Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mother's Day

Hello, Karstuhl here!

It is Mother's Day in Sweden today. I suppose this is why my dear mother asked me to write the blog entry of today.

Happy Mother's Day, Mommy!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Monaco

One of the most classic Formula 1 Grand Prix races is on tomorrow: Monaco's Grand Prix. It may be considered the most classic GP.

Ferrari driver from Finland, Kimi Räikkönen, will start from pole position. The other Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, starts as number two. It will be an exciting race. I root for Räikkönen.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dog Food

We were near a catastrophe today. We could have run out of dog food.

Paula and Daniel usually buy dog food online. The food is then delivered to our home. This time, it was Daniel's turn to place the order, but he had forgotten about it. What a terrible thing to forget!

Luckily, online orders can be placed any time of the day or night. Daniel did this. We expect new food early next week. We will not run out of food until then. All is well that ends well.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer

Summer is here now. It has been warm and sunny weather. I also heard on the radio that older generations in Sweden usually considered the Feast of the Ascension, which we celebrate today, the first day of summer. It is suitable, then, that the weather corresponds to this view. I like summer, it is nice and warm.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Poodles

We have got visitors tonight. A human friend of Paula and Daniel and two Poodles of his borrows our guestroom. The humans had a great time all evening, talking to each other, just like humans often do when interacting with each others. The Poodles stayed in the guestroom or went out in our garden by themselves. This is all right, we know they are just visitors and will leave again. It is still our turf. The night is just like any other night, nevertheless.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Birthday

Today was Daniel's birthday. He got presents from us as soon as yesterday, but we did congratulate him today as well. He is woth being congratulated.

The big party will be this weekend. I am already looking forward to it. I am sure there will be a lot of good things to eat.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Whisky

We gave Daniel his birthday presents this evening. He celebrate his 45th birthday tomorrow, but we did not want to wait. The present he liked the most was a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky, Glenmorangie. He loves whisky. We love to give Daniel things that he loves.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Final Game

Sweden plays Canada in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. We all root for Sweden, of course.

The USA defeated Sweden in the group, on the group but lost its quarter final game. I would have hoped for a final between Sweden and the USA. On the other hand, the USA has never been one of the great powers of ice hockey; these are Sweden, Canada, Russia, and Czechia. Russia won the bronze earlier today, so this year, great powers will win all the medals.

Sweden has defeated Canada many times, but never before in a World Championship final. We hope this will change tonight.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

At Home Despite a Show

Paula and Daniel went away to a dog show just outside of Örebro today. I was not entered and stayed at home. This was just as well, since it was an unofficial show. These shows are mostly for dogs or handlers, or both, who are not used to dog shows and needs training. Nobody can say this about me, nor of Paula or Daniel (though Paula is the more experienced handler). Paula and Daniel were there as ring stewards. They had a good time, they told me afterwards. I am sure they did. For this show, I was just as glad staying at home, however.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Abdication Made Possible

The Japanese Emperor Akihito is veryold and physically fragile. He has expressed wishes to abdicate, but this is not possible under the current rules of succession.

The Japanese parliament has, however, gotten a bill about a special law allowing Akihito to abdicate. The law will be specially designed just to allow Akihito to abdicate, not anybody else in the line of succession.

I believe this is a good law. Your reverence for the Emperor has to extend to allowing him to abdicate, should he need to. This is what the bill is all about.

Long live the Emperor!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Late Train

Daniel has been away from our home town in the line of duty. He travelled by train. Unfortunately, the first train broke down and the replacement train was late. This is not the first time he is late coming home, when travelling by train. It must be terrible for people who often depend on trains for their journeys, that trains seem to be late so often. I am glad we usually go by car to and from dog shows. Our cars are much less likely of breaking down or running late for other reasons. Cars are good.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

National Holiday

Dad would have celebrated today, had he still been alive. He was from Norway. It is the national holiday of Norway today. I always come to think of Dad, when I think of Norway. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, thus, so am I.

To all of the dogs and humans out there who are Norwegian, have Norwegian roots, or just love Norway: happy 17 May!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Make Up Countries

Some people make up pretend countries, not just in fiction, but as a hobby or art project. The Slovenian based art collective NSK has done this. They even issue make up passports for this make up country. They claim the country has no territory, which all real countries must have.

I just wag my tail at make up countries like this. Fake countries are a bit amusing. Fake passports do not bother me, legal authorities will not recognise them anyway. The only thing I hope is that there are no made up kennel clubs and dog show championships from these countries – this would be fraudulent.

Monday, May 15, 2017

White Sheets

We have got a new set of bed sheets. They are all white. The sheet which we lie on is usually white, but not the sheet protecting the blankets. It looks nice when it is clean. I hope it does not get dirty too soon.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Affenpinscher Specialty

Today, I accompanied our Affenpinscher friend Morran to a specialty dog show for her breed. Daniel worked as a ring stewart and Paula and I was hanging around the Affenpinschers and their humans.

I gave Morran some valuable tips. The main thing is to enter the ring with a positive attitude, because when you tell yourself you are having fun, everything becomes easier and youoften perform better. Morran did not do very well, but she had fun, and this is the main thing.

Over all, we had a nice day, even though I never entered the show ring myself. I guess there will be new opportunities for me later in the season.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

ESC

It is the night of the European Song Contest, the ESC. In part, I root for Sweden, but I do not believe in the Swedish song. We will have to hear if any song is worthy of our votes.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dance

There was the final of a dance competition on TV tonight, Let's Dance on TV 4. Dance is a little like freestyle, but for humans and without dogs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Late Nightt Snack

We watched TV tonight, and Paula went out into the kitchen. she came back after a little while with grilled sandwiches. I love grilled sandwiches. Fortunately, I got to taste some. It tasted really good. Eatimg late at night is great, it is unfortunate that many humans and dogs have not discovered this.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kennel Försvarsmakten

The Swedish Armed Forces breed German Shepherd dogs. For a couple of years, they have not fulfilled the higher standard required by the Swedish Kennel Club, so their dogs have not been registered. An agreement has now been reached and dogs can be registered under the kennel prefix Försvarsmakten again. This is great. I do not think I have to justify why I think so.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Allergies

Paula could not sleep last night. She got some allergic reactio, probably from some of the trees outside, this time of the year. We feelsorry for her.

I am glad Shibas do not get allergies of this kind, at least not that I am aware of. Shibas are, over all, healthy dogs. We do have compasion with humans and dogs who have allergies, though. I wish noone had allergies. Perhaps medical science can cure allergies in the future. I hope it will.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Gender Neutral Awards?

I read this article about perhaps scrapping the gender specific awards for actors and actresses. I think they take the wrong aproach. Why would you want just one gender neutral award? Learn from dog shows instead. We have a dogs class and a bitches class, then chose best of breed by pitting the best dog against the best bitch. Make one competition for best male actor, one competition for best actress, and then pit best actor against best actress. The winner in the last cathegory would be the over all winner. This would make the best of both gender specific and gender neutral competitions.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

French Election

The French had a general election today, to chose a President of the Republic. There was a low turnout. A lot of voters did not like either of the two candidates who remained from the first round. As far as I am concerned, it is an unnecessary election. The French has a man who is a decendant of their Kings. They could reinstate the Kingdom. Then nobody would have to vote for a candidate they thought was bad, in order to avoid the candidate they thought was even worse. A king or queen stands above politics and is the Head of State for everybody, not just those who elected him or her. This even means that the king or queen is equally much the Head of State for the disenfranchised, such as children and dogs. I like monarchies better than republics.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Pizza

We got some pizza with our food tonight. It is always nice to get food you do not eat every day. There are a few things I like better than pizza, but not many. It made the evening great.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Working Late

Paula was working late tonight. She ended work at eight o'clock in the evening. This is what it is like being a trained nurse. The hospital has to be open around the clock. I think it is great that Paula and her colleagues do this.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Tacos

Paula made some tacos for dinner. Some Swedes would say tacos is a dish for Friday evenings, but there really is no old tradition saying that this is so. I believe tacos is tasty enough to eat any day of the week. Pancakes, on the other hand, is supposed to be eaten on Thursdays. In my granddaughter Soya's family, they had pancakes today. This is good.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Birthday Sausages

Hello, Karstuhl here!

My daughter Soya celebrated the birthday of her human Mia today. Mia is also sister of Paula, so Paula and Daniel went there to participate in the celebrations.

There were grilled sausages at the party. Soya got some. I wish there would have been a doggy bag with leftover sausages for me. It was not, Soya ate all the leftover sausages. In a way, I am disappointed, but I am even more proud. Soya is a true Shiba and true to her female line from me, Mommy, Granny, and probably further back through the generations. When you can have good food to eat, you eat it. You do not share. Soya did just what I would have done. This makes me so proud of her.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

May Day

It is May, and sunshine and warm weather is here. We can say "May day", without sounding like an old time flyer in distress, because it really is a May day.

I wish spring will continue on, all the way until it is summer. It is May, so it is supposed to continue on. Now all we need is a bit more rain, our well needs it.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Flag Upside Down

Even the Royal Palace staff can do wrong, when hoisting a flag. At the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway, the royal flag was hoisted upside down this morning. As soon as the fault was discovered, the flag was hoisted again, the right side up.

I wonder what my Dad would have said about this. He was born and raised in Norway and always a Norwegian patriot. I do believe he would have recognised it as the mistake that it must have been, however. When you think about it, it is quite funny. We all hope it will just be a one time thing, though. It is not funny if repeated.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Day of Bonfires

It is the evening before Walpurgis Mass, and the Swedish custom is to celebrate spring this evening by lighting bonfires. We were planing on going to a bonfire, but decided against it, because Paula has a cold.

We also made a toast to the King, since it is his birthday.

Finnish Victory in Russia

The Finnish Formula 1 driver Valteri Bottas won his first victory in a Grand Prix today. This was his fourth race in Mercedes. On third place was Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, driving for Ferrari.

I wish there would be Swedish drivers who were at least nearly as successful as the Finnish drivers. Still, it was nice to see the flag of Finland on top and to hear the anthem of Finland. This is especially nice when the race was in Russia, the country Finland won its sovereignty from a hundred years ago, and the country that tried to reclaim Finland in wars of aggression in 1939-40 and 1941-5.

We hope Valteri Bottas will win more races, and that Kimi Räikkönen will also win races this year.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Leave from Work for Pups

The Scottish brewery Brewdog has a new perk for its employees. It is odd, but I think it is very good. the brewery offers one week of leave for any employee who adopts a puppy dog or a rescue dog.

I think this is great. It would make it easier for many humans to make up their mind that they have to get a dog. Most human loves are better with dogs, and although many can see some reasons for this, others just might need this kind of perk to decide they need a dog. It must be up to the employer, of course, but I think most employers would benefit in the long run. The employees would be happier and healthier, as humnas tend to be when they have dogs. Thus, there would be less sick leave and with happier employees, there would be a better production. More dogs would also get loving humans.

It is a situation positive for everybody involved. Who can oppose that?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Settle Land

The town plans to make a lot of land around us open for settlement. We have a lot of land around us, where there are just forests and meadows. We like this. Still, when the town grows, people moving here has to have some place to settle. Daniel was at a meeting about this tonight. He said most people living around here wanted less buildings, and smaller buildings, than in the sketches shown. No decisions are made yet. I hope they will not build much. I like to have free land just outside us.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Statistics

A government agency will move its headquarters to Örebro, our home town. It is an agency working with statistics. I guess it is good for the town to get a headquarters here. Perhaps some more people will move here or find good work here. Nevertheless, I guess it is nice, statistically.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hail

This April, the weather is exciting. We had hail today. This was not the first time this April, yet hail is normally a very rare weather. We have had warm, sunny days, cold, rainy days, and days when snow has fallen and cold winds have chilled us. It seems like we can never know what to expect. It is rather interesting, actually, even though I would rather have more stable, warm weather and a lot of rainy nights. We need rain, but I rather have it when we are sleeping late at night. Nevertheless, I think I will remeber this April for its weather.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Caravan

We had rainy weather today. Friends of Paula and Daniel had been allowed to park their caravan on our property, but their car could not drag the caravan up the slippery slope to the parking space. They made several attempts, then they gave up. I felt a little sorry for them, even though I am not that fond of caravans. It would have been nice to be able to let a piece of our property out. It is big and we do not use all of it. It was not to be, however. I fuess there might be other opportunities

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fun, but It Cound Have Been Better

It felt great being back in the show ring today. I think I did a great performance. I also won Excellent and CAC, but was not Best of Bitches, neither Best Veteran. My grand daughter Soya also performed well, but got a surprisingly low quality prize. We believed she would fare better. On the other hand, this is part of what is fun with dog shows: you can never tell in advance what your result will be. Soya will surely get her final Certificate, to become Champion, soon.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Show Tomorrow!

We are going to a dog show tomorrow! I get to come along and will compete in Veterans' Class. I am so excited.

Of course, those of you who are long time readers of my blog, know that I think dog shows are the best thing you can do over a day. It is so much fun going into the ring and getting the attention of everybody. I hope this is just one out of many dog shows for me this season.

Ancient Roman Coins Found in Japan

At an archaeological excavation by a Japanese castle, four old coins believed to be from the Roman empire has been found. The research is still going on, nothing about this find has yet been published in a scientific journal. It still looks like the coins have been lying in the ground in Japan for many centuries. If the coins have reached Japan in ancient times, it must be a fantastic discovery. Imagine the trade, this long ago, from Southern Europe to Japan. It will be nice to know what the researchers settle as the probable year for the arrival of these coins to Japan.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Raining Cats and Dogs

We had some short, heavy rain showers today. It was the kind of showers where people say it is "raining cats and dogs". This is metaphorical, of course, otherwise I would feel sorry for the falling dogs.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Not Telling Much

In some cultures, not telling much is a good thing. The Japanese culture is one such cukture. It is Japanese being a little bit of an enigma. Today, I read this interesting article about a friendship in Japan where not much was said.

Shibas also tend to be a little enigmatic. We are Japanese.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Close, but No Hit

A rock about a kilometre wide just passed by Earth. It passed at a distance of 1.8 million kilometres. This may sound like a huge distance, but it is close by astronomical measurements. It is called 2014 JO 25. The first designation stands for the year of discovery, if I remember correctly.

I am glad the rock passed Earth. It would have been a disaster, if it would have hit our planet. A lot of dogs and humans would certainly have died, the rest would have been affected in other, negative ways. We all have to hope rocks like this passes Earth, as long as we do not have the means ready to push them off course.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dish Washer

Our dish washer does not work properly. Daniel has tried to figure out what is wrong, but have not succeeded. He had to wash the dishes by hand instead. I guess we have to ask for professional help. It is just that neither of us really likes to bring in people from the outside, even though we need their services. It would have been better, if Daniel could have fixed the problem. The main thing is that it will get taken care of, however. I guess this will have to happen. So be it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Benefits of Daydreaming

Humans these days often turn to their mobile phones or other devices connected to the Internet, whenever they have a spare moment. This may be a bad habit. It may be much better to et your thoughts wander, to let your mind rest, to dayderam a little.

Dogs daydream a lot. We have no bad habits of looking at mobile phones, but use them very little. I also know Daniel usually daydream, when we go on walks. I suppose this is good for him. More people should probably daydream more often. It makes you more creative, which is good.

Go ahead, let your mind free! Daydream just a little bit more. You will get a healthier, less stressed mind, I am certain of this. Dogs do this, it makes us feel good.

It Will Be Interesting

The Formula 1 season of 2017 will be interesting. For the first time in years, there are two car manufacturers who are actually racing for the victories. Apart from Mercedes, which has dominated the last three years, Ferrari is also competitive. Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari has now won two out of the three races so far. This is good, it makes for a much more interesting sport. We like it.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

We made this a boring day. It is supposed to be, in reminicense of the torments and the execusion of Jesus. Still, we got minced meat for food, which was tasty. Everything does not have to feel bad on Good Friday. It was enough that winter came back, with cold winds and a lot of snow. I hope spring will be resurected on Easter Day. It would be fitting.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Could Scotland Join Canada?

It seems like a far fetched idea, but when the idea was made public a couple of days ago, many Scots and Canadians liked it: if Scotland would leave the United Kingdom, it could join Canada instead. Scotland would then become the eleventh province of Canada. It would still have the same Queen, since the UK and Canada shares Queen.

It is an intriguing idea, but I do believe it is not very likely.

I guess the Scottish Kennel Club might join the Canadian Kennel Club, if this would become true.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Having a Cold

Daniel has a cold. He has been at home today, but at his computer, working. Having a cold does not stop him from working, it is just that he does not want to spread the viruses unnecessarily to work mates.

Having Daniel at home to spend time with us dogs is the best. He does not do this, when he is working. This is still much better than when he is away at work. In some ways, I wish he would get colds more often, sitting at home to work.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Brighter

It is daylight outdoors on the morning walk as well as on the evening walk these days. It is still fairly cold, but I like the light. Some of the days of January even had temperatures like we had today, just a few degrees above the freezing point. It will be warmer further on, though. I am looking forward to summer.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Late Service

There are days when our humans are busy. Days like this, they may be late in serving food to us dogs. This was the case today. Paula and Daniel was away on a meeting in the evening. They came back home around nine o'clock, and it was not until then we got food. Serving food to your dogs is among the most important things you have to do each day, if not the single most important thing. We did get food, anyway. We never have to worry about that.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Dog Casualty

In the terror attack in central Stockholm last Friday, four humans and one dog died. There are memorials for all of them now. I am glad the dog is commemorated, just like the humans are. It is also commendable that there are news papers writing about this. Casualties of wars are not only humans, but also dogs and other animals. It is important to describe this, to make a fuller picture of what has happened. Dogs are family members and important individuals in the civilisation.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Saturday

We are just taking it easy. It is Saturday and weekend. Life is good.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Feeling Well Again

Gunde is feeling well again. He says we had not had to worry about him. He is a true Shiba, eager not to whine, not to look like he is feeling bad. I did worry a little about him, anyway. I am glad he is feeling well again.

Now I will go to sleep rather early. Daniel is off to the train early tomorrow morning, so we will have an early morning walk. I and the other dogs can go back to sleep afterwards. Daniel may, perhaps, have a chance to sleep a little on the train. I do not envy him.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Feeling Bad

We were worried about Gunde today. He felt sick this morning. None of us knew what was the matter with him. It is always worse not to know, than to know, even though Gunde was not very ill.

By the evening, Gunde was feeling well again. He thinks it was just some temporary sickness due to indigestion. This can happen to anybody. If he is still in his usual, happy mode tomorrow morning, I will be sure he is all right. Then I do not have to worry anymore. I hope this will be the case.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Tacos

We had tacos for dinner tonight. Some people say tacos is a dish best served on Fridays. Thus, it would not fit serving it on a Tuesday, like today. I do not agree. There is no long term tradition of eating tacos at all in Sweden. It is tasty, and with no real tradition, why not just eat it any day you want to? I liked our tacos of today.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Landslide

There has been a huge landslide in Mocoa in the south of Colombia, killing many people and devastating houses and other things. It is not in the city where Paula and her sister were born, but we are still concerned, because it is their original home country.

As always, I have been searching in vain for news about dogs killed or dogs losing their humans.

Officials in Colombia have promised aid to rebuild the town. I guess this is necessary.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

No New Name or Flag

No, F.Y.R. Macedonia will not change its names and flags. This was just my April's Fools joke of this year. I guess the difference of opinion on the name between this republic and Greece, with their provice of the same name, will go on. It seens silky, really. Why not just make up another, similar name? Well, I am lucky I am not in charge of trying to solve the problem, anyway.

I am glad that I reached a lot of readers, anyway. The statistics say more than two hundred readers have opened up this blog entry. I like that. Thank you!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

F.Y.R. Macedonia Changes Names and Flags

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will change its names and flags.

The country has been in constant conflict with its southern neighbour Greece over the name. There is a province in the north of Greece called Macedonia, and the Greeks claim they have the historical right to the name. This is why the country Macedonia is formally known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and not just Republic of Macedonia.

The Macedonians are tired of this, for obvious reasons. This is why they have now decided to change names for their country. The new name is similar to the old one, but different enough to make the Greeks happy. The new name will be Macdonaldsia. It will take effect on the 1 April 2017.

The new name will be accompanied by a new flag as well. The new flag reflects the new name. Another advantage of the new name, is that Macdonaldsia will be the very first country with an international corporation as a sponsor: McDonald's. This will not even pose a problem in the Olympic Games, since McDonald's is also a long time sponsor of the Games.

This is the new flag:



Friday, March 31, 2017

Rain

It is raining a lot. The ground needs it. I am glad to hear the rain, when I am indoors.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nothing New

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Sometimes, Mommy decides she does not want to write a blog entry, and demands that I do it instead. I have to, in order to be allowed to write blog entries when I ask to. Nevertheless, I decide what I write and this means I can decide to write about nothing in particular. There just is nothing new today. There you go, a blog entry. Do come back again, it may be better tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Splendid Isolation?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has now formally signed the bill triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union. The United Kingdom will leave the EU.

I cannot say I am surprised. It follows the outcome of the referendum last summer, even though there was a small margin. It also follows the British tradition of "splendid isolation". The Brits believe they are better of alone. They do the same in the dog world, where the Kennel Club in the UK is not a member of the International Kennel Federation FCI.

Let me just say, I doubt this isolation will be very splendid. Free trade, which is the main goal of the EU, is a positive thing. I believe the British exit will be negative both for the UK and for the remaining countries of the EU.

On the other paw, who am I to tell? I am just a dog. British dogs were not allowed to vote in the referendum. It might be that the exit will have beneficial consequences. We will have to see.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sunshine

We have had sunshine and warm spring weather for a couple of days. I guess it can be colder again further on, but I guess there will be no winter anymore. Rain would be needed, but preferably in the nighttime, when we are indoors sleeping, anyway. Life is good, any which way the weather choses to take.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gonza

Today, Karstuhl and I have been worried about her son Gonza. He has hurt his back and has to have veterinary care and probably some form of rehabilitation. We are not sure what have caused this, but we think there must have been some kind of accident causing this. Hopefully, Gonza will be fully recovered. He is still young and should have many happy years to come. We just have to follow the news about him and hope for the best.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Silly

We have "daylight savings time" from today until October. I have always felt this is silky. Why would you want to turn the clock, to convince people to rise earlier in the morning? The clock is just a device showing the time. Let things start at 7 in the morning instead of eight, instead.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Season of Formula 1

We will get up early tomorrow morning. It is time for the Australian Grand Prix in Formula 1, the first race of the 2017 season. It is exciting, with new rules and cars that are supposed to be faster. Daniel is the greatest fan of us, he believes Formula 1 is the very best of competitions. I think it is among the best, but the very best is dog shows. There is no dog show for us tomorrow, however.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Taxes

Why do humans pay taxes? It is something I cannot understand.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Come, First Served

If you go to bed first of all, you get to chose where to lie. I did this tonight. Daniel was a little bit annoyed, as I occupied part of the bed where he likes to lie. I was here first, however. Life is harsh for Daniel, sometimes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Is Spring Coming?

We had a little snow last Monday morning. Since then, we have had temperatures well above the freezing point. Spring equinox has passed. Is spring finally here? I hope so, after a boring winter without much snow. I would welcome warmer weather. Any more precipitation can be in the form of rain. We will see what happens.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Circular Runways?

Runways for aircraft requires a lot of place, in part because they are long. A new idea to remedy this problem is to construct circular runways.

I am not sure this is a good idea in countries up north, like Sweden. what would happen if there is ice on the runway in the winter? It is more dangerous to go in a curve than straight ahead, when there is ice on the ground. Has the inventor given ice a thought?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Music

There was a documentary on TV today about music. Archaeologists have found flutes made by bones in stone age times. These are the oldest musical instruments ever found. If I understood correctly, this was from a time when dogs and humans had already teamed up. I believe the love of dogs inspire much music. Music often express love, dogs and humans always have love for each other. This may have been the case from the earliest times that we were together. History is fascinating.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Zip Line Rescue

There has been massive floods in Peru in South America. In one instance, a zip line was used to save a dog. This was a mighty fine piece of news, I believe. Dogs are important in society. Humans who can save dogs, but do not, do not have enough compassion. If given the chance, dogs would always save humans.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Disturbed in the Morning

It is Saturday and we were going to sleep until late in the morning. Some of the younger dogs rose early, anyway. They woke us up time and time again, one after the other. Why can they not appreciate a calm morning, undisturbed in any way? You do not have to go out early in the morning, sleeping until late is more sweet. When will they ever learn?

It has happened that I accompany the other dogs outdoor. This is certainly not because I need it. If it was up to me, we would all have continued sleeping. All of the others know that I am never the one waking anybody up early in the morning. When waking up anyway, however, I may just as well go out, when the others do. The I hope we can all go back to sleep. Sometimes we do. I wish we would always do.

Saturday mornings can be a treat. Too often, they are not. I hope this upcoming Sunday morning will be better.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Night

It is Friday night. This is good, because I know we usually sleep until late in the morning on Saturdays. The most common case when we get up early on Saturdays, is when we go to dog shows. If there is anything better than sleeping until late in the morning, it is going to dog shows. I am looking forward to sleeping until late tomorrow morning, and to going to dog shows on Saturdays later in the year. Saturdays are good days. Fridays too, because they are just before Saturdays. It feels good tonight.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Clean Sheets

We have got clean sheets in the bed tonight. It is sweet, it feels good. I am not always sure what makes Paula and Daniel decide to change the sheets, but I always like it when they do. Then I lay on the sheets, putting my own scent there in a mild manner. This makes the sheets about its best after a night or two. Now I can look forward to this.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Roast Beef

There was roast beef for dinner today. It smelled nicely. I wanted some, but since I had already eaten, I was not given any. I wish there would have been some leftovers for me, at least, but the roast beef was evidently so tasty that nothing was left. Perhaps I can get some next time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pie

It is the 14th of March, or 3/14, as my American Mum would write. This is the Pie day, the day when we celebrate the tasty pastries known as pies.

It is actually pi day, the day when we celebrate the infinite number that is designated by the Greek letter pronounced as pi, that stands for the mathematical relationship between the radius and circumference of a circle. A pie is also circular in its shape, and since it is pronounced the same way as the infinite number, we can celebrate pi by eating pie.

I wish all days would be as tasty as pi day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Anti-clockwise

We usually walk the same morning walk, clockwise. I want variation once in a while, so I suggest we walk the same route, but anti-clockwise. Sometimes, we do. I like this. It is a variation of our everyday habit. We also get to look at things along the road from another perspective, which is nice. Variation is good, if done with moderation.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dog Show Again

For the first time this year, and first in a very long time, Paula and Daniel went to a dog show. They brought Gunde and Karen, while I had to stay at home. Neither Gunde nor Karen got any terrific results. I believe I would have, but, alas, I did not go. I hope I get to go later this year.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Swedish Qualification Round

The final installment of the Swedish qualification round to the Eurovision Song Contest was held today. Paula and Daniel were not quite satisfied with the result. On the other paw, I guess most Swedes are not, because the winner did not get more than 50 % of the votes.

I did not root for anybody. I would have, had anybody had a song about a dog. The only one in the qualification contest known for a song about a dog, was one of the hosts: Hasse Andersson. He sang this song with the rock group Mustasch in one of the earlier qualifiers, but not as part of the competition. It was still my favourite. I wish someone would compete with a dog song, sometime.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Petting

Some of my dog friends are more keen on being petted, than I am. I almost think they overdo it. I like being petted, but moderately. There must be limits to this. Meanwhile, I let them being petted the way they want to,

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Long Meeting

Daniel was at a meeting this evening. This is not odd, as such. He is at meetings in the evening rather often. This time, however, the meeting went on until late. We missed him, because we thought he would come home earlier than he did. Well, he felt glad when he got home. We were happy that he finally arrived home.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

International Women's Day

Humans have a day they call International Women's Day, to make themselves aware of discrimination against women in society.

A day like this is not necessary among dogs. Bitches rule.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Repeat

Paula likes to hear the same song again and again, once she has discovered a new song she thinks is great. Daniel often grows tired of it much quicker than Paula does. For my part, I do not care much. Music is not a big thing in my life. If Paula wants to put a song on repeat, I let her do it. Her happiness is important to me. Letting her repeat songs is just one way to help her being hapoy, which is good. I can just think about other things.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Colder

It is getting colder again, even though we are a few days into March. This winter, the weather seem to vary more than ever. It might be that I just do not remember the variations of every precious winter I have experienced, but still, I have this distinct feeling. I am getting tired of the winter now, especially since there is no snow to play in, anyway. Now I want spring to come. We will probably have to wait for a couple of weeks more, though. The only good thing is that it is always socially acceptable to complain about the weather in this country.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vasaloppet with Dogs?

The oldest long cross country ski competition, Vasaloppet in Dalecarlia, Sweden, is always run on the first Sunday in March. We got up early to watch it on TV, as we usually do.

There are a lot of minor conmetitions in the week preceding the main competition. I believe there should be a dog and ski competition. Sled dogs can run alongside fast cross country skiers and the fastest pair would win. I am sure this would make for great TV entertainment, just like the ordinary Vasaloppet.

I claim no copyright on this idea. If the enterprise behind Vasaloppet would want to arrange a dog competition, I would just be happy about it.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Lazy Day

We just took it easy today. It felt lazy, but I believe you need to be lazy once in a while.

When I have taken it easy all day, one might think I would put more effort into the blog post of today. It is just that I still feel lazy. I just do not feel like writing that much today. If you want to read more, there are years of earlier blog posts to get back to. I hope you can find more interesting stuff to read there.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday Night Party

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Paula and Daniel are at a party this Friday night.

Meanwhile, we dogs are having a party of our own back home.

I hope we do not trash too much, before they come home.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Sparkling Drinks

Paula and Daniel drink sparkling drinks sometimes. They like it, so does Javier. The downside is, you have to drink it before all the bubbles are gone. You cannot let it stand in a glass or a bowl through the night, the bubbles will disappear and part of the taste with it. I do not care much, I rather drink plain water. Paula, however, has a glass of sparkling drink to finish this evening. This cannot be good, feeling obligated to finish it. I hope Paula think it is worth it.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Australia, 25 Years of Growth

Australia has a great economy. It has now had 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth.

I often think about my late friend, Auntie Linni, when I think of Australia. Her father was from Australia, so she held the country in high regard, often rooting for Australia in sports. For Auntie Linni, the tremendous economy of Australia would not be a surprise. She always trusted in Australia. I guess I cannot do anything but the same, given the aticle I have a link to from this blog entry.

Too bad Auntie Linni is no longer with us. I miss her every day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tourists to the Moon

Two tourists have paid considerable amount of money to become the first passengers on a space ship to fly around the Moon. NASA astronauts from the USA flew around the Moon in the Apollo programme in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Since then, no humans have been that far away from Earth.

I would like to visit the Moon. It would be fantastic. Just flying around the Moon seems a little wasteful, however. If offered to come along, I would not turn it down, but landing must be better. Otherwise, it is like flying to America without landing, but just seeing the coontinent from above and then flying back home. It would be an adventure, but a small one.

There may be tourist trips to the Moon with landings further into the future. This is something to look forward to.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Strange Weather

The weather this winter puzzles me. It surprises me time and time again. We had cola weather and snow for a couple of days, but today there has been thaw again. I wish we could get a thick layer of snow that would stay for a while, but it seems it is too much to ask this year. Maybe the weather will be more stable in the summer.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Coming Home

Paula came home this evenign, from her days off in the mountains. We rejoiced, now our whole family is gathered again.

We have had a good weekend even without Paula. We do have a good life in a good home. Still, it would have been better, had Paula been here too. I believe she deserves to get a few days off with her parents, sister, nephew, and niece. This does not mean I love that she is away. It is mixed feelings. On the other paw, is there anything that is 100 % positive? Maybe that Paula is back again – this actually does make me happier, than if she had stayed at home.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Somg Contest

Now we have heard all 28 songs of this year's Swedish qualification to the Eurovision Song Contest. The only song about a dog, was a middle act in one earlier episode. No contestant sang about dogs. I do not root for any particular song, others may do this. If there had been a song about a dog, chances are, I would have rooted for it, though. You would have known. I hope it will be better next year, but I doubt it. There should be more songs about dogs over all,

Friday, February 24, 2017

No Pups

Hello, Polly here!

There will be no pups for me this spring. I was to the veterinarian today, and she confirmed by ultra sound, that there are no pups in my womb. This is disappointing. I had hoped to have a litter, as I have often had in February. It is so satisfying taking care of newly born pups. Maybe my daughter Soya will get pups in a while, in which case I will be a grandmother. This would also be nice.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Off to the Mountains

Paula, her sister Mia, and the children of Mia, went to the mountain range on the border between Sweden and Norway today. They will visit Paula's and Mia's parents, who always spend this week every year in a mountain resort there, skiing cross country and occasionally downhill. Meanwhile, we  dogs take care of the household at home, keeping Daniel company. I hope Paula will have a good time up there, she usually has. Then she comes home relaxed and in a good mood. We will see her soon.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Birthday of a Little Human

Paula's sister has a son, Arvid, who turned two years old today. By human standards, he is still a pup. Paula and Daniel were there, celebrating him. They had a good time. My granddaughter Soya lives with Arvid and his family and took part in the party. She enjoyed it, too.

They had grilled hot dogs to eat, since Arvid loves it. This is a part of the party I would gladly have attended. Hot dogs are great food.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snow

Suddenly, after weeks with no snow, albeit mostly days with temperatures below the freezing point, we got snow this morning. It was a few centimetres. This is enough for it to be fun, even though it would be more fun with even more snow. at least a decimetre is my preferred hight of a layer of newly fallen snow.

We will see how long this snow will last. There have been days with relatively hing temperatures now and then all through this winter. My guess is this snow will soon be gone, I hope not, but I believe so. Well, having it for a little while is better than nothing.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Morning Light

It is the second half of February. Daylight is now guiding us on the morning walk. It is still the twilight of dawn, but it is brighter than the black night. We can be happy for it for a while, then the humans turn to Daylight Saving Time, so the official time of the clocks say we have to get up an hour earlier and walk in the dark more mornings. We rejoice over the morning light while it lasts.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Disturbed

Hello, Orange here!

This afternoon, I was resting on the sofa in the living room, when Daniel came by with the vacuum cleaner. He vacuumed the whole sofa and I had to move to let him clean the spot where I laid. Life can be so harsh on a Sunday afternoon, having to move away for the vacuum cleaner. This was no fun. I was disturbed in my observation of the day of rest. I am glad Daniel was satisfied with the cleaner appearance of the sofa, though.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jubilee

It was seventeen years ago today that Paula and Daniel got engaged. They married the following year.

Congratulations on this day, Paula and Daniel!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Three Years

Hello, Karstuhl here!

It is three years ago today, that my dear daughter Soya was born.

This was during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It was the Aangenaam M-litter, so the official name of Soya came from a Swedish gold medan winner, hence, she has got the name Queen Kalla.

Congratulations, Soya!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Early Night

We went to bed rather early tonight. It felt nice. When you go to bed early, you can fall asleep early. Sleeping is sweet. I often wish I could rest or sleep more than I do. Now I am ready to go to rest.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tomatoes

We watched Master Chef Sweden on TV tonight. It was a horrible episode. The elimination challenge was making a food dish with tomatoes, without any animal proteine. How can you make food without animal proteine?! Oh, the horror I felt! Humans are carnivores, like dogs, both humans and dogs eat meat. We are supposed to eat animal proteine. How can you make a food dish without animal proteine, and get away with it. It was terrible, horrible, disgusting. I am glad it was just on TV.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

It is Valentine's Day, the day when we give special attention to our loved ones, most certainly our soul mates.

My soul mate was Kenny, father of Karstuhl and more pups of mine. Kenny is not with us anymore, but he lives on in my heart. He is surely also in dog Heaven. I miss him, especially on a day like this. Kenny was always my Valentine.

I do not wish for any new soul mate, my memories of Kenny is enough. I have also had all the pups I want. Now I will be grandmother and great grandmother instead. My pups and grandpups can get Valentines.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Special Signs

Hello, Karstuhl here!

There are some funny things you can do, when writing this blog. It does not just have to be about the text itself, as Mommy tends to have it. For example, I usually have another colour than black in the texts of my blog entries. Mommy thinks this is unnecessary.

I have also pointed out to Mommy, that she can use special signs in the blog entries. It is possible to use signs like ←↚↤⇨⇰. Mommy believes this is as unnecessary as changing the colour of the text. She asked me when I would use arrows like this. I told her I would today, and I have now, haven't I?

Arrows are nice signs.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pancakes

Hello, Orange here!

Congratulations to my sister Lemon, on our birthday today. Lemon is not called Lemon any longer, but she was, when we knew each other in the litter box.

I got pancakes for my birthday celebration. This was great! I love pancakes and there are few thing I could think of, which would be equally great on a birthday. It was a nice birthday.

Curing Cataract on Dogs

There was a very interesting article in our local newspaper today, about operations curing cataract on dogs. Apparently, it is quite easy with modern technology, changing the bad lens of an eye on a dog or another animal. The article told the story about an eight year old Alaskan Malamute, who was blind, but regained her sight.


The article can be found online, but it can only be read by people who pay for it. Since Daniel has a subscription on the newspaper, we can read it online as well. If you cannot, you just have to take my word for it, that it was a positive article.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dogs and Humans Affect Each Other

This will come as no surprise to any dog with humans, and any human with dogs. Now there is scientific proof, however. Dogs and humans mirror the personality of one another.

The research shows, i.a., that dogs can mirror the anxiety and negativity of owners. At the same time, dogs that are relaxed and friendly can pass this on to humans, perhaps helping their owners cope with stress.

This only goes to prove, once again, how good dogs can be for humans, and humans for dogs. Dogs and humans really make each other better. We are great for one another. This is great, isn't it?

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Little More Snow

Hello, Karstuhl here!

We have had a little more snow over the last couple of days. Just a little. It is still not enough to play in. The clouds should be ashamed of themselves, for not turning into more snow.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Sushi

It was a long time since Paula or Daniel brought sushi home to eat. This Japanese food is among my favourites. Tonight, Daniel came home late, after being trapped on a train station due to cancelled trains. Once he was back in our home town, he purchased some sushi. I got to taste some. It was great. It was almost enough to compensate for having to wait for so long for Daniel to come home.

I wish we would eat sushi more often.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cold Outside

It is February and cold weather. I have experienced much colder weather than the seven degrees Celsius below the freezing point that we had today, but not this year. If February continues being this cold, I guess you could say we have had a rather normal winter, despite the relatively warm December and January. I am looking forward to spring and summer.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

What About Dog Shows?

I read this interesting piece on Stanley, the tiny capital of British crown dependency Falkland Islands.  It says Stanley is more British than Britain itself, with most inhabitants having their roots in Britain. It does not say, however, anything about dog shows. Dog shows were invented in England, and are still a big thing. If the Falkland Islands are more British than England is, they should have dog shows. I wonder if there are many dogs. They have sheep, so they should at least have herding dogs. It would be interesting to read more about dogs of the Falkland Islands. I may make some research, and if I find something, I will come back to the subject in the blog. Stay tuned!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Horrible Theft

We received a shipment of dog food today. When Daniel lifted it up to carry it inside, the parcel hardly weighed anything. He discovered it was open in one edge, and that it was completely empty.

Who steals dog food? This is an awfully horrible theft! We cannot understand how a thief can be so cruel as to steal dog food. Dog food is not worth that much money, but it means a lot to the dogs from whom it is stolen. I wish we could find out who did it, but this is probably impossible to tell. I hope it will never happen again.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Snow on the Arabian Peninsula

We have had a mild winter in Sweden so far. There is just a little snow on the ground now, a layer best measured in millimetres.

Meanwhile, in the United Arab Emirates, temperatures have fallen to three degrees below the freezing point and there has been snow for the first time since December 2004. I was born in 2005, so if I would have lived in the UAE, this would have been the first snowfall in my life. It is amazing that snow falls so close to the equator.

Weather is interesting, when it is odd. You cannot foresee weather, which is nice. It makes odd weather events like the snow on the Arabian Peninsula something to talk about.

I wish we will get more snow here in Örebro, Sweden.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Qualification for the Qualification for the Qualification for the Contest

The first qualification round for the Swedish qualification round for the Eurovision qualification round for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was aired on TV today. There were no really good songs. This is, perhaps, not surprising. With so many steps towards the final song contest, there mist be many newly written songs. It is unlikely all of these will be great.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Making a Dog Stay

Have you ever wanted to make a dog stay? There is a fool proof way of doing this, no matter what dog you want to stay. Just pet the dog. If you pet a dog, the dog will like you and the petting, and it will stay. If you stop petting it, it may go. Petting a dog is the answer.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Bad Foot

We feel sorry for Paula. Her foot hurts, and she is limping when walking.

Paula had a problem like this with her foot last autumn. We all hope this is just a very temporary re-lapse of the old injury. I wish there was something I could do to help, other than offering my company and sympathy. Arguably, however, it should be possible for Paula to get help at the hospital. We hope she will.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Coaching Norway

The Norwegian national football team has a new coach, the Swede Lars Lagerbäck. He is a good coach, having coached Sweden in a good way before, and Iceland in a terrific way more recently. I always have a love for Norwegian teams and sportsmen, my father was from Norway and always rooted for Norwegians. With a Swedish coach for the Norwegian team, perhaps I can have an easier task in trying to make my fellow Swedish dogs root for Norway in football besides Sweden. This is good.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rain in the Winter

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Why is it, that rain is falling in January? It is supposed to be winter this time of the year. If anything is supposed to fall from the sky, it is snow. We do not even have snow on the ground. It is cold, all right, mostly temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. Still, with no snow and even a rainfall, what kind of winter is this? I wish we would have more snow. Snow is nice to jump around and run in. Rain is just a little annoying, when it is falling upon you.

Shibas can do a lot of things, but, unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. I wish we could. Now all we can do is whine about it. There will surely be a more interesting blog post tomorrow.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Serow, a Japanese Animal

Japan is a special country. It is not only great for being the home of the best dog breed of all, it is also special in many other ways. For one thing, it is the only place where you can find a mammal called serow. This is a herbivore which could be described as a "goat-antelope". Many animals can, in fact, only be found in limited areas of the world, but most are spread over larger areas. The serow is, thus, not uique. It is still special enough to make Japan a little more special – if ever this was necessary. I would like to see a serow sometime.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day of Rest

It is Sunday, and this morning, we really had a day of rest. We went outdoors for a little while early in the morning, then we all went back to bed and back to sleep. It is uncommon for our humans to do this, but they did today. It felt better, when they had a morning of rest alongside us, than it does when they go off to work or something. Life is good when everyone is around, and when everyone is relaxing. I wish more mornings could be like this.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Fifty Years Since Apollo 1

Fifty years ago, the Lunar space craft later named Apollo 1 burst into flames. I t stood on the ground with three astronauts on board, Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White. The astronauts died. The reason behind the fire has never been fully understood, but later Apollo space craft were made much safer. The three astronauts did not die in vain. They are part of the history behind the first time humans walked on the Moon. Let us remember them.

Friday, January 27, 2017

End of the Week

I wrote "end of the week", but the automatic spelling program changed it into "endorphine". In a way, I think this is quite correct. I will just leave it at that.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Race to the Moon

Privately owned enterprises to put devices on the surface of the Moon have been competing over a prize, the Google Lunar X-Prize. There are five competitors left in the race. The aim is to leave Earth no later than the 31 December.

I am looking forward to seeing the result of this race. It may be the first step towards true colonisation of the Moon. Humans need to go back there sometime. Dogs also need to go there. It is the stepping stone into further travels out into space. Unless we destroy ourselves or our civilisation, we will expand to other celestial bodies. We do not know why, but I hope it will happen sooner rather than later.

Let's go to the Moon!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Intelligence of Cats

A Japanese scientific team has tested the intelligence of cats. They say cats may be as intelligent as dogs. I doubt it, but you can read the article about it and make up your own mind.

I have to admit, I have not met many cats. I do not have any close cat friends. It might be that I have the wrong impression of them. Nevertheless, I like to think dogs are more i telligent than cats. As long as I have no conclusive evidence to the contrary, I will keep this belief.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ice

It is winter, and even though there is not much snow on the ground, it can be quite cold. There can be ice here and there. On the morning walk today, Daniel slipped on ice and fell to the ground. We just looked at him. He has done this before, so it is not that surprising. In just a few seconds, he was back up on his legs and we continued our walk. I guess he was just annoyed, he did not seem to be hurt at all. He managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the walk. This was good, it meant he did not interrupt the pace we held. The rest of the walk was just uneventful and nice.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Meeting

Daniel is a member of the board of the Swedish Affenpinscher Club. This is a small club for a rather rare breed, so I guess they need him. He was in a telephone meeting with the board almost all evening. This was tiresome. This is when I wish he was not on this board. Still, I am proud of his efforts.

Breed clubs need many members who put down hours of work. I wish more people would do this.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Latest, Not Last

The latest human who walked on the Moon, Eugene Cernan, has passed away. My thoughts go to his family – especially his dogs, if he had any.

Eugene Cernan's life is the subject matter of a documentary called The Last Man on the Moon. I believe the title is wrong. We must see Eugene Cernan as the latest human to have walked on the Moon, not the last one. There must be a mindset saying humans will walk on the Moon again in the future. Hopefully, it will not even be such a far future. At the very least, we must say it will happen, sometime. Would the Moon landings between 1969 and 1972 not be less useful, if no humans ever learned from them, using this knowledge as part of the knowledge needed to go back to the Moon?

The documentary should be renamed.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Resigning President

Yahya Jammeh, the long time president of the Gambia, a small country in West Africa, has resigned. He lost an election last month, but at first tried to refuse to resign. He has been president for decades, having won many elections where people have doubted the outcome. Now he could not continue. There were too many people who opposed him.

If Yahya Jammeh had been wise in his wish to continue being head of state, he could have made sure to form a constitutional monarchy with himself as king. Democratic elections would have been held to form a parliament, which would have been the basis of a cabinet. Nobody could justify critique against such a government by stating it would be un-democratic. Still, Yahya Jammeh would have continued being head of state for the rest of his life.

Constitutions like this works very well in countries such as Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. They could work in Africa as well, but are very rare there. I do not really know why.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wolves in Ethiopia

Did you know there are wolves in Ethiopia, in Africa? Most people who think of predators in Africa probably think of lions and cheetas on the savannas. Wolves are around most places, however. Lions, on the other hand, are mostly just in Africa, and some live in Asia. Then again, dogs are everywhere where humans are. Felines are not as successful as canines, you know.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Momo

Our Poodle friend Momo went on a trip with Paula and Daniel today. At first, I did not know whether to want to come along or not. They told me, however, that they did not go to a dog show. In that case, I might as well stay at home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fish Market

An old, well-known fish market in Tokyo, Japan, will soon move to a new location. Many people are unhappy with the decision. The new site is too far from many customers. It is also built on a place where an industrial plant has been before, and the ground is contaminated. We have to see what happens. Is it really wise to move a fish market to a place with a contaminated surface? I do not think so.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Going Abroad

Daniel went to Denmark today, in the line of duty. At first, I wanted to come along. When I found out he was not going on a dog show, however, I changed my mind. I have got more importandt things to do at home, than accompanying Daniel on a trip to a meeting at an office in Copenhagen. Daniel understood this. He did have a pleasant trip – as pleasant as it can be without any dogs, that is.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bottas Joins Mercedes

It is settled, then. Valteri Bottas (FIN) joins Mercedes in Formula 1, replacing last year's World Champion Nico Rosberg (D), who decided to retire after the season. Lewis Hamilton (GB), thus, gets a good colleague. I still think Hamilton will outperform Bottas, but not by much. Bottas leaves Williams, which is a loss for them. It will be another interesting season.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Charging

Many electrical devices run on batteries. The batteries may need to be charged. The Ipad that I sometimes borrow from Daniel to write these blog entries on, did not have enough charge to stay on today. I had to busy myself finding a charger, then I had to wait for a while, until it was charged enough to be used. It is annoying, but it can be solved. It is solved, when I write this entry. Still, I would like batteries to be a little better. I guess I am not alone thinking so. In the future, batteries will surely be better. The future will be good.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Health

Paula and Daniel had a little health care session with some of the dogs this evening. None of it was even close to requiring veterinary care, but it was still making it better. For example, Orange had some dirt in one ear that Daniel removed.

I did not need any health care. I may be the oldest dog of us all here now, but I am in full health. A couple of days ago, I told you about a limp, there is no trace of this left. Everything is just as great as it should be. This is nice. Mum lived until she was very old, but I would not be surprised if I reach an even higher age. Life is good.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Night with Paula

Daniel is not at home this Friday night, but we are having a nice time with Paula. Everybody really does not have to be at home every night.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Limp

I have hurt my leg, somehow. I cannot say what happened. There are no visible wounds or anything, either. It does not hurt much, but it makes me limp a little. Most probably, it will just pass during the night and I will be able to walk as smoothly as always on the morning walk. I hope so.

I am happy I was not on my way into a dog show ring, however, because then the limp would result in me getting the judgment Cannot be judged. Other than that, the limp is just a little annoying. It is no big deal. If you do not read anything more about it in my blog, it is because it is gone and forgotten. There will surely be other issues for me to write about tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Imaginary Countries

The foreign minister of Poland made a slip of the tounge, and invented a new, imaginary country, San Escobar. It was supposed to be a Carribean country. Mockery soon followed, and San Escobar now exist on the Internet and has a flag.

Indeed, the minister had been awake for 22 hours, he explained, and had the real country St Kitts and Nevis in mind.

A lot of people make up i agi ary countries for fun. This was for real, bit a mistake. I think it is rather funny. I would like to explore the possibility of becoming a San Escobar show champion. This title would not be worth less than the titles of some real countries (without mentioning any names), I am sure.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spring?

For a couple of days, we have had temperatures above the freezing point. The snow, that we had waited for, has shrunk. It is still early January, but it feels like spring. I do not like this. I would like to have winter and snow for a while longer. Then again, what can you do? We cannot do anything about the weather. We can just hope winter will return soon.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mao

Hello, Orange here!

This is the last night before my son Mao moves to his new home. I have met his new human, who visited us some weeks ago. He was a nice man. I am sure Mao will get a great life.

Mao will probably travel a lot. His new family is from Switzerland, though they live here because the  man is currently working here. It must be exciting to see new places, although I feel there is no place like home. I hope Mao will enjoy travelling.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Back Home

Paula came back home from the dog show this evening. We had the house cleaned before she came, I believe she liked this. She had a lot to say about the show, and was actually sorry she had not had any Shibas to show. I told you, I should have been there! Well, there will be more shows later in the year.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Show

Paula is in Gothenburg, at the My Dog dog show. I would like to have been there, too, but I was never entered. I hope there will be some shows for me in the summer. I may be old even for the Veteran Class these days, but I still find it as fun as always. I may be able to convince Paula and Daniel to enter me at some shows. If they want to show somebody who really enjoys it, they know it is me. This will always speak in my favour. We will see what happens.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Three Wise Men?

We have a holiday today, celebrating when wise men came from the East to baby Jesus, giving Him three gifts fit for a King.

It does not say in the Bible that there were three wise men, just that they brought three gifts. It is reasonable to think they were three, each with his own gift. Oral tradition says they were three, and even names them as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. I guess it is reasonable to think they were three, even though we cannot be sure.

We can celebrate, no matter how many or few wise men there were.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Cold Weather

We had about 13 degrees Celsius below the freezing point this morning. This is not too cold for a morning walk. This evening, however, it was 19 degrees below. This is when it starts to be too cold even for a Shiba. We were outdoors as short time as possible. It is warm and cozy indoors. I like this.

No Final for Sweden

Sweden lost the semi final in the ice hockey junior world championship. The team will play for bronze against Russia. I will root for the USA in the final versus Canada.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Junior World Championship

The IIHF Junior World Championship in ice hockey is played now in Canada. Sweden faces Canada in one of the semi finals in the middle of the night tonight, Swedish time. I hope Sweden will win, but this will probably be the toughest game so far.

In the other semi final, the USA faces Russia. I root for the USA, of course, Mum's home country.

It would be great to see a final between the USA and Sweden. If there will be such a game, we will probably be up to see it, no matter how late in the night, Swedish time, it is played. I do not stay up to see the semi final, however.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A Decent Amount of Snow

We got almost ten centimetres of snow this evening. This is a decent amount of snow, enough to run arou d and play in. I almost feel like a pup again, when the snow is newly fallen.

Daniel is not as thankful for the snow, as every dog is. He shovels the driveway, which takes some time and effort. The result looks nice and is easier to drive on, however, so there are advantages with shoveling the snow away.

I hope there will be more snow and that it will stay for a while.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Night Snack

Paula is about the best humans you can have. Sometimes, she exceeds even this. One of these instances is when she prepares a night snack and I get to taste. She did this tonight. A warm cheese sandwich late at night makes you sleep tight. This is great.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Rest

We took the day off today. The whole family just took it easy, with a lot of rest and just a little small talk and easy to cook food. I believe everyone needs such days once in a while. It is not like this will define the rest of this new year, far from it. New Year's Day is, however, a holiday. This year, it is also a Sunday. It was a fitting day just to be a little lazy.