"Toben has only been with our family for a month, but in that time he has readily accepted and been accepted by all (although the sheep would probably disagree). Toben is our second dog adopted through WBCR within a six month period. In my initial search for a BC, Toben's adorable face was the first dog I had looked at on the WBCR website. However, we decided that a female was probably better for our situation at the time. Mesa came to us in February and we all fell in love with her immediately. She loves other dogs, but our male labs aren't much of a playmate for her. I couldn't help but think that she would be even happier with a buddy and the thought of another BC was very exciting. Toben's description on the website seemed to be a very good match for Mesa. I recontacted Tonya and she agreed they would probably be a good match. A vacation took me back to the Casper area, so I decided to bring Toben back home with me.
Toben or "The Tobenator" is a fun, happy, friendly little guy. He is incredibly bright and provides us with a lot of entertainment and a lot of smiles! He is like a fraternity guy -- always looking for fun! He loves to sit on the roof of the doghouse and provide guard duty over the sheep. (He needs aviator glasses and a scarf!) My 11-year-old son and he have become good buddies -- enjoying daily tug of war, chase and keep away. It seems that Toben wins a good deal of those matches, as he is pretty fast. Toben and Mesa have become good buddies as well. You never see one with out the other, whether it is in the house or the yard. Because of their brilliant little BC brains, they also get into a little trouble together as well. No one would ever know that Toben is deaf. (It certainly doesn't stop us from talking to him!) He may not be able to hear, but all of his other senses are very keen. There really is no difference at all between the two dogs in that regard. In fact, Toben is much more sensitive to thunder and lightning than Mesa.
Toben's plans for the future include agility and therapy dog. We have already tried him on some agility equipment and he is quite a natural. One day we hope to have him shooting through an agility course like a little rocket.
Thank you Tonya and WBCR for all of your efforts in fostering and finding homes for this wonderful breed! There is nothing better than a Border Collie!"