Our magnificent Toby is a real heartbreaker. This gorgeous one year old boy was surrendered by his owners to NYC ACC, because they were ill-prepared to handle an active Husky puppy. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone purchased an adorable, fuzzy, Husky puppy, because they wanted to indulge their inner Wild Child, and experience the illusion of owning a wolf.

Huskies are not for everybody, and it is a grave disservice to these magnificent dogs, if their owners do not follow through on training, leadership and exercise. Toby is a perfect example of this shortsighted thinking. Toby's Social Development Period has been neglected, and we find him to be behind the learning curve in manners and obedience training.

Toby was at immediate risk in NYC ACC, because owner-surrendered dogs are allowed just 48 hours to impress shelter staff, so that they can join the Adoption Program and have a chance at a forever family. Toby passed his behavior evaluations and was poised to go to adoptions, when he came down with the shelter kennel cough. Instead of getting adopted, Toby was heading for the euthanasia list. We jumped at the chance to invite this handsome boy to our Rescue, so that we could get him the vet care that he needs, and put some polish on his manners.

Toby's shelter mug shot.

Toby adjusted to foster care quickly and was eager to follow our rules and routines. He has revealed to us one of the most outgoing and friendly Siberian Husky temperaments that we have seen. He would be a great fit for an active Husky Savvy adult home, with folks who have the time and inclination to provide adequate exercise. Toby is a high-energy dog with a good deal of puppy mojo in his demeanor. He needs serious exercise including leash walks, hiking or running. He wouldn't be happy as a couch potato, that's for sure!

Toby is an active, athletic dog at 46 pounds, and is at his prime mushing age! The more action he gets the better. As an energetic older puppy, Toby's pack manners needs some tweaking. He loves to play, and can be pushy with older dogs, who may rebuke his advances. While he may not be a good fit for a senior or low energy dog, Toby could join a home with another active youngster, who has an energetic play vibe. As a high-energy dog, Toby could easily knock down toddlers, so we would like to have him progress in an adult home. We're not a fan of Huskies and cats, and we feel Toby would chase them beyond their tolerance.

Toby has improved his house manners, but adopters should plan on puppy proofing the premises. He is largely house trained, and crate trained, but Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during his transition to a new home. He is in excellent health, and is at an ideal weight of 46 pounds. Adopters should maintain his weight in this range.

Toby has been recently neutered and is vaccinated for rabies, DA2PP (distemper, adrenovirus, parvo and parainfluenza), and canine flu. He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been dewormed, and microchipped. If you are interested in Toby, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.