Thursday, October 31, 2013


A dog in Gothenburg was left alone for a whole month in the flat which the dog shared with his human. When the dog was discovered, it was heavily dehydrated, had ophthalmia and bled in the mouth. It was taken to a veterinary for treatment, but it was deemed beyond salvation and was put down.

The human, a 22-year-old woman, has been prosecuted for animal cruelty. This is good, her negligence constitutes evilness. She claims she is not guilty. I cannot understand what defence she might have. If she just denies culpability, but is found guilty, this only goes to prove her evilness.

I wish no dog would be subjected to negligence like this.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monument Dedicated to Dogs in the Military

The United States military dedicated its first ever national monument to dogs in military service this Monday. It is located in San Antonio, Texas, and features four dogs of the most common breeds in the military since World War II and one human soldier. The dogs are a Doberman Pinscher, a German Shepherd, a Labrador Retriever, and a Belgian Malinois.

This is a fine gesture to all the heroic dogs whe have served with the US military. If I ever go to San Antonio, I will go to see this monument. Mum has lived in Texas and says it is a nice place, but she does not want to go back. She wants to stay at home and Texas is quite far away from here. Well, if we can find dog monuments closer to us, we might go and see them instead. There should be more dog monuments in the world.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Hello, Orange here!

Sometimes, Paula or Daniel closes the gate between two rooms in our house. I do not like that, but I have learned how to deal with it, at least when they seal off the opening between the livingroom and the bedroom. I can jump over it. I do not always do that, but it happens. It feels good to know I can.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Europe was hit by a great storm today. It hit the British Isles first, then moved east and northeast. The meteorologists said it would hit Örebro, but it never came this far north. We do hope that Daniel's parents' summer house on the west coast and forest in Småland make it all right, though. Nature can be a fantastic, but also horrible, thing.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Normal Time

So now we have got normal time again. For a little while, we will see the daylight again on our morning walks. I like to have daylight on the morning walks. It would be better if humans would not shift the time twice a year, but had normal rime the year around. No other animals that I know of have daylight savings time (the name probably meaning saving an hour of daylight each morning for the evening). We should not either, I believe.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Late Morning

I like Saturdays. Most of the time, we sleep until late, instead of the early morning walks we take on the weekdays. Of course, even in the weekdays, we dogs can go back to sleep after the morning walk, but it is still better not to have to go out.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Another Japanese Tsunami

Japan's east coast, hit in the spring of 2011 by a big tsunami, has been hit again. This time, the tsunami was much smaller. The earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, 10 km below the sea surface at a distance of about 320 km from the coast. The tsunami that reached the coast was not higher than 30 cm. This was a relief. Not all tsunamis are devastating. Still, one hopes the lesson is learned from the last big one, because eventually, there will be more big tsunamis. Perhaps not in the next decade or so, but sometime. There must be better protection for humans, dogs, nuclear power plants etc.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Deceiving Smell

Daniel had left a paper bag in the kotchen, close enough to the floor so one of us dogs could reach it. The bag smelled of tuna and salami sandwiches. Sometimes, the great dog nose deceives us. We got hold of the paper bag and ripped it open, but there were no sandwiches inside. There was just a little smell left. Too bad.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Slow Internet Connection

Sometimes, the Internet is so slow loading my blog page, that I forget what I was going to write about. Fortunately, this do not happen often. It did tonight, though. What a disappointment.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Some Snow Is Still There

Hello, Orange here!

Thé older dogs told me the other day, that the newly fallen snow would soon disappear. I am not sure what they meant, because there is still snow left on the ground. "Soon" usually means the same day, at least. Sure, most of the snow is gone, but not all. I like the snow and want it to stay. I am also intrigued by the silence on the subject of the disappearance of all snow, when I try to address it. The older dogs are not always completely right. They know this, and they understand that I have come to realise this as well. I love them, nevertheless.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Great Result for Karstuhl's Daughter

My granddaughter Puma, daughter of Karstuhl, participated in a match show today. Among three Shiba pups, she was best puppy. Then she won the puppy group final for group five. She went on to become second best in show. It may have been just a match show, but there were many pups who participated. It is a great result. Karstuhl, Mum, and I are very proud of this new star in our lineage. What more may come in her future? Probably a lot of good show results. We are looking forward to hearing about it.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Full Moon

Hello, Karstuhl here!

We have a full Moon in the sky tonight. I like that. It reminds of my official name: Aangenaam Full Moon Eclipse. There is, unfortunately, not a Lunar eclipse every time there is a full Moon, but you cannot get everything. The full Moon is beautiful as it is, too. I guess this is one reason for our wild cousins, the wolves, to howl at the full Moon. We do not howl ourselves, the dogs in this family. It would not do, being indoors, even though the full Moon light is shining in through our windows and curtains. I show my appreciation for the full Moon by writing a blog entry instead. It is quite possible that this blog entry gets more readers than I would have gotten listeners, had I howled at the full Moon.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Something Called Snow

Hello, Orange here!

As a pup, I know I have still a lot to learn about the world. Some of the knowledge based on personal experience came early this morning. This early, the ground was covered in a white sheet, about two centrimetres thick. It was soft, cold, and parts of it did just barely stick together. The older dogs called it snow. I noticed that some of it, somehow, could turn into water. It was strange, though not in any frightening way. It was just fun. I was told, however, that the snow would likely melt and disappear soon. Apparently, a lot of it was melting already. This was the word used by the older dogs to describe the event when the snow turned into water. It had something to do with the temperature. I would learn more about this in the winter to come, whatever a winter is. It sounds interesting, anyhow.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lack of Gender Equality in Communistic China

China is a communistic country, at least its only legal political party says so. According to communism, all humans are supposed to be equal. Still, there are a lot of jobs in China, that women are not allowed to have. These includes many forms of engineering. I guess this is what communists in China claim to be gender equality. I would laugh, if I was a human.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Breeder's Group

We got a letter from the Småland-Öland Kennel Club today. This club arranges the dog show in Växjö in November. We will go there, and for the first time ever, there will be enough of us with the Aangenaam name, that we will make up a breeder's group. This will be fun! It gives all of us an extra chance to enter the show ring. I love that.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Animal Cruelty

An old woman in the area around Timrå, north of us in Sweden, has killed a fox with her bare hands. I believe she should be prosecuted for animal cruelty. She swung the fox by its tail in the air, then hitting it against her stone staircase on the outside of the house. The fox had done nothing wrong, just walked outside of the fence where the woman held her hens. The hens had been scared, of course, but that is in the nature of hens. I hope a prosecutor takes care of the case.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blog Entry from Mobile

We had already gone to bed tonight, when I remembered I had not made any daily blog entry for this day. Fortunately, Daniel's mobile was close by, so I borrowed it and made this entry. Modern technology is fantastic!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Plastic Bottles

Hello, Orange here!

Plastic bottles are fun toys. They give you just the right feeling, when you chew on them. The trouble is, they also make noise. Sometimes, when I feel like chewing on a bottle late at night, Daniel just takes it away from me. He says I am disturbing everyone who tries to sleep. Perhaps I am. I think the bottle manufacturers should consider this, when developing new bottles. Could a bottle be manufactured, that is not noisy when you chew on it? I sure hope so.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Entertainong a Guest

Hello, Orange here!

We had a guest here last night, a dog whose human is a friend of Paula and Daniel. She stayed in our guest room. I guess you are supposed to entertain your guests, but could not do that. Perhaps this is just as well. It was just one night, so there was little time to become friends anyway. Maybe we will meet another time, another place, and become friends. Time will tell.

Friday, October 11, 2013

No Food Have to Be Wasted

It has been estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year. This is about one third of all food produced in the world. I do not believe anybody can have the opinion that this is a good thing. On the other hand, there is an easy solution to this problem. Instead of throwing food away, humans would give more of it to their dogs. If there are no dogs in the household, dogs should be acquired. Of course, not all humans like dogs (even though all dogs like humans), and these humans should not have dogs. In these cases, the waste disposal fees should be higher. With more dogs in society, less food would be wasted. It does not have to be more complicated than this.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Hello, Orange here!

It was raining today, at lunchtime, we had to go out in it. I did not like it, but you have to do what you have to do. I wish for better weather tomorrow. The older dogs say it will only get colder from now on. Winter is coming, they say. I do not know what that is, but I hope it will not rain much in the winter. I guess I will have to wait and see.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Paula is at a party at Örebro Castle today. I am sure she is having fun.

Meanwhile, we are having fun at home with Daniel. It is a more common night for us, but fun all the same.

Daniel actually had an invitation for dinner downtown tonight. Some of his colleagues who usually work in other towns came to Örebro this afternoon for a meeting tomorrow. They asked Daniel if he wanted to join them for dinner, but this was late this afternoon. I understand that he said no, he already had plans for things to do at home tonight. I believe it is impolite to ask so late. Well, they are bound to meet later, anyway.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Apple Juice

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Paula's parents have bought an apple juice machine. You put apples in it and get apple juice out of it. This is supposed to be good. I do not realy see the need for it, but I have never been that fond of apples, either. I would rather have a machine producing meatballs.

Monday, October 07, 2013

New Bag of Food

We are a relatively large pack of dogs, here in this house. Daniel came home with a new bag of dog food today. I do not think it was long ago he brought the öast one home. It must be a bigger thing for those dogs who are just one or two in their family to get to start on a new bag of food. Perhaps they often get smaller bags, but I think the bags may still last longer. Well, I do not care that much, the main thing is always to have food, not how often your humans bring home more of it.

Sunday, October 06, 2013


Today, Paula's family celebrated the anniversary of their family, when Paula and her sister first met their parents. This was in Colombia, where Paula and her sister were born and where their parents went to get them. Adopting children is not that common, but I have a good understanding of it, since my litter brothers and most of my pups have been adopted by other families. Adoption is a good thing to do, it is a way of giving love to children who would often have had much less space or love but for the adoption. I congratulate Paula and her family on the anniversary.

Saturday, October 05, 2013


We celebrated Linni's birthday with her yesterday. Today, we are mourning with her instead. linnis father Kenzo passed away today. I know how this feels, I have also lost my father. We try our best to comfort Linni.

The Perils of Reruns

We missed the live airing of the Formula 1 qualification this morning, Swedish time. We thought we would watch it this evening instead, in a rerun. We had intentionally not read any reports. However, the person reporting from the show just prior to the rerun reminded the viewers of the race tomorrow, while revealing who would start from the pole position. What was, then, the point of watching the rerun? We turned the TV set off instead and prepared for bed.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Aunt Linni's Birthday

My dear Auntie Linni is turning twelve years old today. This is a respectable age, not least because she was diagnosed with severe hip problems in her youth. These problems have never stopped her from taking walks with us, doing the occasional Shiba Inu rush in the garden or jumping up into the sofa in the living room. We sometimes wonder whether her hips ever were as bad as they were diagnosed to be. Her joints are a little stiffer these days, but this could just be due to her age.

Auntie Linni is not really my aunt. I just call her this, because she was the adult dog living with us besides my Mom and Dad when I was born. We are not related. We are, however, very good friends. It is easy to become friens with Auntie Linni, because she is such a friendly dog herself. She has always been very helpful raising pups, as well, even though she has never had any herself. I sincerely hope she will live on for many years to come.

Happy birthday, Linni!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ice Hockey

The ice hockey season started a little while ago in Sweden. Daniel is disapponted that his team Djurgården does not play on the highest league. Djurgården is a team from Stockholm, and there is, in fact, no team from the capital playing in the highest league. This feels a little strange. We have our hopes for Örebro, though, the team from our home city which does play in the highest league. Örebro won tonight, 3-0, against Frölunda from Gothenburg. This was good. Djurgården also played a game tonight, against Karlskoga, the town just to the west of Örebro. Djurgården won. It was thus a good night for both the teams we root for.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A Little Extra

Hello, Karstuhl here!

I have taught Paula and Daniel a trick. When They want me to get indoors, they give me some candy. I usually stay outside until they do this trick, to make sure they do not forget it. It happens, however, that I go indoors without insisting on them giving me candy. It annoys me a little, but then, sometimes, I want to go in without needing to think of this training. I have to follow my whims once in a while, and I have noticed that neither Paula nor Daniel does forget the trick. They can always do it when I insist upon it. This is good. I have a great couple of humans.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Old News

When surfing the Internet today, I encountered an article about wolves and research on why they howl. Even though I believe I understand wolves better than the average human does, given that I am of the same species, I thought the article was rather interesting. It was, however, old news. The article was from August this year. I will gladly post links to new articles, but not to old news like that. It would not stand up to my personal sense of quality. Some may have a different opinion, but this is the way I rule my blog.