During the week we enjoy long walks, the girls swim in the river, "help" in the garden... they enjoy life. Weekends are sometimes dedicated to the shows and this was another such weekend. This time we attended the national show Trbovlje, located an hour's drive from our hometown. It was a very nice show with very big rings and enough space between them. We had visited this show only once until now, in 2007, with our Alessa. We knew that the temperatures would rise up high, so we had a cooling blanket with us, a tent and a lot of cold drinks. Hovawarts were judged by Hungarian judge, mr. Pettko Csaba in ring 2. There were 4 hovis registered and Riva was the youngest of them all and the only one of a black color. After a great presentation in junior class and a comparison with the other female she won the best of breed title. To sum up: Excellent 1, Junior Winner, JBOB and BOB. You can see us running for the grade in the movie below. We took some photos at the river bank, Riva went swimming and then we drove home.
19.8.2017 CACIB INNSBRUCK
On saturday morning we left our hometown at 2 in the morning and headed to Innsbruck. Due to the darkness and later the fog and rain there was no sign of the "beautiful views on the mountains". We arrived to the showplace on time, made ourselves comfortable, chatted with friends and then the judging started. Hovawarts were judged by Elizabeth Feuz (CH), who liked Riva very much and said to me that she also grew up with hovis. As always, Riva was presented in junior class and received the Excellent 1 grade with the Junior Winner and Best junior title. On Sunday, the hovis were judged by German judge Willi Gullix. What else can I say besides "shit happens". It started great. Riva was standing like a rock when the judged was touching her body and checked her bite. The description was perfect but unfortunately it ended with "runs in her very own style". Riva decided not to run and to leave the ring - why? I have no idea. Maybe she got distracted by the leftovers of poo in the ring, maybe she was fed up with the show, maybe something else bothered her. Anyway, anything can happen at a show and I'm sure this was not the worst thing that could have happened.
15.8.2017 THE SEASIDE HOLIDAYS
Finnaly, the seaside holidays! We spent the holidays on an island called Molat. The girls loved it - they were swimming multiple times per day, they enjoyed the long morning and evening walks, meeting new buddies and of course what hovis do best - supervising the surroundings. It doesn't happen often that we meet a hovawart in Croatia (even in the season full of turists) but this time we met a super friendly 15 months old male from Germany, named Milton. Riva liked him very much so they played a lot, while Avera behaved like a lady and wanted "the kids" to leaver her alone.
8.7.2017 CAC ROGLA
A week after the Bled show we attended the national show Rogla. The location of the show was very beautiful, the rings were big, the weather was great - not too hot and not too cold. Riva was presented in junior class, judged by mr. Boris Baič (SLO) and received the Excellent 2 grade because of her summer hair length. She was cooperating very nicely and I'm super proud of that but there is nothing we can do about the hair in summer.
30.6.2017 CACIB BLED
We spent a wonderful weekend at our friends house, B&B Pr' Bevc. with delicious food and great hospitality. We visited the CACIB Bled show, where Riva received Excellent 1, Junior Winner and JBOB. The weather at the showplace was horrible, a storm started with all it's glory right when the judging of hovis started.
The girls enjoyed the company of another hovi (Blue Pinus Alpinia) and together we went swimming - and yes, Riva has a life vest because the riverflow is very stong there and she is not the best swimmer yet & she won it in Hurtta's competition. The weekend passed by so quickly, it was almost hard to believe.
11.6.2017 CACIB KLAGENFURT
This day would belong to our dear Alessa - she would be 11 years old. 11.6. was also the date of CACIB Klagenfurt show where Riva was registered in junior class. We needed one hour and a half to reach our destination. We have to say that she show was beautiful. There was so much space around the rings and so big rings - we can only wish to have it always so. As mentioned Riva was presented in junior class, judged by mr. Hans Bierwolf from Austria. She got Excellent 1, Junior winner mark and the title Alpenjugendsiegerin. Our day passed by in a great company of our friends and Alessa's breeder Monika.
5.6.2017 CACIB UMAG
We spent this saturday at the seaside, attending international dog show in Umag. Because of the roadwork and possible waiting lines to pass the border we left home early in the morning. It was the first time that we attended this show and we can say it is really a beautiful one. Location is great - by the sea shore, in the park with lots of shade, space and big rings. Riva loves her cooling blanket so we took it with us - it was a great decision!
Hovawarts were judged by very friendly and gentle croatian judge mr.Siniša Cujan in the ring nr.3. We didn't have to wait long because there were only 3 breeds judged before hovawarts. It was a very hot day but Riva behaved very well and ran nicely. She was presented in junior class and got the following mark: Excellent 1, Best junior, JBOB and BOB. With this (third) Best junior title she also fulfilled the conditions to obtain the title Junior Champion of Croatia! After the show she got ice cream and pizza and of course trip to the beach.
23.5.2017 CAC SAMOBOR AND CAC VELIKA GORICA
During the weekend we attended two national croatian dog shows. On saturday was Riva's first show in junior class, on the day of the show, she was 9 months and 7 days old. Both shows were well organized, the showground was great - it was not crowded, we had enough space to relax and the weather was just perfect. On saturday at CAC Samobor hovawarts were judged by mr. Refet Hadžič (BIH). I was very happy how Riva presented herself in the ring. She received Excellent 1, JCAC, JBOB, and BOB.
On Sunday at CAC Velika Gorica hovawarts were judged by german judge mr.Torsten Lemmer. Riva again showed herself very nicely and had no problem with judge touching her and checking her teeth. As day before she received Excellent 1, JCAC, JBOB, BOB and title Junior Turopolje Winner. We are very proud of her!
2.5.2017 SEASIDE VACATIONS
We spent the first of may on vacation. It was Riva's ocean adventure, while Avera is by now a true "Mermaid". The weather was quite kind, so we took a trip to Nin as well. We had visited the town of Nin last year, but had to avoid the beach due to the crowd. The beach is actually a famous sandy lagoon, which is why it is usually filled to the last centimeter during summer. Since this was before the summer season, however, the only company we had was a single little dog that, just like out girls, had come to the beach to "burn" some of his energy. Despite having sand absolutely everywhere, watching the excitement of Riva and Avera was priceless. I mean, the photos below show the excitement better than I can describe it...
We also decided to visit Zadar and the well known Zadar sphinx. There are only few sphinxes in this part of Europe left, but this is the biggest of them all. It is also a very special Sphinx since it was built in memory of a beloved woman: it is said that it grants love wishes.
15.4.2017 SPECIAL SHOW FOR HOVAWARTS
On April 15. Hovawart club Slovenia organized the Special show for hovawarts in Maribor. The judge was mr.Štefan Šinko, who is also the president of the Breeding committee of the club. Although the weather forecast was bad, we hoped for the best and got lucky - it was such a beautiful and sunny day. Riva was presented in puppy class, got Very promising 1, Best puppy, a very nice descripiton and many compliments from the judge. Thanks to our friends for a beautifully spent day.
On the 1st of April, the Hovawart club of Slovenia organized a PMP (Pregled Mladih Psov) event in Domžale. The event was essentially equal to the Austrian NZB. Riva had no issues with any of the exercises. She played splendidly during the unfamiliar person test, did not hold back at all, and after every "victory" proudly brought the toy back to me. The bottle pile did not stop her from retrieving the toy either. The next exercise was "the group" - only another opportunity for Riva to sniff the pockets of the people around us in case anyone had something delicious. After that, someone held her outside the group while I was in the middle, surrounded by the same people as before. She quickly made her way through the group and leapt at me, demanding a cuddle.
I absolutely loved how relaxed and playful she was during the entire thing. What followed was the "chain drop" - Riva reacted appropriately to the sudden noise and immediately approached it to have a closer look. Curious as she is, she naturally had to see and smell everything up close. The final exercise, "the situation", involved an odd-looking doll on a chair. Riva did not think much of it and was happily wagging her tail as we approached. To finish things up, we played a little ourselves, the judge gave their comment, and we handed out the diplomas. We spent the afternoon in amazing company. For all the photographs we would like to thank Eva Oven. More pictures: GALLERY
30.3.2017 AT SCHOOL
A little bit of what we did last time at school. Riva is a fast learner and she loves to go to the school. We are visiting the school twice per week, but we also train at home. Almost every time we do a "5 minutes ring training".
16.3.2017 IT'S WAS TIME FOR A PHOTO WALK
Every month we have one "photo walk" to capture some memories. Riva is growing up, she has more and more hair, we are also back to dog school. Days are finally warm enough so the girls can enjoy in the stream and swim. Avera loves to jump (if deep enough) in the stream to "save" the drowning ball.
13.3.2017 PHOTOS: ARTOS
We have visited Artos and his family. He still thinks he is a small boy and that he will fit in our laps. Despite his size he is very gentle and loves to cuddle, he is a perfect family dog and companion to the small kids in "his" family. .
29.2.2017 CACIB CELJE, 18.2.2017
Riva attended her very first show - CACIB Celje judged by miss Bojana Razpotnik (SLO). She behaved and cooperated very nicely, got a lovely description and won the puppy class with mark Very promising 1, Best puppy. We are very proud of our young girl!
13.2.2017 DM TEST
We have received Riva's result of the DM test. The result is DM N/N. We are very happy!
13.2.2017 NEW PHOTOS
Riva is 6 months old. It is hard to believe how time flies, she is a very playful young hovi lady.
29.1.2017 NEW PHOTOS OF ALLEGRA AND ALEXA
New photos of Allegra and Alexa, two sisters who are living together. Thank you Nina for the beautiful photos.
10.12.2016 PUPPY SCHOOL DONE!
Our smart puppy finished the puppy school without any problems. She was the youngest and the smallest in the group, but showed to the others what hovis can do!
4.12.2016 RIVA AND VERA
We met with Riva's breeder Anna and her female (Riva's sister) Vera. The girls had fun running around while we chatted.
4.12.2016 CLUB'S NEW YEARS DINNER
Hovawart club Slovenia organized a New Year's dinner for the members and Riva joined the dinner too. She was happy to see everyone, was giving kisses, wagging with her tail... After few hours she fall asleep but her energy suddenly came back as soon as she heard the plates being brought to the table. Who would think... :)
3.12.2016 PHOTOS: AMBER
Klara sent us new photos of her Lili (Amber ex Horto Albo). Thank you Klara, Lili looks wonderful!
23.11.2016 RIVA, ZOJA and REA
Three young, black and crazy girls had a lot of fun yesterday.
9.10.2016 NEW FAMILY MEMBER
Our family just got bigger. Our new member Riva is born in Warsaw, in the kennel named Enormous (breeder Anna Pieczynska). Her father is a black finnish male Steinroller Odd-Leif and mother a polish female with german pedigree Enormous Brilliant Vegas. More about her can be found here
9.10.2016 WE LOST OUR BELOVED ALESSA
Alessa's health deteriorated so much that there was simply no way to save her. We lost our beloved girl way too soon, but we will remember and love her forever.