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I, Elena, have been fond of dogs since I could remember my self. I wanted to have a dog, but my parents could not buy one for me because they did not have their own flat; we lived in Moscow. When I became older I dreamed about a collie dog – that time the serie ”Lassie” was very popular and I followed this TV serie. But reality was that I had got a foxterrier puppie when I was about 12 years old and my parents got their own flat. But I was happy anyway.
 
When I grew up I moved to the North, to Murmansk region. I and my husband (that time) both worked in Lapland natural reserve. I worked and lived their for 18 years. All those years we had several West-Siberian laika dogs since my ex-husband was a hunter. All those dogs were working dogs and males. We choosed them from the good working lines and the very first one was bought in Mocsow through Moscow Hunting Club. There were many good breeds after our males in Murmansk region. But our family life ended in the year 2000 and it was the end for laika for me too.
 
Then life turned that way that I met Arni Björn and moved to Norway in 2001. Here I felt that my dream about my own collie could now become a reality. I did not think about a kennel, I just wanted to have a collie. In 2004 we bought a blue merle girl which we named ”Laska”. It is a Russian name and means ”cosy” and ”weasel” at once. And she is like that, she is very cosy but brave. She showed to be a really working dog. Before we got her, we had a huge problem with reindeers. They used to come into our fields in the autumn and spoiled them. We had to run and get them away and it was very exhausting. But Laska took over this job. She used to watch around and when she saw the reindeers come, she run, screamed them away from the fields and came back. She never followed them futher into the forest! So we have solved a problem.
 
After a while we thought that it would be good to have a puppies from Laska and some people asked us about it, but first we wanted to know if she was healthy and good for breeding. Her hips and elbows were perfect and at the Dog Show in Kirkenes she got a first premium. It meant that she was a good breeding dog. She got her first litter in 2008 with the Finnish champion ”Lucky”.
 
In a meanwhile my daughter bought a Japanese Chin girl which was 7 mounths. This dog lived with her 4 mounths before it suddenly died. It was a big tragedy for my daughter, but to my surprise I felt that I became attached in some degree to this dog too! That Jappe girl loved people, but at the same time she was very invisible, unostentatious, unassuming and patient. My daughter wanted to buy one similar and I helped her to surfe in the net to get info. We found lot of positive information about this race, but unfortunately it was just impossibly to get a bitch of Japanese Chin in Norway.
 
I realised that I wanted to have a Japanese Chin as well. I thought about the case and talked to Arni Bjørn. We decaided to buy 2 Japanese Chin bitches and together with our Rough Collie «Laska» start to breed these 2 races, i.e. establish a kennel. We do not have capacity for a big kennel, but just for small home one. Why kennel? Because all we do, we try to do well and with hugh quality. We are proud for our young horses and we are proud of the puppies we produce. But then it is good to have our «signature», i.e. kennel name, after the name of our puppies.
 
In our breeding work (both dogs and horses) we think first about health of the offsprings, we work to preserve the working and valuable qualities of our animals and we try to keep their nice look that is determinated by race standard. It means that we have to study much info about the possible mates for our animals. It is not easy to get a good mate when we live so long up in North, but we try to get the best males for our «girls» and do not spare for that.
 
Arni Björn took the Course about breeding of icelandic horses in year 2007.
 
Elena took a cynology course in 2009 which included history, body structure, body movement, genetics and rules for the breeding of dogs.
 
Name of the kennel «Canis Borealis» came just from where we are: we are here above the Polar Circle with our dogs.

Ice har flyttet til hans nye hjem/ Ice has moved to his new home (30.11.13)

Ice Illusion of Canis Borealis, 3 mnd., flyttet til hans nye hjem  i går. Vi ønsker masse lykke til! 
Nå føles det tomt i huset uten valper.... og Flora savner sin lekekamerat.....
 
Ice Illusion of Canis Borealis, 3 months, moved to his new home yesterday. We wish good luck!
It feels empty in the house without puppies.....and Flora misses her little friend....
 

Marzipan har funnet sitt nye hjem/ Marzipan has found his new home (23.11.13)

 Marzipan Gold og Canis Borealis ("Charlie") kom i går til sitt nye hjem i Sverige. Vi har fått disse bildene med rapporten fra hans nye "mamma" at han har funnet seg til rette der; han spiser og leker og sover bra. Vi ønsker lykke til!
 
Marzipan Gold of Canis Borealis ("Charlie") come yesterday to his new home in Sweden. We have got those pictures with information from his new "mom" that he likes him selv there; he eats, plays with other dogs and sleeps good. We wish good luck!

Marzipan er midlertidig hos oss / Marzipan is with us for a meanwhile

 Marzipan Gold of Canis Borealis er nå hos oss. Kjøperen er blitt alvorlig syk slik at hun ikke kunne ha ham lenger. Vi finner et nytt hjem til gutten, men frem til han flytter bor han hos oss. Marzipan ("Charlie") er 8 måneder gammel nå. Han kommer overens med våre hunder. Han er en veldig snill og god gutt.
 

Ice er fortsatt til salgs! / Ice is still for sale! (02.11.13)

Ice er alene nå og savner søstera si litt. Han er fortsatt til salgs! Ta gjerne kontakt for en prat :) 

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