18.11.2006 Jyväskylä INT

The judge at today’s show was Lena Eskills from Sweden. Jalo got Very good and was placed second in open class and Flippe got Good in open class. The boys were at the same class for the tirst time.
Jalo’s evaluation, Flippe’s evaluation

12.08.2006 Liperi tendency trial

Today was second time for Jalo to go to his tendency trial. Jalo was a bit too enthusiastic with the bird. Some broken ribs and a disqualification was the result. More training and more training and a new test next year.

General appearance: “An enthusiastic dog willing to work. Works well in the water. Breaking the game in the beginnig of the search aborts the test”. Jalo’s evaluation

05.06.2006 Kontiolahti tendency trial

“They can get broken too?”
asked two rookie retriever enthusiasts after taking Jalo to his first tendency trial.

Jalo did not pass.

General appearance:
“A dog that works in a heated state and handles the game roughly leading to failure”.

The training shall continue! We got several good advices how to continue training Jalo from the judge.

Jalo’s evaluation


28.05.2006 Joensuuu/Liperi all breed

Two days of dog shows just a few minutes away from our home. On saturday 27.5.2006 the judge was Paula Heikkinen-Lehkonen. Jalo got Good in intermediate class and Pepper Very good and was placed second in open class! On sunday 28.5.2006 the judge was Paavo Mattila. Jalo got yet again Good in intermediate class and Flippe got Very good and was placed third in open class! Really good weekend for Flippe, we are so pleased!

Jalo’s evaluations: saturday, sunday. Flippe’s evaluations: saturday, sunday

05.04.2006 Farewell my dear friend

Our dear family member and friend slept away tired by a short illness this morning. Our grief is immense. Kassu is in our hearts and we’ll remember him forever. Kassu, thank you for everything you gave to our lives.


I’m still here
I stood beside your bed last night
I came to have a peek
I could see that you were crying
You found it hard to sleep

I whined to you softly
As you brushed away a tear
“It’s me, I haven’t left you,
I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast
I watched you pour the tea
You were thinking of the many times
Your hands reached down to me

I was with you at the shops today
Your arms were getting sore
I longed to take your parcels
I wish I could do more

I was with you at my grave today
You tend it with such care
I want to reassure you
That I’m not lying there

I walked with you toward the house
As you fumbled for your key
I gently put my paw on you
I smiled and said “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired
And sank into a chair
I tried so hard to let you know
That I was standing there

It’s possible for me to be
So near you everyday
To say to you with certainty
“I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly
Then you smiled, I think you knew
In the stillness of that evening
I was very close to you.

The day is over…
I smile and watch you yawning
And say “Good night, God bless,
I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right
For you to cross the brief divide
I’ll rush across to greet you
And we’ll stand side by side

I have so many things to show you
There is so much for you to see
Be patient, live your journey out
And then come home to be with me

– Author unkown –

16.03.2006 The blonde-man came into our lives

The little man came, sat at Anna’s feet and stole our hearts. Welcome home, long awaited Luka (Mei Dan Second Blonde). Thank you Nada for this gorgeous little man!

11.03.2006 Kerimäki group show

This year’s first dog show with Kassu and Jalo. Kirsi Nieminen (kennel Heilurihännän) judged both breeds. Kassu got Very good in veteran class and Jalo Good in intermediate class. Kassu really enjoyed his day! Kassu seemed several years younger than he really is when we were at the show ;)
Kassu’s evaluation, Jalo’s evaluation