Update

Where did the past few months go? I think we need a bit of an update here!

We’ve said goodbye to both Piaf and Hygge. Piaf is now called Licorice (Vallklanens Sweet Licorice) and lives in Germany with a breeder who also has bearded collies. We are really happy for that! Hygge travelled to Devon, England, where he is also doing well!

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In the beginning the house felt very empty without the puppies, but now Edith makes sure to keep us occupied.

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We have been to a couple of shows. One in Hannover, Germany and one in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our dogs have done well. Märta was 4th best bitch at MyDog in Gothenburg. She was also crufts qualified because she won the junior class.

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The dogs have taken turns to come with me to work. Even Edith has come to say hello to the elderly who live at the nursing home.

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Ester and Kafka are living with Anna most of the time. We have finally finished building the new dog yard, where the dogs can hang out when Anna goes to work.  screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-17-05-38

It is not very far to the beach from Anna’s house, so the dogs get to go on a lot of beach walks.screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-17-05-59 screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-17-05-02 15624401_1808158746099278_1017964771648995328_n-copy

This weekend we went to visit Elsa.

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Pernilla helped us to take a few photos. It was easier said than done to get everybody to focus…

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…but finally we got a few nice shots.

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Roskilde x2

We have been to Roskilde in Denmark with Kafka, Elsa and Märta.

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Our bearded collied didn’t do as well as we would have hoped but they got excellent critiques. It was also a really good opportunity for Märta to practice at a bigger show, meet many people and dogs.

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Kafka, our puli, did really well. He got CAC and Cacib 2 days in a row. He was 2nd best male and was a real show off in the ring.

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Tino Pehar was judging day 1 and he gave Kafka the following critique: “20 months old, short in body, strong young boy, nice head with enough long muzzle, good eye expression, nice outline, correct angulations, good coat for age, fantastic movements” DSC_0818DSC_0821

We met many friends with their lovely dogs. Amon them Pia with her very cute russkaya tsvetnaya bolonka “Bella”, Lena with her pumi “Loremo” and Jesper with the puli “Bubbles”:

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Lingen

This weekend we were in Lingen, Germany with Sally, Elsa and Kafka. Early morning before heading off we took this photo of Wilma on one of her favourite spots in the garden:

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It was a really nice trip where we hung out with our friend Jesper. A surprise for us was that our show rings were outside. At first it went really well because the sun was out, but as the day passed it got more and more windy, and finally the rain and hail came.We were freezing cold.

Dispite the weather we had a great day with great results in the show. We also got to know some new friends.

Sally, 9 years old, was BOB-veteran and be came a German veteran champion.

DSC_0483 DSC_0495Elsa, not yet two years old, was BOB. Judge: Attila Czeglédi from Hungary.

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Our puli Kafka, 21 months old, was BOS. Keeper (CH. Bubbleton Told you so) was BOB.

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It was time for us to get inside and eat something warm before the finals.

Sally was not placed in best veteran. However, she had a great time. She was running well and was wagging her tale. She is so much fun to show.

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Elsa mad the shortlist, but was not placed in group 1.

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Keeper was BIG2. Congratulations Jesper!

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We went to Germany with three dogs and came home with 3 CACs, 3 Cacib, 1 BOB, 1 BOS, 1 BOB-veteran and a new German veteran champion. Not bad at all!!!

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Welcome Märta

Now we have finally got our puppie Märta (Natterjack Starshine) after Lipton (CH. Lärkängens Aiming for the stars) and Lula (CH. Malandex Xploits with Natterjack).

Exactly one week ago we started our trip to England. Sally came along as company. The first day we made it all the way to Dunkerque in France. After a day with constant rain we were really lucky to see the sun when we finally made it to the coast. We went for a wonderful, but windy, walk along the beach.

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On sunday the 31st of january we took the tunnel from Calais to Folkestone and met up with David Hyde at a dog show in Bognar Regis. He was showing Margot (Natterjack Dwarka’s Dream) who not only was BOB but also BIG. Congrats!

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Margot is a lovely bitch and is also a half sister to Märta.

In the afternoon we went to Portsmouth to finally meet with Märta. She was called Myrtle before and it is a very lovely name. We still call her both Märta and Myrtle. I think that will not change. In Sweden we say that a loved child has many names….

We got to cuddle a lot with Märta and with her brother Archer (Natterjack Starman). Archer will stay with David and Debbie. Märta and Archer also have a litter sister called Carla who has already moved to her new home.

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We had a great time and really want to thank you David and Debbie for letting us stay with you (and of course for letting us bring Märta with us home).

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We started our trip back home again. We took it really easy. The first day we just drove for a couple of hours back to the tunnel. We slept in a cozy hotel and also made a quick stop to see the white cliffs of Dover.

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Märta is a positive bitch. She wants to say hello to both people and dogs that we pass on our way. Her tail is constantly wagging. She has been easy going and been curious exploring new places. IMG_1941IMG_1935

She got many hours to sleep and relax in the car because the drive through Belgium, Holland and Germany took some time. We made a few stops along the way for the dogs to play.

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We slept one final night in the north of Germany. The dogs followed us to the restaurant and Märta flirted with the other guests.

It was really nice to finally get back home. Kafka and Märta directly started playing. Now Märta has been with us for a few days and we love her already. We are excited to see how she grows and develops and we are looking forward to get to know her. We will start a puppy class on monday. To be continued….

Welcome to Sweden Märta!

Dortmund 2015

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We had a great weekend in Dortmund. We had 6 dogs with us in the camper, so it was a bit crowded, but a lot of fun. IMG_1209

Biffen (Szarcsa´s Elusive Element) wonders if he can also sit in the couch. Biffen was best junior in the breed both on the international dog show and Dortmund Bundessieger so now he is a VDH junior champion and got a Crufts qualification.  IMG_1107

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Kafka was BOS with CC and Cacib both days. Cafka also got a Crufts qualification.

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Ester won the championclass and was 2nd best bitch on friday. On sunday she was not only BOB, but also went on to become BIG 2 for judge Wera Hübenthal.

Valle ❤

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Elsa really surprised us at the friday intenational dog show. She was best of breed with CC and Cacib. On sunday she was 3rd in intermediate class.  IMG_1155IMG_1165

Sally also had a fantastic weekend! She was best veteran both days, but she also became Best in show veteran on friday!!!! She is now a VDH veteran champion.

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VDH-JCH x2

Last week we went to Dortmund in Germany with our dogs Kafka, Elsa and Nisse. Kafka got 3 CACs and is now a VDH junior champion!

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Kafkas sister Hjördis (Vallklanens Devon Country Girl) also became a VDH junior champion. They also both got the titles VDH Europa-jugendsieger 2015 and VDH Frühjarhrs-jugendsieger 2015. Congrats!

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Congrats from Roskilde

Big congratulations to Sally and Hebbe’s offspring who turn 1 years old today. Doris, Bella, Elsa, Imla, Edda, Totiki, Mållgan, Bilbo, Sigge, Lewis and Dennis – We hope you had a great birthday!

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One of the 11 charming bearded collies is the picture is “Elsa” Vallklanens Armadale Gal who celebrated her birthday in Roskilde, Denmark. We have been to a DKK all bred dog show this weekend.

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On saturday Elsa did really well. She was best junior bitch with excellent and CQ and she also became 2 best bitch! Judge was Jesper Ravn from Denmark. IMG_5887web

Kafka also had an excellent saturday. He was also best junior with excellent and CQ. He was also 3 best dog with a CAC! This was Kafkas first dog show as a junior. Judge was Michael Laub from Denmark.

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We staid in a caravan so we were able to bring all our dogs. Janne took care of Wilma, Ester and Sally when we (Anna and Inger) went to the show with Elsa and Kafka. When we came back to the caravan we had a big hugging party.

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The weather has been awful with rain and wind. After our evening walk we had 5 very wet dogs!

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Sally CH. Breaker choice for Victory (in the picture above) has just turned 8 years old a few days ago. It has been a while since she went to a dog show, but this year we will enroll her in veteran class for the first time. That is something to look forward to.

Saturday night we spend in the caravand with the dogs.

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Today, sunday, was another early morning for us. Elsa had another exciting day with excellent, CQ, best junior bitch and 4 best bitch of the day. She is now qualified for Crufts 2016. Judge was Kitty Sjong.

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Kafka also did well. Today he got excellent and became best junior dog so he is also qualified for Crufts 2016. Perhaps we will have to go to England next year?! Judge was Morten Matthes.

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On the picture above is Kafka next to his grandfather Rya CH Bubbleton Hot’n spicy. In the picture below Rya is looking down at us from his grooming table. Later he went on to become BIS 3 – veteran. Huge congratulations!

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It has been a very nice weekend with success for our juniors but also very nice company by the ring side.

 

Møns klint

11051994_837889306248477_5208689006121538752_nToday we came home from a mini break in Denmark. Yesterday we went to a dog show in Nykøbing. Elsa (Vallklanens Armadale Gal) did really well.  She got excellent, CQ and was BOS with a danish CAC. (Thank you Anneli Dahl for the picture)

The judge Rita Kadike-Skadina said the following about Elsa:

Nice Junior, excellent condition and proportions, lovely head, excellent body, correct angulations, good topline and tail, good volume, nice movment, nice temperament. 

Congratulations to Edvin (CH No-Nonsense’s Jéróme) who became a danish champion and was BOB!

It did not go well at all with Nisse (Vallklanens Sgt Pepper). He did not want to show his teeth and the judge sent him out of the ring. It was awful to read the critique written by the judge. It sounds as if he wanted to bite her, which was not the case at all. We will have to practice with Nisse, because of course he should show his teeth, but he is not aggressive as is sounded like in the critique.

We are happy that Elsa got a CAC and became BOS!

After the dog show we went to a place called Møns klint. It was a really beautiful place!

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We hope that you all had a nice easter weekend. The dogs who staid home in Äskilt enjoyed the sunny spring weather. Below you see Wilma who was happy with her bone.

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*Crufts 2015*

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We have just gotten home from a lovely trip to England. We have been to crufts with Ester (CH. Impeccable Fourth miss congeniality).

We know it might sound crazy to drive so far for a dog show, but it has been worth every mile. Lena and Gitte came with us so we had a very nice time and many laughs! Crufts is also a spectacle that we will late forget. With over 20 000 dogs it is one of the biggest dog shows in the world.

IMG_5068webWe checked in at a very charming bed and breakfast, called Oak Tree Farm, in Hopwas, about half an hour from Birmingham.

Friday was the day of the dog show. It was the day we have so long been waiting for. 2015 was a record year with 62 pulis. It is not often we get to see so many nice dogs.

Crufts is a benched dog show and each dog gets assigned a place. Ester made herself feel quite at home on her bench. crufts 2015webJudge for puli was Barry Croft. The picture below is the open class for dogs.

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Esman CH. Bubbleton Feel the Spirit was best dog and also BOS. Runner up was the veteran CH. Zaydah Don’t Stop me now at Vaucluse. Congratulations!

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Best bitch, and BOB, was Charlotte CH. Cordmaker Topsy Turvey. Runner up was Catsun Cinnabar at Tremodeus. Congratulations!IMG_2873web

Gitte och Lena has pumi, a breed that is not yet registered in the Kennel Club. Hopefully it will be in the near future.

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Of course we made a visit to the bearded collie ring. There were around 300 bearded collies at Crufts so the bitches and dogs where shown in separate rings. We met som friends which was nice! Here is “Jack” CH.Philemon Sixth Sense. Later that day his daughter, Fayme, went on to win best of breed and also best in the pastoral group final. Congratulations!

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The saturday was our “day off” and we took the opportunity to do some sightseeing. It was a beautiful spring day with the temperature rising to 18 degrees. First we made a visit to Warwick. Lena and Gitte visited the castle while we (Anna and Inger) took Ester for a walk in the city.

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From Warwick we drove south to Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.

IMG_5190webOn sunday the weather was much worse. We took the car to Birmingham city but because of the heavy rain we were quite happy staying in the car. Sunday was also the final day at Crufts. We went to see the last two group finals and then the Best in show final. We were happy to see that two of the 7 best in show dogs were from Sweden. The swedish flat coated retriever was runner up! Huge congratulations.

IMG_5275webMonday morning was our last day in England and we got to see a the most beautiful sunrise.

IMG_5321web IMG_2885We have driven through England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark to get to Sweden. It was a very long drive but we cannot wait to do it again!

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Trysil

We ended 2014 with a trip to Trysil in Norway. The dogs were enjoying the snow and we were enjoying skeeing the slopes and spending quality time with the family.

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We spent the evenings in the apartment. Sally and Kafka became real friends during our trip. DSC_0349

We saw this beautiful sky on one of our very cold morning walks: IMG_4768 IMG_4770 IMG_4774

Now we are back home in Sweden and we will have to be content with a winter without snow. IMG_2600 IMG_2592

We want to wish you all a great 2015!