Toby is a male Labrador Retriever born 7/23/2004.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Toby has big brown eyes that say “I’m starving, please feed me” and a calm, sweet, gentle soul full of love.

Do you have any canine housemates?

Yes.  Her name is Callie and she is 5 years old.  She was adopted in December 2010.  I play it cool with her even though I like having her around for the company.  She has a lot of energy…not as relaxed as I am. 

How did you join your family?

I was born in Kansasville, Wisconsin which is a small town in Racine County.  My mom was looking for a boy that she could take with her to work every day, so I was chosen because I was the quietest pup. 

Do you have any “jobs”? Tell us about them and what you like most about them.

When I was in the office with Mom, I delivered the newspaper to the person everyone calls “the boss” but he always welcomes me with such happiness and affection that I call him “one of my best friends.”  I carry boxes to the trash and letters to the mail box outside.  I’ve been a member of Canine Therapy Corps since 2006.  I enjoy helping people with their recovery and try to make their hard work a little more fun.  My favorite program is an annual visit every Summer at a camp for kids.  The kids are so great and I love spending time and having fun with them.  I have been a Safe Humane Chicago Ambassador Dog since March 2009.  I have volunteered in the IL Youth Correctional facility program, where the guys taught me a trick my Mom worked on for a long time and couldn’t get me to do.  So thanks to the guys at IYC I can now roll over.  I’ve also volunteered at Kids, Animals and Kindness programs, helped at police roll call training (I think it’s so cool that I can go inside the police station), team assessments and tabling events.

Do you have any “hobbies”?

Agility and I LOVE it.  At agility I’m known as ‘the happiest dog in the world.’  This is where my favorite instructor-friend Stacey is.  She gives me so much love and affection.  Stacey says it’s all about having FUN and when a mistake is made it’s Mom’s fault.  My second hobby is Rally Obedience and I have earned four titles.  I think that Rally is more fun than formal obedience so I hope we keep competing in more trials.   

What is your favorite trick?

High five, shake, roll over (especially when I’m at IYC), spin (dance) and a very quick bow, if you blink you could miss it.  I can also wait with a treat on each of my front paws until I get the OK to eat them...this one is tough but the payoff is yummy!  My favorite trick is to bark quietly, I know it best as “telling a secret.”  Everyone really seems to like it, so I enjoy it too.

What is your favorite toy?

Football.  My Dad taught me how to play football when I was a pup and we have a really good time together when we play.

What is your favorite treat?

I LOVE everything!

What do you like to do when your parents aren’t home?

I am very lucky because I’m not left home alone very often, but, if I am home alone, I take a nap on the big bed or sofa until someone gets home. 

Is there anything you would like to tell us about your work with Safe Humane Chicago or anything else?

I really enjoy visiting with children and adults and helping them learn that dogs can be gentle and loving.  I love everyone and make sure they know by giving them big leaning hugs.