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GSD in a little fur coat.
August 7th 2011
June 6th 2011
My husband and I are passionate and totally dedicated to our German Shepherd Dogs. We love them as if they were our very own children, and my love of the breed dates back to when I was a 3 yr old girl. There has never been any other breed of dog for me, and nothing could ever replace my love of the breed.
However, my husband and I aren't getting any younger. Our aches and pains are increasing as we age, and we must sensibly look to the future and make wise decisions for our beloved doggy family.
The future seemed to weigh heavily on my heart one day about three months ago when I was at the dog park with my beautiful GSD Holly.
We walked our normal hour and then I took her down to the river where she was playing with lots of other dogs in the water. Holly looked so beautiful, so agile and so full of life with her sparkling eyes. She was the shining star at the river and so many other dog owners commented to me about just how beautiful and amazing she was.
I agonised over the future to a time when I would no longer be able to have one of my most precious breed of dog in my life because my aging body would be unable to cope with running, exercising, and training such.
Being the type of person who always tries to plan for the future I set about researching what breed of dog would suit me and my husband in 15yrs time when we will have to hang up the beautiful highly polished brass braces and long leather leads of our precious GSD's, closing the door on a lifetime's love.
There are so many beautiful breeds of dogs, I knew that this was going to be a very hard task indeed as I meet up with a vast variety of dog breeds at the dog shows.
So, I reasearched and read up about the smaller breeds of dog that have appealed to me over the years, Miniature Poodles, Shetland Sheepdogs, Miniature Schnauzers - there was quite a long list actually.
All the research I did into the breeds came up with two breeds that I thought would suit me and my husband - a Miniature Poodle and a Swedish Vallhund which is the ancient Viking dog - a GSD in a little fur coat.
Easter weekend came and we were as usual at a dog show. I was sitting at our crate camp on the first day enjoying a cup of coffee when I saw the most beautiful little female Swedish Vallhund at a crate camp nearby. Still only a puppy, she reminded me so much of my most beloved GSD Holly.
My husband and I watched her over the two days of the shows and got talking with her breeder. She was to us, another Holly in a little fur coat.
After much thought, I emailed her breeder and asked if she would consider my husband and I as potential owners of one of her beautiful little girl's puppies when she breeds from her in a couple of years time. I explained that my husband and I wanted to have a puppy to show, enjoy and get to know the breed while we still have our GSD's. It didn't matter if it was a girl or boy as our plans would not entail any breeding program in the near future as we would still be breeding and showing our GSD's.
At the National Dog Show on the last weekend of April I couldn't help myself and just had to watch the Swedish Vallhunds, talking to the owners, handlers about them. I was astounded at how many had previously owned GSD's, and of how they all spoke about them being GSD's in little fur coats. I met the loveliest of people who had Cody and Tilly, and have since had the pleasure of handling and showing Tilly in the showring.
My interest in these wonderful, little, ancient Viking dogs led me to two different places. The first being a kennel that wanted me to own a boypup in partnership, with me showing him.
However this wasn't meant to be, and when I received the contract it was so restrictive I graciously withdrew from that puppy coming to be a part of our doggy family.
The second place my search for a precious little Vallhund led me to was to Vanahiem the home of the beautiful little girl my husband and I had fallen in love with at Easter.
We are going to be welcoming into our home the most precious little Vallhund boy, a 3/4 brother to Flair the little girl we fell so much in love with, and we have named him Flame.
Mommy's baby boy
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