ARTUS' NEWS OF 2009
29. 12. 2009 HOORAY!!! Artus's first litter in Ukraine is 1 year old!!!
Congratulations to breeders Alena Moskalenko and Irina Andreeva and congratulations to all the children and their owners - to Kevin and his owners Oksana, Alexey and Veronika, to Luna and her owner Svitlana, to Pita and her owners Anastasia, Alena and Ira and to little Grusha and her owners Alena and Ira and to their brother and sisters who, I am sure of it, are also loved and cherished!!! You have made Artus and me very proud all through the year by giving us the joy of watching you grow and make your first steps and also to succeed in showring!!! As we, humans, do have our different destinys, so do dogs and everybody shall have their stars. I also remember little Guardian of Hearts From Sacred Garden whose life was short but we can be sure now that someone guards our hearts from above and we are in good hands!
This year the four puppies from that litter - Pita, Grusha, Luna and Kevin started their road to success in show rings. The results were wonderful - numerous Puppy BIS placements, Pita shining at World Winner and Speciality Show and having her Ukrainian JCH title, Grusha getting marvellous descriptions, Luna and Kevin having wonderful results at the shows and moving firmly towards the top! I want to thank you all for these moments and the chance to be a part of it, a part of your lives with Artus's children!
Birthday card of the litter:
26. - 27. 12. 2009 Artus's daughter Gloria In Excelsis Deo From Sacred Garden "Luna" participated at the 2 dog shows in Donetsk, Ukraine. On the first day at the CACIB show the judge was Yuri Ovets from Ukraine. Luna was EXC and Best of Breed Junior!!! It was the first show for Luna in the Junior Class and she performed marvellously even despite the fact that a dog attacked her before the show. Congratulations to Luna and Svitlana for the great results. On the second day was the CAC show and judge was Alexandr Hachaturyan from Russia. This time Luna received the grade excellent! Very well done!!!
Some pictures of Luna:
23. 12. 2009 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS!!!!
The year 2009 is going to be over soon and it is a time to look back and assess our achievements. Artus participated at 13 dog shows this year. He gained 1 new championship (CZ CH) and 3 CACIB's! He was 1 time BOB and 2 times BOS! Maybe it doesn't seem much but for us it were the new countries and shows and judges that interested us. Many countries that we visited didn't have the Best Male competition or BOS status. But I am glad above all to have witnessed the beginning of the show career of Artus's children and their success. You have given me many wonderful and happy days and emotions and I wish to thank you for that. It is a totally new level for me and seeing that you all are so active and aimful makes me very very happy! My sincere gratitude goes to breeders Alena Moskalenko and Irina Andreeva of the kennel From Sacred Garden for bringing up the first litter and also to all the owners of the children - to Oksana, Alexey and Veronika, to Svetlana and Anastasia and for those who may not have entered the show ring but are loving and taking care of Artus's children. I am also looking forward for Artus's next litter in kennel Zabavan in Finland at the end of this year. I trust the over 20 years of experience of the breeder Nina Laine to be of huge benefit to this litter and I hope to have many success stories to post here in coming years.
Thank you all and be merry!!!
13. 12. 2009 Artus participated at his final show of the year 2009 - HUND 2009 in Stockholm. I cannot even remember why did I choose to go there - as mad of a thought as it was but mainly it was to meet and chat with the owner of Artus's father - Per-Owe Saleryd from kennel Ekryda. I have never ever thought that Artus could be successful in Sweden. He is very standard Dalmatian, very South - European type and so far we have had little success in Scandinavia. And I am but a single owner of a jackpot dog not a breeder, not very much known :) But yet again I made a decision and fulfilled it.
We went to Stockholm via Finland. We went to Helsinki with Viking Line and drove to Nina Laine's place in Vahto as she generously agreed to accommodate me and the wild boar again :) Artus acted as supposed - yelled and whined and escaped from the crate to go and rescue the spotted ladies but again...with no success. Thank you Nina for your kindness and hospitality! I met with Artus's girlfriend Velma again who declared me to be her own and guarded me with attention :)
Next morning we went to Turku harbour (of course my navigator Jürka thought that we could go to Kapellskär instead of Stockholm and directed me to Naantali harbour 10 km from Turku but fortunately we still made it to the right ship) and took a ferry to Stockholm. It takes 10 hrs to go from Turku to Helsinki and we spent this time nicely sleeping in the cabin.
We spent the night at the New World hotel just 1 km from the show venue - Stockholmmässan. It was in the industrial area so not much possibilities for walking the dog but they had a rather good chinese restaurant downstairs and it was the first hotel I have been in for 4 years that greeted us with water bowl and fleece cover for the dog. I will recommend it for travellers with dogs.
Next day we drove to the Stockholmmässan and parked the car in the underground garage. I had been there last year for WW but it still seemed very unfamiliar place for me. Of course the Swedish creme de la creme of the Dalmatian world was present aka kennel Jilloc's and Timanka's :) I was very happy to talk with the owners of a very cute young Dalmatian boy Spotborne Keep on Dreaming. Although this was the first show of the chap and he acted accordingly one could see from far away that there is a great future ahead for this picture perfect young Dalmatian male. Keep my words in mind :)!
I also met with a nice elderly lady who told that she is a foreign Estonian, having fled to Sweden from the horrors of war and Soviet occupation in 1940-s being just 3 months old. She spoke very good Estonian and was very interested of Estonia. I am glad to have brought a piece of Estonia with me to this show and I do hope we meet again!
The show itself was surprisingly successful for us - Artus received the CK (Certifikat Kvalitet) that allowed him to compete in the Best Male ring and he also won the open class. Actually only 2 dogs from open class received the grade excellent. I am convinced that this was plainly the miracle of Swedish meatballs that Per-Owe so generously brought us :) I don't know their secret but the make every dog do what you want them to do :D Unfortunately the miracle of meatballs didn't last until the end and Artus was kicked out from the Best Male ring. Finally the strict judge Vlastislav Vojtek (SK) went for the huge and muscular Scandinavian type. Best male, BOB and BIG1 was Jillocs Sugardaddy, BM-2 Jillocs Walk on Top, BM-3 Ekryda Remus and BM-4 Ekryda Herkules. BOS was Timanka's Movie Star. Best kennel, believe it or not was kennel Ekryda in competition with kennel Jilloc's!!! Hooray!!!! Congratulations to Per-Owe for such a nice results!!!!
We headed back to Turku with the evening ferry and continued in the morning towards Helsinki. Turku surprised me with snow and cold but fortunately the highways were ok to drive. We continued to Tallinn with 11.30 am ferry and finally made it home at 15.00. no need to say that we slept for the rest of the day :)
05. - 06. 12. 2009 There were 2 important CACIB shows in Ukraine - The Russia of Kiev and The Crystal Goblet. On these shows participated Artus's children from Ukraine. Both days Artus's daughter Grata Plena From Sacred Garden "Pita" was BOB Junior and received the title Ukrainian Junior Champion!!! Artus's son Guide to Estonia From Sacred Garden "Kevin" was BOS Junior on the second day!!! My cordail congratulations to breeders and owners and a brave young owner of Kevin - Veronika who makes her first steps in the show ring. I am so proud of you and very thankful for showing Artus's children!!!
Let me say that on the first day no male dog received the grade Excellent. The judge Liliane de Ridder said on the second day that she sees Kevin as the most perspective dog from those presented but he needs development. As junior dogs really do need patience for their development I do hope Veronika keeps it up with the dog shows and fulfills her aims with Kevin! It was also very surprising for me that this kind of important show under the aegis of FCI didn't have the Junior BIS competition. It had Puppies BIS and all the other but not Juniors. A bit confusing how can a show be made under FCI aegis and not obeying FCI rules :S
Some photos of Artus's children:
Pita and Anastasia in Kiev CACIB show
Kevin and Veronika in Kiev CACIB show
29.11.2009 We went with Artus to Finland. He was signed up for the Turku International Show and I also wanted to visit Nina Laine from Kennel Zabavan an see how Velma is doing. Basically we needed nothing from Finland but as said before - there was an empty place in our schedules :)
We used again Viking Line ferry. I have to mention it again but until Tallink doesn't change it's canine unfriendly attitude, the dog-owners are going to prefer Viking Line. We got to Finland in fine time and started to drove towards Turku. I knew that Nina herself was not there as she and her sister Anne were going to opposite direction - to participate at the CAC show in Sillamäe, Estonia. After nice meal in local hamburger chain Hesburger we continued towards Vahto where Nina lived. When arrivin we were greeted by the barking of many Dalmatians who gathered to the walking area's fence to see the trespassers. Arts of course had to go and show off :) We were taken care of by Nina's daughters Katariina and Kiira who are in canine business theirselves - one with Dachshunds and other with Dalmatian show handling and agility. It came out later that despite of locks and crates nothing could keep Arts away from coming after the whole 10 Dalmatian ladies in ther rooms. He ripped his crate, managed to sneak out of the room as Houdini and sang us a nonstop Moonlight Serenade. Finally when I came to sleep he sat the whole night on my bed and told about his sorrowful life so I was pretty tired in the morning.
Next morning we drove to the show place. This time I was noticeably calmer. I believe the purcahase of the new book by Diane Peters Mayer called Conquering Ring Nerves was a good decision. I had heard (again) that Mme Chantal Mery (who was the reason to choose Turku show) was told to be a very strict judge and of course it made me a bit nervous. Our result was CH EXC/2, res-CACIB. Once again ruled the black - spotted Dalmatians. BOS was again Sassafra's Paint It Black and Best Male-2 a junior dog from Marnellin kennel. I was quite satisfied with the result. This day got even better when I met with Tytti - my long time dissapeared friend who managed to find me in Facebook :) It came out that she actually lives in Turku! We had a good time at the food stand outside and tried to catch up all the lost years.
The ferry back to Tallinn went at 21.00. As always we were again too early at the harbour. The park next to harbour is already so familiar to Arts :)
10. 11. 2009 New pictures of Artus' son Guide To Estonia From Sacred Garden "Kevin" are on his personal page! Thank you, Oksana, Alexey and Veronika for sending the pictures and taking good care of Kevin!!!
Kevin enjoying the autumn!
07. - 08. 11. 2009 Although I have already learned from practical experiences that Tartu shows are never lucky for us I still decided to go to 2xCACIB shows there. Yet it proved again that no prophet is famous in it's own country . The first day judge Jose Homem de Mello from Portugal decided that we are worth the 4th place in champion class and on the second day judge Eva Mosimann from Switzerland didn't give us even a placement in the class, only the grade Excellent. BOB was on on Saturday Sassafra's Paint It Black from Finland and on Sunday Muzika Iz Nevskihh Ostrovov. Congratulations to Anna for the second successful weekend in a row!
31.10. - 01. 11. 2009 Artus went to practice again at the 2xCACIB shows in Riga. I had chosen these shows because they were nearby and it is always good to keep in shape. I was a bit worried because Artus was just mated on Friday and knowing what kind of egocentric macho he is I was prepared for the worst. And I was right! :) Artus remembed clearly the manly deed he had performed the day before and you can imagine how happy he was seeing that the female dogs all over Europe had gathered to the Skonto hall in Riga just for him. And he was righteously angry at me for holding him on a short leash and not allowing him to dive into the sea of pleasure. He calmed down a bit before the ring but when the owner of Velma - Nina Laine from kennel Zabavan - arrived with her two other female Dalmatians then Arts felt that finally someone has arrived who knows what Arts wants ad also gives him that. And when he understood that he is still not allowed to the same crate with Nina's girls...oh what a language he used! :) I was afraid for real that the judge will kick me out of the ring together with the excited macho but fortunately the judge Salvatore Tripoli was from Italy and understood Artus' problems very well. It is not easy to stay calm when there are so many beautiful ladies around :) There were 14 Dalmatians present from Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Russia. From Estonia there was also Artus' half-aunt Alderisland Darling Daisy. Fortunately it is not noticeable to the ringside when Arts is making tantrum and Nina even said later that Arts was looking even better with his macho excitement. Arts won the champion class and was Best Male-2. As the Best Male and later BOO Rikardo Sunbeam was in veteran class, Artus also received CACIB. Best Female, BOB and BIG was beautiful Latvian female Vittoria La Grande Benfatto from the Latvian kennel Benfatto. Congratulations to Karina!
Description: 4 years old, good neck, correct head, straight shoulders, good topline,short breast, good set of tail, good coat with correct spots, godd moving with long steps.
I had reserved the Domina Inn Riga hotel quite long time ago when I found a good offer from the Internet for 50 EUR for the room. I had to pay for the booking at this moment. A little bit later I decided to look what would be the fee for the dog and I was shocked as the fee was 25 EUR i.e. half of the room's price. This is absolutely the highest price I have ever had to pay fro the dog in any hotel. The hotel was situated in the center of the city and was clearly meant for the tourists who come without the car and want luxury. The travellers with the car were directed to the narrow back yard via the even narrower tunnel that left only some centimetres for the car sides and the later manouvering in the back yard should be obligatory to every driving exam. Fortunately there was a big and beautiful park nearby where we had long walks with Arts. For the personnel and service in the hotel I have only good words to say. Unfortunately the evening was spoiled by another guest in the hotel who left her dogs unattended to the hotel room where they barked and howled for hours. I was thinking that it is unfair that the guest whose dogs are behaving will have to pay as much as the guest with badly behaving dogs. Or does the huge fee for dog mean that the dogs can do whatever they want in the hotel :S
On the next day Arts was a bit more relaxed but seeing Nina again made him hope for more. The judge was comparing Arts and the other champion class dog Aragorn the King Vitalight but Artus' famous strong rear gait made us win the class. Artus was also Best Male and BOO! The curse of the second show seems still to follow us as it follows the BOB on second day - beautiful female from Russia Muzika Iz Nevskihh Ostrovov. Congratulations to Anna! Artus received his 13th CACIB from this show and a nice medal for BOO. We also had some humorous moments - especially when the judge measured two dogs - Agent Double-O-Seven Vitalight and Artus. I was quite sure of the outcome as Artus has been measured twice with wooden measurer and found to have 61cm at withers i.e. maximum height at withers for a male dalmatian. This time the judge Johannes Boelaars from Netherlands took the ordinary measuring tape and measured Arts to be...65 cm at withers :S I decided to keep mum athough this was a huge surprise for me :D
Description: liver spotted male, up or over max. size, pleasing head, correct ear and bite, can do better with more front, nice topline, good rear, happy character, moves with speed.
After the show we went with Nina and her sister Anne to their hotel where Arts finally received an award for the two days full of torture - second mating with Velma. After that Nina and Anne offered me a nice lunch and when the stomach was full it was time to hit the road again. We got home at 9 pm.
30. 10. 2009 Artus is mated with Zabavan Uleska "Velma" from the famous Finnish kennel Zabavan. As both Arts and Velma are liver-spotted there will be only liver-spotted puppies in this litter. You can find updated news about Velma and the future puppies from this webpage and also from the kennel Zabavan homepage at www.zabavan.net. If you wish to have a Dalmatian puppy from this litter, then please contact the breeder Nina Laine of the Zabavan kennel directly or you can also contact me via this webpage - I would be glad to help with forwarding your puppy request. You can see Artus's children from his first litter under the link "Artus' children" .