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23 May 2022

Oulainen group show 21 May: Another great show day for Salli, who went Best Puppy out of an entry of five puppies under Jari Fors. Bella (pictured below) was graded Excellent but not placed this time in a large open class, while the big surprise of the day was Vuokko going BOS veteran and getting her first veteran CC, a novelty in the Finnish show rings.

Puppy photos on the Puppies page updated.



17 May 2022

Oulu Nordic show 7 May: Salli went BP out of three puppies entered while Rasmus got his very first Excellent grading, placing first the intermediate class. Vuokko, who has zero undercoat, was graded Very Good and placed second in veteran bitch. Lappies were judged by Erja Nummi.

Oulu group show 15 May: Salli was placed second in a class of four bitch puppies and got a prize of honour under Mari Lackman. Photos © Taru Vallius.

Vappu was temperament tested in Oulu 14 May under Riikka Maijanen and Leena Berg getting a total score of 95 points/gun-sure. A big thank you to Team Vappu!

Rasmus was tested on a decoy bear to see what his reaction to large wild animals might be, and he turned out to be a smart boy in this respect! Well done Rasmus!

Photo updates: Salli (new profile picture), Savumerkin Noitatunturi (Nuttu's progeny page), and Alma's puppies (Puppies).



1 May 2022

Rasmus has been to two shows recently. Shown in the intermediate class, his first time out this year was at the Kuopio Spitz Specialty 24 Apr where he was graded Very Good by Kirsi Honkanen, while at his second show (Tampere Nordic show 30 Apr) he was also graded VG and placed first in the class by Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen. Photos below from the Kuopio show (and the new photo on Rasmus' personal page) © Sanna Parviainen.

Rasmus has also been to the vet for an eye test and heart auscultation with no defects found. Thank you Henna!



14 Apr 2022

Puppy news! Alma gave birth to five puppies (three boys & two girls) last night. The proud sire is Taigahaun Pakkaspeikon Polkka. See Puppies for more details!

The first weekend of April saw us attend the traditional reindeer herding event at Pudasjärvi. We were lucky enough to secure spots for Ruusu and Sulo. Both of them got the evaluation "retesting recommended" in the reindeer herding aptitude test: while Ruusu was slightly too eager, Sulo was actually doing a great job until one of the reindeer turned on him and he was nearly run over. This left him so bewildered that he more or less stopped working the reindeer. Perhaps the two will have another go later once Ruusu has learned to slow down a little bit and Sulo has gained more confidence. Photo of Ruusu in action by Taru Vallius.

Spring Specialty of the Lapphund Club of Finland, Rovaniemi 10 Apr: Salli had a very nice debut as she won the baby puppy class with a prize of honour. Her great-grandmother Vuokko, who was entered in the veteran class just to keep her company, decided to start moulting some time before the show and certainly did not look her best. She was graded Very Good by Tarja Kallio.

Sami has a new profile picture - thank you Riitta!



20 Mar 2022

Sad to report that Ruska had to be given sleep due to old age issues at the end of February. My condolences go out to Ruska's family.

Sulo has been through extensive health testing - a big thank you to his owners! Sulo's eyes and heart are clear, patella score 0/0, hip score C/C, and elbow score 0/0. His spine x-rays came back as Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebra grade 1 (divided median crest (S1-S2)), Spondylosis 0 (clear) and Vertebral Anomaly 0 (clear). Finally, his gene test results are as follows: prcd-PRA clear, Pompe disease clear, DM carrier, and CMR clear.

Photo galleries of Salli and Kerttu updated. Salli also has a new profile picture by Taru Vallius.



12 Feb 2022

Ruusu and Sulo ventured out to Lapland for a two-day crash course on reindeer herding. I am happy to report that both showed some real talent in the discipline! Pictured below is Sulo - for photos of Ruusu in action, go to her gallery. Note that she is coming out of her post-whelping moult and therefore looking rather raggedy! What is more, Sulo's profile picture has been updated. Thank you Merja for the photos!



6 Feb 2022

Introducing our new team member Peppiinan Kuunkerttu aka Kerttu. Go to her personal page for more details!



16 Jan 2022

Ruusu and Noki puppies now have their personal pages under Litters. My young hopefuls out of the two litters are Salli (who stayed at home) and Nuttu (placed out on breeding terms).