Torvall Swedish Vallhund Kennel is located near Ongaonga in the heart of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Initially Greg and I lived in Wellington where I worked as a Registered Nurse and Greg an IT Project manager. We both worked in Saudi Arabia at different times to each other and have travelled extensively together.
Our first Vallhund, Cally (Valkrista Maid Marion) came to us in Wellington as a puppy in 2004 and Sirius in 2005. Cally became our foundation bitch and won Best of Breed at the NZ Nationals in 2010.
We loved the breed so much that we decided to start breeding and showing and set up Torvall Swedish Vallhund Kennel in 2005.We have developed our breeding through the matriline -
Cally 4 litters
Bobbie 2 litters
Chala 1 litter
Greg and I shifted from Wellington to Hawkes Bay in late 2010 and Jack (Vallarity Cracker Jack), our stud dog, came to us early 2011. We have a rural lifestyle property with lots of room for the dogs to run and chase. Although I work part-time at a rural health centre I love spending time with the dogs and pottering in the garden. We have a small orchard so in the summer there is fruit to preserve or make relishes etc from. Greg is our chef and cooks yummy meals which enables me to stay out in the garden in the summer until quite late!
I have recently taken up quilting :-)
I enjoy showing the dogs and have made lots of good friends through this. Our girls and Jack have done exceptionally well in the show ring with numerous Group age placings and 3 Best of Breed wins at the NZ Nationals.
Chala has won Best of Breed at the NZ Nationals two years running (2013 and 2014) and last year also won Best Intermediate of Group at the Nationals under Elizabeth Cartledge (UK) - an SV specialist.
Kath & Greg