Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Categoryby Northernmost on November 24, 2013 in Daily Life, Thunder, Wilder with No Comments
We took our oldest and youngest boy out for a walk in the woods today, looking up trails for the coming sledding season and checking the ice on lakes and brooks. The weather has been a bit gloomy the past few days but today the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a short while. Our dogs are growing beautiful thick coats and even though there’s just a dusting of snow on the ground it’s starting to feel like winter. I’m already getting in the Christmas mood and can’t wait to start decorating our home. Right now, however, our house is in a big mess as we’re painting the floors on the ground level and are moving the furniture from one room to the next. Only one month left till Christmas, I hope we will finish in time?!
Let it snow, let it snow…
I have two friends keeping me company in the office today. Not easy to focus on work when I have four brown eyes begging me to go for a walk in the rain 😉
At nearly 9 months of age Wilder is slightly taller than Hilary, but he still has a lot of filling out to do.
This is what they looked like in May, when we met Wilder for the first time at the airport in Stockholm. What a difference a summer makes!
It’s been a lovely sunny Sunday and we have been out all day preparing the garden and the dog pens for fall and winter. The bedding in the dog houses has been changed, the wooden decks have been scrubbed clean, and the smooth gravel in the pens has been disinfected and thoroughly rinsed with a hose. Now everything is dry and clean and the dogs have already snuggled up for the evening in the fresh straw while we are winding down with a movie. Below are some pics of Titan, Wilder and Hilary having fun while Fredrik was raking leaves in the play area. Autumn equals happy dogs 🙂
There are some more pics in our September album.
Saturday was a tough day. We spent the whole day deconstructing an old horse fence that we are going to turn into a dog fence for a play area and rebuild in a new location. From the early morning to the early evening we dug up posts and pulled out long nails to remove the stringers from the posts. It was hard and sweaty work, especially since it turned out to be one of the warmest days of the year. When we woke up this morning our muscles were so sore that we decided to take a break from work and spend the day on the beach instead. With the warm and humid weather we’ve been having the dogs seemed quite happy to just do nothing for a while.
Fredrik snuggled up with Thunder on the beach.
Thunder turned nine years old in July but is still very much a young dog in body and mind.
Hilary and Wilder dug a comfy hole where they could cool down in the wet sand.
They even dozed off for a while, close together.
The spiral tie-out stake is perfect for securing dogs on the beach. We buy ours from Häromi, they also have a sturdier version but since we only use the tie-out when the dogs are closely supervised the smaller version works fine for us. There are many different styles available from Amazon, probably best to test their quality at home before trusting them to work on the trail.
Struggling to stay awake?
After a refreshing swim in the sea Hilary’s energy was back!
Since Thunder isn’t keen on swimming we have to make sure he keeps cool by drinking plenty of water instead. We encourage our dogs to drink directly from the bottle when they are puppies, just in case we would one day forget to bring a water bowl when out on a hike. Some dogs take to drinking out of a water bottle naturally, while others need more training.
Wilder did a good job settling down on the beach…
...until he got bored and started digging – a sure sign that it was time to go home.
After all, puppies can only stay quiet for a (very) short time 😉
There are plenty of small sandy beaches on the coast where we live. Most of them are too small to be marked on any maps and we often discover them by chance when out walking the dogs.
There are more pics from our trips to the beach in our BEACH album.
Wilder and Thunder were trusted off leash for a while when we walked home through the forest.They stopped now and then to wait for us to catch up. Good boys ♥
Below are some pics from today’s walk along the coast with Wilder and Titan. All that fresh sea air is making me sleepy so it’s going to be an early night tonight. Hope you’ve all had a great weekend, autumn is finally here, yay!!
Fredrik came to visit us in Hetta and brought along Titan for some quality time together with Hilary and Wilder. We have a big fenced play area at the cabin in Lapland where the dogs spend a few hours each day. If I could bring anything from Lapland with me home it would be this beautiful play area. The pine trees provide shade on warm summer days and the soft ground vegetation, made up of moss, heather and berry shrubs, is perfect for running and playing. Right now the blueberries are ripe and I have seen Hilary munching away in between play sessions. Happiness and harmony are words that come to mind when I watch the dogs play in the forest.
Can I stay in Lapland or bring a piece of Lapland with me home?
We had visitors today! Three handsome reindeer came by to say hello after breakfast. They stayed for over an hour and in the end I had to chase them away as they came a bit too close for safety. The reindeer are odd animals, sometimes they are shy and run away as soon as we look at them, and sometimes they seek our company by following us around on the property. Right now they seem mostly curious about the dogs but since they are unpredictable and their antlers are dangerous we try to keep them at bay. After the morning’s excitement we went down to the river to cool down. It is true what they say – every day in Lapland holds at least one small adventure 😉
A young bull?
The river runs peacefully at the edge of our property. The water is always ice cold.
Both Hilary and Wilder love to get wet!
Wish I could have let them swim and play off leash, but it isn’t safe when the reindeer are around.
“I’m so thirsty I could drink a whole lake!“
On my way to Hetta for a few days of cosy cabin life. Nothing major planned, just going to enjoy the quiet life in the forest, pick some berries and mushrooms, read books and hopefully catch up with some old friends. My travel companions, Hilary and Wilder, will probably drag me along on some hikes too, but my aim is to have a relaxing holiday rather than an extremely active one, if I can.
It’s always special to return to Lapland, as this is where my roots are and where I feel most at home. Most likely we will be relocating the kennel back up north in the future. Not next year, and probably not even within five years, but some day. Meanwhile, going here on holiday is quite nice too 🙂
Puppy Wilder (6 months) had some fun with Titan (4 years old) today. Big sister Hilary (2 years old) was there to make sure Wilder behaved himself around an older dog. Hilary is a sweet girl with a rich vocabulary that enables her to get a friendly response from most dogs that she meets. At home she can be a bit of a boss dog too – making sure everyone are on their best behaviour 😉
Back in May I painted the dog houses in the puppy pen and this week I’ve painted three more dog houses in a deep red colour. Since our home and guest house are painted red we’re using the same paint for the dog houses. This colour is very effective in preserving wood and since it allows the wood to breathe it minimises the risk of rot. In addition it is very simple to maintain; As the paint ages, you can brush it off and repaint without using a scraper. I think the dog houses look very neat in red, if I may say so myself 🙂
To be safe, we have not painted the parts of the dog house that the dogs may chew on, for example the entrances and corners, as most paints can be poisonous for dogs.
Pretty Lyra says hello from inside her house. She usually shares pen with Tuisku.
A freshly bathed Tuisku in his prime, at 8 years of age.
I still have three more dog houses to paint and after that we’re going to scrub the wooden decks that the dog houses are built on and put on some new (non-toxic) oil on to make the wood last longer. Only a couple of months left before the start of autumn so we better get going with our summer chores!
We introduced Gemma to a new toy yesterday – the KONG Bounzer! In the adverts for this toy it says that dogs will go crazy for the KONG Bounzer and I can say without exaggeration, that’s exactly what happened – Gemma went totally wild!!! 🙂
Unlike most KONG toys the Bounzer isn’t designed to be stuffed with treats and it doesn’t squeak, instead this is a lightweight interactive toy with a handle on top which makes it great for tossing.
The Bounzer squishes and releases air when grabbed by the dog, before it quickly bounces back to its original shape. I think the quiet hiss of air is part of what makes this toy so intriguing.
This is fun!!!
When tossed and rolled the Bounzer bounced all over the place and gave Gemma a real workout!
The Bounzer comes in three sizes: Medium, Large and X-Large, we use X-Large for our Mals.
Nice attempt at a balancing act!
The determination in her eyes says it all 🙂
I’m gonna get you!
Weeeee!!! Gemma played nonstop for about 20 minutes with this toy. A perfect way to have fun on a cool morning or evening at home or in the park.
While the Bounzer is made from a durable material, this is NOT a toy that we let our dogs play with unsupervised. Instead we use the Bounzer for interactive games and when the play session is over we put the toy away until next time – that way its attraction will remain high and the toy will last longer. You can buy the KONG Bounzer from www.vetzoo.se in Sweden and from most well stocked pet stores around the world. Highly recommended for dogs that love to fetch and retrieve 🙂
This week our hay has been harvested in preparation for winter. After a couple of warm and sunny days the hay was ready to move into the barn, where it will continue to dry in the loft.
We have been thinking of possibly making this space into a play area for the dogs next year. Our other play area (you can see the fence in the background) is in a more shady corner of the garden and it would be nice for the dogs to have more sunshine, especially during winter. But fencing is hard work so it’s not exactly a project we’re looking forward to…although I’m sure it would be worthwhile.