If life were "normal", I think I'd be craving another little one to go along with my fast-growing and not-for-much-longer little one. I am not feeling that now is a good time for that, but have been wanting a dog for a really long time. Not just any dog though, just the RIGHT one. I wasn't really looking, but stumbled upon a petfinder site my coworker was looking at. Well, to make a long story short, somehow I found myself at the no-kill animal rescue. One thing led to another and on New Years Eve, Matt and I adopted this little guy. He is actually quite small, although doesn't appear to be in the pictures.
We decided to name him Toby. It just fits. When I first saw him, something just clicked and I felt a connection with him. May sound weird, but it's true. I really thought, "he is supposed to me mine". Toby was found being drug by his neck behind a truck. He broke his pelvis and his previous owners never got him medical care. He walks a little funny, and his back legs hop like a rabbit when he runs. I think it is cute and endeared me to him even more. Matt had actually agreed to a trial period with a dog and I promised him that if for any reason he didn't want the dog, we would take him back and I would respect his opinion.
Surprisingly he was excited to pick him up, and already seems attached. When I told Matt about Toby (before we got him) Matt was excited and said, "we'll have a special connection because we are both gimpy."
Here is the craziest part about Toby...the PERFECT part. When I went to "look" (like anyone ever just looks...) there were about 60 dogs jumping up on their fences and barking, begging for attention. I saw this little guy and thought he was a puppy. He is actually full-grown, but only 1 year old. He was wagging his tail like crazy, so happy, but wasn't jumping or barking. When we went in to see him, he ran up to us, but didn't jump on us, sniff us, lick us, or bark. He cuddled up and wanted to be loved on, but wasn't overly excited. I melted.
We brought him home to try him out on Kaden and Isabel. He doesn't pester Isabel AT ALL. Kaden was feeding him bits of food in his chubby little fingers and Toby gently took the food. Kaden laid down right on his head and he didn't even flinch. He is quiet and likes to be wherever we are. He loves to be pet and loved on, but is just SO mellow. So far, he is exactly what I had in mind, Matt even loves him, Kaden is obsessed with him, and I am so excited about him. He is adorable and the new little one in the family, for now.