A Family’s story about DAINTREE TOLLER BREEDER

Over the last several days there has been so much happening on social media regarding this situation. The breeder has taken another unprofessional approach to the story and has been discredited this family, misleading people and not speaking the truth. I feel its very important to get their story out and therefore I would like to share their story with you.

Before you begin to read their story, I would like you to know that I do know this family. They are the most loving, understanding and honest people I know. There is no bad intentions here or any hateful retaliation on the families part. Just honesty. The moral of this story is not “the placement of the puppy” but the unprofessionalism of this breeder.  They have reached out to others with this story in hopes that this does not happen to any other family out there.

To those of you that were lucky enough to receive your puppies from the Daintree Canada Litter you must be proud new parents. Unfortunately for my family after 3 months of watching our puppy grow up online and awaiting his arrival today we received a text message today 1 hour before we were to meet our new addition Trisha at Daintree stating the exact words below.
“Matt I have to do what is right for this puppy and place him in a quiet home without children. I’m sorry for the inconvenience…”
Obviously my family was devastated by this text as we have been on pins an needles waiting for his arrival. I tried to call Trisha immediately and continued to try to call her for an hour and she is not answering her phone. I tried to log into facebook and look at the Canada Litter Page, which we have since been removed from?
To give you a short back ground our original puppy choices were Vaughn, Logan and Crosby and during our telephone interview Trisha informed us that those three were spoken for. Contrary to my original conversation with Trisha when I was informed that puppies are matched based on characteristics and not a first come first serve basis. During this conversation Trisha suggested that since we cannot have on of our first three choices she can pass on the name of her breeding mentor Pikkinoka. We stated that we have been dealing with her and watching this litter and would like to proceed with the dog that she feels best us. My wife and I trusted Trisha to match a dog and were comfortable with her decision after receiving notification from her last Saturday at 12:56 am I received a text message from Daintree and the thread is quoted word for word below:
(Daintree) “Birdiest/ most interested in toys and retrieving is Hudson!”
(Daintree) “He also sat quietly with one senior today at the nursing home for than an hour. Total Package”
(Me) “Wonderful, I’m sure he’ll be a perfect fit for our family”
(Daintree) “Oh good . Wanted your ok before making the rest of the placements. I thought he was good choice yesterday but am so glad I waited until today to be sure”
(Me) “Yes, not in our top 3 but I trust you made the right choice.”
(Me) “Can’t wait to meet him”
(Daintree) “He’s beautiful and would love to breed back to him someday! Looking like delivery. Waiting on Scott’s schedule for exact dates.”
This brings us to yesterday as we were happy and preparing to receive our new dog, I received a phone call from Trisha stating that she noticed that Hudson has been a little different the last couple of day’s and doesn’t think he should be placed in a house with kids. Trisha suggested that maybe we look for another dog at another breeder. My response was that I appreciate her concerns but we are expecting the dog and are fully prepared to deal with any personality that he may come with. The conversation ended with the decision that Trisha and Hudson would be here Sunday at noon.
That would bring us to today were we received the text 1 hour prior to their expected arrival stating that due to Hudson’s change in behaviour over that couple of day’s she could not put him in a home with kids. And then proceeded to delete us from the Daintree Canada Litter Members page, block our calls and not respond all too any voicemails. At the end of the day I guess if we had a call to discuss any of this it may have created an eased feel of emptiness but we didn’t we received a text an then complete avoidance. A conversation with her about future litters or seeing as Trisha was in Calgary met and great with us and our kids to see how the interacted or just any conversation at all. Instead she just took our money and strung along for three months.
If you have made it this far through my post thank you for reading and to clearly get the point of this is post across It’s intent is to create a warning and awareness for people about Daintree Duck Tolling Retriever Breeders business practice’s as they are un ethical and immoral. I know this breed is in high demand and short on supply so Daintree will continue to see business but please for your own sake think twice before doing so. Sorry if you see this post on all things we have access to that deal with Tollers but it is our point get let people know how Daintree operates.

Thank You,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this families experience. This post is in no form any act of retaliation on Daintree. This is to spread the honest truth about an experience in hopes this does not happen to any one else.


Family Vacay!

We are back in YYC! Cabo was amazing! The weather was perfect, the beaches were gorgeous, hotel was beautiful and most importantly the family had a great time.

We stayed at the Riu Palace located near the famous arches. The service and food were fantastic. We did do a couple a la carte dinners but mainly stuck with the buffet for the kids. The buffet, was super. It’s perfect for the kids. They thought it was the best thing, they could pick what they want and go up so many times. I indulged in the mexican.  From chili rellenos to the handmade assorted tamales!  I was in heaven!!!

Drinks, love the pina coladas, but there is a drink that I recommend called Batida de Coco. It’s a creamier version of the pina colada. So yummy and creamy!!!! They also do delish cappuccinos, which are more like our lattes. And of course a great variety of non-alchololic beverages for the kids! Cruz favorite was the Banana Colada and Gabrielle’s was the Copacabana!

The kids – Loved it! Gabrielle is a little fish, she would not get out of the water.  Cruz can swim on his own but we took him a puddle jumper, which is a floatation device like water wings. With that he was a non stop little guy out there who had to pee every time he hit the water. So I think we must have taken him to the washroom 20 times a day! Our baby Juliet, she was a gem. I think she was defiantly the heart of the Riu. Everyone knew her and everyone loved her!

Julian, my husband and I sat back looking at the kids and counted our blessings once again on how fortunate we are. We were all together as a family in a beautiful place. It is so important to take time for just your family. To build on your family memories and make memories and experiences that your children or us as parents will never forget. Times like these don’t have to be in a tropical destination, it could simply be a drive to Banff or a camping trip. No outside influences like your cell phone ringing, no social media, chores, etc. Your attention is fully devoted to quality time and making this memory!

“Life is such a fragile thing. It is a priceless treasure that we are given to guard and make use of to the best of our ability. That it will not come again is what makes it so sacred.” – Robin Sharma



Two days in a row of good sleep. Forgot how this felt. Thank you to immunizations I have been running on 3-4 hours of sleep for a week. Now, I am energized and feeling great!

Yesterday, my daughter had her friend over after school. They play soccer together so she came to hang out, study and go to practise. It defiantly brought memories back to my grade four days.They were talking about boys and who has a boyfriend and which boys they think are nice. Oh and three boys like Gabrielle, one of them picks his nose and eats it – Gross!

My point is, I looked at my daughter and I kept thinking, wow is she ever-growing up. Where does time go? What is time? In that very moment, I cherished this time with my daughter. Unfortunately, I do not have my mother in my life. It’s been 18 years without her. Due to many circumstances by her choosing, this is where we are. I had longed for that mother daughter relationship all my life.  I was fortunate enough to have been raised by my Nana. She is my strength, my guardian, my angel. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. She has given me my life tools with all the love and support. She is the only grandmother that my children know, and that is their great-grandmother. She is 86 years old, and we all cherish every moment we have with her.

My husband and I have learned through disappointing choices our parents have made. We promised ourselves that we would not make the same mistakes. We know what it feels like to hurt. We cannot change the past but we can change that “cycle” for our future generation.  We WILL be there for our children through everything in life no matter what.  We WILL support them , we WILL love them unconditionally, we WILL cherish all these moments.  Children are the lights in life! They are a gift, a blessing, they are the joys. With smiles and laughter, you just cannot imagine life without them.

“Live your children’s childhood. Few things are as meaningful as being part of your children’s childhood. What is the point of climbing the steps of success if you have missed the first steps of your own kids”  Robin Sharma


A Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather. To indulge in the culinary traditions. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and lets not forget pumpkin pie. Hours of preparation is consumed in minutes. But most importantly it is a time to give thanks.

Life get so busy and sometimes we don’t stop and give our gratitude. Thanksgiving is a time where we should stop and give thanks. There are so many things in life daily that we are grateful for. Our family, friends, homes, jobs, health, food and the list goes on.

I would like to take this Thanksgiving to count my blessings and give my deepest gratitude to my husband and kids who have fulfilled my life. To my family & friends- we are so grateful for you all. Each one of you have been a strong foundation for our children and have given us unconditional love and support. You are the definition of family!

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving” W.T. Purkiser

I wish each one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.



Family, what is your definition of family? Or shall I say expectation?

There are many out there and some opinions are based on experience. Many of us have had parents who stopped being parents. Who gave up being by our side. Parents who have never said “I love you” or “I am proud of you”. Some of us may not have our parents in our lives. How sad is that? Then there are those who were brought up with strong foundations, morals, values and unconditional love. Parents who have been by their side through thick and thin, through life’s journeys and greatest moments.

We meet friends along our journey who become part of our family. There is a famous quote out there ” Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who LOVE YOU no matter what.”

My Family

I married my best friend, my soul mate for 10 years now. He is my world and my everything. We created our family of three beautiful children who have brought us so much joy, love and happiness. Is life always perfect? Nope. We have held each others hand and got through what life has thrown us. We take these obstacles and look at them as lessons. We choose to learn from these lessons, which only make us stronger and then we must move on. I can honestly sit here right at this very moment and say, I am so proud of our foundation, the values, morals, love and support we give to each other. I am grateful for my family and to our friends who have been in our lives from the beginning,  who have become part of our family and they are the forevers.

I will share with you a couple of rules in our home:

1. Never go to bed angry or upset

2. Communicate

3. I love you.

Always remember that our greatest ability is through love and gratitude! On that note, today, our baby girl is 4 months old. I am grateful for her. This little angel completes my family.