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.
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.
We have been to a few rally obedience competitions this summer. One of them was the swedish bearded collie clubs yearly competition.
Märta (RLD N Natterjack Starshine) competed in the intermediate level. We didn’t get qualifying points, but were happy anyways. She was so positive and we tried our best.
Sally competed in the champions class, and got 87 points out of 100. Unfortunately we would need 90 points to get a CC, but we are happy!
This summer we have given some extra effort to our training. For example, Sally and I got to meet Hanna Nilsson who has been competing in the national team in rally obedience, for some coaching. That was very valuable for us!
In july we went to an evening competition in Falkenberg. Sally and Märta competed, and Märta did really well with 89 points and was placed 4th in her class.
We also got some visitors. Busan (Vallklanens Bright at dusk) came to visit with her owner. Busan is a really lovely fawn bearded collie!
Sigge (Vallklanens Barra Boy) came to visit with his family and he is a positive, happy, good looking boy!
We also met with Wille (Vallklanens first into the light), and he was so happy to see us, all the pictures were blurry. It is always nice to meet with dogs that we have sold, and see that they are doing well.
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!
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 🙂
A big congratulations to Dennis, Sigge, Imla, Bilbo, Lewis, Elsa, Totiki, Mållgan, Doris ,Bella and Edda who are turning 3 years old today!
We hope that you are all doing great. We have wonderful memories from this litter.
Elsa has “celebrated” her birthday by mating with a handsome boy. Now we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will have puppies at Vallklanen this summer ❤
Today is Sally’s 10th birthday. She is a beautiful and wise bitch. She has followed me to work and brought a lot of joy to the elderly, she has made it all the way to the master level in rally obedience and she has also competed in the first and second level of traditional obedience. Throught the years she has gotten three litters of puppies and she is an international champion. We hope that we will get many more happy years with her. To us she is very special ❤
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!
In the beginning the house felt very empty without the puppies, but now Edith makes sure to keep us occupied.
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.
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.
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.
It is not very far to the beach from Anna’s house, so the dogs get to go on a lot of beach walks.
This weekend we went to visit Elsa.
Pernilla helped us to take a few photos. It was easier said than done to get everybody to focus…
…but finally we got a few nice shots.
It’s been a lovely October with beautiful colors.
We are enjoying our time with the three puli puppies. Soon Edith will be the only one left. They boy is moving to England and the bitch to Germany.
Hygge hiding behind bigger brother Kafka:
The puppies are 8 weeks old and three of them have now left to their new homes. We are sure that they will be well taken care of and loved!
Last week we took the puppies to the vet to get them checked, chipped and vaccinated. That went really well. We also took the group picture of the whole litter, a tradition at Vallklanen.
Edith, Karla, Piaf, Luna, Emma, Hygge
Edith, Karla, Luna, Piaf, Emma, Hygge
At home we still have three puppies: Edith, Hygge och Piaf. Hygge is the male that will move to England later this fall. We will keep a bitch. Will it be Edith or Piaf? Most likely Edith, because that has been the plan for the past couple of weeks…. but Piaf is so cute and funny and sweet. We love her more and more each day. Oh, if we could only keep all of the puppies!!
If we would have been able to keep both Edith and Piaf we would, but that is not a good option. So now we are looking for a loving home for Piaf. If she gets to move to a show home that would be great, but it is not a requirement. The picture below was taken of Piaf when she was 5 weeks old, but it is Piaf in a nutshell. She is the little clown in the litter!
We’ve had a wonderful summer and fall. We have been able to spend a lot of time outside with the puppies.
Kafka is now 2 years and 2 months old.
A real handsome bigger brother to this litter of puppies. It took him a while to figure out that puppies are a lot of fun. This past week he has played with them quite a lot. Well well, Edith is staying…Or Piaf?! No Edith! Piaf?…