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 Post subject: say hi to Tobi - a rescue story!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:25 pm 
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This is Tobi, a female puppy I found in a ditch on the side of the road. Below is her story, so far :)
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My place of work is situated at the end of five-mile stretch of winding road, surrounded by forest and dotted with a few small farm houses, just off a small highway. Occasionally I’ll see deer frolicking, bunnies, opossums, and a dog or two that may have wandered out of their yards. I’ve been driving up and down that road long enough to familiarize myself with a lot of the domestic and wildlife, and recognize most of the animals’ homes and owners. Last Friday, as I was driving into work, I noticed a small white dog trotting in and around a ditch off the side of the road. I’d never seen her before that morning, and was worried that she may be lost, or worse - abandoned. All throughout the work day, I couldn’t get her out of my mind. Was their a new dog in the neighborhood? Should she be outside, in the cold, and all alone? As the day came to a close, I fully expected her to be gone, probably (and hopefully) tucked snuggly into someone’s lap by a warm fire. She was very tiny as far as I could tell, perhaps even still a puppy, and shouldn’t be outside in near freezing temperatures without any warmth.

Sure enough, she was exactly where I had seen her in the morning. I pulled over and was out of the car before I even realized what I was doing. Her demeanor was apprehensive, but she briskly trotted up to me and rolled over, exposing her belly. She was absolutely adorable, but covered in fleas and moles (which upon deeper examination, turned out to be ticks). In an instant she was in my car and I was taking her to a vet. A nurse examined her briefly (the vet’s office was closing in five minutes, and the doctor had already left) and gave her some medication to help with the fleas and ticks, and recommended some antibacterial shampoo and told me to come back tomorrow. She got a good bath that night, which she hated (I’ll attribute that mostly to anxiety). After a thorough bathing, feeding, and loving, we put her to bed on a pile of pillows and blankets in our spare room. I named her Tobi.

Tobi’s visit to the vet on Saturday went well. Parasitic and heartworm screens all came back negative, and 12 ticks were picked off of her (I also removed a few more throughout the day that were missed). She’ll be going back sometime this week for a few vaccinations, which weren’t given on Saturday because she vomited twice since Friday. Yesterday I applied some flea and tick treatment to her back and fed her a pill to prevent heartworm. She isn’t spayed, but that is something that I have planned for this weekend.

Overall, Tobi seems to be doing very well. The vet estimated her age at one year, and she’s 11.6 pounds. She clearly has dominate Terrier genes, but I also suspect some Daschund (long body & tail, short legs). Her top coat is wiry and thin, but with proper care I believe it’ll regrow. I’m not sure if she is entirely potty-trained, but she hasn’t had a single accident in the house! Her appetite for love is enormous, and she’ll happily sleep away the day on my lap. My partner and I haven’t decided if we will keep her permanently, but neither of us have any problems with fostering for an extended period of time. I want to see her with a healthy coat, no ticks or fleas, and a lot less trepidation before anything else. Our greatest concern is our other dog, Merlin (check him out in my avatar!). He’s an independent tough-guy type, but seems to be adjusting to/ignoring Tobi ok. When my partner and I are at home, we let her roam the house, but she spends nights in a closed room – I’m trying to establish regular sleeping patterns, and I don’t want her and Merlin to butt heads when no one is there to observe.

I've never raised a young dog before. All of my previous dogs have been adopted after several years of life (3-4+), all have been male, and all were large dogs. If anyone has any advice you think may be helpful to my situation, please feel free to share. I'm completely new to "owning" and raising a young dog, so that type of advice is especially welcome! I just want to do the right thing for Tobi. She's a sweetheart and I want to provide as best as I can for her.

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 Post subject: Re: say hi to Tobi - a rescue story!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:42 pm 
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Om my Gosh - she is beautiful!

Thank you for giving her such a good home.

I have no real advice for raising a a rescued dog but I think someone like raspberrycomplaint might be able to give you some pointers.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:51 pm 
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Aw, doggies and doggie lovers thank you for your generosity! Tobi is a lucky lady to have been rescued by you. No advice to give, you seem to know the most important rule of giving lots of love.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:34 pm 
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Thank you for rescuing! She looks lovely, please give her some ear scritches from the PPK. I'm so glad she's all warm and snuggly now.

My only advice comes from having adopted a dog who was a little less than a year old at the time: INVEST IN MANY CHEW TOYS. The nubbly kind that massage their gums. Also, my then-puppy was able to jump much higher than anticipated, so maybe move everything that's at the edge of tables and shelves more toward the center.

Other than that, enjoy hanging out with your new pal!

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You're so awesome for rescuing Tobi! And she is a beauty.


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stephanie wrote:
Thank you for rescuing! She looks lovely, please give her some ear scritches from the PPK. I'm so glad she's all warm and snuggly now.

My only advice comes from having adopted a dog who was a little less than a year old at the time: INVEST IN MAY CHEW TOYS. The nubbly kind that massage their gums. Also, my then-puppy was able to jump much higher than anticipated, so maybe move everything that's at the edge of tables and shelves more toward the center.

Other than that, enjoy hanging out with your new pal!


Ear scritches from all!

It may be that she's still adjusting to her new (and much cozier) environment, but she isn't chewing or even nipping at anything! I'm going to the store after work today to pick up a variety of toys and see what she prefers. I do know that she is afraid of bouncing tennis balls! We had one yesterday and after she finished sniffing it, I gave it a very light bounce on the ground (I was already sitting on the floor, so I couldn't bounce it very high), but she darted away and now avoids the ball completely! aww.

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Tobi is so cute and so lucky to have been found by you. I would second the chew toy idea, just in case and don't leave anything around that they can scratch and pull up. I had to replace carpet and lino before leaving my last place!


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Aww, yay for Tobi and yay for you! What a lucky little dog.

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What a sweet dog! I am so happy for you both!!


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aw, what a lucky little pup! she is adorable and you are wonderful for taking her in! lovies from Benjamin and me

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My partner and I decided to keep Tobi with us permanently. She's had all the necessary check-ups and vaccinations, and the nurses at our vet LOVE her. She's got a lot of energy and looooves having her belly rubbed. Her coat is coming in nicely, and all of her bald patches have filled in. She and Merlin, our german shepherd/chow mix, are getting along really well. He's even started playing with her in the manner that he plays with us! Tobi says HI to all her friends at the PPK:

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I was surprised to find out she loves her puppy sweater. My partner's mother got it for, as she was taking care of the puppies for a few days while we were out of town.

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Stories like this make me so happy. Thank you for rescuing Tobi. She is ADORABLE. Here's to many happy years together!

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awww, yeah! you are so awesome for rescuing and adopting Tobi. She's so freaking cute I can't stand it!

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Lucky Tobi. She's so cute.


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she is awesome! more pictures!!!


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Yay Tobi for getting to stay at your house! So cute in the sweater!

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Yay Tobi! She's so lucky she was rescued by you. I love her sweater!


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what a pretty pup! that sweater is too cute :)

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aww, she's so cute! i love wirehaired dachshunds!


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Awww, Tobi is so cute.
It's so great to hear stories like this ^_^


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This story is making tears come to my eyes. She sounds like a good doggie, and you're so lovely for not leaving her out in the cold. There were probably a lot of people who saw her but didn't stop for her.

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This thread is totally making me tear up too! You and your husband are such an amazing people for taking her in!

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This is such a great thread! Yay for you and Tobi!


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more pictures and story snippets. i love her. thank you for taking care of her.
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