Our Toby is home!

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by winds-of-change, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    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.

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    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.
     
  2. sparky80

    sparky80 New Member

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    Glad to hear it's working out well Winds.:)
     

  3. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Good to hear he is doing well!
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Oh, goodness. I just had a heart attack moment. Toby came to me with a harness on. I noticed that the harness seemed a little loose but I figured it was on him well. I slept in the recliner for a few hours to be in the living area with the dogs. I just woke up and decided to let the dogs out. I leashed Toby and my Border Collie, Fly. I let my two little dogs out loose since they never run away. After a few minutes, I go to let them in and Fly is at the door, as are my two little girl dogs. I simply figured Toby doesn't know the routine and he was sniffing around in the shrubs. I pull his leash and reel in an empty harness. I FLIP!! I had been sleeping in a night shirt and I pulled on jeans to run outside and look for him. As I race to the front door to go find him, he's jumping at the front door to be let in. I couldn't believe it. He's only been here 4 hours and he knows this is where he belongs. I let him in and gave all the dogs a treat. When Petsmart opens, I'm going to get him fitted with a proper collar and buying him an ID tag. Toby is a VERY good dog. I'm going to see if I can talk my oldest son into taking him.
     
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  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Ahhh...He's beautiful!
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Trip has expressed interest in owning Toby, too.
     
  7. stratrider

    stratrider New Member

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    That dog's "Love-dar" has a huge blip on the screen. :D
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I hope Riverrat can see how well this is all working out. His beloved dog is being well cared for and his dog is an awesome dog.
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    When it comes time to find him a permanent home, and we find out for sure if he's kid friendly, which I'm sure he is.

    I also will have to talk to my landlords. Considering we have a really good relationship, I think I can talk them into it pretty easily.

    He would also likely be going to work with me most days, if not everyday. The plant I work out of is about 3 acres, fully fenced, and safe with no chemicals on site other than regular household cleaners and insecticides. That shouldn't be a problem unless he can open padlocks with no key. If he can, I'll get him on tv.
     
  10. KJG67

    KJG67 New Member

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    Great job Winds!!! A happy ending!
     
  11. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    That's great news! I bet your granddaughter and Toby will get along well. Awesome how quickly Toby figured out where "home" is.

    As soon as Toby gets over his "shy" period, we all want to know whether the pilots let him sit up front and stick his head out the window on the flights...
     
  12. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    Hey, maybe Winds can bring Toby to the Shoot & Hoot for you! He could stay in the crate while we're shooting so he won't drive Bobski crazy. Or board him for a day or two someplace nearby in case the hotel won't allow pets.
     
  13. trip286

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    I was kinda thinking something along those lines, but maybe bringing Sue along to babysit the dog on the other side of the property. Assuming he's kid friendly and everything else would work out with the landlords and all. And we don't violate any range rules.
     
  14. DrumJunkie

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    Great news to see he's made it to this leg in the story. Mad props to everyone that helped make this happen and UBER mad props to WOC for jumping through the plethora of hoops to get this all together.:)

    Man I love this forum because things like this. It never stops amazing me how people here can come together and make things happen in a time of need.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I couldn't have done it without the support of so many members here on this forum. That's why I titled this thread "Our Toby is home". He belongs to all of us.

    No kidding. This forum is something spectacular.
     
  16. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Congrats Toby. May you drop your steamers comfortably again.
     
  17. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    You should contact the airline about that lost tail...:p :D

    It probably ended up in Des Moines or some crazy place! ;)
     
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'm betting it's in Atlanta where he had a connecting flight. :(
     
  19. DrumJunkie

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    It's probably just hidden. Gives em an excuse to do what every male dog likes...Hunt some tail...

    If you do find it use this...

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  20. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Wheres the pic at ?