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{Photo of the Day} 10.04.2015

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Last night, Toki had some weird spasms in his hind legs that really freaked me out. The German Shepherd mix (Diddo) I had before him had to be euthanised because of problems with his hips/hind legs. So. I super freaked out, if I’m honest.

Losing Diddo, after 13 years together, was very hard. Two years after that, my Jack Russell Terrier (Ripley) had to be put down because of gross negligence by the vet I had them going to. I wasn’t eager to ever have a dog in my life again. However, having something in your life that requires routine & care is helpful in managing bipolar disorder, so 3 years after Ripley, I got talked into looking for another dog. So, that day, I looked up any adoption events in my general area, found one that was happening 3 days later, looked at the dogs that would be there, saw Toki’s picture, fell in love & showed up with all the adoption paperwork already filled out & signed. I almost had to Thunderdome a couple of teenagers for him, but I think the fact that I had all the paperwork ready & they knew why I wanted to adopted made me the easy choice for the organisation that rescued him from a kill shelter in New Mexico.

It was a good choice. I didn’t save him, he saved me. I had just moved into my first house about 3 months prior, was involved with an increasingly abusive person & going to a job that dealt with a boss that didn’t want the job she had, which meant we were doing illegal procedures & left my coworker open to be abusive towards me. Toki kept me going every day & I’m very lucky & grateful I found him on that website when I did. I don’t think I would have made it the past 4 years without him. I definitely wouldn’t have had Arya come into my life without him.

Thankfully, it turned out to be a cramped muscle & he was sleeping after about an hour & back to normal in the morning. The good thing that came out of it was finding out my vet was no longer going to be my vet & was transferring all his clients to a different practice. This was disappointing for a number of reasons, but mostly because Toki isn’t good with change or crowded places or strangers in general (pretty much the dog version of me). The vet we had been going to was a single vet practice, quiet, not busy & overall a great vet who put the health & wellbeing of the animal ahead of making money. He was always very calming & I appreciated that with Toki.

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