Name: Toby Jacob
Adoption Fee: $125
Toby Jacob AKA Toby joined Ruff Start Rescue after his forever owner passed away unexpectedly and the family was unable to afford his medical needs. He is affectionately known in his foster home as Toby Shark as well. He received that nickname because when he first joined their home, he would walk around the house and make funny gremlin noises and would look up at them and bark with his teeth hanging out from his underbite.
Toby is a super laid back gentleman and enjoys being with his humans and foster brothers all the time. Toby LOVES to eat, but does have skin allergies and requires a grain-free dog food. He prefers a raw diet or wet dog food over dry kibble. He will play with stuffed animal toys from time to time and loves playing tug-a-war with his foster mom when he gets in the playing mood.
Most of his day though is spent resting (snoring) and following his foster mom and companion foster brother around the house or at the grooming salon that his foster mom works at. Toby does have separation anxiety and will need a home where he will either have someone home with him most of the time or will be able to join his family to work every day.
Toby suffered from severe dry eye and extreme ear infections in both ears for an extended amount of time before joining Ruff Start. He ended up having his ear canal removed in his right ear and also gets multiple eye medications in both eyes twice a day now to help with his dry eye. Due to the severity of his ear infection, his facial nerve on that side of his face was damaged in surgery and he can no longer blink his right eye and his jowls are droopy in that side of his face. He does receive additional eye medications to help keep his eye healthy.
Toby is mostly blind and deaf. He will need a one-level home so that he will not fall down any stairs. Toby is house trained and enjoys strolling around the yard in the warm weather. He does need frequent potty breaks just because he has a harder time holding his potty because of his age. Toby grew up with multiple other large and small dogs and has interacted with cats in the past. In his foster home, Toby actually has a little Shih-Tzu that he uses a lot as his seeing-eye companion. He follows him around to make sure he is not going to bump into anything as well as his friend keeps in away from wandering off in the yard.
He may do best in a new home that has another small laid back dog that he can bond with. Toby is good with children but will need kids that understand not to be in dogs' faces and not to be overbearing.
Toby is all up to date on all his main vaccines, is neutered and heartworm negative. However, Toby has tested positive and has been treated for Lyme’s disease. Lyme’s disease can cause joint stiffness and minor lameness from time to time, his foster home gives him a daily joint supplement to help prevent this as well as to help with any arthritis he may have. Toby also has what is commonly called "Old Dog Lung" which is calcium build up in his lungs. It causes him to have difficultly breathing from time to time and may require further medical intervention in the future.
-Eye ointment in the AM and PM
-Eye Lubricant in right eye 4-6 times a day (as needed)
-Owner who is home most of the time or can bring him to work for frequent potty breaks and separation anxiety
-Frequent medicated baths for skin allergies
- No Stairs
-Grain-free dog food
An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. Once we receive your application, a placement coordinator will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
Please check out our website, www.ruffstartrescue.org for more details and additional pictures on any of our animals!
All Ruff Start dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, and on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention (dogs) as well as heartworm tested (dogs).
Ruff Start Rescue is a foster-based rescue. Animals are located in homes throughout Minnesota. We do not have a facility where animals are kept.
More about Toby Jacob
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Good with farm animals, Somewhat vocal, Does Good in the Car, Does not require a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Prefers cool climate, Prefers warm climate, Needs special care, Independent, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Even-tempered, Gentle, Goofy, Needs a companion animal
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