Saturday, February 07, 2009

Meet Toby Thomas - our new adopted Bichon Frise

I am in my new home and I'm very sure I'm going to like it although I am pretty shy now. Right now I am just observing as I sit on the sofa with my Gary.

On the way home we made a stop at the In 'n' Out so Betty and Gary could grab a burger. They ate outside in sight of the truck so they could watch and see how I reacted. I am proud to say that I was very good. (although I did bark a bit.) I dozed the rest of the trip to Monterey.

I was reluctant to go up the steps into my new home so Betty carried me, then she turned around to close the door and I jumped out and took a little run! Betty, Gary and their 17 year old grandson Jorden were shocked and at first ran after me so I kept running. Then they remembered that foster parent Russ had showed them that I will lie down if they lower their hand and say "down" First they said "Stop" and then "down" so I stopped and waited! I am such a good dog! (And they have definitely learned a little more about me!)
I am so happy that I will be moved from the "Available Dogs" to the "Happy Adoptions" section of the website!
Toby Thomas

Its been two years since our Bichon Frise Murphy died at age 17-1/2. Up until now we just couldn't interest ourselves in getting a new dog. We knew we would eventually want another Bichon (great disposition, small dog and, since they have hair and not fur, they don't shed!)

Then randomly this past Tuesday-I hadn't checked it for months and months- I happened to see the link for the bichonfurkids in my favorites and went on to browse. Toby popped out. Should we send an application...oh dear
BICHON FURKIDS RESCUE is in LaCosta in Southern California...that's a long drive...oh well we'll make the drive if...we'll send it and see what happens.
And so we E mailed it off - making sure we included information on Murphy, who was adopted from the Carson (CA) Shelter in 1989 and our other adopted dogs from the past: Great Dane Dutchess, Dalmatian Pepper, poodle/beagle Nikki plus our Irish Setter Tina (not adopted), Kikki the calico cat (adopted), Nanny the goat, Billy the cockatiel etc. etc.

Since they didn't have a home inspector in our area we were instructed to complete a home inspection and E mail photos of the exterior and interior of our home. We made sure we explained that we are full time RVers living and traveling in our fifth wheel.

Bingo, we were approved! Then...the foster parents called; they weren't in Southern California, they were just up the road (freeway) from us in Oakland! So close...this was becoming more and more like it was meant to be. (PLUS..the foster dad's name is Russ-the same as our son!)

It WAS meant to be!

So, this morning we drove two hours to Oakland. When they opened the door and we saw Toby, it was love. So here he is, at home with us - our new dog Toby. Isn't he cute?

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