It was nine years ago this weekend that Toni became our first dog-daughter. She showed up at our friends home with no identification. They tried to find her owner to no avail and were unable to keep her themselves. When Jeff and I found out about her, we instantly brought her home and welcomed her into our family.
This is a scanned photo of cute little Toni as a pup …
and here she is today …
Growing up, Toni was rambunctious and mischievous. I still have a hole in my couch from her chewing puppy days. I can’t count how many times we have had to jump in the car to find her after realizing she had escaped the back yard from either digging under the fence or at times jumping/pulling herself over the fence. As a pup Toni struggled to make friends with other dogs, we have never returned to our local dog park after a incident when another dog made the mistake of getting a little too close!
She continues to be pretty high energy, but has slowed down a bit. She now enjoys hanging out with Penny and Otis and she welcomes a quick “hello” from our dog neighbors. It makes me sad to see her mellow out. It forces me to reflect on the fact that she will not be with us forever … I’m tearing up as it write these words. Toni has taught us patience, the importance of enjoying the moment, and brought pure joy and love into our lives. She is our first born, the #1 dog in our home, and the prettiest pup I’ve ever seen.
It is great to have a competitive well-match Super Bowl, but the commercials are the real reason many (including myself) watch the big game.
Did you noticed how many dogs appeared in the Super Bowl commercials this year? There were a few standouts that had Jeff and I laughing out loud . . .
Sketchers had a creative ad featuring a super fast Bulldog, here’s Mr. Quiggly:
Apparently Sketchers is getting some slack by an animal advocate group that is protesting them claiming they are glorifying dog racing and have started on online petition. I’m just thrilled that Sketchers chose a bulldog over Kim Kardashian!
Volkswagen had a cute idea with “Bolt the Dog” getting into shape, however I think the Star Wars reference at the end kind of ruined it. I’d rather seen more of Bolt:
This one is a much better Star Wars based option from Volkswagen that they aired for a few weeks before the Super Bowl as a teaser:
There were several other commercials that either featured dogs or at least had them in the background. The BEST ad by far was Bud Light introducing us to “Weego”. Weego is a rescue dog featured in their newest ad. Weego now has a large following, if you visit Bud Light’s facebook page and LIKE them they are donating $1 for each like up to $250,000 to ARF (Animal Rescue Fund).
CLICK HERE to see Bud Light’s Facebook page.
The game was good, Madonna was fierce (if that is what 50 looks like, I can’t wait to get there), but the commercials were the stand out especially those featuring our furry friends.