Much to our delight, today we attended the first weightpull competition to be held in over two years!
It was a strange one, with Lucie - my most competitive puller - now retired, Jess having never been in a weightpull chute before and Noah & Alice still in novice when the last pulls were held pre Covid-19.
In the end, Alice places 3rd in the 60lb & under class with a not very impressive 500lb after figuring out how to escape her harness on the 3rd pull and disqualifying herself (back to novice
Dylan also gets the class clown award in the 81-100lb class coming 5th with a final pull of 1300lb after deciding it would be much funnier to stand at the end of the chute and look at anybody but
me (many four letter words were muttered). Although in a bid to find something positive, I did notice he pulled the qualifying 400lb in the fastest time of any dog tehre - 16 foot in 3.87
Noah came 2nd in the Over 100lb class and while his final pull of 1100lb wasn't the most impressive for his size, given he never made it out of novice class pre-Covid and I had him pull every
single weight for the practice (so 8 consecutive rounds without any skipping) I am really pleased - just need him to realise it doesn't need to be done at 100mph and stopping at the end of the chute
is not optional!
Harry did the best of my competing dogs, coming 4th in the 81-100lb class with a pull of 1600lb (equal to the 2nd and 3rd place dogs but slower on time) which with his 10th birthday only a couple
of months away certainly made me proud.
Jess had her first try in novice and although wasn't too sure of the trolley behind her definitely grew in confidence as the day went on and made it to 1000lb before we decided to call it a
But the star of the day for the team was definitely Elska - Fenrirkin Out Of The Black owned by Charlotte Parsons - who although also in novice showed fantastic natural form and the confidence her sister lacked, pulling up to the maximum weight allowed in this class of 1200lb without any physical assistance - over 20x her bodyweight! Definitely one super proud breeder here and very excited to see how she progresses!
A long trip North to Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland Championship Show. No breed classes, so another day out in AVNSC Working with an entry of Bouvier &
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog competition.
Noah wins his Open Dog class, Best Dog and Best Opposite Sex (handled wonderfully by friend Marina) while Jess comes 2nd to the ultimate BAVNSC winner in her Open Bitch class under judge Steve Hall.
Our last show of the month at Midland Counties Championship Show where with no breed classes we are in an AVNSC entry against a wide mix of breeds (from Bouvier De
Flandres & Tibetan Mastiffs through to Giant Schanuzers & Canadian Eskimo Dogs).
While not our most succesful day, Noah & Jess still put on a good performance in their Open classes against Champions & Group placers, coming away with 3rd & Reserve respectively under judge Jenny Miller.
Today marked the The Greenland Dog Club of Great Britain’s AGM where the results of the GDOTY (Greenland Dog of the Year) 21-22 competition results were announced – and
the Fenrirkin Team made me ever so proud!!
** Noah **
Top Greenland Dog & Top Male
** Jess **
Top Opposite Sex / Top Female
Runner Up Top Greenland Dog
Runner Up Top Puppy
** Elska **
Runner Up Top Female
3rd Top Greenland Dog
** Alice **
3rd Top Female
4th Top Greenland
** Zippy **
4th Top Female
6th Top Greenland
Even Dylan got in on the action with his one open show of the year, sneaking in as 5th Top Male / 10th Top Greenland.
A very proud owner & breeder and what a good excuse for us to share the beautiful advert we commissioned with Samnooshka designs for the (sadly postponed) Our Dogs A-Z Breed Feature.
With seasons at home, it's a boy's day out for Noah & Harry at Aberystwyth & DCS Open Show - and they don't let me down, coming away with the following under
judge Kris Kingsley (Dainoak):
Noah - 1st Greenland Dog Open, Best of Breed & Working Group 4!
Harry - 2nd Alaskan Malamute Open & Best Veteran In Working Group!!
Nothing in BVIS but Harry very much enjoys his day out.
Another day to be proud of at Norfolk & Norwich CS Open Show, where I took three Greenland Dogs along to support our breed classes.
Under judge Patricia Blunden, Alice & Noah compete in Open together, claiming 1st / Reserve Best of Breed & 2nd respectively, but it's Jess who comes out on top, winning not just 1st Special Yearling & Best of Breed, but also Working Group 1, her second such award in three days making her the only Greenland Dog to have won a UK Open Show group more than once.
As if that wasn't enough, under judge Bridgette Bodle she went on to win Reserve Best In Show!!
To the best of my knowledge, while there have been BIS level achievements for a couple of Greenlands in Non-Group System Open Shows (the most recent her grandmother Java who was shortlisted to the final 8 for BIS at The Nordic 2016) this makes her the first Greenland Dog to ever win a UK Open Show Reserve Best In Show on the group system - so proud!
Wow, well what a way to start the month at Walsall & DKA Open Show.
Under judge Angie Johns (Alpenkye) - at 21 months of age Jess wins 1st Open, Best of Breed and, in a strong Working
Group with 14 breeds scheduled, Working Group 1!!
This is such a special result for us, not only because there have only been three Greenland Dogs to have achieved this accolade in the UK (the first being her Grandfather Puck and the third her father Dylan) but this gives Jess another little bit of breed history being the first female in the breed to do so - absolutely over the moon!!
Not to forget Noah and Alice, who placed 2nd / RBOB & 3rd in the same Open class, kindly handled by friends Brooke & Bex.
Massive thank you to Jenny Shorer-Wheeler, who shared these celebratory photos from the day with us too.
Today we get to wish our sweet Alice - and the rest of the Storm x Pocahontas pups from the Suna-Sanik Freidige litter - a happy 4th birthday!
Another open show venture, this time to Bedford & DCS Premier Open Show where we compete in a large AVNSC Working entry of 15 (albeit with a number of absentees) under judge Helen Gutteridge.
It's a long day, with Noah (kindly handled by friend Sarah) and Jess both competing in the Open class together, so we are pleased to come away with a respectable 2nd & 3rd behind the eventual BAVNSC winner.
A trip to Great Yarmouth Gorleston & DCS Premier Open Show, where Greenland classes have been scheduled with judge Sue Jones (Medicinehat) officiating.
Taking the top spot was Noah, who won 1st in Open, Best of Breed and then made me super proud by being shortlisted in a group of 15 lovely Working breeds under judge Gary Gray.
The girls had a good day too, with Jess placing 1st Special Yearling & Reserve Best of Breed, and Alice taking 2nd Open and called back in to challenge her daughter to RBOB
We start today by wishing our handsome Norwegian lad Noah - and the rest of the Balder x Suki pups from the
Suna-Sanik Electric litter a happy 4th birthday!
Noah made the most of the day with a trip to Sheringham & District KA Premier Open Show, where under judge Sophie Wray-Ramsden (Takhisis) he wins 1st Open & Best of Breed.
Also showing was Jess, who claimed 1st Special Yearling & Reserve Best of Breed, and Elska who I had the pleasure of taking for the day out on behalf of owner Charlotte Parsons and was delighted to handle to 1st Limit.
A fabulous day for the Fenrirkin Team at Darlington Championship Show, the last all breed Championship Show of 2022 to schedule Greenland Dog breed classes. Under spitz specialist Christina Chapman (Bukris), the gang came away as follows:
Jess - 1st Open, Best Bitch & Best of Breed.
Noah - 2nd Open, Best Dog & Best Opposite Sex (handled by Mark Plummer)
Alice - 3rd Open (handled by Tara Fisher)
Elska - 1st Post Graduate & Reserve Best Bitch (owned & handled by Charlotte Parsons)
Zippy - 2nd Post Graduate (owned & handled by Kim Jebson).
Elska & Charlotte also had a fabulous day in the stakes, winning 3rd in the Reserve Best of Sex Bitch class under Averil Cawthera-Purdey and Reserve in Post Graduate stakes under Mr H J Peach - a very proud breeder!
A fabulous start to the month for us at City of Birmingham Championship Show. No Greenland classes here but in AVNSC Working, under judge Tim Ball, Jess & Noah did the double against some lovely Pinscher and Mastiff competition, with Noah taking 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best AVNSC, whilst Jess wins 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex.
An easy day out for us with just Jess at Leicester City CS Open Show, where she wins 1st AVNSC Working
Open & Best AVNSC under judge Jenny Shorer-Wheeler.
Also showing on the day is Elska - Fenrirkin Out Of The Black, owned by Charlotte Parsons - who places 2nd to her sister in the Open class.
A trip down South for us to Horley & District SS Open Show in support of their scheduling breed classes with sled dog specialist judges.
In Alaskan Malamutes, Harry enjoys a break from retired life to win 1st in Open & Best of Breed under judge Elizabeth Dziergas (Nunataq)
Over to Greenlands, where I have 3 dogs in Open under judge Caroline Friend-Rees (Amical). Noah wins the class and goes on to take Best of Breed in the challenge, handled wonderfully by Sarah Gibbons.
Jess is in 2nd place and I am delighted to have her called back in and successfully challenge the Post Gradute winner for Reserve Best Of Breed.
Alice, handled by Kim Godfrey for the first time puts on a good performance but concedes to 3rd place behind her cousin and daughter.
We also manage to make a couple of our Stakes classes, where Jess places VHC in Champion Stakes and Noah wins a wonderful 2nd in AV Open Charity Stakes under judge Krystyan Greenland (Rajarani).
Noah wins 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best AVNSC, whilst Jess wins 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex under judge Rachel Barney - a lovely ending to a busy but successful week.
Having been anxiously awaiting results at home, it is with great delight I get to report that at Limerick National Championship Show, handled once again by friend Racheal, Alice wins 1st / Excellent Champion Bitch, the Green Star & Best of Breed under judge Anita Foley-Duggan. This being her 7th Green Star, subject to confirmation this also closes the requirement for her Irish Champion title - over the moon!!
Another day on the Irish circuit for Alice at Killarney National Championship Show, where under judge Guy Jeavons she continues her winning streak with another 1st / Excellent Champion Bitch, her sixth Green Star & Best of Breed!
Alice is on her travels once again, enjoying another trip across the water to Ireland to enjoy part of the Munster circuit with friends.
Kicking off her trip at Clonmel National Championship Show, she wins 1st / Excellent Champion Bitch, her fifth Green Star & Best of Breed under judge Paul Scanlon!
Today we take a trip North get to support the first time breed classes have been scheduled at Sedgefield Agricultural Society Open Show.
First up under judge Ms R Bailey is Elska (Fenrirkin Out of the Black), winning the Graduate class and handled by friend Lorna on owner Charlotte's behalf.
Next I have three of my own dogs competing in the Open class with Noah taking the win (handled by friend Tara), Jess placing 2nd and Dylan taking 3rd (and clearly very much enjoying his first show in over 2 years with friend Marina at the end of the lead).
Noah goes on to win Best of Breed in the challenge, with Elska unofficially claiming the Reserve (although sadly no rosette for her to take home) - a great day for the family!
A very warm day in the South West for Paignton Championship Show, with Greenland Dog classes scheduled although unfortunately the mixed gender classification meaning
all dogs present on the day were in Open together.
Our judge, Tan Nagrecha, awarded 1st place, Best Dog & Best of Breed to Noah, handled by friend Jenny in the breed.
2nd place, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex was a borderline-embarrassingly out of coat Jess who all the same still managed some lovely comments from our judge.
3rd place & Reserve Best Bitch was her equally naked littermate Zippy, owned by Kimberly Jebson & handled by husband Mark on the day.
And Reserve went to Alice, who I am sure didn’t mind being pipped to the post by her daughters and was handled beautifully by friend Charlotte.
What a way to end the month!
Starting with Alice who made up for having missed out on the last few shows by taking a fairly impromptu road/boat
trip with friends over to Ireland for Dun Laoghaire Monkstown CS National Championship Show.
Handled wonderfully by friend Racheal, she didn’t let us down, winning 1st / Excellent in Champion Bitch and going on to claim the Green Star & Best of Breed under judge June Wall - a particularly special moment for me as having not been over since the Covid pandemic put a halt to things, this now brings her Green Star tally up to four of the seven she needs for her Irish Champion title
Meanwhile I too went on a road trip, still crossing a border (if not the sea) by heading to Wales for Llandysul & DCS Open Show which scheduled Greenland Dog classes for the first time - and the drizzly weather certainly didn't put a dampener on the dogs enthusiasm.
Noah came out on top under judge Graham Hill, not only winning his Open class and Best of Breed with firend Lydia Mellor at the end of the lead but then, as the only rare breed in a Working Group with 10+ scheduled breeds, claimed a fabulous Working Group 4!
Jess was also showing in her bikini on the day, taking 2nd to her kennelmate in the Open class with myself on the end of the lead.
A much more simple, and local, outing to Leeds Championship Show, with just two dogs competing in AVNSC Working under Geoff Corish.
Noah is first up, placing second in Open Dog to the ultimate Best Dog / BAVNSC winner. Jess doesn't let the side down though, winning her Post Graduate Bitch class and going on to take Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex.
A very busy Sunday, but thanks to friends and wonderful puppy owners Fenrirkin Greenlands are represented up and down the country at different events.
Starting with my own Noah, who has a road trip up to Durham County CA Premier Open Show which schedules breed classes for the first time. Under judge John Purnell (Yikasown) he wins 1st Open & Best fo Breed, handled wonderfully by friend Donna Jarvis.
Further South, Elska - Fenrirkin Out Of The Black - is also supporting breed classes at Bakewell Premier Open Show, where under judge Ian Sexton (Greenmile) she wins 1st Post Graduate & Best of Breed - well done!!
And last but not least, Dylan & Jess enjoyed a father & daughter day out, along with Zippy - Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans - and a number of other dogs from other kennels as breed respresentatives at the Greenland Dog Club of Great Britain's first Breed Appreciation Day. Despite being warmer than ideal, all the dogs coped admirably with Dylan & Jess's duty on the day being the live model's for the seminar itself, and it was fair to say they very much enjoyed the attention from our breed speaker Nicola and the judges attending on the day.
A very warm day at National Working & Championship Show today, with Greenland Dog breed classes scheduled althugh unfortunately putting the majority of those competing in Open together. Our judge Jeff Luscott (Jalus) found his class winner, Best Dog and Best of Breed in our Noah (handled wonderfully by friend Jenny Shorer-Wheeler) with 2nd place, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex going to Jess.
Also competing on the day is Zippy - Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans - who places 3rd in the Open
class and claims Reserve Best Bitch, alongside Elska - Fenrirkin Out Of The Black - who places 2nd to the male in her class to claim Best
Special Beginner Bitch - very proud of these two girls!
Many thanks to Sally McKinlay for these photos of the girls in the Bitch Challenge, some happy smiling photos with our judge and of course Noah enjoying his time in the group.
East of England Championship Show today, with Greenland Dog breed classes scheduled and judge Bridgette Bodle (Lionsridge) officiating. Just two dogs for the day
due to seasons at home - and both seem to be in fairly giddy moods (I'll blame the hormones) however nonetheless Noah wins 1st Open Dog,
Best Dog and Best of Breed while Jess takes 1st Limit Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex.
Also competing on the day is Zippy - Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans - who not only takes 1st Post Graduate Bitch but places Reserve Best Bitch to her sister in the challenge - super pleased!
While myself and her kennel mates are travelling back from Spain, Alice gets to enjoy supporting our Greenland Dog breed classes at Eastbourne & DCS Open Show, where under replacement judge Ed Forsey (Muzoku) she wins her Open class and goes on to take Best of Breed, handled wonderfull by friend Lorna Graham.
Our last day showing in Spain, and this time it is the prestigious World Dog Show itself, scheduled originally for 2020 but delayed until this year due to Covid. Under
judge Rafael Espigares Martín (ES) we gain the following:
Noah (handled by Scarlett Burnside): 1st / Excellent Champion Dog; CAC; CACIB; Best Dog; Best of Breed; World Winner 2022!!
Jess: 1st / Excellent Intermediate Bitch; CAC; CACIB; Best Bitch; Best Opposite Sex;
World Winner 2022!
So proud of these two at their first WDS together!
Today - after over 20 hours of driving - myself, Noah & Jess
we are showing in Madrid, Spain, at the WDS three show event - and we kick things off with 2 shows in one day, the RSCE Winner in the morning & Group V CAC Special Show in the afternoon. Results
as follows (with thanks to friend Mark Plummer who handled Noah at both shows):
RSCE Winner Show - Judge: Rafael Malo Alcrudo
* Noah: 1st / Excellent Champion Dog, CAC, CACIB, Best Dog, Best Opposite Sex, Latin Winner (ES) 2022!
* Jess: 1st / Excellent Intermediate Bitch, CAC, CACIB, Best Bitch, Best of Breed, Latin Winner (ES) 2022!
Group V CAC Show - Judge: Rafael García Parrondo
* Noah: 1st / Excellent Champion Dog, Double CAC, Best Dog, Best of Breed
* Jess: 1st / Excellent Intermediate Bitch, Double CAC, Best Bitch, Best Opposite Sex
So thrilled with these wins, especially as the results also close the requirements for both their Spanish Champion titles - what a start to our trip!!
Royal Cheshire Premier Open Show today, with Noah & Jess both competing in AVNSC Working Open under judge Barry Blunden (Licassa) against a variety of other rare
Noah comes away with a respectable 3rd (handled wonderfully by Charlotte Delgarno) but it is Jess who pulls it out the bag, not only winning the class and then Best AVNSC but going into a huge Working Group under Christina Chapman (Bukris) and only going Working Group 2 behind the beautiful Bullmastiff who ultimately takes Best In Show - so proud!!
Our weekend of Open Shows continues at Northwich & DCS, where Jess & Noah compete in AVNSC Working under judge Martin Sanders (Castelloch). Both win their respective Post Graduate & Open classes, but it is Noah's day to shine, claiming not just Best AVNSC but going on to win 2nd in the Working Group behind the BIS Winning Newfoundland.
Today we get to travel to North Wales to support Ruthin CS Premier Open Show, who scheduled breed classes for us in 2020 but never got to see them realised due to Covid and were kind enough to do so again for 2022.
Under judge Chris Roberts (Joybull), Noah & Alice place a respectable 1st & 2nd in Open, but it is Jess who comes out on top, winning her Graduate class and taking Best of Breed in the challenge with Noah coming Reserve. As if that wasn't enough, she also goes on to take a pleasing Working Group 4 amidst much more mature competition - not a bad day's work!
A warm but rather lovely day at Ashfield (Notts) CS Open Show with just Jess - and she doesn't let the side down!
Under judge Karen Anderson (Limishka), she wins not only 1st AVNSC Working Open but goes on to take Best AVNSC and then - from a fantastic Working Group of 15 scheduled breeds - she places WG2 behind the beautiful St Bernard that went on to take RBIS.
Her sister Elska (Fenrirkin Out of the Black) also has a lovely day, taking 1st in her AVNSC Working Post Graduate class and then another 1st in AV Working Post Graduate - well done to her and owner Charlotte!
A venture South West to Three Counties Championship Show, with 3 Greenlands.
We start the day sharing the AVNSC classes with a mix of PWDs, Bouviers and CEDs under judge Vanessa Williams-Wegman, where it is a runner up kind of affair, with Noah taking 2nd in Open Dog to the eventual BAVNSC Winner, Jess 2nd in Post Graduate Bitch to the RBB Winner and Alice Reserve in a particularly nice Open Bitch classes handled wonderfully by friend Racheal Bailey.
We then go onto the stakes classes under judge Hazel Fitzgibbon (Smilesam), where in two 20+ entries I am absolutely delighted to see Jess place Reserve in Yearling Stakes, and Noah place 2nd in Open Stakes against some wonderful hound / working breed competition.
A fantastic day out at Southern Counties with my trio of Greenlands.
Under AVNSC Working judge Keith Baldwin (Nightwish), Noah wins his Open Dog class and goes on to take Best Dog & Best AVNSC, Jess wins Junior Bitch and takes Best Bitch, Best Opposite Sex and Best Junior in Breed (her last qualifying show for such an award) and Alice - handled by myself for once! - takes 1st Open Bitch.
Nothing in either group but my sincere thanks to friend Julie Groves who handles Noah in the Working Group for me so that I can stay on Jess for the Junior Group.
We start the month at one of my favourite Open shows - Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Association - namely because it is twinned with the annual County Show and gives an opportunity to wander around all the wonderful stalls and other competitions between judging.
Just two dogs showing, and both do me proud under AVNSC Working judge Jay Kershaw (Aritaur), with Jess takings 1st AVNSC Junior / Reserve Best AVNSC and Noah winning not only 1st AVNSC Open and Best AVNSC (handled in the challege by friend Sarah Lafford), but in a 10+ entry going on to take WG2 - very proud of him!!
A quick trip out to our local evening Open Show - Boston & DCS - with two of the team in a particularly strong entry of 19 dogs in AVNSC Working under judge Adrian Bicknell (Shimano). Jess places 3rd behind the group winning Siberian and a lovely Alaskan Malamute male in her Post Graduate class, with Noah also taking a 3rd in Open.
At long last, having been unable to exhibit at Birmingham National prsonally, my guys have our first Championship Show with Greenland Dog breed classes since Crufts, and what a fabulous day it turns out to be for the whole Fenrirkin family. Starting with my own trio, we come away with the following under judge Rodney Oldham (Towmena):
* Noah (Handled by Scarlett Burnside in the breed) - 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best of Breed!!
* Jess - 1st Yearling Bitch & Reserve Best Bitch
* Alice (Handled by Lorna Graham) - 1st Open Bitch
As if that wasn’t good enough, the other Dylan x Alice littermates competing on the day were not to be out done and made sure to make me super proud with their results too.
* Zippy – Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans (Owned by Kimberly Jebson & handled on the day by Mark Plummer): 1st Junior Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex! (her second in as many shows)!
* Elska – Fenrirkin Out Of The Black (Owned by Charlotte Parsons & handled on the day by Brooke Lucas, their first time meeting): 1st SB Bitch, Best Special Beginner in Breed and… SB Working Group 4!! (her third Champ Show SB Group placing in the space of a month)!
So very proud of all the family on their wonderful results, and especially those owners / handlers who get the best from them!
A trip to Scotland today for SKC Championship Show, with four Fenrirkin owned or bred Greenland Dogs exhibiting under AVNSC Working judge Lee Cox (Vanitonia). Results as follows:
- Noah (handled by Scarlett Burnside):1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best of Breed AVNSC Working!
- Jess: 1st Junior Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex
- Alice (handled by Racheal Bailey): 1st Open Bitch & Reserve Best Bitch
- Elska (handled by owner Charlotte Parsons): 1st Special Beginner Bitch, Best Special Beginner and - the highlight of the day - a fantastic Special Beginner Group 4 (the only rare breed in the shortlist) - very proud of them both!
A very busy Sunday with four dogs of our ownership / breeding being exhibited across three different shows.
Starting with our two Veterans, Harry & Lucie (aged 9 & 12) both have a wonderful day supporting our breed specialist judges - Lisa Mort (Arcticbreeze) &
Tate Forsey (Muzoku) - at the Alaskan Malamute Club of the UK Breed Speciality Open Show.
Harry places 2nd in his Special Veteran Dog (7-9 Year) class behind the BVIS winner, no less, and then goes on to win Best Working Certified Dog in the Stakes!
Not to be outdone, Lucie not only wins a lovely Special Veteran Bitch (10+ Year) class but then takes Best Veteran Bitch In Show in the challenge over a beautiful girl 5 years her junior!
Meanwhile, Alice goes on her travels with friends Lorna & Racheal to Herts & Essex Border CS Premier Open Show so as to support the Breed classes there, and I am delighted to hear gains 1st Open & Best of Breed under our judge Huw Morris (Cwnhapus).
And last but by no means least, Elska (Fenrirkin Out Of The Black, owned and handled by Charlotte Parsons) heads North to Sunderland & DCS Premier Open Show where as well as winning an AV Working Junior class she also represents in the breed classes taking 1st Graduat and Best of Breed under judge Tim Hutchings (Winiwuk)- a massive well done to them!
A day out at Redditch & DCS Open Show which has scheduled Greenland Dog classes for several years now.
Under judge Joan Sheehan (Amaqqut) we had the following results.
Jess - 1st Post Graduate & Best of Breed
Noah - 1st Open & Reserve Best of Breed
Alice - 2nd Open (handled by friend Lorna Graham).
As if that wasn't enough, Jess later went on to place VHC in a large Junior Stakes class (the only Non-CC breed competing) and to my delight and surprise, went on to win Best Rare Breed in Show under judge Malcolm Presland (Kofyn).
Elska (Fenrirkin Out Of The Black, owned and handled by Charlotte Parsons) also had a lovely day elsewhere, placing 2nd in her AVNSC Working Junior class at Chesterfield & Pinxton CS under judge Ian Gabriel, competing against a variety of breeds.
Today was Birmingham National, where I had the honour of judging Canadian Eskimo Dogs. This meant I couldn’t enter my own dogs to support the Greenland Dog classes scheduled, so I was both
delighted and relieved when a healthy entry of 6 was published for judge Steve Hall (Shendene).
2 of the dogs exhibiting on the day were sisters from my Dylan x Alice breeding, and it was a rare pleasure to be able to watch fully from ringside instead of mere stolen glimpses while wrangling my own dogs.And it's fair to say, neither girls let the side down!
Zippy – Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans – owned and handled by Kimberly Jebson (at only her 2nd Championship Show) won 1st Junior Bitch and then went on to take her first Best Bitch against her more mature competition in the challenge – absolutely over the moon for them both!!
Elska – Fenrirkin Out Of The Black – owned and handled by Charlotte Parsons, not only won her class and then claimed Best Special Beginner in the challenge, but went on to make a little bit of Breed History by first being shortlisted in the Working SB Group by judge Martin Sanders (Castelloch) - the only Greenland Dog to have done as much since the classification was brought in by the KC! And as if that wasn’t enough, she then gained 2nd place against some lovely dogs!!
I honestly could not be more proud of both these girls and their owners and their achievement so far.
Some more good news to start the month, as litter sister's Jess & Elska (from our
Dylan x Alice 2020 breeding) have received back their BVA Hip Scores
The Greenland Dog breed average score here in the UK is 13.5 for the last 15 years and 14.7 for the last 5 years - however with the numbers / gene pool quite small in this country every x-ray submitted helps create a more representative range of samples from which to draw such data.
Elska has come in below both averages - and by coincidence identical to her Mum Alice's score - at a fab 11.
And Jess has been graded a super 5 (which is equal with the current lowest a Greenland has been graded in the last 15 years)!
So so pleased with both these girls scores and very proud as a breeder to be making a positive contribution.
We decided to spend Bank Holiday Monday over in wales at one of my favourite Open Shows, Aberystwyth & District Canine Society.
As always it was a fun day, particularly as this time I had the pleasure of finally supporting the Greenland Dog classes they originally scheduled back in 2020 but thanks to Covid have only this year been able to realise!
Alice got to sit the day out due to a severe lack of coat but Jess & Noah did not let the side down.
Both came away with first place cards from their respective Graduate & Open classes, and I was delighted to see Jess take Best of Breed, handled by our friend Hailey in the challenge.
Not content with that but as the only rare breed in the Working Group on the day, Jess went on to take Working Group 2 – so proud!!
And final cherry on the cake, she went into her Graduate Stakes class (an entry of 17 lovely dogs across all the groups) and came away with a third and some prize money!
A massive thank you to both the judges who thought well of my guys on the day (Angie Baker for the breed & group and Nicholas Farrugia for the Stakes) as well as the committee for organising a lovely event and of course those friends who made the day all the more enjoyable.
While due to unforseen circumstances I have had to stay at home, I am so proud of my trio of Greenlands representing the breed at the prestigious 2022 European Dog Show
& Championnat De France International Championship Show held in Paris, France.
On Day 1 at the ED, our results under judge Kirsi Tevalin (Finland) were as follows:
Jess - 1st / Exc Junior Bitch, Best Bitch, Best Junior in Breed and Best of Breed, claiming the title of
European Junior Winner 2022.
Noah - 1st / Exc Open Dog, CAC, CACIB, Best Dog & Best Opposite Sex, claiming the title of European Winner 2022
Alice - 1st / Exc Open Bitch, CAC, CACIB & Reserve Best Bitch, claiming the title of European Winner 2022
Today, at the Championnat De France 2022 it was judge Harri Lehkonen (Finland) officiating and another wonderful set of results.
Alice - 1st / Exc Open Bitch, CAC, CACIB, Best Bitch and Best of Breed,
claiming the title of Latin Winner (FR) 2022
Jess - 1st / Exc Junior Bitch, Reserve Best Bitch & Best Junior in Breed, claiming the title of Latin Junior Winner (FR) 2022
Noah - 1st / Exc Open Dog, CAC, CACIB, Best Dog & Best Opposite Sex, claiming the title of Latin Winner (FR) 2022
Thank you so so much to friends Scarlett for handling Jess & Noah in the breed, Racheal for handlng Alice and Tara for helping out in the groups, as well as all those who have looked after them in my absence - so proud! A few photos from both days below:
A very special happy birthday to my very special Lucie who turns 12 years old today!
She may not quite as quick as she once was, but still as demanding and gobby as ever (not to mention the only one who keeps Dylan in check)!! Love her to the moon and back, and remain ever so grateful for every moment she is still in my life making memories. We tried for some cute selfies but she insisted cuddles and woos were much more her style!
A solo trip to Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales Championship Show with Jess, where she was
the lone Greenland Dog exhibited amidst an otherwise completely CED entry in AVNSC Working under judge Robin Searle (Surlson). Although still not in full coat, she makes me proud by winning her
Junior class over 2 other lovely girls.
Another day out for Noah & Jess, this time at Edwinstowe & DCS Premier Open Show. Our AVNSC Working
judge is Russel Mosedale (Knightsbay) who awards Jess 1st in Junior & Noah 1st in Open (over some other lovely boys from a
variety of other breeds). Jess goes on to not only take Best AVNSC (with Noah claiming Reserve handled by friend Sarah Lafford) but also gets shortlisted in a Working Group of 14 dogs - very
Today we venture to Norfolk & Norwich Open Show with 3 Greenland for our AVNSC Working judge Allyson King (Allyking). Jess wins 1st in Junior handled by myself with her Mum Alice placing 3rd in Open handled by friend Racheal Bailey but star of the day is Noah who, capably handled by Stacey Watkins, not only wins the Open class but takes Best AVNSC Working over a variety of other CC Breeds (Newfoundlands, Dobermann, Leonbergers, Bouviers & Portugese Water Dogs to name a few)! As if that wasn't enough, he then goes on to place 4th in the Working Group under replacement judge Simon Luxmoore (Zima) and takes a 3rd in the Open Stakes from a 20+ entry winning me some prize money!
A long but fun day at Wellingborough Premier Open Show - my first show as an exhibitor since Crufts - with 3 dogs in tow.
First up was Harry who despite his hatred of the flooring at the venue came a respectable 2nd in Alaskan Malamute Veteran under breed specialist judge Marina Page (Cedarcreek).
No Greenland Dog classes so it was AVNSC Working for Noah & a still rather naked Jess where I was super pleased with them not only winning their respective Open & Junior classes but going on to see Noah take Best AVNSC (handled by friend Kerry Jelfs in the challenge) & Jess Reserve Best AVNSC under our judge Richard Kinsey (Kitarn).
My extra thanks to Marina Page who took the time to help capture a couple of photos for us; with indoor lighting not the best we optimistically tried for some formal shots outside with our judge where all involved learned that getting 2 somewhat bored Greenlands and their handlers to look vaguely sensible and in the same direction at the same time was not going to happen - but if nothing else we had a laugh and I couldn't not share the one I thought best captured their characters (Noah ready to launch for a squeaky toy and Jess giving the camera some sass)!
While I had the pleasure of judging on the other side of the country, I was lucky enough to still have some of the team representing the Greenland Dog breed at Retford
CS Premier Open Show which once again scheduled breed classes for us.
Our judge was Ian Pullin (Whitewalker) who found his Best of Breed in his Junior class winner Zippy (Fenrirkin Gives You Wings With Austmans) handled superbly by owner Kim Jebson. It was a real family affair, with sister Jess winning Post Graduate (handled by friend Tara Fisher) & Mum Alice winning Open (handled by Anthony Johnson), with the latter claiming Reserve Best of Breed.
A proud breeder moment for me, seeing Elska (Fenrirkin Out of the Black) competing at her first Cani-X race with owner Kurt - by all accounts she had a blast and I think they are both looking forward to more outings!
Back to Crufts, this time with mother and daughter duo Alice & Elska who were doing their bit to represent the breed on the always popular Discover Dogs stand. The girls had a great time giving plenty of cuddles and kisses to all who visited.
It wouldn't be March without Crufts!! It really was a fantastic day for the Greenlands, with the biggest entry we have had since 2018 and a mix of UK & Scandinavian
bred dogs competing and several owners enjoying their first Crufts experiences!
My own trio didn’t let me down and came away with the following results under respected judge Sigurd Wilberg (Kanix):
Noah - 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best of Breed!!
Jess - 1st Junior Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Opposite Sex
Alice - 1st Open Bitch & Reserve Best Bitch
Not to forget the lovely Elska (Fenrirkin Out Of The Black) who came 2nd to her sister in Junior Bitch - handled wonderfully by owner Charlotte Parsons as always - and our one Alaskan Malamute for the day, Harry who placed Reserve in Veteran Dog under breed specialist judge Keith Givens.
Of course it wouldn't be a normal day for us without a bit of chaos, and Noah’s group ring performance almost didn’t happen when we managed to miss the tannoy stating they were going to start early and had to literally run from Hall 4 to Hall 1, arriving sweating / panting just as the rest of the Best of Breeds were lining up for the first run in (eek!) – but despite us both being a touch warm and flustered Noah still greeted his individual assessment with standard Greenland enthusiasm and I hope represented the breed as best we could.
As always, my most sincere thanks to the judges on the day for thinking well of my guys and the good humour in which they assessed my always energetic bunch and of course to those who helped handling (Racheal Bailey with Alice, Scarlett Burnside with Noah for his class / dog challenge and Stuart Winterton who grabbed him for Best of Breed challenge while I stayed on Jess)! Our mad rush to the group ring meant we failed to get any good photos of the guys in breed judging but please enjoy what we have had shared from Noah's group experience.
A big happy birthday to our Harry and all the Cash x Kim babies from the Kiyara's Wolf-Pak V litter. Now 9 years old and still a big puppy at heart, making us smile every day with his enthusiasm, affection and all round silliness.
An easy day out at Cheltenham & DCS Open Show with just two dogs.
Jess has a good outing with 2nd in AVNSC Working to the Best AVNSC winning Newfoundland under judge Alan Mease, but it is Harry who makes us extra proud placing 1st Open and ultimately Best of Breed under judge Racheal Bailey. This win is extra special as it gives him the final point to close his ShCEx (Show Certificate of Excellence) title - very proud!
Another weekend where we have been lucky enough to have Greenland Dog classes scheduled, this time up in the North East for Ashington & DCS Premier Open Show on
Saturday, although after the fun of a power cut Friday night courtesy of Storm Eunice I decided to make my life easy by showing just three dogs.
Our judge for both breeds was Linda Pierson (Kiltonoaf) who gave Noah top honours in Greenland Dogs, placing him 1st Open & Best of Breed, with Jess the runner up after winning 1st in her Graduate class.
Harry also came out for the day and although still not a fan of the flooring managed 2nd in Alaskan Malamute Open.
Many thanks to friend Marina Page who assisted in the challenge as well as taking these two freestood photos of the Greenland pair outside the venue.
Today was National Working & Pastoral Breeds annual Open Show. I had entered Harry but decided to focus on the Greenlands who enjoy classes here. Officiating
was Allyson King (Allyking) with the results for the Fenrirkin Team as follows:
Noah – 1st Open, Best of Breed *and* a Working Group shortlist from circa 20 dogs under group judge Barry Blunden (Licassa) – very proud!
Jess – 1st Post Graduate & Reserve Best of Breed
Alice – 2nd Open (handled by friend Sarah Atkins).
Elska – 1st Junior (handled by owner Charlotte Parsons)
My thanks to Sally McKinlay for capturing these photos of them on the day.
We start the month at Isle of Ely CS Premier Open Show, which scheduled both Malamute & Greenland classes.
In Malamutes, Harry has a good day out under judge Adrian Bicknell, gaining 2nd in Open & RBOB to the eventual WG4 winner.
Onto the Greenlands with 5 dogs representing the Fenrirkin Team in the cards:
Jess: 1st Post Graduate & Best of Breed;
Noah: 1st Open & Reserve Best of Breed (handled by myself in the class and Karen Anderson in the challenge);
Alice: 2nd Open (handled in the class by Racheal Bailey)
Nika: 1st Junior (at her first ever show, handled by myself in the class and Anthony Johnson in the challenge)!
Elska: 2nd Junior (owned & handled by Charlotte Parsons)
An all-round wonderful day with good company throughout. My sincere thanks to Sally McKinlay for sharing some photos of our gang in and out the ring.
Just two dogs and myself at Lichfield CS Premier Open Show today, which proved to be a sucessful outing.
From an AVNSC Working entry of 18 dogs (with 5 or so absent on the day) Jess made me super proud by not just winning her Junior Class but then taking Best AVNSC over some truly lovely competition from a variety of breeds. As if that wasn’t enough, she then went into a super strong Working Group and only made the shortlist to the final 6 from the 16 breeds scheduled!! Absolutely over the moon - especially with her being the only non-CC Breed in the group ring and still so young - and am so grateful to our judge, respected all rounder Graham Hill (Dimland), for his kind words and placings.
Harry also had a good day out. We decided to skip his AV Working Veteran class in light of his now confirmed Veteran Warrant but he still made an appearance in breed judging for judge Josh Henderson (Olijah), where from a decent entry he was his usual giddy self but still managed 1st in Open from 5 dogs prsent (the largest class of the day) and went on to take Reserve Best of Breed in the challenge.
Manchester Championship Show felt a bit like de ja vu, with my Greenland team once again topping the AVNSC Working classes under judge Sandra Marshall (Lowerdon).
Elska - owned & handled by Charlotte Parsons - won her Junior Dog / Bitch class, Alice won Open Bitch & Reserve Best Bitch, Noah won Open Dog & Best Dog and last, but not least, Jess won her Post Graduate Dog / Bitch class, Best Bitch & Best AVNSC! She also made it to the final 7 shortlisted in the Junior Stakes under judge David Guy (Donzeata), the only rare breed to do so. My gratitude to Stacey Watkins for handling Noah and to Anthony Johnson for taking Alice into the Bitch Challenge for me while I stayed on Jess.
A fabulous first Championship Show of the year for us courtesy of Boston & DCS. No Greenland Dog classes here so it is AVNSC Working under judge Jacque Bayne (Corranroo) where my family trio
do not disappoint.
Noah has a great day with 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & Best Opposite Sex (handled by Scarlett Burnside) but it's Jess who comes out on top winning 1st Junior Bitch, Best Bitch & ultimately Best AVNSC at just 13 months of age, with her Mum Alice taking Reserve Best Bitch in the Challenge after winning her Open Bitch class (handled by Racheal Bailey).
Jess also makes me proud in a large, quality Junior Stakes class under judge Adrian Bricknell (Shimano) by taking VHC from a selection of lovely youngsters.
Our first show of the year is an Open Show outing for Worcester & Malvern CS.
No top honours in breed classes today - with Harry 2nd to the RBOB winner in Alaskan Malamute Open under judge John Ritchie (Dykebar) & Jess 3rd behind 2 nice Newfoundlands in AVNSC Working Junior under judge Lorraine Ratter (Seafar) - but a special day nonetheless as Harry goes on to take 3rd in AV Working Veteran giving him the final points required to close his Veteran Warrant title!!
Very very proud of him, having missed his first year as a Veteran due to Covid and so has achieved this title in just 9 shows over 5 months, and with 2 Best Veteran In Shows along the way - we couldn't resist a little something to celebrate.
What better way to start 2022 than by celebrating what we achieved in 2021?
Whilst it proved a quieter year, comparatively, for the Malamutes, our Greenland Dog Team of Daughter, Mother & Uncle did us proud in the UK Champ Show Scene. Across breed and AVNSC classes
they gained 5 Best of Breeds, 11 Best of Sex, 9 Reserve Best of Sex, 1 Best Junior, 8 Best Puppy, 4 Puppy Group Shortlists & a WPG4 .
These efforts culminated in a fabulous set of results in the Our Dogs Top Dog Awards.
Noah - Top Dog in breed
Jess - Top Puppy in breed, Top Rare Breed Puppy in the Working Group *and* Joint Third Top Rare Breed Puppy across all groups!
Not to mention some shared pride in with Suki (Noah's Mum) Top Brood Bitch, Balder (Noah's Dad) Top Stud Dog & Suna-Sanik (Noah & Alice's Breeder) gaining Top Breeder. Massive congratulations to Marit Ånes & Sofia Wallin.
Big thank you's to all who support us (friends, handlers & judges alike) - and an extra thank you to Jenny Shorer-Wheeler (Koromandel) for sharing her artistic talents to help us celebrate.