Archive for the ‘DAILY LIFE’ Categoryby Northernmost on October 6, 2014 in Daily Life, DAILY LIFE, Titan with No Comments
Sorry to be so long between posts. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy this autumn and there aren’t enough hours in the day, nor days in the week to do everything we’d like to do right now. At the moment we are working on three outdoor projects; clearing trees, building a wooden fence and constructing an elevated shed in the dogs’ forest play area. We are also making preparations for the colder season by giving our Malamutes their pre-winter baths and cleaning their dog houses and changing bedding. At the end of a long day I can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch under a warm blanket, but before I do I need to harness up some dogs and take them running, bikejoring or carting. Autumn is a busy time here in Nedre Bäck but I promise to prioritise the blog more during October and update more consistently. I do have news to share, just not the time to write about it
Sorry Mom, this sofa is taken!
Does your Malamute give kisses? Among our dogs there are some that do and some that don’t, and some who will grace us with a kiss only very rarely. And then we have a couple of dogs that go a bit overboard with the kissing and cleaning…watch Wilder and Hilary greet Fredrik after work – we call Wilder the “sponge cloth” as he has the quickest tongue in the west and if you are caught off guard he’ll give you a good face scrub and wash for free!
Yesterday was Lyra’s 3rd birthday so we decided to dedicate the whole day to things that make Lyra happy. In the morning we trained agility in the garden with all dogs, but Lyra had some extra time on the course, and after that we went to the beach for some wild running in the sand with her buddy Wilder. In the evening we went to Skellefteå for a stroll around town, which provided plenty of new impressions on a Saturday night. Lyra is not a dog that tires easily but after yesterday’s mix of physical and mental exercise I think she was ready to call it a day when we drove home late at night. Happy B’day Lyra and to all her siblings in the UK!!
Sledog Dream Leaper, WTD, aka Lyra, at 3 years of age.
We trained agility in the morning when the weather was still cool.
Then we headed for the beach for some wild games by the seashore.
Wilder was lucky to be chosen as Lyra’s birthday date. As you can see, we all got a bit wet and muddy from playing in the waves. We stayed on the beach until the late afternoon. The beach is really our second home.
After supper we went into town and strolled around Skellefteå city centre with the “baldies”.
There’s plenty to do, see and smell in town, especially for our country bumpkin Mals ;-)
After a long day filled with activities both Wilder and Lyra seemed quite content with their day. I think I even heard Lyra snore in her crate as we travelled home
A perfect treat on a hot summer’s day is a FROZEN KONG with yummy things stuffed inside. A frozen Kong keeps our Mals busy for up to an hour, which is a decent amount of time for a treat. When the afternoon heat starts to get uncomfortable, we bring out the Kongs from the freezer and let our Mals enjoy themselves as they work on licking out the cool and tasty contents. You can use a wide variety of foods as filling, as long as it is something safe that your dog likes to eat. If you want to make it really simple, fill the Kong with fat-free Greek yoghurt and pop it in the freezer for a few hours and voilà! The party can begin!
Doggie Ice Cream
Mix the mashed banana with the peanut butter and honey, and then blend in the yogurt. Pour into a clean Kong, seal the openings with some peanut butter and place upright in a sandwich bag in the freezer overnight.
- 2 dl (1 cup) low-fat natural Greek Yogurt
- 1 mashed banana
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons natural honey
We use both red and black Kongs but if your Malamute is a heavy chewer the ultra-strong black version, the Kong Extreme, is the safest option. So far, none of our Mals have been able to chew a Kong Extreme into pieces. Make sure the Kong is the right size for your dog.
In the photo above is also a blue Kong Quest Starpod. This toy can also be stuffed with treats but is only suitable for very light chewers, or young puppies, and should only be used under close supervision and be removed as soon as your dog is done.
The Doggie Ice Cream is a favourite on hot summer days and even dogs who normally aren’t interested in chew toys will queue up for their “Kooling Kong”. Remember to carefully wash the Kong with hot water afterwards, and remove any bits in the bottom that your dog may have missed. You can pop the Kong in the dishwasher too.
Hilary carefully licks out the contents of her frozen Kong.
Peanut Butter & Carrot Kong
- Chop three carrots into small pieces.
- Stir the pieces into about 1dl (1/2 cup) of smooth peanut butter.
- Stuff a clean Kong with the mix, seal with some peanut butter and place upright in a sandwich bag in the freezer overnight, or at least for a few hours.
Another favourite among our Mals is the Peanut Butter & Carrot Kong. If your dog is completely new to Kong toys you can smear a little peanut butter on the ends, or place a thin chew stick inside the Kong with the end sticking out of the opening as an encouragement.
Peanut butter is great for sealing the open ends of the Kong and can be used with any recipe to fill in the gaps. The healthiest alternative for your dog (and for yourself) is an all-natural organic peanut butter without added salt, sugar or trans fats.
If your dog isn’t keen on carrots you can use a grated apple instead. Blueberries and banana, and your dog’s kibble, can be added too.
Lyra’s favourite is the Doggie Ice Cream with yogurt inside.
Mmmm this is yummy!
Hilary is looking for ways to get to the inside quicker!
♥ Thanks for the treat mom! ♥
They say that dogs instinctively know how to swim. But not every dog knows how to swim well and many dogs don’t even enjoy being in water. Until yesterday, our 5-year-old boy Titan had never been out deeper than his stomach. We never force a dog to swim, that doesn’t go into deep water on his or her own accord, but since we live on the coast we encourage all our dogs to play in and enjoy water as it’s a great way to cool down and to get some exercise too. Yesterday it was really hot and Titan seemed more tempted than usual to get his whole body wet.
Why can’t I walk on water?
What happens if my nose goes under the surface?
We had a nice picnic on the beach and Titan joined us every time we went swimming.
Gemma preferred to only get her belly wet as usual. She is 7 years old in September, but who knows, maybe she’ll try swimming one day too?
The forecast for the next few days is HOT so we’ll be heading for the beach again very soon!
We made a trip to the beach with Lyra and Tuisku on Sunday evening. The water was almost warm enough to tempt me to go for a swim but it’s only around 10°C in the air and I’d be freezing afterwards. Next time I’ll bring a wetsuit so that I can spend time in the water with the dogs. Swimming and walking in deep water is perfect exercise for Tuisku who needs to strengthen the muscles in his injured leg. Tuisku truly loves water, when he arrives at the beach he goes straight down to the waves to lie down in the water for a couple of minutes. He does that even on a cool day, so it’s not only a means of cooling off. He seems to enjoy water in the same way as most Mals love snow. I think it is a Keikewabic trait as I’ve heard that some of his kids and many of his relatives are water-mals too. Our evenings at the beach are really the highlight of our summer. The dogs love the freedom and we love watching them run and play. When we return home they usually go straight into their dog houses and sleep soundly. Mission accomplished
A precious moment with Tuisku-Buisku ♥
I woke up this morning to the sun shining through my window. It was only 4:00 a.m. but I couldn’t go back to sleep so I went out to say hello to the early birds, Lyra and Tuisku, who had been up since sunrise. I brought my camera and took some photos of the morning mist rising from the lake. June mornings are magic, especially when there are so few mosquitoes around. Love our summers here on the coast
It’s 4:00 a.m. Lyra…isn’t it a bit early for games? No? OK then, I’ll play with you…
My blogging has taken a bit of a back seat lately to dog activities and keeping up with my day job, while at the same time trying to complete the home redecorating project we have been working on since November. Someone had this crazy idea that all the rooms on the ground floor needed redecorating and decided to do it all in one go – walls, floors, ceilings, the whole lot! As you can imagine, our home has been in a state of chaos for six months now. Hopefully in June the work will be finished and I can go back to blogging as usual. I’ve realised lately that blogging helps keep my universe in balance. Maybe I’m addicted? Until next time, here are some pics of our Leia Bear playing with her red ball in the garden. Have a beautiful May everyone!
I’m sorry that I’ve been absent from the blog lately, and that I’ve been so slow in replying to emails. We jumped straight into taking care of spring chores at home when we returned from our holiday in Lapland. May is always a busy month for us; the dogs need bathing and grooming and their kennels and play areas need spring cleaning. Our potholed lawn needs raking and repairing, so that we can set up the agility course in June, and the dog houses that we built last autumn need painting. In fact, some of the old dog houses could do with a fresh layer too. Keeping the kennel shipshape is a never ending project but maybe, this year or next, there will be time for us to have some puppies too?
Nearly all the old snow is gone now but it will take a couple of weeks before the grass and the trees turn green. Summer arrives late to northern Sweden but I don’t mind as I prefer having four distinct seasons – it keeps things interesting because you always have something new to look forward to.
The Bird Cherry tree is among the first to turn green in spring. In June it will be in full bloom.
Our flowerbeds are slowly waking up too – the Grape Hyacinth came first…
…and was soon accompanied by the Pickwick Crocus.
This time of the year, when the air is still cool, our Mals enjoy basking in the sun on their porches. Gem is still hanging on to her thick winter coat but I bet it will drop quickly after her bath, and she’ll go back to looking like a puppy again :)
Tuisku didn’t accompany us on our holiday in Lapland this year. He has been limping slightly on his rear leg during spring and had to rest from working activities during the end of the season. After two visits to our local vet we saw an orthopedic specialist in April but he couldn’t make a definite diagnosis either, but asked us to come back in a couple of weeks for more x-rays. Please keep your fingers and paws crossed for a speedy recovery for Tuisku!
Spring is a wonderful time but it also means bitches in season…young Wilder has recently discovered the allure of the opposite sex and is keeping us awake at night complaining that he has to be separated from his sister. I took him to a ring training class on Sunday but it quickly turned into basic leash training instead, as Wilder wouldn’t focus on me for a split second when there were FEMALES around. Let’s hope that our girls get their seasons over and done with soon so we can all go back to normal and get a good night’s sleep!!
In between our trips to the fells we spend time taking care of chores at the cabin. Snow need to be cleared from the roof before it starts melting and firewood must be cut, split and stacked in preparation for next autumn. There are many things that need to be done at certain times of the year when you live in a climate that is harsh and unforgiving. This year it looks like winter will linger well into May as we still have around 70 cm of hard packed snow and the daytime high stays below freezing. Maybe it is because of the snow that we haven’t seen a single raindeer around the cabin or in the village since we arrived? Normally they are parked right outside the kennel area all winter…
After a hard day’s work everyone deserves a Malamute hug