What is a "Merchy?"
Well, in 2006 I decided to add a girl Toller to the menagerie. My
very first girl Toller. What to name her? My maternal
heritage is Welsh, infact, my Mom was the only one of her siblings born
in Canada - and the only one born in a hospital. She was named
Grace for the hospital she was born in - she always hated that name
LOL So in my search for a name I went online to the English/Welsh
translation sites. A quick search discovered that "girl" in
Welsh, is "Merch". I Anglicized and somewhat bastardized the name
and this new little ball of red became "Merchy".
The Merch caught my eye early. That impish little face
peering out from the photos. Who could resist?
When I planned my trip to California I included a stop in
Calgary on the way home "just to look." I'd spent half of 2006
caring for my Mom during her battle with brain cancer. Mom passed
away at home in July that year. It was time to bring some
sunlight back into my life. With winter approaching I could
think of no better way to do that than with a little ball of red
fur. And so after playing with the litter for a couple of days,
and deciding that based on personality alone I'd be thrilled to come
home with any of them, I packed up this little red gal and brought her
Merchy moved in and took over.
And that face!!
When she was 4 months old I added a kitten to the household.
Merchy and Kermit quickly became best friends. So much so that I
think every puppy needs a kitten in their lives :)
Merchy showed early that she liked to "Sit Pretty." This was
encouraged and she's happy to throw that behaviour at you whenever she
can - including in the conformation ring during the 2007 U.S. Toller
Merchy at 2007 U.S. Toller Specialty
And now, Merchy is growing
up. She still adds sunshine to my life. A sweet girl with a
definite evil streak, rarely does a day go by that she doesn't make me
And she's still got that adorable face that never stops smiling!
OTCH, CH Berdia's Mississippi Gambler WCX,
CH Torlan's Chinook Of the North