Sunday, 30 August 2009

first infindigo best of breed

Oh, how proud are we today!

Yesterday at the Scottish Kennel Club show in Edinburgh, Karhu won Best of Breed, making him the first Infindigo bred dog to ever do so at a champ show. We are thrilled, thrilled, thrilled.

Neka and Keskiyo (not Infindigo bred, obviously, but of my clan nonetheless) have both won a few Reserve Best of Sex, Best Opposite Sex and Best Rare Breed. Karhu's brother Taito had Reserve Best Dog, young Tarkka has won several Reserve Best Dog, and Keksi has won Best Rare Breed. But, this Best of Breed is the very first for us, so it's a bit special.

And I get the impression Wendy is pretty proud too, according to her big grin in this lovely portrait taken after the show. And no wonder - she has worked so hard with him and I'm delighted she's won top honours with him.

I must say, I do like the tartan rosettes and ribbons the SKC always award at their shows.

And here's the winning team strutting their stuff representing the Lapphunds in the big group ring. Knowing how nervous Wendy gets in a normal show ring, I can imagine how she felt on this stage.

Wondering what all the fuss is about, here's Karhu doing what he does best - looking adorable as he peeks out the top of his crate.

Monday, 24 August 2009


And here's what some Lappies have been up to lately. Many, many thanks to those who sent me updated photos & many, many thanks to those whose photos I have shamelessly stolen. If one of these belongs to you, let me know & I'll take it down ... or at least give you credit!

I love this photo of Karhu cleaning his paws.

Tarkka thinks his funky new sun deck is great.

Taito thinks agility is all well & good just so long as he can reach the treats.

Inko hanging with the seaweed while on holiday.

For lots more cute pics of Inko on holiday, plus some funny videos, have a look at Paula & Adam's Flickr site.

And this is one of the things frequently occurring in my house.

Keskiyo & Maija goofing around.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

choosing a photo - or not

I seem to remember I had a similar problem last year. The SFLS calendar calling for cute photos and me scrambling around trying to get one or two to submit. Last year I was fortunate to have 9 adorable puppies here to pose and I did manage to get one pic chosen to appear in the 2009 calendar. However, that was very much due to the cuteness of the puppies and very much not to do with the quality of the picture.

This year I'm at a bit of a loss. I don't have the interest or skill of my many photographically minded pals and that leaves me rather short on calendar-worthy photos.

This one, maybe?

Oh well, I'm sure there will be plenty to choose from. In the meantime, here are a few shots I've blatantly stolen from my friends who kindly snapped a few at the Bournemouth champ show where Tarkka was awarded another Reserve Best Dog and Taika won her large class. Yay, team!

Tarkka doing his 'yeah, I'm gorgeous' face.

Rauhan getting the hang of this showing thing. You can see by the new slimline shape why Adrian panicked when he watched all that coat disappear down the plug hole after giving the fluffy boy a bath just before the show. And that's why we don't bathe show dogs just before a show. Uh huh - especially when they're moulting.

Taika with her eye firmly on the prize.

Inko the pro showdog.

Taito didn't make it, but Keksi was also there, but alas I have no photos and can find none to steal.

At this show, for the only the third time, I had enough Infindigo dogs present to enter the breeder competition (it requires 4). And, for only the second time, I remembered to enter. And as I entered the only breeder team, I won. Yay, team, again!