The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Birthday Boy

Hello everyone! Wow, thanks so much for all the lovely birthday messages and good wishes! I'm sorry it has taken until now to tell you all about my exciting day, but I was so busy having fun and then in the evening I literally collapsed on the couch and could not be moved for love nor money (well, food actually!). I had such a fabby day - being 1 is great!

When I got up this morning there was a HUGE pile of packages and parcels on the table and mum and dad said they were all for me!!! I am such a lucky boy!

Lots of parcel ripping action quickly ensured!

Mum had sneaked a peek in the envelopes I think, as all the cards were safely removed before I got my teeth on them, hehehe!

Oh it was such good fun pulling the envelopes to bits that at times I almost forgot that there were actual goodies lurking inside!

I found wedging the parcels under the furniture worked well to stop them scooting all over the place on the stoopid wooden floor.

Anyhow, I have lots of thanks to do, so I better get on with it. The first parcel I opened was from my Faya! Well...I tried and tried to open it but it was really tricky...

It smelt so good and I wanted to get the box open. Mum eventually helped me and look what was inside! A seriously HUGE cuddly bird, some tripe treats, some cheesy treats and a beautiful photo of Faya with lots of kisses on it!

I had a good sniff. There was a lovely aroma of Faya, tripe sticks and cheese treats, hehehe!

Dad let me try one if the tripe treats. They looked really hard and dad thought it would last me for a while. Here is dad asking me to wait nicely for it.

Well, chomp chomp and it was gone, so it didn't really keep me quiet for long. It was very tasty though! Right, next...

I had a good chew on the birdy. The white fluffy hair on his head was particularly attractive, even more so than the eye balls which as you know are normally my first target!

Ah little birdy, I hope I can look after you as well as Faya looks after M le cochon (Mr Pig) that I sent her for her barkday.

Merci Faya pour mes cadeaux fantastiques! Je t'adore ma belle!

I also had a package from Boo all the way from Malaysia! He had made me a cool card with a picture of me in my Doggles on the front. There were 2 different packets of yummy treats and a cute bookmark for mum. Thank you soooo much Boo, what lovely gifts!

I also got a package from Girl Girl in Singapore. Look, I got a very cool bandanna and a Garfield card! Mum really likes Garfield so she was impressed with that. You can see me wearing my bandanna is some videos further down. Thank you Girl Girl, and I'm glad you liked your pizza and sign too!

And here's yet another parcel from Singapore! This one arrived a few weeks ago so I have been very patiently waiting to open it. It's from Boy and Baby! It's a Petstages chew/tuggy toy and I really love it!

All the different textures feel nice on my teeth to chew on. I seem to be going through another phase of needing to chew at the moment, so this will be very handy. Mum says my adult teeth are settling into place. This toy is also really strong, so great for playing tuggeeeeeeee!

Look at my teethies! You should see how HUGE the back ones are! I hope they stay nice and white.

Next up I opened the parcel from Simba! I wasn't tiring of opening stuff at all and was zooming all over the house like a crazy as I was so excited about all my new toys and treats! Mmmm, Simba, you may notice that the original blue ball isn't on the rope any more. Well I played and played with this toy yesterday and the tennis ball came apart at the seams. I was really sad as I was having so much fun with this toy, so clever dad put one of my rubbery balls on the rope instead, cool! Thank you for my pressies Simba!

Here I am opening Simba present. You can see that although I love my Kong squeaky ring and REALLY love the ball on a rope, I knew there were treats further in the envelope and was on a mission to get to them!

And here I am playing with the original ball on a rope before my big old jaw wore it out. We have a pink toy the same as this at obedience class and I always choose it for retrieve. Now I have a macho blue one all of my own!

Can you believe there are still more presents! Next was a parcel from Putter! Look at the cool card. I am trying to learn to balance a treat on my nose then toss it into my mouth like this doggy. I got a HUGE Kong squeaky ring. Cool! This will be great to take to the lake when I go swimming. There were also 2 very fancy bandannas! You all know how I love my neckerchiefs so I was very impressed! Thank you Putter!

Here I am opening Putter's parcel. I am sorry if I kind of tossed the presents out there Putter, but your padded envelope was great fun to tear up, hehehe!

Here I am modelling one of the bandannas. What do you think? I think it goes great with my black and tan! You may also spot that I am wearing a new tag. I'll tell you about that in a minute!

Nearly there! Next was a parcel from Sunshade and Jaffa! There was a pretty pop up card, a rope toy in the shape of a doggie, some truly yummy peanut butter and kelp treats and a tag.

Mum found it hard to take a photo of the tag which did it justice as it's really beautiful. On one side is a etched photo of yours truly.

And on the reverse is a message from Sunshade and Jaffa to wish me a Happy 1st Birthday! Isn't it cool?

The rope doggy is really good to chew on.

Oh little blue doggy, I will try and be gentle with you I promise, but you're just so good to gnaw!

When I checked my pee mail yesterday I had this really pretty e-card from Ruby Bleu. She even manages to look good with a silly party hat on and a whistle thingy in her mouth! Thank you Ruby!

I also got a very funny card from Billy Boo! The punchline on the inside is "But it turns out, they're not very good at knitting!" Thanks for giving us a good chuckle Billy!

Here are all my cards! I was very good and none of them have any teethie marks in them!

Last but not least, here are my presents from mum and dad. Mum thought there were cool as the all had a cowboy/sheriff there, and I am called "Sherifs Sundance Kid", cool hey?

I like the cowboy horsie best. He still has his eyes, amazingly. I think I got so many toys yesterday that I was too busy playing with lots of different things to give him my full attention, lucky for him.

I'll report in a few days to let you know whether he needs a guide dog!

Can you tell how much I really wanted to pose for this photo?! I just wanted to got on and play!

Once I had opened all my presents, played with the toys, sampled the treats and remembered to have some food, dad put me in my car harness and we set of in the car. I soon realised we were going to my favourite walkie spot, Nightingale Wood! As soon as we turned up the road that leads to the woods I started making my silly squeaky noises and peering out of the car windows!

As it had been raining on and off all day I think a lot of people had stayed home, so we had the woods pretty much to ourselves. I did meet a couple of dogs, but no-one who was really fun to play with. Ah well, I still had fun!

There were lots of good smells but I didn't spot anything exciting to chase. It was fun running through the long grass feeling it tickling my tummy!

We have not been here for a couple of months and it looked so different now all the grass, shrubs and undergrowth have grown over the Spring. It made it more exciting to run around now the woods are more dense.

As I was the birthday boy, mum and dad let me go into the really stinky pond, yes!

As you will see on the video, I got a good sticky out of the water, yummy yum yum!

Once we got home and I'd had my dinner, a birthday phone call from my brother Fergus and a bit more of a play with my toys, I flopped on the sofa for the rest of the evening as I was completely exhausted!

Being 1 was so much fun! Thank you for my gifts, cards and lovely messages. You made it a very special day for me.

Oscar x


Faya said...

Oscar je suis si contente que tu ais eu une si belle journée. Tous tes amis ont pensé à toi et ça c'est vraiment super. Mais c'est parce que tu le mérite ! Gros bisous et repose-toi bien, Ta Faya

Putter said...

Hi Oscar! Hi!

Wow, what a super barkday! Turning 1 is the bestest, huh! I am glad you liked your pressie ... You look great in your bandanna! :) Talk to you soon!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Anonymous said...

Wow Oscar.. you had a BIG 1st Birthday!!! You got some awesome toys! Miss Sunshade is going to have to tell us where she got that tag for you. It is awesome!

Wired for Mackie said...

Oscar buddy, so sorry I missed your birfday, but looks like you had a a great day!! Happy belated pal!

Your buddy, Mackie

Ruby Bleu said...

Wow Oscar...that sounds like the bestest birthday EVER! I'm glad you liked my's amazing what one can do with clip are! LOL

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Oscar,
Wow, you really got lots of neat prezzies! You look fabulous in your new bandanas. It's been quite a few years since we turned 1. Glad you enjoyed your birfday!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Maggie said...

Wow! What a super duper birthday you had Oscar! You got a whole lot of good stuff!
I love your "posing" photo! You look like you're smiling!

Love ya lots,

Billy said...

Wow what a great day you had Oscar. So many nice presents!! Love the wonder you were worn out, I wouldn't have lasted 1/2 as long as you did.

BIG hugs from Billy Boo:)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Oscar. I am so glad you had a great birthday. And you got tons of presents!
I am so happy for you!
Have a nice (and rested) day

Bentley & Niko said...

holy cow yo got some good stuff, and had good walkies! It's so green green green there!

Joe Stains said...

omdog you got SO many good treats, we are such slackers for not mailing yours intime, but that just means the birthday fun will go on even longer!


Boo said...

wow, you got 2 aire dog now! sunshade got me one too but so far i haven't been able to squeak it. too hard for little me!

so oscar, are you thinking of destroying any toys yet since you are in your legal age now. hehehehe.

wet wet licks


Koobuss Shiksa Petrosky IV said...

WOW Oscar!

You got all that stuff just for being 1. That's terrific! You sure have a nice family. No wonder you were so tired. I looked at all your pictures, Oscar, and you are one cute dude!

A belated Happy Birthday from your friend Koobuss.

Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Woh you sure had a super birthday Oscar. :)
Hope you get a good rest to recover from having so much fun. :)

~ girl girl

Nugget said...

Wow What a great Birthday! You really know how to pawty Oscar.

Amber-Mae said...

Oscar wow! So many lovely pressies from your friends... I want some of them too! You looked like you had a wonderful time on your 1st birthday! Hehe, great! Now you can look at Faith's uncensored pictures... kekekeke!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Gigi, Slurpee, Nachos and Murrey said...

Hi Oscar~
Wow...That would be a great pile of pressies from your friends.



Simba said...

You have that opening presents down to a fine art. I have a habit of killing presents sent to me, its part of the fun.

Simba xx

Blue said...

What an amazing Barkday you had!
Love the parcel openning! So many new toys! What a lucky boy you are.
The new blue bandanna looks very smart on you.

Lots of pats

Marvin The Dog said...

Oscar - you sure had a wonderful day and lots of presents! It all looked totally amazing!

love and birthday licks, Marv xxxx

Luckie the Dachie said...

Hey Oscar,
Your pressies were overwhelming!! I hope you have great fun with all of them. :) It feels good to turn one huh? I think turning two will be pretty fun too.
Thanks for visiting my blog!!

Hammer said...

Hey Oscar

Happy Birthday !!! Wow, you got lots of beautiful presents and cards. I'm glad you had such a good day on your birthday.

Love from Hammer

Ferndoggle said...

What a terrific day Oscar! So many pressies! Try not to play with them all at once!!

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Suki said...

I'm glad you had a great Barkday, Oscar.

My mom is kind of lazy when it comes to mailing things, so I'm sorry we didn't send you a pressie :(

I will have to sit her down and have a chat with her later about this, as she's going to give me a bad reputation!
Puggy kisses

Jackson said...

Hey Oscar, what a great haul! Sounds like you had a fun day. J x

Asta said...

What fun watching you open and play with all you fantabulous prezzies, which you richly deserve, being such a good friend and all around wonderful boy!
I love you romping in the woods, and finding that sticky in the pond.
Great birthday!!!!My stoopid Mommi didn't get your address, so I couldn't send you any thing..vewy sowwy Oscar..I'll do better next time
smoochie kisses Asta

Balboa said...

Happy Belated Birthday.

Looks like you had an Awesome Birthday.

Frenchie Kisses,

PerfectTosca said...

Gasp! Is that a DUCKIE I see? Ohhhhhh my doggod, I LOVE duckies! I mean I would paint the utility room for a duckie!

Holy Cow! You sure got lots of presents. You are one popular dood besides being so good looking you make my Woman drool.

Reina the Doxie said...

Hi Oscar,

Thats alot of pressies you got from your dear friends!!!

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!


Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Glad that you like the toy that we got for you. But guess what..we got something else for you. We have ordered it and it just came in our mailbox today. We are going to send it over to you real soon :)

Boy n Baby

Sir Chance-Lot said...

Hi Oscar...I feel so bad that I did not send you a birthday gift. I am kinda new to this blogging thing and didnt know this was what we do. i LIKE the idea though...yummy gifts on my b-day..
It looks like you had a blast Oscar...
Your friend

Rachael said...

WOW! Thats quite a hault for one pup Oscar! I'm glad you had such a pawsome birthday!

Stanley said...


I could watch you open prezzies all day long. You made me feel like I was right there with you (wish I was), and had I been there, probably would have been watching you open prezzies all day long.

You really are very mature for your age, but still know how to have a rootin' tootin' good time!

Happy Bday, buddy!

Goober love,

PreciOus said...

Cool! Totally!