The year that has passed

2018 is coming to a close. We have so many nice memories with the dogs from the year that has passed.

One big change was the fact that Annas baby Marlon has got an obvious place in the pack. He likes the dogs and the dogs like him. Wilma sleeps next to Marlon when he is taking a nap, Lucy likes to play with Marlons toys and Marlon enjoys the long walks.

It has been a very hot summer in Sweden, but we have enjoyed staying a lot outdoors. Anna has been on a few hikes with Marlon in the backpack and we have taken walks in the forest picking lingonberries.

Valle and Nisse have gotten new haircuts. They look very cute! It is hard to imagine that Valle is already 8, almost 9 years old. Time flies. Ester also got a shorter haircut that she seems to enjoy.

It has been a good show year for Kafka and Edith. Kafka has become  BOB and BOS several times. The biggest success was when he was BIG2 in Ronneby. Edith has also been BOS a couple of times and she has now become a swedish and norwegian champion. The biggest success for Vallklanen was at the SvkFUR specialty where Edith got a CC, Kafka was BOS and his sister Hjördis was BOB and BIS2.

We had the pleasure of getting a litter after Nova (Vallklanens Northern Light) and Bingo (CH Moonfellow free spirit). Ebba and Gösta are two lovely puppies that we are excited to follow.

We were hoping to get a litter from Meija (Vallklanens Förgätmigej) but unfortunately she got pyometra and needed surgery. That was of course very sad, but we are happy that she is happy and well again!

We were also hoping for a litter after Elsa, but that didn’t happen. Keep your fingers crossed she will have puppies in 2019!

We have a younger generation of bearded collies here at Vallklanen. Vinny came to us from Hairdog’s this year. She is so cute and very promisinig. She is living with Anki quite close to us but we have met many times. Vinny was best puppy in breed at her first show in september.

Lucy came to us from Edit Upor in Hungary. She is a naughty and creative bitch, but very easy to love. Lucy has been to many smaller club shows and has been BOB-puppy and BIG-puppy twice and BIS3 puppy once. At the danish bearded collie club specialty she was best puppy. 

One of the highlights of the year was the Vallklanen meetup in Falkenberg. We have such nice puppy buyers. It was a great day to catch up with a lot of them! 

A lot of Vallklanen-dogs are doing well at competitions and shows. Busan (Vallklanens Bright at dusk) did a Swedish KC behavior and personality description (BPH) with her owner Ingrid. What a nice team! The same day our Edith also did the BPH. We are so happy that Kafka’s sister Siri (Vallklanens Dartmoor Dreamer) got her therapy dog diploma earlier this year. Her owner Sirpa has done a great job and spent a lot of time to get this done. Impressive!

Siri and little sister Emma (Vallklanens Sweet Swede) went to a show for the first time and Emma was 3rd best bitch. Well done! Sister Vera (Vallklanens Devon Heartbreaker) has done great in agility moving up a level. Licorice (Vallklanens Sweet Licorice) was shown at Crufts and Hjördis (CH Vallklanens Devon Country Girl) has been BOB a couple of times and, as mentioned earlier, BIS2 at the specialty.

Bilbo (Vallklanens Benbecula Boy) has also gotten a baby boy in the family, but that doesn’t stop them from continuing with their training. Bilbo got great results at his first ever rally obedience competitions. Bea (AGHD I Vallklanens Bright as daylight) also did great in agility and moved up a level. Congratulations.

We are sorry if we forgot to mention anyone. It is just so nice to know that there are many great ambassadors for the breeds (bearded collie and puli) out there!  Let us also say that what is most important is that the dogs we sell have a great home and are happy. Getting results at competitions is just icing on the cake. 

 

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Specialty

On saturday SvkFUR had a specialty show in Tidaholm. Anna went with our three puli and it was a very successful day.

Edith won the intermediate class and got a CAC:

Ester was runner up in the champion class:

Kafka was BOS:

We were so proud when BOB went to Kafkas sister Hjördis (Vallklanens Devon Country Girl). She later went on to win BIS 2 as well. Congratulations Jenny!

Judge was John-John Johnsson (SE).

The same day a third sister had a successful day competing, but in agility. She got a qualifying leg and is now moving up to compete in a higher level. Congratulations!

Photo: Annelie Eek (Picture taken at a different competition)

SBCs yearbook arrived. We are happy to see the beardies from Vallklanen who did well in 2017.

In Sweden the whole month of may has been beaufitul. The sun has been shining and it has been war. We are enjoying it as much as we can. Anna and Marlon took a couple of the dogs to a beautiful nature preserve an hour from home:

Now time to cuddle with the puppies.

Heat wave

We have had areal heatave here the past few weeks, bith summer temperatures. Wonderful but also hot. The dogs have been down to the lake ever day.

Valle and Nisse have got a summer haircut 🙂

The 5th of may Anna and Marlon went with Ester and Edith to the annual Ljungby meetup where there are usually more than 20 puli and pumi. It was a very hot day so Ester spent most of it with Marlon in the UV-tent. Edith, on the other hand, played a lot. Full speed!

january 2018

We have been lucky to get lots of snow this january. We love it and the dogs love it!

We also took some photos for the bearded collie yearbook.

Märta:

Elsa:

Good news

A couple of weeks ago we got the fantastic news that Siri (Vallklanens Dartmoor Dreamer) with owner Sirpa got the certificate to work as a therapy dog / care dog. Well done and congratulations you two!

At the same time we were in Leipzig with Edith and Kafka.

We showed the dogs at the German winner show where Edith became German junior winner 2017.  They were also shown at the world dog show. Edith got an excellent and Kafka was 4th in the champion class. We are still happy because there were so many nice dogs there.

Home again we got some nice, cold winter weather.

Last week we went to the Danish bearded collie clubs chistmas dog show and Märta (Natterjack Starshine) was not only BOS, but also got her final CAC to become a Danish champion!

New family member

In the end of september we got a new family member, little Marlon. All the dogs are very nice with him, but especially Märta and Ester love this little guy. Ester gives him kind kisses, Märta is a bit more vigorous 🙂

Marlon has already travelled quie a bit, for example when we went to the swedish bearded collie club’s breeder’s conference in Strömsholm. Jeanette Hansson, a veterinary who is researching autoimmune diseases, had a lecture about some of the ones occuring in our breed, and Irene Berglund had a lecture about population genetics. It was a very interresting, fun and informative weekend.

We are enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. Märta got a final qualifying result at rally obedience in the intermediate class and is now free to compete at the advanced level. We are so proud of her.

 

 

Autumn is here

The past few weeks we have had a lot of rainy autumn days, but we have also got the chance to pick a lot of mushrooms in the forest and go for nice walks in the crisp autumn air.

Remembering summer

It is raining and the leaves are starting to change color. It feels like fall is here and we are remembering our summer…

Lovely walks by the sea:

Boat rides on the lake:

Walks in the forest:

Visiting Oliver and Maja in Gothenburg:

We got a visit from Siri (Vallklanens Dartmoor Dreamer) and Emma (Vallklanens Sweet Swede).

Family picture with mother Ester and (half) siblings Edith, Kafka, Siri and Emma:

Emma looks a lot like her sister Edith:

Edith, Elsa and Sally came with us on a trip to Norway. We made many stops on the way, here in Borgvik and Hovfjället, Sweden:

We went to the SKK international and national all breed dog shows in Tvååker where Edith, our junior, was BOS two days in a row, and that with some nice competition. We are so proud of her. Kafka was 2nd dog both days.

Ester came along as company, here sitting between her good looking offspring Kafka and Edith.

We also made a nice trip to Bremen in Germany where Edith won the junior class both days and has now become a German junior champion (VDH JCH). Hugo helped to show her in best bitch class. Perhaps he is a future junior handler?!

Kafka and Edith are trying new beds:

It was a successful weekend where Elsa finally got her last CAC to become a German champion (VDH CH). Märta won her class and got a CAC and Kafka was BOS.

Now we are preparing for the fall. Anna will have a baby soon, we are going to the swedish bearded collie club’s breeder’s conference, to a couple of seminars about dog foods, we are going to the world dog show in Leipzig and much more.

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Eventful may

Maj has been an eventful month where we have been to a lot of events with our dogs.

Anna went to the yearly meet up for the hungarian breeds at Ljungby dog club. There were many puli och pumi there and a very nice gathering as usual. We were BBQing, trying agility, rally obedience and talked with friendly people. Kafka, Sally and Wilma came along.

Thank you Marianne Nyman for the pictures with Wilma running free and the picture of Anna and Rya.

The same weekend Inger and Janne went to Neumünster, Germany with Edith and Märta. Lotte and Jan also came along with Valle and Nisse. Edith got a german junior CAC. On the way home they all spent some time in Sönderborg in Denmark.

The next weekend it was time to go back to Denmark. Märta got her second CAC at the danish bearded collie clubs specialty in Lyngby.

The 21st and 22nd of may there was a big rally obedience competition in Halmstad. We got some nice nice visitors at our place in Äskilt: Bea and Vera.

We helped out as volonteers at the agility competition, but there were several dogs from Vallklanen competing. Congratulations and well done Malin and Bilbo (Vallklanens Benbecula boy) who got a great result and moved up from level 1 to level 2.

Annelie, Cajsa and Chrille also competed with Vera (Vallklanens Devon Heartbreaker) and Bea (Vallklanens Bright as Daylight).

Thank you Annelie for the nice photos from the agility competition!

In the end of may we went to Tidaholm to the Svk FUR specialty with our puli. It was a really hot day and the dogs were searching for shade.

Edith went best junior bitch and 4th best bitch. Ester was 2nd best bitch and Kafka 2nd best male. A good day in other words! Congratulations to Esters sister Rut who was best in show and to Marianne Nyman and Stefan Ernstsson at Kennel Impeccable who had the best breeders group of the day with Ester, Rut, Traja and Csabo.

May was a hectic month with acitivies every weekend, but we had a lot of fun!

Level up

Last weekend we were out with the camper and the dogs. That saturday we went to Markaryd and a rally obedience competition where Märta did a really good round with 89 points (out of 100).

The weather was beautiful last week and we went to visit Lotte and Jan, Valle and Nisse in Klippan. On the sunday we did an excursion to the national park of Söderåsen. Anna also came with Kafka and Ester so we had 8 dogs with us and got some attention from other hikers. 

Kopparhatten, a nice viewpoint in the park:

On the monday our tour continued to Höör where Märta and I competed in rally obedience again. This time she got 96 points and came in second place!

Afterwards we went for a nice walk in the forest among the spring flowers:

Today was the third time Märta got good points in a rally obedience competition, with 94 points we came in 4th place. This also means that Märta has gotten her first title (RLD N) and will move up from the beginners level to the next level. We are on a roll 🙂