Manitou Radiant Featherz PCD
Aoife (pronounced EE fah) was born in February 2019 and bred by Cindy/Grant Lindemer of Manitou Tollers in Minnesota. She was well worth the drive through a snowstorm to join our family in late April.
Aoife had fun at her first national specialty winning Best Baby Puppy Female at start of August and at the end of August received her Pre-Companion Dog (PCD) title at just over six months of age. At the same trial she was awarded a HIC in her first Rally Novice Class experience. I was unsure of entering her in this class as she did not have a 'left finish' but we worked a couple exercises before going in the ring and did not lose any marks on that station! She did a wonderful job. We are currently working in a Rally Class and hope to be even better in our future endeavours.
Aoife is willing to work and although she likes to be the centre of attention as a puppy and to 'get her way', we seem to be managing quite well.
She is a very happy dog and loves to be around her dog friends and all the people she meets are the best! Ribbon is no longer the faster of the two in a game of chase but survives the attack of the legs with some fast turns.
Aoife at almost eight months is just slightly over 19" at the withers and is HEAVY. We will need to get a weight on her soon!
We will be doing health clearances on Aoife as she matures and will make future breeding considerations at that time.
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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 Mark is working towards handling her to a Senior Hunt Title. She currently has two Qualifying scores. 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 trialing 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
Shaylee was bred by Featherz (Ribbon X Kermit) iand arrived in December 2017. She was born with Carpal Syndactyly affecting her lower left leg and is related to Cleft Palate, although we tested for two Cleft Palate genes that are more common in Tollers. This is very rare and was unfortunately something of an unknown cause that happened despite doing health clearances. We decided it was best 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 the antics for affection between Aoife and Shaylee are hilarious!
Shaylee hachieved her WC title in Sept of 2019 and was very close to being ready for JH this past summer but not quite there. She has two Rally Novice Qs and we will continue with Rally and may try lower level obedience. I LOVE her biddable nature, she wants to please and work with me so badly, so we will see what we can do in the future.
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.