|Welcome to us at Lauvstuas
Kennel and the owners Anne-Lise and Eivind Holte.
Lauvstuas kennel was founded in 1995, but the farm Lauvstua where
the kennel prefix descends from, was built as far back as 1855,
and is beautifully situated near the Gillsvannet, 6 km from the
city centre of Kristiansand. The farm has been in the family since
Eivinds grandfather bought it in 1917. We took over the farm together
with Eivinds sisters and brother in 1974, but didn't move here until
1983. Then we had built a new house and was busy restauring one
of the older houses. Something that turned out to be a huge job,
taking years to finish, maintaining the soul of the house.
Eivind is working at sea, and is at
present employed at Anders Utkilens as a Chief Engineer on "Havstraum".
Anne-Lise is born and raised on a farm
in Nord-Trøndelag (in the middle of Norway) and moved to
Kristiansand in 1973. She works in Jordskifteverket, and has done
so for over 20 years. The interest for dogs have always been very
large, and when she finished her job as a radio telegraphist in
August 1977, the first labrador puppy entered the house 3 months
And that was the beginning of our dog
Our first labrador was named Jåttålands Maico, a true
rascal and very active, but most of all a wonderful companion living
with us for almost 12 years. In 1985 we agreed to buy another dog,
and came over a photograph of a new retriever that had arrived in
Denmark, and that was our first aquintance with the toller. Through
family in the United States, we got hold of more information, but
since the breed was so unknown and difficult to get hold of, we
bought a new labrador insted; Brattbos Robinson. But on a show with
the labrador in January 1987, Eivind was going all wild, as he had
seen two tollers...
In 1991, Robin had been our "single dog" for 2 years,
and the time had come to expand again, and now we started checking
for the possibilties of a toller puppy. Anne-Lise went to the Norwegian
Winner show only to check out the tollers, and we also visited Unni
Solberg (kennel Sunlit) to see her dogs, and now we were sure, we
should have a toller!
We got in touch with Hilde Brokjøp, expecting puppies after
Red-Tollers Beechey and NUCH Flyingtollers Teddy and 27. March 1992
they were born; 7 bitches and 3 dogs.
One of the bitches came to Lauvstua and was given the name Anya
Anya became our foundation bitch at Lauvstuas kennel.