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Hi ya, folks!

This site contains some basic info of my dogs and me.

Earlier I called us by name "team brenna07", but in the Spring 2016 I got my FCI kennel name, and now we are team Bonfire Dragon's. I am not a breeder yet, not in a many years - I have no breeding material. But I hope in the future I'll be able to breed some Icelandic Sheepdog litters.

We are pretty normal team. Doing some dog sports without having goals too high (sure, success is very desired!!). Being far from any world championships level but enjoying all the things we do. I want and need sporting dogs. I appreciate enthusiastic dogs with proper nerves - with whom it is easy and comfortable to do and train but also easy just to be at home. "Working" breeds are ment to do, not only to be teared around the dog show ring a year after a year and bred for that purpose. Ideally, the work, beauty and companion sides of these dogs go hand in hand in the same package - no part should be clearly too exaggerated and bred. That's how I think.

- Henni Särkiniemi (Finland)
team.brenna07 @ gmail.com


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Brenna

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TK1 AGI3 FI CH Blenmarin Brenna

Name: Blenmarin Brenna "Brenna"
Breed, gender: Icelandic Sheepdog, female
Date of birth: 17.4.2007
Height: 42cm (16,5inch)
Double dewclaws: On the hind legs
Breeder: Marianne Trogen / kennel Blenmarin (Finland)
Owner: Henni Särkiniemi
Database info & pedigree: KoiraNet, Working-dog.eu
Health:
- hips D
Show: 1 x BOB, 2 x BOS, 3 x CAC, 1 x BOB-VET, 3 x BOS-VET
Agility: MIDI3, 1x agiCAC, 2 x agiCAC-J
Obedience: TK1, FCI Class 1 1st-prize
Finnish character test, LTE: +170p and shots ++, test passed (2009)
Swedish temperament test, MH: Test completed (2012)

· Finnish Show Champion
· TK1-"title" from Finnish obedience's beginners class

· Finnish breed club's Obedience Championships 2011 - beginners class gold
· Finnish breed club's Agility Championships 2014 - silver
· Agility District Championships 2014 - silver
· Agility District Championships 2015 - gold
· Agility District Team Championships 2012 - gold
· Agility District Team Championships 2014 - silver

· Local working dog club's best "multipurpose" dog 2014
· Local working dog club's best agilitydog 2015

* our district = Ostrobothnia, Finland

The word "brenna" is Icelandic, and mainly means a fire or a bonfire. We could not decide what name we would call our newcomer (I lived with my parents and siblings, so we had five people with different opinions). In the end we made a decision that we would keep the name which breeder gives to our puppy. And Brenna fit very well.

Brenna have always been very easy dog. She's lovable, gentle, social, loyal, caring, active... The Dog Of My Life. A great teacher - with her I've entered to the world of dog sports and pedigree dogs. She has excellent prey-drive (playing will) and loves food over anything. I also like her look a lot. She doesn't like fireworks or gunshots but is not afraid of them and she has no problems with a thunder. She comes along with everyone (humans and all other animals). We have met many dogs who have been aggressive towards other dogs but get along with Brenna - she doesn't easily respond to others aggressive behaviour, she normally just watches them calmy like a matriarch, and so the others feel ok around her too, not seeing her as a threat etc.

She have and always will be The Great Matriarch of our team who rules us all. That's a place she deserves and I grant to her.

I have said, that Brenna loves only me. Don't get it wrong. Like I wrote earlier, she likes everyone, no matter if it's human or some another four legged. But word "love" means something bigger. My mother said years ago, that specially after watching me and Brenna for several years from close, she can really say there is some bigger connection between us. Brenna is always near me when she haves a chance. She have always understand me easily and I've always trusted her a lot. It's weird for me to think life when she's not here with me anymore...

We visit in 2-4 shows a year. Our main sport is agility, where we run courses in the highest FCI class (Midi 3). We don't have a chance to compete nearly as much I'd like, but however we have gained some very nice results. We do every now and then some Obedience. There, Brenna have passed Beginners/National class with three 1st prize results and thus gained Finnish training title TK1. We have also gained some experience from second class, FCI Class I, having one 1st prize. Sometimes we do some tracking just for fun. Now we are also training for Finnish Working Dog Trials.

Brenna have also visited in Finnish character test (LTE) and Swedish temperament test (MH). Mostly because I love all kind of tests, in 2014 we also went to "prey-drive/protection/shot" -ability test which was done by Ipo/Mondioring helpers (one picture is below). She did well.

In agility competition, 7 yrs - © Dessi Böhling, thank you

Fighting with IPO helper, 7 yrs - © Kaisa Yli-Parkas, thank you

Walking in the forest, 8 yrs

She LOVES swimming, 8 yrs



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Esja

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TK1 AGI3 Esja frá Klettaoti

Name: Esja frá Klettakoti "Esja"
Breed, gender: Icelandic Sheepdog, female
Date of birth: 27.10.2008
Height: 42cm (16,5inch)
Double dewclaws: On the hind legs
Breeder: Susanne Schütte / kennel frá Klettaoti (Germany)
Owner: Henni Särkiniemi
Database info & pedigree: KoiraNet, Working-dog.eu
Health:
- hips B, knees 0
- eye and hearth check clear
- thyroid normal
Show: 1 x BOB, 1 x BOS, 2 x CAC, 1 x CACIB
Agility: MIDI3
Obedience: TK1, FCI Class 1 2nd-prize
Finnish character test, LTE: +8p and shots ++, test disqualified (2012)
Swedish temperament test, MH: Test completed (2012)

· TK1-"title" from Finnish obedience's beginners class

· Finnish breed club's Agility Championships 2014 - gold
· Agility District Team Championships 2012 - gold

* our district = Ostrobothnia, Finland

The word "esja" is Icelandic, and refers to volcanic mountain range called Esja/Esjan in Iceland. When I got her, I was still living with my parents and we decided to do same than with Brenna: we would keep the name which breeder gives to our puppy.

Esja have not been so easy like Brenna, but pretty easy anyway. She's a very happy dog and always there where happens. She's gets along almost with everyone, but specially with some humans she prefers to make the greetings in peace, not the way where human rushes towards her first. She has moderate prey-drive (she likes to play chase but haves not so great fighting will) and really likes food and treats. She doesn't care about fireworks or thunder a bit, but is unfortunately afraid of gunshots. She lacks of hind angulation, but otherwise I like her look. She haves nice head and expression. If anything, she's a real lapdog! She really loves to be close and lay down on your belly when you're watching television ect.

Esja have never been "my dog": she herself have decided to be "our dog", mine and my parents. She belongs to our pack and lives with us, but she wouldn't mind staying with my parents house either. Sometimes when we are leaving my parents house, Esja would like to stay. She looks at me and kind of hesitates. But usually runs after us. Well, sometimes when I have left her there (because some of my trip etc. which don't include taking her with me), my mom have said that after a couple of days Esja can sometimes be little bit restless - she misses us.

We visit in 2-4 shows a year. Our main sport is agility, and we run courses in the highest FCI class (Midi 3). We don't have a chance to compete nearly as much I'd like, but we have gained a couple of nice results. We have also done some Obedience, passing Beginners/National class with three 1st prize results and so gaining Finnish training title TK1 from there. We have also just for fun and with very light training visited once in second class (FCI Class I) and got 2nd prize there - Esja did super good work, but unfortunately one exercise failed and we lost our chance to get 1st prize result. Sometimes we do some tracking just for fun, and I plan to go to Rally Obedience Trials with her someday.

Esja have also visited in Finnish character test and Swedish temperament test.

In agility competition, 6 yrs - © Tuuli Oksalahti, thank you

She loves to bite sticks, 4 yrs

Forests are great places, 7 yrs

In obedience competition (heelwork when human running), 6 yrs - © Dessi Böhling, thank you



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Sabaku no Gaara

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TK1 AGI1 FI CH Tialan Armani

Name: Tialan Armani "Sabaku no Gaara" "Gaara"
Breed, gender: Lh Dutch Shepherd, male
Date of birth: 6.12.2012
Height: approx. 59cm (23,3inch)
Breeder: Sauli Tiala / kennel Tialan (Finland)
Owner: Henni Särkiniemi
Database info & pedigree: KoiraNet, Working-dog
Health:
- hips B, knees 0, elbows 0
- eye check (normal and gonioscopy) clear
- back (SP, VA and LTV) clear
Show: 2 x BOB-puppy, 2 x BOB, 1 x BOS, 3 x CAC, 1 x CACIB
Agility: MAXI1
Obedience: TK1, FCI Class 1 1st-prize
Finnish character test, LTE: +155p and shots +++, test passed (2015)
Swedish temperament test, MH: Test completed (2014)

· Finnish Show Champion
· TK1 -"title" from Finnish obedience's beginners class

· World Dog Show 2014 - resCAC & resCACIB
· Finnish breed club's Speciality Show 2014 - best male & BOS
· Finnish breed club's Speciality Show 2016 - best male & BOS

· Obedience District* Team Championships - 2014 gold

* our district = Ostrobothnia, Finland

Finally I was living on my own, and I had complete power to decide my next dog's calling name. Because I'm manga/anime fan, I got my inspiration from there. "Sabaku no Gaara" is a character in a series called Naruto. I had always liked this character a much, so I decided to use his name. In English they've translated that as "Gaara of the Desert". After naming my Dutchie as "Gaara", I found the information what that means if we open it's Japanese writing (kanji)*: Gaara = demon who loves only himself. Haha, not soundind like my boy at all.
(*Gaara in japanese: 我愛羅 = First kanji, “ga”, means I. Second, “a”, means love/loving. Third kanji “ra” means a demon.)

This boy was a my dream even before he's birth. I've known Gaara's breeder and his family for a years, and I'm very familiar with Gaara's both parents too. And from the very first pic which the breeder published in his Facebook page (the puppies were one day old), I "selected" my own kid. They always say, you shouldn't pick a puppy by a picture etc. I know that very well, and I'm not stupid or amateur. Gaara even wasn't the most promising male in this litter. But I wanted him. And it was such a good choice.

Gaara is very easy dog in many ways and I can trust him in many situations. Many people says the same thing. We have specially been asked to help a couple of dogs who fear bigger/black dogs, because people know Gaara's social but calm attitude when needed. He can tolerate other males even around our female pack and calms down from "macho-mode" if I command. He isn't afraid of fireworks, thunder or gunshots. He has nice prey-drive (playing will) but he doesn't care food so much. He's almost fully trained through prey-drive. I also like his look a lot, Dutchie for my taste (just a little bit less coat would be nice). He's my spoiled but great baby.

We visit in 2-4 shows a year and he's a Finnish Show Champion. Our main sport is agility, and currently we run courses in the first FCI class (Maxi 1). We don't have chance to compete nearly as much I'd like to (lack of money). We also do some Obedience. There Gaara have passed Beginners/National class with three 1st prize results and so gained Finnish training title TK1 only in five weeks and before turning 2 years old. He have also got higher points from National class than any Finnish longhair before him (195/200p). From second class, FCI Class I, Gaara haves 1-prize, so next we start train to class II. He seems to have good nose, so I really plan to do some tracking with him when I'll just have time for that.

Gaara have cleared both Swedish Temperament Test (MH) and Finnish Charecter Test (LTE). Just because I love all kind of tests, in 2014 we also went to "prey-drive/protection/shot" -ability test which was done by Ipo/Mondioring helpers. Gaara was 1 year and 4 months old then. At the moment he's the only Longhaired in Finland who have got best shooting judgement/result from LTE and MH: "secure to shots" from both.

In unofficial agility competition, +1,5 yrs - © Anki Molander, thank you

He loves water and running, 2 yrs

I mean he really loves water and running, 2 yrs

Jumping 1 meter obstacle, 2 yrs



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Owner


Photographing at Icelandic Sheepdog specialty show 2013 © TripleTan, thank you

Henni S.

Henni, born in the 90's, the feminine side of gender, living in Finland. One person is calling me by nickname "Admin". I grew up in a good and loving family, where we always had cats. But I was the one who always wanted a dog and who eventually grew up to be a dog person more than anything.

I'm interested about training and competiting with dogs, but first of all they are my companions and friends - my family. I really couldn't think myself owning "just a companion dog" (don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with them, personally I just want and need more than a "lapdog").

For dogs, one day, I made a phrase for myself from the thoughts I was having, and it formed to look like this: "It's not about 'show' and 'work'. It's about good dogs having fine breed type and sporting-ready attitude in the same package". That's what I believe in.

I got my first dog when I was 12 years old. Mixed-breed male Riki (suspicion is he was a cross between German Shepherd+Finnish Hound x Finnish Spitz), who unfortunately had to put down before he turned 2 years old. A few of years after Riki, I got my first Icelandic Sheepdog female, Brenna (TK1 AGI3 MH LTE Blenmarin Brenna) and little bit later Esja (TK1 AGI3 MH LTE Esja frá Klettakoti) come to us. In 2013 my long-awaited dream come true, when bred-by-my-friend Longhaired Dutch Shepherd male Sabaku no Gaara (TK1 AGI1 MH LTE Tialan Armani) joined to our team. Since I was 3-year-old shrimp, my dream have been to get own working line German Shepherd. We'll see when that will happen!

I have had and currently have some "responsibility tasks" in Finnish Icelandic Sheepdog Club. I'm a member of Finnish Kennel Club, Finnish Working Dog Club, Finnish Icelandic Sheepdog Club and Finnish Dutch Shepherd Club, and also member of our local dog club's agility, working and companion dog sections.


Doing obedience - © Oona Väyrynen (Esja) & Hanna S (Gaara), thank you


They are my world - © Taija S, thank you