Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Categoryby Northernmost on February 20, 2012 in Daily Life, DAILY LIFE, Favourite Photos, Hilary, Lyra, Nature, Tuisku with No Comments
The northern coast was hit by a storm during the weekend and we got stuck in a snowdrift on our way home from Hilary’s puppy class on Saturday afternoon. It was an eventful evening but all went well in the end. The heavy snowfall continued on Sunday and we spent a few hours shovelling out the area in and around the dog pens to be able to open the pen doors and prevent the dogs from jumping across the fence. The storm blew over during the night and this morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise and took Tuisku and the pups out for a walk on the lake. Isn’t it typical that the sun is shining from a clear blue sky when you have to stay inside and work…my dad used to call it “Monday weather”…
We had a big snowfall yesterday and it’s finally beginning to look like winter! Lyra is nearly five months old now and is going to puppy class once a week. She is also attending puppy school at home – where big sister Gem, and our other adult dogs, are teaching proper behaviour. We’re very lucky to have adult dogs who know how to educate puppies with a mix of fun and discipline. It’s not always easy to be a young Malamute pup but Lyra knows how to please her elders by showing plenty of respect.
Lyra will be 5 months old next week – isn’t she pretty?
We celebrated the start of the New Year by taking a long, invigorating walk along the coast. With a young puppy in the family we try to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, going for off lead walks in different environments, training recall and just having fun together. So far, puppy Lyra is staying close to us but in a couple of months she will begin to explore and then we’ll probably have to paus the off lead training for a while. On today’s walk we brought 2-year-old Titan along. He’s a great role model for Lyra as he rarely wanders too far. Our two lovely “Sledog kids” had lots of fun together!
It’s been a sunny and dry summer here on the coast and most of the time it’s been too warm to involve the dogs in any working activities. Instead we’ve been taking it easy at home, enjoying quality time with the family.
Since we live in the countryside and have farms nearby it’s important that our dogs behave well around livestock. Our neighbour’s horses sometimes come wandering into our yard, making everybody very excited. Having lived in Lapland, our Malamutes are more used to reindeers than horses and cattle…
Tuisku, Leia and Thunder came along for a quick swim at midnight. The ocean was quiet and the beautiful sunset reflected on the water, creating endless hues of pink, lilac, yellow and blue. Being by the sea evokes the same sense of freedom as I experience in the mountains – and both places create a big calm.
Unlike many Malamute owners, I love summer as much as I love winter. Every season has something to offer and I believe our dogs are just as happy now as they are in midwinter. It’s not the weather or temperature that is important – it’s the magic moments they share with their buddies and with us.
Bank holiday and beautiful weather – what a great combo! We had planned to go hiking during this long weekend but decided to stay at home since there is a lot of work that needs to be done around the house – such as mow the grass, mend fences, move logs and plant potatoes.
We’re really loving our new location, it’s a great place to be, especially during summer. The birdlife in the village is incredible, we often sleep with the window open and it’s like being inside a bird house! We haven’t identified all the sounds yet but we have swans, cranes, canada geese, peewits, cuckoos, eurasian curlews and great spotted woodpeckers just outside the house, and on a couple of occasions we have had golden eagles circling above us. There are beavers in the lake and moose and deer in the forest – the abundance of animals near our home is keeping the dogs busy at night!
Tuisku, Thunder and Gem exploring the fields.
Snowhow Shade of Raven, WTD, “Leia” at six years of age.
Titan’s sprained foot has now healed and he can join in the games.
Someone has stolen my slipper!
Evening fun on the fields.
So far this summer we’ve had no mosquitoes and no bugs – let’s hope it stays this way!
Since we got home from the mountains spring has arrived to the north of Sweden and we have been busy cleaning pens, raking leaves and enjoying the sunny weather!
Gem and Thunder enjoyed a trip to the beach on Saturday.
Thunder loves to run in the soft sand.
Titan and Leia in playful spring mood at home.‘
Gem and Titan came along to the village Valborg celebration (Walpurgis) on Saturday night. We met local people of all ages around the bonfire and many were interested in learning more about our Mals.
After a long working winter it’s nice to just take it is easy at home and enjoy spring. This time of the year the dogs are badly in need of bathing and grooming, so this work will keep us busy for a while. Happy 1st of May everyone!
It’s our first winter in our new home in Sweden. The fall was a busy time, we spent nearly every evening and weekend building pens, dog houses and creating a big playarea for the dogs. Now, when all the work is finally done, we have time to enjoy the best of winter – February, March and April!
The village where we live is situated only a couple of miles from the coast which means we enjoy a fairly mild climate and get plenty of snow. With a dump of fresh snow nearly every day this winter the trails are smooth, soft and not too fast – ideal conditions for skijoring with a team of eager Malamutes!
Titan in the playarea with the new pens and dog houses in the background. We built the dog houses in the same style as our dog houses in Lapland – the dogs like them and the design is functional so we decided to stick to something we know.
Looks like we will be having plenty of snow this winter. :)
You can see our two locations on the map; Nedre Bäck in the north of Sweden, and the village of Hetta in Finnish Lapland in the north of Finland.