Dog of the Day: Verna the Repeat Customer

It’s Verna! We first met her when she was just a (hilariously cute) puppy close to four years ago, and then when she was all grown up (but still hilariously cute) two years ago. Her dad says he thinks she’s part Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, both because she kind of has that look and because she loves swimming and attracts all the ducks. (Which, after all, is what duck tollers were bred for. AKA ‘My toller brings all the ducks to the yard, and they’re like, ‘quack quack quack quack quack’.) I can totally see it… the fur looks quite similar, including the white patch on the chest. He suspects she’s mixed with chow, and/or possibly some kind of shepherd, so we’ll just say that. Because I like having two obscure chow mixes in a row, so why not?

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix Scratching Herself

Funny, I caught her doing this when she was a puppy too. She must be an itchy dog.

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix Investigating The Photographer

Verna has blossomed into a self-confident, playful, happy, and very curious dog.

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix With A Bushy Lovely Fox Tail

Look at that glorious tail.

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix Smiling At The Camera

There’s that amazing smile.

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix Smiling At The Camera

Verna runs alongside dad’s bike. No leash to get caught, she’s just incredibly well-trained and obedient.

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever/Chow Mix Face With Giant Grin

I would totally follow Verna home.

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10 Responses to Dog of the Day: Verna the Repeat Customer

  1. Katie Michalak says:

    I saw these pictures and my dog looks EXACTLY like Verna! I would love to get more info or just compare pictures with her owner.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Wow, really? I have yet another crop of pictures of Verna that I’ll be posting soon, but unfortunately she just moved out of San Francisco (her owner moved his business) and I’m not sure where they went, so unless you get lucky and he drops by here, I’m afraid you may be out of luck.

      How old is your dog? Where did you find him or her? Verna’s super-smart and awesome.

      • Katie Michalak says:

        Our Dog, Doug, aka the male Verna is about the same age. He was adopted from a humane society in Michigan City Indiana. They found him as a stray, we adopted him when he was probably about 9month (according to our vet). We live in Chicago…but I swear they could be siblings!!

  2. Leah says:

    Our dog, Millie, also looks EXACTLY like Verna. she has the same white markings on her chest, black on her ears and fur patterns on her back and tail as well as expression and coloring. She is a rescue from Georgia, but we only adopted her once she was around 10 months old, so it was really nice to see what she looked like as a puppy through your photos of Verna.

  3. Angela says:

    I am honestly so glad you wrote this article! I have a dog that looks just like her named Ashley and I lover her SO much! I’m glad I have a hint on what she might be. She looks EXACTLY like Verna!

    • Adam Lang says:

      Ooh, if you have any pictures of Ashley online, could you post links to them here? I really like Verna, and I’d love to see your pup.

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