The Admissions & Database Coordinator Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Ruth
Job: Admissions & Database Coordinator (at a private K-12 school)
Dogs: Tobias Rex (Tobey) and Perseus Rex (Percy)
Tobey is a papchi or chion (papillon/chihuahua mix).
We aren't sure what breed Percy is but we suspect he is part papillon, part daschund and part chihuahua. From San Francisco, CA
How did you meet your canine companion?
Over the years, our kids have begged us time and time again to get a dog (or any furry pet!) but my husband and I were always very against it because of the added responsibilities and inevitable cost involved. However, unbeknownst to him, I had been secretly yearning and browsing for a dog on rescue websites for over 10 months. When I finally jokingly came clean about it to my husband, it was during a very emotionally difficult time for our family. Our beloved great grandmother had suffered a major stroke and was in hospice care. We were all so heartbroken when she passed away and agreed that a dog might help fill that void and ease our pain. We both combed over rescue sites like Petfinder.com and the San Francisco SPCA obsessively every day and night for the next three weeks. We visited adoption meetups at various pet stores as it was very important to us that our new companion had a temperament that matched our family. Around that time, my younger sister was in labor for her third baby. I rushed two hours away to get to her hospital in Sacramento so that I could be there for my niece’s birth. A day after she was born, I drove back home so that the kids, my husband and I could go to the San Francisco SPCA to look at the small dogs they had available for adoption.
When I first saw Tobey (formerly Curly) in the window, it was love at first sight. My first impression of him was that he looked like a small Lassie dog in that his ears were perky and his coat was a nice tan shade. I was immediately drawn to him. Although he was described as a “delicate flower” on his bio, meaning he is a bit scared/shy around new surroundings, when we asked to meet with him and interacted with him, he was absolutely adorable and friendly and we were smitten. He was very treated-motivated so he came up to each and every one of the family with no issues. We just had to take him home with us, then and there. We knew that if we didn’t, someone else would swoop him up. We are forever grateful that we did.
Percy’s adoption story is slightly different but has an equally happy ending. When we were searching for our first dog, we saw and submitted various applications to numerous rescues. Quite often they recommended that families adopt TWO small dogs rather than just one as they said small dogs needed companionship more so than larger breeds (Tobey is 6lbs.). That always stuck with me. Occasionally, when we took Tobey to various training classes at the SF SPCA, we would make a habit of looking around the adoption floor to see what small dogs they had available but we were never serious about it. After we had acclimated to having a dog and had gotten Tobey settled into the routines of our household (and because Tobey is such a sweet dog), I started secretly searching rescue websites online again nightly. One night, I came upon a photo of a dog that looked so identical to Tobey that I had to do a double take. I showed the photo to my husband and he asked me why I was showing him photos of Tobey! When I told my husband it was a different dog, he was equally surprised. But when the novelty of that wore off, he stated we didn’t need another dog. Although I was disappointed, I persisted and eventually, with the help of my kids (haha), we got him to change his mind and agree to meet Percy (formerly Winston). We drove two hours to meet him and his foster mom. This time, our main focus was Tobey. We wanted the two dogs to get along with each other as that was the main purpose of the second dog, companionship for Tobey. From the moment they first met, it was a match made in heaven. They were friendly and playful with each other right away, as if they were long lost brothers reunited once more. Observing that playfulness was what convinced the skeptic, my husband, to take Percy home with us. Although the rescue told us that we could take Percy home for a two-week trial and then decide, secretly I knew already that he had found his forever home with us. Tobey and Percy provide us with a kind of unconditional love that no human can ever give. We are truly blessed twice over.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
When we first met Tobey, his name was Curly. Our family just didn't feel like that name suited him at all. We brain-stormed some names out loud as a family. My daughter, who is a huge Harry Potter fan, wanted us to name him Voldemort and my other daughter wanted to name him Prince (he had passed away a month before). My husband uttered out loud Tobias Rex and I like the nickname of Tobey or T-Rex and wanted it to be spelled like Tobey Macguire's name with an "e". Since we already had a Tobias Rex, when we adopted Percy (formerly Winston), we again felt Winston didn't suit him and wanted a name similar to Tobias Rex. My husband and son love the Percy Jackson books and we love Greek mythology as a family. So the name Perseus was suggested and we decided on Perseus Rex, Percy or P-Rex for short.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
We are definitely more active outdoors since we adopted Tobey and even more so with two dogs. You can find us at the beach often as that is one of Tobey and Percy's favorite off-leash places to zoom around and socialize. Coming home to their happy faces and wagging tails (or rump in Tobey's case as his tail is missing), makes every day better. They are truly therapy for the soul.
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Arguably their favorite person is my husband as he spends the most time training them. But secretly I think I am Percy's favorite as he likes to snuggle up to me and smother me with kisses. He's such a lovebug.
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Tobey's superpower would be his butterfly ears. He's part papillon and those ears are his best feature. He can also beat anyone at the staring contest (he is ALWAYS watching us).
Percy's superpower would be finding the weakest spot on any dog toy and then annihilating it to bits.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
They would be management and security. Tobey would keep an eye on and point out all the riffraff and Percy would be the muscle. But I would like to think they are actually models in training.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Percy will go up to people and when they think he's cute and look at him, he starts barking. He loves to give kisses and always wants to kiss little kids and that can be scary to some kids who don't like dogs. Tobey is so treat-motivated that as soon as he sees one, he will perform every trick we've taught him before we even give the command and often we are trying to train Percy and Tobey is right beside him doing twirls which can be distracting. LOL
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
Ocean Beach or the beach at Fort Funston in San Francisco. They love being off-leash.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
....and says to the bartender, "I've got a bone to pick with you"