Age: 7.5 years
Weight: 54 Slender pounds.
Fostered In Wisconsin
Toby is a wonderful dog looking for a wonderful home! Here is more about Toby-
Daily Routine: Toby is home alone all day while his foster mom works. He is very excited to see her when she gets home! Toby had lived with a family, including children. He might prefer to either have more people in the home altogether, or to have a single person that is home more. But he does ok alone all day. He is loose in the house. There is an occasional accident if he didn’t empty out everything on his pre-work walk. Upon return at the end of the day, Toby will bark and bark at foster mom for a good 5 minutes to make sure she knows she was missed. Then all is well again.
What I love to do: Toby loves his walks…but to clarify, they are not power walks. They are sniffing walks; about a ½ mile or so. When we are home, Toby likes to survey everything from the comfort of the couch. He has to keep tabs on foster mom. If she moves to a different room – so does he. Or if she goes upstairs – up he goes, too. And weekend naps are the bomb. He’s down with one of those at the foot of the bed. Toby is not interested in toys much. He will carry around a stuffie on occasion; or foster mom’s slipper; but that’s about it.
Personal goals: Toby really doesn’t need correcting. He’s more like a canine pal around the house. He “helps” with yard work by staying on a lead and supervising foster mom. He’s not a big counter surfer; unless the cat has some wet food that is irresistible. And within reach. Which means it’s on the dining room table. Toby can nab some if he pulls on the tablecloth juuuuuuuust right.
Toby will occasionally jump up on people (foster mom) when she’s been gone. But it doesn’t last and is easily corrected.
Favorite thing to do with my best friend: Toby is living with a small dog (elderly, blind senior miniature poodle) as well as a cat. He will ignore both, unless the poodle bumps into him because she can’t see him. Then he growls and occasionally will get mouthy with her. He doesn’t seem to like his personal space invaded. All animals eat separately and no treats (rawhides, bones) are out so there have been no problems with food; only because there really is no opportunity to make a fuss. There is no conflict with toys either, as no one is interested in them.
Kind of family I want: Toby seems to do fine with other animals in the home; however, he doesn’t seem interested in engaging in play or any kind of kinship with other pets. He coexists with them. Toby much prefers human contact. I think Toby might want more of a family life versus a single person. But, he is doing fine with his foster mom so he can adjust.
Biggest fears: Toby is afraid at the vet clinic. He will tremble and want to leave. He has growled at the techs there, but out of fear, not meanness. When he had to have a stray stitch removed, he submissive piddled when the tech worked on him. When out supervising yard work, he will bark at passing dogs that are out on a walk.
Ideal weekend plans: Toby loves his people. He wants to know that someone is around. He can take naps all day long, as long as he knows he’s got a human around. Again, he can go all day being alone; but if he had his choice, he would like someone around more.
Toby has a form of skin cancer called trichoepithelioma. These lesions form in his skin and need to be removed. He has previously had masses removed cleanly, but new ones continue to form. He otherwise has good quality of life but his forever family would need to be prepared to take on the task of monitoring his condition and having lumps removed as need be,