Well, it's been a long haul but I finally have Toby in my home. He's a good dog, very laid back. He gets along fine with my dogs and he shows no interest in my cat or the other small animals I have.
For some reason, he missed his flight out of LV and so all his flights were late. He was due in to O'Hare at 2303 and I got there a bit early. (The drive in was quite the experience, I might say.) When I finally
found Delta Cargo, I was told his flight was delayed out of Atlanta and he won't be in to O'Hare until 0030. At this point it was 2330. So I went and sat in my car for an hour. I watched some planes land and found the workers taking break much more interesting. One guy went to his car, opened his trunk, pulled out a golf club and practiced his swing for 15 minutes or so.
Anyway, Toby finally made it to Delta Cargo and I took care of the business end of it. The Cargo guys carried Toby in the crate to my car. One of the guys said he thought the crate would fit in my back seat. He said he had "an eye" for what would fit and he was right. I lifted one end, he lifted the other and we slid the crate into my back seat.
Here's how poor, forlorn, travel weary Toby looked at that point.
So I sat and talked to him a bit. I fed him some treats through the bars and squirted some water into one of the bowls. Then we took off for home. I stopped at the first McDonald's I saw and bought him a cheeseburger. I opened the door just a crack to put the cheeseburger in. I didn't want him to escape. He ate the cheeseburger so daintily. Liking it first, then eating it slowly.
Of course, there was lots of construction on the tollway and I missed my exit. So we took some back roads to my house. We didn't arrive home until about 0230. Good thing I'm used to being up all night. I backed into the garage, shut the garage door and Toby was standing in his cage, eager to get out. I let him out and he investigated the garage for a few minutes. I hooked him to a leash and brought him into the backyard where I hooked him to a 20 ft. cable leash staked into the ground. I went inside and let my dogs out the front door to potty. I let my dogs in and fed them. Then I let Toby in the back door and left the door to the house opened a crack. I have a hook and eye that holds the door open just enough for the cat to fit through but not my dogs. I let the dogs sniff each other through that crack. No one seemed aggressive and after about 10 minutes I let Toby up into the house. There was lots of sniffing but no scuffles at all. Right now they are all just milling around the house. My Border Collie is trying to entice Toby to play but Toby doesn't want any part of that right now. He's busy looking around the house.
I can tell you all now he is not dog aggressive or cat aggressive. He shows only a passing interest in my small animals. The final test will be to see how he reacts to my granddaughter..........under my very, VERY watchful eye. I truly don't think he'll be a problem with children, either.
So, Toby's journey is progressing nicely. As I type, my Border Collie is hopping all around Toby trying to get him to play. Toby isn't interested.
As you can see, Toby is full of red freckles all over. Not a single solid patch of color on him. He also has no tail. LOL He seems to be a very good dog.
This is going better than I ever hoped for. I will post more pictures after I get some sleep and the sun comes up.