Abby Sunshine

Duck Toller

2-1-10 It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s. . .

Were you thinking Superman?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - It's a bird, It's a plane, no,it's Abby Sunshine

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1-31-10 A World without Color

How does it feel to see Abby in this black and white photo?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - running in the snow4 black and white

Yes, it has some artistic flare, but really, what’s missing? It seems a part of little Abby is the vivid color of her fur. Look at the black and white photo. Try to pretend that her fur is a different color than what you know. It’s like looking at old photos, always thinking this person had brown hair, only to realize later that it was actually red. . .

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - running in the snow4

Now this is the Abby that I am visualizing.

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1-30-10 Abby Sunshine is Fast

There are days when Abby is a sprinting machine. This is one of those days.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - fast dog - just her leg and the snow

She ran by me so fast, I only captured one of her legs in the picture.

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She would run out into the yard, make an abrupt turn, and come right back at me.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - ready to jump over the igloo

Look at her go! This time I could catch her as she zipped along. . .

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine -  jumping over the igloo

Here I’ve captured her jumping over the wall of the snow fort.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - fast dog

Here she flies and the wind catches her ears.

How fast are you? Run back and forth a few times; it will do wonders for your energy.

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1-29-10 Abby Sunshine Up Close

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - closeup in the snow

Abby sniffs the snow as we look closely at her. What do you suppose she’s found? The other day she found the jaw of a bunny! At least that’s what we think . . . We think an owl found the rabbit first, and when Abby came upon it, there was only a bit of fur and a little jawbone. The cycle of life. . .

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1-28-10 Abby, the Wolf

Quietly, the red wolf eyes its prey.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine -wolf

Slowly, ever so slowly she makes her way in the direction of her target. What is she after? Is it a squirrel? Is it a bird? What could this red wolf be looking for?

My, what focus! What a fixation! No distractions!

Maybe Abby Sunshine is acting like a wolf, but she’s no wolf. Let’s see what a wolf looks like in the wild, in the snow. . .


How is Abby like this wolf? How is she different?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - prowling in the snow

I don’t know, but she’s picking up the pace.

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1-27-10 Abby in the Igloo

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - in the igloo

Does Abby think she’s sitting in a castle? It seems as if she is trying to look prim and proper, like a little canine princess. She has a demure posture as her ears are hanging nicely – as if she just combed her hair. She gazes to the side looking royal.

I’ve been told she looks like an obedient dog, only sitting in this snow igloo because her master has directed her to do so. Just a simple little loyal dog. . . I prefer to imagine her as a queen in her castle!

Wait a minute, why should I prefer to think of her as a queen in her castle? Perhaps it’s a bit more inventive, but really, what could bring more fulfillment than a loyal puppy? I vote for loyal rather than royal. . .

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby Sunshine - in the igloo2

What is your story? Hmmm, is she a jail dog in her cell?

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1-26-10 Fetching in the Fluffy Snow

Continued. . .

Now will she want another toss? I wonder. . .

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1-25-10 Fluffy Snow Dog

Here is a 15 second video taken while I was out skijoring with another dog, and little Abby Sunshine was left back at home to play in the snow of the good old backyard. Can she find her sunken tennis ball?? Watch to find out.

The snow is not so fluffy now, as it has been raining on the snow- in January!! Can you believe it?

. . . more in depth video tomorrow. . . stay tuned. . .

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1-24-10 Bologna Girl


**This is not the brand of sausage discussed in this article. I did not have a photo of it, and you will know why after reading this entry.

Well, I hate to write on these kinds of days (luckily we don’t have many of them). You see, Abby Sunshine was a naughty girl.

Here’s the story. We went grocery shopping and bought some sausage. We thought it was fine to get the LARGE size, as all of us will eat it (little did I know it would be only ONE of us). Anyway, we got home and immediately thought it would be a tasty treat. We cut about two pieces, then left the kitchen to do something else for some reason (we can’t even remember why all three humans were out of the kitchen, not realizing we had left one canine to “guard” this meat). I returned first, calling to the others to ask what they had “fed” Abby, that she was voraciously eating off the floor. There were bits of salami here and there, and it didn’t quite sink in that she was devouring the entire hunk of processed meat–wrapping and all. The others came into the room and we quickly realized that the small amount that she was continuing to eat was all that was left of the entire sausage! She immediately knew that she had done wrong, hung her head low and quietly left the room. She had not only eaten it, but for her to get it, she had to aggressively reach it- and it was on the counter.

Naughty girl Abby Sunshine.

Abby obviously could not resist this meaty delight- – is this how it looked to her?

images Did she think we had left a gourmet appetizer out- just for her??

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1-19-10 Dog Skijoring

This weekend, I tried dog skijoring! The good news is that it was a blast. The bad news is I had neither my camera nor Abby Sunshine with me. Nonetheless, it’s worth talking about. . .


Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog (or dogs), assist a cross-country skier. From one to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog: The dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the person’s voice for direction.


Many breeds of dog participate in skijoring. The only prerequisite is a desire to run down a trail and pull, which is innate in many dogs. Small dogs (less than 35 pounds) are rarely seen skijoring, because they do not greatly assist the skier; however, since the skier can provide as much power as is required to travel, any enthusiastic dog can participate. I’m not sure if it would be ideal for Abby. She is about 35 pounds.

Hmmm, I think Abby Sunshine ought to give it a try. . .What do you think?

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