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14.12.2012 The holidays are here, finally! Time has flown quickly since the summer and hence no updates for a while. The books (Grooming and Water Rescue) will arrive sometime early next week. We'll be busy signing ans posting around 200 books in total! That's quite a few trips to the post office, hauling them there, but at least we have all the packaging ready, waiting with the address labels written, just waiting to be filled and posted. Hope you have the opportunity to take a break, curl in front of the warm fireplace and just enjoy the books!
Merita (K. Rutikuiva) being such a fabulous helper during Bettina's exam study sessions
In November Merita (K. Rutikuiva) and Baron (K. Muskettisoturi) participated at the Aylestone Draft and Obedience tests. During ONE day, they achieved in total SIX passes! They participated in and passed the Obedience levels 1 and 2, and the first level in Draft (Beginners). Well done Merita & Baron for working so hard and doing such a fabulous job :-) ! We (Bettina and Annina) had a great day with them.
Baron (left) with Annina and Merita (right) with Bettina
As other news Scout (K. Navigaattori) is as loved as ever at the school. She's been going for visits and even received a HUGE Birthday card from the kids :-). Happy Birthday M's (four) and N's (three) :-).
Scout at school – Orka by Black Newf Photography
Orka (K. Nostokurki) is also doing well in Oregon. He was photographed by a very talented Joanne (who has just set up her photography company, amazingly talented, taking photos that really capture the moment). Check the photos out from Orka's photogallery, and/or from Joanne's blog at Black Newf Photography: http://blacknewfphoto.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/orka-portland-dog-photography/.
a Newfoundland for water rescue – book preorders are now being
The book will be published early December. Order you copy now!
is with extreme sadness that I must announce the early departure of
the beloved Larinkallion Halinalle "Lotta lerppukieli"
17.5.2005-20.10.2012 Capri's daughter, Vera's sister, the third puppy
born in our first litter. There just aren't enough words to express
how we feel at the moment. Hugs to her family for taking superb care
of her and for the loss they are having to face. R.I.P.
Here is a recent photo of Joki (K. Neliveto) that we received gathering photos for The Book.
Christina with Scout
Bettina participated in the Pet Dog Trainers Europe (PDTE) two day annual general meeting & seminar, held this year in Edinburgh. It was a fabulous weekend with some great speakers talking about a few very interesting subjects. It's always great to network with dog trainers, share new ideas and different views on teaching dogs and dog behaviour.
Here are just a few other shots of the puppies :
Vuori (K. Nopeusrajoitus) getting accustomed to his crate (moving with his family from Germany back to the US) – Ariel (K. Salapolisi) the jungle-Jane!
The summer is now officially over: Bettina and Merita have moved back to Scotland and Baron has returned to her permanent home, living with Annina in England. Ruuti, Capri and Vera are living with the rest of the family in Brussels. Ruuti is getting back into her training routine after a long puppybreak: she is being taught / retaught the take/hold-commands and directional commands with the clicker. She is a bright girl and really enjoys the five-minute training sessions. Capri and Vera are also doing superbly well.
The ILS International K9 Water Rescue Team Instructors Course went well, on the last day we had the opportunity to try a rescue from a sinking car with Vera.
everyone learned a lot from the course, especially Phill (from NZ)
and Ken (from USA), who came the furthest away. The ideal situation
would be for them to learn as much as possible and take the
information back so that I wouldn't need to fly back every year. It was
also fabulous to see Pete & his team from the UK :-).
In September we participated at a water test with Merita, Baron and Scout in Germany: everyone passed the test and have been moved to class B for next year :-). Especially Baron performed unbelievably well, having been tortured by Merita for the last week by her heat. Baron knew what was expected and performed well (placing 2nd overall from 11 participants), even if I do admit that it wasn't his best performance, knowing his usual standard of performance.
The day after the water test we headed for Luxembourg. Baron got a reserve CAC and Merita became a Luxembourg Junior Champion! Wonderful! The day after the show we headed to the UK to take Merita over to Annina's for the week so that she wouldn't disturb Baron any more than she had to, Baron being one of the example dogs of the water camp.
Other news definitely worth mentioning are the Visby shows in Sweden: Baron won two CAC's (Best Male 1 and 2) and Merita won two RCAC's (Best Bitch 3 both days) :-). Well done!
I have absolutely no clue where the summer holidays disappeared. We were planning on spending a very relaxing 8 weeks in Finland at our summer cottage, enjoying the hot sauna and the freezing cold lake. And of course Ariel (Ruuti's puppy, Kivisilman Salapoliisi). Ariel has now left to live with her family in Elimäki, Finland. We are pretty much just as excited of her leaving (because we know she'll have a superb life, living with our long-time-waterwork- friends) as her new family was to get her home finally after dreaming and waiting for a new newf puppy for a few years, and having visited Ariel weekly at our summer cottage. A week is a loooong time in a puppy's life: they develop so quickly that even a few days make a difference in the puppy's appearance and character. Thus weekly visits were fabulous :-). Ariel also had the opportunity to visit her new home twice before actually moving there permanently: once after the vet visit (microchipping) with mum Ruuti during a coffee/tea brunch, and once for a full day at 6 weeks :-). Unlike what we've been told, Ariel being a singleton puppy is not “slower to develop” than puppies from normal sized litters; we would actually vouch the opposite. Ariel is a courageous and very temperamental puppy, already showing slight stubbornness in doing exactly what she wants, how she wants it and when she wants it done (reminds us of grandmum Capri!). She is temperamentally very advanced, but it's a good thing as she's had to entertain herself (or play with mum Ruuti) and trust herself (and only herself unless relying on us) when encountering new things. She is very sure of herself. At the moment she's showing characteristics which make us assume her to become a superb working dog for Yrjö and Riitta.
On the waterwork front we have continued to train our own dogs at our lake. It's mostly been basics for Merita and Baron and more complex things for Capri and Vera. We haven't done any formal waterwork training with Ruuti yet (due to her litter), but we've allowed her to go for swims on her own, and join us in the water whenever she's felt like it. Baron & Merita went to an unofficial waterwork test at our local club; they both performed the fun exercises well, Baron placing 3rd and Merita 6th (out of 10-ish dogs). Some of the exercises were for example towing a person back to shore from floating on a tractor tyre, and taking a line out to a boat and towing it back with the same rope etc.. Something fun for a change!
We were also asked to hold two one-day training sessions at two different waterwork clubs: one in Forssa, the other in Lahti. Both training sessions went overall well, focusing on different things such as working with the dog, different methods for teaching taking things out, and just ways to think up of fun, different exercises. Next year we'll have the 3rd International Water Rescue Camp (Finland) sometime in July. The exact dates will be confirmed once we've planned our own summer holidays and once we have a good estimation of how our dogs' heats will schedule for the summer; will be breeding Merita at that point yet? Can we have Baron with us at all during the summer, will our others we in heat? What shows and other events are planned for the summer? Etc.. It's always a complicated task planning the summer..! We have though confirmed that we'll (try) to come for another training seminar tour in the US in June, definitely visiting Oregon, maybe also New York and perhaps even Canada. The schedules are still open, so just send an email if you're interested in a camp in your region; the more events we'll get to, the less expensive it'll be for everyone (as we'll aim for the travel costs to be covered by the training profits).
Many of you have asked about The Book; the waterwork book that's been hanging around for a while now, being originally planned to have been published earlier this year, but the latest version still being on my computer. It IS coming along very well and I can assure you that it WILL be published soon. We're at the stage of finding good photos to fill the pages and proof-reading everything. If you have anything you would definitely want to be covered in it: there are no such things as “dull questions”: please email your waterwork (or training) related queries and I'll reply to you & add the advice to the book. If you'd like to be on a notice list for when The Book is published, don't hesitate to send me an email.
11.07.2012 A beautiful girl was born a few days ago. More photos in the link: http://watercubs.kuvat.fi/kuvat/Kivisilman%20S/
07.07.2012 The summer holidays in Finland have now started with the tremendous project of setting up a 180 meter long fence on the borders of some of our property. That'll give the dogs a place to roam around without us always having to be alert and keep an eye on them. They all stay within the vicinity very well if they're alone, but the temptation to run off with a friend whilst playing is just sometime too much for the young ones, or they'll run to say "hi" to the neighbourghs, or they'll run to "rescue" the kids playing on the shoreline.. That is, if we're not there to call them back before they head off. A temporary 60m fence is nearly done, which'll allow us to continue with the bigger project of filling up the holes between the larger boulders (to get rid of the snakes) and fill up the swampy marshland with land. We aim to have the fencing done by the end of the summer and the land work finished by next summer.
The dogs are definitely enjoying the summer holidays: Capri and Vera slept (what felt like) a solid 48-hours after the travel, Baron resumed his position of an outside "guard dog" by sitting on the terrace bench and keeping an eye on the neighbourgs (and us). He is just very curious to see what they (and us) are up to, and when we let him off, he'll first run around the property to mark off all the christmas trees, and then sniff the area we've been working on. He'll also without a doubt always run into the lake to swim a few rounds to cool off (it's been fairly warm here, to our surprise!).
We call Merita "the rocket" as she zooms around so quickly between the houses and between the people. If we blink, she's gone to check something else. She stays with the gang tremendously well though, just wants to keep an eye on the action and be where the action is happening. If she's not following us, she's swimming like a speed boat. She seems to only have a "turbo" and an "off" switch.
Ruuti is doing well, she's not ready to pop yet, but she will be in a few days. She's so mellow compared to her normal self that it feels like she's given some of her energy to Merita!
27.06.2012 Annina and Bettina are back from their US trip. Here is a recap of the USA trip. Our next trainings across the pond are perhaps being planned for next summer, anyone interested should contact us fairly soon before any plans are made.
Bettina has also finished the NZ trip recap: A trip to the other side of the world for water rescue, Easter 2012.
Baron's (K. Muskettisoturi) heart was ultrasounded to be perfectly clear :-). He is now available for stud. He lives with Annina in Nottingham, UK for most of the year, but travels frequently to Brussels, Belgium.
Ruuti's puppies are due in about a week and a half: they are doing puppyaerobics and kicking strongly :-). Virva-Riitta travelled with Ruuti and Merita to Finland a few weeks ago, Bettina (and Markus) will be follow with Baron, Capri and Vera in a few days.
02.06.2012 Ruuti became a Luxembourg champion in Spring 2012 at their speciality show. Not long after that her pregnancy was also confirmed. At the moment it looks like we have homes for all the puppies, but if you are interested in future litters, there's no better time to contact us than early. We do like to get to know all the families before we place any puppies, and as we do not breed often, and often not to the simplest combinations, there is often a longer wait. Our next litter we hope for Merita (K. Rutikuiva, Ruuti's daughter) in about a year, provided that her health results are good. Baron's heart will be ultrasounded at the beginning of next week, and provided that the result is clear, we will allow him to be used at stud. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Baron (K. Muskettisoturi) waiting for his turn, June 2012
As waterwork news both Merita (K. Rutikuiva, Ruuti's daughter) and Baron (K. Muskettisoturi, Ruuti's brother) passed the UK level A waterwork. They both did well, especially mentioning Merita, who at a day before her first birthday and only having done waterwork for just under two months got a "pointless" result, i.e. perfect score. She performed all the three exercises (15m each) in under 2 mins 30 seconds. Quick work & well done girl! We don't have further information on Baron's test details as we had to leave early. Watermead waterwork tests were a mid-way pause for us during our close to 2000km journey down from Edinburgh to southern France (start of summer holidays & start of work experience at a piggery!).
Annina & Baron & Merita - Annina & Baron, Bettina & Merita, at the Watermead tests in June 2012
The two-day waterwork camp in Oregon has been moved to George Rogers Park for both days. There are still a few places for anyone intersted, and I do encourage you to come & see how we work with our dogs. I'm positive that you'll get a lot out of it :-). We are though both very excited to be holding the camp & grooming & private waterwork sessions in Oregon, and continuing a week later with a waterwork camp in Michigan, hosted by the SCNC ( http://scnc-newfclub.org/event%20flyers/EuropeanWaterWorkshop2012.pdf ) . During out trip we are very much looking forward to getting together again with The Top working Newfoundland breeder, and of course seeing our puppies Orka (K. Nostokurki in Oregon) and Chewbacca (K. Rapakontaa in Michigan).
15.05.2012 Ruuti has been successfully mated with Panda. At the end of May/early June we'll know if we'll have some very promising puppies to look after this summer. More about the litter in puppyplans.
As other news - a little late with them, but still very glad to announce that Ruuti won a CAC at the Luxembourg show in March! Well done girl! Her daughter Merita placed 3rd in the junior class.
Bettina is still busy with work and won't be able to translate her recap until the beginning of June, but one of the participants has very kindly written a recap of the New Zealand water rescue camps for their club magazine and allowed me to publish it here too.
Bettina and Annina's USA holidays are planned with grooming days and water rescue camps in Oregon. Don't hesitate to book your place!
29.04.2012 A recap of Bettina's New Zealand water rescue training trip will be shortly available once she has had the time to translate it into English. Meanwhile we can announce that both Annina and Bettina will be travelling to the US to hold several water rescue camps and grooming days in June.
Ruuti (K. Monitoimikone) has started her heat and the mating with the almost 12-year-old Panda will hopefully occur this week. We are extremely excited about this and hope for some wonderful good-spirited working newfoundlands from the summer's litter :-). We have decided to have the litter in Finland due to the perfect summer-holiday timing of the birth for the beginning of July, couldn't be much better timing! :-)
10.04.2012 Bettina has been spending the last two weeks in New Zealand, holding two water rescue camps (for dogs & their owners) and working at local farms towards her veterinary studies. Two more weeks and one more water rescue camp to go! She is looking forward to coming back in a few years to continue with the fabulous progress some of these dogs have done in the water!
Bettina (left) with the participants of one water rescue camp - Bettina on one of her sight seeing tours in Whitianga
18.03.2012 Well done Scout (K. Nagivaattori) and Christina! Scout passed the Belgian sociability test with flying colours. Passing the sociability test (an obedience course with sociability aspects to it) is a requirement for anyone who wants to compete in official obedience (or for example agility) tests in Belgium.
Scout (K. Navigaattori) playing with her owner Christina, spring 2011
14.03.2012 Last weekend was Crufts and last weekend Baron (K. Muskettisoturi) moved in with Annina. He is an absolutely sweetheart! There really is no other better word to describe him than "sweetheart". He behaves amazingly well, is in a fabulous shape and well has the typical sweetheart-newfie-male-temperament. Data the pug absolutely loves to use him as a soft bed to sleep on. Baron is always asking for more attention and petting, never leaving Annina's side even for one bit during the day. During the nights he snores as a proper newfie always does, with his four paws in air, right behind the baby gate.
Baron (K. Muskettisoturi) with Bettina at the Crufts entrance - Baron 3 years, Vera 6.5 years and Merita 9 months, spring 2012
As you can see from the above photo, Merita has grown to be a gorgeous youngster. Though I have to admit that she hasn't had a good cut in a while leaving her a little shaggy to say the least. Now today (just a few days after that photo), she seems to have really come out of her shell into becoming a fine lady (after clipping her amazing 3cm long ear fringe ;-) ). Merita has also started her first heat. It is suprisingly early, but my guess is that the emerging spring has advanced it by a few months. No worries though, she has hopefully reached her rough adult height, being about a few cm's taller than Vera at the moment.
A few weeks ago we received this amazing photo of Ruuti (K. Monitoimikone) and Virva-Riitta at the Fribourg show in spring 2012.
Ruuti spring 2012 Photo: Melissa Brugger.
26.02.2012 Annina had her first obedience judging appointment at the Newfoundland Club Open Show this weekend. The dogs performed well and it was a pleasure to judge them. We were devastated to hear that this was the last time obedience was being held together with the conformation show. Hopefully someone else will take on the task of holding newfoundland obedience shows in the future.
Spring is coming and so we headed to to seaside:
Merita (Kivisilmän Rutikuiva) at 8 months at the seaside
17.02.2012 Bettina's Easter plans are being finalized through publishing the entry forms for the 1st International Water Rescue Camp in NEW ZEALAND:
06.02.2012 Ruuti's (K. Monitoimikone) litter plans are on their way of being finalized. I am very excited about this opportunity to use a twelve year-old elderly male with excellent health, excellent progeny excellent conformation and definitely water working ability. He himself has competed in the third class of waterwork in France and has a lot of offspring that are active in the water. Hopefully everything will go as planned and we'll have some black newf puppies this summer from Ruuti :-). More information on the puppy pages.
Capri (L. Brysselinblicca) had her ninth birthday on the 9th January. She is a mother to five sons and four daughters, and a grandmother to five grandsons and six granddaughters. She has travelled with us to nineteen countries and competed in eleven, lived in three (Belgium, France, United Kingdom (England and Scotland)). Capri is still in a great shape and we hope to continue travelling with her for many more years to come :-)! Capri retired from showing after becoming the European Veteran Winner 2011 last autumn, but she will continue to work in the water as normal. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise and she thoroughly enjoys it :-) !
We flew to Finland a few weeks ago to see Rolli (K. Rahtilaiva) for the weekend. It was great to see him again as he definitely recongnized us, and couldn't wait to greet us :-). He participated at his first show, placing third in the puppy class. We were glad to get some new photos of him :-). Here are photos of Merita and her brother Rolli:
Merita (K. Rutikuiva) on a walk in February 2012, at 8 months - Rolli (K. Rahtilaiva) at his first show in January 2012 7 months
We received a few new great photos of Orka (K. Nostokurki), here is one of the newer ones, the rest are in his photoalbum.
Orka (K. Nostokurki) in February 2012
29.12.2011 The year is almost over and again a lot has happened during the past year. It's great being able to have this website and keep it as a diary for the milestones that occur in our, or dogs' or our puppies' lives. Capri, our first dog, first Newfoundland, will already be nine years in January -12. The dog that started it all. Time really does fly much faster than anyone would hope. Capri is still in a fabulous shape and we hope to keep her involved in our lives for many more years to come :-).
All of our dogs together for the holidays (Capri, Vera, Ruuti, Merita and Data the pug)
Getting all the dogs together for the holidays (from normally living at three different addresses) was a little hectic, especially getting the puppy Merita accustomed to life with so many other friends (Data, Vera and Ruuti) she hadn't seen for a few months. After the first few days life calmed down, with the dogs getting lots of attention from everyone and getting to go on long Tervuren forest walks:
On one of our walks in the Tervuren forest, Christmas day 2011.
30.11.2011 Bettina had an obedience judging appointment at the Newfoundland Club Open Show last weekend:
We got the dogs together during the weekend. Merita enjoyed Data's company, but I think Data would much have preferred for us to have stayed at home! She did not like the windy, rainy, wet walks nor the over enthusiastic boistrous puppy! Merita is 5.5 months, Capri (Merita's grandmum) is turning 9 in January and Data is now 3 years.
Scout's school project is going well as you can see from the poster:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY N puppies and M puppies :-) !!
20.11.2011 It's not Christmas yet, but it's time to take the annual Christmas-photos for the cards and calendar. We are again making a calendar of the N, M and R -litters, if you are interested in getting one (or several), please email me for more information. They are roughly 7 euros each including postage.
Here is a taster of the photos:
Merita (K. Rutikuiva) November 2011 at 5.5 months
Capri (L. Brysselinblicca) November 2011 at almost 9 years
13.11.2011 Our litter plans have changed quite drastically during the last few days after making the hard decision not to breed from any of the N-litter co-owned females or dogs. This decision was not made lightly, but it had to be done as even though all the puppies have been and are SUPERB temperamentally and structurally, their health has not matched up with our expectations. Our aim is to breed healthy able working dogs and thus very unfortunately we cannot justify the future use of H- or N- lineages for breeding. The dogs from these litters are healthy and very active dogs in their every day lives, but looking at the litters collectively there have been too many small issues and a few larger issues with their health. Despite the extensive research, the genes of the parents just did not match up. This happens. It is just important to recongnize the issues openly and know when to stop breeding certain lines. Interestingly enough, the issues that we have been having are those that are often not found through the standard official health examinations.. All the recent issues will be updated in due time on the litter pages for other breeders of similar lineages to recognize and be aware of any apparent common issues.
Our next litter will be from Ruuti (Kivisilmän Monitoimikone) in summer 2012. Ruuti is from lines that have not have any of the issues seen in the H- and N-litters. Ruuti had a fabulous litter with Wee Lovett's Island of Manitou (b. 1987) in summer 2011. The puppies have shown a lot of promise both conformationally and temperamentally.
Here is a recent training video of Merita (K. Rutikuiva), Ruuti's puppy. It was her first time with the red container.
Bettina will be travelling to NEW ZEALAND over Easter 2012 to hold a water rescue dog camp for anyone interested. She will be staying there between 26th March until 20th April and is taking bookings for lectures and workshops. Ask for more information.
Water Rescue Workshop or lecture (introductory, beginners, intermediate
Rally workshop or lecture (introductory, beginners, intermediate or
Puppy Training workshop or lecture
Dog First Aid and CPR (alone or combined with Human First Aid and CPR)
Raw Feeding (BARF diet) lecture
Dog Breeding lecture
22.10.2011 Joki (K. Neliveto), Scout (K. Navigaattori) and Ruuti (K. Monitoimikone) did a fabulous job at the Belgian watertrials in mid-September. They all passed the A-level, moving onto the second B-level for next year. Especially Ruuti did amazingly well achieving the "Best communication between handler and dog" award! Well done everyone!
A few weeks later Joki (K. Neliveto) participated in an official Belgian Kennel Club's obedience test and did a wonderful job achieving 92/100 points! WELL DONE!
The breakdown of the exercises:
- Slalom between 7 dogs, dog on the leash : 14/15
- Walking free and passing another dog: 11/15
- Down, stay, sit, down: 5/5
- Get the dummy: 14/15
- Present the dog (teeth, stand): 5/5
- 2 minutes down: 5/5
- Call the dog from a distance 15/15
- Send the dog back to the place 13/15
Lots of people came to watch the tests and when they were finished they got applauded for doing such a great job :-). Ilse's comment on the work: "It really felt fantastic to work with such a Newfy !! " Later that same day they went to their waterwork club's championship tests, and Joki won that too! She is now the club champion for her waterwork club! (last year they were second place ;-) !) WELL DONE!
We are waiting on Scout's (K. Navigaattori) hip and elbow X-rays to come from the Kennel Club hopefully next week. They looked great. Her heart ultrasound (Doppler) was clear :-). This means that we can go ahead with the litter plans for summer 2012.
15-09-2011 Capri (L. Brysselinblicca) and Vera (L. Huomiongohde) performed as always in the water Wednesday night and obtained the 1st star Water Rescue Dog Team diploma with Bettina, a diploma recognized by the Vlaamse Reddingscentrale (i.e. Belgian Lifesaving Federation). This allows Bettina to work officially with Capri and Vera on the Belgian beaches as a dog-human lifeguard team. They were dogs 5th and 6th to ever gain this privilege :-).
The situations that we had to solve were ‘new’, meaning that myself and the dog were behind the corner while it was set up. The time started from when we walked onto the shore and started the analysis: what equipment could we use, where were the victims, how were they hurt (conscious, unconscious, dead) and what were the potential dangers in the water and on-land (underwater ropes of the markers, boat’s engine etc). This took approximately 30 seconds before starting the rescue action.
Capri had a motorboat (engine on), with one adult (only injured) and one unconscious child on-board. Vera had one unconscious adult (breathing) and one unconscious child (not breathing) in the water.
Both the dogs worked perfectly, calmly, attentively and reliabl.
1. Get the boat driver to trust me (=rescuer), so that he has the courage to turn the engine off while I swim towards the boat (dog follows behind)
2. Getting information of the victims from the boat driver (number of victims and what kind of trouble they are having)
3. Get into the boat
4. Pull the motor up
5. Give the rope to the dog (pulls to shore)
6. Keep the boat driver talking/alert (so that I notice if he loses consciousness), while performing CPR to the child (open airways, 30 compressions, 2 breathings)
7. Coming to shore: making a new analysis of the boat driver (whilst helping him out of the boat), carrying the child to a safe place on shore and continuing with CPR
8. At this point the boat driver is OK and can send him to call for help (911, how many patients, location and coming back after call)
9. Continuing with CPR (dog calmly waiting on shore)
-It was important for Capri to wait for the action (before I was ready to give the rope), after which she must obey from first command and continue independently while I was doing other things. She must stay calmly on land after the exercise.
Vera’s situation :
1. Decide who to save first : unconscious child (not breathing) or unconscious adult (breathing). The child was closer to shore than the adult.
2. I sent Vera to the child and swam to the adult myself.
3. Vera took the child’s hand and swam to me, while I was supporting and pulling the adult victim towards the shore.
4. When Vera got to me, I was to take her harness and let Vera continue to shore.
5. Transporting the two unconscious victims to a safe place on shore away from the water.
6. Start CPR on the child (as the adult was unconscious, but the airways were open and was breathing well).
7. Vera continued with the alarm-bark as there was no-one else on shore to help/no phones etc.
8. 1 min CPR after which run to the surfclub for help, after which continue with the child’s CPR
-It was important for Vera to obey the first command (as we were swimming to different victims), come to me after taking hold of the child and continue the alarm-bark on land after the water rescue.
A photo of Capri (2 victims) and Vera (Bettina and 1 victim) this summer :
Not only are Capri and Vera wonderful in the water, but they also do well in the show rings. A few weeks ago at the European Winner Show in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, Capri (Larinkallion Brysselinblicca) became the EUROPEAN VETERAN WINNER 2011 (also best of breed veteran), while Vera (L. Huomiongohde) placed 4th in the Champion class and Scout (K. Navigaattori) placed 2nd in the Intermediate class. Well done everyone! Capri did do well earning that new four letter and two numbers EUVW-11 that she even got onto the Finnish Kennelclub's website: http://www.kennelliitto.fi/FI/kennelliitto/uutiset/2011/20110903_euroopanvoittaja2011.htm (bottom photo)
Scout (K. Navigaattori) has also been active with her owner Christina since the summer, getting Scout to be featured as the "Big Dog" in the "Big Dog Word" school's word display (every week the older kids learn a new long word that is posted on "Scout's kennel" on the display). This week 500 children petted Scout during the 3-hour introduction of the Big Dog Word vocabulary game. Scout behaved magnificiently (quoting her owner!) and loved every single child she saw that day. She will no doubt become a superb therapy-dog! Photos will come later!
22.08.2011 Al (K. Multimedia) and her SICS crew are doing fantastic PR work for newfoundlands and all water rescue dogs by signing an agreement with Swiss airlines to be able to fly their dogs on board, in the cabin of the aircraft. Fabulous. Here is a link to the article with a few pictures: http://blog.swiss.com/2011/08/rescue-dogs-on-board.html (Al is the brown newf in the photos)
The SICS crew being introduced to the aircrafts - Al comfortable on the seat
Here is another article link about the fabulous work the SICS do in Italy: http://www.bergamonews.it/provincia/articolo.php?id=45553 (that is Al jumping from the boat)
One of the beautiful boats they got to use during their patrols
Joki (K. Neliveto) went to France during their holidays and had a fabulous time. Here are two photos (the rest are in her photogallery):
Joki rescuing Finn - Joki sleeping after a wonderful day at the lake
And two photos of Rolli (K. Rahtilaiva) at his new home:
Rolli the lap-dog (at least for now!) - Rolli with his 'big brother' Nero
And here is Merita (K. Rutikuiva) during her first swim at the lakes at 11 weeks:
And a videolink to Chewbacca's (K. Rapakontaa) first swim :-) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfDPqkGysuA&feature=player_embedded
The dogs at the lake: Capri, Vera, Scout, Ruuti and little Merita. Capri is Vera's and Ruuti's mother (they are half-sisters). Scout it Vera's puppy, Merita is Ruuti's puppy.
11.08.2011 Rölli (K. Rahtilaiva) and Chewbacca (was Sampo, K. Rapakontaa) are now at their new homes. Rölli moved to Finland and Chewbacca to Michigan, US. Both of the puppies are doing fabulously well (as is Merita, K. Rutikuiva, with us). They are all just brilliant puppies; learning new things very quickly, always eager to go and never hesitant of anything. They carry toys around very well, like doing underwater retrieves and splashing in their water bowls..! Great puppies for active "working" families :-).
A very long summer update:
The summer holiday was planned to be as short as possible just because we had to leave Ruuti and her three puppies at home; they were too young to travel! Annina arrived from England Thursday night, we left early Friday morning to pick up Christina and Scout (K. Navigaattori) from Mons. On Friday we travelled from Brussels to Bautzen in Germany, a small little town on the German-Polish border. The 950km went quickly and we arrived to Bautzen in the early afternoon. It was a very pretty little village.
Driving through Germany - Bautzen was a very pretty village
We had planned a 1250km trip for Saturday from Bautzen, Germany through Poland and Lithuania all the way to Ogre, Latvia. We left around 5am, thinking the trip would take roughly 17 hours (google maps directions!), but we ended up being on the road until 3am the next morning! It was a looong drive even though the roads were mostly in very good condition and we didn’t get stuck in any long roadworks or traffic jams.
The roads were mostly in a good condition, but occasionally the tracks would be close to or over 10cm deep - A candy store sign??
One of the villagers on their Sunday walk.. with a cow! - On their traffic lights they had a counter going backwards to how long it’ll be until they change.
The Ogre hotel was great, though I would have wanted to stay there a bit longer. Waking up late (didn’t realize the clock was an hour ahead in Latvia!) was a nightmare, though we did manage to quickly wash two newfs and trim three newfs completely in just an hour and a half. We arrived at the show grounds just in time; we managed to relax for a few minutes before it was time to enter the ring. Scout won her class with Excellent and Certificate Quality, Vera became Exc 2 with CQ and Capri became Exc 1, CQ, Veteran CAC and Best of Breed Veteran. In the Best Female class Scout became second, Vera third and Capri the unofficial fifth! A great result for the “puppy”, mum and grandmum!
Christina very happy, with Capri, Vera and Scout. Vera, Scout and Capri eating the ice-cream.
It was a very hot day so we decided to leave early and head towards Karepa, Estonia and the Estonian week long waterwork camp. On the way we stopped to reward the dogs with ice-cream; it was Scout’s first time ever getting some. At first she didn’t really know what to do with it, but quickly she learned that it was indeed edible cold white stuff :-D !
On our way to Karepa (400km) we stopped to eat and went to buy a small speaker for Christina’s iPod (finally!). We arrived Sunday evening to the watercamp location.
On our way to Estonia, four cars side by side on a road that would normally fit two, or three..
The camp went by quickly and it was great to participate and especially work and help with the instructors. I was working with Karel Mennes in the water, so from our dogs only Scout was participating with her owner.
The gorgeous beach - Capri’s beach holiday.
Capri and Vera got to swim and practice in between and after the official trainings, which worked out well. Especially Capri took it as a great beach holiday; sleeping in the sun by the car all day long!
Vera’s evening turn: taking us out as far as we dare.. …and then swimming back together (that’s around a few hundred meters).
Vera also got to get on the big boat, go for a ride on it and then jump with me.. A Huge big leap! Well done Vera - And I’m happy.
The waves during the first few days were HUGE, but Scout wasn’t slowed down by them at all. She didn’t mind getting her nose wet and she knew instinctively how to count the waves and use the currents to her advantage.
A big wave - Though occasionally Christina miscalculated the waves when they were going in together…
…and the this is what happened (inside the wave) - Scout didn’t mind though, she was always up for MORE PLAY.
Fun fun fun - And always eager to go
Even if it was just for a normal victim. - They did some boat exercises too, but unfortunately they were too far away to take pictures.
Some of the less experienced dogs had problems going into the water (partly because the owners did not know how to count the waves), and the puppy class was moved to land trainings for one of the trainings. Land training in waterwork is very important, so it was good practice for the dogs, and great for the owners.
Scout was placed in C-class for the trainings, but after her turn, she decided to continue to the land trainings.. always so eager to go.. (exercise: fetch from the boat)
But she also listens well - Scout taking the hand
Wednesday night Karel held a first-aid/CPR seminar, and of course Capri was used as the example dog ;-). Capri liked the attention, so she didn’t mind the blowing into the nose part too much.
There’s not much to tell about the trainings; they were pretty much what we normally train i.e. one victim, two victims, multiple victims, dead victim (take hand) as one of the victims, boat exercises (starting from boat/ending to boat/working with the boat in water as one of the objects), take a line/other object, going out to do the exercises WITH the dog or sending him alone etc.
And pulling by the hand - Looks chaotic, but really isn’t as everyone knows who’s supposed to save who
Scout’s first time saving a person from the boat.. about to jump (missed the jump picture!!) .. And heading straight to the victim without hesitation! Perfect!
We tried to vary the exercises and keep a good pace with multiple dogs in the water at the same time, so that we were able to do around 10/15 exercises with every dog with good long distances per 1.5 hours training time. The day was split into two 1.5 hour sessions per group, with in total 4 shifts, so that we would be working with two groups a total 3 hours in the morning (1.5 hours each) and 3 hours in the afternoon (1.5 hours each). The groups consisted of around 4 dogs, which was a great group size.
Like mum, like daughter.. both of them just as crazy.. - Scout shaking
The week went by quickly. On the last day we held a demo for the kids.
Mio, Capri (with Karel) and Vera (Bettina) saving three victims - Capri would of course do it perfectly, following me and Vera back to the shore
On our way to Viljandi after the waterwork camp we saw 42 storks on ONE field.
We had entered the three dogs to a show in Viljandi on the Saturday after the camp (as it was “on the way to Finland”, only a four-hour trip away per side from the route). On Friday we drove to Viljandi and washed Capri and Scout in the evening. Vera we did completely in the morning as our turn in the ring wasn’t until around midday. The show place was only a five-minute drive away, which was great as we could stay at the hotel for as long as possible, keeping the dogs as cool as possible (it was a very hot day and we didn’t have our tent to put up on at the show grounds).
The show went amazingly well. Everyone won their classes with Excellent and Certificate Quality, Scout became the Best of Breed with a Certificate (CAC), Vera was second best female and Capri was third best female with Veteran CAC and Best of Breed Veteran. In the big ring Scout amazed us all placing Best of Group 2 from around twenty other Best of Breeds!! Well done!!
Capri in the big ring
Scout in the big ring.
After the show we drove to Tallinn to take the ferry to Finland (Helsinki). The ferry only took just under two hours, allowing us to
leave the dogs in the car for the trip. We were in Helsinki by midnight, at our summer cottage a few hours later.
On Sunday we had planned a trip to Lappeenranta, a city close to the Russian border. There was an agility event where we were to pick up Christina’s new Watercubs training vest. On the way we saw a sign for “sand castles”. Of course we had to investigate it a bit further and it was definitely worth t. The sand castles were amazing!
One of the sand castles - Christina and Scout having a little fun – putting their heads through the head-holes
On our way back we went to see the camp grounds again and make sure that everything was ok. The place at Taavetti was just like we remembered, which was definitely great.
The pretty little Scout very attentive
On Monday we decided to go to the nature park for a walk. We took Scout and Vera with us, just so that we could go for a longer and brisker walk.
Scout and Christina, Vera at the front: - Scout on her escape trip (small dot Scout, bigger dot Christina and Bettina’s head)
An hour of hiking (a quarter of the way planned) and Scout and Vera found water. That’s great as they were able to cool down. The only problem was that Scout was too hot, she wanted to cool down, and decided to start swimming, swimming, swimming away from us. Nothing would get her attention and she was going further and further. Shoes, shirt and trousers off and Christina was ready to swim after her. Scout ended up swimming around 400 meters until Christina managed to get her attention and they returned to shore (another 50 meters). Scout wasn’t tired, but Christina was (understandably) not so enthusiastic to continue so we returned back to the car and back home.
Scout and Vera on our way back
Tuesday morning was full of shopping, planning and list making getting ready for the weekend’s camp. In the afternoon we participated at the Kaakon Kahlaajat waterwork trainings held by our friends. Scout was the only dog to swim this time too as there were quite a few dogs at the trainings, and getting an extra three dogs (Capri, Vera, Ruuti) would have lengthened their trainings quite a bit. We had a great evening talking to our friends and getting to know what they’d been up to the past year.
Wednesday and Thursday were full of further planning until it was time to go to Helsinki airport to pick up Karel Mennes and Jan Counotte-DeVree. Karel is a professional lifeguard trainer and Jan an official Belgian waterwork judge. Both of them work with us regularly at our waterwork trainings, Karel being the founder and main trainer and Jan one of the founding members of the IWRDA. Jan was in Finland for the second time, the first time being two years ago participating at our camp as one of the main instructors.
The waterwork weekend started on Friday with a level test and land trainings. While half of the group were doing land trainings with Annina and Christina, the other half was graded on a few simple exercises to determine which group they should be at for the rest of the weekend. The exercises were: retrieve a dummy, save a person, a boat exercise and swim with handler. These exercises would show us at which level the dog was at, and how ready was the owner to enter the water. We ended up having two A groups (beginners), two B groups (intermediate) and two C groups (advanced), with 3-4 dogs in each group. Karel and Bettina trained together with one group (Karel would do the general trainings, whereas Bettina would take one dog and hander to the side to explain or teach in more detail, or go over things the dogs didn’t know how to do, or needed more practice with) and Markus with Jan (with Annina). Teija and Yrjo were there for Saturday for the third training place. The timetable for Saturday and Sunday was like in Estonia: 1.5 hours of training in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon for every group. During the evenings we had seminars. On Friday about waterwork training (Bettina) and Saturday first-aid for dogs (Karel).
The very serious first-aid seminar, thanks to Christina and Jan. You can see Markus wearing our camp T-shirt - Mugs we had for the camp
The water exercises were very similar to those we normally train, and to those we did in Estonia. We kept the trainings as varied as possible with the minimum or basic equipment to allow the participants to learn more exercises they could do on their own at home. It was important to teach the participants to use their voice (clear (loud) commands and real good praises) and make them understand that being in the water IS a part of waterwork, not just standing on the shore. We had six extra wetsuits, six extra waterwork harnesses and three extra lifejackets, and they were in use during all the trainings; FANTASTIC. We were extremely surprised (and glad) that people actually entered the water this year and really used our advice during the trainings. It was a completely different atmosphere compared to two years ago. We were impressed
Scout taking a surfboard to a victim - Scout about to save two victims
Scout pulling a boat all the way to the shore - Dogs waiting to go to their owners in water
The nice beaches we were able to get for the camp - The first time any of the dogs did saving two victims with the owner
Reading the comments and seeing the dogs improve a huge lot during the few days we were there, I think everyone learned A LOT of new things to incorporate into their own trainings. The weekend definitely was a HUGE success.
Sunday evening we were going to have a Doggy Olympics game relating to waterwork, but unfortunately most of the participants had to leave early, so we ended up not having the game. It would have been great, but we really would have needed at least half of the participants to go through with it. It’s a shame they had to leave early!
After the camp on Sunday we headed back to our summer cottage. Jan, Karel and Markus went fishing, and to everyone’s surprise Markus actually caught a good-sized pike! He earned 10 euros for that bet, and another 10e for letting it go. Jan was feeling sorry for the fish ;-).
Going fishing: Jan says: “We are the Vikings – we bring food..!” - The pike (Scout is wondering whether she should go after it or not)
Monday morning we left for the airport and the ferry terminal, leaving Karel and Jan at the airport, the rest of us heading to the terminal to catch the ferry to Sweden. The ferry left around 5PM from Helsinki, getting us to Stockholm at 9AM. The ferry ride went quickly as we were tired and just fell asleep straight away. Once again we realized how important the “kakka”-command is as Capri and Vera were able to quickly relieve themselves in the designated spot on the deck, but Scout (who didn’t know the command) wouldn’t relieve herself during the whole of the ferry ride! Luckily it was only a short ferry over.
Bettina and Christina with the dogs (Vera, Scout and Capri) on the deck - Everyone just loooooved Scout
Playing “find Christina” on the ferry
Tuesday morning we took Annina to the Stockholm airport (she needed to be at work on Wednesday in England and this was the only way for her to get there on time), and then headed down south towards Brussels. It was a loooooong drive because of the low speed limit due to Christina’s new trailor.
We slept just under 4 hours in Germany, getting us to Christina’s house around midday on Wednesday. An hour later I was finally at home with Capri and Vera, getting to see Ruuti, the puppies… and one of the puppies’ new owners. We had seen Rolli’s owners during our waterwork camp already, but now it was time for Rolli to go home. The summer holidays were over!
Bettina with Vera prepared for a day of waterwork training in Idroscalo, Milano -- The Italian instructors with us, the international instructors, on the last day of trainings.
Our gorgeous Al (K. Multimedia) is doing very well in Italy, she swims excellently and is best buddies with everyone -- Capri on her well deserved sunbathing holiday in Italy !
We also went to Joki's dog training class on Thursday evening. Joki did very well, even though the weather was not the best for newfies: hot and humid! She takes contact very well (when she wants to ;-) ), knows the basic heelwork, recall and fetch-exercises, and really enjoys playing with her owner Ilse :-). Well done Joki! Joki also recognized us very well, always aiming to pose well for the camera ;-).
Baron we went to get from his house Friday, he's not a very good guard dog as he greeted us into his yard with a huge slobbery kiss and tail wags :-). Of course he knows us well already, but it was really nice seeing him recognize us too. He behaved extremely well over the weekend, did not pull on the lead at all, always listened to our commands (even though we speak a different language), was gentle with everyone he met, and well.. the lovable dog we've always adored :-)!
Scout we call our little monkey :-). We went to pick up her and her owner Christina on the way to the show both days. Saturday Scout managed to climb up to the driver's seat when we were unpacking the car! She was just happily sitting there and waiting for us to come take her out too :-). I think we're going to have a busy summer with Scout keeping us occupied !!
10.06.2010 Just over a month has passed from the last update, so instead of having a huge long update in the news-wection, we decided to split it into stories about the events we've been to: the Dienville's international Newfoundland Waterwork meeting (and saw our gorgeous Al (K. Multimedia)) and Bala (Wales), a combined waterwork and draft test, and in brief the results of a few shows in Chateauroux, Irun, Toulouse and Castelnaudary.
We met many friends (old and new) at the International meeting - it definitely was a lot of fun getting training tips and actually seeing so many newfies working in the water at the same time :-).
Capri passed waterwork levels A and B
It's been a long while since we last went to so many shows in such a short time, but they have gone very well. Vera got a RCACIB from Chateauroux, and class wins from Irun, Toulouse and Castelnaudary. Capri we only took to Toulouse and Castelnaudary, where she placed second after her daugher Vera :-). Ruuti did exceptionally well first becoming second best bitch getting a RCAC and RCACIB from Toulouse and being the best female with CAC in Castelnaudary. Data also did very well with an excellent second in Toulouse and a second best bitch with RCAC in Castelnaudary. This weekend we're heading to Douai, hopefully they'll continue with their winning streak ;-) !
20.04.2010 Vuori is gone and we're already missing him! He found a great home with Colleen, her husband and their two sons in Germany. Our next litter is planned for summer 2012 (or 2013) with Ruuti (K. Monitoimikone).
Bettina is also back from France with Capri and the on-heat Ruuti. This week we've all started the spring weight-loss program/get-in-shape for summer, though it's more for us than the dogs as we MUST fit into our wetsuits :-D ! The waters are still freezing, but waterwork has already started. We went for a fun day at the lake today with Capri and Vera, managed to get a few good pictures and a couple of trainig videos which we will post on our FORUM (http://www.watercubs.com/forum). The forum is only for our puppy and stud dog owners. We can much more easily keep in touch, share ideas and opinions about everything, and post training tips and a lot of pictures. It also helps the puppy owners to keep in touch with each other and compare notes on how the puppies are developing. It is fantastic how active all the puppy owners are about sharing thoughts and pictures :-). We LOVE them, THANK YOU :-)!
The Forum has been a great idea and we're very happy we finally did it, since it is much easier for us to post new training tip threads on there (rather than our website), since we don't really have to think before we post (i.e. can post daily messages and ex-tempore-ideas). And don't really have to think about the format (which is necessary for the website), and can just concentrate on giving advice. We can also access the forum from anywhere, while we can only access the website updates from our Belgian computer.
We also had the chance to go see Joki (Neliveto) and Baron (Muskettisoturi) at their first waterwork training of the year. We had a GREAT time, thank you for inviting us, we'll be back with the girls :-)! We heard great news that Baron (1,5 years) passed the B-level obedience test with a great result at his obedience club. Now he is in the most difficult C-class! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS :-) !
Donatella shared a Gorgeous picture of Al (Multimedia) ! She looks exactly like her mother Capri when she was that age.
13.04.2010 We spent the last two fantastic weeks in the French countryside, basking in the warmth and enjoying the fact that our whole family (people&dogs) were together again. We drove to the nearby lake a few times to let the dogs run and swim to their hearts' content.
Before our holidays we were contacted by a fantastic family who will be adopting Tente, now called Vuori (means mountain in finnish) this weekend. Vuori has grown a lot and is now half the size of the adults (and quadruple the size of Data-pug) :-)
The dogs loved being a big pack over the holidays and Vuori really bonded with all the girls. Ruuti started her heat last week, so she is still with Bettina in France as we still have our little guy here. After the weekend, it is time to change the dogs again. Capri and Vera will go and enjoy the lakes and fields in France, while Data and Ruuti will be pampered in Belgium :-))
18.03.2010 A lot has happened since the last update. Bettina is back from the States. You can read about her adventure and see pictures of her trip. She really did have a wonderful time and cannot wait to visit the pups again.
Tente is still with us, loving life and learning fast. He is a very sweet boy, and we are getting more and more attached to him every day. He plays with the other dogs really well, loves kids and people and is a wonderful foot heater in the evening :-). Joki is with us a part of the week, and she is growing more gorgeous each day. She and Tente are not terrorizing the house as we had initially dreaded, but are wonderfully well behaved and controlled inside - though crazy when we let them play outside in the yard. It must be the influence of the adults. It is fantastic to see how many good manners the puppies learn from the rest. Capri is also with us in Belgium, keeping the puppies in line and being pampered by us. The energetic duo, also known as Ruuti and Vera, are in France with Bettina, enjoying the sunshine.
Just an hour after we had updated the website letting people know that Mona was looking for a home, a very nice family contacted us about her in Atlanta (USA). Luckily all the paperwork is sorted out; so she is on the same flight as Betti and the pups. Last night as we were frantically packing and trying to get everything sorted out; we realized that 6 of our 8 pups are now in the "hands of Americans" either living here in Europe or in the States. Maybe we should just move to America, as we seem to get along with them very well ;-).
Akseli left this Saturday to be "babysat" by a family in France :-).
took all the remaining four puppies and Data the pug to the finnish dog
school this sunday, as our goal was to get the puppies to meet as many
dogs as possible before they had to leave. The puppies did great ! We
also took them to see Baron (Ruuti's brother) and a very friendly
1-year old newf, Niva. Niva and Baron confused the pups as they looked
like our other dogs, but they weren't our other dogs.... :-) There are
more pictures in the puppies' photogallery.
Markus, our younger brother was very sad to see the other puppies go this morning, he would not leave them last night. I think he is just glad that Tente is staying with us a bit longer. Joki is also staying with us for some weekdays until the new family's work schedule allows them to have her for the entire week.
The house seems much quieter now ! This morning I went to get food for the pups, and as I was reaching for the biggest meat bags, realized that there were only two mouths to feed. I walked back upstairs with only a very small bag of meat. Betti left Ruuti and Capri with us for the duration of the America-trip; so once the big browns wake up I don't think the house will be That quiet ;-). Both have taken well to the puppies. Ruuti runs and plays with them, while Capri has decided that if she ignores them they will eventually go away.
The puppy pen will be taken down in the evening; and our lives will finally return to normal. We will have our livingroom back. Gosh, I can't even remember what it was like before the puppies ;-).
All the puppies have their vaccinations in order, the normal deworming done, have been microchip identified and are registered to the Finnish Kennel Club.
Monday Bettina will leave to the States to fly Pipari (brown girl) to
New York, and then Orka to Portland (Oregon). She will make sure that
Orka gets used to his new home well, and will give advice on training
Orka to be Leska's service dog and a therapy dog for Lynn to take to
work at the retirement center.
would love to keep both of them with us forever, but as our time and
space is limited to the adults that we currently have, we're
unfortunately unable to do that. Meanwhile, we have continued with the
daily socializing trips to the city, tram and metro with them, and have
started obedience with both of the puppies. They will start attending the local finnish weekly training/walk.
got pictures of the lovely metaphors that the kids did of the time we
went to see them with the puppies a few weeks ago. We Love them ! Thank
you ! There are more pics in the photogallery. We have also added new pictures of Cooper, Scout and Joki in their own gallery folders, so do go and see them :-).
Last week we made the puppypen smaller, so we could start crate-training the pups better. The puppies now sleep in the crates during the day (2h play outside followed by 2h nap in the crates followed by 2h play outside etc.. plus of course most of time the puppies are free in the house trying to play with Data or Vera :-) ). It works well! The first time we put the puppies in the crates (two in one, one in one), the pups made noises for maybe 2 minutes, but after that they all fell asleep and slept for the next 1,5 hours. Then we went to open the crate door, but none of the puppies wanted to come out :-D. So they slept another 30 minutes with the crate door open ;-). (before putting them in, the pups had been in the garden playing for about two hours, so they were tired!). This is very good training for them, they like to go in there, and they stay inside even when the door is open. The only "problem" we've had is with the waterbowl, because they play with it and tip it over constantly!! So we're getting those bowls that attach to the cage door with bolts. Hopefully they'll stay full for a little longer ;-). We feed the puppies in the crates so they associate it with food and fun. When the pups roam around the house, they keep checking the empty crates for more snacks and delicious pieces of meat :-).
We have also started contact training with all the puppies. So basically giving cheese treats and lots and lots of praise when the puppies look at us in the eyes and when we call them by name (during their individual training and walks outside). The idea is that they learn to follow us and learn to listen to our instructions. They are all taking contact very well and wag their tails a lot when they get the attention (and the cheese :-)! They are hungry for attention and eager to learn more new tricks every time :-)!
Scout, Cooper and Joki are also doing very well in their new homes :-). They are almost potty trained, have learned to come when called and know how to sit by command. They are also starting to learn to wait for food and do down by command :-).
Oslo and Pipari will be flying out with Bettina to the USA on 22 February through New York where Pipari will stay and then to Portland Oregon where Oslo will go. Bettina look forward to the flight and getting to meet their owners and spend some time with them :-)!
Bettina has already made appointments to see a few Newf breeders and the famous Judi Adler!
gene test results came about a week ago, and we got some good news and
bad news. All the black puppies, except one carry the recessive brown
gene, but the one that does not have the gene is our dear co-owned
girl, Scout :-). This means that all the black males (Oslo, Akseli and
Orka) and one black girl (Cooper) are Bb, while Scout is BB.
order for Betti to see the puppies daily and so that we can talk about
anything related to the pups, daily Skype calls are now routine. I
tried to take a picture of Capri on her birthday, but unfortunately the
Skype connection in France is not all that great, so the picture is a
bit blurry but still better than nothing. :-).
We also took the almost weekly pictures of the puppies with the New Year themed Moo-Cow. The puppies are 6,5weeks in the pictures.
01.01.2010 We got new pictures of Bamse (Larinkallion Hännänhuippu). He has grown a lot since we last saw him and looks very good. It is always fantastic to get more pictures of ‘our puppies’. There really is a Lot of snow in Finland! Our snow here in Brussels, seems insignificant now :D
We have received confirmation that the registration papers have gone through and are on their way back from Finland to Brussels. They should be here very soon.
The puppyblog has been updated again with new pictures and news of events in the puppies' lives. Everyone is growing a lot and learning about all kinds of exciting new things. The puppies have now explored the house and the garden. Luckily it stopped raining for a couple of hours this morning (though it was snowing a bit) and everyone got to enjoy the fresh air and the new exciting smells! It did not take long for the puppies to start running around, giving us gray hairs trying to keep a count of everybody. From now on, we will try and take the puppies outside always after they've eaten or slept, so they start learning to do their business outside. This will make house training for the new owners much much easier!