MULTI-GROUP PLACING AM CAN CH PEIKKOVUOREN RUSKA, HIC, "RUSKA"
Ruska enjoying the summer garden
Ruska, winter 2013.
Ruska, closing NASDAQ in 2012, Westminster. This photo of Ruska was projected up on one of the giant screens in Time Square.
Ruska, winning breed's first BOS at Westminster. Judge: M. Cavanna.
First owner-handled group placement on a Lappy, under Thomas Touzel.
Ruska, new AKC champion, after winning several BOB over a large field of males and females.
Ruska's US group placement, the day she completed her AKC title. Ruska is the only Lappy female to win a group placmeent in the US and in Canada.
Puppy Ruska enjoying a snack
Another picture of Ruska's group placement.
Ruska and her first litter, 3 black boys, 1 black and tan boy, 1 black and tan girl, 1 black girl. The perfect mother.
Ruska, at a year old, at Lac La Ronge.
A past ad of Ruska, new Canadian CH.
A past ad of Ruska, when she was a puppy.
Ruska at Lac La Ronge. She loves to swim
Ruska always smiling
Ruska, sitting on a bench at the dining room table. Her first litter had just gone to their new homes. We had a bottle of wine out, and she decided that she would be a "people."
Young Ruska playing in the snow
Ruska enjoying the fall snow
Ruska swimming after jumping off the boat.
Enjoying the wind in her coat, and sometimes barking at the fish.
Ruska with Shaunna Bernardin. Ruska was a puppy in the picture. Photographer was Cathy French.
Photograph by Cathy French.
Young Ruska, captured by photographer, Cathy French.
Ruska New Champion photo
Ruska with her first litter.
Puppy Ruska playing in the snow in Banff
Ruska keeping a careful eye on one of her babies
Ruska with new born puppies 2014
Ruska with Baby Foxy and Milo, Dec 2012
Ruska on the boat
Ruska on the boat
Ruska's sire. Lumiturpa Otso. Photo: T. Meittinen
Ruska's sire. Lumiturpa Otso, headshot. Photo provided by T. Meittinen.
Ruska's mother, Peikkovuoren Hattivatti. Photo T. Meittinen.
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SHOW RECORD HIGHLIGHTS
#2 bitch in 2011
Pointed towards Gr Ch
In the United States
BOS at Westminster in 2012 (first year the breed qualified to be shown)
#1 bitch in AKC breed points in 2011
Group placement as a class bitch in 2011
First female to place in group in both Canada and the US!
MEET MY TEAM
Shaunna Bernardin (Canada and US) - handling until retirement (2013)
Shaunna and the Wags to Whiskers team continue to help us with grooming Ruska.
Dr. Nicole Prokopishyn and Leeza Friedman-Prokopishyn
Taina Meittinen and Ari Friman
STORIES ABOUT ME
Ruska was our first Finnish import from Taina Miettinen and Ari Friman (Peikkovuoren). Nicole flew down to meet Taina, who was visiting the US. We were in love from the moment we saw the first photos of her. We felt so lucky that a Finnish breeder would trust us with this wonderful dog, and really motivated to give her a good life in every way, and show her off to other people.
Ruska is our best swimmer. We keep a life jacket on her while on boats, not because she cannot swim, but so we have a handle to bring her back on the boat after she takes a swim. Ruska swims circles around the boat, until she is bored and then comes back alongside so she can come in for a rest. She also licks the fish we catch, to signal that "this is my fish." She seems quite disappointed when he throw the smaller fish back in the water.
Ruska is also a mouser, a trait shared by many of our Lappies. Ruska was the first, and has taught all the others. Because Leeza threw out the first mouse Ruska caught, which was given to Leeza as a gift, Leeza has not received any more mice. Leeza fully accepts not being worthy of Ruska's gifts anymore. In the country, mousing has been a valuable skills at our home.
Ruska is a natural show dog. Some of that is her structure, some of that is her personality, training, and showing skill. What is amazing is that she has passed these traits to her offspring, no matter which sire we use for a litter. She is a strong, feisty, female Lappy in every way. Ruska has won more BOS awards in Canada than we can count, and often gives the boys a run for their money, winning BOB wins too.
As a mother, Ruska is legendary. Although she was our 3rd Finnish Lapphund, Ruska became our foundation girl. She is now retired from breeding. Ruska helped establish a unique line at our kennel for which we have become known world wide. Ruska's son, Odin (BIS RBIS MBPIS Am Gr Ch Can Gr Ch Bearspaw Sampo, HIC) has enjoyed great success in the show ring as a breed record setter, ambassador, mother of 4 litters, and now grandmother of 5 litters. Ruska's legacy continues in her children and grandchildren, who are now entering the gene pool and the show rings.
Ruska is shown selectively in conformation, including in the veterans class. The veterans class in Canada is not an official class. It is offered as a special event at some shows.
HEALTH TESTING RESULTS
HIPS: OFA GOOD (B)
ELBOWS: OFA NORMAL (0/0)
PATELLAE: OFA NORMAL (0/0)
EYES: NORMAL (WINTER 2014)
PRA: CARRIER (GENOSCOPER TEST)
POMPE (GSD II): NORMAL (LABOKLIN TEST)
C.I.B FIN CH PMV-05 V-08 LUMITURPA OTSO
#1 in breed 2009 in Finland
Best Veteran in Show winner
Specialty Show Winner
PRA: Carrier, non-affected
FIN CH PEIKKOVUOREN HATTIVATTI
FIN CH LUMITURPA OIKKU
FIN CH PEIKKOVUOREN DAHMATASSU
FIN CH KOTIKULMAN ODESSA
FIN43801/96, FIN LV EE RU CH STAALON KAS KUMMAA
HIPS:A EYES: NORMAL, PATELLAE: NORMAL
FIN CH LECIBSIN HUKKAPUTKI
FIN CH SEV-08 LUMITURPA KYLMÄNKUKKA
FIN CH LUMITURPA TAATSI
FIN20194/98 FIN CH LECIBSIN HÄMMINKI
HIPS: C EYES: NORMAL
C.I.B POHJ FIN SE NO EE CH V-91 V-92 V-93 V-94 V-95 EEV-93
Hips: A, Eyes: Normal PATELLAE: Normal
SF04922/88, RISUKARHIN SIRMA
SF29335/89, TAAMOTTU NIEIDA
FIN EE CH BERNOBAN HELLEENA
FIN36931/96 C.I.B FIN EE PL CH V-99 EUV-00 EEV-99 PL&PZSG00 LECIBSIN HURMURI HUKKA
FIN13844/98, LECIBSIN HUIVI
SF32558/93, FIN CH PMV-97 V-01 V-02 LUMITURPA NÖRRI
FIN34951/98, FIN CH STENSEITENS OTSO
SF19372/92, LUMITURPA GREIVITÄR
SF22376/94, LECIBSIN TOIVO
FIN15806/95, LECIBSIN HÖSSÖ
C.I.B FIN SE DK EE NO CH EEV-95 VDHEUSG94 TSINGHUAN KULLERVO
FIN EE CH MV-98 PMV-97 LUMITURPA JUULIA
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