|A Toby Jug|
|A Toby Dog|
|Toby Dog, again|
England is know for its Toby Jugs which were first made by Staffordshire potters in the 1760s. Shortly after, similar designs were produced by other potteries, first in Staffordshire, then around England. There are a few theories as to the origin of the name "Toby Jug". Some say the jugs were named after the character of Sir Toby Belch, an intoxicated, jovial man in Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night. Others are convinced the jugs were named after a notorious 18th century Yorkshire drinker, Henry Elwes, who was known as "Toby Fillpot" (or Philpot). Still others believe the name was inspired by an old English drinking song, "The Brown Jug", which paid tribute to Toby Fillpot and was first published in 1761. Whatever the true reason or reasons, the Toby Jug it is and shall remain.
But the other Toby, the dog,is a much more recent entity. Toby is a two to three month old Shih Tzu puppy recently adopted by a friend. Toby (short for Tobias) means "God is good" in Hebrew and this Toby lives up to his name. He is a snugly, adorable canine family member oh so easy to love (something I can personally attest to from experience). Take care of your mistress, Toby dog.