The Blog 2013
This morning I and Alpha went to the vet
for progesterone sampling. Then we went on to the
hospital (yes, they are they one doing it here) to
submit samples for analysis. 2 hours(!) later the answer
came back 7.2 nmol /l. So no ovulation yet. Now - you
never know how fast prog. could rise and, in addition,
it may be different from heat to heat. I therefore
decided to go as planned, on Sunday, and make a stop in
Denmark before further travel down to Netherland on
Monday. Exciting and a little scary that I have not been
able to find anyone who can come with me. Keeping my
fingers crossed that everything will go well and that it
will be a nice mating when I go so far away all by
myself. Since I will be away over the New Year I hereby
wish everyone A Happy End
of 2013 and A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
2013-12-26 The Christmas
calibrations was great and the girls, well we adult as
well, where very happy over the Christmas-gift we got.
Today we went to Grästorp for archery competition called
"The second Christmas-day arrow". While Cassandra
competed Göte and Stephanie went to Tibro to bring Alpha
home for our journey down for mating in Netherlands.
Cassandra got new personal record again and this time
with 463 points and won her class!!! Congratulations
girl - you rock!! Absolutely incredible!
Yesterday they came from Finland with the female and
they also had Jey with them. The couples liked each
other a lot I can tell you. On the other hand I would be
very surprised if Rex would not like a female in heat,
but one should never say never. The important thing is
that the female gets a nice mating when it is her first
time and when it comes to that Rex a gentleman with a
big G. Fine mating was done and in the evening we ate a
good dinner and drank a toast to for the success and for
luck. Today they had one more successful mating before
the female went home with her owner to celebrate
Christmas. Now we keep our fingers crossed that there
will be a whole bunch of puppies! Good luck from me, the
family, and Rex of course.
it was Cassandra's turn to have closure before the
school holidays. I baked out the landscape of
gingerbread today and I did two trade sheds and even a
Viking tent (could not resist .....) During the weekend
when Jey also come home, the girls can pull together to
decorate it with icing.
2013-12-19 Stephanie stopped
school before the Christmas break today. It was a great
time in the church and afterwards we bought pizza to
bring home for dinner. I also got email from Finland
saying they will come for mating during the weekend. Rex
will be so happy!
This evening we had the last practice of archery at
the club. Very fun special competition and the balloons
template so it boomed in the hall when the arrows hit
them. Back home I got the message from Maria that Alpha,
finally, has stared her heat! Fist day yesterday :) YES!
Third of advent and now it is just a few days left
before the girls stop school for Christmas. Today we put
lights up outdoors in the trees. Very nice! I also
cleaned the house before I put up some more
Christmas-decorations. I am almost done with all
decorations as well and feel it is nice to been able to
just concentrate on the food. Tomorrow the herring will
be put into different sauces. :)
know the girls are growing up when they are getting in
the age for disco! This evening it was Cassandra's turn
to be driven to her first one. While she was there I and
Stephanie baked a special bread for Christmas and two
more cookies - now everything for the Christmas table is
Lucia! Again time, early in the morning, to have
breakfast in front of the TV watching Lucia of this year.
Very nice and spiritual even though I do not like when the
Lucia sings along with the rest of the choir. My guess is
they needed her because she sang the lower pitch. The rest
of the day I "run" around in the house Christmas decorating.
I want to have it don earlier than the years before and one
reason is that it do take time to do it. The second reason
is that it looks like we will have visitor next weekend and
then a lot of time will disappear. It kind of going slowly
because my mind is with Alpha who has not started her heat
yet. I do not get why she has to keep us in expectation like
this ;) On the other hand, as it looks now, the New Year
celebration seems to be done in Netherland. Super to
celebrate the new year with Laekenois-friends in one other
country. A bonus if it will be!
Second of advent and Cassandra is ok again. The snow
still comes down and it has been the whole night too. Heavy
wet snow and the roads are terrible. The police is warning
of getting out if you do not need to. The food is refilled
in the birdhouses and we have birds outside we never seen
before. A bit fun to sit and look at them - the time flies
Yesterday Göte went down to Växjö to swish Christmas gifts
with Angelica and Oscar. Cassie has been laying over the
toilet several of times during the day -winter flue? - good
she did not wanted to come along with Göte. On his way home
there where a terrible car accident so bad the road was
closed. He had to drive around and was back here later than
expected however prefer later than not at all....
2012-12-06 A big hard storm went over Sweden this
night and this morning we woke up to a white world. It has
continuing to snow the whole day and it is very slippery on
the roads with a lot of accidents because it rained
yesterday! Have no wish to drive when it is like this -
thank God I do not need to either. The wind is so hard we
only have TV now and then. Very hard to follow a program
when you have to guess what is happening..... sigh...
When the girls came home from school today we made
cookies looking like small chessboards. ;) They became very
tasty indeed! Now we have "only" a few cookies to bake
before Christmas and then everything in bakery is done....
eh well almost - we do have the landscape in gingerbread to
do off course. And speaking of landscape and gingerbread I
saw on FB that a Viking friend of mine had made a landscape
with Viking tents! Boy, how about that great or what.....?!!
Something I felt I wanted to do also, on the other hand I
saw photos of trade sheds in a magazine the other day
and want them too....
I also remember that someone had mad "working dog in action"
in gingerbread a couples of years ago and that would be
something... well, you get the picture... the landscape
would be so big that we would not have any space left in the
house.... lol.... however it would be great ... a landscape
where worlds kind of meet ;)
2013-12-03 Today I bought pastries at the bakery in
Åtvidaberg to celebrate the baptize day of Stephanie. Like
every other baptize days she asked for her Godfather and
Godmother and hoped they would call her, but it never
came any call this year either.
First in advent and the day has gone to put up
Christmas-curtains and stars in all windows. The plan was to
do it yesterday but when we got home from the
archery-competition we where way to tired to do anything.
Yesterday when going home from Linköping we drown threw
the first snow. It is something special with the
first snow. Beautiful white flings whom is coming down
slowly, but this time it did not feel so nice thinking of
the fact we had to start early this morning for the archery
competition in Motala. Slippery roads is never a nice
experience and it takes a while before peoples understand to
drive safe on winter roads.... Cassandra did a super
competition with only 3 points away from her personal best.
Lovely girl! Back home in the evening we had a
calibrationdinner and in front of the TV we had coffee and
the first spaced wine of the year! Cosy!
When the kids came home from school I had already
prepared for baking. We had very fun making saffron-bread.
We also raped in Christmas-gifts and now almost all gifts
are done. I am just waiting for some that is ordered to come
by post. Nice to just have to concentrate on the
Christmas-decoration of the house, baking and all the food
for now on :)
2013-11-27 Finally this years last club-magazine is
at the printer. I have had some problem with the format but
manage to solve it. Unfortunately the program has started to
behave strange. It suddenly stops working and closes down
and I have searched for virus, looked on internet for
upgrades - did not help at all because I already have the
last upgrades, looked for similar problems and hopefully
solutions by others - and nothing. I guess I just have to do
a re-installation or.... anyone that can InDesign?....
Can you believe it? Today 4 years ago the A-litter was
born. Congrats to all of them I say with a smile on my face
when remembering. I also smile because I am sitting here
waiting, waiting and waiting for Alpha to start her heat,
but nothing yet. Alpha is the second puppy on the photo -
the one with the red necklace. Going to be exiting to she
her and Cyrus off springs so certain they will be great! :)
Now it is time to get the boxes with the
Christmasdecorations, at least the advent box. Find it hard
to get that a year has past by already. Still have the
feeling I just put the Christmas boxes away!
Today, after getting the boxes, I started
the manufacturing of towels. You have them hanging over the
handle of the stove door in the kitchen. Now I just have to
saw the buttons on and then they are done. Not so bad,
right!?! ;) ;)
2013-11-22 All our waiting will be
long..... nothing new on the "heat front" yet. So far it is
cool - Christmas is not yet in danger so to speak... well
there is nothing to do but wait ... sooner or later she will
start her heat.
Cassandra went with the archery club to compete in
Finspång today. I sat home to work with the race-magazine to
get it done for printing. Like always it is a bit hard to
not be there in person to been able to help her if needed,
but when the result came I understood the competition went
great for her. A new personal record with 440 points and a
4th place in total. Super! Girl - you rock! Back home we had
a calibration dinner :)
Today I order a Christmas gift to my self - that is
allowed right?!! ;) Two necklace for the girls here. One in
pink and one in "hallon" (raspberry) ;)
2013-11-10 Yesterday I packed my
bag and Boyo into the car to drive down to south of Sweden (Åhus)
and the small mentally-test (MH).
that Hindra could not attend but being in heat she is not
allowed to. In the evening we had a super nice dinner with
very nice people at Kirsi´s house. Today it was time to do
the MH and Boyo was first one out. He did great with no fear
of gunfire = approved MH :) Second to go up was Heidi. She
did a really nice MH and had no fear of gunfire either =
approved MH ;) Super! Hazta with owners was there to, but
they did not recognize her behavior today and because of
that took the great decision to stop the test. GOOD done!
Now she will be given the chance to mature a bit more and do
the test later. All the figurants where very good and thank
you Lotta Olavi for the photos. The drive home went by Växjö
where I had a brake at Angelica and Oscar. Nice to see my
oldest over a cup of tea.
2013-11-05 Now it is decided that the
male for Alpha will be Cyrus Joli de FeJa and I do hope that
she will start her heat as expected. I do not want Christmas
to be the days for mating if we can avoid it.....
2013-10-31 Hahahahahaha.... Agree that it never
fails.....?!! As soon as you pay the fee for a show entering
the dogs starts to shade and now when put them up for the
small mentally-test..... well, THEN Hindra starts her second
heat in her life!!! SIGH!... that means she will not attend
on MH in November after all. She is not allowed to being in
Now the invitations for the small mentally-test (MH) in
November to the H-litter and O´Boy is out.
Hexa will not attend because she just started her heat. The
MH is in south of Sweden this time and Hilex lives way up
north... wonder if they got any snow yet? so he will not
attend on this one either. It is also to far away for the
exports ;) and for Ozzy too. Hopefully we can find one for
him and Hexa closer to spring and then closer to their homes
Once a week I have got nice emails from Agneta about how
things are working out for Hexa. It works just fine, and in
today's mail Agneta told me that now even Hexa has started
her first heat. Note day one as yesterday, because it was
discovered at the workplace today. The little girl has now
become a lady :)
It is manufacture days now. ;) Today I did struggle rolls
out of fleece. A narrow and long and a short and thick with
a handle at one end. When they were done, I tested them on
Hindra and yeas did she like them or not! Now I just have to
come up with how to get one that is thick, long and with
handles at both ends. In addition, the handles must be
stronger/thicker because Laekenois teeth goes right through
the fleece as nothing .....
The tracking line is shorter than the once in Swedish
working track. Today I made one and it become ok. However I
think the material could cause me problem. It is slightly
too narrow in my opinion, which in worst cases will entangle
and messing up. Well, we will see .....
in IPO/BSL tracking is a bit different from the once
I am use to from the Swedish working track. Therefore I made
a few after the regalement today. Now I can start to teach
her what to do when she found them and that will be done
outside the track in the beginning. They did not became that
2013-10-12 New day for tracking. 200 meters, two angles, lying time 1
hour. While waiting for the track to get ready I talked to
Angelica by cell-phone. Then it was time to walk Hindra and
to put her on the track. The first thing she did was to pull
up the start-stick ... she is just crazy ... Put her at the
start and waited a bit, said track and off she went
immediately - tracked great! At the end I had put a struggle
and it was appreciated. We played for a long time. Back home
we trained a bit when called and contact. It is actually
going better and better with the contact.
2013-10-05 Yesterday I went to my mother and when I
got there my brother, Nibbe, with family, Jey and aunt
Monica where there. We toasted for my mother, whom had
birthday the 3 of October, and ate hot sandwiches. Today we
all are Viking dressed for the annual autumn feast. Just
when we it was time to go my top row of the necklace brok
and all over the kitchen floor the pearls went : ( Luckily I
have taken pictures so I can re-thread it. The feast was
nice and the food very good. A band played music downstairs
and outside in the darkness, we saw a great light show. Back
home again I, mother and Jey were talking in the kitchen to
the day light started to show. Pleasant! Tomorrow I will go
2013-09-29 Today I checked at the
SKK myself and then discovered that also Hazta has been
x-rayed!?! Had no idea!. Now it turned out she is the first
out of this litter to x-ray and the result is
HD-B/B and ED 0/0! WOW!!! That means that Brizna again been
proven to leave free off-springs! A trend I hope will
continue :) Soon it is Hindra´s turn and I feels it becomes
harder and harder for each time I have a dog in age for
Today I and Cassandra packed a picnic-hamper with hot
chocolate and sandwiches and, while Stephanie was at a
children-party, we went out for tracking with both Brizna
I did not expect anything from
Hindra, because I have never seen her tracking. WOW! What a
positive experience it turned out to be. Warmly thank you to
both Angelica and Mats - who have put out some tracking for
her and and obviously made her understand the what this is
all about :) It was pure joy to walk behind her today. WOW! (again)
I so much needed this reply!
I became so happy it was not long gone to the tears and Cassandra
became very impressed over Hindra. It was Cassie whom laid
the track and took the photos - great photos too!
is outstanding in tracking and usually you have to hold back
hard -very hard! Today it was no different BUT "outstanding
in tracking" where kind of blown away until she found the
first article - THEN she remembered what this was all about.
After the first article I had to lean back to been able to
hold her speed down - it is a shame that she is to speedy
and, as always, she is rewarding herself by the track = Just
showing the articles by raising her tail once or twice
without stopping. You
have to be very concentrate not to miss when she show the
article! (if you can call it "show"....). Today I missed her
tail one of the articles so that one is still out there -
In the evening wile we had a quite time in
front of the TV a good friend called. We talked about the
tracking of the day and about x-ray etc. while talking she
enter the database of SKK and told me that Heidi's result
was already there!!! - HD A/A and ED 0/0! Yes! Thanks! Nice!
Just had to send a text massages to Heidi's owner saying
congrats - and she did not understand anything..... lol.....
was put up to a big show in Helsingborg today and got:
BOB-veteran and BOB
Congratulations! It became extra fun this time because the
judge actually gave Sussi
his appreciation for letting HIM jude
Inja!!! Nice! More statements of this kind, please ;)
Got a text massage from Kristin saying that Azka got
approval at the try-out test for wild-animal tracking today!
Very nice and congratulation - now we are looking forward to
get information about how she will stand the different
levels in her future competing :) Will she be the next
champion from our breeding? Izor was the first to get that
2013-08-25 Today we got the news from Maria that
she and Alpha attended a big show in Norway today. The
result became: CAC, BOB, CACIB Norwegian Champion, NUCH, and
when it is confirmed by FCI also International Champion,
C.I.B. Huge Congrats :)
Today we got a nice visit from Germany. It was a daughter
from Dimma´s b-litter (Bjelle) with owner, Sarah, and her
partner and other dogs. They also had their friend Katrin
and her Malinois female, Dusty, with them.
We had it very nice and talked, off course, a lot of
dogs, laekenois, mentality, tracking, agility and a lot more
related to dogs and training. After a nice lunch we had
coffee outside in the summer heat. Sarah showed some tricks
she learned Bjelle - fun! and useful when they do agility.
They became very fond of our dogs and especially in their
open way with strangers. Boyo charmed himself into their
hearts. Thanks for your visit and warmly welcome back :)
2013-08-18 Is a bit tired after yesterday's
walking and walking. Started the day by the computer to
print out contracts and to collect all Hexa´s paper. Today
Agnetha will come to take Hexa home.
We sat outside and had coffee while we went through all
the papers, sign them, fetched food and talked about the
summer that has been. We also talked about expectations for
the future, obedience classes, x-ray etc. Then it was time
for them to go and for me to start dinner. Good luck now :)
Viking Festival Linköping. Did not mistake of the right day
this time... ;). We all changed into our Viking cloths and
today I had my new apron for the first time. When all was
ready, we went in to Linköping to visit, and represent
Stallarholmens Vikings, at the festival. However our first
stop was at the goldsmith in the city center. Jey and Juhan
wanted to buy a birthday present for Stephanie.
When you go somewhere in Viking clothing, you meet people
who make big eyes - that never fails - even today, but we
also met other Vikings in middle of town and that is not
unusual you do. Well, except at the supermarket in
Stallarholmen in connection to our own festival of course.
the staff at the supermarket, do not make big eyes anymore,
just states; ok - this weekend it is time again AND
they also reduces the price of some food in the store for
In the goldsmith shop Jey found a pair of earrings that
she decided to buy. When we stood there I heard a lady
behind me saying; Oh my God you look so beautiful in your
dress and your jewelries. I looked around to find the
one she meant and she started to laugh, put her hand on my
arm and said; I did mean you! Lovely looking! What to
say, besides thanks? When we were done in town we went to
the festival aria.
aria was located by the canal. A very small festival with
comparing to the once we have been to before, and especially
against the one we have ourselves, but really cozy. We went
around among the sellers and looked what they had to offer,
then we decided to go by Viking boat on the channel and
Juhan became one of the rowers. Cool experience, but Cassie
was unable to let go of the pole .... hahahaha .... my
special girl ... Back on land again we went over to the
vendor who told different stories. Outrageous stories and
with a very captivating narrative style and body language.
also told some in English and has recorded some of the
stories on a CD. I do want to remember that he has been with
us at our festival, but are not quite sure. Anyway he was
very funny. After listening to him for a long time, we went
over to the axe- and knife throwing where both Stephanie and
Cassandra tried to throw. Stephanie had the right technique
from start and Cassandra the right strength. A combination
from both had been successful in other words ;)
We walked around on the field and Juhan found a really
nice ring in one of the sellers tent, which he bought.
girls danced to to the music and I was talking to friends
about Viking gear, Viking festivals,
and manufacturing of accessories. The girls also tried to
get sound our of a clay pigeon and by horn blowing. To my
surprise even Stephanie could get sound out of the horn.
That they would get sound out of the clay pigeon I already
knew and both Cassandra and Jey already knows how to blow
Then we were and looked at a drinking-horn manufacturing
and after that the fakir started up his show.
a lot of things he did he walked over crossed glass with an
ok on his shoulders with buckets full of sand - heavy! He
stood on a bed of nails and he also went up for a sword
ladder after he had thrown a cucumber that off course got
stuck on one of the swords as a demonstration that the
swords were extremely sharp and when that was concluded, he
went up - with caution I might add. At the top of the
told us he was no
at all and yet he attentions where to juggle with big knives
on the way down again. Said and done! He was very skilled
Then we went to one of the tents where they had fabrics
and other stuff. There Jey found a similar wicker-basket
that I always wanted and she bought it for me as late
birthday gift. Thank you honey!
Back home, it was nice to get out of your clothes we had a
good dinner with dessert and celebrated Stephanie, again.
Then we had cozy-time in front of the TV.
I also got a text massages from Kristin saying that she
and Azka competed in obedience level 1 today and got a 1st
prize and the 1 place out of 9 that came to start. WOW!
Congratulations and good luck with the next level :)
Today I had an appointment at the veterinarian for a
healthcertificate on Hexa because she will go to her new
home this weekend. The place she is getting to is the family
that owned Vajert Diva "Ruffa" until she passed away. Now
Hexa is moving to them on breeding terms. It does hurt a bit
in heart, but I KNOW she will be given a super home and that
gives me comfort :)
Later in the evening we picked up Jey and Juhan at the
train station in Åtvidaberg. Went home for a very nice
dinner and to extend Juhan's Viking tunic.
2013-08-12 Today Stephanie is turning 7 years old.
It was celebrated with breakfast in bed and gifts. We went
to Linköping to a café and we also had a booked time at the
eye doctor. When all that was done we strolled a while in
Linköping waiting for Angelicas train to come. The girls
took opportunity to eat ice cream and then it was time to
wave Angelica off and go back home for dinner.
Stephanie's big day has come!
The first all children had to do was to decorate their own glass and then the whole
tablecloth. Boy, did we get big eyes.... actually DRAW
paintings at the tablecloth without getting in trouble!
Once they realized that we really mean it they started and it became a lot of
very nice drawings on it. When the decorations were done we
put the lemonade, cookies and cake at the table. The
sang and Stephanie blow out the candles. The cake with caramel layer and
applesauce layer became a success indeed! The kids ate I thought it would come
out through their ears. Chessboard-cakes also became a big hit and if we had not
stopped them, they had put several together to actually made a board. Oh! how they laughed and joked.
Lovely kids :)
all of them had to sit down on the couches and we told them what
to expect of the rest of the day and in wish team there were
in. Then the first race started with the questions we made
the day before. After that
Stephanie got to open the presents before we went out for the race Part 2.
caramel laces. Not so easy, and profits went to the team where all
had eaten up and
swallowed. Part 3 was to empty a bowl containing water of
grapes we had put in. Each of them received a tablespoon to stick into their mouth (hands on
the back) and with it put the grapes into a cup next to the bowl. Oh what
Lot of laughter!
After this we went down to the backyard where Part 3 started.
had to run around the
house, give the stick to the next runner and so on!
but great fun according to the kids! Then started Part 4. Nail the nail into the board.
Difficult and fun! I was a bit surprised they all did everything we had plan for
them with joy and with big enthusiasm too. I did not think
kids was like this any longer... you know computer age....
Part 5 was boot throwing. Oh how we laughed and the kids
were puzzling indeed. They throw high, far and wide :) (note the boot in
the air high up in the picture to the right) Then we went inside for Part
The crowning glory!
If the kids
had laughed earlier it was nothing compared to what they did
now. The crown was put on the eye, in the stomach, over the
mouth, into the corners, etc.
was so much fun that they did it several times and I have been told that several
children have done this game at their own party afterwards. Fun!
Time to sum up the race and the winning team got lollipops. Then they where
given the first part
of the treasure map, which led to the second part, which led to the
third part and finally it led to the fish pond.
the cooperation skills of the children where tested but they
did it like nothing! To juice up the pond a
little the fist try gave a brush, or a comb, washcloth, piece of paper,
pen or other
strange stuff. the children screamed of joy. The second nibble gave
the candy-box. Then the children ran around
in the yard
and picked balloons and they also got to choose a fish from the fish
pond. Shortly after this parents began to dropping in to pick up their children.
The party was very successful and several of the children told their parents that
they want to come next time Stephanie have a party! That is a good score!!!
2013-08-09 Except for cleaning the house we have
boiled condensed milk for several hours today to make the
crème for one of the layers in the cake, blown up balloons,
prepared the candy boxes, set the table and tested that our
timetable for tomorrow will be functional. We have also made
the questions for the that game and split the children into
two teams. We are ready - hope they are ;)
The preparations for Stephanie's birthday party is taken all
our time now and today Angelica came home to help me
with everything that has to be done. Planning,
time taking, shopping, setting table and baking. We did
fishes to the fishpond and instead of doing the "tail
on the Donkey"
we had in mind for the children to put a crown to the
princess head instead therefore we draw two princess on a
paper and put them up at the target. We also made a treasure
map and cut it into tree peaces. Tomorrow we will clean the
house. Stephanie is very exacted and I do believe the dogs
are feeling something is going on. We are almost falling
over them every turn we make here.....
Inja was put up to a show also today. This time in Södertälje.
She got CK, BOB veteran and BIS3 veteran in total! Boy is
she doing great or what! - Congrats!
2013-08-03 Today Inja was at the Swedish Belgian
show, SBU, and got CK, Best
Lovely! Congratulations! (thank you Callencos
for the photo - taken 2009)
with family came for a long visit. It is peerlessly
what you can mange to do in just 4 days! 4 super great days
it become - a shame the camera was not used as much as we
had activities....sorry! Beside archery-shooting, all bade,
except me, in the lake including Ozzy, Hexa, Hindra and Rex
:) We had ice-cream and took a tour in Åtvidaberg (Claus
lived here as a child so he showed us where the apartment
was) We went to the old town of Linköping where we looked
into historical stores and walked on cobbled streets true
small alleys and where the girls went for horse-drawn
conveyance and saw a funny doll-theatre sitting in the grass
like in old days. they also experienced how they printed
books back then and a lot of handmade products within wood,
hemp, smith etc. At home we did macramé and in the evenings
the grill went hot and we stayed outside in the nice summer
heat - talked, laugh and just had quality-time. Jenny and
Billy with their dogs (Heidi from our kennel) came on Friday
and we had a lovely day and evening with a lot of laughter
good food and training tip on the agenda. Poor Jenny had
thug an play time with all dogs. The dogs became very tired
and happy and Jenny got very tired as well and also got
stiffed as a reward for her performance ;) Thank you all for
coming and next year we try to do it again and then with a
real kennel-reunion. Did hear something about tracking
Since it today, according to the weather report would be
partly cloudy, we decided to make it a perfect day for
Kolmården! With expectant girls and prepared lunch we packed
up the car to get there. Neither Cassandra nor Stephanie
have been there before so this should be exciting and the
highlight was supposed to be the dolphin show, which is a
total new one form this year!
We got there just in time to see the bears' release into the
When the large wrought-iron gate flew open and the male
rushed out Stephanie became terrified at first. She got over
it when the little kids and the mother came out into the
overhang. Oh, how sweet they small once where. So cute! This
litter is out of two males and one female.
Tigers are a big shot when you get them really close. Only a
thick pane of glass separates the visitors from the big
cats. Wonder if they see the visitors or if they only see
vague shadows behind the glass - thinking you are indoor and
the tigers are outdoors. Got the feeling they do see
anyway because of a little girl in a stroller put up her
hand against the glass and one of the tigers slammed on the
brakes and put his forehead against the glass to meet her
hand. Unfortunately, my camera did not react fast enough,
but I am happy I at least got this picture. The little girl
became overjoyed of happiness I can say ;)
you go forward, you will come out and can see the tigers
from a platform, or what to call it, which goes along the
overhang. One of the tigers found something of interest in
the water and showed that they are indeed cats - megasized
In the overhang with all sorts of friendly animals such
as goats, miniature pigs, etc. the girls got a chance to pet
and cuddle. I became a bit surprised to se that Stephanie,
who is so tough otherwise, was little unsure at first .....
hm .... but in the end even she could pet.
eaten our delicious lunch we went to the dolphin aria. Since
the show would not begin until one hour later Cassie and
Göte decided to go for a rid at the roller-coaster. Do not
know who had the most fun fun, but Cassie closed her eyes
and made faces the minute she sat in the carriage. hahaha
... crazy girl. Well it was her first and, according to
herself, the last time she went in one of those'.
Dolphin show was a great experience for the girls.
and Göte have seen the one they had before, and therefore we
were a bit disappointed of this new one. Back then, when we
saw it, Flip was a young dolphin and incredible. Now the
show was about the planet earth, the water, the dolphins and
man's destruction of nature. A sound and light show (hard to
take photos) and a giant screen like in a theater. The
dolphins were there of course, but they did not all that
breakneck arts as in Flips time. Have not seen any of the
previous shows, this is a pleasant experience.
After the show we had a coffeebrake. Earlier years you
could drive into a safari with your own car. It is now
closed, and instead to go by car you by cable car and we
did. Cassandra was
that the basket would fall and we would then be eaten,
anyway attacked, by those animals that were in the overhang
the, in that case, would basket landed in. The reason for
her "catastrophic thinking" was the fact that she is very
afraid of heights and it was a bit windy so the basket
tossing occasionally. If you like to see sleeping animals
from above, it is a pleasant experience.
When the tour was over, we went to the monkeys and then
to the elephant area.
As in previous overhang it was no big activity among the
monkeys either. Chimpanzees usually scooting around the
various in hunting games really tease each other, but not
this day. They had a kid who did his best to annoy the
others, but they ignored it completely. Cassandra did not
like the gorillas. One was active. He tasted things and then
took a long stick, got up and walked away with the stick as
supportive cane, which she experienced a bit too much like
us humans. lol.......
elephants were not active either and they gave you a strange
feeling when standing there. The explanation was that it any
day now a baby elephant where to be born. In other words,
all of them where expecting ...... I guess .....
In the overhang below the elephants the activity where
however even move! There we namely found the meerkats! WOW
these fellows can be for studying in hours. What a funny
animal. Talking body language, curious, yet cautious.
entertaining! I have seen one or two programs about them on
Animal Planet and do understand how filmmakers have been
able to interpret them as they have. Really really cool and
I would have no problem staying there and just observe them
for hours to come, but the girls wanted to go to the
Children's Village, will remember that it was called Bamse's
world but are not sure, the girls went bumper car and
carousel, tossing and climbed in all sorts of climbing and
lecturer, etc. In the end, they also where very happy and
tired. The journey home was strangely quiet ..... :)
On the whole we had a really nice day with perfect weather
for the journey! Besides the meerkat the highlight of the
day, for me, was the
2013-07-15 Today, in the afternoon and evening, we
had a nice visit from Sara (kennel Kniinaxx -Rottweiler). We
had coffee, ate a good dinner and, off course, talked
about dogs, training, breeding, temperament .... yes ,
EVERYTHING related to the world of the breeder so to speak.
She fell in love with Rex, like everyone else, and also to
charming Hexa. With her she had two Rottweiler-girls and it
sure felt a lot in the old "rottweiler - gut" after a lot of
touching and feeling on them. Super nice in character both
of them! Stephanie has always said she want to have a
Rottweiler one day. If she is playing she always owns a
Rottweiler and now she also knows how one looks like. The
visit did NOT changed her liking at all - the opposite !
Up early to start our drive to Mats in Skåne. We took Rex
with us for Mats to meet him and also as a "support " to
Hindra on our stops when going back home. Strange feeling to
go through Växjö and NOT meet Angelica, but this time it
could not be done because she is a volunteer at the football
center where the World Championships for women is taken
place :). So today we actually went through twice without
greeting her ... hm .... might as well admit that both times
I talked to her on the cell phone.
Now we wish Hindra welcome home and if I find a real good
home for her on breeding-terms so be it. If no - she will
stay here. I also want to repeat THANK YOU MATS for the time
you put down into her. Now I will make sure she will find
her place into the pack and then it is time for the
connection between us or, more correctly, the reconnection
between her and I ... exciting!
This summer has so far been absolutely amazing.
Sun, warmness and a lot of chances for outdoor-bathing. Hexa
is happy to bathe when the girls pin themselves down into
the way to small bath tub.
Like they saying: " Where there is room in the heart
there is always room in the house".
Now it is taken baths, more or less every day, in as well
lakes as pools. The heat makes every possible opportunity to
get some coolness not to be wasted and the girls think it's
great fun when Hexa also press herself down with them.
Soon, we will go down to Skåne (south of Sweden) to bring
Hindra back home.
2013-07-09 Right now it feels a bit heavy. Just
been told that it is some Laekenois for rehoming. One of
them is really critical and it is Omar. His mom has become
very sick, so it's in a big hurry he needs a new home. Then
it beloved Mizzy 6 years old. Her owner just lost her
husband hand do not have the strength to give Mizzy what she
needs. Additionally, we have for a long time been looking
for a new home to our " Boyo ". Happy the experience out of
the Viking market was as good as it got now requires forces
to grab this matter to find solutions. A little fly in the
ointment it's also the fact that Hindra will come back home
again. It was not the idea from the beginning other than
when it was time for her litters to be born. Well now it is
was it is - just to bite the bullet and grab start to find
solutions - I am sure it will work out just fine in time.
2013-07-08 What a weekend ! Either the girls or I
wanted to go home last night, when it was all over, but lets
take it from the beginning.
On Friday, when we arrived at the aria it became a
bit of a stress. My mother and aunt showed up and told us
that it would be information at the information-tent just 30
minutes after we hit the piles. So in a big hurry we changed
clothes and went to the information-tent. Finally there it
turned out we had been given wrong information. Instead. I,
Jey, Juhan and children went to ICA to purchase Saturday's
dinner - then we went to the obligatory hug and greeting
round among all Viking tents - so fun to see everyone again.
After that we went to the archery and then it was time for
dinner and socializing at Nibbe´s ( my brother ) tent.
On Saturday I was first at the
archery and then in the entrance admission for a while. Very
funny! Got so much praise, by both Vikings and other
visitors, about my new necklace that I almost blushed ....
almost ... Anyway.... the day started when I was woken
up by a dreadful thumping at the caravan door (and thank God
for that! because it turned out the cell-phone did not alarm
when it was time to wake up). Outside I found the family of
Franssons - Claus, Gey, Ami and
- smiling. Good morning! Up and with quick coffee and
dressing, which is not done in a flash with everything one
should wear, we all went to archery where both Ami and
Cassandra shoot. Suddenly
-Lena (photographer - thank you for this year's pictures)
stood by our side with her Cairn terrier, Sussi (Inja´s
owner) and her little puppy from the last litter. A female
that two girls - Stephanie and Cassandra - just felt in love
with. hm .... Later a an old work colleague came with his
family and also my cousin, Anders (longbow manufacturer), of
course. In other words we had "kiss and hugs party" most of
the day :)
Hope you all had a pleasant experience. I had the chance to
actually EXPERIENCE the market myself this year, and
not just see it from the cooker ....
In the evening, when all the visitors have
left the area, and we have had dinner, we walked down to the
lake where we got an incoming Viking ship with musicians on
- incredibly beautiful in the warm summer evening. Then we
sat by the campfire and sang songs, talked, laughed and just
"hung out" in the heat of the fire.
I spent the morning at the archery and then I went with Jey
for some shopping. Talked to my mother and aunt and viewed
my brother, Nibbe, and his fighters show - lunatics! He had
roared for two and a half days now, so the voice was not
there anymore, but it did not matter while facial
expressions can produce rage ..... It is actually the
first time I have had a chance to see the show and it was
interesting. It put my heart in my throat a few times
because it IS real weapons they fight with .... the
slightest mistake and a lot of patches might get necessary
if even enough ....... hu ....
The pancakes then .... well yes, next year I
probably will sit there again - if some arrangements will be
done and the cooker will be fixed of course - because me not
sitting there this year brought a lot of disappointed
visitors who had gone to the market EXPRESSLY for my
pancakes (some of the from a very long distance). It was
also a bit sad to see children's faces. One mother told me
that as soon as her children saw the caravan arrives they
came running after their bowls and screamed into the mouth
of each other; Now she comes! - the pancake-lady
arrives now! well, hm ...
Now the family is looking forward to a visit at the Viking
market in Linköping. The one we missed last year, when I
mistaken about the right weekend. By then, I hope that my
new apron will be finished and that Jey and Juhan will come
along. It will be nice to meet dear Viking friends again and
to "just be" for a day. Also interesting to see how they do
their market comparing to ours.
Now everything that was suppose to be cut, stitched, and
have embroider on finally done. The caravan is packed up and
I feel total exhausted before the festival even has started.
One, I hope, nice change is year is that I am not stuck at
pancakes this year! Looking forward to do something
different for a change, and since this summer has been
absolutely stunning in terms of sun and heat, it is nice not
to sit beside a fire all the time. It kind of gets liiiiitle
hot. Now we feel ready to go early tomorrow morning.
Today I got a phone-call I did hope not to get. It was
from Mats whom decided not to take Hindra in on
breeding-terms after all. Now she will get back home HOWEVER
I am so happy Mats took her in for the develop-conversations
and for all time he has put into her while she was there.
Then you can ask why I feel it was a shame he will not let
her stay well.... Mats is a great dog-handler and super in
training when it comes to the Swedish protection work and
the idea was for him to train and compete Hindra up in that.
Had not been in the way so to speak -
right?! :) Anyway - a big thank you my dear friend for,
without any hesitation, help out when
Hindra needed it AND for everything you done for her when it
comes to training and develope-conversation. Se you in one
week when I drive down to bring her home :)
Hectic time to finish all the Viking-outfits for
upcoming weekend. Also Jey and Juhan will come home to get
their out-fits in order for the festival. When it comes to Juhan
we have a lot to do because he has no outfit at all!!! The
idea is to give him at lest a shirt. Beside all this we are
going to celebrate Jey whom turned 20 years old yesterday!
Today we celebrate Ozzys little owner, Ami, and our
beloved daughter Jey on their birthday. Ami is turning 9
years old and Jey is getting 20 :)
Up early again, but this time for traveling to Söderköping
and archery competition. The competition almost ended for
Cassie before it started ...... and that with terror ... Cassie
and the other shooters went towards the target after the
first round up and Cassie bends over to get the protocol of
shooting and I almost lost my breath when seeing her
suddenly bounce back like if she hit her face into
something. I, and several adults with me, run towards them
to se what happen and it turned out that one of the shooter
has arrows with nocks with an color that do not shows (most
of them have bright colors or a color that is different from
the rest of the arrow) and he had shot his arrow way low
into the target, so when Cassie bend over to get the
protocol she did not se his arrow and therefore she hit her
face into it!!! Thank God she got glasses - because they
stopped the nock to go right into her eye, instead it went
in just under the eye. Talk about luck! Beside the
protocol is not suppose to lay right under/or in front of
the target, and for the reason that no one shall get hurt by
the arrows that are in the target. The protocol is suppose
to lay beside the targets! We managed to stop the bleeding
rather quick and I said to Cassandra that if she wanted to
go home after a start like this we do so, but she wanted to
continue! What a girl! It had swollen up a little bit under
the eye but Cassandra had no pain so I said ok if you
promise me to tell me any time you want to stop and we will.
What a competition she did. New personal record outdoors on
20 meters with the point of 438!!! Congrats girl!
Back home the swollen had gone down a lot and now you could
se that it looked like she had scratch herself under the
eye. I am SO happy it was not worse. Archery can be a
dangerous sport even behind the arrows.....
2013-06-28 Up early and after Cassie gone to the
summer camp I and Stephanie hooked on the caravan to drive
down to Västervik for the survey. Everything was great! Nest
survey is 2015, but I do not know if I will be the one doing
it the - kind of hoping I can switch "Öggisen" against a
smaller caravan - even
though it will hurt because we just love our "Öggis" .....
2013-06-26 Today's concentration has been to finish
my Viking- necklace and to get it nicely into the spreaders.
It became like this =9
It is time to do the survey on the caravan now and the
is shall shine, so today the "Öggis" had a big clean up!
Vacuuming inside, wiping tables, kitchen aria etc. and a
grand wash outside. It use to be Jey´s job to do the roof,
but not being home, it became Cassandra and I that had to
climb up. A biiiiiit scary, if you ask Cassandra, but she
did great and look how nice the caravan become :)
After the check-up of everything like the electricity, lamps
outdoors function etc. we could establish that the caravan
is ready for both survey and to live in during summer. NICE!
This year we where alone at the midsummer-celebration, well
without the older girls or other family that is, however we
did send greetings to one other by sms.... what else?
First we had a super tasty lunch of hearings, then we played
games inside. In the afternoon the weather became better and
the sun came to warm us all
We barbecued and had our delicious desert, the one I and
Stephanie prepared the day before, well without the cream of
course - that we put on just before serving. A compote of
Rhubarb and strawberries. What a lovely smell and the taste
After dinner we went outside to play King!
whom never wins anything, won all 3 times when playing! Fist
with Cassie then with Stephanie and a last time with Göte.
Fun for me =))
also wanted to attend in the way she can..... ;)
The fist 3 weeks of the summer Cassie will attend summer camp. It started today and the
kids will try out a lot of sports, swim and fish during the
days. I and Stephanie baked and started the preparations for
the upcoming Viking-festival.
We also has started the plans for the midsummer-weekend :)
2013-06-12 End of school for summer.
dinner and pastry with strawberry and cream for
"Holliday-calibration" in front of the TV later in the
evening. After all preparations I went to se the ceremony in
the school. Nice, but a bit surprising they did not sing the
national hymn ?!? .... strange .... it is a kind of must...
20 past 4 the bell rang this morning - serious..... - up
for breakfast and a walk with the dogs before we left for
the Int. show in Vänersborg. There we hoped for Alpha to get
her last CAC to become Champion. It has been very hot
outside here and therefore we got Sumer clods on, I had
dress and heals, not the best choice it turned out when we
got to Vänersborg. Cloudy and only 10 degrees C .... Jesus,
I was freezing. Anyway, when we got there Maria and Alpha
was already beside the rings. We had coffee and one by one
the other Belgians arrived. The warm sun brake true the
clouds just before it was time for the Belgians to entre the
ring! Today all four verities was there. Fun, because it is
not that often it happens!
The Malinois, Laekenois and Groenendael went back home with
everything they could take, the Tervueren got VG. In other
words Alpha got Exc, CK, CAC, BOB, CACIB, new title. Everything! and with super critic!
The Malinois was picked in out in the
final, but then it was stop - a shame she did not got
placed! What a lovely day this became - happy, pleased and
tired (off course) we went back home to celebrate in
fruit-soda.... what? - bubbles as bubbles right?....
National day of Sweden!
We celebrated it in the garden by planting new
plants, had lunch, coffee in the sun and went to Åtvidaberg
in the afternoon to by lovely ice-cream - yummy! Later in
the evening we had barbecue dinner with a nice glass of red
of planting, something is really crazy with Hexa....
remember that the H-litter had a special love for the
lavender (special Harraz did) and because the last hard
winter killed our BIG lavender I got a new one from
Stephanie as a mother-days gift. I have also bought 3 new
butterfly lavender well...., those and only those was
missing in the new the flower-beds, right.... HEXA! She had
pulled them up - without destroying anything else - and went
to the back of the house where we found her rolling all over
the plants!!! ...... Crazy girl! I put them back where they
should be and now I am crossing my fingers they will
The community has decided to close the school where the
girls are attending. Because of that they are now moving
around the classes, also the once from the other two schools
here, to get room for everyone. Today we went for a visit to
the new school, Central school, for Stephanie to attend in
autumn - class 1A will be her class. A very nice school and
her new teacher will be one she knows from her last school
and her preschool teacher will come along as well. :) Sorry
to say it means that the girls will not attend in the same
school anymore. They will move class 4 to 9 from all schools
into, Alléschool, and there is where Cassandra will go from
August - class 5 C it will be then. But before that it will
be summer-holiday and it is just a few days left before that
starts. The exam will be the 12th of June.
2013-06-01 Well, now we enter the summer month for
sure. On the other hand it has been super sunny weather here
the last weeks in May, so I have to say the summer is
already here! Because it was a very cold spring (long winter
if you like) the flowers where very late, but now when they
are coming they come all at once so to speak....... Today it
was a bit colder again and I was in the garden taken grass
of places where it shall not be....
did find something else that shall not be there either
and.... it stopped with that I was shaken like a leaf and
had to force myself to do the last grass -cleaning. Why you
might wonder... well I accidently hold this figure in the
tail.... brrrrrr, yuk, ugh, repulsive, and yuk again....
It has now moved! Do NOT want to share garden with a fellow
like this, or even worse with an adder. No, nope, no - dose
not feel ok at all. I know this one is not out of any danger
towards me, the children or the dogs, but that does not help
at all... if there is one it could be..... ugh, yuk!
Beside it was way to close to the house for my
2013-05-26 Woke up when the girls came with
breakfast to my bed =) the rest of the day we celebrated
in the garden and did some planting of my new mother day
Talked to Mats and Hindra is progressing step by
step! Wonderful! That is a lovely mothers-day gift as
well :) - thank you for your time and work with her!
Got a phone call from Susann that on todays
international show in Österbybruk Vajert Inja
female -2 and
Old lady still going strong! Congratulation!
In the afternoon a flower delivery came by with
flowers from my older girls. Thank you Angelica and Jey
- that was a surprise for sure :) I and the younger
girls went to Åtvidaberg where Lions celebrated all
mothers with cake and coffee! Nice!
2013-05-20 After a lot of problem with the
program I am doing the race-magazine in, it finally is
done and has gone for printing. Yesterday I went to the
second gathering for trainers in archery. A lot of
material talk and we experienced how to make a string -
not so easy to be done...
I have learned a new world in dog training. It came from
my good friend Mats in south of Sweden whom went up to
Växjö to bring Hindra down to his place for some developspeech. He is to funny! Developspeech is
something we have with our kids and their teachers in
the school, to know how they are doing - and now
also in dogtraining it appears. Why you might wonder
.... well, "Hatti-fnatti" has enter the "awkward age"
and now, during her last days in heat, suddenly started
to show insecurity in her first contact with strangers
(the last 4 days to be precise). Not knowing what to do
with this new feeling she is over reacting. At campus
they now have the last week of this semester so it is a
lot of drunk, screaming and singing - and not so
smart (in drunk condition) peoples everywhere 24/7. NOT
an optimal place to suddenly start insecurity and
Angelica has not got the time needed to train and
strength Hatti-fnatti up. So, wonderful Mats, fetched
her for some training camp and, as said, some
developspeech. During the days she has been with him she
has gone more and more back to happy self again ( not
at all surprised - if anyone got "dogsfingers" he is the
one for sure!) Her wrong behavior stopped the very
first day. Lovely! Thank you lovely Mats -
I would have been very sad if I had lost this wonderful
dog while it is nothing wrong with her mentality from
the ground. Before, during and after heat females can
suddenly start with strange behavior and especially if
they also are in the "awkward age" (with or without heat
- goes for the males for sure) Hormones is not to
play with - no matter breed - but if you go for the
"problem" calm and easy the dogs will "come out on the
other side" as the wonderful creatures they where before
it. If you do not act towards the "problem" the risk is
huge the wrong behavior will stuck and it can be very
hard to get rid of later in the dogs life.
2013-05-11 Dressed up we went to Ekenäs
middleage market today. It was our first time on this
market and the knights this weekend came from Great
Britain. They where ok, but we are "spoiled" with the
knightgroup from Gotland and so far non, that we have
seen, have even come close to their caliber (goes for
other Swedish groups as well).
It was so nice meeting our friends again and a lot of
hugging took place during the day. Speaking of knights,
we where told that the knights' of last year, a group
form Hungary, was outstanding! ... typical - when we
never went then.... We had a very nice day with lovely
This group had more fights on the ground with their
swards and less of horse-action. beside the whole show
was in English - of course!
The horns on the helmet of the knight (photo to the
right) was no longer there after the first fight with
the lances... ups!
Note that the knight actually is closing his eyes!
Perhaps for the best thinking of how the sandbag landed
on his lance (photo 2) after the hit. Do hurt if you do
not ride faster ...... ;) Both photos opens in new
window if you click on them.
2013-05-10 Deadline for the race-magazine
today. Have a lot to do, but it is coming around this
time too :). It has been a big pleasure to set the
result from the FMBB 2013 this time. The team
representing Sweden and AfBV got SILVER in IPO (for
teams) and also the 4th place individual. Great done and
it is the best result so far at FMBB for "our" team!
Next year it will be in Finland and I do wish I then can
be there as a supporter.
2013-05-09 Today it has been two vajert-dogs
in shows. Vajert Hedi at the rece-spesial on Ivö and
Vajert Alpha at Nora Workinglcub.
behaved very nice despite being in her heat and charmed
the judge total. VG was the result because, as a TOTAL
surprise to both me and Jenny, it showed that Heidi
unfortunately is missing both her P2or!?! Nor I or Jenny
where aware of that, however we are very pleased with
the VG and Heidi is in training for agility, and you do
not do agility with your teeth anyway ;)
and Maria "run home" a CK, Excl, CAC BOB at Nora
Workingclub. This was Alphas 2nd CAC = One more to get
the title Swedish Show Champion. Keeping fingers crossed
and the next show is not far away. Then an International
and we do hope a CACIB will be given then too ;)
2013-04-27 Early this morning, right after
midnight to more precise, I became an aunt again =) My
brother, Nibbe, and his fiancée, Zarah, got their second
child - a daughter. Congratulation!
also got the messages today that Vajert Dimma now can
titular herself INTCH :P Congrats Danni - nice
Today Alpha went back home. Feeling sad about
that and so do the family as well. Hexa do agree too.
There is no question about her being out of the heat for
this time because she and Hexa have played a lot this
last few days and Alpha does not play like that in
heat-time. Now we keep fingers crossed that some semen
found their way in, despite how the the mating as been.
But I doubt it. If not we will mate Alpha on her next
heat in about 8,5 month from now. The male then is not
2013-04-23 Today I did the yearly survey of my car
and that was not a nice outcome at all..... 5 things was
found that has to be repaired!?! and a new survey after
Hate old cars..... a bit fun though was the fact that it
came to my knowledge I got both ABS and SRS.... had no idea...
I have always thought the car was to old for that, at least
to have SRS.... lol.....well what do you know :)
Way more fun is that Rex off springs in Denmark are
turning 1 year of age today! One of the males there got a
special place in my heart - very look a like to Rex, but a
better copy if you ask me. Or what do you say?
2013-04-21 To break the tiresomeness of
waiting I and Susanne wet to the flower market outside
of Vetlanda. There Susanne bought a lot of spring
flowers and I bought two strawberryplants with PINK
flowers!! Never seen before. Back at Susanne's house we
planted her flowers while Achilles and Alpha had love
dates again and they did not got it fully this week end
either. Thinking of it, theoretical, it is enough if 8-10
semen find their way and it can be puppies even though
the male never got a hanging, but it does not feels like
that in this case. Today it is day 17 and Alpha is still
In the evening I went back to Växjö to pick Cassandra up
and leave Hatti. The plan was to pick Achilles up to bring
him with me back home again, but Susanne called to tell me
she had to take him to the veterinary right away because he
was wobbling around. Therefore Cassandra and I went strait
home and got there right after midnight. At the same time I
got a text-message from Susanne that the veterinary did not
find anything strange on Achilles - he just needs resting,
but they wanted to keep him over night just in case.
2013-04-19 Achilles and Alpha have had several
love dates during the last days but Achilles has not yet
made it fully. You have to look hard to find a more patience
female than Alpha. She stands, and stands, and stands... Achilles has
injured her back pawls on both sides and every time he is
there stepping in the wounds she whine a bit BUT stands
total still anyway. MY what a female!
Today I packed up the car to go down to Småland agian.
First a stop at Drömmeshult and then of to leave Cassandra
by Angelica in Växjö for this weekends archery camp.
Angelica and Cassandra will go by train and buss to Ljungby
next morning. =)
After a very nice dinner I went back to Drömmeshult and
stayed for the week end to let Achilles and Alpha mate with
hopes that he would finally make it fully. With me in the
car I got Hatti-fnatti ;) whom will be with me over the week
To be a breeder is to be in a lot of waiting -
constantly. It is actually not me saying this (not this time
anyway) but Cassandra! First you wait for the female to
start her heat, then you wait for her to go into the optimal
day, then you wait for her and the male to actually mate,
after that you wait for signs of her being pregnant or not.
If she is the waiting starts for the day of delivery... Boy
how right she is! At Susanne place it came very clear, the
two played a bit, figure the other out, accepting the
Alphas doing off course), "tried out" but never made it
fully. While waiting for "real action" Angelica phoned and
told me that
Hindra "Hatti-fnatt" has started her first heat!
Small has gone grown up =)
Though nothing had been done fully by the night we
decided that I should bring Achilles with me back home for
mating the following days. One good thing with mating on
"home plan" so to speak - meaning not have to mate abroad. Laekenois
is as Laekenois is as you can se (photo) why not mate like
2013-04-15 Today I and Jey went to Linköping.
A lot of walking because of everything we had to do while
being there, and it turned out that all the places to visit
was not in the same end of the town in the order we had
hoped for. Because of that we had to go back and forth
several of times - in to one place, back to the next with
the important paper in our hands and back again for stamp
needed etc..... hahahaha... well ...
now finally all "have to take care of" is done. At dinner we
lighted a candle for Alphas "small owner", Felicia, to
celebrate her 18th birthday! The girls love the idea (even
though Felicia was home at her place) and sang "ja, må du leva..."
(Swedish birthday song) for her.
Tomorrow I will go for the fist day of mating in
Drömmeshult at kennel Ruby River´s.
2013-04-12 Late last night we picked up Jey by the
train. She will now be here when I am away for Alphas mating
to take care of everything in the house. The plan is also to
make nice things for the upcoming Viking festival in July ;)
She needs a new dress.
Alpha came home today for upcoming mating. God what a
nice female she is! So easy to deal with and no problem what
so ever to adjust in the pack, despite being in heat (or
because of it .... if you ask Rex and Boyo.....).
Today exactly one year ago is the day we went to se
this house for the first time. I do remember tulips
blade and other early spring flower in the flower-beds -
no snow anywhere. On our way back to
it did started to snow some. Here the same angle (photo
2 right) taken today!!! Then you shall know that the
snow has melted away allot during the last week!
To celebrate, you can always find a reason for
celebration.... lol...., we had target-open-ceremony and
in-shooting of Cassandra's new arrows.
shot for the first time on the target we bought last
summer. 82 arrows from 6 meters. The photo shows the
first arrows in the target =P The more arrows she shot
the better they became in collecting to middle of the
target (yellow and red). In other words she shoot
herself in great - NICE!
2013-04-04 This evening I got the messages I
have been waiting for quite some time now (at least I
feel it has been a loooong wait) Alpha has started her
heat, now it is not far away to the day for.........
Prepare Achilles ;)
& 31 In two days I have been in front of the computer
looking at the Swedish Mastership for seniors (indoor
archery) by web-TV =)
Angelica participate for the first time in her new class
(21 class -recurve) and at Saturday she managed to the
finals on Sunday with a new personal record at 481 points! I
am so proud but between you and me... she is not happy with
a score not higher than it became this time... I do not
agree because the main thing is to get to the final - THERE
anything can happen.....anyhow it was very exiting to follow
the shooting and fun to help out by sms to her boyfriend
that could bring it on to her
:-P, Got a print-screen (the photo) and Angelica is the one
in red shirt, pony-tail and glasses.
Sunday it was harder not to bee there in real life.... final
shooting is final shooting - Angelia is very good at it and
the other shooter do know so too. She ended up on 9th place
total and we just have to be trilled over that result! Good
work done girl - still among the best 10 in Sweden - take
that in my beloved daughter, Angelica!!!
2013-03-28 Today, or rather this evening,
went to our home-club (Motala BSK) for competition in the
"Easter egg". They did not managed 2 fully series (2x30 pil)
before the time of the hall ended. Cassie did 177 on the
first 30 arrows and 124 pints in the last series (18
arrows). Good done and we all where total exhausted when we
finally got back home by midnight. Lucky we got Easter
weekend to look forward to (and rest on) and after that the
girls are off school for a week.
This morning was the first one for a looooong time we
woke up just to find out we did not have snowstorm outside!
Is cold, still, - 15C but no snowing. The temperature has
been going up and down a lot lately between -8C down to -17C
and it has not been "warmer" during daytime. Our fence is
just a memory now - somewhere under all snow you will find
it - and a new "problem" has started the dogs do not know
where the yard ends anymore and are walking over the fence
into the road-aria without knowing so..... sigh ... I am
eternal tired of all snow, cold and ice-wind now. The dogs,
however, will not agree.
just love playing in the snow!
I want spring, sun and warmer weather now! OK, ok ... I will
try to see it in a positive matter - it did not snow when
getting up today - on the other hand we did not have any
water either!!! The pipe outside our fence had frozen and
got broken. It took the community the whole day to restore
it and about 16:00 in afternoon the could put the water on
again. LUCKY then we got so much snow as we do. Out to bring
some in for boiling and at least we could use that water to
for the WC.... lol.....
As you might have known I have been without computer for
over a month now. Sorry to say my computer could not be
"rescued" but the data on it was! All material was given to
me on an usb-memory (Thank God). Today I got a new
computer! Now I just have to install all programs
again and try to catch up for lost time. Will probably take
some time I guess... but I am "back on track" at least!
My decision is taken when it comes to the right male for
Alpha. When she starts her heat in March she will be mated
to "the gentlemen":
FJV-06, FIN UCH, SE UCH Tjh (FM) Ruby
River´s Achilles (photo)
He is a very nice male and,
as Alpha, is a force dog. Some of you already know this
because I was able to put up an add at the start site (from
a borrowed computer) and also an add on Facebook. Now I am
sitting in times of waiting.... ;)
Well - the month that has
pas by without computer has not been so fun. I and the girls
where sick for 3,5 week in both nasty cold and the "winter
sickness" (like the flue). As soon as one of us got better
the next started and it kind of "walked" around and
around.... not fun at all ...
A bit of joy was that
Cassandra the 4th of March got a challenge prize from
Åtvidaberg archery club for the best developing junior
during the indoor-season! That came as a total surprise
and as a big joy for us!!! Congrats girl!
9th of March we went to Södertälje for archery competition.
There we meet Ozzy´s "small owner", Ami, with family. Ami is
an archer as well but in the class for longbow. It seemed
that both girls enjoyed to be at the same competition and we
adult did have a nice time for sure :) Cassie got nice score
at 332 points and ended up on 4th place total. Ami (do not
remember her score - sorry) took the gold medal in her
class!!! Super done both of you! Suddenly my mother, brother
and his girlfriend stood in the shooting hall! They came by
to se the girls shoot and to take me and Cassie to a Café to
celebrate her birthday with presents (they could not come
the actual date of her birthday). A very nice gesture
On our way back home in the evening we meet a heavily
snowstorm and it has been snowing since for the last 5
days!!! At the most it came 1,5 meter snow within two
hours!!! Like if we did not have enough anyway.....
Today Jey, Juhan and Natta came home to celebrate
Cassandra's 11th birthday. We had a nice dinner and a lot of
"catching up" to do ;) Tomorrow we will have sandwich-cake
etc. to celebrate her. ;)
Thank God the
magazine, Belgaren, is done an up for printing. Why? well...
my computer is living its own life, or rather do NOT LIVE at
all. Today I hand it over to the support and crossing
fingers they can save anything on it - and soon.
Cassandra and I went to Oskarshamn today for archery
competition. Great score of 390 points, best points this
year, and a 4th place in total. Great done girl!
I also had the fortune that Jenny came and gave me the
chance to "pet" Heidi a bit. God she is nice! Great
structure of body, super coat and very nice in temperament.
Thank you, Jenny, for taken the time to come =)
Today the girls and I celebrated my birthday. After good dinner we had "cozy
time" by the TV. While at it I like to thank all of you that sent me
congratulations by mail, sms, phone and on facebook. Most of them came that
way... on FB that is... strange when I still got phone, cell phone and
mail... anyhow.. BIG thank you!
2013-01-28 It has been quite hectic days here. The budget and annual
report of both AfBV shop as well as for the magazine has been done and sent
to the board this week. At the same time the deadline for the magazine past
by and it is now almost done for printing. My computer has also started his
own life - again - and I am afraid it will go total broken.... keeping my
thumbs crossed it will hold for a long time but my stomach-feeling says
Outside it has been snowing for several days - again - as if we need more of
it.. and now I can not get the car up to the house because of all snow.
Scary when you slide backwards and can do nothing about it.
2013-01-20 We have the strangest of weather right now! or rather
strangest of temperature.... first -18 degrees C for 3 days and the - 4 one
day, just to go down to - 22! Way to cold if you ask me....
2013-01-19 Today Cassandra competed in archery in Linköping and it
was probably the toughest one so far .... for me that is... I was not with
her, sat home, by the phone, waiting for sms or a call about how thing was
going and THAT is worse than to actually stand there and see what happens!! Cassie
wanted to try to go alone, well with the other archeries of course, but
when she got back home she said she wants me to come along (coach/trainer
and "mumsupport") from now on. Mums girl! Well it did go very well anyway.
She came home with a new bronze medal! Congratulation girl!
At last the plumber came. Now we do not have to stand in water every
time we put laundry into the washer.
Right now we do not go out more than "have to" - 18 degrees C and it will
stay for some days they say... brrrrrrr...... Not even the dogs have any
enthusiasm to stay outside for longer time.
Rex take it the hardest. He seems to be very sensitive for the cold under
his pawls and is doing like the lizards in the hot desert - lifting one leg
at a time, sorry but I can not do anything but laugh because it looks to
funny - how ever I do feel sorry for him. I do understand him because it
feels like the nose will leave the face every time you go outside now - it
do hurts and it is not nice! The other dogs are making the cold much better
and Boyo would probably stay outside 24/7 if I should let him. Nope to cold,
the melody is short time and often instead.
.... and I that had decided to update the blog at least
once a week, but the news about Raily kind of took the breath out of me.
Today I do not have the time either because it is deadline for the
club-magazine - Belgaren - meaning I have a lot to do right now. However I
just have to announce that kennel Vajert has produced up "our" fist IPO-dog!
Vajert Dimma & owner Danni ended 2012 with an IPO 1 competition and made it
with - 70p, 87p, 80p = 237. I am not total (will check it up) but this means
that she is the first Laekenois female in the whole Nordic with an IPO 1
title. She is for sure both Denmark's and Sweden's first at least. Great
feeling with some news of happiness again.
2013-01-06 Today I got a mail that
gave me a small chock and it is with big tears rolling down
the cheeks I am writing this. Raily was put to sleep on the
veterinarians recommendation the 23rd of December. He turned
sick just one or two days earlier and the test showed he had
no white blood cells at all! In the morning on the 23rd the
veterinarian called Railys owner to inform him they found
cancer in his liver. Good God what a terrible Christmas they
must have had and despite that Tommy writes in his mail:
Raily will be put in the dog-centenary beside one of my earlier
security-dogs. He has been a lovely dog to us and a lot of my colleagues
loved him very much. I would like for you to know that you should be very
PROUD over yourself manage to breed such a great dog from you breeding.
We also lost a dog close to Christmas, years back, and I do remember the
vacuum the holidays was celebrated in. I wish I could find words to help the
pain go away. Our thoughts goes to Tommy and his family and it is I that
shall thank you, Tommy, for given Raily the nicest of years ever with you!
THANK YOU! and a big hug of strength to you and your family.
Back flashes on the year
Time to look in the backmirror and it is with a smile on my
lips I recall the midnight clocks banging between
2011 and 2012. I, back then, strongly felt that 2012 would
be a good, but with some turbulence, year! Remember thinking
"Now the winds will turn around" and looking at the year now
I sure had the right feeling. The year 2012 can be put in
two words - moving year! Jey moved to and
later from Askersund, I and the small girls moved to Falerum,
my brother and his family moved to Barva and Oscar
moved in with Angelica!
Before I go into the success of the "Vajert-clans", I do
have to mention the archery success of
Cassandra. What a shooter she has become already! Amazing
success able to higher her personal record every time she
has competed and with a lovely attitude towards training and
competition. She, as
Angelica, really love their sport and I have the benefit to
be their coach. Yes, I am a "bit" proud ;) In this context I
do have to mention Ozzy's "small" owner, Ami, being her
coach too and she has also become a tremendous shooter in
such a short time! Looking forward to follow them all during
then? Well, except for
the obvious it has moved with me ;) we had
the lovely H-litter born in June :) Also a
lot of Vajert dogs
with owners that have done great during the
year and I wont to write "as
usual" but that might be to stick
out the cheek a bit to much, so I will not
write that. It
is a bit hard, this time, to pick from the
harvest and I do hope no one will feel
forgotten. First out has to be Raily with
owner that have done the obligated re-test
for guard-dogs and, like earlier year, did
it with grace! I also would like to mention
all x-ray results that have come to my
knowledge; Ozzy, O´Boy, Opal, Attli
(could be more) - and all of them are free on both hips and
elbows. That means that all offspring's of Rex
and Brizna, that have done x-ray so far, are
free!!! And it also means that the statistic
of the kennel now is up on 90% free on both HD
and ED! WOW!!!
Maria and Alpha went up on the big mentally test (MT) and
what a test. Highest score on Laekenois ever
- both males and females - with 482 points,
Gosh! As if that was not enough they did the
CAC-test for military-dogs (as a patrol dog)
and approved with grace - Title:
patrol) to put to the merit list and on top of that they
moved up one level tracking!!! :)) In end of
the year they did put a pawl to it by taken
the fist CAC at the big dog show in
Stockholm!!! Only to left to get SUCH ;)
Mary and Xena competed in second level tracking and moved up
one level! A "bunch" of champion
titles "fell" in to put among the
already taken. Swedish
Show Champion, Nordic Show Champion
International Show Champion!!!
the context of shows I just have to mention
the veteran of honor, Vajert
Inja (11 years old). I am not sure how big her total success
has been during the year but on The Swedish
Belgian Show (SBU) she showed herself from
the greatest side and got BIS, BOB Veteran
and BIS 3 veteran!!!
Except for Club-CAC and a BIS placement at
Denmark's Belgian Show Dimma did success on
the few show (not that many because she
became mother to a bunch of puppies and the
father is Vajert Rex) she attended during
the year. In Herning however she was put up
both days and got Exl., BOS and CACIB on
Saturday and the title:
Winner 2012. On
Sunday she got the same result as the day
before and also the title:
Nordic Winner 2012!
She also became the
fist Laekenois female in Nordic with an IPO1
I could probably go on for a long time picking out of
the successyear of 2012, but I chose to stop here. THANK you
all with VAJERT-dogs for being so great with them and for
really trying to do something with your dogs!