TOBY: 8 year old male neutered yellow Lab, 80 lbs
Toby was surrendered to us earlier this year when a family member realized his home environment was not ideal. GGLRR then adopted him to a loving family in August and recently they sadly felt the best thing was to return him to us. One of their sons is 3 years old and just loved Toby to the point where he was "man handling" him and though Toby never complained they knew it wasn't fair to him. They also have a big flight of stairs in their home and their plan was to leave Toby and their other dog downstairs. The other dog is much younger and would run up the stairs frequently and Toby would want to follow. He is capable of walking the stairs but with his arthritis we want him in a stair free home.
Toby is one well-mannered, sweet, lovable, goofy, easy, mellow big love! Many rescues come with issues but Toby is the exception. He truly is an all around good boy. He is good with other dogs, both large and small, though really prefers to say hi and move on to other things. He is good with cats and kids too. He loves to chase and retrieve the ball and when he brings it back he barks at you to throw it again. He's a slow eater but finishes his food. He has some arthritis and is a little stiff in the hips but it doesn't keep him from running after a ball. He is now in a foster home with another male Lab and does just fine with him. He goes on walks with his buddy and his foster mom takes them to the park to see the neighborhood dogs. He does great with saying a quick hi to all of them and then it's all about throw the ball, throw the ball...Toby used to dream of biscuits and balls and now all he really wants is his final forever family. He loves to swim.
What Toby's Foster Mom has to say:
Toby is a sweet affable boy. He gets along with all of the dogs he meets. He greets them and goes on his merry way. Likes to chase the ball with other dogs at the park but is too slow to be the first one to catch it. He is great in the house, housebroken (has not marked in my house and rescues often do in the beginning) and sleeps through the night on the dog bed next to my bed. He rides well in the car though does need some help with his hind legs getting in. He walks well on a leash without any type of correction collar, another unusual trait for rescued dogs. Toby likes to be in the same room as his humans but will listen when told to go lay down. He is a "people" dog and is happy to receive pets and belly rubs. He barks when he gets happy and excited. He knows sit, stay, lay down and come.
From Toby's Previous Adopter:
Toby is an incredibly sweet and gentle boy. When he's not patiently following you around the house, he can be found relaxing in a sunny spot in the yard, thumping his tail as you walk by. His favorite pastimes include fetching a ball, going for gentle walks and cooling off in the pool. He has had mild skin irritations that have cleared up quickly with medication. He does great at the vets and they all adore him. He gets along wonderfully with out bossy and temperamental Springer girl and completely ignores our cat. He will be a wonderful companion to any home as he loves attention from people of all ages; however, I would recommend he be with a family that doesn't have toddlers as my youngest one clambers all over him and though he doesn't complain, I don't think it is fair to do to him. He manages the stairs but walks down them very cautiously and is a little stiff when getting up but despite this he has a lot of energy and is always ready for a walk or a game of fetch. He does bark when he gets excited but a firm instruction to "lay down" quietens him and he gently relaxes on the floor. He knows come, sit, down, fetch, drop, leave it and is super eager to please. We would have loved to have given Toby his forever home but our circumstances with having a young toddler around and stairs in our house makes it difficult for Toby and we feel it's fairer on him to find him a more suitable home. We will miss him dearly! This is one sweet sweet boy who gets complimented on his gentle good-natured temperament by everyone who meets him.
What Toby's Rescue Rep says:
Toby is one of those dogs that you can't help but love. He loves everyone he meets, canines, cats and humans. He has a soft mouth. He doesn't really care about playing with other dogs but he has wonderful manners greeting them. Like many Labs, he is really more interested in the ball. He doesn't require much other than love, food, exercise, playing ball and having a human to love. He might inadvertently knock over a toddler so kids should be 5 and up. His first foster had 2 cats, though the cats were dog savvy and as you can see in the photo he ignored them. Toby has been through a lot of changes starting with his not so good home environment, two wonderful foster homes, being adopted and now back with his fortes and yet, in spite of it all, he still remains a darling boy who wants to be the best family dog ever. Because he deserves better than he's had in the past and because he so wants to be part of the (human) pack we don't want him home alone all day when his humans go to work. He will need a home without stairs.
Toby had a well check, blood work is perfect, is up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered and microchipped.
He is located in Mountain View.
If you are looking for one of the easiest sweetest Labs ever, and you feel that you can give this terrific boy his last forever home, look no more. Call his Rescue Rep Sandy 650-303-2436.
(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)