TabanyaRuu Karuselli Miika

Miika, or Dylan as he was known before going to his new forever home, was the first born of Kiva's litter - he was always my favourite and, if all of the litter had survived, would probably have been our 3rd Lappy.


Miika now lives with his forever family, Jane & Mark Treasure, in Somerset where he enjoys walks along the beach.

Now I could write loads about Miika telling you how great he is but I thought why should I? 

Instead I thought it would be far more honest if his new owners were to tell you all about him so I asked Jane and Mark to send me a couple of hundred words to sum up what living with Miika was like .... Click here to read about their first few months with Miika or here to read of their first year with him - In 2012 Jane sent me an account of Miika's 2nd year and it can be seen here and I have just received her latest article about Miika as a 6 year old, it can be seen here.

Miika – Having the Time of his Life

Recently Simon asked me to write an update about Miika and when I checked what I had written before I realised it had actually been some time since I put pen to paper or rather fingers to keyboard.  So where to start on an update, where I left off presumably:

Which was when Miika was two years old, he is now six!

As Emmi settled into the household life settled into a pretty simple and happy routine, up early for a walk, breakfast, rest, watch mum work, another walk, play time, rest, dinner, zoomies, rest, evening walk and bed – not a bad life.

Once Emmi was six months old she started her career in the show ring and of course, Miika would accompany us.  By this point Miika had been neutered and was a much calmer lad.  It seemed a real shame for him to come to the shows and not go in the ring so we sought permission from the Kennel Club and Miika restarted his career in the show ring.  You may remember from my previous notes that Miika has never taken showing seriously, to Miika the show ring is just another playground.  However, sometimes, Miika will surprise us and actually behave like a real show dog.  It is always very exciting showing Miika as you never knew whether you were going to be handling Miika the Show Dog or Miika the Clown.  As time went on though more often than not we had Miika the Show Dog so much so that he started to get good placings at shows.

In December 2013 we added to our little family.  Another little girl but this special girlie, Jaana, came from Sweden.  Miika was delighted – another female, he now had the makings of a harem.  As with Emmi, Jaana was allowed to do whatever she pleased, Miika adored her from their very first meeting.  As time has passed it has been interesting to watch the relationships between Miika and the girls.  I think Emmi will always be Miika best friend, she is the one he seeks out for support, they still play but less than they used to as Emmi is not one for a lot of playing, but they still cuddle.  However, Jaana is Miika’s playmate, she is the one always ready for a romp.

Having three dogs has changed the dynamics in the house, it is now a pack and fascinating to watch them work out their individual roles within that pack.  Emmi is the pack leader (after us), then Jaana and then poor Miika.  However, despite being at the bottom of the ladder, Miika will always take charge if he feels his girls are in danger – god help anyone who threatens Miika’s family.


Miika is still very vocal when anyone comes to the door.  At the end of last year we moved house, in fact we made a complete change and moved into the countryside, just as we had always wanted to do.  Our new home is a converted 200 year old barn with only a few neighbours.  We share a gravel drive with our neighbours and of course, Miika along with Emmi just have to tell us (and everyone in about a ten mile radius) every time anyone drives or walks up the driveway.  Other than that though Miika is still a calm, quiet lad, very chilled about life.

The joy of our new home is that we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and lots of fab walks.  This also means we are surrounded by wildlife too.  Miika and the girls love our new life and they love looking out for deer, foxes, rabbits and hares as well as some super birds, heron, buzzards, egrets, shelducks, swallows and lots of others.

Miika has continued to take part in dog shows and has now started to have some success. 


In 2015, Miika was Best of Breed at the Pontypridd Open Show and then was awarded Pastoral Group 3 – his first ever group placing.  Mark handled Miika at this show as I was handling Emmi - I am still apologising to everyone for my scream when the judge pointed to Miika in the group, thankfully the judge found it hilarious as did most of the people who were still at the show.

Miika got his second Group placing this year at the Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show where he was Best of Breed and Pastoral Group 4.

Earlier this year we attended Three Counties Championship Dog Show, our breed do not have CC’s at this show but it is a show that we love and try to go to every year.  Miika won his class so was in the challenge for Best Dog, he had his Show Dog head on that day and after the Best Dog was awarded we had to move around the ring again as the judge, Andrew Brace, chose his Reserve Best Dog.  Imagine my shock and pleasure as out of the corner of my eye I see the judge coming towards me with the card.  Oh and yes I am happy to admit I did shed a delighted tear.

A couple of months later Miika was strutting his stuff again at Paignton Championship Dog Show for judge Stuart Mallard.  He was entered in the Open Dog class and was placed second.  Ok so he didn’t win his class but what being placed second means is that he was awarded his Stud Book Number and what that means is that he is now Crufts qualified for the rest of his life.  Yes another or maybe more tears were shed that day – we have always thought our Miika was a stud muffin and now the Kennel Club agrees!

The thing about Miika that judges seem to love is his happy attitude to life, every critique Miika gets mentions what a happy dog he is.  Mark’s photos confirm this as Miika’s tail is always a blur because it is wagging nineteen to the dozen!

There are other strings to Miika’s bow too.  Miika has passed his Bronze and Silver Good Citizen Awards as well as earning his Silver Versatility Award from the Finnish Lapphund Club of GB.   At the Spitz in the Park weekend he had a go at agility, it didn’t take him long to work out what was required and was soon jumping, running through the tunnel and weaving the poles like a pro.

Miika loves doing “stuff”, regardless of what it is, if it means he is having fun and he is with us or his girls then he is totally happy, which in turn makes us happy.

We are still as much in love with this special boy as we were the day we collected him from Simon and Louise.  Oh and he gives the bestest cuddles and kisses – just be careful what he has been eating beforehand!

 Jane Treasure

October 2016

Miika is a One Year Old

It is hard to believe that Miika is now a one year old, the ten months since he came to live with us have flown by so quickly.

I mentioned in my last missive that Miika had just completed his first Dog Show, well; he is now a seasoned exhibitor.  He has been shown at several Championship and Open Shows and has amassed a lovely collection of rosettes.  Unfortunately Miika does think that the shows are just very large daycare centres and wants to play with the other dogs and of course uses his high-pitched squeal to inform me of his disgust when I tell him “No”, although once in the ring he does quieten and perform like a gentleman (well, most of the time).

Miika winning Best Puppy in Breed at Windsor

Miika is the easiest puppy I have lived with, nothing fazes him, he even remained asleep in the garden today whilst the next door neighbour was using a very noisy chain saw on his trees.  He does not join in when neighbouring dogs bark although he does go nuts with his very deep manly bark when someone rings the doorbell.  Not a bad thing really as those visitors that do not know him are very cautious until Miika has given them a good sniff and decided it is OK for them to enter; hence cold callers are despatched very quickly.  Miika travels with us to most places but when we do need to leave him at home he is very happy to curl up in his crate with a small treat and his toys, admittedly we do leave the television on for him as well.

Miika with his mum Kiva at NWP July 2011

I now work mainly from home and Miika divides his time between my upstairs office and the garden.  Strangely, whenever I go downstairs to check on him, he is generally on his way upstairs, maybe to check on me?  We have been very lucky so far as Miika has not dug any major holes in our garden; mind you he does enjoy a bit of gardening and will “prune” shrubs, including thorny roses, if he gets bored of his hooves or bones.

Miika gets lots of exercise, as well as his early morning and late evening walks he gets a long walk during the day, normally about 4-5 miles every day.  This means that he has lots of muscle and therefore, is a very good weight however; he does have a waist to die for.  Being a Lappy, Miika is very intelligent; he knows where each and every cat lives or hides out in our local area.

From the first day Miika arrived our three cats have moved upstairs.  We have tried to get them to accept Miika but this is very difficult when all Miika wants to do is chase them and get them to play.  Unfortunately he pushed his luck a little too far with one of the cats recently and ended up with right hook to the jaw, followed by a swollen and infected lip.  Did he learn his lesson? Erm – No.  However, he goes give that particular cat a slightly wider berth than he did.  We are now doubling our efforts to get them all together and have noticed that Miika is beginning to be a little calmer with them.  Fingers crossed.

It was becoming obvious over the last couple of months that Miika was starting to leave puppyhood behind – he discovered girls!  Whilst on a Lappy Walk in Greyfield Woods, High Littleton, Miika fell in love with Minna and Taika, if we couldn’t locate him we just had to look for either of the girls and there he would be.  Apparently it is the same at daycare, Miika chooses his “girl” for the day and sticks very close to her all day.

So, Miika has his first birthday this week.  Mark and I are taking the day off work and will be taking Miika out for the day – a good, long run, lots of cuddles and treats and a big bone.

Happy Birthday, Miika!

Life with Miika

We were introduced to Kiva, Simon and Louise at a dog show by Liz Mowatt (TabanyaRuu) when we were still investigating Finnish Lapphunds and started to follow her progress very closely right from conception!

October finally arrived and we went to collect Miika – a very happy, emotional day.  I still couldn’t believe that he was actually going to be ours. 

Miika fitted very smoothly into our lives.  From the very first night he slept in his crate all night without a peep.  He quickly learnt that “quiet time” meant a treat and time to chill out in his crate, whilst “bed time” meant time to sleep.

As I work three days a week Miika attends Doggy Daycare.  He is collected after I have left for work and spends the whole day playing with lots of other dogs, although apparently Miika struts in and decides who is going to be his playmate of the day and then spends the day with that one friend.  When he comes home he is shattered and sleeps all evening until Mark wakes him for his evening walk.

When it comes to walking, Mark and I quickly worked out a routine – as I am a morning person I walk Miika at 6.30 each morning and as Mark is a night person he does the evening walk and on the days that Miika is not at daycare we all go out together for the midday walk.  We have also joined a few Lappy Walks which Miika loves; it’s a great opportunity to meet with other Lappy families and to be able to put faces to names. 

Miika loves everyone and very soon became well known in Clevedon.  Whilst out one day we were stopped by someone wanting to touch Miika, when I told them his name they replied “Oh, so this is Miika, I’ve heard of him!”  

One of Miika’s favourite hu-friends is Kim, who works at our local pet shop, as soon as we get close to the shop Miika starts pulling to get there faster and then pushes past anyone else in the shop to get to Kim and the treat that she always has ready for him.

Miika has just competed in his first dog show, with Mark being the handler.  I must admit I was very nervous about how Miika would behave – would he just think it was another larger Daycare session and want to play?  In fact Miika was very well behaved; he was quite happy for the judge to examine him and was very self-controlled in the ring, although we are thinking that I will have to be the handler at future shows as Miika spent most of the time in the ring either looking for me or looking at me!


Since Miika came to stay our lives are so much richer, he gives unconditional love and so much joy.  Miika makes us laugh with his high-pitched squeal when playing tug-of-war and his disgust with Mark if he tries to show me affection!  We have found that our priorities have totally changed since Miika arrived – I used to be a shopaholic, now, I can’t remember the last time I went shopping for anything other than groceries or for dog food/toys/treats!

Our lives revolve around Miika and his around us – we thank the day Mark telephoned Liz and started our journey into Lappydom and we thank Simon and Louise for the fantastic start they gave Miika, which is the reason I believe that Miika is such an amazing little lad.  We are so very proud of our boy, Miika.


Jane Treasure



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