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29Apr/130

Sunndalsøra 2013

Det vakre Sunndalseventyret er nok en gang over for denne gang, og selv om den i år ble en veldig kald og forblåst opplevelse. Det ble ingen voldsomme prestasjoner i utstillingsringen, selv om vi i aller høyeste grad gjorde det bra, men vi oppleve den mektige og majestetiske Moder Jord på nært hold - noe som virkelig gjør Sunndalen magisk. Å sitte i et fortelt sammen med gode venner, god mat på bordet og noe godt, og varmende i glasset, blir ekstra spesielt når det plutselig smeller skarpt i fjellet som ruver høyt over campingplassen og lyden av et buldrende steinras er nærmere enn man vil innrømme at man liker.

«Årets vakreste utstilling» var vel egentlig ikke så mye å skryte av hva vær og vår angår, men en hel helg med flotte mennesker, gamle og nye bekjentskaper, utstilling og majestetiske naturkrefter overskygger glatt humørsyke værguder. Og selv om det i aller høyeste grad er skremmende å se store snømasser rase nedover fjellsiden i enorm fart, eller å campe ved foten av et fjell når man stadig hører brakene av stein som løsner et eller annet sted i nærheten.. kan man ikke annet enn å la seg fascinere over hvor fantastisk det er å få oppleve noe så mektig. Sunndalen er noe for seg selv, det er helt sikkert.

Sunndalsora, April 28th 2013Trædal Hotell & Turistsenter, 28. april 2013

25Jun/1210

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

Xina Cross CountryXina Cross Country

Venjan's Lille Hinkel PinkelVenjan's Lille Hinkel Pinkel

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

1May/122

Sunndalsøra 2012

I'm in (or possibly at) Sunndalsøra as we speak, where we're attending our first dog show of 2012. It feels so good to be showing, and seeing all our dog friends again! Since Cuda has been degraded to family mascot, he's just along for the ride and the social training of the whole ordeal.

Day 1

Theo, our little star, proved himself in the show ring today - despite the cold, wet and windy weather. I didn't sleep very well last night, so it was quite painful to be up and about before 10 AM. But who on Earth cares when my little fuzzball made me so proud? He received EXL1 CK BHK4, which basically means that he was awarded a red ribbon for excellent quality and placed first in his class, received CK or «champion quality» - and the CK let him compete for the Best Male title, where he came in fourth. An experienced shower might not be too pleased with results like these, but I'm still an amateur and I was smiling from ear to ear when I saw the judge handing him the EXL ribbon. I would have been pleased with nothing more! In addition, his critique was really nice.

Maskulin hann. Meget god type. Herlig hode + uttrykk. God hals og overlinje. Velansatt hale. Normalt vinklet. Velkroppet, utmerket pels. Beveger seg bra.

April 28th, 2012 · Judge: Anne-Mari Haugsten, Norway
15Oct/110

Norsk Kennel Klub, Hamar

Last weekend was quite stressful. Since we finally had the chance to use our new caravan, we had decided to go to Hamar to attend their annual NKK dog show. Talk about crazy! Hamar is a five and half hour drive from Trondheim, and the weather forecast had already warned us about snow. In Trondheim. With snow comes icy roads, and thankfully we had enough foresight to change into snow tires before we left home on Friday. Why? Because we drove through a couple of different seasons on our way home on Sunday afternoon. I decided to stay online on Facebook to keep in contact with those who had left before us, and we were warned about accidents, icy roads, people with summer tires on their cars laying in ditches, and snow. Lots of snow. When we came to Rena the landscape had changed completely from an autumn scene to something resembling a Christmas card - or the insides of a snow globe!

It was our first real trip with the caravan - if you don't count the little camping we had in Ålesund when we picked it up - so we agreed on spending the whole weekend in Hamar, even though chihuahua was scheduled for showing on Sunday only. We arrived on Friday night, a lot later than we had originally planned, and experienced some minor setbacks (left too late, forgot about filling up the water tank, forgot my jacket and had to drive back into the city with the caravan attached, hit afternoon traffic) that kept us up until 3 AM. When everything was sorted out, we ate some suspicious looking food from some local fast-food restaurant - the only restaurant that was still open, and went to bed. My initial plan was to get up early on Saturday, walk down to Vikingskipet and watch the show. Unfortunately my body seemed to disagree after the long drive, so most of the show was already finished once we got down there. Øyvind's parents drove up to see us, and together we watched the finals. Afterwards we had dinner before they had to leave us, and when the evening came we spent some time with Cuda's breeders like we use to. I love the social side of showing dogs, it's so nice seeing everyone!

But back to the star of this post, namely my beloved little Theo. I wasn't expecting much when I saw which other dogs he was competing against. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, Theo's my heart and I love him to death, but there are a lot of dogs that have more of that typical look that a lot of judges want in a chihuahua. Our judge of the day was also a woman, and statistically that would mean Theo would be awarded a blue ribbon (we've been to 12 shows now, six of these 12 judges have been female, and four of them has awarded him with a blue ribbon - every male judge have given him the sought-after red ribbon), but believe me when I say I was truly grinning from ear to ear when she handed him the red ribbon. My boy(s) received an Excellent at an NKK show! He didn't get a CK this time either and ended up being placed third in the competition, but I really didn't care - an Excellent was what I was hoping for. A lot of blue ribbons were handed out, so I was really proud of both my boys.

Mycket bra typ. Rett formad hode, men en aning long nosparti. Bra öron. Tilsträcklig vinklat fram och bak. Mycket bra svans. Rett pelskvalitet, men ei i full pels i dag. Rör seg bra, behöver lite mer selvstendighet.

October 9th, 2011 · Judge: Marja Talvitie, Finland

Now I'm only looking forward to the next show, next weekend. It's most likely our second last show for 2011, but even though I hate long-distance driving during this time of year, I appreciate having something fun to look forward to when the days grows colder and darker by the minute.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11