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Recap of the last half of 2012: Netta's
puppies moved to their new homes in the autumn: owned by the Jäätuulen kennel, Varpu is placed out
on breeding terms and
lives in Kouvola with her flatmate Koda.
Topi moved to Liedakkala
while the Valkeakoski-based Sisu
is a remote team member of the Usvakallion kennel. To our great
sorrow, the fourth puppy in the litter had to be
given sleep at the age of one month, and
unfortunately Topi faced the same fate at the end of
January 2013 after having some ups and downs with his health. Copies of
their autopsy reports are available here: bitch puppy (in Finnish only) and Topi (who is called a Siberian
Husky in the report...). Topi's family did
everything they could to save the little one's life, which
I am eternally grateful for. A big thank you to
Netta's owner Pia and her family as well for taking care of
A couple of 2012 show results: Autumn Specialty of
the Lapphund Club of Finland was held at Laukaa
21 Oct. Koda was graded Excellent by Pekka Teini while Kielo got a fourth place
with a CQ grading in the champion class under Markku
Kipinä. At Seinäjoki Int'l, Kielo went
runner-up to best bitch (with a res CACIB) under
breed specialist Eija
Lehtimäki. A couple of appearances in
international rings were made, too, as Vuokko, piloted by Pirjo
Kivijärvi, took her very first title in the
form of the Belarussian junior championship at
Minsk on 24-25 Nov. She took junior BOB wins both
days under Hassi Assenmacher-Feyel and Eugene
Yerusalimsky. Nuuk travelled to
Saint Petersburg on 15 Dec to finish his C.I.B
and Russian titles, and also went BOB under Lyubov
Terentieva. Thank you ever so much for these wins Pirjo!
took part in a temperament test in Raisio 29 Sept. Sirkka
Lempinen and Irene Puputti gave Nasti a very nice
156 points, and he is gun-sure, too. Thank you Johanna and Jocke!
The following health checks were done: Ruska's hip score
is C/B and elbow score 0/0 (the x-rays also revealed a lumbosacral transitional vertebra), Minea's
hips are C/C and elbows 0/0, and Raiku
has clear eyes.
Then the year 2013 in a nutshell:
Sired by Murustiinan Aamos, Kielo had her first litter of five bitch puppies 9 Aug.
lives in Rovaniemi, Vappu
in Jääli and Halla in Oulu,
travelled across the border to Sweden and is owned
by the Skarjaks kennel. Siehkku
went out on breeding terms and is now the youngest
of the Katajavaaran
pack in Suomussalmi.
In addition to Siehkku, we have another new member
in the Cantavia team: Jäkäläkummun Yliveto aka
below) moved into Jonna Silvennoinen's household in
March. Myy is sired by Cantavia
Piimäsuu and I hope to retain the lines of my P
litter in Myy's progeny.
Show results: Nasti's first open class outing was in Turku Int'l 19
Jan and he added yet another VG grading to his
merits, this time under Ewa Nielsen of Sweden. Photo
by Petra Kahila.
Vekku had another go at finishing
his champion title at Keuruu 2 Feb under breed
specialist Tapio Kakko and, just like last time, was
defeated by a non-champion by a narrow
margin and placed runner-up to BD with a res
CC. Better luck next time!
Varpu was shown in the puppy class in Kouvola 2 Mar and got a third
place under Esa
Ruotsalainen. Photo by Aino Vakkilainen.
On 2-3 March, my trusty companion Pirjo Kivijärvi and I popped out to Tallinn,
Estonia. This time we brought Nuuk,
Kielo and Vuokko with us. On Saturday, the four
Lappies entered were judged by Katarzyna Fizdon, who
took a liking to our junior Vuokko and gave her not
only junior BOB but also BOB over the adults. Vuokko
got the junior CC and thereby her Estonian junior
champion title, while the "real" CC was handed to
Kielo who was runner-up behind Vuokko. Kielo added
Estonian and Baltic championships to her list of
merits. Nuuk went BOS and also finished his Estonian
and Baltic titles. On Sunday, Kresten Scheel
preferred Kielo over Vuokko, so BOB went to Kielo
while Vuokko took her second junior BOB of the
weekend. Nuuk was again BOS. The picture below (© Pirjo Kivijärvi)
shows Vuokko and I having a pep talk just before
the group judging.
Our team was represented at two shows 24 Mar: Reino Korpela was
judging at the Rautalampi group show where Sisu had a
very nice debut going Best Puppy out of the three
Lappie puppies entered. His mum Netta won the
champion class. I myself was at the Spring Specialty
of the Lapphund Club of Finland with Kielo, who
took a fourth place in the champion class.
The mother-son team was shown again a week later at the Korpilahti
group show under Juha Putkonen. Sisu repeated his
win from the previous weekend (this time no other
puppies entered though), whereas Netta kicked it up
a notch and this time not only won the champion
class but also went runner-up to best bitch.
Another debutee was Majuri who made an
appearance at the Vaasa international show 13 Apr
under Eeva Resko. He was graded Satisfactory because of excess weight and lack of ring training. These two things
are easy to fix and then it is just a matter of trying again! Photo by Sanni Virtanen.
Vuokko and Netta travelled to the Baltics with Pirjo Kivijärvi on
20-21 Apr. On Saturday they were in Talsi, Latvia,
where Tijana Konrad of Serbia chose Vuokko as her
junior BOB, which made Vuokko a Latvian junior
champion. Netta went BOS and was thereby crowned as a Latvian
champion. Sunday's show was held in
Panevėžys, Lithuania, where Vuokko scored
some very nice results again: she was BOS & junior
BOB and thereby finished her Lithuanian and Baltic
junior titles under Jūratė
Butkienė! Netta got a Very Good grading. Thank
you Pirjo and Heini! Vuokko
pictured below in Lithuania by Eija Pyökäri.
On 4 May, Vuokko and I made a road trip to the Laihia group show and
were joined by Jippo
and his owner Päivi. Eighteen Finnish Lapphunds
were put through their paces by Sakari Poti and
Jippo went all the way to runner-up to BD taking his
first CC - congratulations Jippo and Päivi!
Vuokko did not do too badly either: her first outing
in the junior class in Finland resulted in a second
place and CQ grading out of seven junior bitches. Photos by
On 18-19 May, I made my way to Piteå, Sweden with Vuokko and
special guest star Sulo aka C.I.B/FI Ch Helsinki JW
'10 WW '12 Jäkäläkummun
Ällintälli in the boot. And what a star
Sulo was: at the all-breed show on Saturday he went
BOB under Pirjo Aaltonen finishing his Swedish championship! Vuokko
took a creditable third place in the bitch challenge
and the reserve CC. On Sunday we attended a
specialty arranged by the Lapphund Club of Sweden
and the results got even better: Sulo was again the
brightest star and went BOB and runner-up to BIS
under Elisabeth Spillman, while Vuokko put on her
best performance taking best bitch and BOS! She
now has a Swedish CC tucked away and will become a
champion of Sweden in case she finishes a
championship in another Nordic country. There were
around 50 Finnish Lapphunds in the ring, so this was
a very nice double for Sulo and Vuokko.
Sisu hit the junior classes at Karttula 15 June with an EXC/3 placing
under Jari Fors. Meanwhile, Nuuk attended a
group show in Vaasa and got a third place in the dog
challenge under Outi Piisi-Putta.
Sisu's second junior class show was in Isokyrö on 3 Aug and he
got a Very Good grading from Sakari Poti.
The entire summer almost slipped by without me going to one single dog
show, so in August I pulled myself together and
entered two first-timers, Roni and Sylvi, to the Raahe group show 10
Aug. Breed specialist Eija Lehtimäki was
judging and she placed Roni runner-up to best dog
with a reserve CC, whereas Sylvi hit the jackpot by
going BOB, winning the group under Matti
Palojärvi and finally Best in Show under Tanya
Ahlman-Stockmari! Photo by
Some group shows on 17 Aug: Nuuk third in the dog challenge at
Kajaani under Perttu Ståhlberg, Jippo VG/3 at
Kauhava under Leni Finne, and Varpu G at
Kouvola under Pirjo Hjelm.
Autumn Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland was held in Oulu
6 Oct. As I was the chairman of the show committee, I
could not show any dogs, however, Myy and Aarni were
shown by their co-owners: Myy
went third in the puppy class with a prize of
honour under Aila Lehmussaari and Aarni was graded
Good by Marja Talvitie. Photos by Anni Holappa (Myy on the left) and
Titta Repo (Aarni on the right).
The unstoppable Pirjo travelled to Minsk, Belarus on 23-24 Nov with
Nuuk and Vuokko, and the two started out on the Saturday by
doing the double under Ligita Zaķe of
Latvia. BOB went to Nuuk (who took his BY Ch title)
while Vuokko got BOS, CC and her very first CACIB!
Sunday was a repeat of Saturday under Tino Pehar
from Croatia. This second
CC made Vuokko a Belarus champion - what a nice way
to celebrate her second birthday! Thank you Pirjo
As for activities other than showing, not much has happened this
year, with Jippo's temperament test being the only
exception to the rule. Held in Lapua on 28 July, Jorma Lankinen and
Sirkka Lempinen awarded Jippo with 139 points &
gun-sure status. Thank you Päivi for having
your boy tested.
This year's health examinations: Roni had clear eyes (Jan '13) but
unfortunately a hip score of D/D. Nuuk (Mar
'13), Aarni (July '13),
Netta (Sept '13), Sisu (Sept '13), Jippo (Oct '13), and Kukka (Dec
'13) got clear eye certificates, too. Sisu and Jippo
are both free from patella luxation and Jippo is
also free from heart murmurs. We are currently
waiting for Jippo's hip and elbow scores back from
the Finnish Kennel Club. There are even a couple of
fresh gene test results to share: Jekku, Kielo and
Nuuk all have a Normal/Clear Pompe
disease status, whereas Sisu was slightly less lucky with
prcd-PRA and turned out to be a Carrier. A big thank you to the active owners!