January 22nd 2009 11:25 am
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Sadly Toby went to the bridge in May of 2008. He was an incredible friend and loyal companion. His heart issues finally took a toll and he could no longer stand or sit for more than a few seconds. I saw the sadness in his eyes and knew it was time to let him go with his dignity still intact. I miss his quiet loyal presence, the way he looked up at me with those big brown eyes as if to say it's all going to be OK mom, I promise. I still look for those big brown eyes and sometimes I can still see them and I feel comforted just like he is still with me. I know he is OK, he has no pain and runs free with all the other boxer babies that have gone to the bridge. He is so sadly missed. Run free my dear sweet Toby.
January 12th 2008 3:04 pm
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Oh dear, I have been neglecting my diary. It is coming up on the second anniversary of Toby's adoption. Where does the time go? Toby is getting a little more grey on his mug and has developed a few rather serious health issues, unfortunately Toby has been diagnosed with mild cardiomyopathy and a large heart based tumor. It was devastating to hear this news but I am feeling lucky that, for now he has no pain and has no idea that he has these issues. I do not take one day that I share with my beloved Toby for granted and it is my intention to make sure that he is happy, comfortable and pain free for as long as possible. He is my best buddy, and a sweet, compassionate, affectionate soul. He deserves the best! To celebrate the anniversary of his adoption, I will be donating to the rescue org. that I adopted Toby from (NorCal Boxer Rescue) to show my appreciation for all the hard work they do to save boxers who have been tossed aside, abused, neglected or abandoned. I am so thankful for my precious boy Toby....
May 17th 2006 6:29 pm
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I am the lucky person who adopted Toby! I love him so much. I believe he came to me through devine (and human intervention) I first heard about Toby back in January when my friend was trying to adopt him and then he was placed with NorCal boxer rescue. I tracked his progress, he reminded of a male version of my precious female boxer Ayla. Oh those eyes! I was very concerned about him, he had made his way into the hearts of many of us on a boxer forum. I e-mailed Norcal and asked to sponser Toby, I thought of him so often and wanted him to have a happy home.
Then one horrible February morning my beloved Ayla collapsed and died in my arms, she had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy several months earlier. I was so completely devastated. I still miss her more than I can say. Just minutes before she collapsed I had e-mailed Norcal to check on Toby.
Ayla was a very special girl that I had found running loose in a parking lot. She changed my life. I felt that the best way to honor her memory was to rescue another boxer in need of a forever home. And there was Toby already in my heart.
I put in an application to Norcal Boxer Rescue and picked Toby up in Danville several weeks later. Bonnie, his foster Mom was very devoted to him and got him through his heartworm treatment and put some much needed weight on him. She was just amazing. I admire people who foster.
Toby has been with me now for just over two months. He has some fears from an obviously abusive past. He is afraid of brooms or canes or sticks. He does not know how to play with a toy. He becomes fearful of certain men. But every day I see progress. he is gaining his confidence. He is doing some wiggle butt dances and now strutts around the yard barking at strangers. He is the biggest cuddle bug. He loves other dogs, he loves people especially kids, he is easy to walk. He loves car rides. He does not dig or counter surf. He is not food aggresive. He is very loving and affectionate.
I am so lucky to have this wonderful precious boy. I was so sad when Tami could not take him home. We now know why it worked out this way. Tami thinks that Ayla put in a request to God himself that I not be left alone and God answered with Toby. If you knew my Ayla you would agree!
I am thankful to Ayla, Bonnie and Norcal Boxer rescue and of course God himself, for this special precious boxer.
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