Toby-March 13, 1999 to July 28, 2009
I am so sad to say that I lost my beloved Toby on Tuesday, July 28th. Toby became increasingly ill the past few days and I ultimately had to make the decision to end his suffering and release him to Dog Heaven. The absolute hardest thing I have ever had to do was choose this for him and I will miss him terribly. When I moved away from home 10 short years ago, the first thing I did was go out and get myself a dog or two. This decision resulted in Toby & Sage and has given me 10 beautiful, enriched years with my buddy. Several times, more often then not I have spent many nights alone & frightened, in new places sometimes without anybody but my dogs, for curing my fears and lonliness Toby, I will be forever grateful. You will live forever in my heart and I am eagerly looking forward to the day that we can be reunited. I know you were suffering and I am so sorry for that but I know that has ended for you now and you are frolicking, napping, chasing balls, eating leather shoes, garbage and cat poop all you want. I will miss you deeply every day and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all of the years of unconditional love you have given me and everyone that you have ever come in contact with. I know there was a special place for you and I guess God just couldn't wait. I love you Toby and I will always miss you. I am so thankful for my love of animals and I feel so sorry for anyone who has never had the privelidge of loving one. They are amazing friends and though it is heartbreaking to see them go, they so enrich our lives while they are here. Thanks to everyone who has sent thier love and sympathy our way, it is very much appreciated. In Toby's 10 short years, he has changed my world and I am thankful for that. Toby was buried at my parent's house on a hill with a beautiful view. He can be there with all of my pet's I have had growing up and right next to the sandbox where my kids play and can visit him anytime they feel sad or lonely. Greyson & Andee have learned that anytime they feel like that, thier pets have always been able to bring them comfort and I know that even in death Toby will still provide that for us. We love you Toby, you will be forever in our hearts! I need to say also that this morning my brother Dave and his family also lost thier German Shorthair, Charlie. Charlie was also a great dog and will be deeply missed but I'm glad that he and Toby can take this journey together. I'm sorry guys that you also had to lose your pal. My thoughts are with you also. Heidi
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of the soul remains unawakened."