Toli the service dog has spent his life helping his best friend and owner Michael Cantu.
“He’s been with me every step of the way since I got him,” Michael told The Dodo .
Toli helps Michael open doors, turn on and off the lights, pick up things – all the every day issues that Michael cannot do himself.
So when Toli’s birthday came around, Michael wanted to do something special for his four-legged friend.
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To say that “the last 10 years were a roller coaster” should be the definition of an understatement. I’ve gone from practicing driving on the highway with my temporary license to not being able to lift a finger. There have been countless times that I’ve thought about giving up, quitting. ‘This is to hard, too miserable, I cannot stand to go through this for another day, let alone the rest of my life. I’ll never be able to do the things that I love to do again.’ But there is a single reason why I’m still here, and that is YOU. My support system is unbelievable, I would not be here today if it wasn’t for you, and I am eternally grateful for everything you’ve done. Whether it was a vist to the hospital or a simple ‘get well soon!’, everything helped and I don’t give you guys the credit that you deserve. I’m doing things that I genuinely love and it wouldn’t of happened without you. I’m going to graduate with a degree that I’m extremely excited about because of you. So I guess TL:DR: THANK YOU! You have helped me climb out of hell and I am extremely grateful for everything you’ve done, big or small it has made an impact on me. I am thankful for YOU!
When Toli turned four years old, Michael wanted to make sure his beloved dog enjoyed an extra special day.
Instead of buying him a gift he might not like, he let him choose his own gift.
Michael took him to their local pet store and straight to the toy aisle so he could pick his own gift. It’s so wonderful to see Toli so happy and excited.
“This has kinda become a tradition on his birthday. He loves taking naps and cuddling with his toys.” Michael told The Dodo
So what did Toli choose for a present?
A small rabbit toy!
“That rabbit, who is now named Chungus, he takes with him everywhere,” Michael told The Dodo .
Watch this adorable pooch choose his gift in the clip below.
Considering everything that Toli does, this was completely deserved!
Let’s hope that Toli enjoys a wonderful birthday.
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