HEIKKINEN-LEHKONEN, Paula Luhtikylä,
Paula got her first dog, a Wire Fox Terrier in 1961 and began to take part in club activities, shows, obedience and hunting training. Her first litter of Wire Fox Terriers was born in 1968, and has since bred Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers, English Springer Spaniels and Longhaired Standard Dachshunds, under the Woldheart prefix. They have had about 30 International (FCI) champions. There has also been several hunting and dual champions. Paula was a professional groomer for about twenty years, doing all breeds, and at that time she also handled different breeds in shows. She became a judge in 1976 and an All Breeds judge in 1996. Besides Finland, she has judged in many countries. She is also a Terrier and Dachshund underground hunting trial judge. They used to keep Foxes and train dogs for hunting trials, but nowadays there is no time for that! Paula was editor of the Finnish Kennel Club magazine (circulation over 100,000) for five years. As a freelance journalist and photographer her articles and photos have been published in many dog magazines, newspapers and books both in Finland and abroad. She has been a member of several Finnish Kennel Club committees: the Breeding Committee, the Standard Committee, the Show and Judges Committee, and the Editorial Committee. At the moment she is a member of the Show and Judges' Committee. She has been awarded a.o.t. the golden medal of the Finnish Kennel Club and the Finnish Terrier Club, the Vuolasvirta Award for Breeders, the Breeders' Plaque of the Finnish Terrier Club and the Golden Pin of Breeders of the Finnish Fox Terrier Club. Fluent in Finnish, Swedish, English, & German.