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Toby’s Tale: How an Abandoned Dog Went from
Roadside to a Life of Comfort and Love

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Posted By: SurferLad, 5/3/2021 1:49:05 PM

The first rescue dog entered my life in 1950. He was a St. Bernard living in the cramped city apartment of an elderly lady who was kind but couldn’t care for a giant, even a gentle one like Buddy. Early the first morning of our life together I rushed downstairs in our rural Ohio home to see him. There, on the back porch were strewn the gnawed remains of his new leather harness and leash. [Snip] Toby was found sitting in a dirty puddle, shivering, befuddled. He went to the car willingly. Next day Toby wouldn’t even look at me. He was

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ScooterTrash 5/3/2021 2:16:06 PM (No. 774275)
I've had 9 dogs in my live. 8 have be my favorite breed: Rescues. I really believe that a rescued dog knows they've been rescued and are grateful for it. My 9 dogs were all wonderful companions for me and my kids. My life was richer and more meaningful for having these dogs in my life. If you have ever dumped a dog, I hope you rot in hell.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Boliver 5/3/2021 2:21:42 PM (No. 774278)
Touching and happy story, short cry. Toby is a very good boy!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 5/3/2021 3:15:52 PM (No. 774320)
The first Malcolm story that I have enjoyed in a LONG time, and also the first from that poster. Not the typical fare from either. A great improvement.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: john56 5/3/2021 3:17:19 PM (No. 774323)
Simply, most dogs are better people than most people.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mushroom 5/3/2021 3:25:20 PM (No. 774329)
We have two rescues, a brother and sister Black Labs, they are over 10 yrs old and currently are tearing up a couple of pig ears. :) The don't come when you call, but they get it. The male shakes through out the night when he 'dreams'. All I can do is hold him...he calms down. Consider senior dogs, make those last few years really count.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: sinic 5/3/2021 3:33:13 PM (No. 774335)
Thank you, OP - You REALLY made my day!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: pros7767 5/3/2021 3:40:45 PM (No. 774339)
We started with pure bred dogs. Then picked a rescue! He was the best dog we ever owned...until we got another rescue! He's even better than the last! I would never, ever get a pure bred again.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: thewarden 5/3/2021 3:54:44 PM (No. 774355)
We’ve had 3, one raised from a puppy and 2 senior rescues. Agree with another poster—senior rescues are the best. Even though we only had about 2 years with each of the seniors, it was sweet. All 3 were lab mixes. Best doggos. Great post, thanks.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Corndoggies 5/3/2021 4:56:38 PM (No. 774410)
Since we moved to the country we’ve had a lot of dogs. We currently have 7. A few years back two of our females were having a personality issue. I discussed it with our vet who asked about the make/female ratio. She suggested if we get more, we get males. She said they’re called bitches for a reason.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 5/3/2021 5:30:28 PM (No. 774446)
Wonderful story. Thanks to the poster and the author. it was really appreciated.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Right Time 5/3/2021 6:17:38 PM (No. 774514)
Thank You for sharing that, OP
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Reply 12 - Posted by: jalo1951 5/3/2021 7:05:54 PM (No. 774539)
Delightful story. Thank you for talking good care of those babies until they can be placed. I think dogs are charming but cats fit my style better than a dog would. All have been strays except for one. They were visitors to my food and water bowls I keep at the back door. Some I cannot touch but I still have a relationship with them. The ones that were approachable happily live in my home with other backdoor siblings. I've had new borns to oldie goldies. Love them all. Anyone who harms an animal needs the crap kicked out of them. I do not understand cruelty.
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