MEET TOBY – Our Maine Sheltie Rescue Star!

In May 2017, Nine year old Toby became a forever foster for MSR.  He has become our star-mascot.  To learn more about Toby and his one of a kind story, read below.

We at MSR so appreciate everyone’s prayers and donations to Toby’s cause.  He lives in one of our best MSR family homes with his brother and sister Shelties (pictured below) along with many sweet kitties too. He has a anonymous guardian angel who provides for all his expenses, for which we are most grateful!


Toby, as an 8 year old Sheltie came to Maine Sheltie Rescue in a very tragic way.

Toby was taken to the local emergency veterinary clinic Sunday, March 6, 2016, his owner having suffered a stroke 11 days earlier. Toby was home alone for those 11 days. When he was found, Toby was at death’s doorstep. Initially, the vets did not think Toby would pull through, unable to stand, walk, or eat and kidney function levels were dangerously high.

Much to the surprise of those caring for Toby, he improved a little each day.  After 5 days of around the clock care, Toby was ready to be transferred to Maine Sheltie Rescue’s veterinarian.

Evidence supports that Toby had been neglected far longer than 11 days. Toby was seriously obese at 70 pounds: his coat, nails, and ears were in deplorable condition.

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Toby demonstrated a strong will to live. Maine Sheltie Rescue was committed to getting Toby healthy and eventually finding him a home where he will never know again neglect.

Needless to say, the costs for Toby’s mounted, and many caring Sheltie friends helped pay for his care.

In March 2016, Maine Sheltie Rescue’s vet recommended Toby have deep tissue massage and low level laser treatments to his hind legs, to improve his strength and mobility. So Toby received this treatment that enabled him to stand and walk to his crate and want more food by mouth!! This was nothing less than miraculous. He continued to be syringe fed until over time he was able to eat enough to fully nourish himself.

At the end of March, Toby moved to his new foster home. Toby continued to have adjunct therapies to ensure a full recovery. Toby was still in rough shape. The protruding “skin flap” on his back end hanging over his tail, was adipose (fat deposit). Toby still required assistance standing and moving about, but his caretakers continued to move him and his limbs to keep his muscles supple. 


In September 2016, Toby saw a Board Certified Vet to talk about all of Toby’s excess skin from his weight loss. He was now down to 50.4 – that’s over 20 pounds! It was discussed what he would have to do to surgically remove that excess skin.

We also continued to be concerned about his arthritic hips, and started him on an anti-inflammatory which he seemed to be respond to quite well. At this time we still continued to need funds for Toby as he was also having deep tissue massage, laser treatment, and water treadmill work for his arthritis. Over all Toby was really thriving, and being his happy Sheltie self.  We were so grateful for his progress…

Pictures:  Toby receiving Laser treatment (right) and Toby’s excess skin due to weight loss…(below)


In February 2017, though Toby was living in his wonderful foster home, he continued to be under close vet care.  He had lost a sufficient amount of weight to be healthy, but continued to carry some excess skin resulting from his being overweight for so many years. We were noticing, however, that the skin mass was slowly going down, so we decided not to have him endure any further surgeries.

Now Toby loves being in the yard and barking at the overhead jets that land not too far from his home.  He is fond of his 5 Sheltie siblings and is often found resting near them or sometimes using them as convenient pillows. He is also very good with the many kitty family members.  Here is a picture of him lingering in the snow (which he loves) before coming inside… (Do I really have to come IN?)

We have discontinued collecting funds to help Toby, as he has an anonymous guardian angel who is providing for his continued foster care in his most precious MSR home.

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Toby and his FFM:  Forever Foster Mom

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