Puppies - Winter and Summer

Starting with Vader whelping on the 21st June (for Kira at Ehana Kennels) we had a very busy couple of days lined up.

Caleebra Welcomed the Heart Litter (Winter x Aslak) on the 23rd June.

and Summers final litter (Summer x Nikke) on the 26th June.

Heart Litter were named for Marvel characters: 4 boys: Banner, Bucky, Fury and StanLee, 3 girls: Marvel, Valkyrie, Wanda.

 

Banner headed off to NZ, Bucky and Wanda stayed in Victoria, Fury to Sydney, Marvel to Brisbane and StanLee and Valkyrie to South Australia.
By all accounts they settled in very well in their new homes and are keeping owners on their toes.

 

Summers 5 girls were named for Pitch Perfects' Barden Bellas: Aubrey, Beca, Chloe, Cynthia-Rose and Stacie.

Aubrey headed off to Tasmania, Beca to Queensland while Chloe, Cynthia-Rose and Stacie all stayed in Victoria.

First half of 2019 Titles and Awards

My goodness our puppies and their owners have been BUSY!

I was well behind on my news updates and thought i'd quickly accrue a list of highlights. It's quite a list.

February

Lexie earns her Neuter Champion Title. She took a bunch of Neuter in Show and Neuter in Group wins along the way too. Her newfound excitement about shows has a lot to do with the awesome treats on offer for really just standing still and trotting in a circle sometimes.
Its 'Easy Money' for Lexie. She even enjoys the pamper sessions that go along with it. Except the nail cutting. She opts out of that every time.

March

Lexie earned that elusive last pass to earn her Rally Advanced Title. Lexie gets distracted by the possibilities of rabbits in the bushes that even gusts of wind that rustle the bushes have her ears pricked and Jeanette working double time to bring her back.
She also really enjoys Lure Coursing, and its no wonder when the desire to chase is so strong. We're so proud she finally pulled it together long enough to get that final pass. Way to go.

Eva earnt her Jumping Dog Title. The quiet achievers: Wendy and Eva surprise me with results like this over and over again and i'm so glad that Eva has Wendy and her daughter Kiera who love teaching her and taking her to all these trials and events. 

 

April

Both Vegas and Jaina earnt their Champion show titles. Vegas once again flew in to Bundaberg for their Easter shows with Kira as i had all the girls (including Kira's girl Vader) at home here in season with mating plans underway for them.
I'd given up on my girls and decided i was going to Bundy this year for sure. So of course the girls finally came into season 2 months later (probably delayed due to our move). So i stayed home and Vegas and Kira went and showed their socks off as well.

Jaina decided to drop her coat but Leah was determined, and pulled off the last needed points for Jaina to earn her title. Of course she's since been out of coat for months, but Leahs not concerned anymore as she's started on Jaina's flyball foundations.

 

May 

Eva and Wendy were at it again, earning not only an Endurance Title (20km with several stops for a dodgy bike chain or toilet breaks which had them racing to resume their position in the lineup) but also that scary CCD (Obedience) title. Like many of us, the Obedience trialling ring is not frequented by Lappies. Especially mine, who appreciate the chatter that goes along with Rally and either get concerned or switch off when the people aren't allowed to talk to them. Obedience is hard, y'all. But they did it.

June
Kova earnt his title in style, going Runner up Best Exhibit in Group. Over the moon for the Nicole and Kova team. They've been working so hard and this was such a high.
Tawnee earnt a Snooker Dog Agility title. Really this was amazing as she had a litter of pups in April and her comeback from babies was amazing. 
Aslak earnt his Junior Courser (Lure Coursing) Title. He also went on to eventually be crowned Fastest Lappie in Australia in the Battle of the States Lure Coursing Challenge. Way to go Assy.

That wraps up the first half of the year. 
What a list!

Wrap Up for 2018

As the years beginning to wind up, we're planning an interstate move shortly, and my dogs are dropping their coats like they want to live in a nudist colony (in preparation for the hot summer months), i felt i may as well draft the wrap up for the year.

Our dogs were on fire in 2018, competing across Conformation Shows, Rally, Agility, Sled Sports, Flyball and Tricks. Between them they've accrued 17 titles this year and i'm both proud and humbled by the training time and dedication of their owners as well as their commitment to do more with their dogs.  

On the show front, our Lappies have also had an incredible year. From youngsters taking surprise wins, to our show stars being recognised and awarded top honours. Many thanks again to the dedication and hard work of their owners.
There are often many km's travelled and a lot of behind the scenes training for those few minutes in the trial or show ring.
As very bad breeders/owners,  we haven't kept track of all our wins this year, mostly because the results don't really matter as long as we're having a good day out. But there were a couple of notable Best of Breeds against both large and medium entries, and multiple classes in group from our youngsters in particular that just thrill me. Of course we also have a number of wonderful, loved and adored pets keeping their hearts warm and their bodies active. To all of our puppy owners we send a special thank you for the care, love and companionship.  

Titles Earned in 2018
Tawnee  Agility, Sled Sports 4
Eva Rally 3
Vader Show, Lure Coursing, Tricks  3
Winter Show, Lure Coursing 2
Suvi Tricks 1
Dolce Rally 1
Summer Rally 1
Lexie Show 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also we were delighted to have the beautiful Miss Poppy be Delta Therapy certified.  She's a real people pleaser and we think she's going to really enjoy visiting the elderly and helping to brighten their day. 

A couple of big months for Caleebra

We gathered at Harden for an impromptu reunion and a couple of shows.

Knowing Winter was only 6 points away from her Australian Champion title, I had entered with the sole purpose of catching up with friends.
It'd been a while since we'd seen each other, and Winter was the second youngest girl in the field.

So I was completely surprised to have Winter awarded one of the two Bitch Challenges over the weekend and earn those final points for her title..
It seems to happen when i least expect it. 
I'm so thrilled with Winter. She is my first home bred and handled Champion. The puppy who wouldn't leave.
I think i'll keep her around a while longer yet. She's a keeper :)

Late in September we entered another weekend of shows. The ACT Spring Carnival and Working Dog Specialty shows with 4 shows held over 3 days.
We were surprised to discover 16 Finnish Lapphund entries on the first day. The largest entry we've seen here in a while and it made for a bit of a spectacle for the locals and a great opportunity for people wanting to meet the breed and learn more about them.

Summer is finally finished with her phantom pregnancy. She's really affected by these quite strongly. But she's my bouncy, happy girl again and i knew she'd be 'on' on the weekend. Finally.
However, to my complete surprise and delight, Summer was awarded Best of Breed for the first 3 shows. Even more surprising was to have Winter take Reserve Bitch behind her mum at all 3 shows and convert 2 of them to Runner up Best of Breed.

Then Winter did one better on the last day. She took Best of Breed, and her mum, Summer took the Reserve Bitch and Runner up Best of Breed.

To add to my amazing weekend, Summer pulled off not 1 but 2 Best Exhibit in Show. One was under Mrs Ros Barden (NSW) who is studying Group 5. She was lovely and so excited to have such beautiful Lapphunds to judge. She thanked us several times over and had a lot to say about the quality of her entry

The second was under Dr. William Crozier. It wasn't until we saw him that i suddenly recalled he'd judged the very first Finnish Lapphund Specialty show in NSW in 2014. The last time he'd seen Summer she was post whelp naked.
I was delighted to show under him again and he was so impressed with Summer that he awarded her Best in Show. He also awarded Winter Reserve Bitch Challenge behind her mum.

It didn't stop there though. We had a few of our Caleebra girls at the show and they all did quite well.
Jaina, Aura and Vader all won their class in the Open Show under Mrs Ros Barden (NSW).
The lineup for best bitch headed by Summer, was all Caleebra bred girls. As the judge deliberated she thanked us for a line up of Beautiful Lapphunds and i took my eyes off Summer to look down the line and thats when it struck me.
Those 'Beautiful Lapphunds' were all mine. Summer - Vader - Winter - Aura and Jaina. It was a wonderful and surreal moment and a real rainbow of colours. 

Dogs ACT Working Dog Open Show
Sat 29th Sept 2018
Judge: Mrs Ros Barden (NSW)

Minor Dog
Snofyre Legend of Tomorrow (AI) - Lafayette

Aust Bred Dog
Ch Snofyre Iconic Adventure JC - Finley

Open Dog
Ch Theldaroy Suklaa Crispello NTD WPD - Ryker

DCC: Ryker
RDCC: Lafayette

Puppy Bitch
1. Caleebra Calamity Jane (AI) - Jaina
2. Snofyre Legend of the Brave (AI) - Saskia

Junior Bitch
1. Caleebra Gardian Gamora (AI) - Aura
2. Snofyre Kreating Kaos - MacKenzie

Intermediate Bitch
1. Ch Caleebra Fearless Heart (AI) JC - Winter
2. Snofyre Hear Me Roar (AI) - Noelle

Aust Bred Bitch
1. Ch Caleebra Diamond Empress JC ITD - Vader
2. Ch Caleebra Armani Diamond RE JC AFCh ATD
- Alleria

Open Bitch
1. Ch Lecibsin Sametti RN (Imp UK) - Summer
2. Ch Snofyre Fortune Favrs Th Brave - Rohkea

BOB/BCC - Summer
RuBOB/RBCC - Winter

Neuter Bitch
1. Ch Neut Ch Snofyre Alluring Arya - Arya
2. Ch Caleebra Armani Aqua RN JC - Lexie

BEST IN SHOW + Open in Show - Summer
Minor in Show - Lafayette
Puppy in Show - Jaina
Neuter in Show - Arya

Dogs ACT Working Dog Specialty
Sun 30th Sept 2018
Judge: Dr. W Crozier (NSW)

Minor Puppy Dog
Snofyre Legend of Tomorrow (AI) - Lafayette

Intermediate Dog
Ch Snofyre Iconic Adventure JC - Finley

DCC: Finley
RDCC: Lafayette

Puppy Bitch
1. Snofyre Legend of the Brave (AI) - Saskia

Junior Bitch
1. Snofyre Kreating Kaos - MacKenzie

Intermediate Bitch
1. Ch Caleebra Fearless Heart (AI) JC - Winter
2. Snofyre Hear Me Roar (AI) - Noelle

Aust Bred Bitch
1. Ch Korpi LadyArabellaMountain - Bella

Open Bitch
1. Ch Lecibsin Sametti RN (Imp UK) - Summer
2. Ch Snofyre Fortune Favrs Th Brave - Rohkea

BCC - Summer
RBCC - Winter

BOB - Summer
RuBOB - Finley

Neuter Bitch
1. Ch Caleebra Armani Aqua RN JC - Lexie
2. Ch Neut Ch Snofyre Alluring Arya - Arya

BEST IN SHOW - Summer
Runner up Neuter in Show - Lexie

In the sports Arena, Eva (Caleebra Burberrys Brit (AI)) has been quietly powering through trials.

She entered her first Rally Trial in May and by the end of September had earned her Rally Novice, Advance and Excellent titles.
She's also competing in the Obedience arena with passes towards her first level Obedience Title (CCD) and has also earned her first passes in Agility Jumping.

Wendy and Eva have always had a strong bond, so it's no surprise at all to see them competing so well together. I wish them all the best of luck.

 

 

Winter Sports - June 2018

Zeke awarded Best Dog at the FLCV Specialty Show. What a day. While i was enjoying the sunshine standing around a paddock watching dogs chase plastic bags (Lure Coursing) i received the exciting news that Zeke (Caleebra Fearless Hero (AI)) had been awarded Best Dog at the FLCV Specialty Open Show. Not in my wildest dreams had i expected that. I still think of him as such a baby, like his sister, Winter.
It was bittersweet for me, as I couldn't be there in person. I can't believe I actually suggested to Zeke's owners that they didn't really need to go as I couldn't be there to help them.
Robyn Sharp (Janoby Kennels) handled him to that win and i'm so incredibly grateful.
For Best in Show Zeke was beaten by a bitch with multiple international titles, and runner up went to an Australian Grand Champion. Not bad company at all.

Winter earned her Junior Courser Title the same day Zeke was strutting around the show ring. She's such a little trooper and so easy going. She's worked out the Lure Coursing game now though and enjoys herself immensely.
She's also had some success in the show ring, beating her mother quite a few times (helped that Summer is out of coat) and is now so close to her title. Of course she picked that moment to come into season, missing 11 local shows, and now nothing locally for a few months. Oh well, she'll get there when she gets there.

A few weeks later and an in-season Winter i felt was sure to ruin my chances at the double Rally trial in Canberra. But surprisingly Dolce still had plenty of focus, and pulled off 2 very nice Rally Excellent passes with 4th place in both trials. Just one to go now for his title.
Summer found the 6hr wait between runs a little too much and lost her focus for the last trial, but scraped through with 2 passes including a 5th place in the first trial, to earn her Rally Novice Title.

Lexie also lost her brain on her 2nd trial but gained a beautiful pass in the morning trial towards her Rally Advanced titles

Vader completes another leg of her Working Pack Dog Title. Unfortunately an accident has Vader on crate rest for 6 weeks and she'll miss completing the last leg for the title this year. 

Eva was the surprise though. Wendy has been super keen to get back into dog things with Eva and finally it all came together. She pulled out some beautiful passes to earn her Rally Novice Title. So proud of this fantastic pair.