BISACS: JNF003050; JNF003060; FAM012000
6 x 9, 40 pages, $12.95
RIGHTS: WORLD WIDE
Based on the book
and movie ON TOBY'S TERMS
A Story-Cub selection
Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog,
and His Hospital Friends
Available in Spanish
ENGLISH VERSION SPANISH VERSION
ABOUT THE BOOK
Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week, his owner, Miss Charmaine takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy.
* Beautifully illustrated, Toby, the pet Therapy Dog teaches young readers the wonders of being of service to others.
* A simple, happy story that also sends a positive message about community, as well as the importance of kindness to pets.
When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-and-a-half-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t count on what he’d do in the meantime. Turns out that Toby was a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, knocked over the water cooler, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, and spent his days rampaging through the house, knocking down everything in his path. Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then push the lid of the toilet tank onto the floor, smashing it to pieces. While much love, understanding and a bit of therapy helped, the real breakthrough came when Toby became a "Pet Therapy Dog," essentially, training that helped him prepare for his special and innate talent to comfort and soothe people. And thus, Toby has become a "new" dog. And now, children of all ages can learn not only about Toby, but how his understanding and love for people helps them to feel soothed, helped and simply loved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charmaine Hammond is the author of the wildly successful book,On Toby's Terms, winner of the CHIMO Reese Award, and the subject of an upcoming movie, ON TOBY'S TERMS.
His name is Toby and he’s a pet therapy dog.
My 8 year old and I read this book as our special bedtime story. No matter what your age or whether you have a dog, this book is sure to be one of your child's favorite reads!—Shirley Borrelli, Speaker/Author/Image Coach
Toby visited our school, and the kids simply loved it. They asked interesting and insightful questions, and as a follow up activity, they wrote an article about the visit and had it published in a local newspaper. If you have a chance to invite Charmaine and Toby to your school, do it!—Les Worthington, Principle, Entwistle School, Alberta, Canada.