Our dogs, Jude and Toby, spent last Wednesday afternoon in the backyard with me. They played while I dug up a sago palm. They also chewed on a sago palm root. A short time later, when both dogs became extremely ill, a quick Internet search revealed that all parts of the sago palm are toxic to dogs. Jude died at the vet’s office at midnight, and Toby died a few hours later at the Texas A & M Small Animal Hospital.
My dear friend, Cherrye, who knew and loved Toby, like one of her own dogs, wrote the following tribute for Toby. She gave permission for me to share it.
Every so often God gives us a blessing of pure love to brighten our lives. Toby was such a gift. From his exuberant greetings, his licks of love, his nestling hugs and his shining eyes, Toby brought joy to those around him. I delighted in watching him learn new experiences. With delight he mastered the swinging doggie exit on our back door, occasionally getting a nudge as the flap swung back in place. Going up the stairs was a snap, and he quickly conquered coming down the stairs with his short legs on his long body just churning. He would silently pose as a frozen statue as he watched the neighbor’s horses graze at the fence line, knowing that he did not need to disturb those giants. He would grab a fallen twig from our cottonwood tree and shake it determinedly as if to show it that he was certainly the boss. He would rise up on his hind legs into a sitting position, and, with his front legs turned down, he waited patiently for a treat, which he gently took from our hands. Toby gave his love unconditionally, and we were blessed in the short time that he was with us.
Hannah created the slide show from collection of pictures and some of Cherrye’s text. We’ll post a tribute to Jude soon.