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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 seeral 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"!