I myself am a young woman from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Currently I'm a student at the University of Helsinki, where I study social and public policy and also work part-time
to pay for my dogs and hobbies. We live an active life with my two aussies, Dracu and Wicca. In addition to all my dogsports I also play a lot of rugby, and my dogs are a part of
that sport as our team maskots.
Despite my young age, I have been training and competing in different dogsports for quite a long time. I got my first dog, a mix-breed bitch Stella, when I was eight years old, and with her
I first got a peek into the world of dogs. We started training agility with her in 2002, competing in 2004 and Stella was raised to the highest class of agility in 2005. We started onedience
in 2004 with me reading the rules from the internet and just teaching the tricks by myself. A few surprises awaited me in our first trial, but we did well and despite me having no idea about
much and Stella ended her obedience career in the second highest class.
With Stella I got into the dog world, and I wanted my next dog to be a bit better suited for dogsports. A breed with rights to compete in the Finnish so-called working dog trials that include
searching, tracking, raport etc. The first time I met an aussie was by chance outside walking. I was interested by the unusual merle color, funny short tail, moderate built and friendly and
outgoing personality. So I started by reading all about the aussie and emailing probably half of the breeders in Finland and asking for puppies. I didn't realy understand the differences
in bloodlines, almost all aussies in Finland were showlines, but by chance I got my first aussie from kennel Ardiente, who happened to breed more versatile dogs back then. So my first aussie
Dante came home when I was 15 years old in 2005.
Dante was my dream come true and my worst nightmare all wrapped in the same cute bundle. I was completly crazed by all the dogsports and all my free time was dogs dogs dogs. We did almost
everything possible with Dante. Our main focus was always agility, but in the next years we did obedience, raport, tracking, search and rescue, water rescue, herding, dog dancing,
dog crosscountry skiing... Because I was too young to drive, we would travel to trainings and competitions around the country by busses, trains and rides from fellow dogpeople. With Dante
I really learned about training dogs and we achieved a lot of results, were at fun camps and courses and I got to know a lot of people. I also really fell in love with the australian shepherd
breed. I learned all about different lines, health, history and breeding. I was in the Finnish Aussie club's board for two years and dreamed about some day becoming a breeder myself.
In 2008 I got my much searched and waited addition to the pack, Dracu. I had very high expectations for her, I wanted a second dog for dogsports, a dog with more drive and better temperament.
Secretly I also hoped that I could start my breeding program with her. Dracu has really fulfilled all my hopes and dreams, and raised my notion of a good performance dog very high indeed and also
helped me know what is my idea of a perfect aussie. Dracu is my once in a lifetime-dog and. But with Dracu we were never that active in dogsports as with Dante. I got a bit tired of the dog scene
with its drama and stress of needing to be successfull in competitions. Now I try to focus on only one or two venues and don't compete because titles, but becase it's fun. It's not always so easy
when dogs and handlers are evaluated only by number of titles they have done.
In spring 2012 I had to do a very hard decision and put Dante to sleep. He had always been a difficult dog with aggression problems, too much guarding and very unpredictable behaviour, and it just got
to a point where it was too hard to live with him. So Dracu was left as an only dog, until that fall her breeder Isabelle wanted to borrow her for breeding. I said sure, and Isabelle took her to Sweden
for breeding. I was not going to take a puppy as I had just started at the University and was living in a box-sized appartment. But I could not help thinking that I had always dreamed of a blue eyes red
merle girl... We travelled to Isabelle in Sweden with Dracu for the whelping, and when Dracu gave birth to that one little blue-eyes merle girl Isabelle anounced my puppy was born. So eight weeks later
we came home with Dracu and that puppy that I was NOT going to have, Wicca.
Apart from training my own dogs I have completed training to become an agility instructer in 2008 and have been training groups regularly in our agility club for years. I have really enjoyed training others and
learned a lot through it myself. I have been an active member of your Finnish Aussie Club and local dog club and I follow everything aussie related going on in Finland and abroad. In 2010 me and Dracu did a
long trip to the USA to meet breeders, see more working dogs, watch the Nationals etc. We had a car and just drove around the country for three months visiting breeders, going to competitions etc. It was a really
amazing trip, and I learned so much more about the breed firsthand. I fell truly in love with the working aussie and shaped the idea of what kinds of dogs I want to breed myself.
I have done the following courses:
Breeders basic course
We have achieved:
Finnish agility championship silver in 2010 (with Dante)
Working dog raport championship gold in 2009 (with bc Sara)
Working dog raport championship silver in 2008 (with bc Sara)
Obedience team silver in 2009 (with Dracu)
Agility youth championship silver in 2007 (with Dante)
Aussie agility championship in 2008 (with Dante)
Finnish Agility Champion-title (with Dante)
I'm a member of the following clubs:
Agility Sport Team AST ry
Finnish Aussie club (FCI)
Finnish Australian Shepherd Club - FINASC
Australian Shepherd Club of America - ASCA