Summer has arrived this morning into the UK. She arrived on a late afternoon flight. Spending 4 hours on a plane in a crate with her brother she was pretty keen to get out when they cleared the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. She was soon safely in the car and on her way home. Unfortunately it was another 2 hours before she made it home. She had a bit of an upset tummy and was understandably not feeling her best when she finally arrived at Simon and Louise's home. By then it was 5am our time and it wasnt long til she'd had a quick explore and a stretched her legs and Louise called me on Skype so i could get a look at our lovely little girl.
She is everything i wanted and more than i could've ever expected. What a little angel. She was snuggling quite readily with both Louise and later Simon and then got down on the floor and had a play with Sassi and found some toys to play with. 'Keepings Off' with Sassi and 'tug' with Louise seem to be favourite games already.
She then helped herself to a seat on the couch next to Louise later in the evening, quite content to just take in her surroundings.
I'm so very excited to confirm that we have a new member of our Finnish Lapphund family. Very cute and adorable "Summer" comes from the well-known Lecibsin Kennels in Finland. She is out of one of my very favourite boys Lecibsin Kepponen and from a gorgeous cream dam Lecibsin Suvituuli. The process for importing a dog to Australia is quite strict and drawn out. In a nutshell Summer must be vaccinated against Rabies, have her blood tested for adequate rabies antibodies, and then a period of 180 days must elapse of which most of that can be out of Australia but a minimum of 30 days must be spent in Australian quarantine. This is the option we've elected. We chose to have Summer moved from Finland to be raised by our very dear friends in the UK. This will prolong her stay a little bit but we felt it would be better for Summer to be raised with a family environment in which they place similar values on socialisation and upbringing as we do. We are eternally grateful to Louise Wyatt and Simon Brown who under the Lumikoira prefix are home to 3 Finnish Lapphunds: Mylo (uncle to Summer), Kiva, and a bitch from the first litter under their prefix, Sassi.
Simon and Louise also operate 'Dogs to Stay', in-home dog boarding so socialisation is assured. This will not only ensure that Summer is well socialised but having Summer in the UK in the hands of a vet knowledgeable in the export/import processes will ensure that all the paperwork and customs/quarantine requirements should go smoothly as theres no language barrier to contend with. Also means Summer will know English :) As an added bonus Simon and Louise have promised lots of photos, video and skype and have opened a Facebook Group for Summer as well as operating two webcams so we can check in on her all the time. We consider ourselves especially lucky to have Simon and Louise open their home to Summer and look forward to the future.
Summer will arrive in the UK on the 19th May and will hopefully grace Australias shores before Christmas 2012.
You can read more about Summer on her own page. There are also links to further pages with photos and information on her pedigree.
Another quick Canberra weekend gone by and our first show of the year (not including the Royal). It was a low-key event with only Mischa and Dolce entered.
The weather held out for the most part though the humidity was not appreciated much by Dolce.
Mischa gained another few points towards her Neuter Title. We're creeping slowly towards that goal as some clubs take up the challenge to offer the Neuter Class.
The weather will be getting colder now and the dogs will love it. Humans? not so much.
Home to the infamous