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A Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling What?

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, 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”

Stranger: “……What?”

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.

My niece, Julianna Weldon and Tuesday

Rose DeFinis Weldon and Tuesday

Eva Guarna, The Una-Bomber, and Tuesday

SERIOUSLY. Not a fox.

  • Jon Aldinger - Is that a fox? That one picture really looks like a fox.

    Blown away by your photography. I think I said “wow” out loud at least 3 times. The dog was ok too.April 4, 2011 – 5:39 pm

  • Mary Johnson - What kind of mix is that?

    Beautiful pics. I know; I’ve been there. Most of my toller’s puppy pics were of her sleeping because she was never otherwise still. I mean not still enough to get her in the FRAME.

    And she was a great shortstop, but second base never survived those puppy teeth …April 4, 2011 – 8:45 pm

  • Ben Weldon - Thanks dude.

    Not a fox.April 4, 2011 – 8:49 pm

  • Ben Weldon - Thanks Mary! There were definitely quite a few outtakes…That dog moves quickly.April 4, 2011 – 8:54 pm

  • sue stewart - your pictures are just beautiful. I don”t have many picture because as you know tollers move very fast. I have three great pictures a friends husband to. Also a photographer. Do you do house visits?April 5, 2011 – 10:10 am

  • sue stewart - great pictures. I missed most of my toller puppy life. As you know they move so fast they get missed by a normal camera. Tuesday looks very much like my brady did. Each picture brought a great memory to mide. Thank you so much for sharing. Do you do house visits?April 5, 2011 – 10:13 am

  • Greg Yoder - Great toller puppy pics. Our toller is now 4, so it brought back memories of when he was a pup. When people on the street ask us what he is, we usually now just say “a retriever” and don’t bother giving the whole breed name because it usually just results in a look of bewilderment. If they ask what kind of retriever, then we tell them the specifics.April 5, 2011 – 1:00 pm

  • Jill - Darn, I actually went to to see if I qualified for a Nova Scotia Duck…thingy-ma-bob! Beautiful shots Ben!April 6, 2011 – 11:41 am

  • Carolyn Gabbe - Too cute! My brother had a Toller and he was about as perfect as a dog can get. How is he doing now? What breeder did you use?January 25, 2012 – 9:52 am

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