Austin Dog Rescue is made up purely of volunteers. Each dog is sheltered within a home in the Austin area. As such, there is no physical shelter to visit the dog at. If you think you may be interested in a particular dog now or in the future, please fill out an application form. People with approved application forms are prioritized over people who haven’t yet applied.
Hello friends! I’m Toby. I’m a ridgeback who is looking for my perfect family!
First things first, my foster mom tells me I was born with a congenital spinal defect - not good! Thanks to ADR, I apparently had surgery and physical therapy. All I remember was a great sleep and getting to hang out with some cool people and move around. And I’m still getting stronger! While I don’t notice my disability, my foster mom and friends at physical therapy say I will always need to work on making sure I stay strong in my back legs, so I need a family that is committed to helping me stay fit and active. We go on morning and evening walks and I’ve even gone on some slow, short jogs. I may be able to build up to longer ones! I sometimes have potty accidents inside, usually if there’s a shift in our routine, so I wear these super chic belly bands and eat a special food to make cleanup pretty easy. Last thing about my disability, I have to be supervised closely around water and stairs, since I can’t navigate these like most dogs, and I do better on flat and more flexible surfaces like grass and gravel.
While my disability is an important thing about me, my main thing is that I’m a super cool dog with a delightful personality, fun energy, and motivation to learn. I’m friendly, playful, curious, mischievous, snuggly, a bit of a comedian, and about the happiest dog my foster mom’s ever met. I even make wookie voices while I’m playing or trying to convince you to play with me! I love being around my human and canine family and my favorite thing ever might be to snuggle on the couch at the end of a long day filled with playtime, mental stimulation, naps, more playtime, and more snuggles. While I love kids, I’m a little uncoordinated and still very playful, so no young kids for me. I’m a little too curious about cats, so would probably do best in a home without them. I would love to live with another pup who likes to play and can handle my size. Are you ready to take on this gym rat of a dog who forgot (back) legs day? Are you my forever family?
Here are some extra videos of me so you can see how I move in different situations!