Update on Toby: Toby gets three meals a day in his feeding chair and has a voracious appetite. Unfortunately, he’s also figured out how to sneak out of the feeding chair when his mother is not looking. Suddenly, sheâ€™ll find him in the kitchen instead of in the chair where he’s supposed to be. He also makes her chase him to put him in the chair or to put on his sweater when theyâ€™re going out. Toby is no longer the aloof loner he was when he first came to his new home. He expects a lot of petting. He scratches at his mother until she does his bidding. If she doesnâ€™t invite him under the covers at bedtime, he scratches at her blanket until she puts it over him. If he finds a pile of laundry, he’s happy to catch a few winks on top of it.
Zoe and Toby met and a month or so later two staff members drove him to my house, with his toys, his bedding, his medicine and plenty of his special food. Toby is still on medicine to help move the food down and he has skin allergies (therefore the special food), but otherwise he is an energetic, feisty, typical Chihuahua. He has an identical chair to Zoe’s except smaller and he gets his pills with his food but otherwise the routine is the same.
Keeping a “mega” healthy is the key, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll seem as normal as playing fetch.
Toby is settling in to his new home nicely. He and the other megaesophagus dog, Zoe, are getting used to each other and have agreed to swap beds and toys whenever it suits them. Mostly Zoe steals from Toby (he has the best toys) but Toby steals Zoe’s precious bully sticks when she’s not looking, so they’re even. They’re not “best buds” yet, but we hope that will come. Toby is still on medication, but has not vomited as he was when he was still dealing with the stress of his move. Toby loves to go on walks. He struts around the neighborhood like he’s the king. 40 pound Zoe is afraid of toddlers, trucks and skateboarders but 9 pound Toby fears nothing. He gives all dogs fair warning that he will take no nonsense from any of them.
Good news â€“ Toby has been adopted! His new home is with a former adopter who adopted another dog with megaesopagus from us a few years ago. Toby was driven to his new home, along with all his baggage which included his highchair, bed, toys and extensive wardrobe, by two of our trainers. Tobyâ€™s new sister, Zoey, was a little territorial at first; and Toby did not like Zoey checking out his bed, but they soon settled in together. Our Training Department will always be available for any help or advice that is needed. There were tearful goodbyes as Toby left, but everyone at NSALA wishes him the best.
Before he was adopted. our little man had quite a bit of dental work done. Unfortunately, his soft diet contributed to his dental problems and he had to have several teeth pulled. After a day or two of discomfort, Toby was his old self again. Even though he is adopted, Toby will always be in the Sponsor Program. His megaespogagus is a lifelong condition, and all his medical needs will be covered by NSALA.
Toby is due for a check-up and will be coming to the Animal Leagueâ€™s medical center soon.Â His foster mother reports that Toby is feeling well. Â He is enjoying the warmer weather and the longer, sunny days.Â He is calm and well-adjusted now after a few years of settling in with his family and his condition.Â Fortunately, he hasn’t gotten sick in a long time and it is our wish that he remains this way.Â Toby is much friendlier around people and other animals than every before.Â Â Check him out in this picture snuggling with his best friend!
Tobyâ€™s foster mom says that he is doing very well. He loves to play outside and go for walks. To look at him, you would never know that he is a special-needs dog. He is even starting to gain a little weight which he needs. Heâ€™s eating 3 times each day. Itâ€™s still working well to mix his food with water so that he can swallow it and properly digest it. His mom reports that Toby has been having fun lately with another dog in their extended family. Itâ€™s such a comfort to know that Toby is playing well with other dogs and gaining weight and feeling just like any other healthy dog â€“ thanks, of course, to Sponsors like you!