Posts Tagged ‘vallhunds’

The Countdown Begins

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

While subjecting Nina to her Halloween costume last weekend, I noticed she was looking like she might be thinking about going into heat. Then Sunday she was near-perfect in agility class (always a warning sign of impending heat).  And then Monday November 2 was day one. So this week we’re off on a road trip to hopefully get her pregnant!  We will start progesterone testing her early this week.  Further bulletins as events warrant.

Nina’s First AKC Points

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Last weekend, at the Swedish Vallhund Club of America’s supported entry in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Nina won her first AKC championship points, taking Winners Bitch on the Friday and Sunday, and Best of Winners on the Saturday, for one point each day. Not bad, considering she had a really upset tummy on the Saturday and didn’t show very well! She was back to her usual happy self on the Sunday. Needless to say, I was thrilled.

Nina - Best of Winners. November 22, 2008

Nina - Best of Winners. November 22, 2008

Rakki The Famous

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

On Thursday I got a phone call from Animal Planet, asking if they could use a picture of one of my Vallhunds for a viewer poll on their website during the Eukanuba National Championship. So I said “sure, pick whichever one you like” (what, was I gonna say no?), and here’s Rakki at bottom right (relaxing on the deck at the cottage, looking stoned). His non-Amanda-website Intarweb debut lasted for as long as the herding group was on (Ingrid Low’s lovely CH Aros Brave Brewster won breed):

Rakki on Animal Planet Website

Close up (yes, I voted for him!):

Rakki on Animal Planet Website Close Up

So what did people learn from this picture of Rakki, representing his ancient, rare and noble breed to American viewers? Dude…wait…what? Vallhunds reprazent!

For A Change…

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

…more pictures of my dogs. But Jim took most of these, so there’s that!

There was snow (in Buffalo?). Rakki had to examine it very carefully:

sober examination


Snow Dogs

Monday, December 17th, 2007

It snowed on my birthday celebration weekend (woo! Snow! Living with proper weather again!). Jennifer was here with the setters. Crazy runarounds (and therefore pictures) ensued!

Everybody bite somebody:

everybody bite somebody


Vallhund Puppies

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Here are some pictures of Nina’s brothers and sisters (and friends):

The whole gang watching for Ulla to come back from the barn:

Watching for Ulla


Nina’s First Show

Monday, November 19th, 2007

We spent the weekend in Ottawa (Wednesday visiting with Al, then on to Ulla’s on Thursday), showing at the Ottawa Kennel Club show. Nina earned her first three Canadian Kennel Club points in her very first shows, taking Best of Opposite Sex on Friday and Sunday, not bad for a six month old puppy! More importantly, she had fun! As always, it was great visiting with Ulla (even if I did tell her grand-daughter that she was a “good puppy”…), and she even made me cinnamon buns (Ulla is a fantastic cook, and I said I wasn’t going to come unless there were cinnamon buns).

Yet More Dogs

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The Irish setters invaded again, and I have yet more crazy dog lady pictures to show for it.

Sullivan and Cillian:

Wierdo Setters


Nina Is 5 Months Old

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

These were taken today for Nina’s AKC registration application. She’s 5 months old now…some days she looks like an actual dog, other days she still has too many legs and a big giant head. She’s a total sweetheart, and SO smart!

Nina Front


Nina Side

Danger Due To Maniac (Dogs)

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Vallhunds play hard. I don’t say that lightly. It looks horrifying and sounds even worse. Their idea of fun is to run around, crash into each other, growl as loudly as they can while they snap their teeth and snort at each other, bite each others legs and wrestle like they’re on some kind of Ultimate Fighting show.
This is a promo shot from our horror movie “VALLHUND!” (the sequel to the movie “ROTTWEILER!”). Vallhunds have big teeth and apparently can suck their ears into their heads for safety: