (Mom says it was, after all, a black tie affair.) Mom wore a red gown to match my tie. I worked the crowd. Pet me, feed me, adore me. And they did. After the social hour in the lobby, I sat on mom's lap for the awards in the auditorium (the one where I will be performing). At first, all the clapping, yelling and hooting bothered me. After about 20 minutes I decided it didn't matter and settled down to watch the awards, even taking a little nap at the end. Then back to the lobby for dessert! I found the cream puff table and stood with my front paws on it, looking longingly at the treats--not without reward! The director is extremely impressed with my behavior, everyone's reactions to me and my reactions back to them. What does he expect? When I am nice everyone feeds me treats and pets me. Isn't that what life is all about, anyhow? So mom says I don't have to wear any more clothes during the play. That's good. Now, if I could just get rid of those darned flying monkeys.

Woof, woof!


Dance in Dunlap

September 30th 2006 10:47 am
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Tonight is dance in Dunlap again. I went last week and really yelled at everyone. I was making up for lost time. And I wouldn't go to the girls when they called me either. I am mad at them because they didn't come and see me all summer when mom wasn't taking me there. I think they should have come to see me, don't you? I am not sure if I will let them pet me tonight. I am still getting a lot of petting at the theater, so I don't really need more. (Why is mom laughing??)

Mom has started putting good stuff on my food in the morning. She says she wants me to start eating every morning because I am getting too thin. I don't always do what she wants, but my goodness, this stuff is good.

I am going to rest some more now so I have lots of energy to go to dance tonight. I sure hope we stop at McDonalds again so I can have french fries. Mmmm.



October 8th 2006 4:19 pm
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Mom told me she had this funny thought about when I go over to Dorothy's house (you know, Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz) and meet her dog Graham. Graham is going to say, "Why do you keep saying 'Dorothy'?"

And of course I will reply with, "Because that is her name."

After a few rebuttals back and forth (which I hope doesn't turn into a fight) Graham may come up with "I knew it! My mom is leading a double life. The first clue should have been when she came home smelling like you! By day, my sweet, innocent Mommy Kim. By night, well, I don't know what the h..l she does with you! But she's had your stink on her for weeks now."

Me: "I hear people say I may be going to have an identity crisis. Do you think that is what is happening to Dorothy-Kim?"

Graham: "I don't know what that is. Let's play."

Isn't my mommy funny? Everyone knows my friend's name is Dorothy!



Rocktober Fest

October 24th 2006 1:56 pm
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Hi Ya'all,

I got to go to Rock City to celebrate Rocktober Fest. As I was going in I jumped up over a rock wall onto what I thought would be a nice grassy bank where I could smell all the other dogs that had been there. Imagine my suprise when, instead of grass, there was a water fountain! I went in up to my chest before my mom grabbed me out so I wouldn't drown. Boy, was that water cold!

Mom helped teach a dance called polka and I danced with her for a little bit. There were good trails and I could smell other dogs on them, but mom said we would go another time when there wasn't so much dancing to do. My bestest friend Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was there, and so was the Tin Man. Dorothy took me around to meet people and everyone naturally adored me, Toto.

I haven't been going to grandma's much lately 'cause mom has been home. She isn't working and has a cold and doesn't want to play much. Once in a while she will throw the ball for me or play keep away with Quack Quack. Then she lights the fireplace and we curl up on the couch and take a nap.

Mom says she is going to work tomorrow and I can go stay with my grandma again. I like that--she makes me toast with yummy jam on it and always says really nice things to me. She lets me get in her bed and burrow down under the covers to the bottom where I snooze all morning, except to get my toast. Mom says she is going to the kitchen to make some desserts now, so catch you all later.

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