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Toby: the first five weeks

Toby is 14 weeks old today. In the five weeks he's been here, he has put on over 5 kg of bone and muscle, captured many hearts (including ours) and wreaked havoc in our garden, house and lives. He's given us a lot of laughs and cuddles, and although he isn't good for productivity, he is great at improving my overall work/life balance.

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He is curiously reluctant to go for walks, despite the admiration he receives whenever we take him out. People stop on the street to admire him, some even stop their cars to greet him. Many ask if he is an Andrex puppy. How clever of Andrex to cash in on the cute factor and labrador popularity. What those ads don't show you is the needle-sharp puppy teeth. He chews on everything, indiscriminately: shoes or feet, sticks or furniture, garments or flesh, toys or flowers, ice cubes, metal, broken glass and worse.

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Yesterday I took him to the beach at Portobello. He was cautious of the sea, but delighted with the sand and above all with meeting so many other dogs and people. One family kindly gave him a ball, fully knowing that his teeth would puncture it.

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He's a feisty dog, full of energy and fun, and is clearly going to be a dog of character. Just occasionally, I catch him at rest, looking thoughtful:

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