was estabilished in 1985 by Raili Suominen. Foundation bitch of our
kennel is FIN Ch Eleanora. She was a very strict, beautiful and clever
first litter was born in June 1985. Nora
was very healthy, despite of some back problems in her older age. She
died at age of 15,5 years in 1999.
In 1994 Raili Suominen received a very honourable prize from the
Finnish Kennel Club. This prize is called The Vuolasvirta -prize and it
is awarded for succesfull breeding practices. This was the very first
when this prize has been given to a cardigan breeder in Finland.
When Big-Wood’s kennel celebrated 10th
anniversary in 1995, Johanna Flinck's name joined officially
to this prefix. Johanna has handled, trained and co-owned
Big-Wood's cardigans for several years, even bred one litter for the
The main goal of the Big-Wood's breeding is a classic Cardigan Welsh
with sound mind and agile body. The most important thing for Raili and
Johanna is that Big-Wood's Cardigan is beloved pet and companion and
the owner is pleased. The right dog must find the right home
and vice versa. If the owner is interested about showing or
performance, it's ok, but not the priority no.1. During these
years there has been many
Big-Wood's champions and CC-winner, but also a lot of Cardis
done well in Agility and Obediece avenues.
lives in Mäntsälä (South Finland), the
village is called Sälinkää. She works in the
hospital. Raili's pride and joy Jetro and Sanni are the children of her
only son. At the moment Raili doesn't have any dogs, but Sasu-the-cat
keeps good company to her.
family is a little bit bigger. They live
countryside in Pattijoki which belongs to Raahe, 70 kms
southern than Oulu, "capital" of North Finland. Johanna works as a
secretary in the Districal Joint Municipal Authority of Health Care in
Raahe area. Johanna's first dog was St. Bernhard male "Romeo", who was
born in early '80s. The next one was a Russian Hound bitch Miska, who
didn't want to be hunting dog at all so they done agility and obedience
togehter. Third one was Noela - the Cardigan Welsh Corgi with more
personality than size and the story began...
Johanna's husband Tapio
has been involved with rottweilers over 20
years and bred some litters years ago. Now he has got his own prefix
"Steelpaw's" and he has bred one pembroke litter. Tapio works in
Daughter Jenni was born
in 2002 and she is very interested about all
kind of animals, especially puppies, kittens and pink hamsters (yes -
she has tols so!). Jenni has already took part to "children &
-handling competions, trained agility and helped in SAR trainings.
Johanna is also
professional agility trainee and official show
secretary. She is competing in agility with Cardigans and belgian
shepherd Konna who is owned by her friend and training Tapio's young
rottweiler bitch Fyra for obedience, search and rescue (SAR)... and...
couse for agility!
Home of the Big-Wood's
is -21 C degrees outside when this photo has taken.
Flinck, Jokiranta 26, 92140 Pattijoki, FINLAND, tel.
nat. 044 377 2704, tel. int. +358 44 377 2704, johanna [ at ] jofli.net
Suominen, Vanha Soukkiontie, 04740 Sälinkää,
FINLAND, railis [ at ] gmail.com