Thursday, December 31, 2009

Birthday

Today is the first annual birthday of my pups Meja and Bagus, from my first litter. It has been an exciting year. To me, the most exciting time was the first months, of course, when the pups lived with me. I have since received many reports from them and I know they live good lives in their respective families. Meja has also started a dog show career and made some progress in the show rings. There is no better subject for this final blog post of 2009 than to congratulate them on their birthday. Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cold

It is very cold outside now. We took our normal morning walk, but have since only been outside in the garden for short periods of time. Luckily, it is warm indoors. I suppose the snow will lay on the ground for a long time this winter. It has been cold for a long time now, so the temperature regulating seas must also have become cold, thus keeping the weather cold for a long time in the beginning of next year. The snowy landscape is really beautiful on sunny days like today. I rather like this weather.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Production Is Up

The production in Japan continues to rise. In November, it rose for the ninth month in a row, this month by 2.6 %. I believe it is safe to say Japan and the world is on its way out of the recession. This is promising for next year.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Happy End

A year and a half ago, the cat Linus disappeared from his home and humans on the Åland Islands in Finland. On Christmas Eve, he suddenly came back. He was dirty and tired, but recognized his humans and is now reluctant ever to go outdoors. I am glad he found his way back home.

Did Anyone Believe Scandals Where Over?

The Japanese voted for a change of government this autumn, after many decades of having the same party at power. Being too close to power for too long time is never good. However, officials of the new governing party has now been involved in a scandal regarding election funds. Well, who would have thought there would be nothing wrong with the new government? I still believe it is a good thing for Japan that there was a change of power, but no people at power are flawless, new or old.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Lot of Snow

We had a heavy snowfall last night, and the snow kept falling until late in the afternoon. While I and the other dogs had fun in the snow in the dog yard, Daniel struggled with removing the snow from the driveway. He managed quite well. Some people who chare the start of the driveway with us came just a few metres more on their snowy road, then they had to put in the reverse and go away again, whereas there were no problems whatsoever to go on our driveway. It is fun to play in the snow, but it is enough for a while now.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Dog's Life - As It Should Be

This is a story worthy of Christmas. The mix breed Oscar has been fortunate, and his fortune has been spread to many other dogs. He was saved from a dog pound when he was up to be killed, and his new owner was so inspired that she took him on a journey around the world to make people save more dogs. In total, 15 000 dogs have been blessed with new homes - and as many homes has, of course, been blessed with these dogs. Words are not enough to say how happy I got when I read about this. May more people be inspired!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

It is Christmas, and I would like to wish all of my readers a merry Christmas!

We have a white Christmas here this year. It is fantastic, with over 10 cm of snow to play in and enjoy the white reflections of. The snow is really making this dark time of the year much lighter.

We started to celebrate Christmas early today, eating meatballs for morning snack. It was nice.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, the biggest festivity day of Christmas in Sweden. It is also Hibiki's ninth birthday, if you go by the number of weeks there has been since he was born. Hibiki asked if this would mean he would have two celebrations, one for the birthday and one for Christmas. I answered that this was not the case, that weekly birthdays are not commemorated for dogs when they are older than eight weeks old and ready to move to their new family. Hibiki would have to ask his new humans for celebrations, once they get around to taking care of him. April defended her son, though, saying that I should not say anything about new humans not taking care of a pup, since I have stayed with the same humans who bred me. Well, this is not because nobody else wanted me, it is just that Paula and Daniel wanted to keep me, so it is not comparable situations. Nevertheless, I made peace with April and told Hibiki that we would all have a great Christmas, him included, regardless of his age.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spam

I have decided to make it harder to write comments to my blog. This is due to recurring spam comments that I am getting tired of erasing. I hope tose of you who make true comments about my blog posts will keep doing so. Spam is just such a nuisance.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rug

Our Pharao Hound friend Primus has such a thin and short coat, that he uses a rug to keep himself warm on the cold winter days that we have now.

Shiba Inus never have to use rugs in the Swedish climate. While we do not have quite as thick coats as, for example, Samoyeds, we do come from Japan, which has a climate rather similar to that of Sweden. Thus, we have coats adapted to cold days in the parts of Sweden where we live. To us, the idea of wearing a rug actually seem a little stupid. If you cannot cope with the Swedish climate, are you of a dog breed that should live here?

Well, I like Primus. He is a friendly and nice dog, whose fellowship I would definitely miss if he would decide to move south. I do not care that he uses a rug in the winter. On the contrary, Primus' rug is black, just like most of my black and tan coat. I think it is nice that he uses a rug that makes him look a little more black and tan, than the usual red of his natural coat.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Advantages of the Cold

There are some advantages with the cold temperatures that we have today. For one thing, Paula and Daniel think it is perfectly reasonable not to force us dogs out on long walks on their days off. Well, I normally want to go on long walks, but once in a while I prefer not to. When it is this cold, I always prefer not to. Then it is good that we do not take long walks.

Another advantage is that frozen groceries can be stored outdoors. Daniel turned the freezer of this evening to defrost it. A defrosted freezer runs better, can store more food instead of ice and snow, consumes less energy, and is thus cheaper in the long run. All the groceries from the freezer are currently stored in bags outdoors, while water drops from the shelves of the freezer.

The dripping ice makes me think of the alarming reports on the climate and the thawing ices of Greenland and Antarctica. World leaders are debating climate issues and what might be done about it i Copenhagen right now. This is ironic, since the weather is so cold in all of Scandiavia just as this summit is held.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cold Outside

It is below -10 degrees Celsius outside. I do not like it when it is that cold.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sally Has Left the Building

April's pups turn eight weeks old today. This means that they are old enough to move away from home. Her daughter Sally did that this evening, Sally's new family just could not wait another day to get her. I can understand why. Sally is a very cute and charming little pup. She will now get to know my brother Jiro very well, since he lives with the same humans.

April's son Hibiki, on the other hand, will stay with us over Christmas. It is not that his new humans do not want him as eagerly as Sally's, but they live at a greater distance and just could not make it earlier. This is all right with us, Hibiki is a charming pup as well.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More Snow

Snow is falling. Snow has been falling all day. It has been thin flakes, far in between, but they have fallen constantly, and we have a fairly deep layer of snow on the ground now. It is fun to play in, especially for April's pups. It also makes the surroundings look less dark, since the white snow reflects much light. It is supposed to be temperatures below the freezing point for many days now, so we can really hope for a white Christmas this year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Snow

Snow is falling, and April's pups experience snow for the very first time. They did not think much about it, did not seem surprised at all, but wanted to go indoors a little earlier than they have usually done. Maybe this was due to the snow, which is cold on your paws, but they never told me.

Sadly enough, it is not so much snow yet that it is fun to play in it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Burning Down His Own House

A man in Haukipudas in East Bothnia in the northern parts of Finland burned down his own house this Friday night. According to the police, the man was drunk. The most horrible thing is that a dog and a cat were in the house and died in the fire. They must have felt panic and had painful deaths. I hope the man is severely punished for cruelty to animals.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Standing Ears

April's pups Sally and Hibiki have started to lift their ears. There are some, who know things about Shiba Inus, who say that the more perfect size a Shiba Inu ear has, the earlier it will stand up on the head of the pup. There is no doubt in my mind that Sally and Hibiki have a great pedigree and are themselves great Shiba Inus (with the exception of Sally's creme coloured coat). Raising the ears at the age of seven weeks is early. Nevertheless, my pups did it earlier.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Name's Day

Today is Daniel's name's day, by the Swedish calendar. We have all congratulated him. If there is one thing I do not like about my name, it is that I do not have a name's day in the calendar. It is nice to have an additional day every year to celebrate, besides your birthday. Well, the celebrations today involved all of us dogs as well, we got a lot of moose meat to eat. Since we could celebrate on something that was this good today, maybe name's days of our own are not very important.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dog Show in Finland

Paula went to a dog show in Finland today. It is a two day show Saturday and Sunday, and she only brought Calvin. I always think it is fun to go to dog shows, but I am already a Finnish show champion, whereas Calvin is not. Thus, there is a better reason to bring him than me. It is good for the pedigrees of our common offspring if he becomes a Finnish champion as well. I hope he does. I also hope Calvin and Paula bring some dog candy home, dog candy is often available and cheap at dog shows.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Watching the Pups

I am helping April watching her pups. While April is the only one who sleeps by the pups, I have actually been outside with them more often than her over the last couple of days. The pups are true Shiba Inus, on the fast track towards being housebroken. Paula and Daniel help them by letting them out often, I help them by watching over them and guiding them outdoors. We will certainly have them housebroken by the age of eight weeks, when they are old enough to move to their new families. This feels good, it is good for the breed and good for our breeding programme to have pups who are this good.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Independence Day

Today is Finland's independence day, which they celebrate as their national holiday. The background to the celebration is the declaration of independence from Russia on this day in 1917. We have also celebrated it a little, mostly because we like Finland and believe its independence is a good and important thing, but also because we have a pup here at home who is white as a moomin troll. This is April's daughter Sally. She is cute, is she not:

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Busy

We had a busy day today, with friends coming over to visit the pups. We spent the morning preparing for the visit, but it was fun. The human child and the pups were equally fond of each other.

In the evening, we had another visitor, Mia came over to see us. That was also fun.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Visitors

We have visitors who want to see the pups both tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, so we are rather busy preparing for it. I will write more tomorrow night.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

More Moose Meat

Paula's father Nils Olov is very nice to us. He is preparing more moose meat for us dogs. This can be stored in the freezer and will be perfect as snacks when we go to dog shows next year.

April's pups was in the sofa for the first time this evening, while we had us some glühwein. It must have been an experience for them, being up there for the first time. I could tell they were a bit uneasy at their paws, but Paula and Daniel looked after them and it all went well for the brief period of time that they were there.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Studies

Paula has her last exam in her nursing studies tomorrow. She has some items left to do afterwards, before she gets her degree in January, but this exam is the most important thing. I have helped her study for it tonight, and shared some popcorn with her. That was a good trade.

Yet again, I received one of those strange comments today. I tried a different online translator, and it seems this comment was in Japanese. It makes sense that someone would try to comment in Japanese in my blog, since I am of a breed of Japanese origin. However, the translation just gave me a lot of words, I could not comprehend the message. I believe that it is some kind of spam, so I rejected this comment as well.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Ups and Downs for Dad

Daniel was away from town for work today, and Dad got to come with Paula to pick him up at the railway station in the late afternoon. I envied Dad for this, I would have liked to come too.

What I do not envy is that Dad then had to go to the veterinarian. Even though it was just routine, it is never a joy meeting the vet. However, what Dad disliked the most was a thing that happened while waiting for his turn to see the vet. While he was lying on the floor resting, a young Tibetan Spaniel just walked up to him, and would not back off when he growled at it. The Tibetan Spaniel's human held it in a leach, but allowed it to come within half a metre of Dad. This is invasion of privacy for a Shiba Inu gentleman, but neither the Tibetan Spaniel, nor its human understood this. Luckily, they went away after a while. Paula said she was about to intervene just about the time that they left.

After the visit to the veterinarian, Paula, Daniel, and Dad went grocery shopping. Dad stayed in the car, but when Paula and Daniel came back, they gave him two hot dogs for all his troubles. This is definitely something I envy.

All in all, I believe Dad's journey held more positive than negative experiences. He enjoyed telling us about the hot dogs, too.

By the way: I rejected another comment in what I believe is Chinese. I still do not know why I get them.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Raising Pup

Dad and I help April raise her pups now. Paula says Dad is the best male dog here, when it comes to raising pups. It makes sense, since he has the most experience. He helped raising my unruly brothers. I was, of course, not unruly myself, but I observed and learned from my parents. Paula also says I am best of the females to help April with her pups. I have had pups, so I know what it is all about, and April and I are good friends. Dad and I are making a good job, and the pups are eager to learn from us. It is an interesting job, it is fun getting to know the pups, and it makes me feel a little more useful than I ordinarily are.

On a side note, I have received comments to my blog over the last three days that I have rejected. The comments seem to be written in Chinese, but I have not made any sense of the text when I have tried to translate it on online translation pages. While online translations does not make good translations, they generally give you some sort of impression of what the translated text says. This is not the case here. Since I have no idea what is written, I reject the comments. I am curious though, and hope to get the message in a language that I can understand.

Paying Bills

Daniel occupied the computer all evening to pay bills. I believe he should have done this earlier, but he claimed he had other things to do, such as work (even though it was Sunday) and setting up Christmas lights. Well, the result was that I did not get access to the computer until after midnight. This blog post is therefore actually the blog post of Sunday, but dated on Monday. Paula occupied the computer in the same way a couple of days ago. It really makes me annoyed, but what can I do after the fact? Well, I hope I can write a better blog entry Monday evening.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Rain, Rain, Rain

This November has had quite boring wheather. There has been almost constant rainfall, sometimes a lot, but often just a small downpour, and when the rain has not fallen, it has still been overcast. The air and the ground has been moist all the time. Parts of the yard has turned muddy, the grass giving up. It is sad. I hope the December wheather will be more like winter. Snow would be welcome, for the fun of playing in it and because the landscape seems less dark when it is white. We will have to see.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Heh Heh Heh

Some news are just hilarious, you would not quite believe they would be true, were it not for the general truthfulness of the news agency reporting it. The BBC reports from the Pacific Ocean island country of Vanuatu, that the Prime Minister has lost his seat in parliament due to a paperwork error. Under Vanuatu law, if a Member of Parliament is absent from three consecutive sittnings without notification about the reasons for the absence to the Speaker, the MP loses his or her seat. Prime Minister Edward Natapei has been away on a Commonwealth summit and must therefore forfeit his seat. The remaining MPs will have to chose a new Prime Minister, while a by election will be held on the seat vacated by Mr Natapei. What a blunder! Was there not a single co-worker of the PM who could foresee this and make sure to avoid it? I just laugh at it.

If Mr Natapei has dogs at home, I guess they will be pleased to see him more often, as a prime minister usually work long hours. That would be an advantage of the blunder.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Disappointing Pizza

Can pizza ever be a disappointment? Yes, if you ask Daniel, it sure can. He bought some take away pizza for dinner tonight, but when he came home with them, he discovered that he had not got the pizza he had ordered. Instead of salami sausage, there was mushrooms all across the pizza, and Daniel dislikes mushrooms. I volunteered to have the pizza instead, but he did not think that was a good idea. However, they were nice at the pizza place, they asked for forgiveness and came by with a new pizza of the right kind with their delivery car. That is good service and Daniel thanked them for it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Playing with Pups

Today, I got to get up close with April's two pups for the very first time. They are almost five weeks now, small and very cute. They play a lot with each other, and I played a little with them too. I guess we will get to know each other even better in the weeks to come.

Paula said anyone (by which she meant anyone who knows dogs, of course) could tell by my behaviour towards the pups, that I have had pups myself. I believe that is true. I did learn much about pups from having pups, and these skills came back automatically when I met April's pups. It was nice to say hi to April as well.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

On the Origin of Species

On this day, 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's groundbreaking book On the Origin of Species was first published. It is often considered the first book where the theory of evolution of species was presented, and the main rule behind the evolution, which is the survival of the fittest. Thus, humans got to know the basic idea on how all living things has evolved from the most primitive life forms. Yet, controversy about the ideas went on for decades, and some humans still not believe in evolution. Many humans believed that all species had been created as they are, unchangeable, by God, by the dawn of time. The idea of evolution seemed, to them, as illogical.

I am a little puzzled to learn that humans actually thought that all species were created once and for all and could not change. Sure, changes takes generations, but humans had been around for generations to witness such changes. Indeed, humans had instigated such changes themselves in many species, when they had bred dogs, horses, and other animals as well as plants to their liking. Breeding as a form of shaping a species would not be possible, if the idea that all species were created unchangeable would be true. Yet, humans had been shaping different species by breeding for centuries before Darwin's book was published.

Well, there is reality, and there are the ideas that explain reality, and sometimes, you do not need the ideas explaining reality in order to use reality to your liking. I guess this is what the humans did who changed animals through breeding, while believing that species were unchangeable.

Monday Post

This is my Monday blog post. I am so annoyed that whenever there is a late night, and the clock strikes twelve, the post automatically receives the date of the next day. On evenings like this, it ruins my efforts to really have a daily blog. Everything was late, and I suddenly realized there was just a couple of minutes left on Monday. I asked to get the computer, but Paula had to have it to check homepages of other Shiba Inu breeders. While this is an important task, I cannot help but think that I should at least have had the opportunity to start my blog post on the early side of midnight. I do not judge Paula, she has worked until late and did not return home until close to eleven at night. She would certainly have given me the computer earlier, had she been her usual self and not as tired as today. Perhaps I should have written in my blog much earlier?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Manipulative Minds of Cats

It is probably not a surprise to anybody that I believe dogs make the best human pets. After all, I am a dog myself. Still, there are numerous other reasons that this is true. Dogs are friendlier, more co-operative, comes in many more sizes and shapes, and are more useful to humans than other domestic animals. The dog is also the oldest human companion.

I have now found out another reason that dogs are better pets than cats. Cats are manipulative, and this is scientifically proved. Scientists at the University of Sussex have found that cats modulate their purrs to the same frequency as human baby screams. Humans are highly sensitive to sounds of human baby cries, which is only natural and good. Cats have found this out, however, and use it to manipulate and exploit humans when they purr to get food and the like.

Dogs are also able to find out things like this, but we do not manipulate our humans to get what we want, we love them, and we get our food in return for that. If you want a manipulative pet, get a cat, but if you want a loving pet, get a dog.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Birthday Celebration

Daniel's father Åke has turned 70. That equals 10 dog years. It is an honourable age, and while his real birthday was last Wednesday, today was when the whole family gathered in Stockholm to celebrate.

I found it interesting to take a walk around the block where Daniel's parents live. I have been to Stockholm before, but that has been for dog shows and dog shows are never so close to the centre of the city as Daniel's parents live. We saw the Historical Museum and the theatres Elverket and Maxim from the outside.

We came back home rather late, but it was a nice trip. Celebrations are always worth a journey.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Hero

A jury has chosen this year's hero dog in Sweden. It is a newly founded prize for a dog who has done something exceptional, by an animal insurance company and an animal protection organization. The recipient is the Border Collie Jenna from the little village Orrbyn in the northern parts of Sweden. Jenna sounded the alarm that there was a fire in a barn, thus saving 160 animals. I believe it is a well deserved prize.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New EU Top Officials

The European Union has a new President and a new High Representative of Foreign Affairs. The posts has gone to Belgian Herman Van Rompuy and UK Baroness Ashton, respectively. It is a man from a small member state and a woman from a big member state, and consensus seems to be achieved. There are articles about them both in Swedish and international mass media, the Swedish one focusing on this agreement as an achievement of the Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt as the man behind the smooth process of reaching an agreement, whereas I have read more about the two persons in international mass media. However, I have yet to find out what dogs these humans have, if any. Can you truly trust a political leader who does not have a dog (or perhaps other pet)?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lollipop

Paula had a lollipop this evening. There were talk about her not wanting all of it, so some of us dogs stayed really close to see if she would give it up and give it to anyone of us. I would have wanted that lollipop really bad. We do get enough food to eat, that goes without saying. However, anybody can feel the urge to get someting more once in a while. There is seldom candy like a lollipop for me (though Paula and Daniel say I get candy often), so any time there is a chance to get some, I try to show my keen interest. I finally got hold of this lollipop. This made for a sweet evening, in every sense of the word.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Culinary Capital of the World

The culinary capital of the world is not Paris any longer, but Tokyo, according to French culinary guide Guide Michelin. While Paris has ten three-star restaurants, Tokyo has eleven. This is a great homage to the Japanese food culture. With our Japanese heritage, it is a small wonder Shiba Inus are so interested in tasty food.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Traffic Jams

This afternoon, the public vaccination against the swine flu started in our home town Örebro. The authorities have rented the Örebro Fair for this purpose, since it is a large building with a lot of parking spaces. As late as yesterday, the Örebro County Kennel Club held an unofficial dog show there. The news media reported that there was a traffic jam around the Fair, with queues of cars stretching a long way. There was not enough vaccine for everybody who tried to get some.

I am not surprised about the queues today, but I believe many humans make wrong choices. In my humble opinion, a dog show is much more interesting than getting a flu shot, even an unofficial show. There would be many more humans going to the dog show yesterday than to the vaccination today, if they would make the same choices as I would. Nevertheless, there were no reports about long queues of cars to the dog show yesterday. I guess we just have to accept that many humans consider their protection against the posibility of a flu more important than the certain entertainment value of a dog show.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

April's Pups

April's pups are now three and a half weeks old. Last week, they have started to discover the room outside of the box where they live. They have gained in speed and are now quite fast on their small legs. We can all hear them make noises once in a while, when they complain over facts of life that they have yet to learn to cope with, such as that you just cannot walk anywhere when there are obstacles in the way. They are cute, though not quite as cute as my little sister Suri or my pups Meja and Bagus were in the same age.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Water on the Moon

There is water on the Moon, much more than previously thought. NASA has made probes impact the Moon, and measurements show that the plume of material ejected from the surface contained significant amounts of water. This discovery is important for the future settlement of the Moon. Water is essential for life, thus, important for settlements. Water on the Moon makes settling it much easier and cheaper.

The impacts were made near the lunar south pole, in areas that have not seen sunlight in milliards of years. The Sun never rises high above the horizon that far south. Mountais then prevents the sun rays from getting to all areas of the surface. Think about it, in an area where you can say that there is a permanent lunar eclipse, water is found. In an odd way, just because my name is Lunar Eclips, this makes me proud.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bad TV Reception

Paula has bought us a new TV connection, that is supposed to give us TV broadcasts via the Internet. Unfortunately, the connection does not work. She and Daniel even bought us a new, better TV set, but to no avail. We have to make do with the old antenna at least until Wednesday next week, when a cable guy would be able to come here and see if he could repair the Internet connection. This is bad. I do not watch much TV, but I like to watch shows with dogs sometimes, and I know that Paula and Daniel have some favourite TV shows that they like to watch. We just have to hope that everything will work out next Wednesday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Great Meat

This evening, our ordinary dog food was spiced up with a fairly large quantity of moose meat. This is meat that costs many hundreds of Swedish crowns per kilogramme, but that we get for free from Paula's dear father Nils Olov. It really makes the meal worth waiting for.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Garbage

We have had a lot of useless stuff in our barn for a while. Since we moved in to this house, we have bought a new stove and a new washing machine. The old ones, along with other stuff, has been stored in the barn, for no other reason than that it takes some effort taking them away as garbage. Well, today, Daniel finally got rid of the stuff, with the help of Nils Olov. This is good, it makes more room in the barn for dog show equipment.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WARNING

We listened to the radio this afternoon, P4 Extra on Swedish Radio. One of the reports were about the Boxer Leon, who died from eating "BARF" (Bones And Raw Food) diet. There are pieces of animal bones in this food, and one piece punctured the colon of Leon. The poor dog must have been in pain, and then died. I must therefore warn all of my readers for "BARF". Do not use "BARF" for your dogs! Veterinarians recommend ordinary dog food.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Comments

Some of the comments to my blog are not nice. I decide not to publish them. Today, I had received a comment which was just a rather sexually offensive advertisement. I wonder why people make such comments. They are probably sent out in large numbers, but do they promote any sales? I do not want to think they do, but at the same time, if they would not, then the comments would stop coming. Well, they will never be published on my blog, anyway.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Father's Day

Today is father's day in Sweden. I have celebrated my Dad. I have also celebrated Calvin, the father of my pups, on their behalf. Daniel talked to his father in Stockholm over the telephone. A little later, he and Paula went over to her father, who lives much closer, just a few blocks away. Not everyone lives so close to their father as I or Paula do, who can easily celebrate them. This is too bad, because it is always fun to have reasons to celebrate.

I am blowing my coat, but Paula helped me brush all of it this evening. It feels good to get rid of all that excess hair and I look better.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

A Nice World Record

A restaurant in Concord in New Hampshire, eastern USA, has set a new record in making the largest meatball in the world. This meatball is 101 kg! To make it a record, the meatball has to be edible and has to be made in a single day. The restaurant managed to do that. Then they donated the meatball to feed the hungry.

Some world records seem unnecessary, others are just silly. However, meatballs are one of the great inventions of the human culinary art. They are tasty, healthy, uses the parts of meat that would otherwise be scrapped, and can be seasoned to fit anybody's taste. Making the world's biggest meatball is really something to salute to. I just wish I would have been there and able to taste it.

Friday, November 06, 2009

No Japanese Team Left

Toyota announced the other day that they will withdraw from Formula 1, citing economic difficulties due to the hardships in the world economy. I am disappointed. Honda withdrew last year, and now Toyota, which means that there will be no Japanese team in Formula 1 next year. As a Shiba Inu, I have always hoped that these teams would do well, but they never did. Who is left to hope for now for us Shiba Inus?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Being Outdoors

I love being outdoors in our yard. We have a fenced in yard where Paula and Daniel often entrust us dogs to be by ourselves. The problem is, they want to decide when I will get indoors again. I want to decide that for myself.

Sometimes, I stay outdoors when they open up the door to let us in. Later, I sometimes have to bark numerous times for either of them to open the door to let me in. I realize that this makes them annoyed sometimes. They are mostly annoyed by my barks, but also by my decisions to stay outdoors sometimes, certainly because they know I will then bark when I do want to get indoors. Still, I must be allowed to decide upon these things myself.

Both Daniel and Paula often admit that one of the reasons that they like us Shiba Inus is our free spirit. We do have a strong will and a sense of pride. A Shiba Inu is nobody's serf. We do what we want to do, and when we want to, we do everything good. I just wish I could walk in and out without help, like I can on the warm summer days when Paula and Daniel keeps our front door open. It is not my intention, nor my wish, to make Paula and Daniel annoyed. Nevertheless, since it is impossible for me to walk in and out unaided during the cold months of the year, I guess I just have to annoy Paula and Daniel when barking to get indoors.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Repaired Computer

Our main computer has not been working well, so the other week, we left it in the shop for repairs. We have got it back now. It seems like it is working properly now. I am glad it is, because it is a good computer, as long as it is working. I hope we will have good and undisturbed use of the computer for a long time now.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Top Predators and Biodiversity

Wolves, the dog relative in wildlife, are top predators. New research shows that top predators like wolves play a much more important role for biodiversity than previously thought. Wolves kill large prey like moose, and the remains of the moose enrich the soil where it is left. The soil becomes more fertile, causing rapid growth of microbial and fungal life. This just adds to all the other evidence of the importance of our relatives, the wolves. Dogs are important in human civilisation, wolves outside of it. Are we not great?

Monday, November 02, 2009

I Am a Bitch

There has been a story in a Swedish news paper about a couple of humans in Sweden who have given their child a gender-neutral name and who refuse to tell people they meet or get to know whether this is a boy or a girl. According to the article, the child is three years old and knows for itself what sex it has got. However, the couple claim they want to raise their child without the preconceptions that the world gets if they would say whether it is a boy or a girl. This story is said to have been spread across the world, making some people rather upset. I guess this is because they are not used to the concept of not knowing whether a child is a boy or a girl.

Before I say anything about this story, I must say that I am not sure it is true. The names of the couple and the child are not stated in any article, and the couple are said to refuse to give any interviews. If they want to make a statement, I find this very odd. Nobody can collerate the truthfulness of the story, therefore, nobody can say for sure it is true or not. The concept of not telling what sex your child has is so odd, it might as well be made up. The only thing saying that the story is true, is that it is published in a reliable Swedish morning news paper, Svenska Dagbladet, but this is not quite enough for me.

Given that the story is true - for the sake of the argument - I think it is a silly thing, not telling the world whether you have a boy or a girl. I made no secret that I had a boy and a girl in my litter. Sooner or later, the sex will be known to the public anyway. What if it would hurt the child, when the sex, that it has kept secret, is revealed? I believe this is the wrong way to achieve gender equality, you have to accept two different but equal sexes, not deny the differences. Why not learn your children, or pups, to be proud of their sex, instead of hiding it? I am a bitch, and I am proud of it!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

World's Oldest Dog?

The oldest dog in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is British Dachshund Terrier cross breed Otto Jones. He is twenty years and eight months old, and apart from a little arthritis and some grey hairs, there is nothing that shows he is very old.

I would like to be old myself, as long as I am as healthy as can be. Shiba Inus can get really old, though I have not heard of any who became twenty years old.

It should be noted that while this dog is a cross breed, there is nothing that says that other Dachshund Terrier cross breeds will be as long lived as he is. I do not even know what Terrier breeds are in him. He must have hit a jackpot in the genetic lottery.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Damages to Lunar Vessel

NASA is planning to make new lunar journeys. They made the first test launch of a new lunar rocket last Wednesday, and it was a success. However, they say that the rocket booster was damaged when it returned to Earth, landing on the ocean surface. The main thing is, though, that the flight went well. I do hope men will get back to the lunar surface in my lifetime.

No Bones

Paula came home again this evening. She had had a good time, though my daughter Meja had been blowing her coat and was not successful at the dog show. The plan was that Paula would buy chewing bones. There usually are salesmen who sell large amounts of chewing bones for a low price at dog shows, but there were none at this show. We were disappointed, of course, but what can you do? We cannot force the chewing bone sales men to go to every dog show where we go.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dog Show without Dog

Paula went to a dog show once again today. She did not bring any dog, having been one day too late to enter any of us. Then, why, you may ask, does she go? There is a simple answer: my daughter Meja will be shown at an official dog show for the very first time, and Paula has promised to go there and help. She also has a delivery to make to other dog owners who will go to this show. I would have liked to come, not least in order to meet my darling daughter. However, even if I would have been entered, I am nothing to show right now, since I am blowing my coat. Since this is the case, I might as well take it easy with the others at home.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Discovering Murder

A forensic physician in Stockholm says that if the general physician would become better at examining dead bodies, 10 to 20 more murders would probably be discovered per year in Sweden. This is interesting. I hope many physicians - and politicians who decide upon the budgets of these physicians - take this ad notam and work to improve the discovery of murders this way. It seems to be rather simple. I also hope there would be more examinations like this of dead dogs' bodies, in order to discover more cases of animal abuse.

Monday, October 26, 2009

More Moose Meat

I received a nice phone call this evening. It was Paula's mother Gertrud, who told me she and Nils Olov would come by to leave me and the other dogs some more moose meat. All I had to do was to go down to the road to collect the meat when they stopped by. I just had to wait down there for a little while, then I saw their car and when they stopped, I got three boxes of moose meat. Of course, I thanked them very much. The meat now stands in our refrigerator, it will be nice to have parts of this meat for our food. Meat is always nice, moose meat is something extra.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Advertisements

I have advertisements on my blog. This is to give me a chance to earn some money, but I do not condone or support every single advert. I noticed that I have an advert now for "labradoodle" pups. Anyone who has followed my blog for an extended time must know that I am not in favour of mixed breeding. I thought I would stress this fact again now. Since I have yet to actually make any money from these advertisements, I have now decided that I will remove them.

Late Night

Mia was here last night. She got to pet the new pups and then we had dinner. We watched two feature length movies, so it was really late once Mia went home - too late for me to write anything in my blog. Time flew, as it generally does when you have a great time.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Picture of April's Pups

This is what I have seen of April's pups so far:



They are cute, are they not? Even the creme coloured female pup is very cute.

We knew there was a risk of creme coloured pups in this combination, a colour not accepted on Shiba Inus, though existing. The colour derives from genes from other Japanese breeds when our breed was restored in the 20th century, breeds where creme is allowed. It can lie dormant for generations, but if both parents carry the gene, there can be creme pups. This is what must have happened now. In every aspect apart from the colour, a creme Shiba Inu is a Shiba Inu. She will be just as good as a companion of her future humans as any other Shiba Inu.

I believe I do not carry the gene for creme Shiba Inus. Neither of my parents have had creme pups.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pups

April has given birth to two pups this evening. I have yet not met them, they are to young for that, so this is all I can tell you so far. Paula and Daniel say, however, that April is a good mother. This is no surprise, I have taught her extensively.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Meat

One could almost believe Paula had been out hunting today, because she brought a big load of fresh moose meat home. She had been given this by her father Nils Olov, who participate in moose hunts and get meat as part of the payment. Nils Olov is a nice man, generously giving great meat like this to us. Paula prepared a moose stew for dinner tomorrow, I sure hope I will get to taste some of it. It smelled wonderful.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Sofa

Daniel had to put the covers of the seats of the living room sofa in the washing machine yesterday, because they were dirty. The seats themselves proved to be more worth as toys, perfect for dogs to chew. However, this made Paula and Daniel sad, they wanted to keep the seats to the sofa. Maybe they are right. Playing with the seats were fun, though.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cravings, Part 2

Not only does April has strange cravings, as I wrote about yesterday. She has some cravings which, although quite normal, take dangerous turns. Paula made some meatballs for us dogs tonight, and it is quite normal that April likes meatballs. However, when Paula held one to give to Dad, April jumped for it, biting Paula in her finger. Paula's hand was still more than a metre up from the floor. April usually waits for her turn, she is even better than I am at waiting, but not now, not when she has got cravings. My cravings were never dangerous.

April did ask Paula for forgiveness later, and was forgiven. She is lucky Paula is such a good hearted human. You do not bite the hand that feeds you.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cravings

April has got puppies in her tummy. While pregnant, it is not uncommon to get cravings, when you feel like eating or drinking strange things. April has a craving for drinking juice or soft drinks from a glass. This is strange, I would never have had a craving like that when I had pups in my tummy. April just blame her cravings, I still tease her for it.

Old Computer

Our computer does not work properly, so Paula and Daniel turned it in to the shop where they once bought it. They had paid for an extended warranty and got it less than a year ago, so there is hope we can get it repaired cheaply. Meanwhile, we have brought an old computer in from one of our storages. It works, though not as well as our ordinary computer did before it started ot malfunction. I hope we get the ordinary computer back soon.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Groomers on TV

We saw a TV show on Animal Planet this afternoon about dog groomers. They had a competition on who was the best groomer. One of the groomers cut the dog she was grooming twice. Once is bad, twice is a catastrophe. We all hoped she would lose and have to leave the show, and this happened. Sometimes, TV show competitions have quite satisfying outcomes. I am only sorry for the dog who was hurt twice.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We Were Mentioned

I have already told my blog readers that Kuro chan and I became BIS-2 in brace at the World Dog Show last week. The Swedish Kennel Club mention us as well. This feels good, we are recognized at home as well as on the WDS. There is nothing more that needs to be said about this.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hunt

The second Monday in October is a special day for a lot of people and dogs in the south of Sweden. (In this context, Örebro counts as part of south of Sweden.) It is the day when the yearly moose hunt start. I am not a big game hunting dog, Shiba Inus never were, but I can understand the thrill that many dogs feel, who will participate in this hunt. It is necessary to hunt for moose, to prevent them from being too many, damaging too much of the forests. The hunt also brings good meat.

Paula's father has given us moose meat sometimes, from the hunts where he participate, and it is tasty. If you would buy this meat in the store, it would be very expensive, so getting it for free is fantastic. I do not know if Paula's father will participate in hunts this year. Paula does not really fancy this meat, I do not understand why, but I hope we can get some more this year anyway.

Curious Things Happen

You would think it would be easier to write in your blog from home than from abroad, but it is not necessarily so. While I was away on the Continent, I always managed to find computers to write blog entrys from. Now that I arrived home, I thought I would be able to relax a little, as we have a good computer at home. However, our computer did not work properly yesterday night, thus, no blog entry last night. It is curious how things work out sometimes.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

It Feels Good to Be Home

We arrived home this afternoon. It feels good to be back. Now we just have to unpack and then we can take a well deserved rest.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Our Way Home

It has been an experience to go to Slovakia. I have liked the journey and the World Dog Show, but all good things come to an end. Regardless of how fun it has been, there is no place like home. We all would like to get home soon, so we will not make many stops on the way.

Before we left today, we visited a Poodle specialty, where Kuro chan's former Japanese human showed his Toy Poodles. This was fun too, though I did not like it quite as much as the World Dog Show.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Nobel Prizes

The Nobel Prizes of this year has been announced this week. The biggest surprise was probably that US President Barack Obama got the Peace Prize. This is a surprise, because while Obama is certainly liked and respected in large parts of the world, he has not actually accomplished any great things for peace and cooperation between humans.

If I would be able to suggest a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, I would consider that organizations can get this prize, and suggest the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, FCI. Being at present at the World Dog Show, with humans and dogs from all over the world, I can really see that the FCI is an organization that brings us all together in peaceful competition, as well as in cooperation and for the good of dogs and humans alike. The dog-human connection is strong, and the FCI works to strengthen the status of dogs in human society, thus improving human society world-wide with all the positive things that dogs can bring. The FCI is a private, world wide organization, and its achievements on international cooperation is tremendous. It would be a worthy winner that has achieved a lot already.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Finalists

We are satisfied with our results on the World Dog Show. Kuro chan was not placed as champion male, but with Excellent, I got Very Good. Mum, however, was the best individual of us, she got the World Veteran Winner '09 title!

Kuro chan and I also competed in brace, where you are supposed to compete with another dog of your breed with the same human owners, and try to look alike. We made a great couple. We got to the WDS finals, where we became Second Best in Show in Brace. This is an amazing result; Shiba Inus are seldom in the Best in Show Finals at all, black and tan Shibas like Kuro chan and I are there even more seldom.

Kuro chan also met an old friend of his from Japan. That was a happy reunion.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Slovakia

We arrived in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, late this afternoon. This is where the World Dog Show will be this year. They do speak strangely here, but I guess it is just because I am not used to it.

The weather is amazing, sunshine and over 20 degrees Celsius. It is still summer here, not like the almost-winter weather we left behind in Sweden. This is one advantage that they have, living further south than we do. On the other hand, with my Shiba Inu coat, I have never had any difficulties with the cold climate of Sweden.

It will be interesting to see the dog show facilities tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In Germany

We have arrived in Dresden, Germany, where we will stay for a night on our trip down to Bratislava. So far, this is the southernmost place I have ever been, but we will go further south tomorrow. It is me, Mum, Kuro chan, Paula, and Paula's father Nils Olov. We have had a nice, but long, trip today.

The Germans speak a language I do not understand at all. I had expected that, but never experienced it before. I have been to the Swedish speaking parts of Finland before, where I naturally understand the language, and to Norway, where they speak Norwegian, a language closely related to Swedish and which is the mother tounge of my Dad. I also know English, my Mum's native language. German, on the other hand, is a completely different matter. Rumour has it, Slovakian is even more different from Swedish. It will be interesting to hear that.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Packing Bags

Paula is packing her bags to prepare for a dog show journey. It will be a long trip, starting tomorrow, to Bratislava in Slovakia. You have to go through Germany or Poland to get there from Sweden, the planned route is through Germany and the Czech Republic. Paula has told me I will get to go on this trip, so I have already packed my bag. Still, there have been so many dog show trips this year when I have had to stay at home, that I am not quite sure I will get to come until I sit there in the car tomorrow morning. Let us hope for a safe trip, a pleasant dog show, and that I really get to come along. It will be the longest voyage I have ever made, and I am looking forward to it. You will hear more in the days to come, provided that I have computer access on the road.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Downgraded

Sumo, a Maltese Terrier who used to live with former French President Jacques Chirac in the Elysee Palace, has found life after retirement from his position as First Dog depressing. He had to move to an apartment much smaller than the palace, and had to leave the gardens of the presidential palace where he used to roam.. According to Mrs. Chirac, Sumo has suffered from depression and has turned aggressive. After biting his human Jacques for the third time, he has now moved to a new home on the French country side.

I can quite understand Sumo. We used to live in an apartment with no garden to roam about in. I would not want to leave our garden now for an apartment, and our garden must still be much smaller than that of the French Elysee Palace. Well, I certainly would not turn against my humans, but perhaps I would be depressed, would anything like that happen. A dog used to roam freely wants to continue to do so. I wish Sumo all the best in his new home.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Hmpf

I did not get to go to Mia and Kesshi tonight either, when Daniel and Paula were there. Can there be any good reason for not bringing me? I think not. Well, it could be worse, the rest of this Saturday was a peaceful and nice day.

Late

Paula and Daniel went to visit Mia and Kesshi tonight, and I did not get to come along. They got home really late, we got food even later, and I write this blog entry past midnight. I am disappointed that I still have not seen where Mia and Kesshi now lives. Eventually, I am sure I will, but I am curious. Well, it is late, now I am going to bed.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Moving

Paula and Daniel were away this evening to help Mia and Kesshi move to a new place. There is a lot to move, if you are a human, I remember this from when we moved to our present house. It is much easier for a pup to move to his or her new family, but that is another matter. Mia and Kesshi are dear friend of ours, so I think it is self evident that Paula and Daniel would help. I was not allowed to help, but while Shiba Inus are good at many things, lifting heavy furniture down and up stairs is not one of them. April and I hope to give our contribution to Mia's and Kesshi's new flat soon in some other way, for example when there is a house warming party.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Looking Out for Your Pup

Small puppy dogs are not always to be trusted. They have yet not learned what they may or may not play with and chew upon. A man in New Zealand nearly lost a winning lottery ticket this way. He had won $ 1.3 million (New Zealand dollars). The lottery ticket was lying on the sofa, but his puppy snatched the ticket and took off with it. Fortunately for the man, he got the lottery ticket back. I guess the pup can get a lot of toys and chewing bones instead with just a tiny part of the amount won.

My Daughter Meja

Meja, my dear daughter, has been hiking the mountains of northern Sweden with her family, including my brother Kiko. She posed for a nice picture when she was there. She looks great, does she not?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Puppies Behind Bars

It may sound harsh, the name Puppies Behind Bars, but it is a successful programme for rehabilitation of prisoners in high security jails in New York State in the USA. The pups are trained by the prisoners to become police dogs and the like, while the prisoners have a useful purpose during their time behind bars and learn to take responsibility and aquire skills that are asked for on the outside. I believe this is great. It is yet another example of how dogs make very valuable contributions to the human society. Programmes like this may prove useful in other countries as well.

Monday, September 28, 2009

More from the Weekend Show

As I wrote in my previous blog entry, the show this weekend was a success. It was a long way to go there, by car and by ferry. Considering the results, it was worth it.

Here are some pictures from the dog show this weekend.


In this picture, I sit in the lap of Paula, beside human and dog friends on the Åland islands.



I was granted the use of these pictures by Sofie, who showed me in the Best of Breed final. She is a good handler. I have the link to her blog in mine.


Getting Home Late

We got home late from the Finnish dog show, but with great results. I must have made a good impression on the judge, she was the one who gave me my very first CAC in 2007. Now I got a Finnish CAC, thus becoming a Finnish Show Champion, a title I can put beside my Swedish Show Champion title. Kuro chan also got a CAC, and I beat him in competition for Best of Breed.

Since it is very late, I write this past midnight, I am rather tired. I am excited and have shown the others my prizes, but still tired. I have to come back tomorrow to write more about the weekend and the show.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Show

I have, finally, gotten the opportunity to go to a dog show again. Kenny and I are in Finland now. I am so excited, I forgot to write in my blog yesterday. Paula and I have trained a little before the show, but it turned out Paula thought I did not need much training. She was impressed, she usually have to train a lot with April before each show where April participate. I say it is like "riding a bicycle" - once you have learned it, you will always remember it. The knowledge on how to act in the show ring is there, inside of me. Thus, it does not require much for me to get back into the game. All I need is a couple of nice treats.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Water on the Moon

New research has revealed that there is more water on the Moon than has previously been thought. In an average cubic metre of lunar soil, there is about one litre of water. This could be important for future missions and settlements on the Moon. I do believe humans and dogs will eventually settle the Moon, and I hope it will be sooner rather than later. The discovery of this amount of water in average soil samples may speed the process up, if only just a little.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wait

I had to wait for a while before writing this blog entry. We installed a new version of a picture editing software, and it took some time. I never use such software, I just type away in text. Paula uses it quite often, though, when updating our web page (http://www.kennelaangenaam.com/). She makes a great job at it, too. I am not sure it made any difference that I had to wait, I did not really have any great plans on what to write in my blog today.

There is one thing I would like to tell you, though. It is about my Dad, the great male dog in my life. He must have been hurt while digging in our yard, digging is something he likes to do from time to time. Perhaps his claw was caught in a root or something, nevertheless, it was broken almost straight off. It must have hurt, because Dad limped, but true to his Shiba Inu pride, he never complained. Paula took him to the veterinarian yesterday, who took the damaged claw away. Today, Dad acts as if nothing has ever happened. He runs, climbs, and eats treats like always before. He is my hero. A small injury like that is nothing to my Dad.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Show Training

Paula and I trained showing today, since I will be shown this weekend. I stood on the kitchen table, since our show table is lent to Suri's family. Paula and I still have a great cooperation. We believe that if I do not win this weekend (and you can never be sure), it is not because we are untrained.

I could have trained for a longer time than we did. It is fun, but since I am so good at it, Paula thought I did not need more training. She put Calvin on the table instead. He did all right as well.

Monday, September 21, 2009

End of Leave

I have not been shown at a dog show since August last year. Paula and Daniel claims I have been on maternity leave, though it was many months since my pups left. Meanwhile, the rest of the dogs have got opportunity upon opportunity to enter show rings. This has been quite unfair. In these days of gender equality, one would also think my pups' father, Calvin, would take some paternity leave, but no, the leave has just been forced upon me. Is life not unfair sometimes? Well, the coming weekend, I will finally enter a show ring again. How I have missed that! Beware of me, competitors!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Successes in Denmark!

April and Kuro chan came back from the dog shows in Denmark as winners. While they did not win everything (as I did as a pup in Hässleholm in 2006), they did won a lot! Both won each a Danish champion title (DKUCH) and with this, a Nordic champion title (NORDUCH). April also became an International Champion and won the title Copenhagen winner '09 (KBHV-09). Kuro chan can't be an International champion until the end of this year because his first CACIB was won in Japan November 2008.

Next weekend, I will get to go to a dog show in Finland. Finally, I say! I hope I can get a Finnish champion title.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Human Pedigree

There is a lot of focus on canine pedigrees, and for good reason. Without belief in and research into pedigrees, I would probably not walking the earth. The pedigrees are a support of good breeding and makes for sound, nice dogs. Sometimes, humans have interesting pedigrees as well, without there being quite so much thought given to it over the generations. For instance, genetic research has shown that Scottish actress Tilda Swinton is a direct decendant of Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Well, if those would have been dogs, we already would have known, because the records would have told us.

Friday, September 18, 2009

No, Not Again!

Once again, Paula has managed to drive off to a dog show with some dogs, but leaving me behind at home. I love dog shows and being shown at them. I have to figure out a way to make sure I can come along more often. If you have got any ideas, please tell me! Now I will ponder upon this some more, therefore, my blog post today is fairly short. Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Ironies of Life

Our Pharao Hound friend Primus is in mourning. His grandmother, who celebrated her twelfth birthday yesterday, suddenly passed away last night. Pharao Hounds rarely live as long as Shiba Inus, and Primus' grandmother did not die young. Still, it must be one of the ironies of life, that she passes away unexpectedly on the night immediately after day of birthday celebrations. It might have been a great end to her life, those celebrations, but they were certainly not meant to be festivities before passing away. I would not want to pass away like that.

We all mourn with Primus, of course.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Japanese PM

As all of us Shiba Inus are of Japanese decent, we are interested in what happens in Japan. We now know that Japan has a new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama of the Democratic Party of Japan. Our hope is that this will revive the politics of Japan and make for a better country in the long run. Future will tell.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Autumn

It was rather cold this morning. Not that I care, I have a great coat, but Daniel had to locate his gloves before riding off to work on his bicycle. During the day, the sun was shining from an almost cloud free sky, so it was rather warm in the afternoon. Leaves have started to turn yellow and fall to the ground in our garden. This is my fourth autumn, since today is my fourth birthday. It was nice weather for a birthday.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Can a Dog Really Be Worth This Much?

A rich woman in China has paid the equivalent of $ 600,000 for a single dog of the breed Tibetan Mastiff. This is a rare breed, but according to breeders they typically go by prices around $ 2,000. Is a Tibetan Mastiff really worth $ 600,000. My reports come from the BBC, a news company you usually can rely upon, but I still have a feeling that this is a hoax. Who would put up this amount of money for a Tibetan Mastiff? I would not even think one of my own Shiba Inu pups would be worth that much money.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Celebrations

Paula's mother Gertrud celebrated her birthday again, today, when relatives from the south of Sweden was here. Consequently, Paula and Daniel were gone for several hours, while the four legged members of the family had to stay at home. It would not be much of a problem, except that they got home late, thus making our food late. Well, now we have eaten, and I am again in a good mood. You have to let your humans get away to have some fun on their own, once in a while, it makes them nicer to you too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Suddenly, off to Work

We had a nice Friday night tonight. Paula and Daniel watched a movie and sat with us in the living room. Everything was calm and nice (except in the movie, which was a crime story). Then, out of the blue, Paula got to know over the telephone that she was expected to work today and was about half an hour late. She had to go immediately. Dutiful as she is, she did. We all usually know before, if Paula will work night, but none of us knew tonight. It was, apparently, all due to a missunderstanding, Paula had not received notice that they wanted her to fill in tonight. Well, she will get paid, but we miss her more tonight than her ordinary work nights, since we had thought she would be home. We hope this will not be repeated.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Japan in the Space Race

Japan participates in the international cooperation of the International Space Station (ISS), and has now launched the first space frighter of a new type. Although the freighter is meant to supply the ISS, it also proves the ability of the Japanese space industry. Japan is a member of the space faring nations in its own right, and this freighter proves that. It is what to expect of the nation that brought the Shiba Inu to the world.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Pitch Black

Most of my coat is black, although I have tan markings and the white ura jiro. Paula have bought a new dress that was supposed to be black, but she thought it was more dark grey. She compared it to my coat and got the answer: dark grey. Of course, next to a black and tan Shiba Inu like myself or Dad, most things look less perfectly dark, but there was such a distict difference here that there was no question about it. This is another advantage of having a dog with a black coat: it can be used to measure blackness of other things.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Wedding Anniversary

Paula and Daniel have been married for eight years today. I am impressed by the length of their marriage. I married the father of my pups, Calvin, about nine months ago, and I grew tired of him almost immediately. Sure, I do get along with Calvin, but I cannot say I love him. Paula and Daniel, on the other hand, do love each other. It is nice that they do, because they keep all of us dogs together too.

Monday, September 07, 2009

My PERFECT daughter Meja!

"Well developed female puppy. Nice head and expression. Correct bite. Enough angulation. Moves firmly and well from all angulations. Nice coat"

It seems that Meja meet up the standard of her champion parents. She will for sure be something to count on in the show rings.



May I say that both Paula and Daniel are very very proud over sweet Meja? We all send all of our love to Meja and my brother Kiko with family. They are so sweet and take such good care of their Aangenaam shibas.

I think that Kiko has fostered my girl Meja well. As an uncle he take his responsibility as my brother and Mejas "brother" to learn her about life. Thank you Kiko!


Me and my mum Karin in the ring.

My brother Kiko and me.

Pics Will Come Later

Paula sent some pictures that she had received of Meja, but they have yet to reach an e-mail address I can access. Since Paula is at work tonight, I cannot turn to her for help. There will be pictures in my blog in the future.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

My Successful Daughter

My daughter Meja participated in an unofficial dog show today, in puppy class. Puppy classes are always unofficial, so the difference between puppy classes on unofficial shows and official shows is miniscule. Meja competed against three other pups, and became best pup of the breed. I am really proud of this result. It shows that Meja is a promising pup.

More information will come about this show, stay tuned!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Upcoming Birthday

Paulas mother Gertrud will soon celebrate her birthday. This year, there is something special about it, so Paula and Daniel went to Paula's parents to help them prepare for festivities. I do not think it is such a special birthday. If you consider that one dog year equals seven human years, the biggest human celebrations would be when they turn into a year which can be evenly divided by seven. Thus, when a human turns 7, 14, 21, 28 or the like, she can compare it to a dog turning 1, 2, 3 or 4. Such birthdays give me, as a dog, a better frame of reference. Turning another decade is nothing special compared to this, if I may say so. I will gladly celebrate Gertrud, she really deserves being celebrated and any reason for a party is a good reason. However, I see more reason to celebrate another year, when she turns into something evenly dividable by seven.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Duties as a Pet

Some would think it is an easy duty being a pet dog. Often, it is, but far from always. Paula is working tonight, and before she went to work she wanted to rest for an hour. She brought me to rest by her, holding me tight, petting me. It is at times like this, when your duties are in demand, that life as a pet is not always easy. Sure, I love Paula and love to be petted by her, but I would rather be petted or rest whenever I chose to, not when Paula chose to. Tonight, I felt like hanging around with April in the living room, but that was not to be when Paula wanted me to rest with her. Well, I did without complaint, duties are to be taken seriously.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Suit Ban

In Bangladesh, the government has banned male employees from wearing suits and ties during the hot summer months. Instead, they are supposed just to wear trousers and a shirt, which need not be tucked in any more. This is supposed to reduce the need for energy consuming air condition. They have also been told not to use air condition in temperatures below 24 C.

There is energy shortage in Bangladesh, so this seems to be a wise strategy. From what I have read, there are no rules about the dogs in government employment, though. I sure hope they will not shave the coats off of police dogs and the like.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Heavy Rain

When we were outdoors around noon today, it was as if the gates of heaven had opened. There was suddenly a huge rainfall. It was almost out of this world. Luckily, we were just out in our own garden, so we could get in quickly, but we got really wet anyway. There was sme thunder as well, but not until we were inside. The weather forecast had predicted a low probability of rain today, but even a low probability can become true. It was definitely something to talk about this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ice Cream

Mum got to go to the veterinarian today. That is seldom fun, but she was compensated with a large strawberry ice cream. Coming home, she bragged about it, and I can see why. Such a compensation would almost make me want to go to the vet.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Lost Contact

India's space agency has lost contact with its Moon orbiter Chandrayaan-1 ahead of time. It was launched last October and aimed to work for two years. Now they cancel the project. However, they claim that this, their first Moon project, was a success that has reached 95 % of its goals. Well, what do you do when you lose contact? I am not quite sure what happened, but being eclipsed by the Moon is a powerful thing.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pictures from Yesterday

This is a picture of most participants on the Shiba Inu meeting yesterday. Kesshi is on the far right, I am almost at the far left by Paula.


My kid sister Suri at the Shiba Inu meeting yesterday. She is cute, is she not?


Change of Power

The LDP loses the general election in Japan today, winner is the DJP. The LDP has held power almost invariably for fifty years, so I guess change was due. I am not sure the DJP will rule Japan in a better way, but any healthy society needs peaceful changes of power once in a while. This is certainly the best thing about the result of this election.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shiba Inu Meeting

We went to a Shiba Inu "meeting and greeting" in Köping today. My sister Suri and my brother Jiro were there too. It was a fun day in the sun. Pictures will come.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Genes of Dog Coats

An American team of scientists have discovered that there are just three genes that account for all the different coat types of dogs and wolves. This is amazing, three genes, and all the variety you can see, and feel when you pet us. The study was made from DNA samples of more than 1 000 individuals of more than 80 breeds, and also wolves. For each characteristic of dog coats, the scientist researching the genes on coats identified a single gene that was primarily responsible. It was, for example, discovered that dogs with short, straight, wolf-like hair, share a gene type with the wolves. I guess this includes the Shiba Inu.

Further research is to be made on the DNA samples, which will certainly be the basis of more interesting discoveries. I am looking forward to get to know more about future results of these studies.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Selection of Young Ones

A gymnastics club in Malmo in the south of Sweden has been critizised in the last couple of days, because they do a selection and chose only the best five-year-old children to participate in artistic gymnastics in the club. There are people who believe that there should not be selections among children who are so young. The city of Malmo may reconsider their monetary grants to the club. Representatives of the club say they do not have enough resources for every child to participate, and believe that the selection at this age is better than selection at a later age.

I do not understand the critique. Pups are selected for certain humans based on probability of success later in life at the age of eight weeks, when they leave their mothers. Pups also participate in dog shows with unofficial competitions from the age of four or six months and official competitions from the age of nine months. Even if you take into account that one dog year roughly equals seven human years, selection among pups starts earlier than the selection of these children in the gymnastics club, and nobody thinks there is anything wrong with this.

If all children would always be able to participate, the less talented would still realize that they are not as talented than other children. They would not be as good as other children participating, and they would, of course, recognise this. In what way would that be better for their self esteem? I believe it is better if the children with less talent for gymnastics gets the chance to do something else, that suits them better, than to give them false hopes. They certainly have other talents that can be cultivated instead, giving them better self esteem.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

OOUUH

A man in New Zealand killed his dog by hitting it with a hammer, then roasted it with the intention of eating it. New Zealand authorities say the man did nothing illegal, because the dog was killed in such a swift way it did not suffer. I am at a lack of words. I cannot understand how anyone would like to roast and eat a family member and friend.

Too Late

I was too late to the computer last night. It was already turned off and we were all supposed to go to bed. Now I cannot remember what I had planned to write about. Oh, well, such is life sometimes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Paula's Birthday

Paula celebrated her birthday today and got presents. I think the best present was a new tent for dog shows, a small blue tent instead of the small red tent we used to have but which is heavily torn. It is supposed to be very easy to raise this new tent, which is good, it will save time. This is a very useful present and will surely come to much use in the years to come.

Daniel talked to one of the humans with whom my son Bagus lives. He could tell us that Bagus is doing really well and is greatly loved by his family. Well, I could not imagine anyone not loving Bagus, but it feels good to hear this anyway.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Reminder

Do not forget to congratulate Paula tomorrow! It is her birthday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rain

We went out this evening, me and some of the other dogs. It was no fun, however, since it was raining heavily. It rained heavily on the Athletics World Championship arena in Berlin too, and after my experience of the rain here at home, I have the greatest sympathy for the athletes competing in Berlin this evening. We all need rain now and then, but I wish for it to fall in the middle of the night, when hardly anybody is outdoors anyway.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dyed Hair

Paula dyed her hair jet black today. It looks really good on her. Her natural hair colour is almost black, but not quite. I would never dye my coat, I do not need it to look good, and I cannot do it if I am to follow the rules on dog shows. I can understand why Paula dyes it, though. She does not need to have her natural hair colour to comply with show rules, and jet black hair looks better, on humans just like on Shiba Inus like me and Dad.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Athletics

Currently, we can watch the World Championship in athletics in Berlin. While the USA used to be the dominant force in the sprints, like 100 and 200 metres, it now seems like Jamaica has claimed the sprint throne. There has been a lot of people who have tried to explain this. I believe in most explanations, as partly true. However, I have an additional explanation. My Mum, my friend April, and my husband Calvin have all left the USA to come to live in Sweden. This means that prominent dogs do not live in the USA any longer, thus giving the American sprinters less encouragement and less to fight for. The Jamaica sprinters, who have never (to my knowledge) had such prominent dogs in their country, do not know what they are missing and are therefore not put down by it in the same manner as the American sprinters are. The strange thing is, though, that the Swedish athletes are not as great as they have been over the last couple of international championships, despite having these prominent dogs in their home country. Maybe they have just gotten used to having them here.

Whoops

We went to bed, and then I realized I had not written any blog entry for Tuesday. Whoops, I say. Please come back Wednesday evening for a better blog entry regarding Wednesday.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Victory

Even though I did not get to go on the trip to the dog show in Bjerke, Norway, this weekend, I am happy for the result. Kuro chan won CAC, CACIB, became Norwegian champion and was qualified for Crufts, the greatest dog show in the world. He also became Best of Breed. April and Primus did well too.

Paula was there, so her first hand experience as written down on our homepage is better than anything I can write here. Please read there if you want to know more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Feline Bus Commuter

In the English city of Plymouth, the cat Casper is a regular commuter on the bus line that stops outside of his house. He gets onboard after the humans and does a roundtrip without disturbing any of the other passengers. Apparently, he has done this for a long time without his own humans' knowledge. They recently found out, when he followed one of them to the bus stop and got on board the bus like he usually does. The bus company has known about him for a long time, though, and make sure he always gets off at the right stop after his roundtrip. I like this story, because it tells a lot about how humans like their four-legged friends.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another Weekend Left at Home

If you wonder why I did not write any blog entry yesterday, it is because I was left behind once again, when Paula left for a dog show. I love being showed on dog shows, but I have hardly been showed at all this summer. I am still disappointed.

Kenny got to go, so Daniel took the opportunity to clean his room a little more thoroughly than before. I helped, I took care of a bone lying about on the floor. This made my afternoon and put a silver lining on an otherwise gloomy day.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sommar

In the summer, the radioshow Sommar (Swedish for summer) is aired every day. It was a particularly interesting show today. An old German who has lived many years as a journalist in Sweden told us about his experiences from the Second World War, the propaganda and crimes of the Nazis and the crimes of the Soviet troops defeating the Germans on the Eastern front. I knew of some tragedies of the Second World War, such as the Shiba Inu breed was nearly extinct. I suppose many dogs were killed in Germany too. The biggest tragedy, though, must have been the ideas and propaganda that fooled so many people into helping the nazi and the communist leaders with their destructive ideas. I can recommend that radio show, if you have the opportunity to listen to it through pod radio.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pie

Paula and Daniel had pie for dinner today. Mum said pie is an American invention, therefore she had to have some. She did not think it would be necessary for the rest of us to taste any, though. However, Paula gave a little pie to everyone, once she and Daniel had finished their meals. It was a really tasty pie with a lot of cheese in it. I could eat pies like this more often.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Earthquake

Tokyo was been hit by a strong earthquake on Tuesday morning (Monday evening by Swedish time). It was of 6.4 magnitude and it shook whole buildings in the city, despite having its centre 170 kilometres away in the Pacific Ocean. An even stronger earthquake of magnitude 6.9 hit Japan on Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties. There were reports of some injuried humans after the Tuesday quake, three of them seriously. However, I have yet to see any reports of the conditions of dogs. I hope all of the Shiba Inus in Tokyo made it without injuries.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thunder

We had thunder and lightning this evening. This was not surprising after the many days of warm weather we have experienced, still, thunder is not common. The thunder was a nice change from the feeling of an average day that I have had all this day. I usually think the day after a dog show is rather dull, hearing thunder made it a little special.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Watching the Finals

Paula, April, and I went to the dog show in Askersund this afternoon. There were no Shiba Inus shown today, they were shown yeaterday, but we were there to cheer for our Basenji friend Harley in the Best in Show final. We also met Daniel there, who worked at the show. I think it was nice to come along. The only downside was the blazing sun, but april and I had the shadow of a crate, which also had a lot of slots for the wind to run through it. I guess it was more comfortable for us than it was for Paula and Daniel, who sat in the direct sunlight.

Harley became BIS-4, which is a really good result, though he has done better before.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Ancient Dog Cemetery

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a thousand-year-old cemetery with 43 mummified dogs buried in separate plots side by side with humans. They were naturally preserved by the dry desert climate and had been buried with treats for the afterlife. The cemetery belonged to the Chiribaya culture, an agricultural society that thrived from A.D. 900 to 135.

Many people believe that the modern day human take better care of their pets than ever before. In this cemetery, though, dogs were buried alongside the humans, both full-grown dogs and pups. In some cases, they have been buried with blankets and food. If the dogs have been treated as fully equal with the humans in the face of afterlife, they were probably held in high regard in their lives as well. I like my life in Sweden, A.D. 2009, but if I would have lived in a different time and place, the Chiribaya culture would probably have been one of the very best alternatives.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Koala Celebrity Dies

A koala who was rescued by fire fighters in the huge forest fire of Australia earlier this year has died. She had recovered well from wounds suffered in the fire, but was found to have a disease rather common among koalas and put to sleep by a veterinarian. It is a shame to have survived the fire like that, only to die mere months later from a disease. I feel sorry for her.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Petition for a Dog Failed

British troops in Umm Qasr, Iraq, has had a dog as a mascot, two-year-old Sandbag. Sandbag has lived with the troops, charing pleasures and hardships. However, as the last of the British troops now return home, pleas to the UK government to make sure Sandbag would be taken to Britain has failed. The government says this is the decision of the commander on the ground. Sandbag would be cared for at the military base where he has always lived, by the US troops taking over the responsibility for the base.

I feel sorry for Sandbag, who will have to adapt to new humans instead of moving off with humans he knows. On the other hand, I cannot help wonder why the UK government would be expected to take care of Sandbag's journey to Britain. Was there no British soldier on the base who personally adopted Sandbag? Did he not have one particular human who was his, and whom would have taken care of him and made sure he would go to Britain when the British troops left Umm Qasr? A dog is not supposed to be collectively cared for by a vast number of humans, not without a particular human having the ultimate responsibility. It is not the government's responsibility to make sure Sandbag has a good life, because a dog should not be cared for by a collective or a legal entity such as the government. A dog should be cared for by one human, or a couple of humans. This human has the responsibility to bring the dog when moving.

On a side note, I believe the US troops can care for Sandbag at least as well as the British troops did. Hopefully, one of the US soldiers will personally adopt Sandbag as his dog.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

New Collar


Paula and Daniel have given me a new collar. It looks nice and has got my name on it. This collar certainly boosts my looks to an even higher level.

The collar is custom made for me and purchased on line. It suits me, as a daily blogger, to have a collar purchased on line.
April and Calvin got collars with their names on them, but I dare say my collar is the best looking one.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Upcoming Lunar Eclipse

There will be a lunar eclipse the day after tomorrow, on the 6th of August. It will be a shallow penumbral eclipse, but with a low magnitude, not visible to the naked eye. Fortunately for my family and friends, though, they can see a Lunar Eclips in me whenever they want.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Cleaning the House

The downside of being so many dogs and humans in a little house, is that you have to clean the place often. We have had a major overhaul of the whole house this afternoon and evening. We started before Daniel came home from his work, made a break for dinner when he had arrived, then continued until after Paula had left for her work. As you can quickly deduce, all the dogs were present during the whole cleaning operation, while Daniel and Paula were away for different parts of it. It almost goes without saying, then, that the fourlegged members of the household did most of the cleaning. We are done now, and I feel a bit tired. Still, having a clean house makes you satisfied.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Dog Reappears after Nine Years

Happy news come to our knowledge from Australia. A terrier who was living in a scuffy and flea-bitten state in a back yard in Melbourne was rescued by animal welfare authorities. The authorities were amazed to discover that the dog was chip marked, and that her actual human family had lost her nine years ago in Brisbane, where they live. The dog, who is now seventeen years old, will return to her humans. It is said she has lived in that backyard for two years, but where she was and what she did for seven years before that is yet unknown.

I am glad this dog lived long enough to be rescued. May her final time be a time in dog luxury!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Visiting Suri

Paula and Daniel was away today. They visited my little sister Suri and the family she lives with. None of us dogs got to come along, so I cannot write about more than what Paula and Daniel have told me. Instead, please read what Paula wrote on our web page.

Our neighbours down the street were outdoors all evening. They probably had visitors tonight. We could hear them talk when we were outside, but we live far enough away that we did not hear what they talked about. It is nice to have neighbours who do not live too close by.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Bloodhound Car

A Brit, who is a Royal Air Force pilot, is working on a project where he will drive a specially built car to break the land speed record. The car is called Bloodhound SSC. The attempt at the record does not interest me so much, but I do find it fascinating that the car is named after a dog breed. It is yet another proof of how important dogs are to man.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Raining Cats and Dogs

In the late afternoon, there was rain. At first a mild and tender rain, but later it poured down and drummed hard on our roof. We do have a strong enough roof to keep all of that rain out, though. Fortunately, none of us were outdoors when that heavy rain came down. I wonder how a Shiba Inu coat would have fared in such a rain. Our coats are good, but they are not invincible.

The rain has stopped now. Rains like this are sometimes described in English with the saying "it is raining cats and dogs". I wonder what that expression comes from. I sure would not want to be a dog raining down from the sky.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Swine Flu Hits Pregnant Humans harder

A recent study from the USA shows that the current swine flu may hit pregnant women harder than the average human. Pregnant women may be four times as likely than other humans of needing hospital care, if caught by the flu. The study only involves thirtyfour pregnant women, but eleven of these were admitted to hospital. This was a rate four times higher than that seen in the general population. It remains to be seen if further studies can confirm these findings, but since this study indicated a number four times as high, I guess it is rather likely that there is a correlation, even though the study was done on just a few humans.

As far as I know, the swine flu does not affect dogs. This is good, considering the plans we have of more puppy litters in the near future.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cruelty to Pigs

The authorities in Halland (a province in the south of Sweden) have seized 800 pigs. The police have care of the pigs and there are suspicions of cruelty to animals. There were dead pigs lying among the living pigs, and a lot of the pigs were of very bad health. Stories like this make me mad. I hate cruelty to animals, even when it is not cruelty to dogs. Pigs are an important source of meat, and the meat cannot be good if the pigs do not fare well. I hope the pigs who survived will have better lives from now on.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tacos

This Monday was a rather dull day, until the evening. There was tacos for dinner tonight, and some of the minced meat were left to us dogs. This is among the best thing I know as a supplement to my dog food. It made my day.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Meja Succeeds

My dear daughter Meja was at her very first dog show today. It was a match show, a good place to start. She showed how excellent she is by winning best of breed puppy without making an effort. You just have to look at Meja's picture (below), to see what a worthy winner she is.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

BOB

So, Paula was at a dog show today with Calvin and Primus. Primus became Best of Breed among the Pharao Hounds. We all congratulate him for that!

Calvin, on the other side, did not become better than third best male among the Shiba Inus. Thus, Paula never got to go with a Shiba Inu in competition for best of breed. If I would have been shown, maybe it would have been different. I may have become best bitch and then Best of Breed. Noone knows, of course, since I was not there. However, with both a male and a female in the show ring, there is twice the chance of winning the breed, when there are others competing as well. I might have been successful, but, alas, I never got a chance to try. I hope to be shown in other shows soon.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Institut Suédois

There is a place in Paris called the Swedish Institute, run by the Foreign Ministry of Sweden. It is a place where French as well as international visitors can learn more about Sweden and where Swedes in Paris can get in touch with their home country. In an attempt to cut spending, the Foreign Ministry have discussed closing the institute down. These plans have been met with opposition. The plans have also caused the institute to be highlighted in the New York Times in the USA, which recommends its readers to visit it, if possible.

As far as I know, this is the only Swedish Institute of its kind in the world, and it is doing good for the image of Sweden. I have heard that the institute will survive, but the plans to close it down may have brought the positive effect that big news papers like the New York Times have written about it. This is a side effect of public plans to close something down that may cause it to survive. I hope it will survive for a long time yet.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Preparations

Paula will bring Calvin and Primus to a dog show on Saturday. She will go with Primus' breeder Sofie and some of her dogs, and they will leave tomorrow afternoon. I will not get to go. This makes me sad.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Solar Eclipse

There was a solar eclipse in large parts of Asia today. In Japan, a partial eclipse could be seen, in other countries, such as India, there was a total eclipse. It might have been interesting to see, but not so much that I would have wanted to go there. I am Lunar Eclips, and mostly interested in lunar eclipses.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Linni on the Web

Concerned fans of Auntie Linni have noted that there is no information on her on our present web site. I would like to calm them down by saying that this is not because Linni has disappeared in real life or anything like that. Linni is as healthy and happy as ever. It is just that when our new web site was launched, Linni decided to take the opportunity to get out of the limelight for a little while. The rest of us do not know exactly what happened, but somehow, Linni was not there on the new web site, and none of us realized it until her fans got in touch with us. Linni is a very valuable asset in our family and we are glad to announce that she will soon return to our web site as well.

Lunar Anniversary

The 20th of July is the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon. Of course, by Japanese time, the landing took place on the 21st of July. Auntie Linni also points out that the TV photage from the first steps on the Moon were relayed to the rest of the Earth from a radio dish in Australia (home country of Linni's father). By Australian time, the landing also took place on the 21st of July. On the other hand, in space, all timing is by Greenwich Mean Time, and by this the landing was on the 20th of July. Shiba Inus, with our roots in Japan (and in Linni's case also Australia) may disregard of this, however, when it comes to the day of a blog post of this great event.

No other Earthlings than humans (except for the odd bacteria that they carried along) have ever been to the Moon. It is my belief, though, that dogs may be the second species to go to the Moon. Being so closely associated with humans as dogs are has its advantages.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Historic Defeat Coming Up?

The ruling party in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), may lose power soon. Prime Minister Taro Aso is not well liked and is now even attacked by many members of parliament within his own party. Mr Aso has said he will call a new election in August, but many party officials say it would be asking for defeat if he would lead the party. I ask myself, however: who would be a better party leader? There has been many party leaders over the last couple of years, none of whom have managed to raise the public support for the party. Maybe a time in opposition would be the best, both for Japan and the LDP? The party has held the power for most of the last half century, I believe the democracy in Japan would fare best with a change of powers in the next election. Then the LDP may be able to come back with renewed strength after the next election.