Mike Cantu absolutely loves his service dog Toli. The pair have been together for four years, and Cantu enjoys every minute he spends with his pup.
Toli helps Cantu with tons of tasks around the house, and the pup also accompanies Cantu when he goes out into the world.
“He’s been with me every step of the way since I got him,” Cantu told The Dodo. “He helps me open doors and drawers, turn on/off lights, picks up things I drop, etc.”
Cantu loves Toli and wants him to know how much he appreciates him. And so, Cantu always take Toli shopping on his birthday.
Cantu says that Toli has very specific toy requirements—he’s a big fan of fluffy toys that have plenty of fuzz to rip up. Since Toli is so particular, Cantu always lets him pick out his own toy. In April 2019, Cantu and Toli headed to their local pet store to go on a shopping spree for Toli’s fourth birthday.
“This has kinda become a tradition on his birthday,” Mike said. “He loves taking naps and cuddling with his toys.”
Toli walked through the whole store, sniffing every toy he passed. Finally, he found the perfect toy: a rabbit with big fluffy ears to chew on.
“That rabbit, who is now named Chungus, he takes with him everywhere,” Cantu said.
After Toli picked out his toy, Cantu got him a cup of doggy ice cream. This little pup had a great birthday with his best friend!
Cantu shared the adorable video of Toli picking out his toy on Reddit, and it quickly went viral. Everyone loved how much thought Toli put into picking out his toy. One Reddit user even sent over another birthday toy for Toli. Toli loved it!
Cantu also shares lots of adorable photos and videos of Toli on his Instagram page. In May 2019, he shared a cute video of Toli’s zoomies when he was off-duty. The pup had a great time running around on the grass!
Cantu also shares plenty of photos of his and Toli’s adventures together, including their trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Toli looks a bit skeptical about the giant turtle behind him!
On Toli’s birthday, Cantu shared a sweet message on his Instagram page in honor of his best friend.
“Happy Birthday to my best friend,” Cantu wrote. “You are there day or night, and always able to cheer me up no matter the circumstances. I cannot imagine life without you.”
Toli is a sweet, smart dog who has a great best friend who loves him more than anything. If you want to see Toli’s birthday shopping spree, check out the video below.
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Source: Mike Cantu & Toli