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Myostatin Deficiency Testing
February 12, 2011 by Sari & David

Last year we wanted to test from Finka and Velka the myostatin deficiency gene. And since we ordered those tests and sent them all the way until USA we thought of testing Niki at the same time.

Well, the results came and there was a big surprise to us. Finka and Velka were clear, N/N (having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal) but Niki proved out to be a carrier, N/B (having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the Myostatin Deficiency Mutation and appear to be normal).

Because of this result, we wanted to test all the puppies from our A-litter and we finally received the last results yesterday. Aina and JayJay are clear, N/N, but Iivari and Tino proved out to be carriers, N/B, just like Niki.

In future it only means that Niki won't be used for breeding.

We wanted to make this information public so that more people would test their dogs and share the result publicly. You cannot know before testing if your dog is clear or carrier. With more testing we would find out how widespread this gene is and make it easier to get rid of it.

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A-litters first official measuring :)
January 22, 2011 by Sari & David

Iivari was the first one from our A-litter who was officially measured. Iivari is 49,1cm so for 2mm limit he has to be even measured again after his 2yo birthday :)

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A-litter page has been updated
December 12, 2010 by Sari

Finally I managed to get a bit newer pictures of the puppies to A-litter page. They are about 10 to 11 months old in those pictures. From Tino I didn't find any standing picture, so I'll change it later when I'll find one :) And also the french version of that page is now updated :)

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Finka 2nd in SMM :)
November 26, 2010 by Sari & David

Last posting was about Velka so now it's Finka's turn :D

In August we participated to Finnish Coursing Championship competition with Finka. She likes coursing and we think she is quite good in it :)

There was 22 females and Finka was second oldest... From the starting line we weren't able to see so well how Finka was doing there so we had to wait for the points. And obviously she did well cos after the first round she was 3rd!

Finka in blue.

We left a bit nervous to the final run. She was lottered to one of the first starts which I was thinking wasn't that good... But at the end, she managed to gain the 2nd place in this competition and her first SERTK (something in english :D ).

Taking a 2nd place in this competition was really well from her, she surprised us positively! We are proud of her :)

We were supposed to try to catch more SERTK after this but unfortunately Finka was injured the rest of the season so now we should try to get 4 SERTK next year ;)

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Velka in Whippet tapahtuma
November 23, 2010 by Sari & David

W-H organised an unofficial dog show only for whippets. There was an extra class, super working class, which was meant for track line whippets. Still there was only two females and two males signed in for this class. Shame, would've been nice to have more...

Velka presented herself really nicely although we didn't practice almost at all. And when I try at home, they don't agree to stand at all... Well, Velka was 1st in female super working class but didn't get KP (what ever it might be in english :D ) so didn't compete after from BOB or BOS of that class...

Here are couple of pictures of Velka: copyright Fast Pack's

And here is a picture of me with Ringo (Kulta-Haukku Ringo) in that same event in 1993. Ringo was then BOS Veteran.
I have been participating to this event only twice and there was 17 years between :D

We will soon update Velka's page with the judge comments.

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Small update on the B-litter plan
November 16, 2010 by Sari & David

The B-litter won't be scheduled on Velka's next heat (early in spring 2011) but the next one (end of summer/autumn 2011). The male choice is still open :)

We also added couple of pictures on the puppies page.

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