The name Grimm: – fierce (the english meaning of the word)

– the man with the mask (the meaning of the name)

– a central character in Jenny’s first fantasy novel from 2003

– the brothers Grimm were German academics collecting fairytales

– the horse of Jonathan Lionheart in swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s novel

Grimm (Grimmy, Grimster, Koselappen, Little Prince) was a highly anticipated dog. We began planning to acquire a dog in the summer of 2007 – a family is hardly complete without a dog in the house, now is it?!

You can follow his development here: Grimm’s development

The man with the mask

We began searching for a breed in 2007 and considered several alternatives. It had to be a dog suitable for a variety of purposes: a workout companion, hiking, cuddling, family member, and very importantly – a therapy dog. This places strict demands on the mentality of a dog and not all breeds are suitable, for several reasons. The most decisive factor for obtaining a successful therapy-dog is certainly his upbringing, but it doesn’t hurt to have a good starting point.

The breed finnish lapphund ranked at the top of the list as it featured several attractive qualities for us. Most importantly, it is highly human-oriented and very cooperative. I had to talk to several breeders and other knowledgable people with regard to the finnish lapphund before I could be confident that we had found the right dog for us.

On December 28th 2008 the U-litter of Vallerjäntans was born, and when I called them towards the end of January I was informed that there was a little boy left who wanted a home. From the very first time we observed him on video and through pictures, the gut feeling was just right. And this feeling just grew stronger the more we saw and heard of him. Inger did a great job with posting videos on the net!!!

When we picked up Grimm in the end of February we were hardly disappointed. The little furball melted our hearts and surprised us continuously during his first couple of weeks with us. On the one hand, he turned out to be a bit demanding, but on the other hand he gave us tenfold in return for our investments. This actually summarizes Grimm pretty well – he needs a lot of investment, but also gives a wealth in return. Already at an age of 10 weeks he debuted as a therapy dog in the context of dog-phobia, a job he handled very well.

Although I had previously worked a few years with dogs professionally, I had never trained a therapy dog before. I didn’t know of any particular way to train a therapy dog either. Reading up on AAT-literature and the desired qualitites of a therapy dog has nevertheless served as a compass for me. At the same time, I have received lots of good advice from Sandra ( and Jan Erik ( In essence, one simply has to try-and-fail with theory and experience as guidelines. The most important thing is to have a confident, balanced, happy, and cooperative dog – everything else will fall into place later. And these qualities are something every dog should be allowed to enjoy anyway =)

Grimm was given the kennelname Vallarjäntans Urax and has three brothers (Uno, Ulle Lucas and Usko) and a sister (Unni/Klinga).

Microsoft Word - Stamtavle Grimm

Grimm’s kennel can be found here: Vallarjäntans kennel