by Mary Nichols
Watches out the window like it's a t.v.
Has to be wherever I am.
We keep dogs for life and until Toby, we’d only had Cocker Spaniels. I despised Chihuahuas!
Then one day, we stopped off at my son’s best friend’s house to borrow fishing poles and a Yorkie/Chihuahua puppy came running down the driveway.
For me, it was love at first sight. I looked everywhere for a dog just like him. I checked rescue organizations, pet stores, flea markets, the newspaper, and everywhere online.
Nobody had this mix. I was heartbroken because I knew my Cocker was not going to live much longer and I needed to get another dog soon.
Then the sister called me one day. She had a new baby and the puppy demanded too much attention. Could I take him?
I wasted no time in going to get him and he has been my best bud for the past six years. It took awhile to teach him to play ball but he fetches, catches, plays soccer and even volleys the ball back to us.
Toby was easy to house train and I think it’s because he’s a little OCD. If you roll the ball and it touches a box or basket or trash pail, he has to touch that object with his nose before he returns with the ball.
He entertains guests in our home with this odd habit and provides us hours and hours of laughter and cuddle time.
Oh, and those Chihuahuas that I despise? I adopted one of those from a shelter. All because of Toby.