No, I won’t face the camera

Hello friends,

Have you ever had a camera pointed in your face and you just didn’t feel like it? Well, I have. 0530The other day I was sitting in mom’s room thinking about something sad and mom said, “Toby, look at the camera. Toby. Toby. Kitty, kitty.” She kept saying it in a sing-song voice as if that would move me. It didn’t. 0530aI was sad (and still am) and I wasn’t going to let her have her way.0530b Why was I sad, you ask? My sweetheart, Penny, lost her sister Snowball and while I didn’t know Snowball personally, my heart hurts for Penny and Miss Ellen. I am sad for them and all the other kitties at

I’m sure Lucy, Spooky and Stinky all greeted Snowball at the Bridge and she is healthy and running free again, but that doesn’t make it any less painful for the ones left behind. We here at Toby’s Wrecking Crew pray for Miss Ellen and her kitties that their grief will be eased by love and comfort of God.


O is for…

O is for… Oh I’m so sad…my sweet friend Miss Nellie has left us. I know many of you know this already but, like all of us, I have my own special memories of her and I wanted to share our time together. After that I’ll do my A to Z post!

nellies mice Do you remember these guys? They’re Nellie’s mice! After Nellie posted about them, they visited LadyBird while she was sleeping!

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ladybird & nellie The next night, Nellie visited LadyBird in her dreams!!

nellie-ladybirddisco-copy Nellie was a wild child – she took LadyBird dancing!!!

5thBlogoversary  LadyBird had a great time at Nellie’s party!

The after LadyBird went to the Bridge (I’m sure those two are kicking up their heels now!) Nellie befriended me and taught me her wild ways!!nellie and toby


0609c This past summer when Miss Nellie was running Joe and Smoke’s Presidential campaign, she came to Virginia Beach to put up signs and we went sight seeing and had a great seafood supper!!


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tobywreckingcrew This past October we joined Nellie’s pumpkin Patch!

And finally, this past February, my Sweetheart Penny and I visited the royal palace of Queen Nellie and brought her many gifts. Your Majesty, Queen Nellie


gift25 And she sent me this thank you in return.

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Au revoir sweet Nellie. You will be missed but never forgotten.



Let’s dry our tears and switch gears…

HellO fOlks! tOday is “O” day!! tOday I have fOr yOu twO dOgs – Oscar and Owney! Why dOn’t we get started with Oscar!!

When Hollywood comes calling for dogs of a specific breed, animal trainers sometimes have to search everywhere for the right dog. For the movie, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, the producers wanted an Anatolian Shepherd to play a lead role, “Butch.” The trainer called the Anatolian Shepherd Rescue group to help him find the perfect “Butch.” He eventually found Oscar in California, working as a guard dog for a herd of miniature horses. The trainer took him home and Oscar began his short movie career. He did very well on the movie, mostly because he loved working – no just herding/guarding. He had a brief role with Blythe Danner in the movie, The Lucky One. Anatolians are big dogs, but Oscar was 165 pounds and when he stood on his hind legs he was over 6 feet tall!

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In 1888, a scruffy terrier mix named Owney started hanging around an Albany, NY post office. To keep warm, he would sleep on the mailbags and eventually started following the mailbags onto the mail trains. The Albany Post Office sort of adopted him – as much as anyone could adopt a wandering dog. When Owney decided to start hopping trains, the folks in Albany didn’t want to lose him so they put a collar and tag on him explaining who he was and where he belonged. He ended up visiting all 48 contiguous states and became quite popular. Although train accidents in the late 1800s were fairly common, any train Owney road on never had an accident. So on Owney rode, hopping from train to train, eventually traveling over 140,000 miles. Mail carriers all over the country “adopted” Owney as a mascot and they put hundreds of medals and tags on his collar/harness to show where he visited. He died in June 1897 and his ‘stuffed’ remains are on display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Well, if you’ve stuck with me through this very long post, thank you! I know we started off a little sad but we ended with our A to Z post. Tomorrow is “P” day and I hope you’ll come back.






Friday Fill-in Time!!

It’s Friendly Friday Fill-In Time!! Thanks Miss Ellen and Miss McGuffy for hosting each week!! My answers are in purple; their questions/statements are in black.


1.  Watching PeggySue and MerryBelle run around like screaming banshees makes me feel old which is why I fuss at them so much!!!076


2. Watching Simon creep and creak around makes me feel young. I’m just grateful that every time I shake my head I don’t fall over like he does!078


3. I have not got enough time with mom. She works too hard and is away from home too much. I miss her when she’s not here so much that when she does come home I won’t leave her alone for hours. She tells me its only temporary and that things will be better in spring. I can’t wait for spring to get here.079


4. My girlfriend Penny is most beautiful tortie around (sorry, Mudpie). I’m dreaming about her right now!                    .098

ellen_cat_badge_2-1 Please go HERE for more fill in fun!!!

To beautiful kitties have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge. We honor their lives and pray for their families. Please click on the badge to give condolences if you wish.

mickey-forever Mickey of Purr Therapy

pandora-forever Pandora of The Adventures of Percy the Cat


Friday Fill-ins!

It’s Friday Fill-in time!  

1. My guiding word for 2017 is  2 words: more treats! 065
2. What is a  class reunion? Mom’s never been to hers, she says, because she hated high school and has no wish to revisit those years or people. 1212a
3. Truth be told I am superstitious about nothing; mom doesn’t travel on July 4th but that’s the only superstition she has. 0702b


4. Lately, I have been not getting enough snuggle time with mom.188

Thanks Ellen and McGuffy for hosting!! ellen_cat_badge_2-1 Go HERE for more fill-in fun!!!

Today is also jamisonbadge2. Jamison has passed over the Rainbow Bridge due to injuries from a dog attack. Please visit his family to offer condolences if you wish. 



We’ll see you tomorrow for Caturday Art!!

Tuxie Tuesday with PeggySue

I’m liking this perch – BobbieSue is usually up here, but I think she’s softening on me a bit and not running me off.047

Oops! Here she comes! I better scram!!! 049

Here’s a recent picture of MerryBelle. She’s a tabby tuxie so she counts for Tusie Tuesday! She’s really weird – she sleeps on mom’s bed but won’t let mom touch her. Maybe one day she’ll learn to love the kind touch of mom.mb-a


Before we go, we want to say a fond farewell to our friend, Fiona, over at The Cat on My Head. She went to the Rainbow Bridge last Thursday after a long and valiant battle with CKD. We will miss her beautiful grey face. (Grey cats have been a long time favorite of mom’s family.)