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Elkhound Puppies - Breeding Update December 4th, 2016

A New Litter From Tekla Is Here.

Tekla, Norwegian Elkhound Female First LitterI am very excited to announce that Tekla has her first litter on the ground. She is an amazing young female and her pups just look awesome. Ten little rascals. Yep, go figure, she was not fooling around, Ten. These are SuperMoon pups, born the late night of the 13th, early 14th am.

Now, I need to let everyone know, this litter has long been spoken for. Folks have been waiting a long time, so there are no pups available from this litter. However, we have more females coming into cycle right away, so definitely contact us.

So this young female is one of the twins, we have raised Tekla and her sister Tuva here. They are the famous daughters from Kamp and Bram. Tekla and Tuva are both stunning females. Tekla I do believe to be one of the very best Norwegian Elkhound females in the world.

I fully appreciate that is a tall statement, but I honestly think that for centuries now breeders have been always striving to breed dogs that are exactly like Tekla. Tekla has spent basically every day of her life working with me. She is a flawless female Elkhound. Might I add to this that she is extremely fertile! No doubt.

All of you who follow the site and are waiting for pups know that we had been planning a litter with her mother Kamp and Takoda. I started planning that litter in 2011. We were unsuccessful in getting that mating for various reasons. I had mentioned that I potentially was going to use Takoda with Tekla, and that is exactly what I did.

Takoda is in magnificent condition. He is a machine that big fella. What a tremendous Elkhound!

Takoda and Aina Kamia ElkhoundsSo this particular litter is an extremely special set of pups, no doubt about that. As anyone who reads through this site knows, I believe Takoda to be the very best Elkhound pretty much anywhere. So we will be selecting a new brother for Jaegar from this litter, and a new sister to Tora from this litter. The folks that are on the list, starting with the first deposit of course as always then following through with pup selections for them, depending on how many, gender, etc.

Takoda is shown with Aina his little Swedish sidekick on a hike with me in the high country October 23rd. He still travels with ease, covers ground like no one else, however Aina, she is right with him now. She is almost the same size. But overall for his age he is extremely well conditioned. We were roughly 4500 to 4700 feet, took us quite a few hours, 8.2 kilometers round trip hike give or take, with 4 or more of those steeply uphill. Takoda of course had sired his first litter on the ground in October 25th, 2008. With the exception of the Bram and Kamp litter which Tekla and Tuva came from, every dog on this site can be traced back to Takoda.

 Everyone knows that I have a really fat head about our Elkhounds but after this litter I know have to expand my hat even more! I had been telling both Takoda and Tekla, listen up you two, I need a white chested mean and fast bear chasing rascal to help his brother Jaegar carry the lineage forward, and I also need a rough and tumble ground and pound female to help out her sister Tora look after the yard.

Tekla, Norwegian Elkhound Female First LitterSure enough, first little guy out the gate, almost bites my hand coming out, just a kicking and squirming, big white chest. Too funny. Next is this square solid all black rascal, I look, no way. Sure enough tough as nails little female, she grabs her brother and gives him a shake. I was chuckling. With the SuperMoon pulling things along she had all of them in record time. I am sitting with her and am counting six, she gives a push, I figure great, here is seven. I look, two coming out, one right behind the other, had his head between the legs of the one in front giving a push like, saying come on already, lets hustle. Fastest whelping ever, all done 3 plus hours, don't kid yourself, that ole Super Moon, she sure did help young Tekla have a nice time having these guys.

These are going to be some truly awesome dogs, These my friends are Elkhounds!

This is a video of the pups now at 3 weeks - they have been walking now for about 3 days or so, already come when called. What did I tell you about super pups?


Kamp was planned to have a litter in August time but we delayed it

The litter with Kamp and Jaegar I delayed. She just did not seem to be 100% herself yet and I will only breed the females quickly again, meaning on first cycle after a litter if I am confident they are 100%. So she will be mated with Jaegar end of January. We will work toward a natural mating, but if need be we can take them both for AI as we did last litter. The pups from Jaegar and Kamp are truly stunning dogs. We have been getting some really neat feedback on the previous pups, as well as the first litter pups they are absolutely awesome dogs. So it's a bit longer wait but truly worth it for this combination.  Tekla directly above of course is a daughter of Kamp, and Jaegar is a son of Takoda. So spectacular Elkhounds coming, any pair. Grandma Kamp has a pretty big chest these days, she has one up on Tora now and she won't let her forget that she made Grandma first. Too hilarious.

This is a previous spring video of the pups at 5 weeks from that last litter of Kamp and Jaegar.



GAEDA and Shorty - Norwegian Elkhound Planned Mating This Fall

Shorty, Norwegian Elkhound Male

Shorty, a great Norwegian Elkhound male has been here for some time now. He initially came to be mated with Kai and that mating for one reason or another did not materialize, Kai did not catch. Kai and Shorty we are planning to try again, see directly below.

However, since he has been here he has been getting in great shape. Its tough conditions here, hiking is hard tons of females to work alongside who are far superior in conditioning so keeping up to them was very tough for Shorty. He is now able to keep up pretty much all the time. He does well. He will never be as free and easy moving as my big fellas, but he is pretty fair. All my dogs are more agile, but I doubt there are any other Elkhounds that can just come in here and keep up with these guys. So he has done very well. He has an awesome personality, all great skills, a very good fella. He is a very good match up for GAEDA.

GAEDA Norwegian Elkhound FemaleGAEDA is a stunning female. She has produced extremely good Elkhounds for us. She has no flaws. Never causing any issues, healthy as can be, just a super female. Both GAEDA and Shorty of course are full outcross lines to all our other dogs. Because of this I am going to use Shorty on GAEDA for her last litter. I was always wanting one of the big daughters from GAEDA for our program, but before Shorty, I did not have a good outcross male that would qualify to produce that daughter we could use, as we mated her with either Takoda, or Jaegar. Which was great for all the families that got pups because they got all superior pups, basically all breeding quality females when mated with either Takoda or Jaegar.

So as I have watched Shorty this last while, I have had him bunking out with GAEDA. They get along great. The traits of the two compliment each other. Any agility issue and speed that Shorty might lack, GAEDA makes up for in massive quantities. She is one of our fastest most agile females. He brings a real stout thickness and she brings that strong lean feminine quality, these pups will be awesome. I am very excited about this upcoming litter. I will be selecting a pup or two from this pair so that I can continue that GAEDA lineage in our program.

The pups from this litter will be truly outstanding and so again, as folks are on the list with deposits I will be selecting the pups from this litter for them. She should be cycling here in the next month or so slightly before Kai, so it's an exciting time. I'll keep you posted.


Kai and Shorty, Norwegian Elkhounds Planned Mating Early Dec 2016

Kai Female Elkhound with Shorty

Kai the granddaughter of Mia, daughter of Tora, a tremendous young female Norwegian Elkhound is going to be mated with Shorty next time she cycles, which should be early December.  ( Kai is a half sister to Tekla who just had a litter.)

These two Norwegian Elkhounds suit each other so perfectly, I could not imagine a better pair. I knew I would need a stunning awesome male for Kai, as she is the perfect Elkhound and young Shorty was just what I needed. He is a very thick and stout male. Excellent conformation, and steady as a rock. Not as high tempo as Kai, more steadfast, easy going, yet can defend his young gal, more on that.

Kai Female Elkhound with ShortyKai is a true hunting strain, strong and agile, makes Shorty look a bit slow for a fact, she bounces around him like he is standing still, and she has that drive and go that all the hunting lines still have. Shorty is from seriously good show lineages. All great dogs in his background but great nature and personality, style and conformation are what have driven his lineage breeders, rather than the old ancient working traits like ours. Makes for a very good combination, as Kai will bring all old world traits right out, they are in Shorty, just laid back. The good thing also is she brings so much energy and power that Shorty will temper that a bit, making for a very good pup.

Kai and Tekla Norwegian ElkhoundsIt's been a good time for me to watch Shorty as he has been here for months with us now. I get to work with him each day and he has become a good working companion. Shorty was a bit out of shape when he came compared to my dogs, now he is getting muscled in. He has way more stamina and capacity. He has gained  a lot of his confidence and composure as he gained back his energy. He is a good boy. A real good match for Kai.

The photo to the left is of Kai and her half sister Tekla. These two are as good as you can get, Tuva the other sister to these is as good. Kai is a daughter of the legendary Tora, a total rock star female who runs the show here, and Kai has so much potential. These are going to be exciting times.


I attended the International Dog Show in Finland

Joensuu Norwegian Elkhound Show I will just put a short bit about my awesome trip to Finland here on this page as I am making a full update on it and have it up now, click here to read up on it,  but wow what a great time!

Now, I went over to get young Aina, our new Jamthund, but while I was there I attended the big International Dog Show in Joensuu Finland. Whoa man, some seriously good Elkhounds I was able to see and witness on display there, no doubt about it.

I have to admit though, and please accept the fact, I have a fat head about my dogs, but I do have to say, Kai and Tekla would have done seriously good in this competition. Those two girls, Kai and Tekla I swear, I saw both of them there many times. The style, the type, the quality of dogs there are exactly like Kai and Tekla. ( Or maybe Kai and Tekla exactly like them more likely)

I have to admit though, the dogs I saw on display were really terrific. So for Kai and Tekla to be every bit as good as the best in Scandinavia, well at least in my opinion, although I am a pretty fair judge, not as good as those judging there, but still to have them as good as they are is really comforting. I have not had the opportunity before to go to the old country and see such a display of Elkhounds, and other dogs of course, but I was there for the Elkhounds. If your getting a pup from Kai and Shorty, your getting a pup as good as any to be found in the world, I am most certain of that. More to come on my adventure for sure.

Rico and Kalia, we have to wait a bit for this litter, next cycle December.

This part of the update is based on the missed first mating attempt with Kalia and Rico this past spring, 2016. We are planning to attempt the mating again in a couple months time, early December 2016.

The timing for Rico and Kalia was off due to my mistake. The young pair were both all set, but I messed up on the timing, I feel really bad about it. I am pretty confident I know exactly what I am doing 100% of the time, but every now and then I get a wake up call that I need to be paying more attention. So I did not have Rico here soon enough to suit Kalia, my mistake, I take full responsibility for this.

Rico Jamthund Male and MervYoung big Rico came to do his part, but unfortunately Kalia was not going to have any of him, we put them together and she was just not going to stand, no way. So we tried for a few days to get them comfortable with each other, but wasn't too be. I did some blood tests and thought perhaps I could go with an AI route like I did with Jaegar and Kamp, but I was too late in the cycle. I will need to bring Rico in much earlier in the cycle so that Kalia will accept him.

I had heard about scenario's like this where you should be aware that the females may not always accept the young male when there is a dominant male on site, like Takoda, and Kalia, having been raised with Takoda from day one, accepts only Takoda. Old breeders talk about always making sure the females go to Rico Jamthund Male and Mervthe young male, rather than the other way around, well, I witnessed first hand if you are late in the cycle on the introduction, it's already too late. So next time, I will bring him way ahead so he can become friends and accepted and catch her at her peak.

The picture at the left here shows Kalia in the background. It was not her fault, nor Rico but mine. I let both of them down. Of course all the folks waiting for the pups as well. They have to wait longer. I can share this though, knowing what I know about the lineage of Rico, the quality of these two young dogs, no wait is too long. Nature will take its course, I just have to give these two the time they need.

I will be posting more on my time with Rico as he was here for a week. I can't say enought to you about how great this young fella is, what an awesome Jamthund. Also, I have much to share on his ancestors as I went to his kennel and met his fabulous breeders, Satu and Jani, and spent a few days with them in Finland. An experience of a lifetime to get to share the time they spared to visit and show me around. So lot's more to come on this.

Rico and Takoda, like long lost kin

Swedish Elkhound Males, Takoda and Rico

As dissapointed as I was about not getting the hook-up with Rico and Kalia, spending a week with Rico here was an awesome experience just the same.

You would not believe it, but Rico and Takoda seemed to get along like they were long lost kin. I did not put them in the same space together, each had a separate pen, but just happy to be around each other. Takoda of course has never seen another Swedish Elkhound male and for me it was a great thing for them both, but especially Takoda.

Swedish Elkhound Males, Takoda and RicoI have a great deal to share on the trip to Finland, all the awesome dogs I spent time with, but most importantly my trip was all about the Swedish Elkhounds, and our new Jamthund Aina. Now Aina, she loves these two boys, you would not believe the bond she made with both these fellas. I will be putting together a lot of stuff on everything in the next while.

Both Rico and Takoda are Swedish Elkhounds, difference is Rico's ancestors entered the registration process to become Jamthunds. So Rico is a full Jamthund, registered in Finland.

Kalia Swedish Elkhound Female Planned for litter with Rico

Kalia Swedish Elkhound Female

Kalia is an outcross lineage to our lines. She brings in the big Swedish ancient genetics back into the program. She is so much like Takoda you would think she is a sister to him.

Swedish dogs have slightly different perosonality traits that are easily identified in a very short time frame of being around them.
The Swedish dogs are more personable to the handler, but more aggressive to other dogs, both traits I like. Swedish lineage Elkhounds are longer, taller and overall leaner in build. Kalia is super fast, not quite as agile as say, Kai, but she is a super female in the mountains. The length and reach really allows her to move up and over brush and rocks, and power up the hills.

Kalia has an amazing personality, she is one of those dogs that would love to spend every second right beside you, doing what you do. She is a dominant female, can hold her own with all the big females, is not shy, will tie right into Kamp, GAEDA, or Tora if they push her too far. She is not quite getting the upper hand on those big girls just yet, but she sure makes them stop and think now before messing with her. In short order she will be handing it out to all who decide to push her buttons. Kalia is 53 lbs now, she will gain an easy 10 yet over the next year.

I have recently announced we will be using young Rico, a magnificent Swedish Elkhound, a registered Jamthund, with Kalia. This is an absolutely stunning pair of big young rascals, as Canada's only Swedish Elkhound breeder I am very excited about this, I have to wait now till December to try this pair again, as I was late in the cycle bringing in young Rico.

Tuva, watching her bone, missing Tekla

Norwegian Elkhound Female Tuva

Tuva is the stunning twin sister to Tekla. Tuva is an incredible female Norwegian Elkhound. She has turned out to be truly awesome. Tuva is going to be cycling very soon. Right now, Tuva she is missing Tekla, she waits patient by the door to the kennel to see if Tekla is coming out soon. It's going to be a fun time when she comes out with 10 little rascals and tells Tuva to babysit.

Now please accept that I have not 100% made up my mind on who I am going to use with Tuva. I am at this point leaning of course to Takoda. Why not I am thinking, obviously a sound male, and combine Tuva and Takoda, Wow. Some amazing Elkhounds. Tuva is every bit as good as Tekla, difference with Tuva is that she has that protection edge, she is just a bit ranker. Me, I always prefer that edge to be very close to the surface. You meet a bear on the trail, or your kids are walking down a path a random unmannered dog comes by, always a good thing to have a little mean in the female.

As you can see from this photo, Tuva can keep her bone, no sweat!

So I will keep you posted, but either Takoda, Jaegar or Shorty would be awesome mates for Tuva, no doubt about it.

Please contact me about these litters early, as you know things can occur and the sooner you contact me the better.  I have an awesome new page of photos and write-up on Tuva and her sister Tekla.  two stunning Norwegian Elkhounds. Check it out.


Jaegar Elkhound Male, and Daughter Syn May 2016

Jaegar Male Elkhound

Jaegar is shown here with Syn, his daughter from December 2015. Jaegar is an awesome big male, he is extremely strong, very well mannered and can stamp on that big thick power and dark coat.

Jaegar is a fast moving male, very agile for his size, he would really surprise you watching him move around and how fast and quick he is, especially at over 70 lbs all the time. This is a big fella. Big jaw power, no fear at all, yet pays very close attention to commands, has his dads ability to pay attention.

I have a very cool video of Jaegar with his sister from last winter over on the page about running sibling Elkhounds, you can watch it here: Jaegar Elkhound Male Video.

Another great set of photos that I got last winter with Jaegar and a group of the females is this article, be sure to check out the Offleash Hiking Dogs article.

I have not committed to which male I will use with Tekla and which with Tuva, but Jaegar will be used on one for sure, and or both. They are both extremely compatible in every way with Jaegar, stunning pups will come from both. I have more information on Jaegar below and throughout the site. He is just over 5 years old.

Ashten with Jaegar Elkhound Male Revelstoke Hike 2016

Ashten and Jaegar Summer 2016

Jaegar sits here with a very proud Ashten, she adores her big fella. In this photo he is providing bear patrol for her while they hike in Revelstoke. A big fella like Jaegar is totally capable of handling the threats that could potentially be on hikes like this one. It's always best to hike smart, and safe.

 I have a full story on Ashten and Jaegar, hiking in Revelstoke on the Elkhound Adventure site.

Jaegar is a massive big dark Elkhound male. He is always over 70 lbs and super strong. He has a big bark, and he likes to use it. He is a dominant male, he is super watchful of anything coming around the yard, and would not let anything in.

He is a GQ male, urban trained, yet fully capable in the bush, as versatile as they come. He is polite and social, however he retains all protection instincts from his Dad and he is quick to step in if he feels there is anything amiss for Ashten, in any situation. A big male like Jaegar, with all instincts intact, they live to protect the handler.

Jaegar can pass all his traits down, they stay intact. Elkhounds were used for centuries to protect and work with the handler, in every type of environment. They are fearless dogs. We are very proud to continue to breed ancient lineage Elkhounds with all traits intact. When you have your daughter out on a hike in the wilderness, or in the urban jungle, don't send her with a dog that will create problems, send her with one who can handle and solve problems. Jaegar and Kamp will have another litter in the next short while.

Aina - Jamthund - Swedish Elkhound - Litter Summer 2018

Aina and Rico Jamthund Dogs with Merv

Well, I have here with me two amazing Jamthunds. Both are two of the very best in the world, with so many champions lining up the background of either that it's unbelievable.

Young Aina, 13 weeks old, 22 pounds already is my best friend, she is so much like Takoda in so many ways it's unbelievable. Never did I think I would see such personable nature to the handler and all the traits he has be equalled. She will show me all the traits and qualities the ancient Swedish Elkhounds possess. This is also my most dominant young female I have ever seen, and I have witnessed a large number of them. She takes the cake.

Her mother is Finnish Bear Champion, her dad Finnish Working Champion, every dog in her lineage as far back as you wish to look, going back to minimum 1958 are all Champion hunting and working dogs and show champions. This is the very best Jamthund female you could find.

Aina and Rico Jamthund Dogs with MervI will mate her with Rico two years from now. He has the exact same quality lineage, a stunning mate for her. I had the breeders in Finland work hard to get me the perfect match up for Rico. Decades of experience in selecting dogs they put together to assist me in getting the right female. I could not be happier.

Years ago when Tora was a very young pup I had folks speak for her pups and wait two years for her to develop, I have the same opportunity for folks to do the same with Aina. Already folks are speaking for pups from this combination. Please contact me very early if you expect to have a chance at a pup from this pair.

Its a great honour for me to have had the support and assistance of Ossi, the breeder of Aina and Satu and Jani, the breeders of Rico to work with me and over time, breed and plan for the right pup to start the Canadian Jamthund lineage at Kamia Kennels. I could not thank all of them enough for the time and effort they have invested to get the Jamthunds started in Canada.

Ossi has spent his life breeding some of the very best Jamthunds and has many many champions. Satu and Jani have as well been working and raising the very best in the Jamthund breed for years as well. I will expand on Aina over the next while and keep all informed as we go forward. These my friends, These Are Ancient Elkhounds!

Aina hiking high country Oct 23rd, 2016This is a recent photo of Aina on October 23rd, 2016, she is hiking the high country with Takoda and I. She is a tremendous young female. I have so much to say and share about this young Swedish Elkhound. What an incredible dog, truly amazing!

I will over the next short while be updating her page, I have been getting caught up with the fall work and can put a bit more time into the updates now.

Aina is going to be a big girl she is over 50 pounds already, walks stride for stride with Takoda, and today, loses no food to anyone, in fact she dares them to try her out, too funny. Awesome mountain dog. FEARLESS.

Kamia Kennels - Norwegian Elkhounds

Elkhound Puppies are easy enough to care for, they have a very warm coat and as long as your kennel area is not overly cold at night will be very content. The better the food quality you feed, the healthier the pup. We recommend either a raw food diet or Origen. Origen is an extremely good prepared ration for your pup.

The first six months are important to your pup, especially at night. Allowing the pup time to go outside every 2 - 3 hours for a quick break to go to relieve themselves ensures that the bladder remains healthy for life. The same applies during the day as well.

Kennel training begins immediately and provides your pup with the knowledge and the opportunity it requires to grow up healthy, and remain very easy to look after.

Elkhounds are very intelligent, and if given a chance can begin learning all types of information right away. You won't need to wait, it's very rewarding working with a young pup and watching them grow and learn and develop.

Mia shown below with her and Takoda's April 2009 Litter - 10 pups

Kamia Kennels - Quality Elkhounds

Elkhound Puppies are a bundle of joy. They are energetic and fun right away. They are like little miniature full grown Elkhounds in their behaviour and traits. It's really neat to see a pup sit a certain way and continue to do that through life.

As we have mentioned before these dogs love snow. As a pup they can play for hours outside having a blast. They are a terrific pup for kids who love it outside. These dogs will be companion dogs for their life.

A feature that is often overlooked that we truly appreciate is that there is no odour on these dogs or wet smell. The dogs can be outside and come right inside if you like. They are content to lay at your feet or near the fireplace, on a rug or familiar spot.

Have lot's of chew toys for your young dog for months to come, as the teeth develop they need to chew, no doubt we've all had to get a few new laces, and perhaps some new shoes! These are in our opinion the most well rounded dog, free from almost all defects, a true family dog, with traits that suit a wide range of individuals. We feel they are the best dog you could have!

Kamia Kennels - Mia's First Litter

Elkhound Puppies, this is Takoda's First Litter, and also Mia's first litter, October of 2008, this photo, taken in December they are fat little fellas, Mia is a very good mother.

Here pups are always well fed and grow very fast.

She maintains her condition really well, we really feed her as much as she can eat, and she eats a lot when nursing these pups, no doubt.

These are snow dogs, even as pups they love the snow, sticking their noses and head right in to the snow, you have to really coax them to come back to the kennel.

Kamia Kennels - Jay and Ashten have a handful with these pups - December 2008

This is a photo from a long time ago, a fun photo for sure. Pups are now 5 weeks old in this photo, running around, play fighting, busy as can be. They are already taking the laces out of the shoes, just like their father. They all bark when you step into the kennel, little miniature watch dogs. We were taking some group photos and it was quite a task to keep all six of these little jokers in place, get Mia and Takoda both to look at the camera, and all of us, trying hard not to have anyone's eye closed on the flash, thank goodness for digital memory cards.

Elkhound Female Pup

Storm - Daughter of Jaegar and Kamp, Granddaughter of Takoda

Vuk Meets His New Handlers, Justin and Aleah

Justin and Aleah Come To Get Vuk, and he gets the royal send off from Mom and Dad GAEDA & Jaegar and his aunty Tora.

Vuk Norwegian Elkhound Ice Fishing

Vuk lives up to his Norwegian Elkhound ancestors, a true instinctive young ice fishing rascal.

Read More about Vuk,

 Ice Fishing Norwegian Elkhound here.

Elkhound Pup Prices

Our Pups are 1600.00 in Canadian Funds plus applicable taxes. The pups are ready to go at 8 weeks of age and will have a full health certificate and all boosters shots with a deworming completed.

The Swedish/Jamthund pups are 2500.00 in Canadian Funds, plus applicable taxes. They will also be ready to go at 8 weeks of age and have a full health certificate and all initial boosters with a deworming.

USA Residents please note:

Prices for both are 2500.00 but there is no applicable taxes.

Desna Program Price

Our new Desna Program, which I named after the first stellar pup to complete the new program, Mr. Desna himself is a new program. The new Desna program is one where I will keep the pup here for 16 weeks, it will have all the 3 sets of boosters and rabies shots, deworming, and of course a full health certificate, with International certificate and flight certificate.

Also, the pup will go through our initial training program that was so successful with Desna. The pups learn much faster around our older dogs so it's very easy for me to do all the initial training and provide you with a very well started pup. I will be putting a lot more details up on the Desna program soon.

Desna Norwegian program pups are 2500.00 Canadian plus applicable taxes.

Desna Jamthund program pups are 3400.00 Canadian plus applicable taxes.

Elkhound Male Desna

Desna, Son of Takoda and GAEDA 16 weeks

Loyal Elkhounds

Tora is a serious Momma, you don't go messing around with her pups. Woe be the stray dog or cat, or coyote that comes around her litter.
Tora does a super job with her pups, she stays in condition very well, easily handles this group of pups, and as you can see by Ryker's face coming out, he is happy boy.

Tora's Early Training Days
Takoda is showing Tora the ropes, it's way easier training a young dog along with an older one, they catch onto the commands much faster as they see what they are supposed to do from the older dog.
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Jaegar is shown below with 2 of his big male Elkhound puppies from the December litter with GAEDA. he is looking at them thinking, oh man, these two rascals are going to be a handful.

Jaegar and two of his Elkhound Pups

Calaya and Julie are shown below with one of the daughters from the Jaegar GAEDA litter, Vendela.

Calaya and Julie picking up Vendela

Julie sent me a terrific update on how Vendela is doing:

"She is a fun little trickster and a gentle,gentle sweet soul.
I've been here for her in the days since she's been here and she is fully settled.
She has a sense of humour.
Very responsive.
She is definitely my dog.
Everyone can not believe how she pays attention to what I do.
I don't talk too much at her.
She walks when I walk ,she comes in when I come in, if I say ven when she's in the yard she comes running. Easy girl.
She wants to play more with Andre and the kids but with me she knows I don't like to play as much but she still really likes me a lot! She is always watching me. We love her sooo much.
I'm still camped out beside her at night.
She is eating very well and getting bigger!
She is a great walker.Especially with me!
She tries to bite pants and boots with the kids but with me it's straight ahead right beside me. On the left or right side.
I haven't spent any leash time with her yet.
She loves sticks, pine cones and big ol beef rib bones.
We give her a fleshy bone or two a day and she'll chew that instead of our stuff. No problems with that as long as we are always keeping her busy with outside and bones.
The trickster part I love...
She's always right beside me unless she hides behind a tree watching,watching and watching me.I just keep going down the hill then I'll stop bend down, she'll have her head down low then pounces down the big hill with such a joy and happiness. Tricky.
We have a very special connection. I can't believe how wonderfully she is fitting into our family. Like peas and carrots.
It has been nice because of the down time I have, she needs me right now.
I always thought dogs liked males more.
She is coy with Andre.
The time I spent withGAEDA was not very long but when she looks into my eyes I see her mom.
She is a very tender dog with me.
But she has a fire inside! She is so so happy when the kids get of the school bus.
She'll bark once or twice and run tail wagging. Excitedly.
She waits for Andre at night and it's a big hello.
We are so blessed and she is right at home, truly awesome.
She licks my hands and face and I get down with her and let her do what ever.
She is a super happy laid back puppy!
Real relaxed.
The few people who have met her are completely in awe!
So easy going.

I'll send you some pics soon
Thanks for the email
I've wanted to write you but I don't want to be a bug!
So happy here Vendela will tell you next time she visits!
The perfect fit." Julie

Julie and her new companion Vendela