Hi! Toby is my name, Tob’s for short. I am a Standard Party Poodle, the party is because my fur has tan spots. I was born on October 22, 2016. My favorite activities include outrunning all my friends, chasing them and playing fetch. My handlers have taught me lots of important skills like opening and closing doors, turning the lights on and off, picking up and bringing you items, find items that went missing, help you get up off the ground and answering yes or no questions…those are just to name a few.
From Toby's Handlers
“ There are a million positive things NLK9s has done for me. The key to all of them is Toby. I am truly blessed being Toby’s handler. He gives me strength when I am weak and he brings me joy when I am sad. With Toby by my side I walk a little taller, I speak a little kinder and I love a little freer.....” - Kevin
“ I believe we have the best assignment in CDCR. Waking up every morning knowing I’ve been entrusted to help save lives...NOTHING can top it” - Dennis
See Toby's Progress Below
I've graduated! I am now serving my Veteran, Art.
OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
Hello to all my friends and supporters! This month has been a fun one! On the seventh day my team and I put on a Demo for all the family, friends and supporters of the NLK9s program here at CTF. I was able to meet and work with one of my handlers grandsons, he was a special little guy. We did great at our demo and everyone has been talking about it ever since. I’ve been working a lot on my recall skills, my handler Dennis tells me I am getting a lot better but my handler Kevin says I am an expert. With graduation around the corner I need to be able to listen to and return to my veteran or first responder. Well that’s all for now, make sure to read next months letter, as it will be my last before graduation!
SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE
My name is Toby and I am an extremely good seeker. I’ve been practicing for an upcoming demo where one of the audience members will take a set of keys and hide them. I will then use my super seeking powers to find the keys. I can’t wait to show off my skills! I’m sure that my sharp eyes and nose will come in handy with my future veteran or first responder. I have also been working on my recall skills. I love playing with my friends, but I know it’s important to learn how to come when my person calls. I am also happy to announce that I will be graduating in the next couple of months. Woohoo! For now, I’m taking it easy and showing the little ones how to hone their service dog skills. I’ll teach them that all the hard work is worth it!
AUGUST 2018 UPDATE