Friday, November 14, 2008

He Fits Right In

Toby, AKA the Tobster, AKA Tobs, AKA Toby Coke, our miniature schnauzer, disappeared while we were at camp. We left him in our fenced in back yard, at about 4:00 in the morning. When my sister came to check on him at about 10:00 that same morning, he wasn't there. He's always been Houdini. We gave him the wrong name.

My sister called the pound, walked the streets for the week we were gone. We did the same when we returned. My little girls shed lots of tears for our dear lost friend. I might have even shed one or two, and hard-hearted hubby searched for him more than anyone. We assumed after the second week we wouldn't see him again. Were certain after the third. Oh, the sad little faces!

I didn't really want another dog, but looking at those long faces I somehow found myself asking if they wanted to look into adopting one. My oldest announced, "Absolutely not, just another one to love too much and then cry over!". Oh, the teaching I need to do with that one. But, still, I understand. She kind of gets that from me, anyway.

A good friend of mine rescues dogs from the pound. She had been seeing a schnauzer there, for about a month. Yesterday, she chose him, and called me to see what caring for a Schnauzer was like. "Don't put him up on your site till I talk to TJ and see if maybe we want him." She said she thought he was a puppy, salt and pepper (which Toby really isn't), and she thought he was a lot smaller than Toby, too. She suggested driving by to show him to us. I think maybe she knows I'm a sucker for a puppy.

And so out from the van, jumps none other than TOBY!!! Can you believe it? I really wasn't convinced it was him at first. He doesn't answer his name. He doesn't act the same. Poor guy's been locked up in a concrete cage for a month. No sunshine. No walks. Little food. His hair is WAY overgrown, he's skinnier, and I think he's suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Considering the nature of our family, I suppose he fits right in! :) PTSD?? Join the club. What's life without a little RAD? or ODD? or ADD? or PTSD? Heck, why not all of the above?

The girls' reactions? Not a chance I can put that into words. Some moments, are just priceless.

10 comments:

Maury said...

Oh my gosh...that's AWESOME!!! That was God none other bringing that little puppy home!!

Alyssa's Mom said...

I tagged you on my blog!

You're IT!

Gerri

Annie said...

Yea! Happy times.

He probably told the pound you never feed him the good stuff, only pay attention to your "real children", went on vacation without him, don't let him sleep on the bed....

I agree, how boring it would all be without the issues. Glad he's home.

a Tonggu Momma said...

SO incredible!!!! And your last two sentences (questions?) had me cracking up.

Jennifer said...

Wow!! That's great! Hope he recovers from the cage soon!

Brenda said...

Amazing!! I've never been to your blog before. It's great to meet you.

suzanne said...

NO WAY!!

(and your oldest sounds just like my oldest! let's not pre-arrange their marriage just yet.)

glitzen said...

Wonderful! What a fabulous story. i am so glad he is home! I'd die if I lost any one of my ten critters.
I bet Toby is so glad to be home.

Mandy said...

That was the easiest dog rescue/adoption EVER. lol What's even more amazing is the dog I got RIGHT after I dropped Toby off with you belongs to a family that lives down my road! I knew I recognized him! lol The teenage daughter took him to a friend's house and he escaped from their fenced back yard. It was a great week for a few dogs and for ME. lol

deepfriedpicklesandicecream.wordpress.com said...

That is absolutely amazing!