Even after 18 months away from home, it’s like Toby never left. In fact, he’s keeping a close eye on owner, Caroline, to make sure they never get separated again. “If I move, he is my shadow.”
Toby, the 4 year old Cavalier, went missing from his home last year, when thieves broke in to the house. His bed and his food had gone indicating that Toby had been stolen.
The time since has been harrowing for Caroline. “I was grief stricken. I put posters everywhere, called all shelters and animal hospitals with no luck – it was like he just disappeared.”
Caroline bought Toby as a young pup two years after the tragic passing of her first husband and young daughter, finding comfort in his constant friendship. “He was my only companion. I taught him commands and he had the best of life with me everywhere we went.”
Despite time passing and the chances of locating Toby growing thin, Caroline never gave up hope that he may show up one day at a vet hospital, or even back at her front door. “I got married and changed my name, but I kept all his toys and his collar – I never forgot him.”
Last week, Toby was found in the Fairfield City Council area and handed in to Wakeley Vet Clinic before being brought to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. Thanks to Caroline being a responsible pet owner and ensuring Toby was microchipped, SDCH staff were able to locate her quickly and give her the good news.
“After a year and a half it happened,” Caroline said, “I thought I was dreaming!”
Toby has quickly settled back in to life with Caroline and is being spoilt rotten. He’s been taken to the pet spa; has a new bed, clothes and plenty of new toys to enjoy along with his old ones.
Meanwhile, Caroline is still pinching herself. “I am overwhelmed with emotion to have my baby home. Thank you so much for all the team and volunteers for reuniting us with our beloved boy. If it weren’t for centres like yours, I would not have my baby back. To have the miracle of Toby returning to my life is surreal. I wish for more happy stories for all of those people who have lost their beloved pets.”
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