Friday, April 30, 2010

After posing the pups were exhausted so they piled together and took a nice nap. Peace, perfect peace. Even the adults calmed down.

Because Eileen came over to help, we also took some additional photos. The pups love to be held - - but in positions of their choosing. the rest of the wolf-pack was also trying to help with the posing session.

Buska, Yankee, Aska

Here are some early (and wiggley) stacked photos of the triplets.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bersi av Isheim

We have started calling Bersi, "Bear" - he is as warm and fuzzy as a living teddy bear. I expect things to change but Bersi has barked only once or twice since he arrived here from Sweden two weeks ago right before the volcanic eruption in Iceland caused massive flight cancellations. I took his narrow escape as a sign from Odinn.

I want his first "test" breeding to be with Totty.

Bear and Totty are not related but look like they could be from the same litter. Although he is four years old and has A hips and clear eyes, he has never had puppies; I want to be sure everything is in working order before I offer him for stud to others.

If you read my blog regularly, you may remember Bear was a legacy offered to me by Arne Hakon Tunheim and Lillemor Kullman. He and Korpur are getting along OK now but over the course of getting used to sharing space, they have called one another many good old Anglo-Saxon names which I will not repeat.

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Buska, Kani, Aska

Here are our trio of Icelandic Sheepdog pups in birth order on their second week birthday. (Bersi our "new" Icelandic Sheepdog male from Norway has also been here two weeks now - trust me - this has been an interesting two weeks.)

Buska (top photo, female)

Kani (middle, male)

Aska (bottom photo, female)

Taking photos single-handedly is not easy. The pups wiggle constantly and head-bob. Their eyes are open but probably they are not able to focus yet. Pila is a great mom and has started to leave the pups alone for longer periods. These are the best behaved pups I have ever had. Mom is keeping them full of milk and they are growing nicely.

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If you look at the photo of Aska, you can see Auntie Totty watching over her nieces and nephew.

Tomorrow a friend has promised to visit and help take some more photos. Those visits prompt lots of Oohs! and Aahs! At this stage pups smell so good and are warm and very cuddley.

It's too early to know which pups will have long fur and which will have shorter fur.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Aska, Kani, Buska

Here are the puppies at one week old. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Top to bottom - official name, alphabetical order:

(her name means Ashes)

(his call name is "Yankee")

(her official name is Oskabuska - Cinderella)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Because she was born on the day Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland, I am tentatively naming this puppy Oskabuska - Cinderella, the little sister who had to shovel the cinders from the fireplace while her two stepsisters got all the attention and love from Cinderella's stepmother. I think perhaps "Buska" could be a good call name.

For the record, Buska's real mom, Pila, gives her plenty of attention. All of her aunts fuss over her and her sister and her brother Kani too.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fourth Morning

Here are Pila's Icelandic Sheepdog pups on their fourth morning in the world. Mother does not like it when they are being weighed; she is nicely protective of them. All are gaining weight and have full round bellies.

Kani (in the top photo) is the name his new family has chosen for the lone male puppy. His call name will probably be "Yankee".

The two females are as yet un-named.

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If you are looking for an extremely nice older dog to adopt, please check out the Rescue site to the right.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring day but freezing tonight - perhaps

Spring Vetch
Yellow Flowered Currant
Flowering Quince

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pila's Pups

Pila had a nice litter of three puppies (two females, one male) this morning. As soon as mom leaves the hamster-sized pups for some food or a bathroom break, I'll take a few more photos of them. Both parents have the excellent temperament that Icelandics are noted for.

Bersi av Isheim

Bersi just arrived in North America from Arne Håkon in Norway via Sweden with Cathy - thank you Cathy. He is a four year old long haired chocolate tricolor male with A hips, clear eyes and a fantastic temperament.

Lundi fra Thytur Stadir

Lundi is a nice tempered seven year old adult male Icelandic who currently lives in Indiana and is looking for a new home due to changed family circumstances.

If you can find room in your heart and home for him, I'm sure he would be appreciative.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tofi av Isheim

Tofi is now a champion. Congratulations to his mom!

New Puppies - Frostfyre Litter

Frostfyre now has a blog.

Check out the site at right for updates.

Five male puppies have been added to the family.

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These charmers won't last long!

Contact Susan at

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tri-Star Indi

It is very hard to get energetic puppies to line up. Check out this litter-photo of Indi and his siblings.

Indi is a lovely tricolor long furred male puppy born on January 27, 2010 who currently lives in Michigan. Tricolors have two at-genes and are black, tan and white. You can see the tan on the lower part of his legs.

Notice the well developed double dews on both of his rear legs in the seated photo.

He has very good conformation, a great tail and will make an excellent pet and/or do very well in shows. He is going to be a fantastic looking adult with all the great features of all Icelandics. He is fully registered in the AKC and bred to the breed standard. Both parents have had their health checks.

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You can go to the ISIB website (on the right side of this blog) and look for the Tri-Star button once there for more information. He's ready to leave home very soon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Soley has just produced five lovely baby boys! Mom is working on her blog. In the meantime, if you email me I will forward your email to the breeder.

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It will be interesting to watch how their colors develop.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pila - Vinlands Piaf

Pila posing by my favorite spring flowering shrub, Abeliophyllum distichum. People sometimes think it is a white forsythia. It isn't nor is it even related to that slightly later flowering spring shrub. Pila is expecting puppies next week.

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