We first met Toby, a Jack Russell at Waggy Tails over 3 years ago after attending the introductory session at West Parley. He chose us. Correction, he chose my partner Paul. It was love at first sight. However, It was touch and go for a while as we nearly didn’t get Toby. Understandably, Waggy Tails hoped to match Toby with owners who had previous Jack Russell experience. We had none but like most wannabe mums and dads, we had oodles of unconditional love and patience to give. We all connected even more on the second visit and we saw Toby as the right fit for us and our lifestyle. Needless to say, We were elated when Waggy Tails approved the union.
I won’t lie, the initial months were difficult. Toby didn’t get a good start in life and so naturally he had a few confidence issues to resolve but through self-education, talking to other Jack Russell owners and building the trust with Toby, we are all in a very much better place nowadays but it is still very much a work-in-progress.
Toby is a daddy’s boy and the bond between them is unbreakable. They read each other very well and frankly I’m in awe of their relationship.
its been a real education for all three of us, he is teaching us patience, assertiveness and empathy and we are teaching him that not all of the chairs in our house are his and that horses are not big dogs.
Toby is highly intelligent, very entertaining and constantly puts smiles on our faces.He loves cuddles, digging up the New Forest and is a very competent climber of fallen trees. He also has an uncanny knack of wrapping us around his little paws! We believe he is loving life right now.
Toby is a very welcome and much loved addition to our home. He is simply one in a million and undoubtedly the best decision we ever made when we chose to share our lives with him. Home is simply a brighter place where Toby is.
We just wanted to say a huge “Thank You” to Waggy Tails who do such a sterling job in finding forever homes for rescued pets and for seeing the potential in us to be suitable guardians for Toby.