Well thankfully we have finally reached the end of January. The weather still has a lot of improving to do, but we dog enthusiasts can’t wait around for the weather! We’re ready to start getting out and about again and we’re dying to shake off the Winter Blues.
Over the last couple of years a number of regional Toller groups have been set up with a Facebook presence for people to arrange meet ups, Toller walks, share advice, post puppy pics and so forth. So, have a look around if you haven’t joined one yet.
Firstly, I must apologise for an error in last week’s Breed Notes – it was my first time so I’m hoping to be forgiven! The Toller Agility League runs till the end of March … so unfortunately quite presumptuous of me to declare a winner, so I’ll just congratulate Judith for having reached the Top Spot up to now. As for the Rally League, we’re just waiting for official confirmation from Rachel Bradley, any day now! I hear Nathalie Yates biting her nails as I type!
A few Open shows were held over the weekend, at Lichfield, Yulia Titovets (Breed Specialist) was judging and her BOB and BP went to Stellenbosch Tiberon, Ronnie, owned by Amanda Foster-Brown, RBOB to Camusmor Crown Royal, Jaffa, owned by Owen and Rachael Wright.
At Newton Abbot and South Devon CS Show, Tollers were judged by Derek J. Lade. BOB went to Flushpoint Whata Accident For Melanitta, Millie, owned by Linda Palfrey, RBOB went to Melanitta Fireblade, General, owned by Carol and David Ward.
At Cardiff Canine Society Open Show, Mr W.E.Bunce was judging and his BOB was Pashley’s Wakaduze Wah Pen Dah Ska and RBOB went to Linda Palfrey’s Flushpoint Whata Accident For Melanitta.
In Obedience, Sam Rice’s dogs; Kadri (Tollerice Aivazoff, Nov Ex RL3 Ex) was 16th in the Funding league and 21st in Class A league, Voros (Erikachen Feidhelm at Tollerice, Nov Ex, RL3 Ex), was 16th in the Southern Area league, 6th in the Gundog league and 4th in the Class B league. Redden (Tollerice Chase) was 30th in the Southern Area league, 11th in the Novice league and 8th in the Gundog league. 2017 was Redden’s first full year competing and he won out of Novice and qualified for Crufts with Sam’s nephew, Dan, in the YKC class.
The ‘Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever UK club’ came 5th in the obedience club league 2017, the team includes: Jacky Shore’s Zanta (Redaurora Golden Dream, Beg Ex RL3); Kaye Littlehales’s Dora (Melanitta Ambrose, RL4) and Sam Rice’s Kadri, Voros and Redden.
Sam Rice & Kadri, and Jacky Shore & Zanta made the Crufts Inter-Regional obedience team for the South Western Team. Sam & Kadri (Tollerice Aivazoff, Nov Ex RL3 Ex) doing A and Jacky & Zanta (Redaurora Golden Dream) doing Novice.
I must admit the world of obedience is a mystery to me, so while on holiday in Cornwall I shall endeavour to understand it more, Thank you to all those competing and judging in obedience for sending me links and information. And, whilst I’m being honest, my Agility knowledge is just as bad, but I shall endeavour to provide news and event updates throughout the year, thanks to the support of all those who participate.
In Show news, Congratulations go to the following owners and their dogs; Debbie Anstead (Riverwatcher) for winning The Top Breeder Competition 2017, run by Our Dogs. Debbie Anstead’s Multi Ch Riverwatcher Atka won Top Dog 2017 and her bitch, Shoredancer Sea Pink via Riverwatcher, won Top Brood Bitch 2017. Top Stud Dog 2017 was awarded to Alliance De La Vie Calypso, owned by Annemiek Nuijten-Vink in the Netherlands. Top Puppy 2017 was won by Mrs Yulia Titovets & Mr S Eremin, with Macdreams Trent From Cashel Vale JW RL3 (imp Nld). Well Done to all the winners a great achievement.
Some Irish Show News: Patrick and Jackie Fielder took a jaunt over the water with three of the Cretshengan Team, Warrah (Ir Sh Ch. Eusanit Stand And Deliver At Cretshengan), Fern (Eusanit Best Of The Bunch At Cretshengan), and Mac (Schindow Junior Cowboy With Cretshengan), for the Navan Dog Show Invitational Best of the Best Super-Match at the IKC National Show Centre in Dublin on Saturday 27th January, where over 500 Top Winning dogs in Ireland, challenged for the titles. Warrah got through to Round 4 (males) of the Top Dog Competition, Fern Round 2 (bitches) in the Top Dog Competition and Mac Round 3 in the Top Puppy Competition. Fabulous results and I hear there were lots of compliments for the Tollers by fellow exhibitors at the weekend.
Following on from last week’s spotlight on Nova Dee (Melanitta Carelinus), this week I am delighted to present a brief on Professor Tollington, aka Tollerice Bertuzzi Beg Ex, or Tuzzi for short! Tuzzi, bred by Sam Rice, lives in Cheltenham with her owner, Kate MacQuire. It seems the Professor was always destined for higher things, as she flew through her academic studies from an early age.
As a puppy, she was on the GCDS Puppy Team in the Main Arena at Crufts 2014, at only 8 months old; and, in 2015, she was back in the Big Ring at Crufts for the Final of the Breeders Competition. She studied all the KC Good Citizen Awards; Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver & Gold, before she graduated to pursue a career in science.
Whilst still attending to her doctoral studies, she continued to excel in other areas. In Breed showing, she has qualified for Crufts every year and in Obedience, she is currently competing at Novice level, having won out of beginners in her first year of competing.
But, these achievements were merely the stepping stones on a career to becoming the world renowned science professor that she is today! Due to the amount of shared data required for her studies, Professor Tollington started her own Facebook Page in early 2017, where she is able to publish her most recent findings and share her research with other like-minded Tollers around the world.
A popular study from 13th February 2017 struck a chord amongst many members of the Toller community: inviting participants into a randomised controlled trial, “Testing The Limits of Human Toller-ance”: A comparative study on the effectiveness of Toller barking versus Toller screaming… I believe this study is still ongoing and I look forward to reading the Professor’s conclusions. If you would like to take part in the current research on the “Tollerholler” and “Puffyhuff” techniques please visit Professor Tollington’s Facebook Page where you can find further details and read seminar notes.
Please send any Toller news to Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org