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.
Aslak from Vintervidda Kennels in Norway will soon be calling Australia home.
Christian selected this ridiculously chunky monkey to come to us, believing it 'not fair' that he have all the fun and spoils, having two half brothers of Aslak at home: the very successful Ukkonen and handsome Elias, both of whom Aslak closely resembles, and we really are incredibly grateful to have been afforded this opportunity.
Those who know of our heartbreak last year with the loss of our beloved puppy Titan will notice that Aslak shares the same Dam, Lumiturpa Tytön Tyllerö and this was a huge factor in our decision to import this handsome boy. We adore Tyllerö and were devastated to lose Titan at not even 16 months old. With my heart still raw with pain, our own litter only 2 days older than Tyllerö's, and then notice of the impending changes to Australia's quarantine laws all crashing in at once, I submitted an Import Application with quarantine, effectively a place holder, giving me time for the litters to grow up and to think about what I wanted to do.
Not sure i would actually cope with having such a strong reminder of Titan in a half sibling of his at home, I approached Megan of Aetherglow Kennels about the option of co-owning him with us. Megan had also been a fan of Titan and understood exactly where i was coming from: delighted to be able to recapture some of him but anxious that i wasn't emotionally ready. We also have different lines at home and feel Aslak will be complementary to both of our breeding programs without overlapping pedigrees or compromising on those ideals we hold important. And so Aslak will be co-owned with and live with Megan and the Aetherglow crew, though we will be having frequent visits from him here at home too.
The last few days, i've seen and heard more and more and had a bit of time to appreciate this puppy for himself and i'm really delighted that Christian has agreed to let him go. He's drawn a lot of comparisons to Ukkonen and suggested that he'd be perfect for his breeders team (a common show entry in Europe) alongside his two half brothers. We're just very lucky that Christian likes us enough to send this little guy our way and we are excited to finally meet him in a few weeks.
Photos of Aslak by Vintervidda Kennels © Caleebra
Today Titan gained his final points to become an Australian Champion. He will be known as Aus Ch. Pakkanen Av Vintervidda (Imp NOR).
We are super proud of this puppy. Its hard to believe he's actually 14 months old now as he still delights us every day with his 'happy go lucky' charming puppy ways.
He was handled to his title by our friend Mel Scriven from Lempo Kennels in Victoria. Mel loves this little guy almost as much as we do and when i was worrying about Summer coming into season and wondering if i should try to send him on a holiday (to protect his puppy innocence from dealing with the hormones and to protect me from him becoming a hormone driven boy) she volunteered before i could finish the thought aloud. So we started the planning, before we even found out we were going to be moving to Victoria. We'd already scheduled a show outing or two around some sheep herding for the month or so we were expecting Summer to be in season. I was thinking i was clever to get him some sheep time (which we just dont get here) and now he's the advance party for our move and he'll get to see sheep for almost 2 years.. So, off he went, without a care in world, on the plane down to Victoria. Mel picked him up and he was perfectly fine and is apparently wooing the donkeys next door to their house and trying to charm the Samoyed at home and the Lappies and Ladies in Victoria. Best of luck to our little star, we're sure he'll find a few more fans. These photos were taken by Nicole Toohey (Lumottu Kennels) to capture our big guys big day. Thank you Nicole.
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