Toonie saves Mick
Greetings from Nova Scotia.
Gail, we are so happy with Toonie. She's an absolutely wonderful dog - she has all the traits we wanted. She is full of personality and a real love. Another plus is that she isn't a barker. Toonie moves beautifully and we love her colouring; the only thing we don't like about her is that she doesn't have enough tail to wag.
Toonie is gentle, fabulous with children, and full of fun. Everybody loves her, and she loves to go with Jim in the truck. As you may know we live on the edge of a golf course and there is no traffic to consider here so we let her outside whenever she wanted to go. She started to roam, not surprisingly, so we bought her a tag with her name and our phone number. The good news is that she would always come when we called. We were going out to play ball one day and while I was putting on my coat she heard kids and took off - across the course, across a railway track (unused) and across a frozen lake - to a hockey game. While I was outside calling her one of the kids phoned to say they had our dog. She is now contained with an invisible fence and that's working beautifully. I showed it to her one day and she went out and received one "bite" and that was the extent of it. I could see her footsteps in the snow where she found her perimeter.
I was just looking at the pictures of your latest litter. My how they bring back memories. Our boy Mick is a merle with a big white collar, similar to one of your babes. I used to think he was the ugliest of all the pups but he turned out to be absolutely beautiful and very photogenic. Toonie tries so hard to play with Old Mick but he just isn't up to it but we know he likes her and does his best to play but can't. He's blind now and his back end isn't very good so he's pretty unstable. She keeps an eye on him though. We had a foot of snow on Easter Sunday (the worst storm all winter) and when he went outdoors he became disoriented and went behind the house, something he never does. There's a steep hill back there and then some flat ground down to a lake. Poor Mick tumbled down the hill and then was totally lost. Toonie tried to herd him but he was beyond her boundary so she barked up a storm till we came to the rescue.
We hope all is well with you folks.
Carol & Jim