FSCA Show Female of
the Year 2002,
Best of Opposite Sex
2000 & 2001 FSCA Specialty,

2001 #1 Finnish Spitz bitch
#4 Finnish Spitz Allbreed Points

Finnish Spitz Club of America
Registry of Merit Recipient

Cisco, a/k/a AM. Int'l CH. Ice Caps Chankiita Sunrise, was our first Finkie from Ice Caps kennels. She did not disappoint us in demonstrating the beauty of this breed. Cisco completed her championship run at the age of 20 months in a spectacular 5 week period winning 5 majors for a total of 18 points. In her first Specialty appearance at the 9th Annual Finnish Spitz Club of America Specialty show on September 20, 2000 Cisco was awarded Best of Opposite Sex after just turning two years old. She repeated her performance the following year and in her third year of showing was awarded the Finnish Spitz Club of America's Show Female of the Year Award for the year 2002. A loving, happy girl, Cisco prefers chasing the birds and squirrels in the backyard to more structured acitivities. She has an independent personality but can neither retire for the night nor start her day without some cuddling. A wonderful yodeler in true Finkie fashion, she loves to carry on long conversations with her humans. When not caring for puppies, she spends much of her day on the top step of the swimming pool and caring for the cats. Although Cisco left us for Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly in July, 2005, she lives on in our daily thoughts and remains the foundation of our breeding program. The structure and movement she passed on to her offspring is the movement we are striving for in the breed. We see her legacy and contributions to the breed in her offspring including the grandpups. Cisco was awarded the Finnish Spitz Club of America Registry of Merit ("ROM") award in September, 2005 for producing six AKC championship offspring.
Cisco's Pedigree

September 19, 2007--September 5, 2011
Crowns Ain't Misbehavin' ("Sirro") was a littermate to Jazz with a totally different look. He had the structure of his sire, KC, with a head type that shows some of KC's features and some of his dam's features, Maja. He has KC's thickness of coat but Maja's coloring with a deeper red to it. But there is no doubt he was a KC son with his silly sense of humor and good nature. He was a handsome boy who always keeps us laughing with his silly ways. He left us far too soon and we miss him daily.

Kolstar Crowns Buddy
May 9, 2003--December 23, 2005
Buddy, a/k/a Kolstar Crowns Buddy, was the second Finnish Spitz to be loved by the Kuha family in Minnesota. Buddy was Jordan's best friend and loved the cold Minnesota winters and playing in the snow. But he was not to meant to be with us for the long term. He gave his heart while he was here and was loved dearly for it. He left for Rainbow Bridge in December 2005. Run freely sweet boy while waiting for your family.

Crowns Punaukea Viekas Leevi
August 2, 2003--March 4, 2005

It is with overwhelming sadness that we add a Finnish Spitz bred here to this page. Crowns Punaukea Viekas Leevi, a beautiful boy with a special personality, was killed when he was brutally attacked at a doggy daycare facility by another dog when they were left unsupervised in the yard. Leevi was loved and adored by Jeanne and Gil Pacheco, who were shining examples of responsible dog ownership, always considering what was best for Leevi first. He made his national debut at the 2004 national specialy, and it was clear he was the dog having the most fun in the ring. His fun-loviong nature and self-confidence were no doubt due to the lavish attention he received from Jeanie and Gil. He was just 19 months old at the time of this tragic incident. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with Jeanie and Gil as they try to cope with the loss of their beloved boy. Run freely, sweet Leevi. We will miss you.

We can't do a web page about our Finkies without a page for two of our dearly loved, departed pets who profoundly affected our lives.

Mickey, our traditional black cat, came to us at the age of 9 months after his humans abandoned him when they moved. Mickey was a loving boy who ensured I did not follow the practice of letting Shelby cry when she was a baby. At the first peep from her, he would come to me and howl at the top of his lungs until I picked her up. He guarded her as a baby and allowed her to maul him to no end when she could move on her own. I learned from him the sheer joy of falling asleep at night with a cat purring in my ear. At the age of nine years, Mickey developed a rare form of cancer. He fought through chemotherapy and radiation treatment for three months but the cancer was simply too aggressive. He left for Rainbow Bridge in August of 1998 and we still miss him, but take comfort knowing he is waiting for us.

Our Hannah was a rescue lab who joined us at the age of four years after she was found wandering in the woods of northern Minnesota. A very well trained dog when she came to us, she quickly grew very spoiled as a result of her loving ways. A mother in her soul, Hannah was the ideal family dog for my young daughter and her friends. In the six years we were fortunate enough to have her with us, we never heard her growl except on one occasion when she thought someone was playing too roughly with Shelby. She routinely tolerated being dressed up by the kids and always comforted them after scrapes or falls.

When Cisco joined our family, Hannah transferred her wonderful skills to making sure Cisco felt at home. For her first four months with us, Hannah was Cisco's favorite teething toy. We were all devastated when a tumor on her spine that was unresponsive to treatment left her paralyzed. Hannah left for Rainbow Bridge in March of 1999 and we still think of her daily. We frequently imagine we can see these beloved pets waiting for us in the clouds.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

*Author Unknown*

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