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On Toby's Terms [Paperback]

Charmaine Hammond
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 15 2010
When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-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. Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, sat for hours on end in the sink, and spent his days rampaging through the house. Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then pushing the lid of the toilet off the tank, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife- block in the kitchen-and when the couple discovered Toby's bloody paw prints on the phone-they decided Toby needed professional help. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog. On Toby's Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. This insight would change their lives forever.

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"This is a captivating, heartwarming story and we are very excited about bringing it to film." -- Steve Hudis, Producer, IMPACT Motion Pictures

"Simply a beautiful book about life, love and purpose." -- Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul series

About the Author

Charmaine Hammond, a former Correctional Officer and Chartered Mediator, is active on the professional speaker circuit. Media-magnet Toby has won numerous awards including the CHIMO's prestigious Reese Award.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dog You Cheer For Aug. 5 2012
Simply put, this is a charming book.

Anyone who has ever been a pet parent knows that their furry children have quirks and eccentricities, and Toby was no exception. I sympathized with both Charmaine & her husband, and Toby, because you know he couldn't be happy with all that inner anxiety. Of course, as a reader, I knew they were going to keep Toby but as a person, I really applaud their decision. It would have been so easy to give up and I'm so glad they didn't.

This is the kind of book you read when you need a pick-me-up, and a reminder that sometimes the very best experiences in life come wrapped in hard-work packages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved On Toby's Terms! Aug. 2 2012
I just loved reading the heartwarming stories about Toby and his adventures. This book was easy to read, fun, made me laugh and made me so appreciate Toby's owners Chris and Charmaine for their strength, love and compassion for a beautiful pet who became such a part of their family. I had the pleasure of staying at Toby's home and I can tell you first hand he is an amazing dog who is more than entertaining. This book is a good curl up on the coach read. Lori Raudnask, author of Persistence Pays [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 2 2012
I so enjoyed this book. I have never had a dog in my life but I do have a large family with four children. Reading this book connected me with the love of a dog and their family in the same way that I love my family. It opened my heart. The story was charming and endearing with the same amount of mischief that I'm familiar with as a mom. You can share this book with anyone and they'll love it. I've given this book as a gift to many many of my friends and colleagues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 25 2014
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If you love dogs this is one of the best written books about animal and people bonding. With any animal you bring into your life you must have patience and work with them. Not a single animal I know is perfect all around just like people we all have our flaws. Charmaine's words made me feel like I was in the room with Toby sometimes and seeing what she saw. I'd never give my dogs sticks after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Give Up! Dec 10 2013
Reading "On Toby's Terms" was a pleasant surprise!
An entertaining account of overcoming every day trials and the joys that follow.
Lessons for us all,in hanging in there when things look bleak.

We would encourage this as excellent reading for all age groups.Truly there is something here for everyone...if not, check for a pulse.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful treasure!
Dave & Sandy Nette
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Toby's Terms Dec 4 2013
On Toby's Terms is an absolute treasure and I loved reading it. The story of the heartbroken rescue dog who finds two people who help him heal is wonderful. On Toby's Terms shows us the resiliency of the human -and dog spirit - by demonstrating that some bonds can never be broken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart-Warming Story Aug. 8 2012
As an animal lover, On Toby's Terms is a story that touched my heart.

Toby's antics were laughable and had me chuckling the whole way through. But what was truly beautiful was the Hammond's love for him and the determination they had to find his true purpose. It's a love story about family...a family with two-legged and four-legged members...and one of true devotion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! Aug. 5 2012
By Ralphy
On Toby's Terms is a lovely story about a crazy rescue dog, Toby, after he was adopted by the Hammonds. Toby reminds me so much of my two Labrador puppies who are going through their destructive stage that I couldn't help but identify with the issues Charmaine was having and admire her patience and tolerance.

When Toby becomes a therapy animal it is heartwarming how many people's lives he touches and it becomes Toby teaching Charmaine lessons of life rather than the other way around.

Despite the current antics of my puppies, it was a great reminder for me of why I love them so much. So, if you're a fan of animal stories you should read On Toby's Terms.

I look forward to watching the movie and hopefully reading more books on Toby's antics.
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