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TollerPride Family at the February 2012 Toller Walk in Barnet Marin Park, Burnaby BC
L-R Zoey (Westerlea from Piper's 1st litter), Flynn, Storm (can't stand still:), Piper (Mom), Hali, Tip (our 1st) and Ali

In the fall of 2002 we finally decided to get a dog after 14 years of marriage.  We faced the same question as everyone at that point of the process; what type, what breed?  We decided the first step was to find a breed that matched our personalities and lifestyle; both outgoing, active, athletic people who love the great outdoors.  A quick search on the Web revealed that Tollers who enjoy lots of exercise have a happy disposition.  They love the outdoors and being water-dogs, they have webbed feet, it is hard to keep them on land; we must strap ours into the boat.  If you do contact us remember to ask about that story!  

The next step we felt should be to visit a few kennels to see Tollers in action firsthand.  Fortunately for us we found one of the world’s preeminent Toller breeders, Alison Strang, literally around the corner and down the street.  We encourage you to acquire her book, The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and visit www.westerlea.ca plus many other Toller Websites to learn about the breed.  But you must see Toller’s in action to truly appreciate their personalities and energy.  For us after visiting three kennels we concluded this breed is for us.  

On December 20th of 2002 our pride & joy, Ducker's Scotia Tip was born.  Seven weeks later Tip made the trip from Ducker's Kennel in Nova Scotia to our home in Surrey, BC.  Our lives have been much richer. "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."  ~Roger Caras from http://www.quotegarden.com/dogs.html

Please remember that acquiring a dog is a lifelong commitment.  The backyard is not a suitable babysitter any more then TV is for your kids; it’s OK once in awhile but they need more stimulation and exercise to avoid behavioral issues.  A lack of daily exercise and mental stimulation is a leading source of behavioral issues within the home/pack.  Check out www.cesarmillaninc.com to learn how to be the leader of your pack.


As you can see from these pictures, the key Toller characteristics are;

Focus
Drive
Joy

If we can be of assistance you can contact us at our e-mail address: Heather@TollerPride.com or John@TollerPride.com


TollerPride Kennel
c/o John & Heather Gordon
5800 167 Street
Surrey, BC
V3S 9T4

Another day at the beach with Piper (left) and Tip (right).  With plenty of exercise it's not hard to see why they are known as the "happy dogs".  Put them to work and watch them smile!

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