Toivo at 29 mos of age
Photo by Kelley Hoffman
oivo came to us from the Netherlands at one year of age in May 2002. We are
absolutely thrilled to have him and we thank Angela and
Bert Pos,.kennel Of
Dark Brightness for allowing him to come to America. Toivo
is currently at "herding camp" for a year or more, training
with Tammy van Deusen in Indiana. He is owned by BasqueLaine
and is co-owned with Kathy Madden
of Montage Belgians.
After that Toivo will return home and in the future he'll be visiting Montage
to continue his quest for herding
titles. Toivo enjoys having multiple moms and takes being
shared and traveling back and forth in stride.
Toivo's pedigree is a blend of
Dutch, Belgian, and French bloodlines. His sire is the lovely Neth/Lux
Ch. pE s.r. Xeros v.d. Hoge Laer from the highly successful cross of
French Elite Stud R.E. Lutin de la Clairiere aux Louves to Neth. Ch.
R.e. Tee vd Hoge Laer. Toivo's dam is p.E. Elegant Shannon of Dark Brightness,
VZH UV, a granddaughter of the famous Bel/Neth. Ch. R.E. Millo vd
Hoge Laer IPO3. Toivo's pedigree includes a number of dogs
with working/performance titles.
Toivo is a happy exuberant boy who is just a delight to be
around. He is a natural retriever and is always up for a long game
of fetch with a ball or frisbee. When not at
work or play Toi has a very calm, steady demeanor. He's
great with our kids and excellent with cats and other dogs. He's
totally stable with absolutely no sound or sight sensitivities.
Toivo is highly obedient and has great enthusiasm and high focus for
Toivo finished his AKC
championship fairly easily. He was shown 6 times as a three year
old and was awarded Winners Dog and Best of
Winners on 4 of those occasions for three majors. Then we took a
break for herding training and trialing. Toivo recently returned
to the conformation ring as a very handsome and mature 5 year old and
finished quickly in 4 shows with three consecutive Best of Breed wins
topped off by WD/BW/BOS for a 4 point major at the Columbus Ohio shows
in November 2006. Special thanks
to Toivo's other "mom", Kathy Madden, for presenting him so
beautifully when he was on the East coast, and to our good friend, Sherri
Wilmoth, for presenting him since he's been back home with us.
Toivo and Kathy
made their herding debut in May 2004, earning Toivo's PT
title. In July 2004 Toivo picked up his first HSAs leg good
for fourth place, then in November he picked up his 2nd and 3rd legs
good for third and fifth place to finish his HSAs title in only two
trials. Special thanks to co-owner, Kathy, for training/titling
Toivo is 25 inches tall of excellent bone and
substance. He's very masculine, flashy, and pleasing in type. He is balanced with moderate angulation
front and rear and is short-backed with a very pleasing outline/profile.
Toivo is very sound moving, extremely light on his pretty little cat
feet. He has an abundance of stand-off mahogany red coat of
excellent texture. Toivo has full dentition and a level bite.
Toivo is the sire of our
T litter and our
V Litter, both out of Mahagonny's Rites of Passage.
offspring from those litters include Rigel,