Monday, August 28, 2006

Toonie On Tonka

Our American Kennel Club "formal" name for our Shelty is "Toonie On Tonka". Having met many other dog owners in the neighborhood I have found that some variation of "on Minnetonka" is very common. Kind of like Leonardo "Da Vinci" or Judy "Chicago".... well that's a stretch.
"Toonie" is a traditional name for Shetland Sheepdogs, in fact they were originally referred to as "Toonie Dogs" by the Sheltland Island farmers. "Tun" is farm in Norwegian- I read that, and I am open to corrections or modifications.

From The Shetland Island Web Page:
"In the early 8th and 9th centuries the Vikings arrived in the Shetland Islands looking for land, and for the next 600 years or so the Norsemen ruled both Orkney and Shetland.  Surprisingly, although the Vikings had a reputation as fearsome warriors, they settled down and became farmers.
In 1468, the impoverished Christian Ist, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, pawned the Orkney Isles to James III of Scotland in lieu of a royal dowry, for 50,000 florins and then the Shetlands for a further 8,000 florins."

In Canada they have a $2 coin called a "Toonie" or sometimes a "Two-nie". That's 2 dollars Canadian.


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