When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t think he’d be a holy terror, beset by severe anxiety and destructive behavior that would take a miracle to curb. Turns out, Toby routinely opened and emptied closets, turned on water taps, and pulled things from the bookshelves. Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then push the lid of the toilet tank onto the floor, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife-block in the kitchen—and when the couple discovered Toby’s blood and paw prints on the phone—Charmaine decided Toby needed professional help.
Little did she know what they would discover about this dog. And how he would change their lives.
“Simply a beautiful book about life, love, and purpose.” —Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“A deeply captivating and heartwarming story that will touch your heart!” -Ken Kragen, Film & Television Producer
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When I was a little girl, as much as I loved animals, I was deathly afraid of them. And when I say deathly afraid, I mean that when I slept in the downstairs and the dog slept in the foyer of our split level home; I would open the door to the downstairs and yell for my mom or dad to get the dog so I could get upstairs where the rest of the family was. Or when I was in the living room and the dog came over, I would jump to the back of the couch as far away as possible.
At the age of 32, my fear of some animals has gone away, but the fear of other animals is still ever present. Fortunately, my fear of dogs and diminished for the most part and we have been able to own dogs.
I am well aware of what animals in general can do for someone’s mood, someone’s self esteem, someone’s mental and emotional health. Animals are intelligent creatures and having a bond – a special bond – with an animal is something every one in their life should experience.
Our current dog, Jessie, is “my” dog (although Baby Girl may tell you otherwise depending on her mood!) We got Jessie one year after my grandfather’s suicide and I feel like that alone creates a connection between her and I. She is a pit bull mix and I adore her. She is just like one of my kids (and sleeps in the bed with hubby, Baby Girl, and me!)
If there is arguing, she protects. If we play fight, she protects. When we play, she plays. She stays by my side. She watches me. She can read my moods. She is my dog and we have this very special bond.
Fortunately for me, she does not have the quirks that Toby does. Once upon a time, she may have given Toby a run for his money in the destruction of a house, but since we have realized that it is 99% of the time our own fault, it has gotten better (when we are better.) And I think like Charmaine, I could not and would not get rid of the dog even if she did.
Toby was such a dog that even through just reading it, you could feel the love, the bond, and the intelligence of such a wonderful dog. I have no doubt that all animals have their certain place or certain job on Earth. They are such wonderful partners in life and they do so much positive. For Toby, it was helping the mentally ill and if I have to be honest, I think Jessie brings out the best in myself and my anxious or depressed moments.
I loved reading about Toby and his adventures. It brought a smile to my face and I wish I could have watched how he did his job. He also reminds me what a great bond and relationship I have with Jessie.
If you are animal lover, I promise – you will love this book!
The Team Toby mission is to PAWsitively improve lives by teaching kindness, acceptance and respect. Team Toby accomplishes the mission through professional speaking and corporate training, presentations to schools and organizations, through the Team Toby Global Speakers team, our books and products, philanthropy and causes projects, and philanthropy efforts.
Follow Team Toby on their Million Acts of Kindness Tour, a six week, 10,000 mile kindness mission road trip in a camper across North America stopping in communities to provide presentations to workplaces and schools, and to participate in acts of kindness.
Charmaine and Toby Sr., and their new Toby, have presented to more than 30,000 students across North America, raised more than $10,000 for charities, and have donated books and presentations to schools and organizations to support healthy character development in children.
Other Toby Books
Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends (A CHILDREN’S DOG STORY)
Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week his owner takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day and see how he makes friends, and makes others happy. Beautifully illustrated, this simple story sends a positive message about community and the importance of kindness and being helpful to others.
Toby the Pet Therapy Dog says be a Buddy, not a Bully
When Toby steps into the path of a dog who bullies him, and shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, we see the hurt feelings it creates. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the importance of kindness, acceptance, and being considerate of others, including pets. A wonderful story to start discussions in ages 3 to 10.
About Charmaine Hammond
Charmaine Hammond is an international transformational speaker (has spoken to more than 75,000 people around the globe), helping build inspired and resilient teams. She speaks on the topics of resilience, Bouncing Forward, and courageous dialogue.
She is also a #1 international best selling and award winning author of dog book On Toby’s Terms, (Bettie Youngs Books), Toby The Pet Therapy Dog & His Hospital Friends, and Toby The Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy Not a Bully. Her children’s books are A Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient, and also received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, and gold in the Global eBook award. She is co-author of wildly popular new book, GPS Your Best Life-charting your destination and getting there in style. Charmaine was the winner of the 2012 Business Matchmaker of the Year award, an international award (eWomenNetwork)and the Outstanding Alumni Award. On Toby’s Terms won a GOLD in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.
Her book On Toby’s Terms is currently in development to become a major motion picture! She has been featured in the Metro USA, Metro Canada, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton and Spruce Grove Examiner, Calgary and Edmonton Sun, Del Mar Times, National Post, Global TV, CTSTV, Alberta Prime Time (CTV) and on many radio stations in the US and Canada.
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In an effort to get Toby’s behaviour under control, a K9 behaviourist worked with Toby on his behavioural issues and stated that Toby was a dog who needed a job, a purpose. Christopher and Charmaine found Toby a job as an Animal Assisted Therapy dog. After training and testing, Toby was approved as a volunteer with Chimo Animal Assisted Therapy and received a volunteer placement at an adult mental health hospital.
Wednesdays with Toby were life changing for the patients he visited, as well as for Charmaine and Christopher. While Toby was bringing unconditional acceptance and happiness to those he visited at the hospital, he was also becoming a teacher for Charmaine and Christopher, teaching them powerful life lessons, about patience, purpose, persistence, the power of unconditional acceptance, and showing up as your authentic self.
The patients that Toby worked with at the hospital and all of the children that he met in schools experienced the benefits of a therapy dog’s whose mission in life was to leave pawprints on hearts everywhere he went.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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