This is the web home of
the Dalmatian dog Artus. All dog lovers are warmly welcome here and
those who still doubt in their unconditional love for dogs could
hopefully gather some more knowledge from here.
Artus became a family
member in 2005. I gave the idea a lot of thoughts - whether to take a
shelter dog or purebreed and if purebreed then which breed - and
finally came to the Dalmatian. There were many reasons for making this
decision - although at that moment I didn't know anything about dog
shows or dog training or even that brown-spotted Dalmatians exist - I
wanted the dog to be of medium size, being active and giving the
possibilities to attend varios trainings and I also wanted him to be
friendly dog yet not some small fuzzy hairball. A Dalmatian was
somewhat logic result of these visions.
As soon as the decision
was made I started to look for ads in the internet to find out whether
there are Dalmatan puppies for sale at the moment and which are the
conditions for their sale. And almost immediately I did found an ad
where a male Dalmatian puppy was offered. Next thing I did was
something that is never recommended for true purebreed buyers - I
contacted he seller and said that am ready to buy the puppy right away.
The puppy was still unsold and the very moment I saw the photo that the
breeder sent me I knew that this is my dog who I have been waiting for
all these years. Although there was a moment where the puppy was almost
sold to someone else, the breeder finally made her decision for me.
I went to pick up Artus at
my birthday. The trip from Saaremaa to Tartu was long full of exciting
thoughts but the puppy made friends with me from the first moment and
we finally came home to Saaremaa with the last, midnight ferry. It came
out that Artus was bred by the South-Estonian kennel Alderisland and
his pedigree contains many known and successful dogs.
Artus lived in Saaremaa
for 2,5 aastat. During these years we made acquaintances with other
Dalmatian owners, especially with Kairi and Gerly who encouraged us to
take our chances in the show ring. Artus began his show-career at the
age of 11 months and my career as a handler some months after that but
today we can proudly say that we both have received many compliments
about our achievements in the show ring. In Saaremaa we also took part
in the activities of the local canine club Aktiiv and enjoyed their
magnificent company. Our huge thanks to all the fellow club members and
especially to our trainer Aarne who always believed a lot more in Artus
than I did!
We also had some of our
best show achievements during the time in Saaremaa that you can read
about when you click the link "Shows". Our most magnificent moment was,
when we accepted the Kari Järvinen's trophy cup at the Estonian
Winner show in Tallinn in 2006. It is meant for the best Estonian dog
at the show and now a plate with Artus' name is also on this cp. Artus
was also elected two years in a row the best show dog in Saaremaa.
Moving to mainland and changes in life have lately demanded their toll
but we won't leave our hobby - dog shows - forever. Surely you can meet
us now and then at the bigger shows. Concerning the shows then I would
like to mention two young and professional handlers who have helped to
show Arts - Hanna-Maria Zeilanova and Kristine Maria Airenne - and
deserve all the acknowledgement for their handler skills.
Hopefully you find many
interesting topics from this web page. I am ready to answer any
questions concerning Artus and Dalmatians in general and will offer my
help and advice if needed. Have fun in our virtual company and write to
our Guestbook about your opinions and advice.
Have a cool spotted