Dogs stepped into my life with big bernese puppy paws in 2004.
I had no knowledge of dogs what so ever, so life with a very stubborn bernese male was no walk in the park. More I banged my head against the wall with that wise and humorous animal I realized this breed was more than just a dog, it is a way of life.
The world around dogs started to fascinate me. I wanted to learn as much as possible about the breed and dogs in general so I applied to the Central Ostrobothnia Rural Institute to study dogs. During that time I got to experience the joys and sorrows of this hobby, I got to see what breeding is all about and learned so much. We trained tracking, agility, search and almost every dogsport possible, and competed in obedience. I got the wonderful chance to see matings, births and all the basics of breeding without having to do things all by myself.
My first bernese was never the easiest, he was dominant but insecure and his insecurity came out as aggression. With all his faults I loved him more than anything, and I am forever grateful of what he taught me. With him I learned the hard way what the bernese character should never be, and would never breed from a dog with a questionable character. He also taught me what the bernese could be at its best - your true best friend who will never leave your side.
When my studies were coming to an end it was time to think about getting my next dog. Bernese bitch of course, that's what I had dreamed of ever since Manu came along! That could be the start of my breeding career if all went well! Then I found myself looking at the web-pages of malamute breeders. And then came the day I saw an ad about a great malamute litter that had one puppy available. The same day I contacted the breeder and after waiting a few weeks I had this little baby puppy in my arms. Nemi, my Alaskan Malamute.
It was destiny at its best; this was just what I was missing. With Nemi I found an entire new world that swept me off my feet- the show rings. I got the perfect dog for me, but I have not found that great passion for the breed as I did with the bernese. So I do not see malamute litters in the future at this point.
I do know there is a special place in my heart for these magnificent dogs.
I had no real idea on what goes on in the conformation ring, and at first it was a rocky road with no success in sight. But I had such luck with Nemi growing up to be one gorgeous girl. I had huge help from her breeder, and in little time I found myself getting hooked on showing. I could never even dream that my first ever show dog would become a champion. But she did, and is now a BISS winner, International Multi Champion and Multi Winner. Don't get me wrong, I have not done it all on my own. I still have a lot to learn in becoming the handler my dogs deserve, so I have been lucky to get help from the most kind and talented people!