Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 100+ lbs
Leave a bone for Toby, a Rainbow Bridge Dog
Dogster stats for Toby, a Rainbow Bridge Dog
Tobs, Toby-Tob, Big Boy
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March 3rd 2001
Loves to run at the dog park; loves to drape himself across my lap
Ellie and Milo, when they get attention
Not a toy player
Chicken or turkey meatballs
Pt. Isabel, Marina Bay or Miller Knox Park
Looking pitiful, shaking paws. I had to teach him sit, down, we are still working on a consistent come
After Layla died, their was a big void in the house with only 2 dogs left, so I went looking for another to adopt. I found Toby at the Berkeley Animal Shelter. No one wanted to adopt a large dog; everyone wanted a lap dog. Guess what! I not only got a big boy, I also got a lap dog! He loves to drape himself across my lap. His owner, a woman who had raised him from a puppy, had to give him up because she has Alzheimers and had to go into a care home. I got so lucky w/my new boy!
He's wonderful with other dogs and people. Loves attention. Is spoiled rotten - won't eat his expensive senior dog food unless I dress it up w/cottage cheese or shredded cheese or warmed chicken broth. I can only imagine what he was fed at his other home! I changed his breed from Akita/German Shepherd to Akita/Malamute because way too many people have told me they think he's part Malamute instead of Shepherd. He certainly does have some Malamute traits - all good!
About 2 weeks after I got him, I noticed him pacing frantically around the house and trying to throw up. Having had a Pet First Aid course, I recognized the symptoms of bloat/torsion and immediately took him to the emergency vet, who sliced him open from stem to stern, put his stomach back in place, sewed it to his sides to prevent further episodes, sewed him back up and he healed up w/no damage to his heart or other internal organs due to the fact that I got him to the ER within an hour of onset of symptoms. This can be a fatal problem rather quickly. I urge everyone to take a pet first aid/CPR class, especially if you own a large dog. Update: Tobs is now in the end stages of heart disease and will either soon pass peacefully at home or, as his guardian, I will have to make the tough decision that so many of us have to make. New update: Toby's adrenal gland tumor has grown and is now causing him pain. His heart has enlarged even further. The end is very near for him. Tobs went peacefully over the rainbow bridge yesterday surrounded by people who loved him and held by his mama. He got into the hearts of a lot of people. His tumor pain became too much for the strongest pain meds, so it was time. I so badly miss him!
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|February 26th 2009
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