Manitou Radiant Featherz WCX JH PCD RA SDIN
Aoife (pronounced EE fah) was born in February 12, 2019 and bred by Cindy/Grant Lindemer of Manitou Tollers in Minnesota. She was well worth the drive through an April snowstorm!
Aoife had fun at her first national specialty winning Best Baby Puppy Female, early August 2019 and at the end of August she received her Pre-Companion Dog (PCD) obedience title at just days over six months in age. At the same trial she was awarded a HIC in her first Rally Novice Class experience. In March 2020, Aoife finished her Rally Novice Title when Covid shut down most indoor dog sports. She received three HICs that weekend. End of Covid 2020 and she now has completed her Rally Intermediate and Advanced titles, earning Top Rally Sporting Dog in SK and #2 Rally Toller in Canada!
Team Aoife and Shelly had a great summer in the field. We had a later start entering hunt tests due to Aoife being in season but we did attend a couple more tests and she received her Junior Hunt Title in mid-August. We then entered a couple local Working Certificate Tests and Aoife received her WC (Working Certificate) and WCI (Working Certificate Intermediate) first weekend out and then Qualified in her first Working Certificate Excellent test a few weeks later at our home club and obtained her WCX title!
For fun (a lack of things to do during COVID), Aoife had some light training in Scent Detection and in mid-October received her CKC Scent Dog Instinct Title (SDIN), which was Shelly's first experience in Scent Detection. It was a tough working environment and she was the only successful dog in her class that day!
She is a sweet girl, likes other dogs and people but is also very focused to do a job. Despite her drive to work, she is also quiet and very steady in the field. Just an absolute JOY to spend time with !
We will be doing health clearances on Aoife in the near future for hips, eyes, heart but it is nice that she is genetically clear through parentage for most of the more common ailments found in tollers. We will make breeding considerations when she is over two years of age and has all clearances.
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Ribbon came to us in June of 2012 and quickly spun her way into our hearts! She is a driven girl while hunting and has an unbelievable natural ability to flush grouse. She quarters nonstop, but her hunting partner best be ready because when stops, she listens, she focuses and then explodes into ‘game on’ mode. She is off on a two-legged start to flush her find.
Ribbon attained her Obedience Trial Championship in early February 2016! In five weekends of trialing, she qualified for her Obedience Trial Championship Excellent in April, 2017 and at the same trial received her second HIT (High In Trial Award). She completed her MASTER Obedience Trial Championship in October 2018 after taking time off for breeding and field. Ribbon was #2 Toller in Canada for Obedience in 2014, 2016 & 2017 and #4 in 2015 with very limited trialing. She is a focused and very willing worker to please her family and catches on to her jobs very quickly.
In other venues, Ribbon completed her Canadian Conformation Championship and gathered points towards her Grand Championship Title, with the majors and Best of Breed qualifications finished.
In June 2017, Ribbon received her Working Certificate Excellent and she obtained her Senior Hunt (SH) in June 2020. Ribbon has also completed the necessary qualifications required for the NSDTRCC’s Dobirstein Award (national club versatility award). Rally Excellent Title was completed in limited trials when convenient and with little emphasis put on Rally. We are considering training for our Master Rally title.
At the 2015 National Specialty, she was Best Bitch out of the new CKC Field Dog Class, qualified in Open B obedience and also was a member of the Top Obedience Team alongside Sully and his 'other' family.
Ribbon enjoys running and playing with other dogs but if there is a job to do, she is a bit more focused on working with her people.
Although I love Ribbon's biddable nature and her love of hunting, she will not be bred again. Two AI attempts were not successful and as she turned seven years in 2019, she is retired. Although she is on the small side (17 ¾”), she has a huge heart and is a well-balanced bitch and a great generational pedigree. Love working with this girl!
Featherz Fowl Mouth Shaylee WC RN
Shaylee was bred by Featherz (Ribbon X Kermit) and arrived in December 2017. She was born with Carpal Syndactyly affecting her lower left leg. This rare deformity and is often found to be related to Cleft Palate in humans. We tested both parents for two known genetical deformities related to Cleft Palate but despite this fact we had the misfortune of breeding Shaylee with this abnormality. She really does not seem to care!
Featherz made the decision that she stay in our family and we have no regrets.
Shaylee is very driven, loves retrieving and does not realize that she may have a disadvantage to other dogs when it comes to performance. She wants to be with us at all times and never wishes to miss out on anything. She is careful playing with the other dogs, probably the only time I see her wary. She does love to snuggle and wriggle about for affection!
Shaylee achieved her WC title in Sept of 2019 and was very close to being ready for JH . Due to her affliction we do not spend much time training and running her, but we are sure at some point she will find success at the JH level. Shaylee finished her RN title in March 2020 and also two Rally Intermediate Qs. She is very bouncy in the Rally ring and the biggest problem is curbing her enthusiasm, which is really a fun problem to have!
She has loved her time out grouse hunting, keeping up with Ribbon and Aoife - although we watch her very carefully, she seems to be adapting very well to a regular toller life.