that explains it
While watching the dog show tonight I saw a dog that looked a lot like our Nollie. It was a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Nollie was a pound puppy so we've always guessed she was some type of mixed retriever. The announcer mentioned the dog was bred to retrieve water fowl and that they get very excited upon seeing ducks. They love water and like to retrieve. I think this explains why Nollie will stand at the base of a tall dead pine tree in our yard and bark endlessly at a flock of buzzards that like to roost there. ( buzzards - ducks - whatever) And it explains why she has to have a kid's swimming pool for a water bowl because she splashes all her water out of whatever container you put down for her.
The picture above is from the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club site. I swear I have one of Noles holding her rubber chicken that looks identical. Rubber chicken - duck - whatever. BTW the breed is genetically prone to hip dysplasia. Who knew we had a show dawg.