Summer (Ch. Lecibsin Sametti) will hopefully be having her 2nd litter for us soon. We're very excited by the opportunity to select for her a beautiful brown dog from Finland. All the stars aligned and we've decided to attempt this mating to frozen semen from Finnish Champion Hillasuon Leojokela.
There are now the anxious weeks that await us until we find out if it indeed worked and whether we'll have little Leo the Lions and Summer-esque puppies on the way.
You can read more about the litter plans here
If successful, we are looking for some prospective owners for these future puppies. We expect good-natured, happy and confident pups with a keen intellect and a desire to work and play.
We are interested in finding a home for a co-owned boy from this litter.
After this litter Summer will not be entertaining another litter for a little while as we have plans to turn her paw to some sports: Obedience, Agility and Herding and see how far we can get.
He would've been TWO on the weekend. Only TWO. And yet we never even got that much. My heart still breaks into little pieces and the tears are still as fresh as they were 8 months ago. Each month I go through the cycle of dates, trying to fill the days and trying not to remember, as if somehow i can stop the passage of time. The guilt of going a whole day without consciously thinking of him and somehow feeling i'm betraying his memory, moving on too soon, forgetting him. I really have to stop punishing myself, but there is so much anger and guilt inside of me. I avoided the Facebook posts over the weekend, and thought i'd dodged a bullet. But i came across one just now, celebrating his siblings and remembering him and his brother, also passed, and the tears have come again like an avalanche. I really miss our little man. RIP Titan.
Last year, the Finnish Lapphund Club of NSW decided to hold Pointscore competitions. For those not familiar with showing, Pointscore competitions are sponsored by breed clubs and are held at nominated shows throughout the year. Points are allocated to the breed winners (Best of Breed, Challenge etc) and accumulate through the year.
The NSW club decided that they also wanted to promote sports achievements as well as show wins and so they set about dividing up all the sports into categories/qualifications and titles and weighted them each accordingly. They elected to have both a National and NSW State winner.
16 dogs competed from all over the country and in various fields: Herding, Tracking, Obedience, Rally-O, Agility.
I'm very pleased to say our beautiful cream delight, Mischa (Au Ch & Neut Ch. Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RA), took out the honours for NSW. She also came 3rd nationally to Armahani's Emmi (Mischa's grandmother) and Louis (the highest titled performance and show Finnish Lapphund in the country) so she's keeping fantastic company.
Pretty amazing, considering she only competed for half the year, as we then moved states and didn't compete any further for the year.
Here she is with her ribbon which was delivered at the Dog Lovers Show by her 'other' favourite human, Shell.
Today we took Dolce, Mischa and Summer to man the FLCV's breed exhibit stall at the Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne.
It was a huge day with thousands of visitors, hundreds of them passing by the stall to visit the dogs and learn about the breed.
It was a lovely day to meet and greet the public and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed all the attention.
We took a few minutes out to get a few photos of the girls wearing a FLCV hat.
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