Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Misadventures of Toby

Meet Toby:

Toby is a Yorkie that belongs to my friends Shari and Travis. I have known Shari since she was born. Our moms are best friends. Shari and Travis got married, and Toby was their first "kid". They've had him for 7 years, and he's a great little addition to their family. Lately, Toby's been feeling a little neglected, mostly because of the arrival of these two:

Isn't this picture great? Shari's a fabulous photographer. If you live in the San Diego area, you simply must contact her. She's incredible, and I'm not just saying that because she's my friend. You should check out her website for yourself. These are her 2 year old twins Avalyn and Brinley. They give their mom and dad love and fits, and it's all chronicled on their blog.

But anyway, back to Toby (see? see how easily the babies distract?):

Since Avalyn and Brinley's arrival, Toby has been feeling a little neglected. So, Toby decided on Saturday that he had had enough of little girl world, and decided to trek out into the wide outdoors to seek his own adventures.

Needless to say, this freaked out his family. He's an extremely small dog, who does not wear a collar at home. There was no way to tell where he belonged, unless someone took him to a vet to check his microchip (and a lot of people don't know about doing that).

On Monday, there was still no sign of Toby. A search of the neighborhood, "lost dog" signs, a Craigslist ad, and calls to local shelters had yielded no results. Hope was fading for my friends.

This morning, a response to their Craigslist ad: Toby had been found! As it turns out, Toby had quite an adventure for himself:

After getting out and wandering the neighborhood for a while, Toby was picked up--by an OWL. After a journey in the air, the owl deposited Toby in a park a couple of miles away from home. Toby found a family walking their own dogs in the park and rubbed against their legs to get their attention. He had a puncture wound in his shoulder (probably from the claws), so the family took him home, bathed him, cleaned his wounds and took good care of him. They took him on their family walks in a stroller, since he couldn't walk well on his own, all the while looking for Lost Dog signs (which were not posted in their area, since it was several miles away from Toby's home--and he is such a small dog). They even fed him tri-tip for dinner! Finally, they were going to post their own ad on Craigslist when they saw Shari's ad. This afternoon, Toby was happily reunited with his family, 3 days after going missing!

Now, there have been so many stories of dogs being stolen and abused and injured because of irresponsible people. Isn't it amazing to hear a story where GOOD PEOPLE did a GOOD DEED? Bravo to the family that found Toby. Here's hoping that more stories have happy endings like this one.

Feel free to go to Shari and Travis' site and tell them your congratulations--I'm sure they'd love hearing from fellow dog owners!


Anita said...

Oh my! Toby must be so scared! I can't imagine what I would do if Rufus or Indie went missing! Good luck Toby!

Asta said...

What a scaiwy adventoowe, but I love the ending!
The photogwaphs awe bootifu!
smoochie kisses

Shari said...

Thanks so much Allison! It made me cry all over again just reading it. We are SOOOO happy to have him back and honestly never thought we would get this miracle ending. I'm awaiting the call from the vet to go pick him up this evening after his little surgery to get all fixed up. Thanks again for your prayers and well wishes, they mean a lot! Hugs from Cali coming your way! :)

Mango said...

That is such a nice story. Sounds like Toby had a good vacation. We would never think to post on Craig's list. Who would have guessed?


Nibbles Treats said...

A wonderful outcome to what could have been a very sad story.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, what a wonderful story...but gosh, picked up by an owl!!!!!!

Honey the Great Dane

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


If Toby is 'wise' he will learn from this one

And so will his parents!

Tank woo fur sharing!


The Army of Four said...

What a remarkable story! I'm so glad he's HOME!

Suzuki said...

OMDogness! I am glad he is ok again :)
Big licks to you

Stella said...

A lovely finish to a scary story! Poor baby, carried by a owl, those talons are sharp.

Very good story, though.


Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Oh I am so glad this had a happy ending. A hawk has been eyeing me up, so moms have to watch me very carefully.
Poor little baby

Princess Eva and Brice said...

It is so nice to read a story with a happy ending. Great to here that the family is together again.

Momma was scared that Brice would get loose without a collar when he first came here. It took them 3 weeks to get him to stop chewing his collar off.

DCampy34 said...

Great story - wonderful outcome - sending bully hugs to everyone involved -

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ

Anonymous said...

Wow, picked up by an OWL?? That's amazing. We are so so glad he is home safe!!!

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

I love happy endings...

Poor little Toby must have been sooo scared...I'm sooo glad those nice people found him & took care of him...

I know is family is sooo happy to have him back...

Abby xxxooo

YD said...

It is indeed very nice to hear of good people did something good.
We are glad that Toby is now back with his family. He must have been so so scared!
Thanks for sharing.

Sam & June

Oskar said...

I hope Toby learned to stay with his people! It's a big world out there!

Amber and Nala said...

That is a GREAT story! Wow, poor Toby....how scary but I am so glad he survived that. :) And yes, your friend looks to be a great photographer. Those little girls are precious! :)

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The OP Pack said...

Oh, we are so happy this tale had a happy ending! And those twins are adorable. Wonder if they are as busy as the two year old grandbipeds that spend the weekdays here are??? they sure keep their Grandmom/our Mom very busy.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

dewdana said...

Holy Cow! So glad it was a happy ending. How scary. Moose used to be naked in the house but it made me nervous for just such a reason so now he has to be dressed (collar) all the time!