Chain of Hope found Toby by driving the streets in northeast. We saw this darling little Beagle tied up in the front of the house. We couldn’t see shelter-it looked from the street like he went under the porch. We stopped and went up and talked to the woman that lived there. She did not speak very much English and she wanted us to come back in the late afternoon when the kids got home from school to translate for her. While we were trying to talk to this woman, the neighbor came out. She was an older woman and she followed me over to the van when I went to get Toby a rawhide. She told me that those people did not want this dog and that they had asked her to find a home for it quite awhile ago. She said that he was 4 yrs. old and had been out there the whole time. She had actually gotten a dog house for him and put it under the porch. What a sweet and caring lady.
We ended up with an emergency that afternoon and we never made it back over until the next day. When we got there, the husband and the kids were all home, too. We discussed everything with the parents through the children and they definitely did not want little Toby. We decided that we could take him and told the guy to bring him to the van and load him in a crate.
There was no sadness for this family. They’d had this boy for 4 yrs. and they didn’t care at all when they put him on the van. We never could figure out why they didn’t want him. Regardless,it was the best day of his life-Toby became a Chain of Hope dog and had a chance at a new life!
Toby is doing fantastic! He was a little shy at first, but now he is loving life! Plus, he is such a good boy. Toby is a small Beagle, about 18 lbs. He loves to be with his people! I think he’s had so many years of being outside by himself, he is really craving the closeness and attention. He plays really well with other dogs. He will never be left outside, tied up like that ever again. He deserves so much more.