Black, Tan & White Female
Born: 25 March 2004
Dam: Fin & Bel Ch Lumiturpa Pigga at Elbereth (imp Fin)
Sire: Bel Ch Elbereth Runo in Bernavia
Hip Score: 4 / 4
prcd-1 PRA: Carrier (B)
Pompe's Disease: Clear (A)
Neka is truly a dog in a million. She's cheeky and full of fun, so clever and with a great sense of humour. From the time she joined our household she became my ever-ready sidekick, tagging along wherever I went, whether it was to the post office or out to play a gig (she curled up on the car seat for a snooze until we were finished!) She seems to understand everything we say and is even learning to spell - she has no problems at all with w-a-l-k and d-i-n-n-e-r.
So flexible in her attitude, even as a puppy she didn't mind the sometimes chaotic lack of routine we offered her and took it all in her stride when other dogs might struggle to cope. Her keen intelligence and boundless energy made her a bit of a handful as a youngster. She would grab any opportunity to escape from house and garden but would never run far - she just wanted to race around the neighbours' houses to have a nosey in their garden or kitchen - whatever was open! More than one of our neighbours were greeted by an unexpected, friendly little Lappy at the breakfast table.
As an adult, she has lost none of her youthful zest for life, but is now much more easygoing, obedient and reliable. And she's still fantastic company. She has given us 2 wonderful litters of puppies, making easy work of the births, and did a magnificent job of raising her puppies, passing her fabulous temperment on to them all. These days she acts as ever-ready granny, always happy to see the grand-kids and on hand to help raise the puppies and teach them how to play. For a totally irresistible glimpse of Neka with some of her grandkids, have a look at the video on the bottom of our Puppies page.
As a showdog, she has always been talented, enthusiastic and sometimes comical in her performance. She helped to put Finnish Lapphunds on the map in south west England, doing an enormous amount of winning in Any Variety Not Separately Classified when we had few or no breed classes at open shows. In fact, on 2 April 2006 she became the first Finnish Lapphund in the UK to win the Show Certificate of Merit.
Neka is my absolute pride and joy and we consider ourselves very lucky to have her in our lives.
Age 8 weeks
Nov 13 - Photo by Mark Treasure
Age 9 weeks