Midtsommer i Steigen

Klokka har akkurat tippet midnatt, og jeg sitter midt i stua hos foreldrene mine. I Steigen. Jeg burde egentlig klappe sammen laptoppen og komme meg til sengs, men jeg vet at jeg ikke får sove nå likevel. Jeg at jeg må opp igjen i fem-tiden, og stressoving er virkelig ikke noe for meg. Vi har vært uhyre heldige med været, og har hatt to nydelige dager i nord med sol og fin temperatur. Sankthansaften ble feiret med bål, grillmat, god drikke i glasset og gode venners selskap i fjæra (selvsagt også med myggen, knotten, måkene og den mektige havørna). Akkurat da var det godt å være hjemme igjen. Midnattsola har skint for meg, og hundene har storkost seg med å springe løse i fjæra, badet i fjorden og boltret seg i lyngen. Livet blir ikke stort bedre enn det.

Xina Cross Country og Venjan's Lille Hinkel PinkelXina Cross Country · Venjan's Lille Hinkel Pinkel

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Samtidig syns jeg det er fryktelig leit å komme hjem på «ferie» og oppleve at folk man er oppvokst sammen med ikke engang hilser på en. Jeg skjønner liksom ikke greia? Jeg hilser alltid på folk jeg kjenner, uansett hvor lenge siden det er jeg så dem sist, og slår gjerne av en prat. I går var jeg en tur på butikken, det som pleide å være møtepunktet for de aller fleste. Stort sett alle kjenner alle her, og naturlig nok var det mange gamle kjente på butikken. Kun to stykker hilste på meg, og det var først etter at jeg hadde sagt hei. Har jeg blitt ugjenkjennelig? Er jeg usynlig? Er det sånn det er å bli voksen?

..in English

It's a little past midnight and I'm sitting in the middle of my parents livingroom back home. I should have gone to bed already, but I'm unable to sleep now anyway. My alarm clock is set for 5:00 AM. The weather has been awesome, and we celebrated Midsummer with a bonfire with good friends (and of course mosquitos, seagulls and the mighty sea eagle). At that exact moment it was great being back home. I've enjoyed the midnight sun and the dogs have had a wonderful time, running loose on the beach, bathing in the fjord. Life doesn't get much better than that.

Foto © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


Norsk Miniatyrhund Klubb, Verdal

In mid-August we spent a weekend at Soria Moria Camping in Verdal, where we attended another dog show. The weather was beautiful, with a clear blue sky, nice temperatures and sunshine all day. Soon it'll all be over this year, and we'll have a few months to prepare before the next season starts.

I really enjoy attending these dog shows, they are indeed something special to me. It's not that I have to win, or show that my dog is the best Chihuahua in the world (for that he his, it goes without saying), but it's the whole package. It's excellent training for the fuzzballs, both for obedience and socially, and it's a great way of making new acquaintances and friends with similar hobbies. This is partly why we decided to buy a caravan, to make it even more social than it already is. For us, I mean.

On Saturday Theo did very good, and was awarded two red ribbons! I'm so proud of both my boys for getting better and better in the ring. There's not really much to say, I think the critique speaks for itself. His only two years old yet, so he still has time to develop the type of head desired in a Chihuahua. I don't know, to me his head looks beautiful, but then again.. he's my perfect little fox no matter what.

Bra størrelse. Utmerket pigment. Store velansatte ører. Mycket bra kjever og bett. Kunne hatt litt mer volym på skallen. Lagom halslengd, fin nakkevelvning. Sterk rygg. Bra lengd på brystkassen. Velbåret hale med fin høyd. Vakker pels. Rør seg med et hærligt steg fra siden. Bra spenst i steget bak.

August 13th, 2011 · Judge: Hans Almgren, Sverige

Sunday was.. something else. Even though the weather was nice, it was quite windy and I think it made Theo a little skittish. Leaves were rustling, things were moving all around us. I still think he did well, but he ended up being awarded a blue ribbon and so-so critiques. I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit disappointed, but then again.. the judges are indeed different.

Maskulint hode, kunne vært noe høyere og markert i skallen og stoppet. Framskutt skulder. Stram rygg. Bra hale. Kunne hatt rettere framben. Litt lettkledd, men tilstrekkelig med frynser. Kunne hatt mer vinkling bak, og lavere hase. Kjekk i temperament, men faller litt i front i bevegelse

August 14th, 2011 · Judge: Annika Ulltveit-Moe, Norge

We made a new friend, Linn Hege, and I got to cuddle the cutest little Chihuahua I've ever seen: Silly. She was so calm, and so immensely beautiful, I had to fight the urge to put her inside my jacket and runaway with her. *cough* And she did so well in the ring! Linn Hege came over to me to say hello, since we kind of knew each other from a forum, and silly as it might sound (no pun intended).. it meant a lot to me. And of course we met all our other dog friends again, Camilla, Anita, Vanja, Sonja and Ann Kristin - only Heidi, Venke and Jan Åge was missing, but we'll see them soon.

Every time we attend a dog show I see a change in Theo. A change for the better. This time he wasn't nearly as tense as he has been, he seemed very happy and did quite well around other dogs. Naturally he had a few minor fits if other, bigger dogs came too close, but all-in-all I was very proud of how he was behaving. We're still pretty inexperienced when it comes to shows, but we learn something new every time we stand before a new judge. This was our 9th show, and the last time for Theo to be shown in AUK (or Open Novice) before moving on to AK (or Open).


Trondheim Hundefestival

I kinda wish I could decide on whether or not do write these posts in English, but you know.. I must be one of the most indecisive people on Earth!

We spent today at Støren where the second day of the annual Trondheim Hundefestival was being held. Nowadays I'm kinda used to things not really turning out as I've planned, so instead of spending the weekend there we attended today only. I had intended for both dogs to be shown, but after discussing it over with Cuda's breeder we decided to pull him because of the lack of lower canines. I seriously hope they'll pop up soon, it would make me immensely happy, but I'm not so sure they will. Too bad there's nothing to be done about it, I would really like to keep showing him - but there's little to be done with Mother Nature's decisions.

Last time we attended a dog show, which was at Sunndalsøra in the end of April, both Theo and Cuda appeared anxious towards all the other dogs. It was quite embarrassing when Cuda just kept on barking, barking.. and barking more (while wagging his little tail ecstatically), and Theo snapped and hissed at any dog daring enough to walk past him, which kinda happens quite frequently when attending a dog show. I felt like digging a deep hole in the ground and disappearing. After Øyvind had been working with them for an hour or maybe even more, they finally seemed to calm down and managed to enter the ring in a somewhat decent manner. From that point on everything turned easy-peasy!

Correct size. Middle long in body. Enough correct head. Bit strong expression. Good teeth. Correct chest and bones for age. Correct topline. Middle coat condition. Enough correct in moving.


Judge: Duzan Paunowic, Serbia

Their behavior made me dread the next planned show, which was this weekend, but as it turned out we seemed to have brought two completely different dogs this time? Our theory is that all the work we put into it while surrounded by tons of unfamiliar dogs of all sizes and their owners, turned out to be a wonderful experience which made both dogs a lot more accustomed to the show environment. Cuda naturally wanted to greet everyone, dogs and people, while Theo kept extremely calm during the whole ordeal. I think he has been allowed to develop a bit too much of his own free will, which makes him sort of difficult to get to focus when there's a lot going on around him, but today's achievements showed a change in him. A positive change! Even though he didn't work as good as I would have wanted him to, he was awarded two red ribbons (excellent) along with his very first CK! I'm so proud of my little fuzzball. And Øyvind of course, who's doing some really good work in training and handling the two little rascals.

Xina Cross Country

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


Puppy Show: Beagleringen Trøndelag

We went to Melhus yesterday to participate in another puppy show. It was arranged by Beagleringen Trøndelag, and Cuda's breeders were also coming with his sister. Cuda has developed a lot since the last time we saw them! This time we had a little competition in another younger male, who ended up being chosen for best male, and BOB (Best of Breed) in the end. He was such a gorgeous little thing, and he was a bit more focused than the enthusiastic Cuda - who mainly wanted to run around and greet everyone, humans as dogs. Just as last time his tail never stopped wagging, not even for a single second. I'm not complaining though, we're still beginners and we're learning something each time we attend a show - and now we have more to work with until the next show in the end of April.

7 mnd, mg god type, bra hode, litt små øyne, korrekt bitt, velkroppet og velvinklet, bra hale, beveger seg bra fra siden og bak, padler frem. En trivelig valp som er velvist.

Judge: Elisabeth Bugge Olsen, Norway

As already mentioned Cuda ended up as 2nd best male, which really doesn't mean anything as there were only two males competing about the title, but he was awarded a red ribbon for quality. He also received a really good critique, which I think is a bit more important than the actual ribbons - and I'm not saying that as a sore loser. Now I'm really looking forward till April, when we're showing both dogs, two days in a row!

Cuda had to go to the veterinarian today to have two of his teeth pulled. Poor little one! I absolutely hate having to anesthetize the little ones, but sometimes it's inevitable and at least now he's all done with tooth shedding. Theo was very happy when Øyvind brought Cuda back and tried to get him to play, but poor Cuda was all woozy and tired. After a while Cuda started acting more like normal again, and now they're running around like usual. Smile