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Simone Sortwell, Vicki Sortwell and Paul Connelly
Located in Chilliwack (Rosedale), British Columbia, Canada
Home: 604-794-5898
Cell: 604-855-2398

Tollchester Tollers is a family owned hobby kennel just outside Chilliwack BC. As Registered Toller breeders of the Canadian Kennel Club and active dog sports competitors we would call ourselves "dog enthusiast"! 

Vicki, the "mother" in the home has been raising canines now for over 40 years. She has had an active role in a number of rescue shelters and breeding programs in the past 20 years helping raise and whelp litters of both kittens and puppies as well as helping with abused and abandond animals. Simone the "daughter" in the home has shared her mothers passion since she was a young child and has been actively enjoying canines for over 20 years; including training all her “pets” to at least a CD level, becoming a certified groomer, breeding as a registered breeder of tollers and manchester terriers, working with professional handlers in conformation, and currently training to be a conformation judge. Paul the "un-offical son" in the home has been actively involved in our kennel since the addition of our first duck toller in 2002; he has played a major role in the training of many of our top show/obedience dogs for over 7 years!

As a family we decided in 2002 to became part of the “purebred” world and become registered toller breeders. The day we met our little ball of red fur named “Blaze” we were permanently addicted to the Toller breed.

As a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever owner Simone took a liking for conformation and has become very active and successful in the sport. She started by showing her first toller to a Reserve Best In Show and Best Puppy in show. Simone went on to handle many tollers to their Swedish, Canadian and American Championships; including winning awards at some of the biggest shows in the world!

Our family enjoys being with our fur kids and trying new things so we have dipped our toes in other venues and hope when time permits to work more in the venues such as flyball, agility, tracking and field again in the future.

In 2001 Simone became a professional pet groomer at Petsmart. Petsmart was wonderful to send her off to school in Seattle to learn everything about the art of pet grooming. Although, she enjoyed grooming (and still does) she had to take a extended break from Petsmart due to a work related injury. At the end of 2002 she decided to "get into" the world of pure bred dogs. In 2003 we purchased our first NSDTR and SMT. 

Simone handled our show dogs in conformation for two years before making the commitment to working with the proffessionals. Between 2005-2006 she worked as a full time assistant for a couple of handlers who have tought me may things about the sport. Thank-you Cynthia Seeling and Beth Hilborn for your mentorship! In the past few years Simone has continued to help out her handling mentors when they need her and still enjoys 'working' as a assistant when time permits. In 2005 she took on her first toller clients, as well as a few German Pinschers and have enjoyed the professional side of conformation to it's fullest. In her years of showing we are proud to say we enjoy having owned the first BIS female duck toller and first Reserve Best In Show toller! We have also had the privledge to own and bred some very gorgeous puppies who won Best Puppy In Show and Best Puppy in Specialty Show awards.

In our spare time we enjoy dogsitting peoples wonderful companions. The canines enjoy living the farm life at camp Tollchester during their holidays, watching the ducks in the wetlands, and protecting the yard from beavers!

We have been a active member of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada since 2003. As the BC director for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada for 2005/06 Simone held many events to help raise funds for our 2007 National specialty, including successful fundraising picnics, walks, potlucks and silent auctions. Paul was also an active member in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada and did a wonderful job creating the 2007 logo for the National toller event. In 2006 as a active board member of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club Simone introduced the idea of a ROM program. We are currently taking a break from the board of directors at the NSDTRCC but still enjoy helping out with the local toller community.

We were members of the BCARC in 2005 where Simone was honored with the position of Show Chairman the first year in the club. Simone, Paul and Vicki did a lovely job as show chairman and put together a well supported regional toller specialty show.

We have recently joined the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of the USA and look forward to helping out with local club events.

Breeding is our exhilaration. As Registered Toller Breeders we take pride in our puppies and their owners. Since our first litter in 2005 our tollers have become active members in their communities world wide (including Hawaii, England, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Australia)! Over the past few years breeding has introduced our family to a lot of wonderful people. We have taken pleasure in the mentorship of many great people, including owners and breeders. 

We breed to improve the breeds we are passionate about. We are proud to say that a excessive amount of time and research goes into every breeding at Tollchester.

To sum up our past, present and future our life has "gone to the dogs". 









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