TollerPride Family at the February 2012 Toller Walk in Barnet Marin Park, Burnaby BC
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
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
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;