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!