Archive for the ‘DAILY LIFE’ Categoryby Northernmost on March 19, 2014 in Daily Life, DAILY LIFE, Lyra, Tuisku with No Comments by Northernmost on March 2, 2014 in Daily Life, Leia, Thunder with No Comments
The grey weather continues but that doesn’t stop us from going out and enjoying the fresh air. Today we packed our rucksacks and went hiking along the coast together with my mum and Leia and Thunder. While the lunch was cooking over the open fire I went on a photo excursion along the cliffs while the Big Bears had fun in the snow. A great way to spend a Sunday 🙂
Leia and Thunder carried our firewood in their packs.
We stopped at our favourite spot by the sea to eat lunch.
The sea ice has already broken up, more than one month earlier than last year.
Thunder exploring the coast line.
Leia and Thunder chose to keep a distance from the fire, even though they could smell our food.
Leia turned 9 years old this week.
But she’s still our puppy!
Catch me if you can!
We had a nice day out despite the weather. Hopefully we’ll see some more SUN during March.
There’s a blizzard blowing outside and it looks like we’re finally receiving the snow we have been waiting for since November. About time!! I went for an evening walk with Thunder and Leia and the icy wind on my face felt like needles – brrr! I’m glad we changed straw in the dog houses yesterday as the storm is expected to continue tomorrow. Now all the dogs are warm and cosy and I can crawl under the duvet and watch a movie without feeling the least bit guilty. Have a good weekend everyone!
Thunder was quick to check out the fresh straw in his dog house.
OK, I’m off to sleep now – good night!
It’s been quiet here on the blog lately as we’ve been busy with different home improvement projects and have gone straight from work to bed (after taking the dogs for walks on slippery icy roads…) but today we took a break from the paint pots and visited the Christmas market and fair at Nordanå in Skellefteå. Nice to see some people and soak up the holiday spirit 🙂
We spent a lot of time by the warming fire.
The Christmas market is a great place to bring dogs for socialisation as there are crowds to walk through, lots of dogs and people to say hello to and plenty of new sounds and smells to explore.
We had Wilder with us but he has already been out and about a lot in his first year and is no longer that excited about the “meet and greet” routine, he’s more like “OK, I said hello to that old dog, come on, give me a treat now!”.
I did some shopping for Christmas decorations and bought a pair of warm mittens (I had left mine at home). Next year we’re planning to have our own stand at the fair and sell some home made products. I won’t reveal exactly what just yet, but they are “Malamute related” 😉
Our friends at Rascal Huskies had brought their friendly Siberian Huskies to greet visitors at the fair. They also sold copies of their book “Hundspannsliv“, which tells the story of their daily life with sled dogs and introduces the reader to the different personalities of their dogs. Sounds like a fun read!
The fair had something for everyone…30 years ago, that would have been me feeding the horse.
One of the pretty decorations that we brought home. Smells just like Christmas!
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 ♥
We joined our friends Kjerstin and Johan and their dog training group for an active walk in the forest yesterday. It’s been nearly a year since we last took part in their Wednesday walking and training session, as it often collides with our other activities, but it was great to see everyone again and join in the fun. For Wilder it was the first time that he met with the “Bernese Mountain Dog Gang” but he blended in fast and was keen to say hello to all the dogs, which besides the large BMDs also included a Cocker Spaniel and two Terriers. Wilder is now in adolescence which makes it even more important that we continue with positive socialisation and let him meet friendly dogs of different breeds, sex and age to experience fun things together on a regular basis. Hilary is a great asset in these situations, as her positive outlook on life is passed on to Wilder and to the dogs that she meets. “The more the merrier” seems to be her motto!
The forest walk was combined with balancing exercises on rocks and fallen trees – a good mix of mental and physical exercise which made it more interesting for the dogs.
Wilder had completely forgotten how to walk nicely on a leash, he just wanted to be up front!
Hilary was more calm yesterday, maybe she is growing up, or maybe it was just a temporary thing 😉
Luna and Hilary posing together on a rock.
Nellie and Precious working on their balance skills in the background.
The BMD group is a great place to socialise our dogs with calm and friendly “big black dogs”.
The whole gang, minus two photographers.
Kjerstin and Johan’s Wednesday gatherings is all about having fun with your dog, using positive and creative training methods and not be afraid to try new things. After the walk we all sat down for a 10-minute relaxation and massage exercise – a perfect opportunity to train “Settle Down” with our two Duracell dogs 😉 Thanks everyone for a great time, we hope to see you again soon!
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?