The volunteer note board cautioned that Tobbi, might be timid and could take some time to warm up; treats, soft talking, etc would all be helpful. I loaded up my pockets and went off to meet the possibly reclusive Tobbi. I saw two visitors sitting on the floor making "puppy talk" sounds and a squirming, charming Tobbi pressed up against his kennel as close as he could get to them. At his back kennel door he greeted me with the same happy enthusiasm, settling just enough to get harnessed. Far from a recluse, this dog was Mr. Hollywood. Tobbi is a about 18 months old; his profile says he is a Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel mix but to me he looks more like a Papillon. He happily trotted out of the dog area full of confidence and not at all concerned with the cacophony of barks and howls all around us.
He is so small and the day so hot, I decided that our outing would be limited to the exercise yard which afforded plenty of room for his exercise and also shade. He was happy sniffing, getting petted or carried around and watching some of the bigger dogs going out on walks. Unlike some small dogs, he is very calm and relaxed. I always attempt to catch the dog doing something active in the video but this did not happen with Tobbi. He was quite happy resting in the shade letting the breezes waft over him. He is such a totally sweet little guy, it was very hard to end our visit. I guess I'll just have to be content knowing that there is an excellent chance his search for a forever family will be short. They will be so lucky!