Last kid leaves the nest this year and my lab/chessie just turned 13 and most of her hunting is in her dreams. Even though I think labs are the best dogs ever my wife wants something smaller/easier to travel with. I would like something for upland birds as we will be traveling down south in the dark of winter and still wanna have some fun. Thinking about a Novia Scotia tolling retriever but have never met one. Any one got any ideas? Mostly want it for companionship and retrieving but pointing would be a nice bonus. If I find one under 35 lbs that doesn't love every puddle in the state I won't be living in the dog house like if I got another lab.