Blog during 2009
2009-12-25 Christmas eve was a nice and calm
happening at our house :)
Brizna is not tip-top in her stomach - all snow? she is the
best plow we got ...... - no extra Christmas food for her in
other words =(
Here are the photos of the puppies at 4 weeks of age! To
arrange photos of them standing in this age (referring to
the pups age...... nothing else......) is almost impossible!
Patience, patience and a lot of hour later they where
finally done! Blue and wine red found Briznas bowl with food
today. She had not even touch it yet so the crocks where
soft by the water and both puppies ate good! ...... hahahah.
More photos in the a-litter album on their site as soon as
possible. Tomorrow it is archery-competition on the schedule
Yellow to the left and Lime to the right
2009-12-22 Well, everybody that are waiting for some
3 weeks photos and updates, here it comes .... Have taken
time of in middle of all preparations for Christmas
calibration and latterly DRAGGED
myself away from the puppies nest! It is happening so much
with them now, every day something new in their development.
This is one of the lucky times as a breeder - to get the
chance to see a litter develop from birth to they day they
leave for the big world - and all so close! When they open
their eyes, when you definite can say they now can hear and
the first wave of tails that is not accidently (or pure
instinct) and when they first come towards you - even though
they hardly can walk - just because they hear you
talking...... wow.... you do understand I am behind schedule
in preparation for Christmas, right?!
celebrated the puppies 3 week of age with..... deworming!
Urk they felt all of
them. hahahaha ..... The crossed meat afterwards where much
more in their taste :)
Now the whole gang got teeth - feel way more in there
than it actually is! and like children everything will be
exam by mouth. Brizna has started to play with them outside
the nest. They are now in so much control of their bodies
that they can do small attacks towards her. It looks so fun
when they, without any hesitation, are attacking one a lot
bigger than they are!! After the play both Brizna and the
puppies are sleeping good for a long time! She plays very
gentle with them and are mostly buffing them with her nose
but not as hard as they fall. Good Mum! They, on the other
hand, are grabbing what ever they can on her and back of
with it still inside the mouth!
Photos of the litter when they are 4 week will be updated
the day after Christmas eve - I think I can promise that.
They will be 4 week on Christmas eve, but in Sweden, that is
the day we eat all good food and give Christmas presents, so
the computers will stay of! I also hope I will get help so
it will be the first side photos standing ; )
you all a Merry Christmas!
2009-12-17 The puppies at the age of 3 weeks!
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Do you know that it is no problem what so ever to sleep,
yawn and give food to puppies while sitting!?!
Oh, yes! It is true, Brizna can!
Yesterday Rex meet his offspring for the first time. The
puppy I had in my lap he exam with a lots of interest, but
to close to the puppies box he did not dear to go. He
sniffed in the air from distains and that was quite smart of
him because Brizna kept herself kindly but determined
between the box and Rex. She gave him a couple of pushes
with her nose to make sure he understood to keep the right
distant and he did. ;-)
Also the puppies had their first taste of crossed
meat..... well that where a success.... yes, they behaved
like crazy walking all over each other and fought to get
closest to get more! They also had to duck for the drops
coming out of Briznas mouth! There where only one taken it
calmly. The red female where not fighting for more like the
rest of them, no instead she stayed put (laying down) and
just waited for the meat to come to here!!!
Today the A-litter is 2 weeks old and they can all see
and hear. Some of them have already started to show their
charm by waving the tail when you talk to them or even
answered loudly!! :) Except for taken the weight of the
puppies and take photos of them I have today clean up the
house. Göte and I have been married for 21 years today! I
even got 5 roses from him :) We had a nice dinner with wine
and salad and when we had our coffee and cake afterwards we
looked at the Nobel festival - only to se the desert and the
lovely dresses they have. It has been a tradition to se it
on TV every ear.
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2009-12-09 Yesterday when taken weight I noticed that
all are now over 1000 gram =)
only two left with just a sign of eyes to open the rest have
open theirs now
Today we tried to take some new photos and the attention
where to get head profile......yeah right!!! Now when they
all have eyes, the two left open theirs today, they would
definite not have their heads in one direction long enough
for the photographer to take the photo. The photos went
blur, they had their heads hanging or in some total other
direction than we wanted. lol....... puppies are not easy to
work with.... Jennifer where behind the camera today and I
tried to hold them still as long as a cold. Well tomorrow
they will turn 2 weeks of age and we will do a new try ;-)
New photos are updated at their own photo page - look under
Second in advent! - so soon?! We have made train,
house and outdoors-toilet in gingerbread for the winter land
today. I also tried to order new carpets to the living room
but no luck there. Everything sold out and I am not
surprised - two big carpets for the price of one. The
Christmas curtains I want where also sold out so I guess I
have to go for the old once this year too.
They lovely pack in the nest are 10 days today and I could
see they have started to open their eyes! They had also made
some kind of pact today - every time I lifted the camera
they yawn!!! You take a look your selves. Click on the
2009-12-05 Brizna has, as all my females have had,
her own way of given food to the small ones!! While she is
laying on her back total up side down the puppies will get
strong bone muzzles and are training their balance at the
same time eating......
wish I could give them names already because I got very nice
once to use, but it it not yet time for the buyers to choose
yet, so I just have to wait. Some of the buyers have chosen
the name they want for their puppy on A and that is nice.
Beside I do not know yet witch one to put on breeding-terms.
I do know her name will be Alpha! When they where born there
where two I liked right away, but now there are two others
that also are coming more and more..... well this is a nice
problem I think :) .... One female are not booked and
as they are have turned out so far I have no problem letting
one female stay at home at all ;) They are so nice I love to
keep two out of this litter... :)
2009-12-03 Today the puppies are 1 week of age and
we have taken new weight. All have double their weight from
birth and some even more!!! lol food monsters ?!! New photos
taken and there are more to see at the A-litters own photo
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Now we have entered the Christmas month! When I got up early
this morning the whole area where frosty and it was quite
cold outside. Brrrrr......
I had to take some photos despite the kill outside, but I
did not take that many and where back inside rather quick!!
AND it is much nicer and warmer to photo the puppies anyway
it has gone one week since the litter was born ..... where
did that week go? They are eating and growing, eating and
growing. New photos of them will be updated tomorrow! In the
guestbook a lot of peoples have suggested female names on A
- Fun and Thank you all! - some of them are not that odd, in
fact rather common but good names anyway and I did have them
on my list already. But there are a few very nice and odd
names I do like a lot and I have picked some of them out and
will use these.
2009-11-30 We have taken new weight of the
puppies today =) They have all gain weight good except for
the small male (green) who is a little bit behind the others
in gaining, but he has gain weight too. Brizna is ripping
the newspapers in small stripes and putting the stripes over
the puppies to cover them when she have to leave the nest to
get out, eat and drink water! Good MUM! =)
4 days old
4 days old
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2009-11-28 Guess my surprise when suddenly Brizna
stood beside me in the kitchen today! Her tail waived so
hard the whole body moved form side to side! Happy she is so
"fit for fight" already BUT
not leave the puppies so soon, thank you! After a quick stop
in our backyard and some food she ran upstairs to the
puppies again - good girl =)
In the evening we weighted the puppies and took photos of
them. Easy to deal with? NO, not so cooperative despite they
are only two days old. All of them had gain weight really
Went to bed early (for me early) only to get
again because Brizna started to deliver the puppies =) 00:20
in the morning (or rather night) the first puppy was born. I
saw the head when it came and the tongue was out! hm... a
puppy that poke the tongue out at the world when being
delivered...... what will become of this one with that
attitude?! It is a female (photo). Puppy number 2, a male,
came 00:53. Then 3 more females: 01:08, 01:19, 01:31. Puppy
number 6, a male, came 02:15. The last female came 02:50.
Brizna had 7 puppies in around 2,5 hours! I have never have
had that fast delivery befor!! All are doing fine, goes for
our great mother Brizna too =) Thank you Maria, Kennel
Sinjanus, for the company and help. The first photos of the
litter are not so good I am afraid. The bad light in the
room forced us to use the lightening and it where to strong
it seems. I have tried to brighten them down a bit, but they
are not good. The last two we took without the lightening
and the brightness are ok but they went blurry. .....
Well this is the one we got and better than no one!
2009-11-09 This weekend has been
something I tell you! We start with
Saturday: First Angelica that got a silver medal in
archery on 25 meter indoors competition! Great done girl and
Then we got the information that
Vajert Dimma and her daughter from her first litter - Anni
von der Burgkamp - have been put up to show in Herning,
Denmark and Dimma got CAC, BOB, CACIB and the title:
DANISH CHAMPION! Anni got exc2 and became 2d best
then: Dimma got BOB and CACIB today too, as well as
the new title for Denmark: DANISH
WINNER 2009! She also became
DKK Race Winner 2009! (She is then the second
offspring from us that manage to get that title - her
grandmother, Qinza was the first!) Today, not able to take
the CAC, it went on to her daughter, Anni! Lovely! Anni also
became the 2d best female today!!! I believe the journey
back home to Germany for Andrea (owner of Dimma and breeder
of Anni "the puppy on the photo") must gone on clouds! =)
BIG grandslam and we say both congratulation and VAJERT
When news like this reach us. Our hearts gets warm and
you realize that it actually can have it´s moments of joy
and happiness to be breeder after all! I just hade to pet
Briznas big belly and explain that her aunt and cousin made
BIG names in Denmark this weekend..... I do not think she
quit got it, but she gave me kisses on my hand ;) To this we
should ad that Vajert Daphne got CK, BOB and CACIB in Växjö,
Sweden last weekend! WOW! As I said - it is a joy to be a
breeder now and then ;)
One not so happy thing have also happen - yes, why not? -
Today when I checked my guestbook there was a massage from
Jennys daughter and it made me so happy! I responded
directly and saved it ..... just to se everything go away
..... eh.... what happen? Everything was gone!
Writer, the note, my answer .... Everything! Left where just
a empty box! So if you se this, I have NOT taken your note
away, and the guestbook holder are trying to figure out what
happen and are doing their very best to get it back again.
While they are working on that I will leave your note... or
should I say "empty box" as it is now.
Please write again! Now an
explanation to the rest of you - Jenny owned Effis (Paradise
Lady) sister Alice! Now her daughter found us and where so
happy she did because Laekenois is not so common and we did
own siblings from the same litter once! We are very
happy you found us and that you wrote a note in the
guestbook about it. Thank you for that! Alice was a very
nice female and I liked her a lot. She was very good in
obedient and had a lovely character and great exterior. I do
not recall how old she became, but I know she became older
than Effi. I do hope your note can be found and put back
where it should be.... in the empty box ;)
Brizna has gain weight already so going to the vet for
the ultrasound where more a question of how many there might
be than if there where any at all. YES there are
puppies al right!! We counted to about 7-8 and in end of
November they are here =)
Our Christmas will be very
special this year! Well Rex mother, Vajert Xtra and her
littermates are born before Christmas and our Cairn terrier
- litter as well, but they where all to young to do any
harm..... wonder what this litter will do.... Christmas tree
here we come...... lol......
Got a SMS today from Railys co-owner Jeanette. They where in
Västerås today and there Raily did the mental-test at the
police force (L-test) He approved with no fear of gunfire
and they said he is suited for police- guarding- or military
(force) dog! Now it is going to be interesting to se if
there will be anyone that do not judge him out after the fur
and looks - yes, it has happened to us 2 times earlier
...... (..... well in Vajert Qinchos case one guard did not
matter. He looked at the result Qincho made at the L-test
and took him in. Qincho worked as a guard-dog until his
death.) There is lack of dogs suited for force-work in
Sweden and when it is they might think twice before letting
the looks or/and fur decide to take the dog or not!! Keeping
fingers crossed he will end up with a good owner and trainer
... and Jeanette..... you have done a tremendous job with
him - proud of you!!
The time of wonder has not passed ....... Even has
started to "trough and play"!!!! We do not know what "hit"
him but suddenly he actually thinks it is fun to play with
the stock! He for sure is a man that gives a lot of joy to
our family. There is not one day passing by we do not laugh
out loud over his behavior and things he comes up with.
Funny dog =)
It has start to show that Brizna has gain weight a little
bit ;-) she has also shown morning sickness..... nice and
hopefully the right reason for it!!! In week 44 we do the
ultrasound ... we are so excited!
One week ago (3d of October 2009) our
youngest daughter Stephanie, "played" with the computer
while I cleaned the house..... = She managed to execute the
start up files, al mails, documents and photos taken after
14th of July 2009. Everybody
that might read this and know they have sent me a mail
PLEASE resend them!!!! Now after total reboot of the
hard drive it is almost it self again. Sorry to say that
almost every photo of the mating of Rex and Brizna is gone
and also all water playing photos....... well well just to
expect with a 3 years ole in the house........
October already! The trees that is suppose to be cut before
the winter are done and we already had two nights with minus
degrees, burrrrrr....... One flower that is coming now
is the autumn-anemone (Wonder what the name could be in
English..... the photo)
The days are as lovely as a autumn day could be. + 10-12
degrees Celsius and sunny. I and the dogs are enjoying every
walk now =)
In the end of October we will do an ultrasound (echo) to se
if Brizna is pregnant for sure. However my guess is that
morning sickness will tell us sooner ;-)
Yesterday I got help by Jennifer to take some photos
of Rex and Brizna during the mating. Tank you
sweetheart! I already said that this mating is special
but this special...? When we first got out it was
cloudy, a bit windy and chilly. Rex and Brizna did there
"toilet", started to run hunting games like maniacs and
we hade to jump away not to get hit by them and off
course some wrestling. After that is was obvious time
for mating. Rex got stuck right away and when he started
to turn around the sun came thru the clouds, the wind
stopped and it became a very nice sunny autumn day!!! hm
...... wonder if one should put in any interpreter to
this or not......? well... you judge by one of the nice
photos that Jennifer got.
Now the mating is for
sure! After two days of training, courtesan, and
affectionate and tender cherish of each other it
today like "let´s get parents"
I managed to take this photo just before Rex started
with the classic stepping. Put the camera away and just
in time to help them out because he was already stuck!
They had a hanging for 7 min. this first time. What a
nice mating that happen. Both where very calm, still and
2009-09-20 Today Rex got his
"reward" ...... love-date with Brizna. They can now
pronouns themselves as truly adults!..... and Rex
like to say that if it is going to be rewards like this
he will go as many mentally-tests I can find for
2009-09-19 Finally it was time
for the BIG Swedish mentally-test. With Rex, Raika (in
the end of her fake pregnancy) and Jennifer in the car
we headed to Örebro Working club today. Mentally judges
where: Martti Keskinen and Barbro Kamleitner. Rex was
the first to enter the track of the two and did a great
job. If we should ask him he would probably say the
"trough and play" part was the best of the whole test.
.... well while thinking of it he might actually say the
mud-ditch beside the track ...........
there it was wet, cooler and nice.... when he eventually
came up from it, to say hi to the social figurant, he
had mud up to his belly ..... oh boy! (points of because
of that.....) Despite lack of concentration today (might
have something to do with Brizna has started her heat?!)
he manage to get 330 points and no fear of gunfire and
approved! The exterior-part he did before so
together with the mentally approval he got the title:
Then it was Raikas turn and she loves to
trough and play as much as Rex BUT not today!?! at least
not with the test-leader.... with Jennifer, that did the
track with her, it was no problem. Raika also went to
the public with the toy to check if anyone there where
interested to play with her, but the test-leader.....
nope! Not today anyway! (A LOTS of points where missed
because of this) The rest of the track she did very
nicely and, as her brother, she also found the ditch!!
hm...... well in the end the points, 215 and no fear of
gunfire, where to low to get approval. It does not
matter because she did what she should in the parts
where it counts and have a great quick of reaction and
that means a lot to me =) Good work girls!
Now the first month of autumn starts. brrrrr ....
shivering just thinking of it. The trees has already
started to change into autumn-suite and it is cold
outside even though the sun is shining.
Have started up the training with the
dogs after a short break. Nice to work with them again
=) I also started up the training books. In them I am
writing everything that can be good too go back to if
needed. Day, weather, moments, if anything happens -
reactions, things to remember (also especially good once
if you do something different to solve a problem), next
step etc. I discovered that I have not done "my job"
properly. Have not written every time we train like I
use to do before...... Brizna do not even got one! On
the other hand she came back 1 of April this year and I
did find notes I have made on paper..... ok promise to
get better and also to start up one for Brizna!
Today I called The Swedish Kennel Club
to listen if they had read the x-ray of Brizna yet and
if not - when they might do it. A very happy lady told
me they read it yesterday and the results are: HD A/A
and ED 0/0..... Jiiipiiiie!!!
Today he was here and after that it is working!!!!!
Keeping fingers crossed it will stay that way for a long
time. He could not find out what causing the problem,
but what ever he did to fix it - it must have been
right. Thank you!
The Oskar, this year, for
fake pregnancy goes to.... Vajert Raika....
congratulation girl! =( She is now in for hard
training to lose weight! We will re-mate on her next
heat and then we wish for a normal one - no more silent
Even in not sad at all. He has mated Vajert Xena. Now
it is up to her to produce some egg to get pups. We will
keep our fingers crossed and are looking forward to hear
about the ultrasound in end of September.
The phone company called us today and told us that a
technician will come tomorrow...... Now we are talking!!
They could se that internet is restarting 22000
times/day and that is not right..... No? ..... Ok, Now
something seems to happen anyway!
2009-08-23 WOW! I could get my mails
today!!!!!Internet is not working properly but much
2009-08-18 Today I had a new loooooong talk
with the phone company and this time I was not nice at
all. They promised to fix this latest on Friday.........
Angelica went back to archery school today. New term
starts on Wednesday and she has a lot to do before that
not being in the flat for the whole summer.
I and the girls had a calm day in front of the TV
watching the WC. We have got a nasty cold and are
keeping fingers crossed it is not the flue everyone is
2009-08-13 Had a new "session" with the phone
company today and again they promised to fix the problem
within the week..... yeh, right!..... I will believe
that when I can send this blog up to the homepage!!!
Today our youngest daughter, Stephanie, is having
her 3 birthday. She became very happy over her gifts and
we had a lovely cake that our oldest girl, Angelica,
made. Thank you love!
2009-08-06 Today the phone company fixed the
problem with the phone but we still have problems with
internet. I can not get my mails either! Getting tired
over this by now...........
2009-08-02 We have now been out of phone for
one week... and internet is living its on life it seems.
Hopefully we will have everything fixed within this
week, but the phone company could not promise anything.
Got a mail from Carole telling that Vajert Balto now
got a new title in rally obedience. WOW! Boy you are so
good and we are so proud over you too! Congratulation!
Friday we got a mail from Sonja that Vajert Inka past
away the 24 of July 2009. We are so sorry and our
thoughts goes to you Sonja.
This weekend Angelica and I have been at Junior-SM
for hunt/field/board archery in Edsbyn.
We went up to the camp on Thursday and had Brizna
with us. On Friday the first competition took place.
Hunt track and Angelica was group leader this
day. Here she is reading the information she has to tell
the others in the group.
some information from the arrangers everybody goes to
the warm up/in shooting aria and will then see the
targets that will be at the track. after the in
shooting everybody goes back to the pole of the group
and the judges follows the group out the where they
shall start their track. They also tells them how
long time it is left for first arrow to be shoot away.
The group will then follow the marks of the track and
after 15 targets they have lunch brake and then 15 more
targets to take care of. 3 arrows i allowed to use on
each target. The first arrow that is in point zone is
the one counting. That means if arrow 1 is a point arrow
you do not have to shoot any more, do you choose to
shoot one more and number 2 will hit the heart (highest
point) number 1 is still the points you get!
come back from the track with all arrows safe is a good
competition among the shooters - and the parents (read
the one paying for the the arrows...) will agree - even
though the points total may not be so good.
This was Angelicas second competition in hunting
track and her first with the new bow (she only got if
for one month)! All arrows where safe home, but she lost
the screw that is holding the arrow shelf on the
Angelica have had no chance to train for
hunting track because her home club do not got any and
the one the gymnasium have - nobody have had time yet to
show her where it is located, therefore the points total
was not as good as she hoped for, but she did much
better than last time anyway =) and she had a great time
in the woods =) She loves the competition form and will
train it as soon as she is down at the gymnasium again
and as soon as she knows where the track is. (hm... I do
not know what I like that..... paying for the
arrows......). The photo, a bow left, is the start
target for her group. They shall now count the distance
to the target, from the pole, nail the arrow in the ring
(hopefully) to get the highest points or at least
somewhere on the body that gives points. There are parts
on the body that is "dead zoon" = no points to count.
For example: it is the the feet and peek on birds, the
horns on the deer etc. Depending on wish arrow that is
the point arrow they got different points. Therefore the
arrows are marked with 1, 2 or 3. At the first target (a
bow) Angelica had one arrow flying way up over the
target and we found it in the woods (the wood
started about 25-35 meter behind the target)!!! The
distance to the target was about 50-55 meter in this
Next target where birds (you chose wish one to shoot
at - the photo down).
the tricky part is 1) to count the distance 2) calculate
that the ground is going uphill 3) Keep the balance! 4)
The wind- if there is any. Angelica had bad points luck
here.... The first arrow was a pointing one, she became
unsure if it was in so she took a second arrow. That one
hit the heart!!!, but as the 1st one was a point arrow
that is the point she had to count.... .... in this case
it is a shame that it is not the best arrow
counting..... To walk a hunting track with 2X15 targets
is very condition taking!!! This day the sun was shining
and it was very hot in the woods - they had to drink a
lot of water not to faint. The mosquitoes had their day
for sure! Happy over the fact that over 100 peoples
where in the woods this day..... With one of the
targets they almost stepped on a snake! Thank God nobody
On Sunday (19/7) it was time for Angelica to compete
again. This time in board and in a wind with about 4-6
m/s (somebody said it was up to almost 8) and constantly
turning - sometimes straight at the shooters, sometimes
from side to side and suddenly none wind at all just to
start when the arrow was already on its way- should the
whole gang shoot 3 arrows á 12 rounds at 60 meter (in
Angelicas year class) twice with lunch in between and
finals after that. NOBODY reached the score they are
used to in the hard wind!!! The arrows dropped in front
of the board (no wind any longer) and sat very low in
the board for almost everybody given them low points.
Some other strange thing this day was actually the
weather! When we arrived to the aria the rain where
poring down. When the shooters got ready to shoot the up
warming arrows the rain stopped! Then when it was lunch
brake it started again and it rained hard. When the
speaker said the lunch brake where over the rain stopped
and the shooters could do the second round. Strange
right?!?! Angelica did new personal record and club
record, but even though she did go to the finals and
there lost over the one winning their class total, she
where not pleased over the day and her shooting at all.
After the competition we sat in the caravan talking
about this weekend before we slowly started our 420 km
way home again. The rain where poring down the whole
drive and the last 200 km I did not see anything on the
car display because the light there went of!!!! Right
after 03.00 this morning we finally where home again and
went straight to bed!!!
2009-07-14 Today Cassandra took a play bath in
the yard and experienced that you can not do that with
Rex and Brizna outside! It went into water play with
them instead and it was very fun until both dogs tried
to grab Cassandra's toes, moving under the water......
2009-07-12 Now we are home again for a few
days. Even and Raika are also home and he is not
interested in her anymore. We just have to cross our
fingers that they mated properly when they had their
chance ;-) He has hurt his back legs and jaws while
being away but it is not serious. You can say he has not
eaten as he should, poor boy has it very hard to eat
when the females are in heat, and now he is just skin
and bone again!
During this days we been here the camping area
closest to us has changed visitors every day. Rex has
not shown any interest of the one coming or leaving -
even though his rope was long enough for him to walk
over to them - until they lifted the wooden plates that
is under the support legs of the caravan - then he stood
on his back feet jumped backwards..... trough the stick,
trough the stick....... A man from Denmark
laugh at him and wonder if he should trough it towards
Rex .... God NO.... My, what was he
I am so proud over the fact that Rex could lay
outside on the rope without barking or anything. Even
when the darkness come it was total quiet outside.....
Sitting there telling the others what I think, and they
agreed, what do I see ....!?!?!?! Rex is coming from a
total different way across the field from us with the
rope and the ground crock dragging behind him! No wonder
it was total quiet outside! There are people walking in
the darkness talking but Rex do not mind them instead he
walks up to us to get rid of the "things" hanging behind
him jumping in the grass when he moves forwards. Just
wonder for how long he has been gone and how far he
The woods around the camp where like troll-woods and
it was lovely to take long walks in them with Brizna and
Rex. Laekenois is not the optimal breed for Micke (that
is strange.... ;) ) however he did like Brizna a lot!
She walked around us in the tent of the caravan and did
not leave it until we told her she could. Good girl!
At the dog pension we where in for a surprise. Even
mated Raika! .... hey wait a minute .... stop here.....
is she in heat?..... I have checked her every day and
have not seen that she started yet...... is this a
silent heat? I have never ever heard of a female
standing for the male other than in the heat - anyone
else that has? - so I guess she must have one of this
silent heats. Well then, we just have to wait to see if
there will be any puppies this time. Strange.......
At the camping place Micke and Tarja waited for us
and helped out to get everything in order.
Thank you beloved friends for all
2009-07-06 Home again to repack the caravan.
We are going for almost one week of camping with our
beloved friends Tarja and Micke at kennel Turning Leaf´s.
It is a lot of stuff to bring along - clouds, shoes,
food and everything else a big family like ours needs.
Even and Raika will stay in a dog pension and we will
"drop" them of tomorrow. Rex and Brizna will come along
with us. Finally we will meet
The sun was shining when we woke up this morning!
The weather from last night was gone! We had some rain
today too but it did not come until closing time - and
this first day where over. When we had our gathering, at
the evening the sun come back again. We had a lot of
visitors over this weekend and we did a new record
selling the pancakes! Tired and happy we went home again
at Sunday evening. When we left the aria it started to
rain again and a lot of it too. Where we lucky or
Today we where at Monica and Mickes place and had a
good time with the puppies. After that we did some
shopping and put the last things into the caravan -
hooked it on to the car - and drown down to
Stallarholmen for the yearly event of our Viking
festival =). It was lovely to meet everybody again and
despite the rain we had a lovely time putting everything
up for the weekend. Thunder and rain will not stop us!
Today we where suppose to got to Hallsberg for
Angelica to train archery but it was no weather for it
so we changed our minds and had a nice calm day - like
doing nothing half the day - instead. In the afternoon
the sun was back and we took the dummy (retrieving bag
that floats) and the dogs (Rex, Raika and Brizna) and
went down to the lake. Angelica took a lot of photos and
they went just lovely!
dogs played in the water and retrieved the dummy and a
lot of peoples sitting in their boats looked at them and
smiled. One family left their boat and came over to "our
landing-stage" to have a closer look. Brizna is the best
swimmer of them and she also understand the retrieving
in water. Rex liked the idea and swam out to get the
dummy from her. He was also the one that almost went
into the water from the landing-stage, but no not this
first time .... maybe next .... he did, however, run
over to the family to say hi before he came back to us
and enter the water from the beach. Raika waited at the
beach and took the dummy when Brizna or Rex came up with
Midsummereve and mixed weather. We had lunch inside
because the rain that find the way over us. Later the
sun was shining again so we had coffee and pie with
apples and rhubarb in the garden. We also put up the
kubb (A Swedish wood game) because we always play
it at midsummer...... it just have to be like that
...... or?..... Even bend over to smell on one of
the throwing sticks and I told the others not to worry.
He will NOT touch any of them! He is the only one that
is allowed to be out with us if we play games just
because he will not think of the idea to touch anything
or to "sabotage" by taken anything and run of with
it...... HA... he said and grabbed the stick and
retrieving it to me! (admit I still got the feeling of
surprise in my body) I was so surprise I never thought
of going for the camera! Instead I through the stick to
se if it was just a temporary thing happening to Even
that minute, but NO!..... of he went, picked it up and
came back to me with it. He also hold on to it and did
not let go when I tried to get it!!!!?!!! .. twice.....
hm... bottom time may not be over after all.....
Today helpful coworkers to Göte fixed the wheel for
us at the factory nearby. Thank you, thank you, thank
you..... I took Brizna with me when I took the car to
the Götes work to give her some social training - and
that is exactly what she got! A high-pressure started so
even I jumped high, a lot of noise from plates, open
stairs (non favorite of Brizna),
brakes from big trucks with woods coming to the factory,
peoples coming in and out from doors all over the place
and they wanted to pet Brizna when they saw her. She did
not mind at all - waiving her tail and liked every
minute of it.... well except for the open stairs.....
It turned out it would take much longer time fixing the
car than they first thought so I and Brizna took a nice
walk home and while the car got fixed Brizna played at
our yard with Raika and Even (yes, you did read it
right! Even did play again!)
2009-06-16 Oh, yes the car is not longer for
driving..... it is something within the wheel that has
broken, so now I do not have any car until this is
fixed..... I am so tired right now of everything that
stops working in our home. Why is this happening to
Today it was Angelicas first day at summer
work. After that we went to Hallsberg for archery
training. Right now she is "shooting in" her new bow to
learn how it works and also to get use to the extra
pound she now has and it looks good! She loves her new
bow very much. On our way home I got a bit worried
because the car started to sound very strange. It sounds
like a cross in one of the wheels..... Do not say the
car will broke down too.
Yesterday Cassandra's first year in school was over!
We had luck with the weather even though it was very
windy. When we still lived in Stockholm we had as
tradition to go to Tarja and her family for strawberry
cake, coffee and later in the evening barbecue with
friends and it does feels strange that it is no longer
happening. We did have strawberries but missed our
friends a lot.
2009-06-01 Angelica's first year at
archery-school is almost over and soon she will come
home for summer-work!! Can not still believe she got it
in economic crises like this! So happy for her.
have had a couples of days with very high temperatures
and today I have to save the plants in the kitchen
garden. Stupid of me to have Brizna outside when I
started the water!! She was as crazy as Rex always is
chasing the water. Well none of them will be allowed
outside when I watering ... if I do not want to have
some crazy photos of course...... lol...... ;-)
Wish all mums out
there a happy mothers day!
2009-05-30 Ok, now my calf hurts! I had it
coming when getting the not so brilliant idea of playing
football with Even (of all). Have not laugh so much in a
log time as today! He was, off course,
TOTAL uninterested of the
ball until we more or less kicked it (gently) on him or
under his legs THEN he played a little with his pawls at
it, rolled it a bit too but he also became a little bit
mad or exited - who knows - because he started to nip my
fingers and hands while I laughed at him and finally he
nipped my calf (ouch!)!!!! My husband laugh his head of
over the way Even played (or not played)!
other dogs got to play too and, as a BIG different from
Even, they love to play and starts right away. The girls
thinks that Raika is the most fun to play with because
she lets of the ball even when they tell her to and she
does not jump towards the ball when they prepare to kick
it- like Rex is doing (even though he also let it go
when they tell him). Instead she nicely waits until they
have kicked it away. The most scary is Gaïa who runs
them over if they are standing in her way - she is not
holding out from them! The most boring one, they feel,
is Brizna, who loves to play football but dislike to
share the pray...... hahahaha - she wants to be chased
with the ball in her mouth and this game she can play
within hours!!!! and the girls runs after her off
course.... to make her drop the ball!!!! hahahahahaha
2009-05-27 In hard wind, but a nice sunny day,
we trained "things - seek", "messenger sending" and "lay
down-stay" with Brizna and Rex today and they did very
good both of them. Carina´s dogs, from kennel Cajiros,
did great! While the dogs rested Carina and I had coffee
and ate the peaces from the cake I saved from yesterday.
Can en training be better?
This evening I got a mail from the owner of Vajert
Donna telling they put her to sleep today!?!
Why? I do not know for sure.... they wrote that Donna
has changed her behavior towards the cats and visiting
dogs and it has become a problem, but I have not heard
anything about that until today. I can not help
wondering if there where no chance to give her a new
home at all ... ?! A healthy female, free on hips and
elbows with obedience-training and merits in shows, not
yet 5 years of age!?! ...... I also was told, from a
total different person, that Donna´s owners are
expecting a new puppy - a groenendael!? WHAT? but
the last I heard from them, they where expecting a
Samojed puppy....I do not understand - on the other hand
maybe it is not for me to understand. However an
unpleasant feeling got over me.
2009-05-23 We have been on a new journey! This
time to a special show for Belgians at Ivön (south of
Sweden). Judge for Laekenois was Mary Grove, England.
was put up for his first show ever and Brizna for main
reason of socialization. I also know that Gun´s new
puppy girl - the photo to the left - (after Izor ) would
be there and I was hoping that the rest of the litter
should as well.
The trip started not so good if you ask the
girls..... I packed the car with the girls in it waiting
for us to go and with Rex running at the yard
playing. I open the gate and told him to get
into the car and
he did BUT not on his side in the crate - No he took a
huge jump in with the girls! Turned around in their laps
and lay down on them..... God .... crazy dog! Got him
out of there and put him at his place while both girls
where crying. It turned out he scratched them on their
legs while he turned around. After a lots of hugs I went
up after Brizna for her to run in the yard while I
packed the last things into the car. (She never got the
chance to jump in at the wrong place.) Of we went and
the rest of the trip was very nice.
The morning after we went to the show. The first
thing I saw was the girl puppies after Izor!!! Lovely -
all 4 of them! (3 photo down and Gun´s female above) and
BOY they are good looking! I fell in love with all of
them and offered a space in my car home for any of them
- strange that no one took the offer.....!
Guns female became BOB puppy and ended up as BIS 3
puppy =) Congratulations! Both progeny and breeding
class (puppy) got honor price off course, and I actually
tried to admit as the breeder of the girls.... but that
could not be done ;-) Congratulations Anette (the real
breeder) - they are terrific! (Now I am waiting to se
the male out of the litter happy that is living at
kennel Lacken Vacken - something were said about not
until next year and the WW show........ ;-) ... can I
wait that looooooong?)
got CK, best open male and best male. Brizna got CK,
best youth and in the class of best female she was
against a Champion female (INTUCH SUCH
DKUCH VDHCH KBHV-05 ROSTOCKSIGER-06, 07
CHARLOTTE DU CLOS DES ALLEINES
- the mother of the puppies at the show) and
to my BIG SURPRISE Brizna won over her (?!!)
Angelica had to jump in as handler on Brizna in the
final of BOB against Rex. She did great and won the BOB!
Rex became then BOS! WOW!!!!! The judge gave me a lot of
credit for both Rex and Brizna´s openness, happiness and
way to be. On both critics she has written:
Exuberant character! That feels very nice to
get! (Photo down - Brizna)
While waiting for the finals to start I
took Rex to judge Jesper Andersson to get the exterior
part of Korning done. No problem and he is now approved!
Late n the afternoon (early evening) the final started
and Rex became BIS 4 open, Brizna became BIS 3 youth
class and BIS 4 total. After the finals the hardest
moment of the day starts ....... to get all the gifts
and dog foods into the car! As always SBLO have managed
to get huge sponsoring and gifts from all over the
place! I do not know how they do it? After a while
we did get everything into the car without leaving the
tired kids or the leftovers from the lunch behind ;-).
When I drew back to Angelicas place it was with joy in
my hart, tired as the kids, red face because of the sun
and still excited over everything that had happen this
day. Tack you, SBLO, for once again a nice show with
2009-05-03 Remember thinking - it can not be
true - when the clock started to ring. Time to get up
for breakfast. I do not know what went wrong, but we did
get there late and the breakfast where nothing but a
moment of stress - we could hardly get anything in us.
Back to the cabin with only feeling of stress. We
decided to take just one trip to the car and we actually
succeeded to bring all stuff and the dogs at once. Of
the ferry and to the central station to leave Angelica
for her train back to the archery-gymnasium. Thank you
sweetheart for the company during this trip! I went to
Älvsjö, refilled gas and water, bought a cup of coffee
at Mc Donald's (also better tasting then on the ferry)
and drank it while walking the dogs. Went to my mother
at Stallarholmen, left the wine they wanted (hope you
liked them) refilled water, had breakfast while watching
Rex and Raika play. I was home in the afternoon that
day. Stopped once to refill water but the trip went ok
except for the fact that I felt very tired..... wonder
why?....... I felt to sleep right after dinner this
evening and Raika and Rex did too ;-)
2009-05-02 Up before the rooster (it felt like
anyway) for breakfast. It was so much people! That
early?! - then we realized that it actually where very
late for some of them..... well ... yes, directly from
the dance floor (still drunk most of them) to eat
something before going to bed it seemed.. sough... We
had window table and it looks like a promising sunny day
a head. It was so beautiful and we forgot the time
looking at the nice nature passing by outside. Suddenly
we saw the port - had to run to the cabin and get the
dogs, down to the car and up again for the rest of the
stuff, down to the car again and now it was standing
total alone at the car deck! Of the ferry and towards
far we had driven when the instrument for the car
temperature went up high, I do not know but it was about
1- 1,5 hour. I stopped at the highway side and turned
the warning lights on...... to discover they DID
NOT work!!!! They just made a terrible sound and the
only "thing" blinking was the lightening coming out of
my eyes thinking of my husband in that moment.
Anyhow..... open the hood and refilled water started
again and drove to the nearest gas station where we
refilled water and also refilled all the bottles and
dog-bowls as well....... just in case of.... Standing
there refilling I looked up and just beside the woods I
saw a dog yard! how about that! perfect - always a
meaning to everything =) Raika and Rex loved coming out
and run around playing in the yard for a bit.
The sun has made the day very warm already (despite
the early hour) and it would probably get even warmer
during the day so we bought a lot for us to drink before
starting towards the test area again. After a while it
was time to leave the highway for the smaller roads. It
became trickier to follow the roadmap and after a while
I got the feeling we where probably lost, went back a
few km to the nearest gas station I remember seeing.
Refilled water (believe it or not!) and asked for the
road .... it turned out we where not lost at all. About
8 km after the spot we turned around was the location of
the club!!!! So we went back and it was no problem
finding it. We also find a nice spot under a lot of
trees where I could back up the car to get shadow for a
long time! We took a walk with the dogs and while I went
to the test field to look at other dogs getting tested
Angelica stayed in the car to sleep ...strange... the
youth seems to have no strength anymore.... I felt very
and Marjaana came to the club with a basket full of
coffee, coffee bread and pizza. They came just in time
for Rex to enter the test. I went to the car to get him,
but when we came back they had changed their minds and
wanted lunch before Rex. Instead we sat down and had
marvelous coffee - I needed that for sure, the one you
get on the ferry is NOT to recommend - this was strong
and good. Sitting there in the sun talking about
everything between heaven and earth enjoying every
minute ..... they called out for Rex... right that is
the reason for being here..... First control of the
ear-tattoo and he got a new collar that was very tight
around his neck..... poor boy.... Out on the field for
contact/accessibility and trough and play - no problem
at all! He loves to trough and play. His reactions
towards the sledge was nothing. He waited for it to come
close enough and walked up to exam it.
number 1 was no threat for Rex - he wanted the stick the
judge used to threat him and me with when she came at us
screaming - so when the judge was close enough he jumped
up and took it!
He he... this is mine he said.
The overall (at this track a big black plastic bag)
was a bit unhappy for Rex. The bag is laying on the
ground and when you and the dog passes by it will swish
up and drop down. But Rex went up to it to check it out
and swish - up it went and down again. He made a short
stop and it was over! First I thought it hit him, but it
did not. The barrow is coming down, from behind,
rolling from a ramp - like a skate-board ramp. Rex
jumped up and down beside it like this I want to play
with!! (What did he think? The biggest ball ever?)
Time for the dark-room (at this track a container).
It is very crowdie inside. A tarpaulin is at the floor
to make it slippery and to make sound when the dog
walks/runs over it. Wood boxes everywhere and a lot of
lumber here and there. They also built up on height so
the dog can not stand on the back legs to try to se over
everything where the owner is. In the end of the
container, in the left corner stood a chair for me to
sit on. The space where not bigger than the chair to fit
in! The dog have to go like a L to get to the owner.
When Rex entered the container and they closed the door
it became very dark inside, they dropped concrete plates
at the floor and it made so much noise it started to
"ring" in my ears. Instead of using his nose Rex tried
to find me by turning his head from side to side and
listen..... (eh.. and he is suppose to be a
seek-dog.....). Suddenly he realized where I was sitting
(probably used his nose) and he jumped (!) over all the
stuff and ended up in my lap! He was so trilled over the
fact he found me there!!! The judge started to laugh at
Time for the wall and threat 2.
put the dog in a short - and I mean short - leash
towards a wall (look at the photo) and leave the aria
for threat 2 to start. When the judge put the stick away
he will go up to the dog to address it. It was no
problem for Rex and the judge told me he thought of Rex
to be a great personal-seek dog while he has low
sharpness without any remaining. Then it was time for
the shooting. Afterwards the judge said that maybe he
saw a little straw on Rex ear that might moved, but it
was probably the wind while nothing else on Rex were
moving!..... he laugh and said that Rex probably could
not hear nothing. He got 248 points out of 300 possible!
I have been told that it is the highest score on
Laekenois in Finland and Rex is now sharing it with his
uncle: Vajert Xplosive! WOW!
Two males with the same score and both form our
breeding! That makes us proud!
Then it was Raika's turn. First control of the
earmark and THAT is not easy to do on her because she
can not be still with the head....... She just needs to
give kisses or try to sit in the lap on the one
looking...... Out on the field for contact/accessibility
and trough and play - no problem for her. I already know
that Raika got more sharpness than Rex and it showed in
the trough and play part. She pulled,
backed, pulled and growled and did not let go even
though the judge hold her hand over Raika's eyes. I will
not let go she said, I want it - and got her trope´ =)
Her reactions towards the sledge was very
interesting. She jumped towards it barking (attacks) -
remembered that she is not allowed to bark at "things"
we are meeting on our walks, so she turned at me like
"Sorry mum, forgot" - just to realize I did not
say anything and then she did a new attack towards the
sledge that still was coming towards us -
remembered again, turned to me, no reaction from me,
back to the attacks and this she did until the sledge
was close enough then she went around and up to it to
check it out. She lifted up the cans inside and nabbed a
bit in the hat .... hahaha....
Threat number 1 was harder for Raika. She did stand
up at first but, in different from Rex, Raika did se it
as a threat and backed of when the judge came closer. So
he dropped the stick and came over to address her
friendly. Well that was no problem. The overall was a
bit unhappy for her as for Rex. Raika went up to it to
check it out (stupid curious dogs .....lol...) and up it
went touch her at her right front pawl and she got very
surprised and off course a bit scared - jumped of, over
a small fence that felt down, went around it just to
come back to the overall to check it out! Good girl -
very nice done. The barrow was strange and she walked
backwards to se where it was going - scared? No, not a
bit! In the dark-room she was much faster finding me
- smart as she is - started to track in the darkness
By the wall and threat number 2 she once again shown
that she has more sharpness in her than Rex, but without
any remaining aggressiveness, so it was no problem for
the judge to address her when the threats was over.
She reacted as much as Rex by the shooting - that is
- none at all! 169 points was the result and I am so
happy. Good work girl! The judges were very impressed
over their ways, their openness and willingness to
trough and also over how fast they got over what happen
(their quick off reactions). I got a lots of nice
comments about them.
After the test we sat down
on the grass to eat homemade frozen pizza ...... it is
true! It was still frozen but that did not mater at all.
We sliced it up and let the peaces lay into the sun and
when they where more cold than frozen we ate them and
they tasted very nice! Before we went back to Turku we
refilled ... yes, right... water and brake oil (!). We
stopped on the way to go to the ladies room and a quick
look into the mirror told me that the sun has given a
nice tone to the face today. =9 ... and yes, we
did refill the water too.
the dogs and all other stuff in the cabin we went to eat
dinner. None of us felt any hunger until the smell of
food reached us! We sat at the table within the window
for 1,5 hour enjoying the sunset and the nature while we
ate. And, hand on the heart, we had to much!!! Boy did
it taste good or what!?! After dinner we went for
shopping and later to the bar and the dance floor, but
none of us had the strength left to do anything else but
watch the others at the floor. We fell to sleep without
problem this evening - just to wake up every time Raika
barked because someone passed outside our door and
accidently fell on it or put a hand on the door because
of the roundness under the shoes........ it happen four
times during the night..... grrrrrr.......
2009-05-01 As usual when we are going some
ware things start to happen. This time with no
exception! Late last night, when Göte picked up the
girls from a disco, the car engine almost started to
boil for him. He stopped and discovered that the engine
was leaking water. He refilled and drew home. This
morning when we open the hood we discovered that the
water was all gone again. Oh no, Not today when I,
Angelica, Rex and Raika are on our way to Finland for
the big mentally-test there!!! What to do? Well we
filled as many bottles we could with water and packed
the car full. Refilled the engine and started our drive.
Why think the thought
that it could be a better idea to cancel the trip
not to risk been standing between the home and the
ferry or even worse somewhere on the roads in
In Arboga we refilled petrol, water and brake oil (!)
At my mothers place in Stallarholmen while Rex and Raika
played at her yard we refilled water - half of it was
then already gone - and more brake oil (!) hm..... we
had a very nice dinner and time in the sun.
did his best to make my aunty trough the rug for him -
or the ball - over and over again. He dropped the toy
into her lap several of times or dropped the hard ball
on her feet jumping backwards while waiting for her to
through it..... Crazy boy!
Their Viking-boat is almost ready to put into the
lake now. Boy it smell good with tar and hopefully it
will not take so much water in like last year.
to drive further to Stockholm and the ferry.
In Älvsjö we refilled petrol and water..... you are
starting to get the grip now eh...... this refill water
thing will be a serial! Took the dogs for a walk and
than drew the last bit to the terminal. Took some photos
while waiting for check-in.... and are standing as
number four in the line... well.... the only line that
was not open this evening it turned out!!! Behind
us the other cars started to change lines and we just
thought it was typical stressed people afraid they ferry
would leave without them..... after a while we realized
that it would probably not come any personal to open
this line so we did like the other before us.
got a very nice cabin located at a good place for the
dogs. After second time to the car for the last things
we where rather tired in the legs. Went up on deck and
just enjoyed the sunset! while leaving Stockholm behind
We had a sandwich and coffee (terrible taste at the
ferry) and went to the cabin to change for some
party-time... Very late, after a walk with the dogs at
the deck, we went to bed for a few hours sleep. =)
2009-04-20 The Easter holiday is now over and
the "normal" routines have started again. During the
holiday we took Gaïa and Raika for tracking-training,
Brizna for finding things- training (do not know the
correct word for it) and Rex for seek-training. The did
great all of them and we had a great time and lovely
Gaïa proved once again that she is a terrific
tracker-dog. Raika is a good tracker in the woods, but
now when we are training on open area she has problem
with the wind AND the fact that it is candy in
the track.... lol. (We do not learn tracking with
candy when training for Swedish tracks.)
Susanne and Joachim came yesterday to bring
Daphne home again... we misses her so much all ready!
The ultrasound made the 25 of Marsh showed she was
empty - we had our thoughts she could be even though she
has shown signs of pregnancy, but as we know now it was
not the fact. The 5th of July she will turn 5 years of
age and will then total belong to Susanne according to
the breeding terms. That means I can not do a re-mating
between Daphne and Hakon! BUT - Susanne and
Joachim have talked this over and made up their minds,
so when they came they had a little surprise to me......
No, they will not let me use Daphne again, but
they want to give me a female puppy after her when
they take a litter..... and I will have the
first choice as well =)
THANK - sweet, kind and caring - YOU! for
thinking of me in this situation - I am so happy you
will give me a puppy because it means I will not loose
this line after all.
So the future then..... well Raika will be mated on
her next heat (July 2009). That was all ready planed
before this all happen, but now I have to do the choice
between the males I have been looking at......
After that I have to take some time to re-plan my future
2009-03-10 When I came home this morning,
after leaving Stephanie at the daycare, Daphne did not
wait for me inside as she use to. She was still
sleeping! Gave her breakfast and she did eat, but I did
get the same feeling as last night, eating just because
I am looking at her. After breakfast we went outside for
our walk and what did she do? She went out on the lawn
and brought up the whole breakfast!! Am I still imaging
Called the vet. and got an appointment the 25th of
March - then we know for sure.....
This morning it actually seemed like Daphne had hard
time eaten her breakfast.
It was a marvelous nice weather outside so after our
long walk I grabbed the camera and took some photos of
her. In the evening she ate with no hunger again .....
did get the feeling she is eating because I am looking
Could it be she is pregnant or is it just me hoping
so much I think I see all signs that can be......?
2009-02-26 We want to say
THANK YOU to Sari
Hannu, Esa and Maarit and off course one extra thank you to Kirsi
and Toumo with families that made our trip fulfilled with
great food and memories to take home with us and remember by
heart! Now we keep fingers crossed Hakon and Daphne
will be parents in end of April.
Home going day =(.
Kati came over with
Fata Morgana to visit. A lovely female I played a lot with
in the snow. We went inside for coffee and talked a lot
about breeding, mating, brining up, mentally and training
and the time flew by. Packed the car to drive down to the
ferry in Helsinki. After left our things in the cabin we
went for shopping. Time for a ice-cold trip with Daphne and
dinner. It was a bit windy going home and you could feel it
in the boat..... We went to bed rather early but I had hard
time sleep this night.
2009-02-23 Today we went to the vet. to take a
progesterone-test on Daphne. We moved our trip home from
tonight to tomorrow incase of...... Now we are waiting for
the result. The test came back this afternoon and the
matingtime for Daphne is over.... Now we have to keep finger
crossed they will be parents in end of April. Today Sari
made a soup of potatoes, vegetables, deer-meat and
To desert we hade a marvelous appel-cake. I was thinking to
stick around longer - just for the food..... ;) In the
evening we sat down talking with a nice wine in the glasses.
2009-02-22 Today we went home to Hakon and his family
for new mating-date =) The sun was shining and the children
where outside playing in the snow. Inside the stove on the
wood (literally inside) a homemade pea soup was bubble. It
was one of the best i ever had and with the coffee
afterwards we had semla (cream bun eaten during Lent) ala Finland.
Not like ours (A Swedish bun from the beginning) but tasty. Jennifer
is a bit afraid this trip has made her gain weight!!!
What a day!!! This became a
day I will late forget - if ever! It has been a longtime
dream for me to go dog sledding and during the contacts with
Sari I mention it when she told me her family where on the
way up to Lapland to dog sled. She also said she has close
friends whom are training and competing in sled-driving.
When she came home she sent me photos of their trip and I
was total drawling over the photos...... jealous?.....well
ok, yes.... some....I admit......
the day before going to Finland for the mating Sari told me
she had arranged, with her friends, for us to go dog
sledding after Huskies! WOW!
When we came to the forest and the camp we where at least as
exited as the dogs - we for have been given this chance and
they for pullingtime! It was snowing and now and then the
sun came trough! One incredible winter day in head of us.
Before takeoff the dogs are so exited - barking, jumping up
and down trying to pull the sled themselves and anxious to
take of - wise to have the sled tied up at the car. Then you
let the tie off and give them start command and "off they go" -
total silence! Like pushing a but! Even the dogs left at the
camp went total silence!!
there in the sled with only the sound of the wind, the
runners sound towards the snow and the dogs breading - time
seemed to stop - I just waited for a big moose to came out
of the forest looking at us wondering what kind of strange
thing we where..... (but there where no moose instead the
sun came trough the trees)
The feeling to be closer towards nature than ever before was
tremendous! The left back dog put out his tong and draw it
against a wall of snow making a strange hole-line along the
he was drinking! The others took up some snow now and then
in same purpose - get ride of the thirst - without slowing
down the speed!
we came back to the camp I was total exhilarated.
They switch the two dogs closest to the sled (the strongest
one) for two that had not yet pulled and it was Jennifers
turn to go. In mean time we went inside, refilled the wood
and Sari started to heat up the food we had taken with us
While we stood with the dogs in the camp discussing
breeding, how to choose a probably leader in a litter and so
on - we heard the dogs coming back with Jennifer and went
out to the road to meet them...... she was laying down in the sled! hahaha.... it turned out that she had
slide down bit by bit every time the sled went over the
bumps until she was total laying down..... unfortunately her
drive was a bit shorter than the rest of us because she
could not keep her hands warm despite the gloves, so Tuomo
took a shorter track for her to get inside to warm up.
Jennifer hands were total red - poor girl.
Next highlight of the day came! Kirsi took of 4 dogs from
the sled down to 4 and also changed the top male with one of
her best top females that had not yet pulled and at the same
time she tells me that I, MOI, ME was the one going to drive
the sled. I can not tell you how fun it was and a little bit
scary in the forest, but Kirsi said I was a good driver and
should have had 6 dogs instead of 4! Am I proud or what?!!
After the sled rides we went into the cabin to eat a
lovely lasagna, salad, and a special cheesebread from
Lapland (like a cheesecake) with cloudberry jam on and good
red wine along with it. To the coffee we had lemon mousse -
al made by Sari. BOY it tasted good!!
time goes to fast when you enjoy yourself and we had to go
home to Sari to wait for Hakon with family to come. After a
lots of hugs and a millions thanks we had to brake loose the
little spits, that Jennifer felt in love with, from her arms
and almost drag her to the car! A THOUSAND MILLION TANK YOU to Kirsi
and Tuomo with dogs for letting us come and sled, and
tank you for the new invitation - we will accept it for
sure. =) Good luck with your sled-competitions during
In the afternoon
Hakon with family came over to us. It is very nice to se
that Hakon and Daphne really likes each other as much as
they seems to do =9. They looks great together. They played
a lot between the "acts" today. Suddenly one of the
Rottweilers at the neighbors started to howl.... optimal
day? Total exhausted after everything that had happen this
day it was no problem felling to sleep. I probably had a
smile all over the face the whole night!
After a nice breakfast we loaded the car and went of the
ferry going to Hamina and the first date with Hakon. So
exited to se how they will like each other. In Hamina we
stopped to ask an older couple of the road the last bit. I
had this feeling that I should have taken right instead of
going straight forward, but was not sure - better to ask
someone I thought and on a parking lot outside a store we
found this couple. None of them could speak English, so they
could not show the the way and tied in Finnish.... NOT a
language of mine....but I did understand so much that we
where rather close and it was a bit tricky the last bit.
Their is one language that works all over the world - body
language - so the man showed with his body he should go
first and we should follow him. It was not long to the right
road, but he turned left instead of right and when he turned
the car around right wheal got stuck in the snow half down
into the ditch!!!!! We went out of our car and went over to
them to try to help them push the car back up on the road
- easier said than done in the snow. His wife took a branch
and tried to "lift" the front of the car with it..... hm..
well.... I asked for it and put it behind/under the spinning
wheel. Two push and the car was back up on the road again!
Just 200-300 meter in right direction we found Hakons house.
We says Kitos
(Thank you in Finnish) to the cople. Hakon went from boy to
a man and afterwards we had a tremendous tasty dinner of
moos and smashed potatoes and salad. For dessert Maarit had
made a cake with lemon taste and cloudberry on top - Yummy!
Daphne and Hakon had a new dating time before we went home
to Sari in the evening.
In Stockholm to take the ferry to Finland. We had a great
time at the ferry with good food and a lot of fun. I was
hoping to been able to update the blog every day, but it
turned out my wireless internet did not work on the ferry
and not in Finland either!?! Well you have to wait to read
it until we are home again then =)
Today we celebrate Cassandra on her 7 birthday! She has
counted down the days since Christmas so today she is very
..... and finally
Daphne started her heat!! So - Finland and Hakon - the 19th
of February we come!
To walk the dogs is playing with life now days. The nature
is offering ice - no snow at all - just stormy weather and
ice to walk on. Even the dogs seems to understand to be
careful - they are taking it much calmer then they usually
do. Let us hope we will not have a reply of the strange
winter last year - the snow came at Easter! Usually the
Easter means the spring its on its way but last
year....?...... well the kids loved it! Now we want the
spring to come for sure - instead of this grey, windy and
dark weather .......... and of course for Daphne to finally
start her heat.....
Things are happening in the Laekenois world that gives
us cold shivers down our backs...... Not enough with the
tragic death of Izor (shivering) now the news about the
death of Sunred´s Bamse (the photo) reached us. His owner
found him dead on the floor! A young male that "just" sleeps
in?! The cause of death is still unknown. Our thoughts goes
to his breeder and owner Sören with family in Denmark.
Now it is enough! Now it must stop, no more
sad news for a while. We want some happiness, joy and good
news for a change and we want it to start right away and go
on for a loooooong time.
Got new photos of Missy from her new owners,
Janne & Helene, and boy did they come in right time! THANK
YOU so much - they are lovely and I just had to put one of
them up at the start site.
And so, Daphne, we are waiting for you to
start your heat - please do ... soon - so we can go to Hakon
and all the others that are waiting for us to come to
2009-01-12 Optimal day and new mating
Mary at kennel Pokénas (Sweden) will have a lot to do from
the 15-16th of Mars - we cross our fingers it will be a
"gang" of pups in the house then! (Pedigree-here!)
Even... well he seems to not have any contact with the earth
somehow...... hahahaha walking among pink clouds.....?
2009-01-10 & 11 Ok, none of them can
clamed they are virgins anymore..... ;) ....
Evens and Xena are mated! You can find information about
both dogs at this site.
2009-01-01 The plans for 2009 are, among other
tings, 3 trips to Finland. The first to mate Daphne and boy
do I long for the smell of puppies again?! Can hardly wait
for the day they are here....
The second trip will be with Rex, Raika and Gaïa.... so
excited and is already crossing my fingers for their
results. (hope, hope, hope) The third trip is to Nordic
Winner Show 2009 in - hopefully- in the end of the year.
I will also go to IPO camp with Raika this year. We where
suppose to go last year but, as always it feels, things got
in the way and spoiled that plan for sure.... grrrr... This
year I do hope nothing will stand in the way for us to go.
I also hope 2009 to be a competition year. Have plans to
start in obedient, tracking and hopefully also
personals-seek with Rex.
It is one thing to have hopes, dreams and wishes and an
other to make them come true. I know a lot of things can
happen during a year in the "dog world " and within the
family. Only the end of the year 2009 will have the
Wish for all of you a great 2009
what ever you do with your dogs!