Always In Our Hearts

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Tadpole Surprise

For those of you who think this is a recipe post for a new dish, (what would the ingredients in Tadpole surprise be, anyway... besides Tadpole?) sorry to disappoint. I'm actually talking about a surprise I found on my front porch the other day when I got home from my walk.

It was from none other than the dogliest dog-blogging dog, folks! Yep, I'm talking 'bout my good friend, Tadpole Pomegranate! Doesn't he have the best hair on the internet? (My girl thinks he has the best snout and the best spotted belly on the internet. *major eyeroll*).

I don't think Tad knew it at the time, but I have never ever received a surprise in the mail before (hard to believe, I know). Needless to say, I was a little va-klempt (as Linda Richmond would say) about what to do with it. It smelled doggy, so I knew it held precious cargo, but, how to get it opened...

Here we'll leave a blank space in memory of the video of me opening my surprise that would be here. It seems that my cinematographer (my hooman girl), *ahem*, happened to dump that video from the camera before downloading it. I never said she was tech savvy.

This is where my video would be (if it had not be erased by my girl).

Once I got the thing opened I was dazzled by a greenish yellow glowing donut! I immediately had myself a little taste.

Mmnah, mmnah, mmnah... it tastes... mmnah... like a tennis ball (and faintly of an amphibious dog - Tad did you try this out for me?) ... mmnah... mmnah...

The squeak was a bonus, as it just happens to be in the tonal range least favored by my cat, Merv. (He walks right up in my grill and lays one of his whiney MEEEOOOOWs on me, which makes me move in a little closer to him a squeak that much harder).

The next item I extracted from the goodie box was a big red devil CUZ! Before now the closest I had ever gotten to one was in the aisle at Petsmart. Here I've used my new AireDog Squeaker Ring as a crown for my cuz.

Not one to leave somecat out, Tad even thought of a gift for Merv. The lovely box of surprises (once empty) was the perfect hiding place for him. (Don't think I didn't consider snapping the lid shut and sending him right back to Tad - only for a minute, though).

Tad included a pawsonally signed letter. He wanted to cheer me up with this package since he knew I was a little bummed when ZZ left to go to his new furrever home.

Look at the difference in the size of our paws. His paw is so dainty for a dogly dog such as he is!

My absolute favorite thing about this package was the drawing Tad did of me. It's not just a reproduction of one of his works, but an original, signed by the artist himself.

What do ya think? Does it look like the original?
Pawsonally, I think Tadpole captured my essential gooberness.

Thanks, Tadman!! You made my summer, buddy! I am honored by your generosity and your friendship!

By the way, Pappy, the mustachioed terrier mutt, tagged me to list 5 things I would put in his time capsule for the benefit of the denizens of the near future. Here's my list:

1) Tad's drawing of me
2) A vial of my drool (Goober juice is a valuable commodity)
3) An official flag of GooberStan
4) My glass Asta
5) Bibble, the Butcher, Chihuahua

I now tag Sherman, Wally, and Putter to post about the 5 items they would choose to place in Pappy's time capsule.

Enjoying Tadpole's surprise,


Asta said...

Hi my Stanley GooberLove,
I'm sowwy I've not witten in sooo long, I do miss you, and finally I got to come see you and wead about what you're doing...what a gweat bunch of pwesents fwom Tadpole, he's one of my vewy favowitests , and a gweat awtist too..I hope you're having a fantabulous time with your new toys..lots of smoochie kisses your
Asta girl

wally said...

Oooh that picture is SO PRETTY. I didn't know Tadpole was an up and coming artist!

I can't wait to think about my time capsule. What does the future need to know about Wally? EVERYTHING!


Boo said...

stanley, i have the exact donut too but mine is much smaller tho. that cuz, have you managed to squeak the hell out of him yet??

wet wet licks


Pacco de Mongrel said...

ur potrait looks great...get a frame 4 it..

n i think that glowing donut can look pretty scary when u're carrying it around in darkness

Ruby Bleu said...

What a wonderful surprise my Stanny!!! And I never knew Tad was such an arteeest!!!! Such talent.

How am I going to top that kind of a surprise for you Stanley...only thing I can think of is if I sent myself!!! Hmmm....

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Woh Tadpole sure is nice to send so many nice gifts. I think he did a really great pawtrait of you. :)

~ girl girl

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just don't even know where to start. You sure are only luck pup, Stan. Holy doodlegoobs!

Sophie Brador

p.s. Merv is the most classic cat I have ever seen.

Joe Stains said...

tadpole sent you such a fabulous package! No dog should ever live without at least one Cuz in their home!

PreciOus said...

Oh Stanley, You are so funny to leave a blank for your 'erased' video! Hee.

The pawtrait is nicely drawn and colored, it is so you!


Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Hi Stan! Thanks for posing for pictures for me! I'm all done and your picture figures prominently. I had to moosh you a bit, but now you're a piece of great art - it's worth it!


Oscar Airedale said...

Oooh, those yellow rings are great fun. I have a lttle one for indoors and a HUGE one for outdoors. Squeak away Stanley!

Oscar x

Ume said...

Hey Stanley,
Tad is juz 1 of the sweetest! dats a pawsome pawtrait he did of u! n the devil Cuz!!! in Oscar's words, Squeak Away!!!

Maggie said...

Tadpole is an awesome artist! He captured you perfectly! And he sends awesome gifts too. I have that same Kong ring! It's Sunshade's favorite toy ya know! Don't you just love Cuz!

Love ya lots,

Amber-Mae said...

Hey, you got those Air-Dog toys too! They're great aren't they? I love the squeaking sound too, makes me go nuts! And that's a nice art work of you...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Peanut said...

Tad is the coolest dog.

Suki said...

What a nice friend Tad is. I really love that drawing of you, captures your gooberness perfectly ;)

Puggy kisses for my Stanny

Nanook and Pooka the Newfoundlands said...

That's a pawsome first pressie!



Ferndoggle said...

Tadpole send the best presents. And is a very talented artist. That's why he's my BFF!

Sehrman is working on his tag!


Jackson said...

Hey pal, I'm back! What a neat stash from Tadpole. Love his drawing of you, it captures your personality rather well. Jx

Pappy's Fella said...

And what a spectacular time capsule yours would be. Thanks for playing along.


Wow nice gifts and especially a great picture!! Goober , you are such a lucky dog!!

Woofs, Casper

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Darn I was so excited I thought he had Pooped on your porch. Well, toys are a close second to turds.......

That pawtrait does look amazingly lifelike. He is gifted. Well, you've been gifted.

Bussie Kissies

Tadpole said...

YAAAAAY!!! I'm so glad you like it!!! I was a little nervous... I've never done a portrait for someone before!

And the Cuz is GREAT for waking your girl up at 3 in the morning with - they're especially LOUD!

Emily said...

That's a great haul Goobs! Is it ok if I call you Goobs? I love the painting.

Balboa & Mommy said...

what great gifts from Tad, and such a great artist! WOW,

Frenchie SNorts

Bogart said...

Nice score of cool stuff there Stan... I have the same Cuz but I'm completely un-into it... I know so many doggies love theirs but it just confuses me...

The donut reminds me of Miss Sunshade's favorite toy... ah...


Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Hi Stan! I've posted about our playdate! I'm sure your mom has some great pics, too. Tell me what yyou think!


Luckie Girl said...

Hey Stanley,
Oh wow..Taddy sent me something too!! I haven't opened it yet but I bet it'll be something just as COOL!!!
He is such a wonderful artist...and he writes soo well too.
I'm glad you liked your new toys!!

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Stanley,
Wow, that is an awesome drawing that Tad did for you. We can see why you would include it into the time capsule.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers