On Toby's Terms

In this entertaining dog story, we find how Ms. Hammond and her husband, Christopher, decided after missing their beloved pet, Dooks, for a few years, that it was finally time to get another dog to complete their family. They stumbled upon a pet adoption agency and were drawn to Toby’s picture. After tweaking their application a few times, the agency notified them that they were potential candidates to adopt this Chesapeake Bay retriever. Once the interview process was over, Toby was happily adopted. But there was a bit of a catch in regard to his life story.

You see, Toby was owned by a senior couple that loved him dearly. Just before going up for adoption, his male owner passed away and Toby’s energy and spirit were too much for his female owner to handle by herself. So she made the heartbreaking decision to give him up for adoption. This made things a bit tough for him. Toby was five when he was given up and full of endless energy. The agency knew he needed the right kind of family to adopt him because of his needs and they conveyed that to Ms. Hammond and her husband. Once he was taken home, they expected a period of transition and even mourning to happen for Toby, but he seemed very quiet at first. It wasn’t until a few months later that he started showing a deep anxiety he always experienced and now he became extremely destructive in their house. With plenty of lessons to be learned by not only Charmaine and Christopher, but also Toby, this family began accepting the fact that it was going to take a lot of patience, love and devotion if the three of them were ever going to make this work under one roof.

I absolutely loved this story and felt that I was another member of the family seeing everything play out as I read along. I immediately fell in love with Toby and felt bad for him that he had deeply ingrained anxiety issues that didn’t seem to have any permanent fixes for him. I felt that it was a blessing in disguise that Ms. Hammond and her husband saw Toby online and fell in love with him. I believe it was destiny for him to come into their lives, with all his issues, and carve a permanent place in their hearts and home. I must admit that I laughed out loud over him smashing their toilet tank lid more times than I can count and seeing this mental picture in my mind made me laugh like it was his first offense every time he did this. I loved the author’s warm, conversational tone throughout which made me feel as if she was sitting right next to me telling me their story firsthand. This is a wonderful story that both children and adults can read and really enjoy. I highly recommend it and I’m so happy I was given the opportunity to review it. If you’d like more information about Toby you can visit: www.OnTobysTerms.com or www.TobyTales.com to learn more about him.

Book Blurb for On Toby's Terms


When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t think he’d be a holy terror, beset by severe anxiety and destructive behavior that would take a miracle to curb. Turns out, Toby routinely opened and emptied closets, turned on water taps, and pulled things from the bookshelves. Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then push the lid of the toilet tank onto the floor, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife-block in the kitchen—and when the couple discovered Toby’s blood and paw prints on the phone—Charmaine decided Toby needed professional help.

Little did she know what they would discover about this dog.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2013 5.00