FEATHERZ Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers



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Aoife (pronounced EE fah) was born 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 kicked the adversity of Covid19 to the side and with limited safe showing/trialing/testing opportunities she has achieved an overwhelming amount of successes.   In just over two years of eligibility, Aoife has proven herself to obtain 16 CKC titles plus three other Titles acceptable to be transferred and recognized in future by the Canadian Kennel Club.  Aoife is without a doubt, one of the top versatility tollers in Canada!   CKC has brand new Versatitlity Titles in 2022 and Aoife will be qualified to achieve the fourth level, Versatility Bronze, when we apply sometime this year.

Versatility Details

She started as a puppy in her Obedience journey and to date has received her Companion Dog Intermediate title.   In her very first eligible trial, Aoife was awarded a High In Trial, which is the top-scoring all-breed dog of the trial.  Obedience has not yet become our trialing focus but I do expect her to trial above an Obedience Championship level.  She has been trained to the top Utility Level but we have much more proofing experience required before entering. 

Aoife qualified in three straight Working Certificate (Retriever) Tests earning WC, WCI and WCX over a one month period.   Summer of 2021, Aoife completed her Senior Hunt Title qualifying at the upper end of the field of retrievers.  

Rally is a fun venue that we train for in the winter months and without setting high goals, training came together beautifully and Aoife achieved her Rally Master at just over two years of age and six months later her Rally Advanced Excellent Title!  First time eligible with a triple class entry, Aoife was awarded High Double and High Triple Combined Dog - highest combined scores of all eligible participants in the three highest level classes.  She will work towards a Master Excellent and Rally Champion title in the future and as she is young, I expect she will surpass these new goals.

Aoife briefly dabbled in Scent Detection in the fall of 2020, she received her CKC Scent Dog Instinct Title (SDIN), the only dog to qualify in the tough working environment on that day!  It was also her handler's first experience in Scent Detection.  Hopefully, we find some time to get back to training as it useful for versatility work. 

June of 2021, Aoife qualified for her Canine Good Neighbour Certificate which is a temperament test around many people, other dogs and various distractions.   The most difficult part was her wish to greet and meet every person when walking through a crowd.

Conformation shows have been difficult to find locally and many shows have been cancelled due to Covid.  Conformation shows have large numbers of people entered and the contact with a judge is closer than many other venues.   Aoife and her house-brother, Tweed have shared point in the six shows they have entered in and are both started towards their Championships.

To keep ourselves busy in December of 2021, Aoife completed her Trick Dog Master in Novice & Intermediate Titles plua her Advanced.   We are very close to submitting her work for her Excellent and with that she should qualify for her Trick Dog Championship which will then be submitted and recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club.

She is a sweet amazing girl, she likes other dogs and loves other people but is happiest when working alongside her humans.  Despite her field drive, and will bark to let us know the deer are in the yard.... she is quiet and very steady in the field.  Just an absolute JOY to work with !  

Aoife has cleared all necessary genetic health breeding tests as of December 2021.  Hips, Elbows, Heart, Eyes as well as other specific toller health tests cleared by parentage.


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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.  In early 2021 we did some Rally training and March entered Ribbon in her first Rally Master Classes, she qualified 3/3 with a HIC and received her Rally Master 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 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.   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!  I hope to get back to a bit of Rally with her.  She loves Rally.

She has enjoyed 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.