So what has happening here at TabanyaRuu? Well, not a lot! I certainly haven’t been racing around the country attending dog shows, nope, dog shows are most definitely on the back burner. Why? Sisko is now retired as she has aged a lot this year – losing a lot of her peripheral eyesight and her ‘sparkle’, so she now gets lots of nice little treats at home, yesterday for example coming with me to the garden centre (in the hope of finding stray pic 'n mix I'm sure!). Salo has spent the summer wearing nothing but Speedos and frankly I've just lost interest, hopefully my show mojo will come back but in the meantime I've simply been really enjoying all my dogs - here's a peak :-)
We have all made liver cake (plenty of takers for licking the spoon!)
The 'lovebirds' had a reunion & the Maverick Puppies got a visit from their proud 'Grandparents' :-)
Panda & Puffin ate their first 'meal' - Nutriment Raw Meat Weaning Paste mixed with warm water - it was a big hit (especially with Panda!)
There has been time for 'the girls' and time for 'the boys'
And quite a lot of this sort of thing .....
And before the schools broke up for summer, there were stories to be listened to in Salo's capacity of PAT Dog (most of the stories were about dogs & cats!)
But it's not all cake making, dog walks & other clearly very exhausting stuff - sometimes there's some serious chilling :-)
Hopefully I can now get back into the blogging groove - I have lots of photos & updates of other TabanyaRuu's to share, not to mention news of Salo & Roope's little pups at other breeders'. I'm still working on the website overhaul, but keep getting sidetracked by painting anything that doesn't move! Don't forget I am on Instagram as @tabanyaruuliz although most photos are of the dogs at various coffee stops :-) There are some new photos on the Maverick Litter Pages. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us!
Hurrah! It's finally arrived - confirmation from the Kennel Club that Salo is now a CHAMPION - yippeee!!
He got his first CC at the FLCGB Club Champ Show under breed specialist Pat Patch in April. The second CC was awarded along with Best of Breed, at Southern Counties in June under Finnish judge Pekka Teini. The third and crowning CC along with Best of Breed, was awarded at Richmond in September under Dutch judge Rony Doedijns - all three in six months, not bad going Salo! Although he absolutely loves strutting his stuff (and he focuses better in the ring than anywhere else!) he also loves life, as the following photos testify :-)
Well what a day this was! Beautiful weather & fantastic results. It's always special to enter & do well under a Finnish Judge & Pekka Teini has probably judged far more Lappies than I have ever met in my lifetime! Pekka breeds Finnish Spitz, the National Dog of Finland, you can visit his Reppukorven Kennel here. He told me that he thought Salo was a 'star' and 'amazing'. After the judging a group of us went to a local pub & ate lunch in the garden - just lovely! Thanks to my friend Jennifer of Infindigo who organised this. Lucie, who won Best Puppy with Imperial Storm Shadow Du Pays De L'Aurore Boreales TabanyaRuu, came back with me to the showground for the group judging. Sadly neither of us went any further (this I'm afraid is usual for a Lappy) although Salo was shortlisted to the final 8 under Keith Nathan.
To see the full list of results, click here.
Below is a slideshow of either the dogs I've bred or co-own, on the day itself.