Abby Sunshine

Duck Toller

4-22-12 Abby Finds an Open Window

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

Does this apply to windows?

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4-7-12 Abby and the Babbling Brook

While walking, or hunting as Abby sometimes thinks of it, an invigorating dip makes everything better. Watch as Abby exits her water break in this 9 second video.

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Daffodils 4-6-12

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown;

She turned to the south wind

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbour:

“Winter is dead.”

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8-1-11 Hot Dog in the Summer

The heat is severe and Abby Sunshine is doing what she can to stay refreshed.

First of all, Abby always has fresh water available at her “luxury” pool. She often cools herself in the water, takes a few sips, then comes out asking for another game of fetch.

What happens next?

Shaking off the water, what did you expect?

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7-11-11 Happy Birthday, Abby!

Wow, five years old. Time flies when you’re chasing a ball.

Now, what’s all this fuss about birthdays? A big, blue ball that I can’t even fetch and a silly hat. . . Humans have the strangest ideas about a good time.

Time to ditch the hat. . .

And let the REAL party begin!

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes! I’m a lucky dog- I’ve gotten wishes from around the world.

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7-8-11 Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine

Is it a summer breeze or a cool refreshing dip in the pool that makes Abby feel fine? I can tell you what I think. . .

How do you refresh yourself on a hot sunny day?

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6-20-11 Abby and the Ducks

Abby Sunshine made new friends in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She was doing her usual fetch game (minding her own business) when a group of mallards couldn’t help themselves, but join in on the fun. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever acquired its name through this intrinsic quality- ducks are attracted to the dog. For some reason that we humans may not understand, ducks become curious and swim in closer.

Abby dashes into the water. The birds watch attentively as she goes after the ball. Abby is focused on the ball and has no trouble ignoring the ducks. She is on a mission and will not be distracted.

She continues to fetch the ball, near the waterfowl. They stay out of her path yet remain close.


Sometimes Abby takes a moment to study the birds. She know she has her ball, so if she looks at them, I guess it’s OK.

When Abby approaches, the mama duck quacks at her ducklings.  What is Abby thinking about as she swims by this noisy family?

Who cares! Let’s keep moving.

Abby is focused on her priorities. The ducks are busily attending to their needs. They don’t seem to be phased that a highly talented retriever is hanging around with them. Shouldn’t they be a little bit worried?

Well, Abby is not giving them any fears today. She comes in peace.

Good times with good ducks. . .

Did you say squirrel? Now that’s a different story.


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4-17-11 A Spring Fetch

Abby Sunshine waits patiently at the bottom of a hill with water behind her, fresh air all around, and someone willing to throw a ball for her. A dog’s paradise- well, at least a paradise for Abby Sunshine. She stays in place, urging another throw or maybe suggesting we go to her?? Perhaps she won’t have to make her way up the steep, rocky incline.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Railroad Tracks, April 2011

No such luck, Pupper Wupper. You need to come back here if you want another toss.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Railroad Tracks 2, April 2011

No problem. Abby doesn’t hesitate. . .Come on, Abby. Bring back the ball.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Railroad Tracks 3, April 2011

Good dog. You are almost here.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Railroad Tracks 4, April 2011

At last. . .now what, more walking?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Railroad Tracks 5, April 2011

I think not. Bark, Abby, bark. Demand another throw!

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2-3-11 A Skijor Adventure Done For Now

A day at the ski trails- who could ask for more? There is beautiful snow, the air is crisp, there is plenty of space. Well, Abby Sunshine might ask for more. She might ask if she could do a little more running. Even though she played her favorite game of fetch while the others were skijoring, she may not think that is enough. One thing about Abby Sunshine, she is always game for more action.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor23 - January 2011

Hey, the crowd is leaving- back to the car? Our ski adventures are over??

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It looks that way for today. They must hike over the mountain of snow and into the parking lot. Gus can get his long awaited drink of water.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor27 - January 2011

Renae went back to get my glove. Wasn’t that nice of her?


This was a marvelous winter day.

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2-2-11 After the skijor

Ah, yes, the helpers at base camp were waiting patiently for us. Abby Sunshine made a sprint out to me, proving her speed on the ski trails. Now as she meanders back toward the others, she sniffs the trail.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor14 - January 2011

She kicks it into high gear- maybe trying to impress Renae, Todd and Gus with her speed and agility. It looks like only Gus notices her.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor15 - January 2011

What kind of a deal is this? Abby gets a leash strapped on her- after demonstrating such fast running in the snow. Is that the attention she wants?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor16 - January 2011

She might wonder why everyone is standing just standing. Let’s move!

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor19 - January 2011

She may be trying to rev up the crowd- Come on everybody! Let’s do something!

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor20 - January 2011

The ski belt is dropping to the ground. . . time to take off the equipment.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - Skijor21 - January 2011

I wonder if Abby thinks that it’s her turn to go for a run!

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