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2020

TUESDAY 20.10.

Since the last Blog it's been nothing but extra payments. Expensive hobby to live in a house. Expensive hobby to be a breeder & having dogs. Amazing how all bad things are gathering up, same time.
First the handle of my hoover broke up. Some tape on it. Managed to buy new one from net.

Drove my car into a big whole while trying to avoid a hare. A proper pump with good speed. And there it was. At carage:  no use trying to renovate. Insurance took the vehicle  and gave some money. I invested the other part. Now i have another car but am a poor lady. Next time, maybe i let nature take its own course.
Next joy - dishwasher. No electricity. Nice to handwash all fatty dog dishes amongst others. It took a week for the handyman to come. A bill of couple  hundred euros.
It didn't take long for another "accidental" happening. The little knob you use when switching diswhasher's water on - broke up into my fingers. I somehow managed to switch the rest of it with some heavy tools i found from garage. Bouhgt a new one from net.
Almost two weeks and again diswhasher started play games with me. Had to call same handyman (wonder if he ever was) AGAIN. He promised to come but - only after a week or so. Not again. Fuck!
Thanks God for sushi!

He finally came. It was half an hour and "alles in ordnung". No more handwashing. Which i had done all the time since the washer broke at the first place and i had night visitors in house, three times. Plus my dear mum once. Lots of extra dishes. Think i also made the world record of changing sheets and all. The bill will come eventually. Hope he doesn't hurry.
Soon after that i was lucky to slink out to Latvia - before getting nuts - with my friend and 2 griffons. And lucky we were. Probably the last people ever get out there. Griffs were also lucky to get what they were after.

Huvikummun Billie Jean (left) and Huvikummun Heros' Hurmaus.
In Latvia nobody seemed to use masks, not in hotels, streets, even in the "big" Super Alko on border. At shows all used masks as adviced, though. Us included. At Mega Star (Tallink) also folk without masks. Strange. However that 3-days trip was more than needed in my situation giving me more strenght with all the mess having at home front.
Next day at home called the chimney sweep.  "In your dreams, on November.
Not earlier. Do not use fireplace before that". Right. 
Several big trash bags waiting plus some bags full of dog poo. At least i managed to get rid of them as plananed. 
Yesterday kitchen drain got blocked. Nice. Not any of helpfull hints were working. Had to call another handyman, specialized for drains. On the phone he told all the details about her comings and doings and costs of everything and every move he makes, cost of all the equipments he probably have to use, of every chemicals, of everything pla pla plaa...The list being long and sunded VERY costly. However he promised to come after 2 hours (!). As he did. Vagon full of "what ever things" a plumber might need. After 5 minutes all those were on my kitchen floor including the long "steel rope" of which i couldn't see the other end. About one hour work all seemed to be OK. And my kitchen clean again. The bill comes later and i recon with very high numbers. I had to hear many helpfull hints and see many demonstrations what comes to drains and plumbs and sealants and other important things which an eldery woman absolutely needs to know!?
With dogs all OK except 2 bitches at the vet (ultrasound) - not having puppies at all, 20 kgs raw meat bought, 160 kgs dryfood bought, one bitch had her patellars & eyes checked, pretty expensive but OK results ayways. That' s a good thing for a change.

Outside thousands of marigold seeds wating to be picked up. If it only were suitable weathers for them to dry up a bit first.
As an ease for finishing this:  how can one hurt her leg while cooking pasta?
This i will tell nex time. Stay on channel!



SATURDAY 12.09.

One puppy girl missing, left earlier.

Hi there, long time no see! Time has gone, don't know where but somewhere. And fast. Cannot realize we now are in the midlle of September. Summer gone, fall with all rains and my 6 puppies also went yesterday. On Friday and the whole gang same time.
It was one of the hard days night. But - as i've said before - better big war than continuous rebbellions. I mean if you have to shoot - use big gun. Having all the people here same time on the dog yard, puppies running all over plus all the grown ups, it must have seem like market place. I'm used to organize and am not shamed to tell i'm rather good with it. This occasion was pulled trhough with style and speed. Many helpfull hints given, handling pups on the table (new owners!), preparing food for pups and all other things, the whole "paggage" was done and spoken during an hour and 15 minutes. It was time to say goodbye to all my darlings, time for their dam to give last kisses for puppies while owners standing in the row with their pups at my front yeard. At this point many of us had tears in their eyes. Pirkko, the dam, in my hands stared at the line of cars disapearing somewhere. End of story.
Needless to say i fellt more than empty. Empty room. No gates. No news papers. No puppy beds. No toys all over. No meals to make. No outside runs. No nothing.
Really hard to understand. I'm reliefed but feeling kind of conscienced. If i were too hasty to get rid of them... I hope they will live to the full!
First thing to do - something for me and only for me - was to drive fast to one of our weekend shows. At Porvoo all breeds results being as usual except prizes. Had 2 griffs, ch male and open bitch, they gave us 3 big high cuality towels, a litlle bag of small bites for dogs and 14 kg (!!!!) dryfood!! And rosettes of course. What a catch!
Having entered to this show for tens of years i have to say they always have  the best prizes. Which i was happy to tell the lady behind the desk to day. She was all smile.
My "Siperian" girl Vlada finally put her tails UP at Porvoo show where she was just for training (second time). But for short periods only. I consider it an improvement. A big one. No need to give up, she will be better. Am sure. This girl just landed  Finland during wrong year and month. Since she put her feet on our ground on Marh the whole country was "closed". No place for training, whole summer beeing at home only. On the other hand she is a creature of a century, jumps and pumps everywhere, allert as a little devil and not shy at all. I hope time will help with her  tail.

 
MONDAY 27.07.

 
Greetings from the "first" show at Pärnu, Estonia. Have to mention held on an old airfield. Our rings both days at the other end of the runway, how else.
First day a hurricane kind of a type making your head to spin. Both griffs (Gaverline Luke & her daughter H Deep In Your Eyes "Nuppu") hated it and there´s not much to tell about the results.  Had difficulties to draw back my wagons while the enormous wind was pushing against it but i somehow managed to get my ass back into my car. What a relief.
Next day sunny plus nice wind. Both mine got it all. Their ringbehaviour
being just the opposite compared to earlie.
Airfield being LARGE and people having LOTS of space. But, despite all things promised i didn' t see any disinfectant, nor water and soap, not even water for dogs (which i always have with me thanks God). Working members on the are couldn't  tell where to find water, prices, where to find the vet to confirmate my dog's echinococcus. On Sunday i tried to find a place for coffee, didn't nor did anyone else.
On the ship back home, couldn' t be happier. Results CACs, CACIBs. Luke as being LV&LT & champion already thus made himselt a Baltic champion. "Nuppu" only 16 monhts and having her first CACIB made this trip worth while!
At the home front life goes with normal routines. Which i sometimes wonder,  unnormal for others, normal for me.
My girl "Pirkko" (H Love Of My Life) the first timer had her litter on 59 days. So much fear i had before - bearing in mind last winter - and so much joy afterwards. Ultrasound 4-5. She started on Thursday evening and had the last puppy 5.(so i thought) on Friday morning 3 am. After 5 hours from that, washed and cleaned in her brand new box she popped out the 6. puppy. Suprise, suprise! Another wash. Later on Friday evening she became very nervous, hardly allowed pups on her tits. Took her out for her needs and - she dropped out the last (7.) puppy, dead (and not just recently). The third cleaning. I still keep looking under her tail. L.O.L.
We now are with total of 6 puppies (3+3)  and all is VERY OK, milk, their weights and moter. And they all are very allert from their first breath. Pirkko did it very easy, with tiny few pushes. They came out allert and hard to keep in hands, no gasping, no needd to rub them all over which i did anyhow, it's said to do so. Pirkko had a bit loosen stomack afterwards as they usually do. But that is the only "trouble"  as far this.
Pirkko comes from a good family of brood bitches, her grdam (H Red Dreams) having 3x7 puppies, 1x6 and 1x5, her Daughters Red Jade (1x7) & Sweetest Dreams both big litters.  Jade' s biggest litter (7) went pretty much as did her grdaughter's "Pirkko". Every time (after 4 hours of waiting) i washed her several times. And every time i looked into the box there was one more, all cleaned and surching the nipple. So history repeats himself.
Have not forgotten to give my thanks and gratitude for the Guardian Angel being here. Most certainly she was.
But she forgot to look for other things. Some big clog in our sever pipe system
found on Friday afternoon, couldn't use toilet nor water in the kitchen and Pirkko with a loosen stomack. On Saturday came the "handyman" with her under ground camera, less than 1 hour work, pipes open and a bill over 500 €. But to sit on your toilet instead of a plastic pail - it's worth it!

 

THURSDAY 02.07


At last it RAINS! Almost 3 days, garden THANKS!
It's been hot as in hell, not for me thank you very much. 2-3 times daily dogs go to pool. At first had to cary about dozen griffs and put them into the pool. Next day few came free willingly. Now everyone stands beside the pool waiting for me to put them into water. Only one (Pilvi) goes herself. Afterwards, one should see how happy they are, running all over the yards. As if fire in their ash. Watering all the plants needs lots of water, pool waters are used. And new fresh letting in. This rather cool water gives them a new fresh start.
Last wednesday was The Day, all griffs washed with shampoo. No need to dry, utside under the sun and that' s it. After that they all had their ears cleaned, vaseline on nose, nail cuts. 
About nose. So many pictures i see (FB) of poor griffs with their horrible nosebads, never taking care.  Some even asked if anybody knows what to do them (?!).  Have given my advice, nice and polite, to use Klover vaseline, cheap and simple, available in every shop where you buy your food. Not a single person has ever said "thanks Eija". With what kind of people are we dealing with, no one teached to thank.
It' s been very different spring and summer spending all weekends home. When you are used to pack your car every Saturday and Sunday and drive who knows where with your dogs, it sure is strange. No hurry anywhere. About 20 shows left (not yet cancelled) till December. Interesting to see which one are finally left. Ok, have saved big money but that is about all good i can say.
The one i'm now aming to sure gives me stress, to find all my stuff, what dogs might think, their behaving at show and mysef - if i still can do it.
Very few ticks, maybe it's been too hot and dry. 
Two my bitches mated, not yet sure if they have taken. At least now they are clean washed, smelling as daffodils and couldn't be more ready to nurse.  Boys have met some neighbor-girls, succesfully i hope.
So many are asking for puppies and my list heavier than needed. No way could i make them all happy no matter how big and succesfull litters my girls would push out. And bearing in mind last matings the results didn't give me much joy. This time? Time will tell.




WEDNESDAY 27.05.


Seems a bit like spring/summer. Still haven' t wroked with my marigolds yet. Thought this coming weekend. After having many hails and cold weathers recently i have put the process over and over again. All other plants, bought ready, in their places though. Again i found myself in the garden shop gathering plants and those i never even ment to. Every time the same, like a "shot" given or something. Makes you grazy.
Some bitches mated here and there. Two my girls are just "under the work" so to speak. And yesterday one was found without any puppies (ultra).
People are asking for puppies, what i heard, everywhere. Daily inquiries. Not that half of them are serious inquiries. People just ask all kinds of things in the lack of better things to do. Also one thing that never change. No news for me.  Brabancons seem to be on the top of the list. Maybe it tells something of modern people, wanted easy "spick & span" breeds. Neither anybody wants to hear shows, just wanting a pet. Ok, that's good. A loving home is more important for a puppy than shows and she doesn't feel sad missing shows. But to spend her life in bad home, that makes her more than sad.
Thanks God griffons usually ends to good hands. I've always been very carefull where to let my darlings go. Good surroundings arround where you live and surroundings where you can give free runs for her daily, it's a MUST.  I've lived in Helsinki city, lived in Helsinki suburbs, lived in row house and finally in own house in country side, 40 kms from Helsinki.  Think i know what i'm talking about if i want to choose the best possible home for my puppy  where she lives for 13-15 years. At Helsinki i saw too many dogs in the middle of tramp rails giving their morning pee. The worst pictures i still have in my mind. I don't have much interest giving puppies into middle of any cities.
Rather suburbs.
Some folks are gathering different breeds, from smaller to bigger ones. Not a good idea. 7 weeks old toy puppy placed into that kind of a chaos -  far too risky.
Some folks consider themselves as profs after having  lots of different breeds. The younger the people the more ammazing it sounds, considering   dogs live over 10 years. Profs of what?
Some folks just put their first name in mails, asking if you happened to have this or that. Seriously?
Some might mention how many square metre their flat is. But no words about the nearest surroundings. Maybe the flat is enough?
Some are telling though they live in flats in the middle of the city their parents have a summer cottage where they cn visit. Really?
Some are telling about their tens of hobbies, own and children, they still work daily. Where you need a dog for?
I have imported 25 griffons.  Only ONE breeder (USA) asked me what i can offer for that puppy and if someone KNOWN kennel person could give a word for my credit. I considered her as a good breeder and never felt offended myself.
Today on my site i have "About Us" which i highly recommend everyone should  read and specially if you're asking for a Huvikumpu pup. It pretty much tells my ideology and what i expect from a new owner: www.huvikummun.net.
Here in Finland we have two kinds of breeders, those who are selling when   money is found. And those who doesn't and even want to know where and how  the iquiries live. Simple as that.
Thanks God i don' t have any puppies yet and thank's God i'm an old fox!
 




SUNDAY 12.04.


Puppies 6 weeks old (look at the earlier Blog)

No way a month has gone. And even more. It seems like spring, but the wind is awful. Has been since September. You look out of window - so nice and sunny - you go out your head will spin! Easter daffodils are persisting outside in this "storm" thinking if this will ever end. Poor darlings.
Knowing the whole world struggling with COVID-19 have to say we here in Finland are in kind of a better situation. Lower pupulation. People living sparse.This part of Finland - where we live - is in quarantine (though latest news are telling it will stop 19.04.)  But till that no trespassing elsewhere. Except transporting of goods & stuff needed for shops etc. or going to work. People getting together in bigger groups - forbidden. Dog shows cancelled. We hope our summer shows could start as planned. Recon not.
Life has been very calm, silent and "stay food" of type.
Media telling us COVID news all the time everywhere.  Everybody  tries avoid extra contacts what so ever. My dear mother in Senior House gets her meals daily though. Plus we go weekly shopping for her, put them on the elevator, mum pressing the up button. Nice and easy.
Keeping in mind all this Huvikumpu puppies left fast. Everyone so eager to get their own. No matter how hard it was. Many manoeuvres were made to get them on the wheels safe and sound. Which they all did. New owners sure felt their hands full of extra jobs, welcome to the club & congratulations! This home of ours on the other hand is so-ooo empty. But my mornings - now they  are my OWN. Cannot remember since when. Yes.
Here between all this a new girl arrived, from Siperia Novosibirsk, yes couldn't find nearer (LOL), Roterr Griff Vlada. Beautifull girl and just what i needed for. Bitches seem to be guite old in this house! She game here on her 4 month's birthday 18.03. She's the youngest now in our gang and will be 5 months soon, the only one needing extra meals after puppies left. But she doesn't need any extra caring, she enjoys with the gang and have many best mates, mad as herself.
Set the collar on her first time ever. And what did i see, she goes like no one ever. Was prepared to see a never ending show of scratching. Next step will be attached leash. The hardest part. But i know what i'm doing. And the gang of mine is a big help with all training. She is a wild child but very clever and learns easily. If not, the others will show how to!
To get Vlada here it took several hours for the puppy to be at the airport of Moscow, 3500 kms from Novosibirsk. Flight to Finland several hours. 3 hours at the Helsinki airport to get her OUT after all checking, in 3 separate halls and areas, me driving from hall to hall. And meet the vet 2 times, in different places. Same time trying to avoid personal contacts dressed in safety coverings. And a 20 different papers beforehand, made in Russia, Finland plus me stucked with my computer 2 weeks at the time being.
At the airport all agreed this sucks, but what can you do, it is how it is.
Still diseases have not been any less nor spred compared the times earlier when you had your imports 7-9 weeks old as it should be.
All mentioned above made me think how might the first timer manage when   importing?  No experience what so ever. Never had dogs before.  Collar & leash are only little details in a line of dozen other things. Due to the bad timing of taking a puppy and with timing i mean the age. European import rules making this so WRONG. It' s not anybody's credit having a puppy aged 4 months or more. Less for the puppy herself. 
Some words of warning:
With a puppy, several months old,
kennelized, separated from people, you may be involved into all kinds of difficulties & strange behaviors. 
You cannot catch the puppy who just runs and RUNS FAST, she doesn´t understand your LANGUAGE nor her name, propably have not used to be FREE at all, goes ARROUND the room again and again (kept in fenced area), perhaps not used to human CONTACTS, do not pii OUTSIDE, have not seen snow, have not seen other DOGS than her dam, have not seen strange PEOPLE, not used to be in CONTACT with men but only woman, not used to normal NOICES in house, eats only dryfood from the FLOOR, doesn't eat anything else, cannot take anything from your HAND etc. Kind of challenging start training this kind of a creature who doesn't take any titbits from your hand!
After importing 25 griffons from different countries i must say all have been easy and healthy dogs between their ears. The  most important thing. All their breeders have been well known with good kennels. So nothing to complain. But i have seen many strange behaviors, though. 
Today i see too many photos in different countries where litters are kept only in too small fenced areas or worst - in cages. And they stay there till new homes are found. Worst thing is - it seems to be acceptable world wide and nothing worth hiding because breeders keep publishing these photos! To see them gives me nightmares.
Well, there are also  breeders who keep their dogs and litters and train them as they should. On the other hand some folks also in Finland could thave a good look on the mirror. One can always make the living of their pets better.
Have a warmer spring you all, keep yourself healthy, where ever you are!

 

 

SUNDAY 01.03.


First March, first snow! As real snow, it' s been snowing all day. Good. Don't mind. So clean, so clear and more light. Birds jumping in snow. Sure amazed about this sudden "winter".
Night time owls can be heard and woodbeckers on daylight. Seems that small birds are after each others, more than after food. Spring. Inspite of all sow today.
Our "kindergarden" much smaller than thought earlier. Only one litter and they are doing fine. So much spare time i never hoped for. Not that i have satt few nights beside the puppy box trying to teach them how to suck, how to keep nipples in their mouths. Which was more than a full day work. Now they survive themselves and am happy to find they put up their weights every day.  Yesterdy i already cut their sharp nails. Today these creatures are one week old. Still early to tell their coats. Having a hunch - at least the boy being rough...
Next litter will be in April.
Before that birth we had time to go and get all the JCACs + one CAC from Latvia & Estonia. Junior "Nuppu" now is, not only a Junior Champion in every baltic country but also BALTIC Junior Champion as her dad. Her dad "Luka" having his "adult" CAC. No other shows have we entered. Good having a break.
All kinds of plans have been made, trimmings done, enterings payed, hotels reserved. Time will tell if i stick to my plans.
By the way, yesterday in IKEA had early easter daffodils in my hands. Thought it would have been nice to get some yellowish in house, to remind me of coming spring. After hard decission desided not to take them but leave till April. Am i kind of a fortune teller, today it' s been snowing from morning and still does!


 

SUNDAY 02.02.


Huvikummun Eleanor Rigby

Hi, Februay but wet as ever, no snow till now.  From September most days small thin rains, dark as in - well you know where - no difference what time of day. People are living their "blues" just waiting  better times to come. All that waiting has stopped me seing we have "winter", 2 months and next month already spring! Cann't say snow hadn't been for any inconvenience. Snow sling stands  outside inactive. Poor darling. And TV sending gardening advs! And they say ticks already in the move. What a hell!

Puppies left in time and mothers put their feet up. Couple of months free time for me. New litters coming up soon. As i've said earlier, year sift we work with puppies and summer not.  Are these winter pups of mine first examples never seen snow? Hope not.
Few shows out of the country and non here. Youngster with her father, not so old him either, have done more than well. "Nuppu" already showed her colors by gaining her JCAC&BOB-Junior&BOB in Estonia. Lithunia Kaunas (3 shows)  with 3xBOB-Junior, 3xBOS, Kaunas JW-KaunasW-20.  She is a hard bone i recon. Father having his CAC CACIB and BOB too. His daughter  only fails Latvian JCAC from her BALTIC JCh tittle!
About 3 weeks and i will be traped between 3 whelping boxes if all goes as planned. Some trimmings to be done before that, then have to gather up all whelping things needed. Wish me luck, i need it!


Nuppu at Pisisaare.



2019

SATURDAY 21.12.



It's raining. As if it were any news. And three days to christmas. And so much to do. Not concentrating for anything i've done since last blog i just want to get this done a.s.a.p.
To put it shortly 2 last months has gone with puppies, my own dogs, house routins. Brekfast, smaller puppies, bigger puppies mothers, my own gang. Cleaning of puppy beds and floors, new papers for them, house cleaning, outside exercise, feeding again puppies, nail cuts, cleaning, handling them on the table. Again feeding....and cleaning....and new papers.... having no time for myself. Ever....
At xmas those 2 blacks are spending their first days in their new homes. Great xmas presents i say, to anybody?
Still the youngest litter the one of Macy's shall stay here with their dam for few weeks. Though Macy, the mother of 100 points, probably goes her home earlier. Have to say i shall miss her and miss her a lot. She fused into our gang smoothly. She may feel herself a bit strange at first in her home with only one playmate, another smoothie, Manteli. Have to say it here for Macy: thank you for being so good and caring mother, thank you for being my lapdog and thank you for your licks on my face. All the best for you in your future life!
As i said earlier, having things to do. Want to wish you all
       MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 


THURSDAY 21.11.



Weathers not much better, same old same old wet and foggy, on the darker side. Have to use lights all days long. Depressing. With these circumstances walking outside the house, not so interesting. At least dogs are kept out when they want and 2 mothers every now and then.
Speaking about mothers, yes 2 happy mothers here NOW, nursing their pups 100 %. But it wasn't that easy from the beginning.
Mafian Heila had 2 belge, b/t pups, boy&girl. Her first week was a week of struggling with food. Both mother and pups. Heila had high fewer, didn't eat at all, meaning that here was no milk. Had to handfeed pups and mother. After 3 drugs and 7 days Heila finally was normal. After which puppies got their normal milks.
Not that i had time enough to recover Macy - the other mum - came here.  One week before whelping, to get used being here. Which she did and was a good idea.  But - she didn't EAT hardly anything. Another nightmare which i  shouldn't have needed. Macy is not very big bitch and her belly so full with 4 puppies, pressing her stomach. She just didn't feel the hunger. I handfed her few times with a mousse ment for that.
But every cloud has silver linings. Macy whelped on TUESDAY MORNING - yes - Tuesday, not middle of the weekend nights. That i call a miracle of the century. She started 10.15 and was ready 12.15. Sharp. One of the most easiest, cleanest whelping one could whish for. And two boys & two girls. And guess what, Macy started eating like a horse!
It goes withouth saying, i'm reliefed. All behind, puppies, mothers and fathers are doing great, no troubles at least as far this and i hope they stay where they are.

Heila's pups are starting to move more and they look at me with their eyes. Soon they will be placed into dog room in their fenced are. Extra food will be served, first steps outside.... time goes and soon, amazingly soon, xmas is here.
Though troubles, which all turned out OK, i feel humbled and am grateful for all these survivings. Sure there must be a Guardian Angel somewhere for me too. I believe in that.


 

TUESDAY 22.10.


High as you can get.
Rainy and foggy weeks not so much to be happy about. Thanks Good we have TV. Many advertisements today are funny and they may surprise you time to time. Spectacles are sold by a half naked man running on wharf and juming streight into the lake which is -hahaa- covered on ice! Also the other one (spectacles) a fluffy fur hat on vets table while the cat is sitting elswhere looking horrified! These make me laugh every time.
At the moment am spending free time about 3 weeks tops. Litters to come and not just one but two. The third one we missed - no puppies at all.  Yes i know, it' s horrible to put yourself into such a mess. Ideal would be one. But bearing in mind my girls are also show bithces and summer time being show time, late fall & winter fits better for motherhood. Also for me. In the summer time one needs to enjoy.
Today forest walks after very long time. Since they cut the woods the scenery has been muddy and dirty. Now the small "route" seems more reasonable for me to walk, dogs do not mind they are speeding elswhere in the middle of somewhere. Though still lots of extra trunks and big branches all over. Anyways, good trick to squeeze extra energy out of the gang of mine. At home, tired and wet. There' s no need for  "test walks". Mine have always been allert and well being, no air crasping and no blue tongue after one hour free runs in the hard almost unpassable forrest. Even at 14 years old. Am glad we again can do it here.
All summer "things" has been gathered, some raking done and i cann't wait for golder weathers. And a bit snow. Thank you very much. So easy and simple to keep the dogs clean.

Busy navels - stairs up & down several times daily.


SUNDAY 29.09.


It's raining. Couldn't care less. Summer is gone, plants gone, show calendar empty, puppies gone.
Yes, the whole litter went on Friday. My dream came true. Usually it takes several days untill every one has their little darlings. Every breeder sure understands what that means in practice! 
As i've always said "better WAR than continual rebellion". This time i did it: a house full of people, my advice, demonstrations etc. all together and all done during 2 hours. The war was over. After which, there i was standing empty handed in empty puppy room. Listening sound of silence.

Couldn' avoid tears. 7 weeks Camp Work finnished. Feeling sad but happy. Every message from new owners telling dont' worry, all is fine, we are happy and thank you Eija. I guess i just have to accept this new life of mine - no tiny busy navels running - spare time more than a month!
Speaking of time i have already made some matings for year sift. Some may be done later, yes or no,time will tell. I don't like summer litters. Late fall and winter being more convinient. No gardening or similar.
My marigold seeds are picked up, drying in sauna. And that tells me there is a new spring waiting some where. But lots of water has to run under the bridge and lots of spare time will be spent untill we are at that point. New puppies born, xmass, snow works, daffodils & spring violets.... Tell me what else is new. Have a nice rainy Sunday.

...not all in photo...


THURSDAY 05.09.



So it seems like fall already. That means sudden loss of hairs for some griffs (forced by fingers!) as preparing them for further times.  It also means our yards usually look more or less "last year' s garden". But this time is worst, my joy & pride, my lovely cress garden, eated up in 1 ½ weeks by blackish abhids!! About 10 meters plants in wooden flowerbeds!! At their best blooming time!! Thanks Good other plants are doing more normally. People coming and going, for puppies or matings and both side of this house everyone can see those horrible remains of garden cress...shit.
Couldn´t have even seeds. Not that i had ever used them. Bearing in mind those creatures can survive winter time in soil.
Been contacting with garden counsellors but honestly, didn´t get any more inormations i already knew:  "use poisons - only good for nature, change plants and hope fo the best..."
Ye, ye, for next year all the long boxes will be cleaned, disinfected & poisoning (strongest treatment money can buy). Filled with all new soil and - new plants. Think this time i buy ready plants. Wonder what may 52 red pelargonias cost?? More money will be needed. With own cress seeds i had lots of beautifull sceanery everywhere without any money!
Sweetest Dream had her litter of 7 puppies (as did her gmother 3 times) but
one puppy was born dead as a stone and 2 more were fading away during 2 days. So we are here with four 4-weeks old puppies, on their better side of life. 
Now there' s one more bitch "under the work". And some more coming i recon. Late fall and winter are the best time for breeding purposes. Having used all the summer for better things, being free as a bird, i feel ready for "camp work".
No more shows and even passed the Old Good Porvoo all breeds. Concentrating for trimmigs during next weeks.
A girl named "Nuppu" started real fine her carieer at puppy classes. 4 enterings of which 2 same day (!). Result of 4 x BOB Puppy, Group-4, Group-3 & Group-2! More than one can hope for. Only Group-1 missing and that will be more than hard to get. To beat all those long coated toys and pugs. It's never gonna happen. But good to have always something to whish for. What?





TUESDAY 06.08.

The summer being SO-OOO hot & horrible haven't been able to to do my blog nor anything reasonable. All my energy is spent with surviving of plants and dogs and myselfand doing only "must be done" things.
And now looking my calendar i find it' s August and lovely COOL outside, yes.
But almost - summer has gone.


From left: Luke, Mertsi, Jade & Rita.

Anyways, Griffon Specialty really took my breath away: we got ALL and even more. The Scot James Finlay loved my gang, me and i fell in love with him. Well, he had his friend with and they are in gaged but - who cares - i kissed him anyways. And many times, every time he put my grifon first. He had his georgious kilt on with stockings and all and he sure looked the one i could have layed in the bottle!
Best male and Best In Show was H Heros' Remarkable, best junior Gaverline Luke, best bitch H Rita Goes Hollywood, best bitch -3 and Best In Show Veteran H Red Jade, best bitch-4 H Heros' Rita Hayworth (H Heros' Remarkable & H Rita Goes Hollywood). Best In Show Breeders Class!
As if this hadn' t been all, James sent me a message late evening thanking me for bringing my outstanding griffs for him to see!!  Guess if i had difficulties sleeping that night.


BOB & BOS

Lots of shows here and one in Sweden, Piteå. My belge girl Huvikumpupilvi needed one more CACIB to be an International Ch and that CACIB & CAC & BOB she was given. Thank you judge from Estonia, Astrid Lundava.
Last weekend was free weekend and a nice one. Specially because of the reasonabe weathers.
Nuppu is a school girl, 2 match shows did nothing but good to her. Se wants to kiss all people and all kind of dogs, no matter how tall.Day by day she looks more like her dad, Luka.
My 2. newist INT Ch (Tromsö, Norway 25.06.) H Sweetest Dreams "Some" is about to whelp, still eating though. Keep your thumbs!



FRIDAY 28.06.



Long time noo see, amazing how time goes. Anyways, summer time and mostly living outside. Morning coffee, lunch and dinner. Big shelter on veranda, rain or shine. Barbecue food more than tasty. On the other hand it will be nice to go back to square one after summer, eating inside, no need to carry plates and others out and in all days long. And watch TV while eating... 
Due to hard heating sun had to change violets - looking awfull - to sun loving pelargonias. Think next spring i buy them enstead of blue violets which, have to say, are looking georgious but not so long lasting...
Some matings, one of mine, born puppies else where, some shows. Of which Tromsö, Tallinn and Riga the most important. During these "visits" made one International, one Nordic, 2 Norwegian, one Latvian Chs. And numerous different Winner tittels starting from Juniors to Veterans. Our griffon Specialty tomorrow...
Two Olides but goldies went on the Rainbow Bridge. Leaving me with all lovely memories. Mafiosso Corsairey Cash & H Red Dreams ("Unelma"), grandmother of the century and a super dam of 5-7-7-7-6 puppies. Mafiosso having lots of progeny in many countries. He was a small boy and allways allert, never missed a dinner. May they both rest in peace. H Sweetest Dreams  (Red Dreams daughter) is mated and hope "Unelma" will give her blessing while watching us from the Cloud Love. Besides her daughter Sweetest Dreams just gained her INT tittle to be so proud of. Mafi's  daughter H Mafian Heila still breeds (i hope) and will give his grand children in the fall.
My hope and pride H Deep In Your Eyes ("Nuppu"), 4 months next week, gives me joy and happiness every day. A copy of her sire Gaverline Luke, with all details
encluding her interest: running & jumping, loving empty flower pots  and the way shee looks at me just on the eyes, like her sire. Nuppu is my plaster covering lately sorrows. The best quality.
Two calls have i had conserning an "empty home", after a loss of their one & only griffon. It must be awfull, that i know and specially loosing the only one. One should never left empty handed, allways having two at least. And allways take another after a loss of one. A new puppy is the best thing one can do. Mutch better than pain killers. Hope those families can manage while waiting a new puppy. Have strenght!




WEDNESDAY 22.05. 

Mother and child reunion. Aino behind.

Long time no see - welcome summer!
Amazing, all gardening done not a single seed left. Yippee! But - now we deed some watering here that is RAIN! No matter what the Weather Man says and is promising every day, we sure live in a big shelter here, today we got 4,6 drops. And one of them propably hit the head of Aino. The puppy sister of my Nuppu. Saw her lifting her face up wondering what a hell it was.
Speaking of pups. Have never ever kept a puppy so long as now, the last one is leaving on Friday thus being at the age of 12 weeks !!?! After being reserved there was a cancellation caused by some illness in the family. Which they were so sorry about. And i wish them all the best in the world.
Well, after that there has been some strange people asking for puppies though most of them sure never even wanted one:"if i have any left" (answered yes i have and sent pictures - never got an answer) or "when i shall have more" (telling when - no answer) and your "puppy is just what we been looking for and it suites so well for our family"  (sent them photos and whished welcome to see her here - never got any answer) or "do i have smooth" and "oh we want a boy" or "do you sell by installment" or "we want a black one". Having very proper & big home sites with new updates with well organized menu i cann't help the feeling these people really don't know what they are doing and most definitely cannot read. But what they really can is taking lots of FB photos - manipulated own faces - not regognized by their own mother.  Why asking this and that if no intention to get anything?
Finally this lovely puppy Aino found herself a home with two other griffs and lots of property to run free and am sure she will be loved and spoiled to death. Thank you Outi or making my day!

Family - all that matters.

As to this other puppy Nuppu, she seems to be inherited her fathers spirit: always run fast as you can, always lick my face a.s.a.p. and she also likes empty flower pots running with them... Hope she doesn' t start loud barking (like Luke the father) if not having something she wants! That remains to be seen.
Siiri (H Every Game You Play) visited as she always does for summer hair cuts. She reminds me of her exellent pedigree full of remarkable griffs and all i've experienced with them at the time being.
There has not been many shows since last blog, Tallinn & Tampere & Helsinki.
Of which Tallinn gave Luke her Estonian Junior CAC (making him ready Baltian Junior Champion) + TLNJV-TLNV-19. Helsinki again BOB. Tampere on the other hand was a mystery, an Irish (!) judge giving him exellent, nothing else - however the critics being most praising.  People saw her reading standard every now and then. ?? I quess i had to see this before i die...
Which i thought i will, having extre hard flu & caugh almost 7 weeks. It nearly took my breath away the caughing being the hardest part. I still do.  It really took my strenght away and i never been lieing on the soffa as much and even opening the closet was a work of the day. Horrible and just the opposite of my nature. Hope that never comes again.
Three nights left and Aino goes leaving me with her sister Nuppu. House Master has got a new pet in her. He with his big nose and Nuppu having her long tongue!




TUESDAY 09.04. 



Just as waited for, winter hit us again, only softly thanks God! "New snow kills the old one" they say, hope this will be as mentioned. Anyways, clean areas and paws, also a thing to be thankfull.
The International Mum - Rita - gave her birth of two pups and ofcourse the other one - not even 100 grams - had no chances. But her brother "Frankie" the b/t belge boy is doing great and will be 4 weeks tomorrow. Goes well together with the older pups of Bette' s. He has grown up to be an "i know it all" guy while copying everything he sees the others doing.
They all eat properly and have been served different types of meals mixed with meat, fish, chiken, vegetables, rise. Yammy, yammy everything!
People have visited and seen their puppies, but still 2 girls waiting for their owners. Older ones will be checked & cipped & registrated next Thursday. Frankie boy shall wait after Easter hollidays.
Only 2 shows on Mars, Turku & Lahti Internationals. Lack of exhibitors to bee seen, 2 bruxellois in both halls. This weekend at Vaasa Int. seems to be only 1 (not me) bruxellois! Is this a lost generation?
Some rakings done on the yards, brick areas washed once with pressure machine. Still has to be done 2 times before they are Spicket Span clean, rest of the snow and ice must disappear first.
Easter coming up! And yellow flowers has to be bought. It seems our snow heaps are still fighting against Easter. But it will not be the last time      flowers are placed into the snow! Keeping my fingers crossed anyways.
Have a nice EASTER HOLLIDAYS you all where ever you are!



TUESDAY 12.03.


Bette & Luke had puppies 02.03.

Sun shines again, every second day. Spring tries to put her feet down but due to several minus degrees at nights she doesn't  manage so well. But it's in the air however. No doubt of it.

Bette had her litter with Luke, 5 lovely lively pups. Only one boy. Which will be a disappointment for some people waiting for them. Bette is a very easy and quick whelper and all were done within 4 hours. Besides, she gave her birth midle of the day. Not weekend night! Today it also seems two of the girls would be SMOOTHS, yes, tell me about it but still cannot give my head against it! So it seems however.
Now on their second weeks of existence they have given me time concentrating to do something else than watching them on the side of their gardboard box!
And i find myself standing by the trimming table, day after day. Oldies & Goldies and show gang. Leggs, bodies, heads... Every day some parts, dog by dog.
Rita, the International Mum still in one piece. But keeping in mind she also is a very quick and easy whelper she can start her labours at any time. She is not so big herself nor her belly, 2-3 pups i recon. Excitement coming up! Hold your fingers...


SUNDAY 17.02.


International Mother - soon to be!

Sunny Sunday! Snow "mountains" getting lower and lower. Due to that it's deadly slippery everywhere. Have to watch carefully where to put your feet on. Anyways it's sunny and - do i smell spring - yes i do.
Greatings from Baltic countries. Janyary Lithuania (Kaunas) 2 shows, February Latvia (Valmiera) one show. Both trips were manufactured mostly for Luke The Junior but Rita was fighting her last CACIB for INT tittle at Kaunas which she did! And two times! End of story. Now this little champion will soon be a mother. Bless her.
What comes to Luke he's been a super youngster winning all the merits available. Only Estonia JCAC left to make him BALTICJ CH. Thanks for his super temperament. Hope he'll stay like that. So wild. Never seen anyone running outside and jumping over 2-3 other griffs together, still speeding. Amazing.
Both my girls, Rita & Bette Davis seem very pregnant, Luke will have his first outcomes (with Bette), cann't wait to see.
Little creatures have born elsewhere and there's still one to come. Hope she will manage well.
Having a break now, no travelling anywhere, concentrating for births to come
and obligatory trimmings. And depending weathers - face against sun. Have to charge batteries!



MONDAY 14.01.




Xmas over, new year over and life normalizing. Yippee. Couldn´t be happier. Year shift nearly took my breath away. Too hectic. But at least christmas "menu" was one of the kind. And i really had it all written as in Menu!  Next year it will be the very simple meals with no extra this or that....
As usual here 5 bitches put their heats for hollidays. Dog meals were served in two diffrent rooms. 
New year started with 4 different matings, mine and others. Also 2 litters manufactured by ours were born just before x-mas. And there´s more to come. It seems we are going to have busy times for griffons.  
Winter have not been too hard for us only reasonale if i may say so. Snow enough to be called "winter". Living gets lighter every day after dark fall and xmas time. A huge improvement. 
Today being the FIRST all-together-day after this long lasting period, also big improvement.
Yesterday one show after long time, "Mertsi" took it all. Felt good to be away from home 4 hours for a change. Drive on daylight both ways.
HouseMaster have been baby-sitting  plus fixing things in need.
A good lightening to finish this: "If a man says he will fix it, he will. There's no need to remind him about it every 6 month"!