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News and Updates:
happy birthday Larinkallion H-litter! Already 9 years! Vera (FI, SE, EE
CH Belgian Lifeguard Larinkallion Humiongohde) sends her greetings :-)!
gave birth to a litter of 11 puppies (all reserved) 17.04.2014. The mum
and little ones are doing very well. We've been uploading photos to
their gallery and updating the puppy blog
as they're growing. This allows the families to follow what's happening
with their pups as they're growing up :-). The first ones will be going
to their homes in about three weeks time already!
Bettina & Annina will be accompanying some of the US pups on their
way home this summer, allowing them to also hold some events:
Friday 20th June 2014 Grooming Workshop, Oregon City, USA *with / without your dog*
Saturday and Sunday 21-22nd June 2014, Waterwork workshop, border of Oregon and Washington, USA *working spots full, audit spots available*
Friday and Saturday 27-28th June 2014, Waterwork workshop, near Dallas, Texas, USA *working spots full, audit spots available*
If you're interested in participating, just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll be able to find previous camp recaps and an introduction to who we are in the 2013 news page :-).
A big "T" for TEXAS at the 2013 water rescue camp
Earlier this year Myrsky (K. Taifuuni) successfully tracked though the Finnish Search and Rescue organization's beginners level test at 8 months, awarding them a spot in the advanced training group. Myrsky is the first Newfoundland to do so in Finland. They've got a very exciting career adead of them! Here is their test track (30min wait, 400m long, one corner and multiple curves).
Baron (EE, SE, LUX CH Kivisilman Muskettisoturi) and Benson (K. Tutkamajakka) participated at a few shows in the UK:
Vera enjoying North Yorshire scenery at Rosedale abbey. She is the "black sheep" at the farm (lambing) and vets Bettina is working at during the Easter holidays.
Capri - Larinkallion Brysselinblicca (09.01.2003 - 31.03.2014)
Vera is the most perfect dog ever. We went for a school visit in
Stranraer, visited classes from 9AM-3PM with kids ranging from nursery
age to P7. During the 30min sessions we had with each class, we went
through how to approach a dog (how not to!), why you would take an
animal to the vet (also healthy animal!) (they got to share some of
their experiences), went through the signs of health in Vera (i.e.
she does not have a runny nose, dirty smelly ears, brown teeth etc. and
how we'd check for them) as a clinical exam, talked about what all
animals need (5 freedoms), did an interactive handwashing demo, talked
about differences of animals (showed horse and dog skull) focusing on
nutrition (how the teeth looked) and of course let all the kids have a
go at approaching Vera and petting her (and feeling her heart beat).
The nursery kids were also taught how to give a treat to a dog and they
got to practice that on Vera .
As Merita (K. Rutikuiva) has been bred with Elboy (CIB CH Elboy du Domaine de Flambeau ), Baron (our hot-blooded male) travelled to Nottingham to live with Annina and Data-pug. He has already settled and is behaving exceptionally well – if not sometimes getting the urge to lick-clean Data from head to toe, something she is not as keen on. Vera travelled to Edinburgh to be the only dog in Bettina's household – something she has not been for years. She has been to petting-session at Bettina's vet school and is thoroughly enjoying all the pampering and attention she gets.
before Merita left, Betti videoed some of their walk – Vera is in
brilliant condition, definitely not obvious that she is already
almost 9 years old. You can see the video at
Myrsky (K. Taifuuni) has successfully tracked through the Finnish Search and Rescue organization's beginners level test, awarding them a spot in the advanced training group. Myrsky is the first Newfoundland in Finland to do so. They've got a very exciting career ahead of them! Here is his track (30 minute wait, 400m track with one corner and multiple curves): http://youtu.be/E2XQpK_J1RU.
(K. Salapoliisi) has been a busy girl for the past year. She was
are also extremely pleased to get pictures and updates from puppy
owners and it is always fantastic to hear how brilliantly all the
pups are doing!
Koda (K. Trieeri) 8 months
Capri (CIB, Fi, Se
CH, EUVV-11, Belgian lifeguard Larinkallion Brysselinblicca) celebrated
her 11th Birthday in the company of Baron (son) and Ruuti (daughter).
The family resemblance is uncanny. Capri is our first dog, first
Newfoundland, the "start of it all".
Happy New Year!
This year was the first time for a
long while that we did not send newf postcards wishing for a good
upoming year, so if you didn't get one, don't worry, we didn't forget
about you! The reason for this was more of forgetting to order the
cards rather than deliberately not wanting to order them ;-). Bettina
who normally places the orders is in her 3rd year of Veterinary Studies
at Edinburgh and that has kept her busy, extremely busy. During the
three week winter holidays, she flew to Finland to work at the
municipal vets for a week (staying at Ariel's, training and giving
ideas for how they could continue the on-land waterwork trainings)
after which she spent two weeks working at another clinic near
For the three weeks Merita moved to live with Annina, Data, Vera.
Merita, being who she is, started her shedding period when moving to
Annina's. In total 460grams of neat fur was collected to be later
knitted into a scarf, woolly jacket or a pair of mittens. In a good way
it's nice that she's loosing all her coat, because that signals only
one thing: her heat is about to strt!
Ariel's (K. Salapoliisi) owners took the advice of practicing "take out" with as many different things as possible literally, and so Ariel got to practice taking out an iron:
Ariel practicing "take out", an exercise for waterwork.
Video: Ariel training "Take out" during the winter holiday
Video: Ariel training "tow a boat" during the winter holiday
During the holidays we also took Ariel and the two brother Myrsky (Taifuuni) and Koda (Trieeri) swimming at Hyvinkään koirauimala. Short video.
Myrsky (K. Taifuuni) has been working on indentifying dog scent from canisters, leading onto tracking other (lost) dogs. Here are his two first tracks, which went extremely well - good job Myrsky & Miia!