I remember the first time I saw Toby as if it were yesterday. My son Cory and I had stopped at the Connecticut Humane Society after doing some Saturday afternoon shopping just to “look” at the dogs. As I was slowly walking up and down the aisles of cages, my son called me over to one of the pens in the back of the room. A beautiful white dog was huddled in the corner. It wasn't until I got closer that I saw the fear in his eyes. I found it hard to look away. A woman who worked there saw us by the cage and came over to say hello. I asked her what had happened to the dog, and she proceeded to tell us his tale. It was a sad tale. One that brought me to tears. One that made me want to give him a happy ending.
Toby had been severely abused at his previous home. He was only six months old at the time. Before I made the final decision to adopt him, I consulted with friends and acquaintances who had dogs themselves. They gave me all kinds of advice, good and bad. One co-worker told me I was crazy to consider adopting a dog who had been abused. He might become vicious some day and turn on me, or turn on someone else. I’m glad I didn’t listen to him, because when I look back now, I have to laugh. Toby was the sweetest and most lovable soul I ever encountered.
Toby brought us years of happiness, and though he never completely overcame his trauma, I know we gave him years of happiness back.
You too can give an abused or abandoned dog a happy ending. Please click on the “Find a Shelter” tab above for links to rescue dog organizations in your area.