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Misc: CGC

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Handler: Louie Hellard


I had been looking for a companion for Jett for a couple of months and thought I had found the perfect match in a little blue merle border collie mix; same size, same pricked ears, same big almond eyes, same energy level, just white instead of black. But further discussions with her rescuer showed that this little beauty had a darker side and one that would not fit into my family or neighborhood. I was heart broken when I had to make the decision not to adopt her.


But that week I was on the north end of town and decided to stop in the Humane Society. They had just listed an Australian Shepherd puppy and I wanted to see him. He was younger than I was looking for and bigger but I had to look anyway. When I walked in one of the volunteers shouted ‘there’s a puppy back there with the same color hair as you! You’ve got to go see him.”


After looking at some of the older dogs I went to the puppy section ‘just to look’ and there was only one little puppy sitting in the back corner of his kennel and sure enough we had the same color hair. He slowly walked up to the gate with his tail between his legs and then he leaned so hard into the gate that I thought he was going to ooze right through it. I asked to see him and we went to one of the viewing rooms. He was shy and timid and would gently take pieces of chicken from my hand. My heart ache just melted away with each gentle nibble. Soon the only thing left was to see if Jett and Feather would get along.


As the volunteer lead Feather away, he looked back at me with his big sad eyes and I told him I’d be back. I ran home and got Jett, and 30 seconds into the greeting Feather was wagging his tail so hard that he almost knocked himself over and Jett’s tail was going a mile a minute. The deal was sealed, for better or worse Jett now had a little brother and Feather’s tail hasn’t stopped wagging since.


Feather came from an over-crowded shelter in Tennessee and into my heart and is no longer the shy, sad puppy I saw that first day. And with each passing class and flyball practice he’s becoming more and more confident.


Best Time = 4.553
Currently #50 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in NAFA
Currently #1 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in NAFA Region 11
Currently #188 in NAFA Region 11
Currently #5 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in NAFA-MB Region 11
Currently #225 in NAFA-MB Region 11
Currently #10 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in U-FLI (Singles)
Currently #8 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in U-FLI (Points)

Photos by

Performance Dog Photography

More Photos of Feather.

Photos by

Ambient Exposure Photography