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We have one little girl left out of a litter of the sweetest, calmest, loving-est girls I have ever seen at Born to Bark Kennels.

The smallest one “Tina” is the sweetest of the bunch and she is still available for adoption.

She is born on September 10th and she is already ready to go.
(her breeder could deliver her to Lower Mainland on December 1st).

 

Contact the breeder :
  • Kathy Hartman and Larry Hyink – Born To Bark Kennels
  • Castlegar, BC
  • (250) 365-5199  –  landline
  • (778) 828-3856  –  cellphone
  • kathyhartman@hotmail.com
  • We have owned Finnish Spitz for over 20 years. They are champion show dogs but mainly our family pets; begging from the table, sleeping on the bed…and coming when called. We try to breed for dogs that know how to be Finnish Spitz’s…but will choose to be dogs when asked.
    All pups CKC regd., vet check, 1st. shots, health guarantees.

 

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The Canadian Finnish Spitz Club’s 2018 National Specialty will be held Saturday, May 5 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Our judge will be Linda Kraft from Saskatoon. All regular classes will be offered as well as Veterans, Baby Puppy, Brace, and Altered.

We will be planning a dinner as well as other special events. Arrangements are being made for group benching and a breed display table.

The premium list is now up at DogShow.ca.

Hope you can join us!!

We are pleased to have Finnish Spitz puppies here at Pikkinokka Kennels, born July 29, 2017, ready to go September 23rd.

These puppies will be clear red-gold, medium-sized and will have fun, playful personalities.

Hawk and Krissy are both affectionate, active and talkative.

We are looking for homes that have thoroughly researched Finnish Spitz and are committed to an active breed with the quirky, sometimes challenging, personality of our wonderful breed. 

Approved homes only, $1200 plus GST.

More info at tilniq@telus.net and updates at www.facebook.com/pikkinokka

 

All our pups from this litter have found their own loving famillies, but we will have a new litter which will be due at Halloween and ready to go to their new famillies near Christmas!

 

Contact the breeder :
  • Til Niquidet – Pikkinokka Kennels
  • Broose Loop – Nakusp, BC
  • (250) 265-2166
  • tilniq@telus.net
  • Quality Finnish Spitz, Pomeranians and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
    With top winners in both Canada and the US, we offer the expertise of 40 years of placing the right Finnish Spitz in the most suitable homes.
    We breed health-tested/champion parents, feed raw food and use fewer vaccinations for optimum health.

 

This beautiful renewal card was designed, created and mailed out by Cristy Baldo Thank you Cristy!

 

Renew your CFSC membership today to keep on helping the Club achieve its objectives. Our goal: to promote and protect our amazing breed in Canada.
If you’re not already a member of the Canadian Finnish Spitz Club, we will be happy to welcome you. Membership to the CFSC is open to anyone who is interested in Finnish Spitzes, owners and enthusiasts alike.

We will also be glad to received your input regarding the club, so please take a minute of your time and complete our small survey :

This is the story of BB told in Sheri LeaGee‘s own words.

BB is the lovely Finnish Spitz puppy who was born with a bad heart. Sheri, who is Joan Grant’s grand-daughter gave her a compassionate home…and then fell so in love with her she knew she had to try to do the surgery.

We are raising funds, the surgery date is set and we are praying for success.

To help BB and her owner please visit www.gofundme.com/BBHeart

Sheri’s grandmother Joan Grant, is well known for her work with the Finnish Spitz breed, also known as “Finkies”. She shared her knowledge of the breed in her book, “Finnish Spitz – A Closer Look”.

 

My Grandmother Joan Grant imported her first Finnish Spitz into Canada in 1976 when I was just one year old. She spent the rest of her life breeding, showing, and studying the breed, always striving to improve the quality of her dogs and was very carefully trying to eliminate health problems through very selective breeding. She wrote a book about her journey and is well known in the dog world for her work. According to her book, heart problems are very rare within this breed.
Grams had a home in Golden BC with a grooming shack and a boarding kennel. I moved there and lived with her as a teenager, and again as a young mother. I learned a lot about care of dogs and many other animals from my time with her. Sadly she was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year and passed away. At her service I was talking to a long-time friend of hers, also a breeder of Finnish Spitz (Finkies) who mentioned that she recently had a puppy born with a heart problem. Her surgery was estimated to cost $3,000. Something told me that I needed to help this puppy, so I asked to take her. She became a part of my grieving process and a living remembrance of my Grandmother’s love.

So now I have this wonderful dog! She loves people, especially children. Her favorite thing to do is to go “hunting”… running around in the bush looking for grouse, pheasants, squirrels, or any other critter that she can bark at to let me know she has found them. The Finnish Spitz is the national bird-hunting dog in Finland after all.

Now that we have her we have started the process of getting her to a vet for her heart surgery. The vet confirmed that she has PDA which is Patent Ductus Arteriosus; an artery that is supposed to close at birth stayed open and so her heart does not move the blood around her body properly. If her heart is not repaired, her lifespan will be quite short and she will suffer congestive heart failure. We got a referral to a cardiac surgeon in Edmonton but were very dismayed to find that the estimated cost of surgery is $7,500 if there are no complications. This is way more than what we originally thought it would be and very far out of our reach financially.

When Mike Ranta (the canoe guy) came through Valemount a few weeks ago he said “Why don’t you start a go fund me for her?” I’ve never done one before but I thought, why not give it a try. I have set up a go fund me account so here is the link. www.gofundme.com/BBHeart

Sheri Gee

We just received some news from Finkies owners from Ontario.

On February 18th a Finnish Spitz meeting have been organized at SunnyBritook Park in North York Ontario. The meeting was a clear success: a great way to have fun and make new friends.

Our Ontario community is planning to organize this kind of event every 3 or 4 months. If you’re interested, feel free to have a look at the CFSC’s facebook page for more information regarding the next meeting.

Our reunion all started when I posted on the Finnish Spitz International Facebook page asking if there were any Finnish Spitz dogs near by.
I had been trying to reconnect with our dogs litter mates for a while to see if we could get together.

In the end there was actually a big response and ended up with 7 dogs coming out to meet up! We all were coming from different places and Cynthia Chiang suggested we meet at SunnyBrook Park in North York, as she had been there and it was a good middle ground meeting spot for the vast majority of people.

The dogs didn’t react as I expected, they didn’t seem to realize that they were meeting other Finnish Spitz, not to mention their own family members! For the most part they went off on their own to explore. We took pictures and all compared our dogs behaviour. We all found that our dogs all had a lot in common, including their quirks, tempers, sounds, likes and dislikes etc. Our meeting was about 2-3 hours long and by the end of it the dogs were all pooped!

We are hoping to do a quarterly meet-up from now on!

Chatherine Nicole (Ontario)

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Family and friends are saddened by the passing of Joan Grant, Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club and dedicated breeder of Pomeranians, Norwegian Elkhounds and Finnish Spitz.

Joan was active in breeding, showing, obedience and instrumental in the founding of breed and local training clubs in both Manitoba and British Columbia. She was mentor to many successful breeders in Pomeranians and Finnish Spitz.

14137985_10154537834432491_7713154446239206615_oWhile living in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, the “Jayenn” kennel name was registered with CKC in 1970 and she raised her first litter of Pomeranians.
In 1971 she raised her first litter of Norwegian Elkhounds, finishing her first Elkhound and Pomeranian champions in 1973. In 1975 she won her first Best in Show with a Pomeranian, CH Jayenn’s Hurricane of Valacey.
Finding the Elkhound a little too much dog, she was introduced to the Finnish Spitz by an article about the breed in the 1974 Dogs Annual, importing her first dogs from the famous “Cullabine” kennels of England in that year.
A pioneer in the Finnish Spitz breed in North America, she was dedicated to health and soundness in the breed, working for many years to establish a firm foundation for other breeders based on full disclosure and frank discussion.
She was active in the Portage Kennel Club, a founding member of the Canadian Finnish Spitz Club and the Columbia Valley Dog Club and was responsible for resurrecting the Pomeranian Club of Canada in the 1970’s; many hours were spent preparing and sending out newsletters, organizing meetings, breed booster shows and specialty shows, and working at creating a thoughtful and dedicated breed community.

In 1976, Joan moved from Manitoba with her dogs onto an acreage in the lovely Selkirk Mountains near Golden, BC. She spent many years working tirelessly to breed healthy, sound Pomeranians and Finnish Spitz, sometimes raising and keeping full litters to work through inherited health concerns. Proudest moments include winning the first-ever FSCA National show in 1980 with Champion Jayenn’s Firebrand Finn, winning the Champion class with an excellent rating at the World Show in Helsinki in 1998 with Am/Can CH Jayenn’s Tophunter , winning the US National with her Ch Jayenn’s Foxsa Jukka in 2007, and breeding and exporting to Finland a dog who would win her title in Finland, Finnish Champion Jayenn’s Helmi.

Breeder of over 60 Canadian champion Finnish Spitz, her legacy to the dog world is the quality of Canadian Finnish Spitz which is known all over the world.

In 2007, she published “Finnish Spitz: A Closer Look” – a collection of vignettes and history of over 30 years working and living with the breed.

Surrounded by her loving family, Joan passed in view of her lovely BC Rockies with her beloved Finnish Spitz, “Wifi” always at her side.

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Finnish Spitz Ricky, officially known as Ch. Maru’s Ricky Raccoon, THD, wearing his therapy dog vest and ID. Photo: Anita Thomas.

The distinctive traits of the Finnish Spitz are what make them good hunting dogs—and also outstanding therapy dogs.

The Finnish Spitz is an insanely curious breed. They want to know everything. Each has his or her own way of finding out.

Some are pushy and intrusive. Others are so subtle you’d think they’d rather be sleeping. But rest assured, each and every one of them has all receptors out, quivering on overtime, sponging up information, processing it, and making judgment calls.

Most of us have seen videos depicting therapy dogs providing comfort to people in crisis. We have seen how these dogs fit right into the situation, and engage with people according to what the people need. The particular quality that dogs bring to these situations is an undemanding, interactive presence.

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A hand reaches out for the comforting touch of Finnish Spitz Ivy. The breed seems to have an innate sense for when a person needs to connect with another being. Ivy is European Ch. Pikkinokka’s Ivy of Storm Valley, bred in Canada and now residing in the Netherlands. Photo: Finnish Spitz Club of America

 

This is where the Finnish Spitz differs a bit. They demand. They’re not jerks about it; they simply understand that, with humans at least, the capacity to give as well as take is of paramount importance in any healing process. So they make it happen, because the very best a dog can offer a person under stress is the impetus to reach out and connect.

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Mano, officially known as Int. Ch./GCh. (Silver) Mickywin’s Mainio Skandia, CGC, brings a smile to a resident during one of his therapy visits. Photo: Peggy Urton

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with a therapy dog is watching that connection take place. All of us, regardless of our breed, are familiar with it. What I’ve heard from Finnish Spitz owners, though, are tales describing insistence on who they will visit and what they will do with that person. They do not take orders or even pay much attention to suggestion here.

I myself have witnessed a variety of behaviors with individual patients, patient’s visitors, and staff members at the facilities we’ve worked at: an intense gaze directed at a woman having a psychotic episode, resulting in calmness. A relaxed, smiling “sit” at bedside, while a stroke patient moved their arm for the first time in order to give pats and even scratches. Poking and prodding another stroke patient, who became exhausted with petting—or so he thought, until his impromptu physical therapy session was over, according to the dog. Initiating a trip down an elevator then through strange corridors to find his favorite staff member, whose office space had been relocated. And when one patient did not want to visit with a dog, any dog, but did want to admire the beauty of mine, my boy obligingly struck a pose at a discrete distance, holding it until she was done.

One of the most poignant encounters wasn’t even an official therapy visit. My dog and I often hung out in the patio of a favorite coffee shop. One day he waived his normal first order of business (chomping a bagel), and instead went directly to a man sitting nearby. Next thing I knew, he was sitting between the man’s legs—in a position he only assumed with me—and was getting himself a good, vigorous rubdown, with the intimacy reserved only for a dog and his person. He shot me a glance that said, clearly, “Don’t sweat this, it’s OK.”

I watched my dog belong to someone else for about 10 minutes. Then the man found his voice, explaining that he’d put his own dear dog down just a few days prior. Everything clicked into place. My Ricky had run straight into the deep, silently screaming hole of a stranger’s heart, filled the void, and gently climbed out with him.

That is how a Finnish Spitz does therapy work.

Anita Thomas

Anita Thomas is a breeder and exhibitor of Finnish Spitz and has owned the breed since April Fools’ Day 1973. She has worked with the breed in a number of venues requiring training, specifically working with Ch. Maru’s Ricky Raccoon, THD, the first Finnish Spitz to earn both therapy and herding titles. During Anita’s long membership in the Finnish Spitz Club of America she has held several board positions and served as parliamentarian and on many show committees. She has also created artwork for merchandise for the breed’s national specialty.

From the December 2015 AKC Gazette

http://www.akc.org/news/finnish-spitz-has-heart-of-a-therapy-dog/?utm_source=FBAKC&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=​therapy

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