Toby Dog

by Hannah Sowerby

Little sweetie

Little sweetie

We rescued Toby when he was about 4 years old, he had previously been abused and we saw that we took good care of him!

Our previous dog was a German Shepherd and was quite a calm dog so when we got Toby, a Springer Spaniel, I was quite scared and nervous about him at first, as he was so bouncy in comparison! I soon got used to him and he became my best friend. I sneaked him food under the table and made sure that I cleaned up any accidents in the house before my parents found out so he didn't get in trouble! I love him so much!

Now he is around 11/12 years old and 6 months ago he wasn't breathing right and coughing a lot. Eventually we took him to the vets. I was so scared when he went, I thought he wasn't going to make it through the day, but sure enough, he got medication and he's been good for 6 months until Boxing Day... I came home from work and he had got himself so excited that he was wheezing all day. I really didn't think he would make it through the night, but sure enough in the morning he was bouncing around back to normal waiting for his breakfast!

He's been doing well since then, but I'm starting to get a bit scared now. He's my best friend and I can't even play with him properly now because he gets too excited or isn't interested. All I can do is sit and cuddle him. I'm scared about how it's going to happen and when and what if I'm the one that finds him. It's awful, but I'm trying to enjoy what I have with my gorgeous furry best friend and enjoy the time I have left with him! I love you Toby :)

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Feb 29, 2012
by: Denise

Toby is a very lucky boy to have such loving owner. He really does understand everything that you are doing for him.

Congratulate yourself on what you are doing.

It can be a really scarey time looking after a elderly dog but we love them so much.

Gentle exercise is the way forward.

They can surprise us so much by rallying round.

Good Luck with Toby. XX

Jan 28, 2012
Merl from Toronto
by: Anonymous

Hi Hanna
Toby is such a cute dog.
He is so lucky that he found you.
Dogs are so smart and he knows that you love him.
All the best to you and Toby.

Jan 28, 2012
by: Annie

Hi Hannah

It's lovely to hear about your dog Toby. My old boy Bazil has his up and down days too. If he's unable to do any sort of exercise it might be well to have him checked over by a vet again. Meds sometimes need changed as a health condition changes. They may just need to "tweek" his medication to allow him to be able to play with you again.

Toby is gorgeous....he really is.

Annie xxx

Jan 28, 2012
by: Paul

What a great picture of your old friend Toby. Senior dogs can be very up and down with their energy in the later years but the important thing to do is to make the make the most of the 'up' times and cherish your time together like you seem to be doing. Pip used to amaze me with her sudden zest for life some days. All the best to you both!

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