Toby came to Living Free on January 16, 2013, underweight, matted and not trusting anyone. Then one day, along came Charlene Volner looking for the “perfect” companion. When she saw Toby, that was it for her. She adopted him in March of that year and away he went to share Charlene’s home with her and husband Lyn.
For the first six months, Charlene kept Toby close, helping him to feel more secure and to learn to trust her. Finally, Toby began to come out of his shell and Charlene was able to take him to puppy training classes. He went through all levels of training to learn how to socialize with other dogs and people.
Although Toby is a registered Service Dog, he continues his training with trainer, Wendy Jefferies. He is learning many things that will be helpful to Charlene. Toby, on more than one occasion, has awakened her when she is experiencing a medical problem.
Charlene says, “Toby is a love, he goes everywhere with me and even sits with me in the choir loft on Sunday mornings.” All it takes is love, understanding and patience and even the most shy dog can find a place that is just right for him.