Friday, April 30, 2010


Mum had to go to the veterinarian today. Yesterday evening, we discovered something we first thought was a tick. This would have been the first this year, but since spring has gotten far, it was not unlikely that Mum would have a tick. On closer look, though, it was no tick, but looked like a piece of the skin growing the wrong way. We all got concerned, it might be the start of cancer. Today, the veterinarian took care of it right away. He told Daniel and Mum that it was a good thing Mum came in so quickly, because something like this could have grown rapidly. It was small, though, and did not yet have any roots through which it would have been able to spread. Thus, the final news was happy: Mum is going to be completely fine.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Late Decision

The US department of defence has announced that it has lifted its ban on women serving on submarines. In about a year, the first women could take up their posts.

I find it strange that women has not been allowed before. In the event of a nuclear war, the crews of nuclear submarines are the humans most likely to survive. If the crews survive, but are all men, the species would still perish with them. There would be no women who could make couples with men and make another generation of humans. Of course, you could argue that humanity would never be able to make it after a nuclear holocaust no matter who would be on the submarines, because there would be no land to return to and no food to eat. On the other hand, a nuclear war would not have to be a full holocaust, hurting the entire Earth so badly that nuclear submarine crews would not be able to return to land even years later.

For my part, I would also like parts of the nuclear submarine crews to be dogs, so man's best friend would also have a chance to survive a nuclear war.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Polly Likes the Outdoors

Polly, my dear daughter, really likes it outside, running around in our garden, playing with the toys and playing catch with the rest of us. It was raining this afternoon, nobody else wanted to stay outside, but she was still running around, enjoying herself. Shiba Inus are not normally fond of water and rain, but Polly was not concerned. We waited and waited, and finally Daniel managed to get her attention and make her want to get inside.

I have never enjoyed the outdoors much, in any weather, neither has Mum or Dad, though Dad likes to take long walks. Auntie Linni likes to lay outside for longer periods, when it is warm and the Sun is shining. Kuro chan can also be fond of staying outside once in a while. He is the father of Polly, and maybe she has gotten her interest in staying outdoors from him, but her interest seem to me bigger than his. Well, we do not always know why our pups get their personal traits, which is one of the great things of having pups. I do not have the same interests as my parents, either.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Paula and Daniel had meatballs for dinner. They did not eat them all, so April and I went meatball hunting as they were busy with other things. Meatballs are tasty prey. Daniel was a little disappointed, he had planned to make a lunch box with the meatballs. Paula, on the other hand, rather thought it was fun. It does not matter to me - if you turn your back on meatballs, any dog of the right mind will hunt these meatballs down.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Classic

It has come to my knowledge that the classic comic novel by Englishman Jerome K. Jerome, which in Swedish is just called "Tre män i en båt" (Swedish for "Three Men in a Boat") has a more suitable title in English. The English original title is "Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)". There are four main characters in the novel, the three men of the title, and the dog Montmorency, all of whom go on a boat trip together up the river Thames in England. I cannot understand why Montmorency have not been mentioned in the title of the Swedish edition. His part in the novel is significant, and the original title should have been translated in full. I guess the translator just did not care enough about dogs, as some dull humans tend to do. Maybe it is time for someone to make a new translation of the book, where the full title is translated as well.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dog Show?

Paula and Daniel were away from home for a part of this Sunday. They claim they went to a dog show in Västerås, a town of the same size as our home town and about an hour's car ride away. I have my doubts, since they did not bring a single dog. What is the point of going to a dog show, if not to amuse the dog you are going to show? It is not like they need to look for new dog breeds, since they are breeders of the best breed there is already.

I checked the story, and there actually was a dog show in Västerås today. They also brought dog candy home of a kind usually purchased at dog shows, and they were gone for such a long time that they would have had the time to go there and back again. Nevertheless, I questioned where they had been when they got home, but they stood by their story. They generally tell us the truth about their whereabouts.

Well, I have no evidence what so ever that they are lying, so they may be speaking the truth, unlikely though it seems. I guess that even the most unlikely event may happen occasionally, and maybe this was one such occasion. In the long run, it will not matter much, and I guess I will settle with believing in the unlikely story that Paula and Daniel both say is the truth.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Polly and Dad

Over the last few days, Polly and Dad has discovered that they enjoy playing with each other. They have a great deal of fun together. When Dad think that Polly goes too far, he tells her so in a good way. It is nice for me to see my daughter playing with her grandfather in such a happy mood. When there are others who play with Polly, I can relax for a bit from my duties as a mother. Polly is growing up, but it will take a little while before she is mature enough not to have anybody watching out for her. Now I have April, Mum, Auntie Linni, and Dad helping me out with this. It is a good life for Polly, I believe.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Dangers of Bananas - No, Methanol

There is one sort of food that Daniel hates above all, and that is bananas. He cannot stand the texture or the taste of it.

In Uganda, about 80 humans have died from drinking illegal banana gin. In this case, the gin was laces with methanol, which is probably the cause of death. It may be with a lack of respect for those who have died, but we joked with Daniel, asking if he blamed the bananas for the fate of those who died. He joked back and said he did.

Getting serious again, we agreed that it is too bad these people feel they cannot afford industry manufactured gin, but drink the potentially harmful illegal gin instead. We feel sorry for the deaths and hope no dogs lost their humans because of this bad gin.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Some of us bark a lot, occasionally. Mum, who is the oldest and wisest of us, barks the most. Paula and Daniel often say that they get tired of this. On the other hand, Mum would not be herself, if she would not bark. Odds are Mum will be the one who will leave us first, for the afterlife, because of her age. Daniel has confessed that since he would miss Mum a lot, he would probably miss her barks as well. This is a sign of love. If you love somebody, you also love her faults in a way. I would also miss Mum's barks, not only because I am the second biggest barker who would then have the misfortune of being biggest barker, but also because I too love Mum. We are all very lucky Mum is in excellent health and will certainly live for many years to come.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Im happy to discover that Polly has inherited my fine looking tailset. Apart from that she looks more like her father than me, her mother. Well Im proud over her. If she cant be like me her father is the next best thing in line to look like. Im totally aware that Im unique, in all aspects.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Today was Nils Olov's birthday. All of us dogs like him very much, so we gave him a cake. None of us came along to the celebrations this evening, though. We stayed at home, and got Paula and Daniel to hand over the present. They told us our present was greatly appreciated, which made us feel good. It is nice to make a dear friend like Nils Olov happy.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Late Fees

Librarians in the oldest library of New York have discovered that two books were borrowed on the 5 of October 1789 and has since never been returned. This may not have been such a big news, if it was not for the claim that then President of the USA George Washington was the one who borrowed the books. The late fees, adjusted for inflation, would now be $300,000 for being about 220 years late.

As far as I can tell, you cannot be quite sure that George Washington was the one who borrowed the books, it says in the article that I have read: "George Washington did not even bother to sign his name in the borrower's ledger. An aide simply scrawled 'president' next to the title to show who had taken them out." The word "president" is used in many other contexts in English than for the head of state in a republic. What if there was another person, president of something else, who borrowed the books? Well, New York was the US capital at the time, and other prominent figures in the federal government did borrow books there, so it is not far fetched to guess that "president" means the President of the United States in this ledger. Regardless of whether it actually was Washington or not, it would be interesting to know what has become of the two books.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Polly and Auntie Linni

Aunt Linni has always had a special place in my heart, my play mate ever since my brothers moved away from home. It has, therefore, been extra hard to see that she has never been fond of my small pups. Linni does not like the small pups, and she has made this clear on several occasions with Polly and Nemo. However, this afternoon, Polly and Linni were outdoors together, and Polly tried as hard as only a pup can do to trigger Linni to play with her. Finally, Polly must have broken through a barrier with Linni, because Linni started to chase after Polly in a most playfull manner. The both of them chased each other for a long time. Although Linni became a little tired, so, too, did Polly. Now they are good friends.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Work on a Saturday

Paula worked today, even though it is Saturday. She will work tomorrow as well, when it is Sunday. This is the way it can be, when working as a nurse at the hospital. On the other side, Paula will not work Monday or Tuesday. Daniel is at home with us dogs during the weekend, and Paula will be at home with us Monday and Tuesday. This is a rather good plan, it is better to have one of Paula or Daniel at home, than being alone. We are proud of Paula, who has an important job and earns money to support us.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Nemo Has Moved

Nemo has now moved to his new family. To you, my dear readers, this statement may seem like just a rerun of the blog post I wrote yesterday. Nevertheless, this is the most important thing that has happened in my life today. I miss Nemo, but I know he will get a good life and I will see him again.

Daniel's sister Filippa celebrated her birthday today. She lives quite a way away from us, so we did not celebrate with her, but hope that she had a nice birthday anyway.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Last Night

This is the last night that Nemo lives with us. He and Polly turns eight weeks tomorrow, this is when they are old enough to move, and Nemo's new family want to get him as soon as possible. I can quite understand that, Nemo is such a lovely pup. We wish Nemo all the best, we know his new family and know that he will get a great life with them. This feels very good.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Puppy Food

We are running out of puppy food, so Daniel went to our usual store for dog food to buy some more. There were none of our preferred variety to buy, though. We eat salmon & rice, and Daniel got to know that many breeders buy this food for their adult dogs, but they still buy other varieties for their pups. We would like our pups to have the puppy version of salmon & rice, so Daniel ordered some. It will be delivered to the store by next week. In the meantime, we have received puppy bags for Polly and Nemo from the food supplier, and there is a couple of kilogrammes of food there that the pups can have. We believe we have the right to be picky.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


We have received news on my son Bagus, from my first litter. He is doing great with his family in Stockholm. He loves them, and they love him. He also has got other friends in the neighbourhood. It is always nice for a mother to get positive news about her pups.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pictures of My Daughter Polly

She is cute, isn't she? I will train her myself for the show ring, with the hope that she can be at least as successful as I have been. Her father is even more successful. We are all black and tan Shiba Inus, and my hope is that Polly will hold the black and tan coat colour in high esteem, as her parents have done. It seems to me that Polly has inherited some of my personal traits, so I believe she will like dog shows as much as I have ever done. Apart from the advantages that she has of having beautiful parents, enjoying herself in the show ring is something that can make her career.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Paula's grandmother celebrated her ninetieth birthday today. This is huge. Humans do live longer than dogs, on average, but ninety years is a lot even for a human. It is many years more than the average life expectancy of humans in Sweden, who have among the longest life expectancies in the world. Naturally, Paula and Daniel participated in the celebrations. All of us dogs stayed at home, but we participated in a gift and sent our greetings through Paula and Daniel. I heard the celebration was fun. I will have to congratulate Paula's grandmother next time I see her.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Seventy Years Ago

Dad thought I would devote the blog entry today to something that happened exactly seventy years ago today. It was the day when Nazi Germany attacked Denmark and Norway, the latter is Dad's country of birth. Nazi Germany did this as an act of aggression against countries who had declared that they would be neutral in the ongoing war, just because the Nazis thought they needed the Norwegian sea ports. Seventy years is a long time, many dog generations, but not so much for humans. In Norway, there are plenty of humans still around who remembers this, and the subsequent hostile occupation that went on for more than five years. It is a small wonder, then, that Denmark and Norway decided to join the military alliance NATO, where Mum's country of birth the USA is a strong member. We all hope nothing like this will ever happen again.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


I feel sorry for Paula. She accidentally hit her right arm at work yesterday, and it has become swollen and sore today. It is no fun having pains like that.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Japanese Woman in Space

The second female Japanese astronaut has now gone into space and is currently on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, her husband is down Earthside, taking care of their daughter and their home. It is not the space trip that raises the most interest in Japan, but the roles of this couple. Japan has a very traditional society, where men are still expected to be the bread winner of the family and many mothers stay at home, raising the children. While I believe that I take care of small pups much better than the pups' father would, I still think it is interesting to see traditional roles of men and women being questioned.

Of course, among dogs, it is always the females who rule, while caring for the pups, while the traditional role of humans has been that men has ruled. Gender equality thus seem more important among humans than among dogs.
This story is also interesting, because it shows that space travel has become ordinary enough that the space trip in itself does not have to be the most important news when there are reports on an astronaut. This is actually good news for all of us who are interested in space exploration, because it shows that space exploration is becoming a more common thing. Even though there may be less to read about the actual space journey, there would be more space journeys to read about.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Not a Day Off

Occasionally, I have taken days of from my blog. I really do not like to do so. I have given the blog the name Daily Hailey, therefore, I believe in trying to keep it daily. When I do take days off, it is generally for very good reasons, such as when I am not at home all day or when my pups have been very young. There have been days when I have not written in my blog, despite winning in the dog show ring, but this is when I have not been home to do so. Today, I felt like taking a day off. I have not found any subject to write about; the subjects often seem to come to me without any effort on my part, but this was not the case this day. On the other hand, I cannot say I have any good reason to take a day off from my blog. This is why I decided just to write about the occasional hardships of having a daily blog, the days when you have a hard time deciding upon what to write. This is one of those days. Do come back tomorrow, I think I can come up with something else to write about until then.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Snow Again

Snow fell again this morning. It was a bit odd, since we have had warm spring days for quite some time. However, the new snow melted away almost at once. It had the positive effect that the pups got to see a snow fall, though.

In the afternoon, when all the new snow was gone, Daniel changed tyres on the BMW. It now does not have winter tyres anymore. This is yet another sign that spring is here.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

A Maiden Win

Amy, the young Shiba Inu who came from Norway this autumn, had a great day at the Stockholm dog show today, becoming Best of Breed puppy. This is great! We wish her many more victories in the years to come. She lives with friends in Stockholm, which is not that far away, so I guess we will meet on some shows in the future.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


It is Easter. We wish everybody a happy Easter and a lot of Easter candy! I have had plenty of candy myself, and even my pups are big enough to enjoy candy now. That is a big step on their road to maturity. It is good for them that they are old enough to eat candy on Easter, even though this may mean that I get less candy for myself. I do not care about candy for myself more than I care for my pups. You have to have your priorities straight, even though it is hard sometimes.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday

We are having a quiet and nice Good Friday, which is a holiday. Daniel says Good Friday is to be honoured by taking it easy, maybe even having a boring day, so all of the dogs in the household are trying the hardest to do just that. Meanwhile, Daniel is cleaning, doing the dishes and laundry, and Paula is at work at the hospital. It is understandable that some nurses have to work even on Good Friday, because people have injuries and diseases on holidays as well. Daniel, on the other hand, could have done what he does today earlier, or postponed it until tomorrow. Well, I am not willing to judge him, especially not since the things he does benefits us all, it is just that he teaches one thing and does another.

By the way, yesterday was April Fool's Day. You did not think we were a Fair Trade Breeder, really, did you? As far as I know, there is no such thing as a Fair Trade Breeder.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Fair Trade Breeding

It has been announced that our home city Örebro has had its status as Fair Trade City renewed. The small neighbour town Kumla is also a Fair Trade City. There are other entities that can get the status Fair Trade. Earlier this year, Daniel got to know that dog breeders could be Fair Trade Breeders. Without thinking much more about it, he filled out a form and applied for this. We received notice today that our application had been approved. Thus, we can now call ourselves Fair Trade Breeders. Isn't this cool?