by Eija Koskelin
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
At last RAIN FOUND OUR SITE. Whole landscape turned out to yellow, continual watering weeks after weeks. Now after ONE day's rain all seems so fresh, smells good and the air is clean. For a change. But we need more rains, hope to get them. What ever "on-the sunny-beach-people" might say.
we moved ourselves from the others side of the houseThere are 2 bitches mated and the whole July still spare time, what ever that might mean. All watering and not anything extra to do made me start my plans which had been growing in my brains since few last years. After we finally got our new furniture sofa & armchairs, after months of waiting (i never ever gonna buy anything from that chain store!) had to do some cleanings for living room.
Thing to do was geting rid of my big shelf loaded with hundreds of old trophies. So sick to watch them. Mostly have kept them for those coming to see our puppies. But there' s still a lot to see and enough is enough. During last decades have not taken them unless nothing else to offer. And in that case all have been used again mostly in children's day-care-center plus couple of Match Shows. These from this self were shared between two of my friends, one organizing Childrens Olympics (!) and
the other one needed them for a Match Show. Also a big bunch of rosets followed.
Got my fantacy come true, one had her shelf and two persons are loaded with trophies and rosets. And i got "sitting" places for dogs. Life couldn' t be better!
But that' s not all. Two of my bigger cages found their new owners. The giant model remainds me from erlier, having 6-7 griffons at a show same time. That will not happen again. Prefer 2-3. What a relief.
armchairs for dogsNow with all that empty space, livingroom & garage, i can breath better. Yippee!
Order, order, said the old hag while cleaning the table with a cat!
Folks HAVE A NICE MIDSUMMMER!
It´s summer now and warmer than ever hoped for. Though just to day a bit cooler. But days after days sunny and hot, hot hot. Not +30 but almost. Who needs 26-28 degrees? Good if you can stand in the see - water up to your navel - but elswhere?? And you cannot do anything, at least not anything important outside. Like gardening, having new plants, trimming nor combing dogs. Barbeque is not any fun either in these degrees. One has to be in "shelter" all the time. Dogs have been dropped into pools to get cooler. And they sure love it and why not. Somehow, in afternoons in a shady spot i have manages to strip some dogs and shave some veterans.
Have washed all the carpets i own, even those taken from the floors. It was one of those hot-hot days and gues what, they all were dry in good time for evening. Today i took mother´s carpets under pressure mahcine. Shall return them tomorrow.
In these degrees have been also showing, nearly every weekend. Having 2 coolers for griffs inside the cage and ceiling plus one side of it covered against the sun. Nice and reasonable circumstances for them. Not gasping at all. Which is not the case with many other dogs at the shows as i´ve seen. Poor darlings.
"Where have all the griffons gone, long time passing" as they say in the song but with flowers. Really. Mostly only 1-3 griffons (brux & belge) of which 2 mine. Rather frustrating competing against yourself. But, titles are given for those in the rings! No one comes on your door steps to offer them.
House is filled with 3 heat bitches, two of them shall have weddings, a double wedding actually. Puppies can be expected not earlier than August. Two months till that and lots of time to do something else.
My super machine, lawnmower, lost her wing caused by the broken nut. Renovating needed. About 2 weeks before they have NUTS for this type of lawnmower, they say. Can you understand there is not such a nut here in Finland but it has to be ordered elswhere. Could it be so complicated to enclude ONE nut in the paggage when bying a machine like that (almost 700 €). The nut will be the FIRST thing to brake or GET LOST in the grass that´s for sure. Now we wait for 2 weeks, at least. Even plastic boxes for animals have an extra nut. And ques what, grass doesn´t wait for it but GROWS!! Thanks God i have scissors. Am so angry.
Easter with daffodils long gone and that part of this year wasn´t so "spring like" at all. Typical, you buy and get all easter flowers ready and then start struggling them inside for nights. At some point they got cold and finally put their heads down. End of story.
Now i have 100 violets, all colors. As soon as i got them out in big pots we had some -degrees at night and some of them heads down. But they didn't die...
Yards have been washed already twice with washer which is a good helper with cleaning all areas with plants, no need to rake. It' s my favorit machine!
People have visited here to see their puppies so long waited for and i have sent them photos all weeks till now. Pups have been out much, as much as possible and it makes me laugh every time to see them rushing out so fast i hardly could catch them if i had to. During sunny days they have eated and played on the other side of this house, on the large brick yard. And they all show a big interest towards anything growing up. Thanks God they are leaving these areas before all plants! L.O.L.
3 pups of Heila and the one from Rita (Gilda) have manages well together. Though poor Gilda have been forced to watch out the others, their ambush. Gilda being only 4 days younger than the other 3 but almost 2 weeks behind the usual development. The reason being she was the only puppy in the litter. As usual, they cause you extra worries. Milk 10 nipples, no other puppy fighting for those, no need to push and struggle with your hindleggs nor front leggs, no need to even lift head, allways a nipple front of your nose.... They get too fat without any muscles meaning difficulties to lift the body nor get moving. But lucky me i wasn't a first timer. During 2 weeks she learnet to walk on rough carpet. Then started to walk near the other pups, learnet to hold out against those 3, started running & jumping and now she bites my wool stockings hanging in them while i walk... Today i can say - Gilda is a rascal - same as the others. And usually the first to RUN out if i go to the door...
Pups are about to leave this weekend. It' s been hard since October but as usual i miss them already!
A minor trip to Estonia was done and both Tallinn Winners were taken, Boris & Jade. It was refreshing to stay one night elsewhere, not to do your bed nor breakfast nor dinner nor anything for dogs.
Last weekend horrible trip to Kankaanpää, show for toys. Two BOB's plus one of Heila' s offsprings (Huvikummun Kummisetä) having BOS. Good results but horrible place, cold hockey hall and 240 kms road of which the last 100 kms took more time than 200 kms on the motor way! It was a "first&last time trip" to Kankaanpää ever.
Next week First May, hoping a bit warmer weathers compared to day. Have a nice week where ever you are!
Have spent all my time working with pups, today 3 different ages ! Not that the oldest (Bette's) puppies have all sold but still 3 of them runs in our house everywhere, using three different doors to go out and in. Enough freedom, don' t you think? One puppy i left home, one waiting to be ready for Russian transport and the third just about to leave. Must be amazing to have some peace, some day in here. Older puppies wake up in the dogroom 6 in the morning and i hardly can stay in bed till 7. All out. Clean the dogroom, change waters. All in. Feed all pups, adults and 2 mothers. Check their puppy nests are clean. Weight all 4 newborns. And then, guess what - i can have my breakfast! After which starts the usual "normal" cleaning - vacuum and mopping. At this point i usually let the whole gang - big and small - out again.
These 1 week old Heila' s puppies (1+2) on the other hand - just as Rita' s only puppy - has caused any harm what so ever. Easy born, easy eating, huge weight crow every day. They have not caused me any extra work this time which can be real hard on it's worsts as we all know. And what a luck Heila whelped one b/t puppy. Thank you Heila! There could easily be smooths in her litter, but as far this cann't tell more.
These will be all Huvikumpu litters in this season. Winter can be sacrifised easily for this kind of work, summer is no-zone. Puppy plans will be taken under consideration for nex fall later on summer.
No shows no nothing this winter. Not that there would have been much to offer. Nor any intress to enter, bed has been my friend during this Camp Work. Very little of any activities during long cold winter months. But have to admit my mind is getting brighter, found myself already changing kitchen curtains and carpets during few sunny days. That's how it usually starts. Spring fewer and there's Easter coming. Already thinking about tens of daffodils. Life continues so to speak though i thought the oppisote. Well done Mrs. Koskelin anyhow!
4 weeks todayTime has WINGS cann't realize it is February. And nice winter weathers. As if we didn't have wet and rain enough earlier. Now it's beautifull and lighter outside. Hope this will last for this month.
My time 24-7 has spent with this big (6) litter of Bette' s. Have been holding the dam lying on her back to let all the pups suck from both sides. Makes me wonder how i have managed earlier when my super dam Unelma (H Red Dreams) had 5-7-7-7-6 puppies at his time. Me being younger though. To day we both are older. And Unelma (12 years) is my helping hand. She licks all the food from puppies' face. While i'm feeding them one by one. Hate to think the time when Unelma no more exists. No other bitch has done that work. Big troubles waiting for me. Same as my last lost, H Remarkable Red "Martti" who worked all his life searching run aways, youngsters in the forest.
Today pups were out first time 30 seconds only. They hardly realized where they were but took some steps anyhow. But day after day they get used to outside world. By the time they are 7 weeks they already love to run and jump in the snow. What a relief for a new owner to have a puppy used to be out! Besides today their world got wider at home too. No fenced area anymore. Except for nights they will have a smaller part isolated from their room to give adults a peacefull night.
All pups turned out to be roughs. My Bette Davis has been a mum of 11 points doing nothing wrong and having lots of energy plus patience. Love you Bette Davis!
A break from all shows has done nothing but good for me. And looking the numbers of exhibitors in our breeds seems like others having breaks too. Spring will put things on balance again i recon.
House Master making smoked salmon outside while it' s gently snowing. It' s going to be a supper yamy-yamy. Not forgetting Wine The White! Just to celebrate the fourth week of puppies and them having their first steps outside plus big own room to play! Yippee!
Heavy snowing and heavy cargo landing Finland with two darlings "Pyry" and "Lumi" - giant pandas - mowing here. And what could have been better weather for them considering their names Flurry Of Snow & Snow.
This whole week we got SNOW SNOW at last. Can say winter finaly is here. Hopefully to stay. It snows and heavily. So-oo beautiful scenery outside. And what a thrill - today during all this flurry of snow Finland finally got those 2 giant pandas so long waited for. Watching all the morning TV live prodcasting i spent many tissues just watchin the whole operation. Tens of people organizing tens of things at airport concerning smooth landing and further transportation of these two darlings. Just couldn' t avoid tears watching all this caring and loving and importance of being involved with all this work.
Couldn' t avoid of thinking same experiences i've had at the airport while waiting my imports to land. So many times i stood by the window at the airport and waited the plane to land. Finally it did, cargos from CAN, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland. Sweden & Russia came by boat and cars. My tears while all those loving dogs of mine were on my laps cannot be measured. And they all ( 23) had happy landings, happy endings, happy free life time with us. Some of them still do.
Watching two pandas in same situation made my mind so happy but same time a bit concerned of whether it was a right thing to do? Can they be happy here and for how long till they will moved again?
While i'm writing this they are on the route for several hours till they get "home". I hope they have happy panda-life at Ähtäri Natural Park!
My first timer bitch whelped a litter of 6 a week ago. It was good news and bad news. Bad mostly that there is 2 pups not learning to suck properly the other one even worse. Strange, just cannot put their tonques down for sucking. Amazing how hard these tiny animals can push it agains their palates. Am sure many breeders have experienced this, also me but not so long lasting. Have handfed them days and nights till now. And still do.
One bitch was checked to be empty, did some arrangements to cover that. Let' s see how she will manage. Till then i just concentrate to these 6 creatures.