Over the years, our kids had begged us time and time again to get a dog or any furry pet! My husband and I were always very against the idea because of the added responsibilities and inevitable cost involved. However, unbeknownst to my husband, I had been secretly yearning and browsing for a dog on rescue websites for over 10 months.

I finally jokingly came clean about wanting to get a dog during a extremely emotional and 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 and the San Francisco SPCA obsessively every day and night for the next three weeks. We visited adoption meet-ups 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 with 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 our family 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, his ears were perky and his coat was a nice tan shade. I was immediately drawn to him. In his SPCA bio he was described as a “delicate flower,” meaning he was a bit scared and shy around new surroundings. Despite this, we were smitten with Tobey because when we interacted with him he was absolutely adorable and friendly. He was very treated-motivated so he came up to meet each and every one of the family with no issues. We knew instantly that we had to take him home with us, right then and there. If we didn’t, someone else would surely have swooped him up.

Ultimately, Tobey is PAWFECT for our family and we are forever grateful that we brought him home. 

Favorites (i.e. brands, stores, food, treats, etc.):

  • Wolfgang Man and Beast (love their harness and leash)
  • Chewy
  • Harry Barker
  • Barkholic (best hoodies)
  • FouFou Brand
  • Outward Hound (makers of my favorite puzzle toys)
  • Phydeaux
  • Love thy Beast
  • Mark and Graham