Happy New Year 2010

* Committee Meeting
The next committee meeting will be held in Otago February 20th.  The major items on the agenda will include a possible move to be recognised and associated to the N.Z.K.C. and becoming an Incorporated Society.  A copy of the meeting minutes will be available to any club member upon request to the secretary from the 27th of February. 

* The History
The very early history of Swedish Vallhunds in New Zealand has been for the last few months carefully researched and written up.  There is still a way to go before this project in completed, but the first half may be found here under the history tab. The account includes not seen before photos of the very first Swedish Vallhund to arrive in New Zealand in 1975, & puppies from the first litter.  Also read about the impressive dogs owned by Lesley and Ian Gray of the Valdemar Kennel.  The club looks forward to continuing with this comprehensive account of the history in the next few weeks.  Preserving this early information is important and recognises the achievements and efforts of the pioneering breeders and owners.

* Tally
With the sending out of the club's first magazine/newsletter we called on people to join the club. We have to date approved approximately 100 applications to join.  Before the next magazine mail out, the intention is to contact by phone the remaining people to ask if they wish to join and following this phone-around we will have our foundation membership to move forward with.  This is a healthy and cheerful start to a small club with a rare breed.  We welcome eveyone and look forward to an exciting 2010 serving and representing Swedish Vallhund owners in New Zealand.

* Gold Coin Donation
At the last meeting the committee voted to alter the wording of application to join the club from 'Free' to  "Joining prefered by a one-off and minimum gold coin donation".  This has been implemented as of January 1st 2010.  Applications need also fit the criteria pertaining to dog ownership as detailed on the joining page.

* The Spitz Breed Club
We are delighted to be associated with the Spitz Breed Club.  The Swedish Vallhund Club is now a member of the Spitz breed club and we have given them a reciprocal membership to our club.  We look forward to establishing a working relationship with them and invite you to check out their website.  Swedish Vallhunds of course belong to the dog group of Spitz breeds.

* The sad Loss of Valkrista Valkyrie.
On the 5th of December 1997, the 6th litter of Swedish Vallhunds ever to be born in New Zealand were delivered at Valkrista.  Mrs. Rose Madsen had bred Wynrik Christa & Steppenwolf Zip for the second time and in this litter of six puppies was a little grey sable bitch puppy, Valkrista Valkyrie.  Valkyrie, or 'Rie' as she was to be known as went to live with Margaret and Harold Prue of Waimate.  She was the first Swedish Vallhund in the South Island.  Rie became a New Zealand Champion.  Sadly, just shy of her 12th birthday Rie passed away on the 23rd of October, 2009.  The Swedish Vallhund Community and Club have passed on their condolances to Margie and Harold.  We know Rie was a much loved Vallhund and they will be missing their special girl. 

NZCH Valkrista Valkyrie

* OTAGO Vallmeet ! 

When: February 20th 2010 - 1.00 pm   Where: (Google Map's link) Gabrielle’s Gully, Lawrence.

Bring a blanket or fold up chairs to sit on if you want to stop and natter.  Bring good walking shoes if you want to do the one hour bush walk.  (it is a walk not a race, but some fitness required to manage the ‘up hill down dale’ terrain) Retiring back to the Wild Walnut café for tea/coffee at  3.30 pm. Phone Peta for any details you need.  03 485 9090 R.S.V.P. to petadowle@slingshot.co.nz

Come to Lawrence.