We entered 4 Championship Shows and an Open show over the Queens Birthday weekend.
Koda came home for the weekend and we really want to have him out and about as much as we can while he's still young and socialising so he's thoroughly used to being in the ring with other dogs. So it was great to see a few entries for the weekend.
Summer decided just 2 weeks ago that she didn't need her coat anymore and i was hoping she'd still look respectable on the weekend as she's shedding coat thick and fast at the moment.
It seemed her new streamlined self caught the judges eye as she did incredibly well over the weekend, taking 3 out of the 4 Bitch Challenges and a tidy 31 points. She converted 2 of them to Runner Up Best of Breed, earning herself a pretty ribbon at the Spitz Show, sponsored by the FLCV.
Koda also had a good weekend. He was handled by several new people and is getting the hang of standing still, though gaiting and being examined is still a bit of a work in progress, with him getting better as the weekend went on.
Aslak also did nicely, scoring two Reserve Dog Challenges. No points, unfortunately, but he gave a good account of himself and didn't put a foot wrong all weekend.
The dogs were all on their best behaviour and did everything asked of them so I couldn't be prouder.
Of course, the usual 'Nuggies' were purchased on the way home. Koda is a bit of a fan of this tradition and enthusiastically joined in on dinner celebrations
Well it was a bit of a whirlwind weekend as we headed to Sydney early on Saturday, to show at the 2nd FLCNSW Specialty Show.
I borrowed Koda for the weekend and he was behaving just like a typical puppy and I wasn't sure what we'd see in the ring. But it turns out he was a little rock star. He was the only one in his class but even standing in the hot sun for the Challenge lineup, he was a little champion, standing when i asked, moving when we needed to, and being sheltered from the sun by me and getting tummy rubs when we could relax a little. I was so proud of Koda, he did so well this weekend.
Koda was eventually awarded Minor Puppy in Show, with his sister, Boo, taking Opposite Minor Puppy in Show.
Aslak, shown by Megan, was the perfect superstar he always is and won the Junior Dog Class and took Opposite Junior in Show.
Dolce was in fine form, annoyed at all the barking dogs, he'd had enough before we even entered the ring and made me work incredibly hard for a surprise 2nd place in the Aust Bred Dog class.
As I wasn't sure how my injured ankle would hold up I'd already made the decision to hand over the girls.
Summer was handled by Linda to win the Open Bitch Class and then take Reserve Bitch Challenge and Opposite Open in Show.
Mischa was handled by her breeder, Jacq, and took 2nd in the Neuter Bitch Class.
There were also a few property classes and collectively the Caleebra crew won:
Best Breeders Team - With Koda(B), Lexie(A), Alleria(A) and Boo(B).
Best Coated Bitch - Alleria
Best Headed Dog - Aslak
The following day was the Royal. I withdrew Dolce and showed Koda and Summer, both took 2nd place in their classes.
I decided to take Aslak and Summer for a trip to Canberra for the Royal Show. Entries were due in months ago and at the time i wasn't sure if Summer would have her coat back in time. Surprisingly she's almost back in full coat, and just growing past that fluffy, puffy looking stage.
I injured my ankle a few weeks ago so I'd already decided I couldn't show either of them myself, and it was a bit of a nailbiter, as Summers handler arrived as the Baby Puppy Dog was being judged but fortunately the judging was at a reasonable pace and there was plenty of time to get into the ring.
Royal Canberra Show Best of Breed went to Summer.
Runner up Best of Breed and Dog Challenge went to Aslak.
Linda handled Summer through to the Group and Jeanette handled Aslak. Both the dogs did their very best and I couldn't be happier with their results as they both did so well on the day.
Other highlights included seeing Lexie and Alleria again. The first time i've seen them since the NSW show about 10 months ago. They're so grown up now and looking like Junior girls. Coat dropping on both, although Alleria has so much coat that its not as noticeable and they both showed well on the day. I was so proud of all of the Caleebra crew. It was a long drive home and we're tired but happy. And now having a break until the next big trip north, at the end of the month.
It was an epic weekend of showing for us with 6 shows from Friday through Monday with a day off on Sunday. Results were pretty amazing actually and we're really happy with how our dogs went.
The dogs have had an incredibly long time away from the show ring with the exception of the NSW Specialty a couple of months ago, so it was quite a big change of pace to suddenly be showing for consecutive days, and at very late shows with us spending nearly 12 hours at the grounds for Friday and Saturdays shows.
It was my first time handling Aslak again since the NSW show and I messed him up in the Friday AM show, with him taking 2nd place (of 2) in his class. By the afternoon show we were working as a team and Aslak won his class and was also the Reserve Dog Challenge winner.
Megan handled him for the rest of the weekend and he continued to do really well, winning his class and another Reserve Dog Challenge, before taking Minor Puppy in Show at the FLCV Specialty.
I'd entered the Spitz show months ago and bumped Aslak up into the older class to avoid clashes with Fenix in the Minor class (who was absent on the day) and he did pretty well, taking a 2nd place (of 3) against older competition. He didn't miss a beat all weekend and is so easy going we just love seeing this little guy doing so well.
Summer also did really well on the weekend being awarded 1 x Best of Breed, 1 x Runner up Best of Breed, 2 x Reserve Bitch Challenge and Opposite Intermediate in Show at the FLCV Specialty. She was a little star the whole weekend too and was very happy to come home and receive cuddles.
Mischa was also entered as she enjoys earning treats and showing off, with practice shows (and 2 x Neuter of Breed) on Saturday and taking 2nd place (of 2) in the Neuter Bitch class at the Specialty. She won a bottle of Chardonnay but as she's too young to drink, we'll toast her when we open it later.
Aslak has gone home to Megan and we won't see him again for a little while as his next shows are the Border Challenge weekend at Albury. We are sure he and Megan will have a great time.
We grabbed a few candid (phone) photos which aren't great quality but the dogs don't mind, as long as there's treats involved.
The FLCNSW's inaugural specialty show has been and gone. We entered the show mainly to show support to the club, not actually expecting to attend, even entering Summer who is woefully out of coat after having a litter in November last year. But at the last minute we decided to make the trip. We'd entered all our dogs but took 4 up for the day (3 to show) and were met by Lexie (Summer x Dolce daughter) also competing on the day.
It's been almost a year since we've been at a show and there were a few exuberant moments with the dogs so excited to be out again that they forgot their show training.
We had a nice day out with some nice results.
Aslak Av Vintervidda (Imp NOR) awarded 1st place Baby Puppy Dog (of 2) and Baby Puppy in Show. Not bad for his first show. We hope his success and enjoyment of showing continues.
Caleebra Armani Acqua unplaced in the Baby Puppy Bitch class (of 5). She was happy to have the judge go over her, happy enough to move, but staying still in a stack is still a work in progress. She takes after her mother, in that respect.
Ch. Lecibsin Sametti (Imp UK) awarded 3rd place Intermediate Bitch (of 6).
Ch & Neut Ch Armahani Bloodstone Bilaidit RA 2nd place (of 2) Neuter bitch after skipping around the ring in her general excitement to be showing again. She was also awarded Best Coated Neuter (of 3).
Alleria (another Summer x Dolce daughter) also came along for the day to visit and spent most of it wrestling with all the other dogs, including Lexie and Aslak.
We were packed up and in the car straight after the show and headed home, arriving just after 2:30am.
The next day was a quiet one as everyone recovered.
We have a few more shows coming up over the next few months with our new boy Aslak hitting the show scene in Victoria
Pompe's Disease (GSD-II)
We received the happy news that Summers mother and father have both tested Clear for Pompes (GSD-II) which means that Summer is clear by parentage. As Dolce's parents have also tested clear (making him also Clear by Parentage) this also clears our A litter of pups born in November 2013.
Health test results are published on the Lapphund Club of Finlands website periodically. Anyone can submit results for their dogs to be included on this site, predominantly set up for Finlands registered Swedish and Finnish Lapphunds and Lapponian Herders.
Click here for the list of Pompes tested Lappies or here for the homepage
Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (CDM / DM / DGMY) With information coming to light recently that an unrelated Finnish Lapphund in Australia tested as a Carrier for a gene mutation linked to the disease Canine Degenerative Myelopathy, we decided to screen Summer and Dolce for this mutation, getting the all clear and subsequently clearing our A litter.
While there will continue to be many questions surrounding the disease, including its prevalence and its impact, if any, on the Finnish Lapphund, we elected to screen our dogs to have as complete a picture as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
'The Armani Collection have all departed for new homes across the states of Australia.
We have been hearing stories about their progress with their new families and the delight they are bringing their owners. We are so thrilled to have such happy, vibrant puppies, bringing so much joy to their new owners.
Their registration papers are back and our webpages have been updated. There is more information on the litter here. Photos below taken at 8 weeks by our wonderful friend at MG Studios
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.
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