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Behind the Curtain - with Charmine Hammond - On Toby's Terms

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Guest: Charmaine Hammond, Author, On Toby's Terms. Toby's Story: We adopted Toby from NASAP, a local rescue agency when he was five-and-a-half years old; he is now almost eight. His original owners loved him and must have struggled when the time came to surrender him for adoption due to tragic circumstances within the family. We understand from the foster parents that Toby was about 25 pounds overweight when he entered foster care and when we adopted him several months later he was at a healthy weight for his size.  The foster parents did an amazing job at helping Toby’s health and social issues.

Several months after welcoming Toby to our family, little quirks, odd habits and strange behaviours began to surface. He began to exhibit extreme separation anxiety, even if left alone for short periods of time.  When we would leave for work he would empty the front hall closet contents into the middle of the entrance way, knock things over and try and lock himself in rooms. He also closes himself in the bathroom and when unable to escape he crashes the toilet tank lid to the floor (we have replaced four tank lids to date).

-------------- About Behind the Curtain: In the "Wizard of OZ" there was a man behind the curtain who showed people that they already had everything they needed and desired... We've created a BlogTalkRadio program where our guests include those hero's and champions who dedicate themselves to make a difference with people and our animal companions. Most of these organizations are well known and make amazing differences in their communities, but the people behind the curtain, those that spend countless hours, often don't seek the spotlight and we want to share their stories and passion with you.

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