Welcome to Westerlea
Proud producer of top-quality N.S. Duck Tolling Retrievers for 23 years
The arrival of a small red furball in our Ottawa household in 1975 marked the
beginning of an ongoing love affair with the Toller. The dynamic furball grew
up to be Ch. Shelburne of Jeffery Coldwell,
(1) foundation bitch for Westerlea
and dam of our top-winning, top producing stud
Both Tip and Lucy feature prominently in the pedigrees of two of our greatest
winners and producers,
As newer Hunt Tests come on the scene, Westerlea is focussing more on field
work. We have always ensured that our breeding dogs had extremely strong
retrieving desire and water ability but are now working to put more field titles
onto our own dogs .
Westerlea heads statistics for the number of champions (over 60) and obedience titles (40+) and we are proud of the number of Westerlea dogs in the pedigrees of some of today's top title holders in field, showring and obedience.
WESTERLEA DOGS TAKE HOME MANY HONOURS
at the Ninth National Specialty show of the NSDTR Club of Canada, June 26 1999
Peanut - Biggest winner at the Specialty was our wonderful veteran girl, CH. WESTERLEA'S ECHO OF SHELLEY CD, who, at the grand age of 12 bounced off with Best Opposite Sex in an entry of 122 Tollers, Best Veteran and Best Brood Matron. Placing second and third were two of Peanut's daughters with their kids, so there were three generations of Westerlea dogs in this class. Peanut was lovingly handled by her old friend and admirer Sheila (Paul) McClure, to whom go warm thanks for such a beautiful job. Peanut is now living the life of a grande dame with John and Pauline Wilcock in White Rock.
Django - Winners Dog and Best of Winners went to WESTERLEA'S GYPSY JAZZMAN, proudly owned by Craig Morley and Marlene Merritt of Carnation, WA, and handled by Sandy McFarlane, whose skills have been a mainstay of Westerlea for many years. Django is sired by Ch. Tollbreton Juneau out of Ch. Westerlea's Jane Eyre, a Peanut daughter. Litter sister Rosie, WESTERLEA'S MINDY ROSE, co-owned with Halimah Simon of Langley BC, went Winners Bitch at the Specialty.
Young Unity not only won her Specialty class but was one of 6 Tollers to earn a pass at the WC/I/X tests the next day. She is now Ch. Westerlea's Happy Unity WC.
Photo Credits: Ellice Hauta Photography
Meet Alison Strang, co-author of the only book devoted entirely to all aspects of the Toller.
Alison, with the unobtrusive help of husband Roy, has operated Westerlea Kennels since 1976 in the beautiful Lower Mainland area of British Columbia, just 35 miles south of Vancouver BC and a 10-minute drive from the US border at Blaine, WA.
We arrived in Canada from Zimbabwe in 1965 and lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where Roy worked for the Canadian Forest Service. Our summers were spent in South-western Nova Scotia as Roy had a research project to study the ecology of the Barrens of Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties. It was here that we first heard of the Little River Duck Dog, as Tollers are better known on their home turf. We did not, however, become Toller owners until 1975, when Ottawa, Canada's capital, was our home. That Toller was Shelley, bought for our youngest daughter from the kennels of Jim Jeffery and Doug Coldwell.
Toller breeding was a different proposition in the mid-1970s than it is now - one had to work to promote Tollers in order to make them known at all. PR seemed the answer, so Alison began a career of writing about Tollers which bore its fullest fruit in the co-operation with New Brunswick freelance writer and Toller lover Gail MacMillan. "The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever," a truly beautiful hardcover book devoted solely to all aspects of the Toller, is published by Alpine Publications of Loveland, CO. and is now available in a second printing. In Canada it is stocked by the Book Department of the Canadian Kennel Club. Telephone 1-800-250-8040 or order directly from the Web at: www.ckc.ca. In British Columbia, the book may be obtained from Copper Beech Books at 604-594-2627.
Westerlea's main concern is now directed towards minimising health problems which began to appear throughout the breed as the dramatic increase in the number of Tollers being bred unmasked more recessive genes. These problems, mainly those of eyes, auto-immune manifestations, hips and hearts, are in all lines of Tollers. Most established breeders and the various national Toller clubs are working to educate prospective Toller owners about the right questions to ask when contacting breeders. Some of these are outlined in the Getting a Puppy section of Tollers International.
Due to personal health problems, we have had to reduce the number of resident Tollers at Westerlea. In the future we will only breed occasional select litters to keep our noted kennel name alive.
We hope you enjoy seeing these classic Tollers in full colour. Many thanks to Tollers International for setting up and maintaining this site.
The winning combination
(second) - Sandy's son BIS BISS Ch. Westerlea's Ilo at the Well CD places Third in Group the following year, handled by Sheila Paul.
Our Pride and Joy
All in a Day's Work
A Small Memorial
Westerlea (C.K.C. permanent registered)
Alison & Roy Strang
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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