Toby came to the farm around 2004. We should have known he was trouble right from the start.
His original selling price was out of budget, considering he was just another roving lawn ornament. I should have been suspicious when the asking price was reduced by 90%!
Even though he can be a poop, Toby has an important job. He is the self proclaimed guardian of the farm, as well as project foreman (nothing gets his attention faster than a hammer or chainsaw).
He doesn’t care if you are a human or a coyote…you are not welcome in his fence…don’t even think about it!!
You can see where this has some advantage – he keeps predators and hooligans out. Much less of an advantage when he needs shots, worming, hoof trimming or halter changing.
To his credit, he is also the full time guardian of his friend Traveling Jack. Jack is an old guy and Toby takes good care of him. Toby walks him to the water tank, makes sure that he shares his oats and protects Jack if Itchy and Squirt get too feisty. (Click here to read more about Travelin’ Jack.)