So after many months of of trying to decide whether we were ready for a dog, my wife Rose and I finally took the plunge and set out on a quest to find the perfect dog for us. We made a quick list of traits that we were looking for in a dog breed:
- funny, but in a situational way, not like a stand-up comedian who always has to be “on”.
- smart enough to advise us on investments but not condescending and correcting our grammar all the time.
- well-groomed but not obsessed with his fur – you know, comfortable in jeans and a tee, but cleans up well when the business associates stop by.
- Able to fill in at short-stop or second base in the event of injuries to the starters
- 90% red.
Once we filled out the 27 page questionnaire on kanineharmony.com, we were matched with what turned out to be the perfect dog for us, a Nova-Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. That’s right! It’s a thing. And no, you aren’t the only person who’s never heard of them. You will find that your ignorance about this fantastic breed of dog is shared by just about every single person we’ve met since we picked up our furry little monster from the breeder. So if you ever decide that this is the dog for you, be prepared for this conversation any time you’re walking your dog anywhere:
Stranger: “Oh my Gosh he’s so cute!”
Us: “Thanks! But he’s taken.”
Stranger: “What type of dog is he?”
Us: “He’s a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever.”
Stranger: “…A What?”
Us: “He’s a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever”
Us: “He’s a Golden Retriever but he’s red and smaller”
or the equally as popular:
Stranger: “Oh my Gosh he’s so cute! Is that a fox?”
Us: “No-he’s a dog.”
Stranger: “Wow I thought he was a fox.”
Us: “Nope. He’s a dog”
Stranger: “Well he looks a lot like a fox”
Us: “Well, he’s a dog.”
So here are some pictures of our smaller, redder, golden retriever, that’s not a fox (otherwise known as a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever) “Tuesday” at 12 weeks old.