Toby, a dog with the unusual genetic trait of having two snouts, narrowly avoided death after being caught on the streets of Fresno, California, and impounded. However, Todd Ray, who runs the Venice Beach Freak Show, happened to come across a post from an animal shelter and asked about adopting the unusual pooch.
The shelter pushed them for a quick decision as he was due to be put down, and Todd and his wife immediately agreed to take on Toby. Ray describes Toby as "the sweetest dog on earth" and has "super-sniffing abilities" and "can find anything with his nose." Toby now lives with Ray's family, which includes two other dogs, Rocky the five-legged Miniature Pinscher and Pinky the two-legged Chihuahua.
Ray said that both Rocky and Pinky were adopted in similar situations. "For me, they are incredible! I'm fascinated by unique animals' beautiful differences and by the magical lessons that they teach us. The uniqueness of their forms show us that 'normal' doesn't exist. The sad thing is that, at this time, people are at a place where they will let a two-nosed dog get put down before they will adopt him – only because he looks different."
But it's not just unusual dogs that Ray owns. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the most amount of two-headed living animals. He also features in a television show on AMC called Freakshow.