Friday, 21 October 2016

cute stuff

It's full on cuteness these days.  The puppies are almost a week old and they are growing fast.  The normal rate is about 10% of their body weight per day but as there is so little competition at the milk bar, they are growing at more like 20% per day.  Big puppies!

Here they were at only 2 days old with Tuuli showing what a wonderful mama she is.

Monday, 17 October 2016


I was blithely whiling away the day at a show in deepest Cornwall where the handsome Loki beat his sister Ulla to Best of Breed and Pastoral Group 2.  Lucky he didn't win Group 1, really, because I would have missed the Best in Show challenge.  As I was packing up to go home, I had a text message from Jay to say that Tuuli had vomited.  Based on past experience, that meant her puppies were coming within hours.  I sent him back a message saying I was on my way.  As I rushed back home, dropping dogs off with their families along the way, Jay called to say that he thought Tuuli was having contractions.  I think I made it home in record time.

I went in the door, had a wash & a change of clothes before going anywhere near Tuuli and then we settled down to wait for the puppies.  We didn't have long to wait before the first one arrived.  It took a very reasonable 2 hours for her to produce the 3 puppies, and then I spent the next several hours waiting for the other 2 to make up the 5 predicted by the ultrasound scan Tuuli had a month ago.

I never argue with nature, because nature knows what's it's doing.  So if Tuuli re-absorbed 2 or even 3 puppies, then I'm just really grateful for the 3 strong, healthy ones.

This bunch were born under the biggest, brightest full moon imaginable, so they will be the "full moon" puppies - "Täysikuu" in Finnish.

First out was the boy with ALL the white - you can't really see it well from the photo, but you will see it better in future pics as he develops.  I think he's going to have markings very much like his dad, so he is going to be called Little Arvo.  Arvo is Finnish for "value" or "worth".

Next out was the girl who is called Tähti, which is Finnish for "star".  She's more black and tan like her mum than black and white but, just to be clear - Little Arvo has the white star on his forehead, not the girl called Star.  Is that confusing enough?

Finally, came the second boy who I think will also have bright markings.   He's going to be called Kuu, Finnish for "moon".



 Welcome, full moon Täysikuu puppies!

Here is the first photo of mama and babies.  Tuuli is enjoying having only 3 puppies so much.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

puppy news

Well well well, whaddeya know - there is puppy news in the air.  I've been feeling puppy broody for a long time now, so it's very exciting to be looking forward to welcoming puppies from Tuuli and the handsome Arvo before Halloween arrives.

Tuuli and I had a very quick visit to the Netherlands to meet Arvo and his lovely family.  We had a great, if brief, visit and I'm already looking forward to going back someday.  The coffee cannot possibly be better (thanks Ron!), but hopefully the weather, at least, will be as good as it was while I was there.  And the pretty photo above is thanks to Mel.

You can see more photos of Arvo on my website.

See you in a few weeks!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

happy birthday to the mailat puppies

My blog has been sadly neglected for far too long, but as Wimbledon season rolls around, the Mailat puppies come up to their first birthday.  They were born during the men's semi-final matches and thereby earned their baby names of the top male and female tennis players of the time and they will hit one-year-old during the men's final today ....just in case you understand Finnish and recognised the word "mailat" and were wondering why they are called tennis racquets....

Here are the little tennis racquets at one year old.  I have an unpublished half-finished blog showing these puppies going off to their new homes with comparison photos at about 14 weeks old.  However, as I didn't manage to find my way clear to finishing and posting that one, you can have those too for a nice little comparison of 2 months, almost-4 months and 12 months old.

The first puppy out the door back then was Loki, which was fitting considering he was going only 20 minutes up the road, but I'm posting in birth order, as I normally do, so first up is Siinto who was already 11 weeks old before he left because his new owners, Michaela & Chris, had one or two things to do before picking him up.  Like getting married for one.  And like moving house for another.  You can see he was already considerably bigger and more bear-like.

Infindigo Mailat Siinto

Pet name Siinto

Laughing boy



























Infindigo Mailat Koru

Pet name Koru

Koru heading off to Scotland with the Sheas at 8 weeks, growing up and then followed by one year old - he hasn't actually changed a bit!  A wee bit bigger, perhaps...

Another pup having fun at the beach

Ears up!  ... but not for long :-)

Just under 1 year old - a fine handsome Scottish dog

Quite the poser

Infindigo Mailat Loki

Pet name Loki

Loki getting ready to run up the road to Exeter with Heather & Ethan then a couple of rare moments of stillness and a not-so-rare moment of silliness.

A bit less wiggly at 14 weeks practicing his show stand

Visiting at just under one year - good as gold
















































Infindigo Mailat Ulla

Pet name Ulla

Ulla on her way down the road to Plymouth with Tom & Leisha then being cute.

Gorgeous smiley girl

Up to no good with the garden hose

Just under one year old in the bluebells
Looking innocent as can be - another puppy who has lost a coat

Infindigo Mailat Jaakkoppi

Pet name Jake

Jake heading off to his new home in Bristol with two of the four O'Sullivans and then a growing up boy.

Having fun getting mucky at the beach

A couple of hours later at the pub - miraculously clean!

Smiley boy at 12 months

Losing his puppy coat already

Thursday, 31 December 2015

happy birthday to the juhla pups

Today, new year's eve, marks the first birthday of Tuuli's Juhla litter.

No longer puppies, they are all growing into lovely adult dogs now.  Er ... did I say adult?  That might be a tad ambitious.  Rather than a serene adulthood, their owners are more likely to have at least another 12 months of puppiness coming to them.  Looks like some of them are a bit more grownup and mature than others!

Juhla Pikkuveli  -  Tux

 Juhla Eevi  -  Eevi

Juhla Ismo  -  Malaki 

Juhla Kaija  -  Kaija

Juhla Niko  -  Niko