It has now been a little over a year since we got Tokki. Like most rescues (and people for that matter) he has good days and bad days. At this point, the bad days come less and less, and he is able to deal with situations that would have been too much for him to handle even just six months ago. For example; recently, we had a period of time where there was concrete jackhammering happening outside our window for over 3 weeks straight and he handled it like a champ. He then had to endure construction in our condo hallways and constant fire alarm testing due to an electrical issue. After being apprehensive and reactive to it for the first few days, he settled down and was able to habituate really well. We are so proud of him! His true personality is shining through now and we have to say that Tokki is an affectionate, happy and super smart (and consequently stubborn) dog.
Tokki absolutely loves visitors; whenever my friends or family come over, he showers them with kisses and love, tries to hug them and spins around in circles around them. He loves dog visitors even more and wants to play non-stop! After the visit is over, he will sit by the door and await their return for a good couple of hours. He loves chewing on his favourite stinky kitty (skunk) plush, and since he is such a powerful chewer, his speciality reinforced plush had to be fixed by my grandma, twice. He still runs away every single time we have to put his harness, or winter jacket on and it is basically a game for him every time, to see how long he is able to elude us before we catch him. He can do several tricks, but only when it suits him or if we have delicious treats in our hands.
His quirks are hilarious, and he makes us laugh all the time, especially when he gets the zoomies. His post bath time zoomies are famous as they make the entire place smell like a wet dog for a good afternoon. His favourite person is Adam, my brother-in-law and they can play for an hour straight and not get tired. He loves greenies, cheese, apples, boiled chicken and will even chew on a carrot for a bit before playing with it. He loves the dog park and will stay there forever if we didn’t make him go home.
He definitely doesn’t let his disabilities hold him back. He does sometimes run into other dogs on his blind side, and he cannot do some tricks because of his shorter leg which make him a little more unstable when sitting for example, but he holds his own at the park and can play with dogs of all sizes happily. He sometimes gets spooked if someone approached from his blind side and lets out a woof of displeasure as if to say, “how dare you sneak up on me!”
All the wonderful things and some of the hardships and frustrations; like his stubbornness and refusals to listen sometimes, his leash pulling when he is excited, his anxiety triggers which prompt unsuccessful escape attempts to run home (thank god for the awesome harness we use that he absolutely cannot get out of!), and the good solid barking sessions if he hears something really scary outside in the hallways (like the vacuum cleaner); are all parts of Tokki. They are what make him so special to us. I never knew how much I could love another being, until we got Tokki. I love my kitties dearly, but there is something so remarkable about Tokki and the joy that he brings to our household. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us as we continue with our adventures with our lovely Korean boy.
From Tatiana and Mark