Toby's Family

Puppy: Toby



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Member Since: February 12, 2009

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Toby's Story. A friend worked at a local animal shelter that was moving to a new location. She needed volunteers to foster dogs for 6-8 weeks while the new shelter space was completed. I had been considering getting a dog for some time, but having never had one, I was a bit nervous! I thought this trial run was the perfect way to see if having a dog was right for me. So I volunteered and a week later picked up 11-month-old Toby. Toby was extremely timid, especially of men, as he had already been returned to the shelter 3 times! However, Toby and I bonded instantly, and to my surprise and delight, he also immediately made friends with my now husband. Within 24 hours of having Toby, we realized how badly his former owners and returns to the shelter had affected him. He had severe separation anxiety and an even more severe crate phobia. However, we had fallen head over heads in love with him, decided to adopt him, and we set to work immediately trying to help Toby regain his confidence. After a thorough vet evaluation, we began clicker training which Toby excelled at, and after 3 levels of obedience, we continued onto agility training. Now, 6 years later, we still can't believe how lucky we are to have such a beautiful and wonderful dog. His muzzle has become gray, but he is as happy and confident as ever, and when I see him run up to a new dog or human (or even a cat!), my heart just bursts with pride at how far he has come. After a very rough start to life, Toby has worked hard to overcome his fears. Every day, you could tell he wanted to please us, no matter how scared he was to meet a new human or go somewhere new. He has shown that with a little love and caring, dogs can give us a new and amazing dimension to our lives, to which Toby is living proof. Toby travels with us, plays and cuddles with us, and poses nicely for photos (he was even in our wedding photos!), but most importantly loves us unconditionally! Toby is our best friend, our child, and we are thankful to him for choosing us to be his parents. We love you Toby!

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