Taiga (6-28-15) is our miracle dog, in more than one way! For those who can remember back to the breed show ring in the mid-eighties, the Tolivar name immerged, producing several champions. One of these champions was CH Tolivar’s Strike Up the Band, aka Banner. He was bred by Anna Platt, DVM. She had the foresight to have this dog collected and frozen. Twenty-seven years later, Banner’s frozen semen produced 8 puppies. We call them “The Great Eight”! Taiga was one of those miracle puppies. Taiga’s mother is Goldgrove Saraswati Tolivar, aka – Say. She has achieved her Puppy S.T.A.R. and her CGC from the A.K.C. She also has her Rally Novice title and has passed her Therapy Dog test. She is enrolled with the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She is continuing with her obedience and rally training. The next miracle for Taiga was finding Dr. Chick Weise at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, NYC. As you all know, puppies eat the strangest things. When Taiga was about 10 months old she became ill one morning. I rushed her to the emergency clinic where they did a radiograph (x-ray) and saw she has eaten a rock and it had to be surgically removed. This began 8 months of a dog owners nightmare! If it not were for the wonderful research done at the AMC and skill of Dr. Weisse, I am not sure Taiga would be with us today.