CELEBRATING THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF SWEDISH VALLHUNDS
in NEW ZEALAND and the CLUB'S FIRST BIRTHDAY.
The first Swedish Vallhund to arrive in
New Zealand, belonged to Maree Cooper
Phaiksee sends us these pictures of their
Boy running in the waves.
and recently recovering from ligament surgery.
Relaxing with a cuppa. Silver Fox enjoys a snooze
at Mum's feet - ahhhh its a tough old life.
Watson is looking forward to summer
and endless fetch the tennis ball games!
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OUR FIRST YEAR
What an eventful and amazing and at times sad year we have had with our Swedish Vallhunds. November 20th 2009 the Swedish Vallhund Club formed. Since then we have seen our membership grow, our dogs profiled nationally and internationally. Swedish Vallhunds made it on to TV and into magazines. They traveled to Pet Expo, into the show ring and competed in dogs sports. Mostly though they were and are our beloved family companions first.
Video - Rose and Ian at Pokeno
gathered also to remember Mrs Lesley Gray, and very sadly found
ourselves fare-welling Mrs Rose Madsen, pioneering Swedish Vallhund
Breeder who passed away in August 2010.
welcomed new puppies into the community. Mr Ian Gray accepted our
invitation to take on the role of club patron which had so ably been
filled by Rose as our first patron. The club has a committee of eight
capable, talented people, led by president Mr Martin Jansen of Dunedin.
Keisha, Martin and Torraq (on Martin's lap)
edition of the club magazine was mailed out to some 300 people at
significant personal cost to the committee early on, but quickly it was
realised that the job of the newsletter could be filled online without
nearly as much expense to be laid out. So every month without fail
news, photos and articles have been published right here.
The community has been very supportive supplying content and photos for the website and we hope with new puppy owners and new breeders that this will continue, alongside the experienced Swedish Vallhund owners contributions of course :)
New Puppies in 2010
this year we saw
Wallaby retired stud for Valkrista disappear, going walkabouts and we
all took a collective sigh of relief when he turned up again. Wallaby
is home again safe and sound in Mangawhai. Wallaby's story featured on
our front page alongside many other lovely Vall's; Ash, Teddy, Nova,
Sassa, Millie, Puffin, Georgia, Pippi & Heydoh, Mandy to name a few.
club has enjoyed international support from overseas breeders sending
their photos and well wishes as we grew. A facebook page was set up,
tand he beginnings of a health register started and all on a shoe string
One of our international photo contributions from 2010,
William is owned By Anita Whitmarsh of Sweden
A few that believed in the concept of a club,
but doubted that one could be formed for a rare breed with only some
400 examples living in New Zealand, watched a club unfold before their
It was never possible to
please all of the people all of the time but with our mission and aim
established early on it wasn't too hard to keep the club steering in the
right direction. Our focus today is to celebrate what has been
achieved and strive to do better next year for the one third of Swedish
Vallhund owners in New Zealand who opted to join and help form our club.
everyone who rolled up their sleeves to help, to all those who said
'well done', for all that emailed encouragement and sent positive vibes
through we say THANKS!
Current members are invited to fill in the wish list for 2011 below.
Special thanks to Digby. Digby (Valkrista Middle Earth) has been the
handsome and unofficial mascot for the whole year. Digby, owned by
Mary Fisher has graced our website in the banner above. Relaxed in the
garden with his happy face he has been a cheerful first sight as our
page loads for visitors old and new.
This website attracts some 600 hits
per month. Four hundred of these occur in the first week of the
month. When tracked it is revealed that about 30% of these hits come from Europe, 50%
from inside New Zealand and the remainder made up of people reading
from Australia and the rest of the world.
Others to thank for our last year have been Oili Helenius who has kindly contributed her beautiful professional photographs on more than one occasion, including a stunning slideshow of imagery showcased to some 10,000 people who went through the Claudelands event centre in Hamilton during the 2010 Pet Expo.
Above top: Louise and Natalie organise the projector for Oili's
beautiful photos. Above Martin man's the Pet Expo stall.
a huge thanks to the Official Swedish Vallhund Clubs internationally
that have encouraged us - thank you, thank you. We look to Sweden for
the example to follow, but enjoy friendships with Swedish Vallhund
Organisations world wide as we (like they) seek to protect and promote
the breed we love ~ the wonderful Västgötaspets.
We extend thanks also to The N.Z.K.C. for their advice, and their invitation to us to apply for official recognition. Others we would like to thank include Alistair Hall and team at Lifestyle publishing (fetch! magazine).
Simon Goodall with Dog Guru. Simon's professional advice has been
invaluable with our running of a rescue and re home service. Adult
Swedish Vallhunds do not come up for adoption very often, but when they
do (& where the club is invited to assist) we welcome the input from
Dog Guru. Our desire is to achieve best outcomes for dogs, their
relinquishing owners and their new owners. Professional practice is of
particular importance in view of New Zealand's recently strengthened Dog
Thanks to Mr Ian Gray who graciously hosted the committee in his home, we learned a lot from the evening conversation over dinner about the history of the Vallhunds in New Zealand and took on board Mr Grays ideas for future projects of the club. We were honoured to be part of a day to remember Lesley.
paperwork is away in Wellington now for us to become an incorporated
body and the application to become recognised by the N.Z.K.C. also being
completed. The committee is looking
forward to our AGM soon to be held in Queenstown. All members are welcome to
join and a months notice of date and venue will be posted for those
planning to travel.
Most of all the club and committee wanted to say thanks to everyone and say how we are looking forward to the trials and triumphs that the next year will bring.
Amber, Peta, Louise, Pat,
Martin, Natalie, Ann & Anna.
Silver Fox & Ocean
JUST A FEW OF THE STARS THAT MADE OUR FIRST YEAR MEMORABLE