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 Tobie The Dog

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Tobie The Dog

  • Birth May 1998
  • Death 9 Jan 2010 Ottawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 66507347

From Ottawa Therapy Dogs Website In Memoriam, This is Tobie's story as written by her owner:

Tobie was adopted in October 1998 at about five months old. I was recovering from a lengthy illness and needed a companion to walk with. Since I enjoyed walking in the forest, I chose a dog that would accompany me off-leash and enjoy the thrills of the wild. I got much more. She gave me a wonderful activity that we could share.

This energetic dog loved to be of service. She was protective of me and my family and sensitive to my illness; she would patiently just wait by me when I would have a crisis. In 2001, I discovered therapy dog work and thought it might be something we could do together. Tobie and I served for 8 years.

Our first placement was at the Loeb Centre, a sheltered workshop run by OCAPDD, and we were there for 6 years. Concurrently, Tobie "did her thing" at the Awaiting Placement Unit at the Civic Hospital for 2 years, the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre for 2 years and the READ programme (Manor Park) for another 2 years. Her last two placements were on 6N at CHEO helping with mental health assessment through play therapy with 5 to 12 year old children and at Hillcrest High School in a Special Education Class. December 16th was her last day "on the job". Needless to say, she received great hugs of thanks from the children and staff at CHEO.

Tobie was a very versatile dog. Some of her attributes: bomb proof – she seemed to be able to take just about anything – gentleness, patience, obedience, sensitivity to human emotion, happiness, playfulness, adaptable and 'hungry' (sometimes that could be embarrassing…).

The last year of her life, Tobie had periods of pain which limited her physical activity. She also had a thyroid problem and, in the end, succumbed to a major infection of unknown source. On January 9, 2010, the greatest dog on earth went over the Rainbow Bridge.

Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Sean Walter and Nancy at the Blair Animal Hospital. Their human support and humane care were invaluable. Tobie is being missed terribly by her humans and her furry companions,

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