Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Categoryby Northernmost on September 1, 2012 in Daily Life, Gemma, Hilary, Titan with No Comments
One thing that all our dogs that go back to Mountain Home have in common is the Beaver Gene. They love to play with sticks and they love to share their sticks with their friends. I think this type of behaviour strengthens the bond between pack members and also improves their ability to work together as a team. Carrying a stick together is a bit like being connected by the neckline – it works best if you syncronize your steps.
Gem with her half-sister Jeti – we miss you, beautiful girl <3
Autumn is here and it’s time to fill the dog houses with fresh hay. During summer we only have a small amount of hay in their houses, just to provide a soft bedding for them to rest on, while during autumn and winter we fill the houses to half the total volume to keep them warm and comfy in any weather. Our Malamutes love the smell of fresh bedding and can’t wait to snuggle up inside.
Fredrik is cleaning the dog houses while Titan is helping out.
Our Mals get excited about fresh hay – in almost the same way that they get excited about food.
Even Tuisku, who normally sleeps on the roof of his dog house, was quick to jump inside.
During rainy periods we change the bedding more frequently while during winter it’s often enough to change it once a month. The hay comes from our own field so we have a steady supply and enough to last us all winter. Most people recommend using straw rather than hay as bedding for dog houses but we have tried both and have found that hay actually works better for our climate.
The dog houses are designed so that they are just large enough for our Mals to stand up, turn around and lie down in comfortably. They are well insulated and built on low platforms to keep them off the frozen ground. We now have five outdoor dog houses and two dog houses inside the barn for Leia and Thunder. We are also in the process of completing two double dog houses in our newest kennels. The plan was to paint all houses in a pretty red colour before winter but I’m not sure there will be time for that, as it’s already rather chilly in the evenings. Maybe we’ll have an early winter this year?
A snapshot from Wednesday’s dog walk. Titan is being told by eight-year-old “Kajsa” that “Just because you’re bigger doesn’t mean you’re the boss!!” Wish I had caught Titan’s surprised expression on film as it was SO funny!!
Have a good weekend everyone!
Summer is nearly over but the sea is still warm enough for a swim. Last evening we brought Tuisku and Leia along for some fun on the beach. Tuisku has always loved to swim and play in water while for Leia it has been a more gradual process. She usually waits to see how Tuisku gets on before she enters the water herself. When we returned home it was dark and the temperature was just a couple of degrees above freezing. Time to start preparing for fall and winter!
Our new wind chime is now in place and is making beautiful music in our garden. We ordered this pretty Malamute chime from DesDeni’s Spirit Wind Songs in Florida who create handcrafted chimes of dogs and horses and some lovely customised products too.
Des and Denise who are behind DesDeni Wind Songs are also the owners of Hilary’s sweet brother Kona. In this photo, taken by Sue Fuller, Kona and Hilary are sitting next to each other in the middle, Kona is the slightly larger of the two. The name Kona is short for Tokonave, an Apache word meaning “heart of the mountain“. What a great name for a Mountain Home pup! His owners Des and Denise are both canine instructors and involve their dogs in a wide range of activities. You can see many photos of Kona and his friends in their Fun Gallery.
We ended the working week by taking Gem and Thunder for a walk along the coast near Bjuröklubb. All that fresh sea air means we’re going to sleep well tonight. Have a happy weekend everyone!
Hilary and I spent the day in the forest today, picking berries and mushroom together with my mother. Both blueberries and cloudberries are ripe right now and the golden chanterelles are just starting to show. Hilary liked the taste of cloudberries and it was almost difficult to get the berries into the bucket as she wanted to eat them straight from my hand
Princess Cloudberry in her summer costume.
A warm and windless day on the bog – and mosquitoes everywhere!
Ripe cloudberries and ice cream make a yummy dessert.
Hi everyone, it’s been a busy month here at Northernmost as we’ve managed to cram in a major building project, a visit from Marit’s sister with family, evening working activities, organizing a two-day garage sale plus intense bathing and grooming of the dogs during their peak shedding season. Where did the holiday go?? Here are some new summer shots of part of the gang
Some mixed pics of part of the gang, hanging out at home.
Kongs, rope toys, rings and balls…turns out a mouthful of grass is all you need to have fun!
We’re heading up to Lapland in a couple of days and chaos reigns in our house right now. There are clothes, shoes, food and gear everywhere waiting to be packed and ten newly washed harnesses (five nome-style and five nordic-style harnesses) are hung up to dry in the kitchen. Thunder and Leia are spending Easter with their best buddy Johann as usual, but our other five; Tuisku, Titan, Gem, Lyra and Hilary, are travelling north with us. For Lyra and Hilary this will be their first visit to Lapland and I’m sure they’ll love it. There will be heaps of snow, reindeer to chase, and many new trails to explore. Can’t wait to go on h o l i d a y !!!
I have already packed my “nuvttagat”
Lapland, here we come!