Cookie January 2012

January 24, 2012

Pedigree name: Vanaheim SGT Pepper  Known as: Cookie.

 Location: Christchurch.  Owner:J & R Walsh.   Breeder: Mrs. Morgan. 

By: Jessica Walsh ~ Christchurch.

On Friday morning October the 28th 2011, I was feeling tired and had a lot of pain in my body.I have an illness called Systemic lupus erythematosus (an immune disease ), that causes me to be disabled in many ways in my life.  I knew that my Vallhund Cookie is aware of this, as he sees me struggle throughout the day to pick things up from the floor.

This Friday morning turned out to be an extraordinary day because Cookie did something that he had never been trained to do.The phone began to ring and it was across the room lying on the floor. I looked in the direction of the phone and expressed my frustration verbally at having to struggle to lift myself up off the couch to reach it. Cookie observed my expression on my face and as fast as he could he ran over and grabbed the phone in his mouth and dropped it right at my feet. I was totally amazed and I immediately gave Cookie praise for what he did.

Before I got Cookie, I prayed to God that he would send me a pup that was extra special – a pup that could help me with my disability.

God has sent me a dog that loves me and we as a family love him more than we could ever have imagined.


Puppy Tips

December 26, 2010


1) Choose your basic rules for the puppy, dogs like people need boundaries

2) Consistency, try to get everyone in the house to agree to and follow the same rules for the puppy (if you can achieve this tell me how!, but do try!)

3) Socialisation! Dogs, people, animals and things of all shapes and sizes, as many experiences as possible (however in a calm controlled environment)

4) Only let your puppy mix with good influences (dogs and people), they are little sponges in all ways.

5) Keep ...

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October 31, 2010

October Featured Vallhund

Pedigree Name: NZ CH Valkrista Alatna  Known As: Ash

Bred By: Mrs. Rose Madsen  Owned By: Mrs. Natalie Morgan   Location: Otago


By Natalie Morgan of Vanaheim Kennel.

Standing ringside at the New Zealand National Dog Show 2008 my stomach was doing flip-flops. Ash (NZ Ch Valkrista Alatna) was her usual confident self taking everything in her stride while I on the other hand was feeling extremely nervous. We had taken the Best of Breed award the day prior and were...

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October 4, 2010

September Featured Vallhund

Pedigree Name: Wynrik Christa  Known As: Christa

Bred By: Alwyn Hopgood  Owned By: Rose and Hans Madsen   Location: Mangawhai

Like a Very Good Wine.

 By Rose Madsen.

Wynrik Christa came to us from Victoria in Australia, in November of 1995 and left us at 2.45 am. on the morning of 11th March,2006. By a strange coincidence, this was the day of our 2006 Annual Vallhund Gathering in the garden at Valkrista. At 12 years of age, we thought we would have another 2 or 3 years ...

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September 2, 2010

August Featured Vallhund

Pedigree Name: Barahwolfe Mistletoe Tonka  known As: Tonka

Bred By: Mrs. Peta Dowle Owned By: M. MacAulay  Location: Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tonka is the very happy young dog that lives with a family made up of people and a 14 year old cat 'Smellie'.  Almost 8 months of age now, Tonka started off in his new home by heading away to puppy preschool.  His mum Morag says that Tonka loves other dogs and this was apparent early with him very friendly with even the most ...

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April 24, 2010

April Feature

Pedigree Name: Valkrista Georgia Glider  known As: Georgia  Bred By: Mrs Rose Madsen

 Owned By: Dave & Denise Huddleston  Location: Whangarei

Dave and Denise living in Whangarei had enjoyed owning their little dog Tammy, a spaniel cross.  Tammy had a lovely personality, was good with people and was a devoted family pet.  When at age 16 years Tammy passed away the Huddlestons were interested in having another dog of a similar temperament.  Their friend Jenice Moyle owned a Swedish V...

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April 24, 2010


From Mopsen..... Mopsen

Photographed in Sweden (above top) is Mopsen, the first recognised stud dog of the breed.  Nearly 70 years on, here in New Zealand, & named after his famous ancestor is another Mopsen (above).  

Little Mopsen is photographed enjoying a cuddle with his owner Amber.  Amber is working towards having Mopsen assessed as a LANDSAR (Land Search & Rescue) dog.  We wish the Kiwi Mopsen well for his future training and assessment.
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April 2, 2010
 Featured Swedish Vallhund

Pedigree Name: NZCH Ryslip Fabian.   Was known As: Puffin.  Bred By: Mrs L Cartledge.

 Owned By: Maree Cooper.  Location: Tauranga, New Zealand.

By New Zealand Swedish Vallhund Historian - Peta Dowle

This months feature is a look back thirty five years into the breed history.  Back to the very first Swedish Vallhund to be imported to New Zealand.  Swedish Vallhunds were and are, a rare breed.  Today there are very few in Aotearoa, their numbers are up around the 3...

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March 10, 2010

Featured Swedish Vallhund

Pedigree Name: Valkrista Supanova.   Known As: Nova.  Bred By: Rose Madsen.

 Owner: Karen Lange.  Location: Christchurch, New Zealand.


Introducing Nova, a sable grey bitch bred by Rose Madsen of Valkrista kennel in Northland. Nova is six years old now and lives with a German Shepherd 'Turbo', who is eight.  Turbo and Nova are great mates.  "Turbo is alpha dog of the pair", says Karen "and Nova loves to 'mother' him."  Karen reports that Nova is "constantly licking Turb...

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February 6, 2010

Featured Swedish Vallhund

Pedigree Name: Torvall Karori Sassa.   Known As: Sassa.  Bred By: Kath Sinclair and Greg Sloane.

 Owner: Christine Birch.  Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand.


Woof!  Hullo  Woof! 

My name  is Sassa and I was born on 30th November 2008. My Mum is Cally, who lives with Kath and Greg at Torvall and Dad is Chaz, who lived with Rose and Hans at Valkrista.

I came to live with Christine in March 2009, after her trip to the Antarctic. Chris had to have Kim, her Corg...

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