Seeing Double

Can you tell who's who?

Having Java around really makes me want another toller!!!  Java and Vito have very different personalities but I am just in love with the tollerness.

Java is very calm compared to Vito.  I can get Vito into a wriggly, talking, intense mess in less then two seconds.  Java just stares at me.

Java loves tennis balls and other toys (doesn't have a great play retrieve though) but has no interest in working for them.  Vito will do anything in order to get a toy, but looses his brain in the process so can't actually do a thing.

Vito screams when he's super super excited and talks anytime he's a little excited.  Java has yet to make a sound besides some barking at the door or whining at the ferret cage.

Both are pretty indifferent with new people (well unless Vito sees that you have a toy!) but very cuddly once they get to know you.  Both seem to have the same bouncy joy for life.  

 I won't be getting another dog anytime soon but when that time comes I really want another toller!
Oh, and Vito is pictured left, Java right.

Pepper  – ( October 3, 2010 at 11:05 PM )  

Are they related at all Laura? They look very similar. We have very few tollers in New Zealand - less than 10 I believe and I don't think there are any bitches capable of breeding. After reading about Vito I would love a toller but would have to import one from Australia or something - not going to happen!

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( October 3, 2010 at 11:30 PM )  

I don't think so. I did a tiny bit of digging, not too far, and didn't see anything similar. The two do look alike though, especially in that picture!

Ninso  – ( October 4, 2010 at 11:43 AM )  

They look a ton alike in that pic, but I recognized Vito's white spot on his nose! If not for that I wouldn't have been able to tell.

Megan  – ( October 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM )  

Vito looks like such a grown-up-doggie in that picture!

Two tollers sounds like a lot of fun!

browndogcbr  – ( October 4, 2010 at 8:57 PM )  

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Raegan  – ( October 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM )  

Freaking love these dogs. It was good to meet you at the show last weekend!

Honey the Great Dane  – ( October 8, 2010 at 1:04 AM )  

Hah - sounds like Java went to Honey's school!! :-) Maybe not the meeting new people bit but I definitely had to work long and hard to translate her interest in toys into an actual retrieve. And yeah - the staring at me (in Honey's case, blankly!) even when I'm doing somersaults to try & get her excited...

I'm curious - If they're so different in personalities, what is their "tollerness" then? (other than looks)


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