Archive for the ‘DAILY LIFE’ Categoryby Northernmost on March 22, 2012 in Daily Life, Hilary, Lyra with No Comments by 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”…
Lyra and Hilary had company in the playarea today by Fredrik’s Mother’s 7-month old Labrador, “James”. Two Malamute girls and a high-energy Lab boy – I think you can imagine the scene! We thought the girls had endless energy but when Lyra and Hilary started to slow down, James was still going strong! Playing with a friendly dog of a different breed is such a valuable experience as the pups learn to read and respond to different nuances of the canine language. James is a lovely, happy boy and the trio had great fun together! After our guests had gone home, Hilary and Lyra fell sound asleep. Two hours later they are still sleeping…
Lyra and Hilary have had a busy week. These girls have fun from morning to evening with some short breaks for napping. Yesterday both pups took part in the final session of Lyra’s puppy class which consisted of a socialization walk in the city centre. We are very pleased with both girls who, despite being country bumpkins, were completely relaxed in the busy city environment (so relaxed that they rolled over on their backs, lol!). They were also great with the other dogs at class, helping a frightened Cavalier King Charles Spaniel trust larger dogs again. Well done girls!! Lyra will now have a short break from formal training, while Hilary starts her class next Saturday.
We highly recommend Hannas Hundsupport for those of you who live near Umeå and are interested in dog training classes using positive reinforcement. Instructor Hanna Vernerlund is a skilled obedience trainer with wide knowledge about canine behaviour.
It’s been a fun weekend for puppy Lyra with plenty of playtime with both pack members and outside dogs. Today we met with the local dog club for a Sunday walk around town. For this first walk of the year only two other dog owners turned up so in total there were four dogs present, which is a rather manageable number. After the walk we let the dogs loose for a play session in the snow. Lyra had fun with everyone and we were really impressed with 2-year-old Titan who behaved impeccably around two adult males, whom he had met for the first time today.
Today’s walk and play session was an excellent experience for Lyra who learnt two important things: some dogs need more space than others, and that must be respected, and a big black dog (in this case an adult Doberman Pinscher) can be just as friendly as any other dog.
With one puppy in the family, and another one joining us soon, we will probably be spending more time on socialization and “puppy stuff”, than on working activities this winter. However, considering that dogs can remain active sled dogs for more than ten years of their lives, while the key period for socialization is during the first year, it’s not a difficult choice to make. Next year all our dogs will be old enough to work in harness and hopefully they will have benefited from the “work” we’re doing now.
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!