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SFLS NEWS Volume 1, Issue 1 Hi Everyone

Inside this issue: Poisonous Plants

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New ‗Fur-kids‘ on the Block

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What‘s in a Name

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I Couldn‘t Live Without

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Joker in the Pack

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Meet Your Committee

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Teaching Tricks

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Caption Competition

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Multi Ch Lecib- 10 sin Hissukka Society Events 12

When Dogs Go 13 A Courting Hot Stuff

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The Tail End

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Welcome to the first Southern Finnish Lapphund Society Newsletter. I am so excited that the Society has been formed. As you know, there are many of us Lappie owners living in the Southern Counties of the UK and there has been a strong demand amongst the ‗Southern Posse‘ to get together more often. Thanks to a very enthusiastic proposed Committee, the opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded people without having to travel too far is finally here. The Committee have come up with lots of events to put into your diary. Each one will provide a great opportunity for comparing notes and dogs and above all, having fun! You do not have to live in the South to be a Member, but social events will all be located here (although in varying locations). Neither will you have to don a pair of green wellies and drive a 4x4. Although this is ‗Labrador Country‘ they are not obligatory (not that we‘d dream of being so common of course!) Our taste in dogs is very different to the norm and perhaps that‘s why we all get along so well! Before I get too carried away I ought to introduce myself. My name is Liz and I live near Guildford in Surrey. It was decided on my behalf that I be appointed ‗Newsletter Editor‘ and I jumped at the chance. Now I feel that I have an ‗official‘

June 2007 job title; almost a qualification in fact. This must make me terribly important, surely? Perhaps I can now sign myself Liz Mowatt N.E. I don‘t care that no-one will realise what N.E stands for – it could be Nuclear Encrytophysiologist for example. Hmmmmm, I like that! Another bonus is that I can add little comments in a different colour and then put – Ed. I am loving this already! I am owned by three Lappies; Smuu who is 9 next month and bred by Jack & Pearl Chetwynd (Curdeleon). Tuukka, a 7 year old male bred by Toni Jackson (Elbereth) and Sisko (TabanyaRuu) bred by me three years ago and daughter of Smuu and Tuukka. All three are tri-colours with the most common colour combination of black and tan with white markings. I have included a little tale about Sisko later in the Newsletter (actually it‘s quite a long

me and my young family. You are probably nodding and thinking ‗yup, that‘s how we got started!‘ I was lucky enough to get Smuu a few months later. The ‗potato chip theory‘ soon set in – you just cannot stop at one! Two years later and Tuukka was part of the crew. In 2001 I bred my first litter and kept a bitch called Kallis. Tragically she was killed the following year, so I repeated the Smuu and Tuukka mating in 2003 and kept Sisko (Finnish for Sister). In 1999 I set up the Finnish Lapphund Chat Group hosted by Yahoogroups (http:// pets.groups.yahoo.com/ group/FinnishLapphund/), which boasts over 300 members from all over the world. It is a fantastic forum for owners, wannabee owners and breeders and we cover completely diverse topics from the serious to the downright daft! Whether you‘re worried about a health or training issue or simply wondering that it‘s normal your Lappie loves eating snotty tissues – we discuss it all! We also upload hundreds of photos of our furkids to drool over. If you haven‘t already joined us, please do.

tale....) and I hope it shows you how very little romance there is when ‗dogs go a courting‘. Although I grew up with dogs, Smuu was my first dog as an adult. In 1998 I met Toni and Echo and decided there and then that the Lappie was the perfect breed for

Well that‘s enough waffle about me. I hope to get to meet you all – although don‘t hold your breath. I usually turn up either two hours late, in the wrong town or even on completely the wrong day; it has been known!► [Continued p.2]


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―What would you like to see in ‗your‘ Newsletter? In fact, what would you like the Newsletter to be called?‖

SFLS NEWS

Introduction

(continued)

We hope to bring you a Newsletter every 3 months. In the meantime, please check out www.SFLS.org.uk which is not only bursting with information but also updated regularly with further dates for your diary, plus reports and photos from get-togethers as they happen. In compiling this Newsletter it was hoped I might produce ‗the best Newsletter in Dogdom‘. No pressure Liz! This may not be it! But let‘s make it happen! If you

know what I can do to improve it, please tell me – newsletter@sfls.org.uk. What would you like to see in ‗your‘ Newsletter? In fact, what would you like the Newsletter to be called? We thought it would be fun to open it up to the Members. Let‘s hear your suggestions please! The winner gets…. Well, the Newsletter called what they want it called – a fantastic prize.

your Lappie‘s latest trick or even the most disgusting thing he‘s rolled in, don‘t save it for your work colleagues (they won‘t appreciate it) share it with us! Perhaps you‘ve got a new arrival that needs introducing? Maybe there is a great walk on your doorstep that we can incorporate into a Lappie get-together? Please do let us know.

Contributions of all kinds are very, very welcome. If you‘d like to boast about

Poisonous Plants—by Jennifer Simmons

‗King Alfred’ Daffodils

Clematis

Rhododendron 'Hinodegiri'

Helleborus Niger

With the improvement in the weather, our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors and for many this includes enjoying our gardens. Pet owners need to be aware that many of our favourite garden and house plants are toxic if eaten. If your Lapphund is a digger or a chewer, you may need to be more vigilant. Below is a list of some common garden and household plants that can be poisonous to your pet. This is not an exhaustive list. Also, your pet may have a sensitivity or allergy to something that is not on the list. Always contact your vet immediately if you think your pet may have swallowed a poisonous plant. You will find arguments that some of the items listed are not, in fact, poisonous at all and that their toxicity is merely a matter of myth and misinformation. However, let‘s not conduct any experiments with our animals and always err on the side of caution. In the garden, if you‘re not sure about the

item your pet is chewing, then take it away. Bulbs: Amaryllis, Autumn Crocus, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Day Lily, Elephant Ears, Gladiolus, Hyacinth, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus, Onion, Orange Day Lily, Tulip Ferns: Asparagus Fern, Australian Nut, Emerald Fern (Emerald Feather), Lace Fern, Plumosa Fern Garden Perennials: Diffenbachia, Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger), Flamingo Plant, Foxglove, Nightshade, Onion, Tomato Plant, Tropic Snow Dumbcane House Plants: Chinese Evergreen, Cordatum, Corn Plant (Cornstalk Plant), Devil's Ivy, Dracaena, Dumb Cane, Golden Pothos, Green Gold Nephthysis, Kalanchoe, Marble Queen, Mauna Loa Peace Lily, Nephthytis, Peace Lily, Philodendron, Poinsettia, Swiss Cheese Plant, Taro Vine

Lilies: Asian Lily (Liliaceae), Easter Lily, Glory Lily, Japanese Show Lily, Red Lily, Rubrum Lily, Stargazer Lily, Tiger Lily, Wood Lily Shrubs: Azalea, Cycads, Euphorbia, Heavenly Bamboo, Holly, Hydrangea, Jerusalem Cherry, Mistletoe "American", Oleander, Precatory Bean, Rhododendron, Saddle Leaf Philodendron, Sago Palm, Tree Philodendron, Yucca Succulents: Aloe (Aloe Vera) Trees: Avocado, Buddist Pine, Chinaberry Tree, Lacy Tree, Yew Vines: Branching Ivy, Clematis, English Ivy, European Bittersweet, Glacier Ivy, Hahn's self branching English Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy


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The Lappie Stork!

New ‗Fur‘-kids on the Block Jennifer Simmons & Jay Henson are proud to announce a litter of 5 dogs and 2 bitches born 13 June 2007 to Elbereth Onnekas for Infindigo ShCM (Neka) and Elbereth Kimmi (Kimi) At the time of going to press, their names are: Big Boy - who looked enormous at birth but is being caught up now Girl One - not very imaginative, I know Star - white star on his forehead Mr Motor-vator - all four legs were pumping right from his first breath Spot - white spot on his chin Ms Universe - named for her muscles as well as her looks, as she wasted no time powering around the whelping box Pokey - the slowpoke who arrived 2 hours after everyone else - also known as Two-Toes because he has 2 white toes on every paw The puppies will be going to homes from Scotland to Devon and we hope to see a few of them in the show ring.

***OPEN MEETING*** Sunday, 1 July 2007

Litter expected mid August: Elbereth Toive x FIN Ch & Working Trial Ch, Lecibsin Kultakuono Litter planned End August: Elbereth Taru at Pavoskas x Elbereth Osmo All information from Toni Jackson tel: 020 8224 1125 or email toni@ elbereth.co.uk

Bradfield Village Hall Southend Road Bradfield, Nr Reading RG7 6EY 10 for 10:30am start 

This meeting is called to agree the Society‘s rules and Constitution and to appoint a committee. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring a raffle prize!  Tea & coffee will be provided Please bring a packed lunch & cold drinks The Open Meeting will be followed at approximately 2pm by games for all – adults, children & Lappies alike. Prepare yourselves for ‗Fancy Dress for Your Dog‘ (bring a fab costume), ‗Best Trick‘ (better start training!), ‗Fastest Recall‘, ‗Sausage Catching‘, ‗Who‘s Who Competition‘, ‗Sack Race‘, ‗Treasure Hunt‘, and of course the raffle (did we mention that you are more than welcome to bring a prize??). Games will take place in the Village Hall playing field, weather permitting. Don‘t forget to bring appropriate clothing & footwear! Further info from Jennifer Simmons email secretary@sfls.org.uk, ph 01626 853876 (before 9pm please)

"In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog."


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―Hmmmm, elf speak, monsters,

What‘s in a Name? Have you ever wondered where a breeder‘s kennel name has come from? Is it an acronym of their children‘s names, a place they visited, or were they simply on the ‗disco biscuits‘? Could there be a very good reason why they appeared to come up with something so strange? In each Newsletter I‘m going to be asking breeders for the story behind their affix.

students, university – definitely a case of

Elbereth Let‘s start with Toni Jackson of

– I read the book as did so

ing. Now LoR has had a revival

Elbereth Kennel.

many students when at Univer-

it‘s interesting how many peo-

sity (hundreds of years ago

ple spot its origin when I say a

before the latest LoR mania)

dogs name‖

“So Toni, Elbereth sounds like an indigestion remedy to me,

‗disco

does it mean anything and where does it come from?

biscuits‘ as I suspected!"

and when we had a Pyry litter they were all called after characters in the book and the affix

―Elbereth – is from the Lord of

was chosen. In those days you

the Rings, and means Star

could not have an affix unless

Queen in elf speak – writing

you had a stud book winner, so

her name is supposed to give

it was not something we got

you protection from monsters!

when we first started show-

Hmmmm, elf speak, monsters, students, university – definitely a case of ‗disco biscuits‘ as I suspected! Thank you for enlightening us!

Lapinlumon I asked Sarah Brandes of Lap-

breeds. However everything we

later that Beana did mean dog

inlumon Kennel in Den-

applied for was already taken

and for a while I was a bit

mark, for the origin of her

in Japan, Italy or other coun-

disappointed as I thought it

name - is it actually a very

tries. So in the end I turned to

would have been a more uni-

clever name with true meaning

the Finnish. Actually for a long

versal and easy kennel name

or were the letters picked from

time I wanted to apply for

for people to remember and

her Scrabble bag......

Beana which means dog in

understand. But I grew fond of

Saami language. But the day I

Lapinlumon and know I

was sending the application

wouldn´t change it for the

( the 4th! ) I suddenly started

world :) Seems a bit stupid

doubting if beana really did

when I am breeding Italian

mean dog?! I thought it would

lagottos that their prefix is

be very embarrassing to have a

Lapinlumon, but hey what the

kennel name like this if it

h.... "

"My kennel name means "enchanted by the Lappish"; lapin means everything Lappish and lumo is a Finnish verb meaning to love, adore, admire etc. I actually went through a diffi-

turned out I was wrong and it

cult process applying 4 times

didn´t mean dog. So in the last

for my kennel name! In the

minute I changed it so that my

beginning I didn´t want any-

first choice was Lapinlumon

thing Finnish as I knew I

and my second was Beana. And

wanted to also breed other

I got Lapinlumon. I found out

Sarah has an amazing website full of fabulous photos of her dogs and puppies. Check out www.lapinlumon.dk


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I Couldn‘t Live Without I‘m sure there are many of us who have a certain ‗doggie‘ product that we simply couldn‘t live without; whether it is a treat, training aid or a good book. I‘d love to know what product you or your dog cannot live without and would love to have this section bursting with great ideas in future Newsletters. I will start the ball rolling this time with the item I cannot live without. It‘s a plastic ‗collar‘ with bells attached that fastens with Velcro through the dogs‘ collars. I believe their intended purpose is as a musical instrument for toddlers to make them even more annoying than they already are. They are available from The Early Learning Centre for £2 and I believe this season‘s colours are blue and green!

Modeled here by Sisko (who doesn‘t open her eyes for less than 10b a day – that‘s 10 Bonios to you!). Email your ‗I couldn‘t live without‘ details to newsletter@sfls.org.uk and if you have pictures, even better!

I find them invaluable for walking in the woods where my dogs do like to do a spot of orienteering of their own accord. As least with these bells I stand a chance of knowing exactly where they are!

Joker in the Pack The American Kennel Club has decided to recognize these new breeds of dogs that are the result of cross breeding: Collie + Lhaso Apso: Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport. Spitz + Chow Chow: Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot. Bloodhound + Borzoi: Bloody Bore, a dog that's not much fun. Pointer + Setter: Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet. Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier: Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries. Pekingese + Lhaso Apso: Peekasso, an abstract dog. Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever: Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists. Newfoundland + Basset Hound: Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisers. Terrier + Bulldog: Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes. Bloodhound + Labrador: Blabrador, a dog that barks incessantly. Malamute + Pointer: Moot Point, owned by...oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway. Collie + Malamute: Commute, a dog that travels to work. Deerhound + Terrier: Derriere, a dog that's true to the end. Poodle + Min Pin: PooPin, a dog for constipated people.

"A dog will quickly turn you into a fool, but who cares? Better your dog than your boss. I'm a fool for my dog and proud of it."

Know a good dog joke? Email your ‘howlers’ to me at newsletter@ sfls.org.uk


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Meet your Committee I would now like to introduce you to your Committee, or better still, let them introduce themselves

Daniel Spencer—Acting Chairman Meet Daniel’s Dog—Ismo Ismo is a cheeky chap who has certainly put me through my paces. He enjoys running, raw bones, greeting people and generally playing. He is really good at spinning around and really bad at sitting still in pubs!

Hi. My name is Daniel Spencer. I live in Oxford with my partner and also my Finnish Lapphund dog Ismo (Lakeslapps Rakko). I am the proposed Chairman for the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society and it is my intention that the group should first and foremost be a friendly society that supports and provides fun for FL owners in the South of England. A really good dog

society should be one that encompasses all the different aspects of dog owning, from organised walks, shows, agility, games, training and health. It is my hope that the SFLS fulfils these roles and becomes a group that people enjoy being part of. The Southern prefix is not intended to exclude, but to ensure that activities take place at locations that are convenient

for FL owners in the south of England. Northerners can join! (I am a northerner myself having grown up in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire). chairman@sfls.org.uk

Pia Reynolds—Acting Treasurer

Meet Pia’s Dog—Jalo Jalo was born in October 2006 to Elbereth Satu and Lecibsin Hapmi. He has passed the KC GCS puppy course, and we are hoping to pass Bronze soon. He is such a lovely dog, and adores Thomas and any other kids who might be passing! He is a huge hit in the school play ground at pick-up time!

I was asked to write a little bit about myself and my role within SFLS, so here goes. I‘m Pia Reynolds, originally from Denmark, but I‘ve lived in the UK since 1992. I‘m married to Ian, and we live in Surrey with Thomas (5 – son), Filly (13 – evil witch cat), Toots (7 – bimbo ‗dim-bo‘ cat), Funnybunny (1 – manic depressive rabbit) and of course Jalo (8 months – beautiful Lapphund). Just over a year ago, we finally decided that we wanted to do something about getting a dog, having talked

about for months. Ian happened upon the Finnish Lapphund breed somewhere, and like with so many others, after a little bit of reading and a visit to Toni, we were hooked. We timed it well, and as we were happy with dog/bitch and black/ cream/brown/pink/blue/ anything, we were lucky enough not to have too long a wait for lovely Jalo. Somehow, though, we went from wanting a pet dog to, a year down the line, be totally involved in the breed on a social basis as well as

showing, and now the Southern Finnish Lapphund Society. In the Society, I act as Treasurer. My main responsibility is to deal with anything to do with money within the Society, so that we, at the end of the year, can present our accounts to be audited. This is currently mostly membership subscriptions and event expenses. I also help out with the website, as well as anything else that might turn up! treasurer@sfls.org.uk

"Maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. A dog will treat you better than anyone you'll meet at happy hour. Trust me. I've been to happy hour."


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Jennifer Simmons—Acting Secretary I‘m originally Canadian, although I‘ve been resident somewhere in England for, er, many years. I now live in rural Devon with my partner, Jay, and our animals. We have two middle-aged cats: Lenny, a choc-spotted silver Oriental, and Gink, a ginger-and-white moggie. The canine family members are: Annie, a rescue Akita who is about 9 years old, and FLs Neka who is 3 years old and Keskiyo who is one. My day-job is running a company I own in partnership with Jay, importing and wholesale distribution of music instruments and related products. Although I used to

be a professional singer, that has taken a backseat in recent times as our business has grown. I‘ve had cats all my life but Neka was my first ever dog, so I‘ve been in dogs for as short a time as I‘ve been in Lapphunds! Obviously I was immediately hooked and now happily find myself more deeply involved than I could ever have anticipated. As Secretary, my job for the Society and Committee will be to mind the rules & regs, set up meetings & other events and maintain membership, meeting & general Club records. Although I

haven‘t much experience in the dog world, I have many years‘ experience in Committee servicing and minute-taking so I‘m hoping to use my old professional skills that I thought I‘d left behind when I went into business for myself! Welcome to the SFLS. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and send us lots of information about you and your dogs for future issues. And I hope to meet you at a Society event in the future. secretary@sfls.org.uk

Meet Jennifer’s Dog—Keskiyö Keskiyö has just turned one year old (he‘s 10 weeks in the photo). He is also a tricolour bred by Toni Jackson. He loves veggies, strutting his stuff in the show ring, having his chest & belly scratched and flirting with lady Lapphunds (or any other breed of lady-dog). He‘s quite a laid-back boy and takes most things in his stride, although he wouldn‘t mind if he never saw his brothers again! His showing claims to fame include a couple of breed records, being the youngest Lapphund to be awarded Best Opposite Sex at a Champ show and the only Lapphund to win a Puppy Stakes at a Champ show.

MEET MORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER!

Want to know more about owning a Finnish Lapphund? Why not have a look at our website at www.sfls.org.uk. Look under ‘Information’ and ‘Lapphund Questions’, where we have asked a number of members some questions on what it’s like living with their Lapphund(s).

Meet Jennifer’s Dog—Neka Neka is a 3-yearold black-tan-white tricolour bred by Toni Jackson. Neka is the first Finnish Lapphund to be awarded the Show Certificate of Merit for wins at open shows, which is a minor miracle considering how badly behaved she often is in the show ring! And she got her KC Good Citizen Bronze award at 6 months of age. She‘s very nosy and hates to think she‘s missing out on anything. She loves running & paddling at the beach, licking yoghurt off her nose (or anyone‘s nose, for that matter), and she‘s never met a dog, cat or person she didn‘t like. She‘s not too keen on being on her own or being quiet and still but she is afraid of absolutely nothing except sheepskin rugs (don‘t ask).


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―A few more like that and I wait again, this time she really whacks it and bingo, it ‗speaks‘. A click and a jackpot of treats!‖

SFLS NEWS

Teaching Tricks by Shaping—by Karen White Some of you may have seen Taivas ‗performing‘ her little repertoire at shows, she has such fun learning and doing her tricks so here I‘m going to share with you how I go about teaching her a trick. For most tricks I begin armed simply with a pile of tiny treats and a clicker – incidentally, a clicker isn‘t a necessary training aid, I just find the ‗click‘ works best for me but a ‗YES‘ said at the correct time with enthusiasm will work too. The click tells Taivas she has got it right and that a treat will follow shortly. Find lots of articles about getting started using a clicker at http:// www.clickersolutions.com/ articles/index.htm#basic I teach most tricks using a method called ‗Shaping‘. Shaping is, quite literally, shaping the dog to do something using a series of tiny increments without using the lead, touching her (or pushing into position), or speaking to her. To explain this more fully, let‘s take a look at the first ever trick I taught Taivas – paw targeting the ‗Easy button‘. The ‗Easy button‘ is an executive desk toy (from Staples), when you press the button it says ―That was easy‖! Quite a cool trick for a little dog to finish her performance with, well except for taking a bow!

Anyway, there I was with a pile of treats, clicker and easy button. And Taivas of course; ready to start. I put the Easy button on the

floor and wait. Taivas is quite a nosy little dog so something on the floor grabs her attention straightaway and she moves towards it – I click and throw a treat. She stops and looks at me, totally mystified as to why she got the treat. I say nothing and she returns her attention to the button – click and treat. Ok she thinks, I get a treat when I look at this button – and she tries it again, click and treat. The rate of reinforcement at this stage needs to be high, ideally she should be getting a treat at least every couple of seconds to keep her motivated. Keep the training sessions short and stop before your dog loses interest. Now I let her get to the button before I click and treat, once again she stops and looks but quickly returns to the button, she‘s already beginning to realise that it‘s interacting with it that gets her the treats. It‘s brilliant to see her make the connection. Now it gets a little harder as I want to wait for her to touch it before rewarding. I watch her paws very carefully; any tiny little movement will be rewarded. Many clicks and treats later she is lifting a paw and touching the easy button, that‘s great but she isn‘t hitting it hard enough to make it ‗speak‘. So now I have to wait for her to make more effort, without leaving it too long and have her lose interest. She tries a couple of times softly hitting it and looks to me expectantly for her click and treat. I can almost hear her thoughts ―Hey, I hit the button, didn‘t you see me‖ – and she does it again, a little harder to make sure I see it. It‘s still not hard enough but it was harder than before so I

click and treat. A few more like that and I wait again, this time she really whacks it and bingo, it ‗speaks‘. A click and a jackpot of treats!

This was done over two or three sessions and at the beginning of each one I always expect to go back a couple of steps but can move on quicker each time. When she is offering the behaviour instantly and consistently then I add a cue – in this case ‗Whack it‘! For more about shaping try this link www.clickersolutions.com/ articles/index.htm#shaping Taivas is now a dog used to shaping, she knows I expect her to offer a behaviour – and she will always try all the ones she knows first to see if they get the desired result – a click and treat. When they don‘t, when I‘m teaching something new, she will then look around to see what I might be expecting her to do. I‘ve used a chair and got her to put a paw on it, rest her head on it or put both paws up on it. I wanted to get her to put her paw on the mouse button to get a photo which looked as if she was using the computer – without shaping I don‘t know how I could have done it. With ► [Continued p.9]


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Teaching Tricks by Shaping—continued

shaping it only took about 10 minutes. There is a lot more to it – for example not rewarding the dog (once she thor-

oughly knows the behaviour), if she offers it without the cue. Even now Taivas will come hurtling into the kitchen to shut the cupboard doors for me – not what I want when my head is in the way – because I carried on rewarding her for doing it without a cue long after she knew the behaviour 100%. I‘m not an expert but Taivas and I have great fun! Thanks Karen, I for one am definitely inspired! – Ed

Caption Competition No self respecting Newsletter would be complete without a silly photo and caption competition!

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx FINNISH LAPPHUND CHAT – A round up

What caption can you come up with for this photo of Smuu acting as wicket keeper and Tuukka in bat?

Make us smile and you could win yourself some Finnish Lapphund goodies. Email your caption to newsletter@sfls.org.uk. The best entries will be posted on the SFLS website and the winner announced in the next Newsletter.

DID YOU KNOW?..... £350 is the cost per animal of new body armour for police dogs. The armour has taken two years to develop and is expected to be bought by police forces around the country. ―Dogs cost a small fortune to train and we want to keep them as long as we can‖ says Chief Superintendent Richard Wilson of South Yorkshire Police who has spent £2,800 on eight sets.  The following breeds are being promoted to the KC Breed Register: Bracco Italiano, Spanish Water Dog and Dogue de Bordeaux – they will transfer to the Breed Register from the Import Register with effect from January 1st 2008 and will be eligible for Crufts in 2009.

Recently we have been discussing ‘elbows, hips, patellas and other health problems’ – databases for aforesaid and relevant websites. If you want to read the information, the message numbers are #27316, #27326 and #27347 If you have not yet joined the Finnish Lapphund Yahoo Group, why not take a look: http:// pets.groups. yahoo.com/ group/ FinnishLapp hund/


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Abbreviations used in names in this article: S = Sulyka L = Lecibsin St = Staalon C = Carlacot

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Multi Ch Lecibsin Hissuka Family Tree I‘m sure many of you have wondered about the first generations of Finnish Lapphunds in the UK. Toni has very kindly supplied the closely intertwined family tree of Lecibsin Loru at Sulyka and Multi Ch Lecibsin Hissuka, the very first Finnish Lapp -hunds in the UK and from whom so many of our homebred dogs are descended. Next time around we shall learn about the three Chelville imports. Dogs/Bitches in RED have gone on to have litters.

E = Elbereth

07/03/1991

M = Millermead Cu = Curdeleon Mo = Mossdown G = Glenchess Ch = Chelville B = Bekkis Le = Leemax Sh = Shirdees T = TabanyaRuu Ma = Mavanne Lu = Lumiturpa

Fohrmans Hermanni (D) x Lecbisin Hissukka (B) Sulyka Lecibsin Nilla (D) Sulyka Lecibsin Joka at Leemax (D) Sulyka Lecibsin Oula (D) Sulyka Lecibsin Inka (B) Sulyka Lecibsin Outi of Mossdown (B)

09/11/1992

01/08/1995

S L Nilla (D) X L Loru at S (B)

St Runne at S (D) X S Lindu of C (B)

S Ali (B) S Inari of Shirdees (B) S Jouni (D) S Lindu of C (B) S Mella at M (B) S Mischa at E (B) S Sepia (B) S Uula (D)

C Adagio At Ch (D) C Azure (D) C Alyssum (B) C Aurora of Mavanne (B)

19/05/1993 S L Nilla (D) X L Loru at S (B)

Multi Ch Lecibsin Hissuka

S Aila (B) S Karri (D) S Mikko (D) S Rauni at Bekkis (B) S Reko at Rodams (D) S Sisko (B) S Valio is Cu (D) 15/08/1994 St Runne at S (D) X S L Outi of Mo (B) Mo Margareeta (B) Mo Marianna (B) Mo Marko (D) 11/06/1995 St Runne at S (D) X S L Inka (B)

Sulyka Mischa at Elbereth

S Kokko (D) S Matti (D) S Kukka Maaria at Cu (B)

04/02/1996 St Runne at S (D) X S Mischa at E (B) E Hassu at Sh(D) E Kaiku at G (B) WW02/03 E Peikko at G (D) E Natti (B) E Puuska (D) E Tulli of Kamashell (B) 27/05/1996 Tsinghuan Poarka at Ch (D) X S Mella at M (B) M Finlandia Fire (D) M Finlandia Frost At Belleaze (D) M Finlandia Luna At Belleaze (B) M Finlandia Jet (D) M Finlandia Mist (B) 10/08/1996 St Runne at S (D) X S Rauni at B (B) B Populus (D) B Sequoia (D) B Juniper (B) B Mahogany (B) B Tamarisk (B) B Wayfarer (B)


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Multi Ch Lecibsin Hissuka Family Tree—continued 15/08/1996

24/09/1998

St Runne at S (D) X S Sepia (B)

St Runne at S (D) X C Aurora of Ma (B)

S Jari (D) S Olli (D)

Ma Cafe Noir (D) Ma Chocolate Chip (D) Ma Cafe Au Lait (B) Ma Coffee Cream (B) Ma Hot Chocolate Fudge (B)

25/09/1996 S L Joka at Le (D) X L Hankka at Le Le Hauska (B) Le Herra (D) Le Herttua (D) Le Herttuatar (D) Le Hollantielle (B) Le Hunaja (B) Le Hyppia (B) Le Hyva (B) 01/02/1997 E Hassu at Sh (D) X S Inari of Sh (B) Sh Koora (B) Sh Roska (B) Sh Tiuku (B) Sh Usua (B) 09/03/1998 C Azure (D) X S Mischa at E (B) E Halti (B) E Hupi (B) Belg Ch E Runo in Bernavia E Lumi 13/07/1998 S Valio is Cu (D) X S Kukka Maaria at Cu Cu Hermanni (D) Cu Jaakko (D) Cu Suvi Aamu (B) Cu Suvi Helmi (B) Cu Suvi Ruusi at T (B) 13/07/1998 St Runne at S (D) X C Alyssum (B) C Brown Bear (D) C Bracken (D) C Brown Bread (B) C Bronze Boots (D) C Brown Bunny (B) C Butterfly (B) C Brown Owl (B)

Sulyka Lecibsin Inka

11/10/1998 St Runne at S (D) X S Mella at M (B) M Ice King (D) M Ice Lord (D) M Ice Knight (D) M Ice Maiden at Hildrek (B) M Ice Lady (B) M Ice Warrior (D) 24/08/1999 Ch Timo (D) X C Alyssum (B) C Caribu (D) C Ceri (D) C Crispin (D) C Christoff (D) C Cher (B) C Chiff Chaff (B) C Crisp (B)

Elbereth Taika AW

26/09/1999 C Azure (D) X S Mella at M (B) M Koira Black Bird (B) M Koira Black Gem (B) M Koira Black Girl (B) M Koira Black Buck (D) M Koira Black Fox (D) M Koira Black Jet (D) M Koira Black Wolf (D) 26/04/2000 Fin Ch Lu Nörri X S Mischa at E (B)

Sulyka Valio is Curdeleon

E Toive (B) E Tuukka at T (D) E Lusa (B) E Taika AW (B) E Enkeli (B) E Leijona (D) E Nalle at Hildrek (D) E Noki at Oberitz (B)

Fin Ch Lumiturpa Nörri


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Championship

SFLS NEWS

Society Events

shows coming up: 24 Jun Blackpool

29 Jun Windsor

8 Jul South Wales Kennel Assoc

11 Jul Paignton

14 Jul National Working & Pastoral Breeds

19 Jul East of England

23 Jul Leeds

11 Aug Bournemouth

18 Aug Welsh Kennel Club

25 Aug Scottish Kennel Club

1st July 2007 Open Meeting Don‘t forget the Open Meeting. Full details on page 3 of this newsletter! Lapphund Walks (by Daniel Spencer): These dog walks are an opportunity for you and your lapphund(s) to get to meet up with other Lapphund owners for a relaxing and fun walk. Great for talking about dogs, meeting likeminded Lapphund lovers and generally socialising. A group of lapphunds is an impressive sight, and we will attract some attention from other walkers, so please remember that we are ambassadors for the breed and ―poop scoop‖ where necessary and follow local park guidelines. You, and not The Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, are responsible for the safety and control of your dog. Beware, most walks will involve being near farm livestock, or wild deer at some point, and lapphunds find this tempting! The walks are not arduous, but the full walk would not be suitable for immature pups. Please contact, Daniel Spencer, on 01865 779243 or chairman@sfls.org.uk, no later than the day before the

walk to check any change in details. Whilst I am reasonably hardy, a walk in horizontal sheet rain across a wind-swept moor will never appeal! By default, I intend to be present at each walk. Aim to be present at the walk start at 11am and the walk will begin at 11:15am. Bring your own food and water for your dog! Sunday 15th Jul 2007 Herstmonceux Castle and Science Centre, BN27 1RN – Sunday 15th July The Observatory Science Centre is in East Sussex, two miles east of Herstmonceux village, on the Boreham Street to Pevensey Road. Look for the sign to 'Herstmonceux Castle and Science Centre' from the A271. The most direct route is now to travel south along the A22 to the new large roundabout just north of Eastbourne. Then follow the A22 / A27, eastbound to Pevensey. At the roundabout by the Esso station take 1st exit. Then follow the sign for Herstmonceux Castle along the Wartling Road for 3 miles. Meet up at 11 am on the Observatory lawns. Sunday 5th Aug 2007 Sandford on Thames to Oxford - Church Road, Sandford on Thames, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4

4YB – A lovely route along the river Thames past picturesque Iffley village and Oxford University boathouses to Christchurch meadow – less than 10 miles there and back, but flat. Isis Tavern is dog friendly and on route. People can turn back here if they so desire. Some off the lead areas, but lead may be necessary on the towpath as there are joggers, cyclists, fishermen and the occasional rowing coach! 11 am rendezvous. Parking is limited to the road approaching Sunday 23 Sep 2007 New Forest Walk - Deerleap Lane car park almost opposite the Otter and Owl Centre, near Ashurst SO40 4UH (note: some car parks are being removed by the park authorities so will update this car park is still available closer to the time. A great walk in a lovely part of the New Forest. Wild, scrubby land, rivers (sometimes overflowing!) and some forest, oh, and of course the occasional pony! 11 am rendezvous.

29 September 2007 Training Day Full details on page 15 Further events are planned – keep checking out the website!


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When Dogs Go A Courting—by Liz Mowatt The following article ‘could’ offend anyone of a delicate nature – you might want to hide it from your kids ….. Lapphund puppies – cute and

flower bed – ooooh, stop it, it

yet and we don‘t smoke. In-

adorable; so innocent you just

tickles!‘. This went on for quite

stead we made do with the

want to pop one into a basket

some time – never quite errr,

next best thing – food! It was

next to your flower arrange-

hitting the spot …….. I caught

‗Scooby Snacks‘ all round – and

ment and take photos to show

Sisko‘s eye and we exchanged

Matt does make a mean cheese

your Mum. But perhaps behind

a knowing look. Sisko was

and chutney sandwich.

that picture of unadulterated

being contrary and sitting down

loveliness lies a story of per-

at the crucial moment. It was

sonal exposure, screaming,

time for Matt and me to ‗get

contortions and voyeurism?

down deep and personal‘….. It

Welcome to the dark side of

was time to assist.

dog breeding. Come, take my

We didn‘t really get much further after that. My knees were aching, my arms were aching, and my bottom was getting bloody cold! It was all getting

I would crouch down next to

rather frustrating. Not for the

Sisko and push her upwards to

first time did we scratch our

keep her standing – which was

heads and ponder the remark-

fine until my creaky old knees

able fact that there are so

started giving me hell. I had

many stray dogs in the world.

given Sisko a bath the day

Osmo does have excellent form

Now, before you feel too sorry

before so that her hair was nice

and had bestowed upon Taban-

for Sisko, let me point out that

for her date. Not particularly

yaRuu Kuusi (Sisko‘s sister) a

she was ‗gagging‘ for it if you‘ll

relevant to this part of the

beautiful litter of 6 puppies, so

pardon the expression. A three

story other than to state that it

the rewards were worth getting

legged mutt with one eye and

was a shame I hadn‘t given so

uncomfortable for. We just

halitosis would have set her

much consideration to my own

needed more patience.

pulse racing. But being the

attire. Now had I known that I

responsible parent that I am, I

would be adopting this position

insisted upon the devilishly

for most of the afternoon, I

handsome Osmo, or Elbereth

wouldn‘t have worn the blouse

Osmo ‗Sturrrrd‘ as he likes to

that was now drooping to my

be known. It was all proper

navel or the nice billowy sum-

and correct you know; there

mer skirt that seemed to spend

were few formalities granted,

most of its time blown up

but Osmo‘s Dad Matt and I did

around my neck! Mind you,

the British thing and drank tea

when in Rome, or should that

and talked about the weather,

be Essex?..……

hand. Join me as I walk you through the trials and tribulations of the deflowering of my precious little girlie furkid, Sisko.

whilst the dogs pranced and frolicked. Doggie foreplay is rather charming really.

Osmo—the hunk

Then Matt had an idea! Perhaps Osmo was being put off by having his Dad encouraging him in his ear ‗Come on Son, get it in, come on boy, you can do it!‘ Hmmm, you probably don‘t want to hear that from your Dad at the crucial moment. But then again, perhaps Osmo just doesn‘t want she-

Sisko—the gorgeous girl

nanigans in front of his Pack

By now ‗we‘ were also ex-

Leader. So Matt was duly des-

hausted and must have squat-

patched to get some milk and

ted over every blade of grass

the game continued, frustrat-

It was a beautiful sunny day in

ourselves. We were also hot

ingly without success.

Matt‘s garden in Brightlingsea,

and bothered so goodness only

Essex but a wind was getting

knows how it felt to attempt

up. Jumper on, jumper off,

hanky panky in the sunshine

jumper on, jumper off. Osmo

whilst wearing an enormous fur

on, Osmo off, Osmo on, Osmo

coat? We yearned for a post-

off. ‗Should we do it on this bit

coital ciggie – but that was just

of grass?‘ ‗ No, lets frolic over

running away with ourselves.

there, no, over here in this

We hadn‘t ‗witnessed the deed‘

In the end I consulted The Oracle – you might know her as Toni. She sensibly advised some time out, so I made my way to the back door to shut one of them inside. Osmo sensing the canine equivalent

See a clip of Osmo and Kuusi‘s litter (mentioned in this article) on YouTube: http:// www.youtube.com/ watch? v=AETU6ib0iRU


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When Dogs Go A Courting—continued ―I managed to adjust so that I had my bottom on the floor – quite where my legs were I have no idea. I could imagine

of a cold shower seized his

hole into my foot. I managed

oh crikey, that was quick;

chance. This time he took no

to adjust so that I had my

Osmo and Sisko were already

prisoners and was soon hard at

bottom on the floor – quite

at it and I‘d barely had time to

it on the back door step. I

where my legs were I have no

tie the knot, if you‘ll excuse the

immediately hunched down to

idea. I could imagine the head-

pun. No flirting, no faffing, no

make sure Sisko didn‘t flake

lines ‗woman found legless

‗air‘ bonking, this was as it

out on him. I‘d like to say at

under mating dogs!‘ Sisko

should be, Mother Nature being

this point that I could hear

moaned, and I mean moaned,

her bountiful, most beautiful

harps playing and angels sing-

she also threw in some groan-

self. Sisko let out only the

ing. Sadly it was to be the ear

ing for good measure, for the

tiniest scream and when it was

splitting screaming of Sisko,

entire fifteen minute tie. My

all over, once again adopted

piercing my heart with each

poor baby! Then it was all over

the ‗downward dog‘ yoga posi-

shriek. Fair play to Os, it didn‘t

and Osmo was able to calmly

tion (so aptly named!) for the

once put him off his stroke!

walk away.

twenty minute tie, interspersed

The neighbours must have

It was time for

high fives, hugging and kissing

with some deep groaning. Got

and the long journey home.

to give it to her, that girl has a

the headlines

thought someone was being murdered as the screaming

Overnight I hatched a plan. I

‗woman found

just didn‘t stop. Matt found me

know, let‘s do it all over again

I hadn‘t noticed that during this

ten minutes later contorted on

tomorrow, only this time I will

time the guys on their fag

legless under

the floor, with Osmo and Sisko

dress sensibly and we can

break had gone inside and

virtually ‗tied‘ on top of me.

rendezvous on the land behind

been replaced by a solitary

mating dogs!‘ ―

Tieing, now there‘s an unpleas-

my husband Rory‘s Garden

smoker who was staring at us

ant business. Men, you might

Centre and the staff can

in wonderment. I could feel his

want to read this through your

watch!! And watch they did,

eyes boring into me and then

fingers. The vascular structure

although they had no idea who

he tentatively approached ….. I

of the penis becomes engorged

we were or what we were up

had to admire his customer

inside the bitch, ejaculating the

to. Osmo looked gorgeous.

service skills. There we were,

whole time it is inside. This

Sisko couldn‘t wait to get her

ostensibly two members of the

can last anything from one

paws on him, all memory of the

public trespassing on private

minute to forty minutes and

previous day erased from her

property. Between us, two

means that the dogs are joined

mind. Matt hid behind a fence.

dogs ‗stuck‘ together, one with

at the rump and cannot move

Encouraged by the presence of

its bum in the air and its nose

apart. So be glad, be very

two garden centre staff sitting

buried into the dirt and moan-

very glad men, that you are

20ft behind me on their fag

ing. He took a deep breath….

not a dog - not that you don‘t

break (yeah right) I squatted

―Can I help you at all?‖

have your own problems…. It‘s

down next to Sisko and imme-

a sight for sore eyes for breed-

diately felt the chill of the wind

ers, the icing on the cake, and

on my bottom. On my bottom?

the promise of some puppy

Not again! With a sinking

magic. But for the dogs it‘s

heart I reached behind me and

awkward and scary. I had

felt with a nervous hand……

helped Osmo get his leg over

Yes, sure enough, I had

Sisko (ahhh, so I did) so that

goofed. Not only was I offering

they could stand back to back,

the staff free dog porn, but

only Sisko decided to collapse

also entertaining them with the

her front end onto the floor

horribly comical sight of my

(rear end attached to Os in the

bulging builders bum and

air) trapping my arm under-

thong!

neath her, my ring digging a

jumper around my middle and

Sisko—now 7 weeks pregnant!

I swiftly tied my

style of her own.

We gave our beloved furkids a cuddle and a drink and put them away for a well earned rest. Both Matt and I wearing smug little grins and I think I detected a hint of a swagger in our strides. It was time to join Rory for a quick bite in the coffee shop and raise our teacups in a toast - ―To Puppies!‖ © Liz Mowatt 2007


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TRAINING DAY Training in Basic Obedience with Loryn Oliver Saturday, 29 September 2007 The Shield Stables and Stud Charlton Road, Charlton Village Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 0SJ Directions: http://www.shieldshow.com 9:30am for 10am start – approx 4pm finish Participation places are strictly limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis Bookings:

Mrs Pia Reynolds Email treasurer@sfls.org.uk Phone 01932 590101 (before 9pm please)

Prices:

£10 per person with one dog to participate £5 per person to observe (spectator places are unlimited) FREE for children 12 years and under Please note: Children are very welcome to attend the training day but, due to the nature of the venue, must be closely supervised at all times.

TOPICS: Basic obedience: Sit, Down, Walk on lead How dogs learn Recall Lunchtime Agility! Loryn Oliver Loryn has had a lifelong passion for animals and became involved in the world of horses at a young age, competing in most disciplines for many years. She came to dogs a little later, starting out in agility with rescue dogs Ziggy, a Papillon, and a deaf Border Collie called Fly. She started in obedience with a rescue German Spitz, Harvey, and in 1997 they were chosen to represent the Northern Team in the obedience competition at Crufts where not only did their team achieve 2nd place, Loryn and Harvey also won 2nd place in the individuals. Loryn‘s Border Collie, Chase, went from Pre-Beginners to class ‗C‘ in obedience and her current Collie, Catch, is now working on ‗C‘. Her Finnish Lapphund, Bisto, has just started his obedience career and has already accomplished a few breed firsts! Because of Loryn‘s past success, Bisto had to enter at a higher level than most new dogs and has placed in open Novice classes and finally had a recent WIN. A second win will see him move up to level A.

Hot Stuff! Did you know that on a hot day, the temperature inside a car can become as hot as 120°F/49°C? Even more alarming, it can reach that temperature within 6-10 minutes! We all know not to leave dogs unattended in cars on warm days (even with windows open and water available), but do think about the following before traveling with your dog…

Is your dog sitting in direct sunlight? Always make sure there is shade, even if you have air conditioning. Make sure there is water available to drink and make lots of stops. Take cold water in a thermos flask with ice inside. Water inside plastic bottles becomes hot very quickly.

Give dogs cold wet towels to lie on. When outside, do not allow your dog to stand in direct sunlight for long periods of time (be careful of this at dog shows). Do not exercise your dog in the heat – instead walk first thing in the morning or late in the evening when it‘s cooler.

Photos of YOUR dogs We‘d love to see our Members‘ dogs, so send your favourite photo of your pooch to newsletter@ sfls.org.uk and he or she could feature in our next newsletter!


Southern Finnish Lapphund Society

The Tail End *Top ten reasons why a dog is better than a woman* 10. A dog's parents will never visit you. 9. A dog loves you when you leave your clothes on the floor.

Don‘t forget to visit our website: www.sfls.org.uk

8. A dog limits its time in the bathroom to a quick drink. 7. A dog never expects you to telephone. 6. A dog will not get mad at you if you forget its birthday. 5. A dog does not care about the previous dogs in your life. 4. A dog does not get mad at you if you pet another dog. 3. A dog never expects flowers on Valentine's Day. 2. The later you are, the happier a dog is to see you.

We’d love to hear from you!

1. A dog does not shop.

Doggie Farts

If you have anything at all you wish to share, be it photos, stories, jokes, questions, tips, problems, anything at all, please do get in touch. We would also love to tell everyone about your achievements, so if you have passed any Good Citizen tests or won at a show, send us an email to:

A young man was delighted to finally be asked home to meet the parents of the young woman he'd been seeing for some time. He was quite nervous about the meeting, though, and by the time he arrived punctually at the doorstep he was in a state of gastric distress. The problem developed into one of acute flatulence, and halfway through the canapĂŠs the young man realized he couldn't hold it in one second longer without exploding. A tiny fart escaped. "SPOT!" called out the young woman's mother to the family dog, lying at the young man's feet. Relieved at the dog's having been blamed, the young man let another, slightly larger one go. "Spot!" she called out sharply. "I've got it made," thought the fellow to himself. One more and I'll feel fine. So he let loose a really big one. "Spot!" shrieked the mother. "Get over here before he shits on you!"

Attack Dog

newsletter@sfls.org.uk.

A man who wanted a dog to protect his business, visited a kennel that specialized in attack dogs. The man explained to the kennel owner that he wanted the biggest, meanest, most vicious dog in the kennel, and the owner offered to take the man on a tour of the premises.

Newsletter Editor:

After they had been walking for a few minutes, they came upon a large dog, snarling loudly, and biting and clawing at the cage.

Liz Mowatt

"He looks like he'd be a pretty good attack dog," said the buyer.

newsletter@sfls.org.uk

"Well, he's not bad," replied the owner, "but I have a different one in mind for you."

Design:

They continued walking around the premises, and after a while they found an even larger, meaner dog than the first. He snarled at the two men and tried to bite them through the wire on his cage.

Pia Reynolds treasurer@sfls.org.uk

"Ah," said the buyer. "This must be the dog you were referring to earlier." "Well, no." said the owner. "I have something better in mind for you." The men continued their tour. Eventually, they came upon a large dog, panting heavily and lying quietly on his side, licking his own butt. He seemed unaware of the men's approach. "This is the dog I had in mind for you," said the owner. The buyer was flabbergasted. "You're joking!" he exclaimed. "This dog is tame compared to the others; he doesn't even act like an attack dog." "I know he appears tame now," said the owner. "But you see, he just ate a lawyer, and he's trying to get the taste out of his mouth."


SFLS June 2007 Newsletter