Archive for the ‘MIXED STUFF’ Categoryby Northernmost on January 2, 2014 in Showing, Wilder with No Comments
Our sweet boy Wilder turned 1 year old today!! Many thanks to his breeders, Sue and Roy Fuller, for trusting us with him. We couldn’t ask for a better dog! We wish all the Super Pups – Indy, Gale, Zing and Ryder – a very Happy Birthday!!
Wilder celebrated with a yummy pupcake 🙂
Below are some update photos from a recent match show. Wilder received a nice critique from judge Nils-Arne Törnlöv and was awarded an Honour Prize (HP).
This brief video is from December, he’s grown quite a lot during the end of last year and is developing into a very handsome youngster ♥
It’s been a busy couple of week here and the blog has not been updated for a while. To bring the blog up to speed I have published a post retroactively about a nice Dayhike to Pahtajärvi that we went on during our brief holiday in Lapland this month.
Last weekend Wilder took part in his first official event at the Arctic Circle Dog Show in Överkalix. This national show is situated about 259 km (160 miles) to the north of us but is actually one of the shows that are closest to where we live. Since we have very few shows in northern Sweden during winter, we try to grab every chance we have for ring training during summer. The judge at this event was Erna-Britt Nordin who awarded Wilder a 1st, but without HP this time, as she felt that his head needs to mature a bit. Overall the critique was very nice and she was very pleased with his temperament.
So far, Wilder seems to enjoy showing and is happy and alert in the ring,
Standing for the exam – there’s not much coat on Wilder at the moment.
…on the move.
BOB at the Arctic Circle Dog Show, and Best in Group-4, was FI MVA Neatut Kadluk, aka “Jyry”, who is a son of our boy Thunder. Jyry performed beautifully in the ring with his breeder Anne Korhonen and seems to have exactly the same sweet personality as his daddy. In fact, they even share the same name; kadluk means thunder in one of the Inuit languages.
Jyry, who is now also a Swedish Champion, showed off his balanced movements in the group final.
BIG congratulations to his owners Anne Korhonen and Jouku Mikkonen!!
Straight from the forest in Lapland to the show ring – our puppy Wilder has a busy schedule this summer! The opportunities for ring training are few and far between in our part of the country so whenever there is a class or match show available we try to go there, just for the sake of training. Sunday’s match show was Wilder’s second and he did really well and was shortlisted among the top five for BIS Puppy. It’s always nice to bring home some ribbons but the real reward is to see how well he behaves in a busy show environment. He’s a really sweet boy, excellent with other dogs and with people and kids of all ages. The fear period from a month ago seems to have passed and he had his tail up at all times and looked very relaxed and happy.
Mtn Home’s NM A Touch Of The Wild at 7 months of age. Breeders: Sue & Roy Fuller.
A special thanks to judge Tommy Danielsson who was very patient with all the inexperienced puppies (and handlers!) and gave Wilder a nice critique: “Excellent type, well-shaped and marked head, well set ears, correct bite, good coat in summer condition, well angulated front and back, well set tail, well developed chest for his age, strong topline, well presented.”
Hanging out with Fredrik during the long wait for the finals.
A kid we met at ring side decided that Wilder needed some extra grooming and he was happy to oblige – although he is in his summer suit now and there really isn’t much coat left to brush.
This girl clearly has a natural flair with dogs.
Wilder made some doggy friends too – here with a 4-month old Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen puppy.
It was a long drive to get to the show but well worth it!
Fredrik came to visit us in Hetta and brought along Titan for some quality time together with Hilary and Wilder. We have a big fenced play area at the cabin in Lapland where the dogs spend a few hours each day. If I could bring anything from Lapland with me home it would be this beautiful play area. The pine trees provide shade on warm summer days and the soft ground vegetation, made up of moss, heather and berry shrubs, is perfect for running and playing. Right now the blueberries are ripe and I have seen Hilary munching away in between play sessions. Happiness and harmony are words that come to mind when I watch the dogs play in the forest.
Can I stay in Lapland or bring a piece of Lapland with me home?
Our week in Lapland went by very quickly but we managed to squeeze in a little hike before it was time to return home. On a sunny morning we packed our bags to go on an 18 km (11.2 mi) dayhike to Lake Pahtajärvi, just outside the village of Hetta. Titan and Hilary carried our picnic in their bags while puppy Wilder carried an empty pack, just to get used to having something strapped to his back. The temperature was just above 10o C (50o F) and it was a perfect day to spend on the trail.
Wilder chose to work up front for large parts of the hike – that’s promising for the future.
The “work horses”, Titan and Hilary, crossing a bog on a wooden boardwalk.
Two happy Mals – Wilder, 7 months, and Titan, who will be 4 years old in October.
The goal of our hike – a lean-to with a view by Lake Pahtajärvi.
When we arrived at the laavu, Hilary cooled down in the lake. There were reindeer nearby so we had to keep her on a leash but that didn’t stop her from swimming back and forth in the cool water. This girl loves to swim – is this another sign of the beaver gene??
This 18 km hike could have counted as a WPD-leg for Hilary and Titan, who have yet to complete their packing titles, but since we did not have access to a scale at our cabin we were unable to weigh the contents of their bags prior to the hike. So the hike ended up being just a “leisure hike”, but I think the dogs were just as happy 😉
Wilder did well on his first longer hike; soon it’s time to start training him in harness!
The trails in Finland are well marked and often offer good facilities along the way. During the second half of August most of the mosquitoes are gone and one can enjoy the scenery in peace and quiet.The beautiful autumn colours don’t start to appear until September, which is also a great month for hiking in Lapland. The website www.Outdoors.fi has useful information about trails and nature areas in Finland, and is available in Finnish, Sámi, Swedish and English.
Last week we visited the Höga Kusten (The High Coast), about three hours south, for a fun day hike in beautiful surroundings. The High Coast is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and is named after the area’s many tall cliff formations that were created by postglacial rebound. The Skuleskogens National Park lies just off the European Highway E4 and is one of the many attractions along the approx. 130 km long High Coast Trail. The area is suitable for both easy day hikes and longer treks and dogs are welcome too, as long as they are kept on a leash.
An impressive entrance to the higher sections of the trail.
The majestic Slåttdalsskrevan ravine is almost 200 metres long and only 7 metres wide.
From the Slåttdalsberget we enjoyed fantastic views of the Bothnian Sea and the archipelago.
The way down was rather steep and rocky – a good opportunity to train “slow down”, “go behind” and “stop!”. Both Hilary and Wilder did a god job following these commands.
In the forest we had to keep our eyes on our feet to avoid stumbling over protruding tree roots.
In many places the ground vegetation was already showing off beautiful autumn colours.
Our hiking companions – Hilary & Wilder. Can you tell that they are half-siblings?
Puppy Wilder had a fun day on the trail 🙂
This week he turns 7 months old – time flies!
If you’d like to find out more about the High Coast, visit www.hogakusten.com and www.skuleskogen.se It’s an accessible part of Sweden – situated about halfway between Stockholm and Haparanda, on Sweden’s beautiful east coast.
Wilder attended his first match show yesterday and was BIS-2 Puppy! We are very proud of him, especially since he just entered a fear period this weekend. The timing is pretty uncanny, since I said in my previous blog post that so far Wilder hasn’t shown any fears! Fear periods often start overnight and for us the change became very apparent as all big and dark items, such as loud speakers, bin bags, baby buggies etc. were suddenly really scary. It’s pretty amazing how much a fear stage can affect a puppy – going from absolutely bomb proof to suddenly being apprehensive about new things. The Second Fear Period (6-14 months) is believed to be tied to the dog’s sexual maturity and that makes sense in Wilder’s case, as he has just recently started lifting his leg. The judge was really nice and gentle and got us through the show and hopefully the fear period won’t last too long. If you are interested in learning more about Fear Periods in dogs, dog trainer and behaviour consultant Adrienne Janet Farricelli has written a good article on the topic.
It was really cold up in Southern Lapland, I wore jeans and a jacket but wished I had brought my down parka and woolly hat! Perfect weather for showing Mals though.
Handsome Wilder with his pretty ribbon – good boy!
As you may have noticed, right now this blog is focusing a lot on our puppy Wilder. He’s at that age when a lot is happening in his life and I’m using this blog mainly as a diary for myself – to keep track of things. Our adult dogs are of course keeping busy too, since the summer in northern Sweden came and went in May, and left us with cold weather during most of June and July, our fall training has already started and Fredrik has been taking out the dogs with the bike or cart for a few weeks now. I will write more about our working activities later in the fall, right now I’m pretending it is still summer, even though the thermometer reads depressing 12 degrees (54 F) 🙁
Tuisku’s handsome son Tulisalon Northern Shaman, aka “Joiku”, became Finnish Champion today when winning Best of Breed at Hyvinkää, Finland. He gained his title on his 3-year birthday – what a way to celebrate!! We extend a big congrats to Joiku’s breeder Susanna Kauppi and to his owners, Jenni Holopainen and Jarmo Leppänen. Joiku finished the day by going Best in Group-2!
Tulisalon Northern Shaman “Joiku” new Finnish Champion under judge Raisa Savander in Hyvinkää. BOS was Lyybek Soul Wilhelmina.
Joiku Best of Breed at Hämeenlinna two weeks ago, under judge Juha Putkonen, Finland.
I just ordered a really cool t-shirt from Rockin Da Moots. Recognize the handsome fella featured on the front? It is Dewey, the stunning rescue dog that I wrote about back in March. Dewey is still looked after by the wonderful people of Moonsong Malamute Rescue in Idaho and is currently receiving treatment for his health issues. To help pay for his substantial veterinary bill the owners of clothing and accessory company Rockin Da Moots have created really cool products that can be bought from their webshop. Check out their “Save a MALLY” products here. I ordered my “Dewey t-shirt” in Vintage Royal. Which colour will you choose?
One T-Shirt for $29.99 = $15 for Dewey.
Besides their special “Dewey products” Rockin Da Moots also offers a wide range of t-shirts, hoodies, dog bandanas, vinyl sticker decals, pants etc. Their products make fantastic gifts, for a friend, or for yourself. By shopping from Rockin Da Moots you support Malamute and Husky rescue. I especially hope that my friends will be shopping to support sweet Dewey ❤
When all the chores are done in the evening we usually take a couple of dogs and head for the beach. Last night it was Titan and Wilder’s turn to come along for a swim. We stayed on the beach until the sun set in the ocean, like a blazing ball of fire. ♥ Magic moments of summer ♥
We’ve been away on a wilderness adventure with Lyra, Hilary, Tuisku and Thunder, travelling on the ice of the frozen lakes of Tjaktajaure and Laitaure and making daytrips into the magnificent Sarek National Park in Swedish Lapland. Fantastic weather, amazing views and happy, hardworking dogs – what more could you ask for? The only hiccup on this trip were our sleeping bags that didn’t perform when the temperature dropped down to around -20ºC (-4ºF) at night. But with a warm dog to snuggle up to it wasn’t a huge problem. We learn something from every trip; about ourselves and the gear, and what needs to be improved before we set out on our next adventure. We can’t complain about the dogs though, they went like clockwork from day one, displaying the drive and stamina which we have come to expect from them, even though they always manage to amaze us just a little more on each trip. Without our Alaskan Malamutes, we’d sure miss out on some great adventures in life!
We had fantastic weather during most of our trip…
…but we started the journey in an almost complete whiteout which forced us to rely on the map and compass for navigation as we couldn’t see much of the surrounding landscape, just snow and mist and a myriad of trails to choose from.
The next morning, and during the rest of our trip, we had brilliant sunshine and temperatures around -12ºC (10ºF) – ideal conditions for the dogs who could work at a good pace without getting too warm.
Lyra and Tuisku with the Sarek National Park in the backdrop.
We set up camp in the woods near the mountain of Tjahkkelij where we found a spring with crystal clear water for us and the dogs. Having access to water is a luxury on winter camping trips as melting snow for drinking and cooking can be a time-consuming process.
Our dogs took turns sleeping in the tent and did a good job keeping us warm at night.
After setting up camp we were able to leave our gear behind and go on fun day trips to explore the landscape. In this photo Fredrik is on his way to Nammásj – a holy mountain in the Sámi tradition.
Hilary and Thunder, with Skierffe’s peak in the background.
We could have stayed on the trail for many more days, continuing the trip further into the Rapa Valley, but unfortunately work and other duties called us back to civilization.
While most people probably prefer to have their holiday during the summer, our ideal would be to have the whole month of April off, to be able to go on longer journeys into the wild. Maybe next year?
To view more photos from our trip, visit our Aktse April 2013 Gallery.