Sunday, September 24, 2017

Upcoming Event

The political party that Daniel is a member of will hold a national event here in Örebro later this autumn. Daniel spent part of this day reading documents about suggested policies for the party, suggestions that is up for decisions at this event. Daniel will not take part in the event, but he will be at a meeting before the event where he will discuss the ideas. I still think it is a little waste of time, if Daniel will not be there coting for or against anything, but he thinks it is interesting. We all have our own hobbies, I guess.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


We have had a cool Saturday today, generally taking it easy. Both Paula and Daniel have stayed at home most of the day (though Daniel took a detour to the grocery store). I like days like his, days when we can just take it easy. It is among the best of days. If we go to a dog show, it is better, but cool days are second best. I hope for more days like this.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Washing Machine

Hello, Karstuhl here!

When I have small puppies, like I have now, I spend my days with them in the bathroom. This is where we have the litter box. I am quite fond of the bathroom. The downside is that the washing machine is here. I dislike the sound of the washing machine, when clothes and other things are washed in it. I wish Paula and Daniel would wait until the puppies are old enough before washing, but I cannot expect them to actually do this. I guess I have to endure this noise, then. It is not nice, bit I can manage. My puppies help me through this, they are so cute.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Karen's Pups

I guess I should mention that Karen has had a litter of pups, parallel to my daughter Polly. Karen's pups were born on Saturday evening. They are cute, like all Shiba pups. As a grandmother, however, I believe Polly's pups are a little cuter.

Karen got three sons, no daughter, in this litter. There are already plans for their future, we have a number of different families who are eager to get a Shiba from here. We have a good reputation. Karen and her pups will benefit from this. I think they will add to it, as well, which is good.

Shiba pups are the greatest, but they are not for everyone. You have to know enough about us and be prepared to treat us with the dignity we deserve. If you do, you will get a faithful companion for eternity. This is great, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vulnerable, but not Endangered

The snow leopard is not at such a high risk of extinction any longer. It is no longer an endangered species, but it is deemed vulnerable. This is not bad, although more work has to be done. The great carnivores are important in the ecology, they need to be preserved. I hope they will survive.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Humans talk about their grandchildren, who are children of their children. For us dogs, it is grandpups. I have not heard or seen this word anywhere, but I am sure it must exist. If a dog has had pups, who have become adult dogs and have pups, these pups are grandpups. It is a splendid word, telling you how grand the pups are. My daughter Karstuhl has newborn pups again now, these are my grandpups. So far, they are too young, but I cannot wait to meet them. It will be great.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

My most recently born daughter will be called Gertrud. This is a fine name. It is a Medieval name, meaning spear and force. Saint Gertrud is the patron saint of travellers.

My daughter Gertrud will stay with us, our family will be her family. This is great. I have longed for having a puppy who stays with us.

She can also be called Gerstuhl.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Hello, Orange here!

We had one of these great days of rest. Paula worked night between Saturday and Sunday, then she came home to sleep. We kept her company in bed, and slept when she slept. There are times when life as a companion dog is pretty nice.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

More About the Pups

Hello, Karstuhl here!

My pups of the latest litter are doing great. They are a week and a half old now and really cute. It is a boy and a girl.

As is the case with most of the very best Shibas, they are black and tan. If you do not believe me that black and tan comes with being one of the best Shibas, ask Mommy. You could also have asked Daddy or my maternal Grandfather, as long as they were around. Of course, all Shibas are great dogs. We are, after all, the very best of breeds. However, black and tan Shibas are the best of the best.

So far, the pups are blind and dead, but this will not last for long. They will open up their eyes and start exploring the world in just a couple of days. This will be nice.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Twelve Years Old

It is my birthday today. I turn twelve. We celebrated this evening. A lot of things have happened during these twelve years.

Some would say I have passed my peak, that I am old enough that I am on a downward slope now. I know I will not see another twelve years in this life, but I still believe I am on top of my peak. I believe I have been at the peak for a long time. For me, it is an elongated peak, like the top of a long ridge, rather than the tip of a mountain. I can still see this elongated peak continuing way into my future. This feels nice.

I wish to send congratulations to my brothers Jiro and Kiko as well!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nice Looking People

Paula and Daniel had this strange debate about nice looking people. Humans claim looks are important, when chosing a mate, I have never understood this. For dogs, the smell is most impotant. You can smell if you are in heat and if the male in your vicinity would be a good father of pups or not. Why would you need looks. The smell is so much more decisive. I guess humans go by looks, because they lack the sense of smell that dogs have. It is just that the smell tells you so mich more than the looks do. If you can smell him and find he is good, he is. Kenny was my love, I could smell it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Pasta is always good. We had some tagliatelle tonight, the elongated, flat kind of pasta. Paula made an easily made but tasty sauce. I got a rather huge part of it. Calvin got more than I did, but he is a nice guy and can deserve this once in a while. It was a good evening.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Doughnuts Instead of Flowers

A bride in Australia surprised the wedding party by having bouquets of doughnuts instead of flowers. Everyone was pleasantly surprised, as far as the story goes. I understand them. I would also much rather have doughnuts than flowers, anywhere, in any capacity. Dogs do not have wedding parties, but if I had, this is the kind of bridal bouquet I would want.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Noise

We figured out what it was that went boom in the night. It was most certainly the sound of Swedish artillery at the military training field at Villingsberg. The sound came from that direction and the army is involved in a big excercise for the moment.

The sound of Swedish artillery is a good sound. It is the sound of our army preparing to defend our land, if necessary. We hope it will never be necessary, but the army is there to prevent the necessity as well as responding to the necessity, if necessary.

We cannot hear any explosions tonight.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Distant Explosions?

Things went "boom" in the distance this afrernoon. None of us knew what it was about. It was far enough away, that I and the other dogs did not react by barking at it. Paula and Daniel did discuss possible origins of the sound, though. Daniel though somebody was causing explosions in projects to build something. Paula was not so sure. I was not either, humans usually do not work on building sites on Sundays. Whatever the origin of the sound was, it was not causing us any harm, however. I guess we really do not need to know what it is, then.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


We have had quite a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks. This is good for the amount of water in our well. It is raining again this evening. As long as you are indoors, and can just listen to the sound of the rain falling on the roof, it is really rather cozy to have rainy weather. I like it.

Friday, September 08, 2017


Paula and Daniel celebrated their anniversary as married today. I do not really see the point. I like it that they live together, and have us dogs, but living together with just one partner like this is not the dog way of doing things. I loved Kenny above any other male dog, but he was not my one and only. Dogs generally do not have any one and only. I guess there are just some differences between us and humans that I cannot quite comprehend. Nevertheless, Paula and Daniel are happy, so I congratulate them!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Good Food

Hello, Karstuhl here!

One of the fringe benefits of having puppies is the extra food you get.

Taking care of your small puppies is, in it self, the best reward there is. They are so cute. Beside this, there are fringe benefits. One is the extra food.

Today, I got smörgåstårta during the day and a hamburger with chips in the evening. I really enjoyed both dishes. This was great.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

My pups were born tonight. It is one boy and one girl. They are among the best puppies ever. The only other puppies this great are my former puppies – and myself, when I was a puppy.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Darker Outside

It is getting darker outside. We had the lights on outside, when we went out for the final time tonight. It gives you an additional feeling of autumn. Even though it was relatively warm and almost no rain today, darkness tells us it is autumn. The full Moon rose above the treetops, this was a nice thing to behold.

Monday, September 04, 2017


Paula is having a cold and a fever. The fever is a reaction to the cold, making her warm. She sleeps to get rid of the cold. We help her, by lying close by, sharing our body heat with her. This is a good way of helping someone with a cold getting better. We all hope the cold will disappear soon.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Giving Paula a Ride Home

Paula worked the night between Saturday and Sunday. Daniel went to pick her up by car, giving her a ride home, and I got to come along. Our humans usually bring one of us dogs as often as they are able to, we are a great support in anything they do. Picking Paula up went very smoothly, I guess my presence was a help. I hope I can come along more times. I am experienced at picking Paula up.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

World Beard Day

The first Saturday in September has been named the World Beard Day. It is a day in honour of the beard and bearded individuals, in a humourous way.

We honour the day by paying special attention to our Affenpinscher friend Morran, who has got a beard. Schnauzers and other bearded dogs should also get special treatment this day, we believe.

I am not certain if the humans who started World Beard Day considered paying special attention to bearded dog breeds. We do, nevertheless.

Friday, September 01, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

It is. September, and the almanack says it is autumn. The weather is just like yesterday. Humans and their wish to control everything. The almanack is one such way. It is funny..

The great thing about the almanack is that the humans keep track of birthdays etc. Celebrations are always great.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Nice Trend Is Broken

Ever since 1993, Sweden had managed not to let in any goals in football, when playing Bulgaria. The teams have met many times, bit Sweden has always won without letting the Bulgarians make any goal. In the World Cup qualifier tonight, this nice trend was broken. Bulgaria scored 1-0 against Sweden in the beginning of the game. I am sad they did. I like nice trends.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


We got sausages for dinner today. It was very tasty. Meat is better, but sausage is a close second. Meat is a main ingredient in sausages, of course.


The car needed oil today, so Daniel got some. I do not really know what it is for, but it makes the engine going, anyway, along with the petrol. This is good enough for me. I keep going on meat and water, I think this is easier.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Thorax Intensive Care Unit

It is a bit strange, that you are sometimes interested in reading about something you are very familiar with and know a lot about. Tonight, Paula said she was going to read about the thorax intensive care unit. This is the unit at the hospital where she is working. Thus, she knows about it. Still, she reads about it. I guess it is like when I read anout dog shows, despite being a dog show professional, or read about dog behaviour, despite being a dog myself. It is odd, I admit that. I guess it is common, nevertheless.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Future Family for a Puppy

Puppies will soon be born here. both Karstuhl and Karen are expecting pups. We received visitors today, a human family who is interested in becoming the new family of one of these puppies. They were very friendly, interested, and informed for not yet having dogs. These are the kind of humans with whom you want puppies to move in to.

An interesting thing was that this family did not have a car. Most dog families have cars. They told us, however, that they live within walking distance to one of the biggest veterinary clinics in Sweden. Not having a car will, thus, never jeopardise the safety of the puppy. This is good.

If more humans were like these, more puppies would be needed.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Lawn

In the dry summer that we have had, the lawn has not grown as much as it usually does, The positive side of this is that Daniel dåhas not had to mow the lawn as often as he usually does. Over the last couple of weeks, we have had rain, however, and the growth of the grass has increased very mich. Daniel had to mow the lawn today. It looks better when it is newly mowed. The best thing is, however, that it gives less opportunities for ticks to get onto us dogs. The lawn is mowed now. This is good.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Towards Autumn

The nights are getting longer and darker. Autumn will soon be here. It is getting more damp outside and a little more chilly. There are fewer bugs around. I rather like autumn, apart from the dark mornings that will come. Autumns are cool, autumns are nice. I hope there will be a lot of rain, our well would need it,

Thursday, August 24, 2017


The small Swedish football club Östersund, from a small town up north, has qualified for the Europe League.

This was very unexpected, a pleasant surprise for all of us from Sweden who have hoped, but have not really believed. It is always nice when Swedish clubs come far in the international club leagues. I believe so about every Swedish team. Daniel does not agree, when it comes to a few teams which he does not like, such as AIK. I still believe it is good r Swedish football. It is even better when the Swedish team is an underdog, like Östersund.

We wish Östersund all the luck in the League. The team will need it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy, Happy Birthday!

It is the birthday of the best human I know: Paula.

Paula has been with me for all my life. She is my idol, my heroine, my human love. Today, she turns forty. She will continue living when I am gone, humans live longer than dogs. I will be with her as long as I can.

Happy birthday, Paula!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


It is Paula's birthday tomorrow. We have prepared the celebrations today. More preparations will be made tomorrow, but now it is time to rest. The present is ready.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

There has been a Solar Eclipse, visible from North America.

I believe Lunar Eclipses are much more important.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Sunday is always a holiday. Daniel had bought some candy and ice cream, fitting for a Sunday evening. We also continued celebrating a little from the dog show successes yesterday.

There are always some things worth celebrating. Sometimes, you have to think for a while, before you think of a reason to celebrate. With our show successes yeaterday, we did not need to ponder what to celebrate.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Good Results

We actually planned to go to Eskilstuna and the dog show today, to give my granddaughter Soya a chance to get her final CAC and becoming Swedish show champion, alternatively giving Karen a chance to get her first CAC. Soya have injuried her paw, however, and passed, because she would just limp in the show ring. Karen is expecting pups and should not go into the show ring for the sake of her pups.

I was entered in veterans' class, because we would go to Eskilstuna anyway. So was Gunde (a.k.a. Cookie). When Soya and Karen had to stay at home, however, Gunde and I had to defend the colours of Aangenaam. We did it properly. Gunde won best of breed, and I was Best of Opposite Sex. There were other excellent Shibas at the show, but we beat them.

Gunde was not placed in the Veterans' final or the Spitz breeds' final, but he did a great job, nevertheless. We are very satisfied with the results today.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Show Tomorrow

We are foing to a dog show tomorrow. I will participate in veterans' class. It was a while since there was a show where I participated, Going into the show ring has always been among the favourite things I know. It will be so much fun. Stay tuned for results!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Terrorist Attack in Barcelona

A van has been driven into people in central Barcelona, Spain. Police is treating it as a terrorist attack.

Our thoughts go to the victims and their families, including dogs.

It is terrible that things like this can happen. Humans can be so cruel. I wish the war on terror will be won soon.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A New Flower

Scientists have discovered a new flower on the Shetland Islands, which are part of Scotland. It is not just that the flower has been described by scientists for the first time, it really is a new flower. The original species was introduced in Shetland from overseas about two hundred years ago. Since then, a mutation has caused this flower to become bigger than its ancestors. It is, thus, a new flower. Compared to the time span of floral evolution on Earth, this flower has just appeared. It is younger than many dog breeds. This is fascinating.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Pups

Karen went to the veterinarian today for an ultra sound examination. It turned out she is expecting at least three pups. Just like last autumn, we will have two litters of Shiba pups here. Polly's pups will likely be born before Karen's pups. Polly is my daughter, so I am sure her pups will be the sweetest.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Soon There Will Be Pups

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Paula said today, she believes I will get at least four pups. She said my tummy is that big.

I know what I think, but I will keep this to myself until the pups are born. There are not many weeks left now. I am looking forward to seeing the pups.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Calvin got some slices of cucumber today, but he did not want them. The offer passed to me. I accepted with a wagging tail. Cucumber may be a vegetable, and vegetables are generally neither very tasty, nor very healthy, for carnivores like us dogs. I do like cucumbers, however. I cannot quite describe why cucumbers are tasty. Taste is hard to describe in words, I believe. It is sufficient to say I like cucumbers. Calvin may think I am a little crazy because of this, but that is his problem, I know I am perfectly sane. We all have our personal preferences, when it comes to taste.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Home Dog Show

Our own regional kennel club, Örebro läns kennelklubb, has its annual dog show in Askersund this weekend. None of us are shown there this year. This is a shame. It is so fun to go to dog shows and there is a point in going to the show of your own regional club. We will have to come back next year instead. This year, Daniel goes by himself, working as a ring steward. He is having fun.

Friday, August 11, 2017


The World Championships in athletics is on in London. There are a few Swedes making an impact, one of them got a silver medal. The Americans are doing great. I root for Americans as well, since Mum was from America and I am thus half American. I can also root for athletes from Japan, Norway and Belgium. It is nice being able to trace your roots to many different countries, when international competitions are on.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Apparently, cooked chicken is not healthy for dogs. If we swallow cooked bones of poultry or pork, it might split inside us and cut us up. I still do not see why we cannot have more chicken filet, now that Paula and Daniel had chicken for dinner. Life is full of small disappointments.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Birth Control App

There is an app that can help humans not getting pregnant, if they not want to and still want to have sex. It works on measurements of body temperature and algorithms. It has been found to be quite effective in clinical studies.

The app can also be used to pinpoint the time when humans are most likely to get pregnant, if they want to.

I figure it would probably be possible to evolve the app, so it can be used for dogs. This would be a great help, when the male is living quite far away from the female. It would suggest what day would be the best to travel to the male. This could prevent long, unnecessary trips to be mated. I hope such an app will come.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Godzilla Actor Dies

One of the most famous Japanese contributions to popular culture is the giand lizard monster Godzilla. The very first actor who played Godzilla n 1954, and returned to the role in eleven sequels, Haruo Nakajima, has died at the age of 88. 

Horror movies are not my cup of tea. It is still interesting to note that probably most people around the world has at least heard of Godzilla. The Japanese are good story tellers, regardless of how high cultural value the stories may be deemed to have. If the original actor behind Godzilla dies, Godzilla will still survive for the foreseeable future. This is cool.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Partial Lunar Eclipse

There was a partial Lunar eclipse at Moonrise this evening. We do not have a good view of the eastern horizon from our garden, there are tall trees in the way.

I did not look for the Moon, eclipsed or not. After all, I am a full Lunar Eclips all the time, a partial Lunar eclipse is not so much to see compared to this, is it?

Joke aside, I hope there were many people interested in celestial events who took the time to watch the eclipse. It is special, even if it was just a partial eclipse this time.

Sunday, August 06, 2017


At last, this weekend, we have received a lot of rain. We got twenty millimetres yesterday and a lot today as well. It is still far from an annual average, but it is a start.

I have written a lot of blog entries lately about the laxk of precipitation since last autumn. We had just a little rain throughout the late summer and autumn, not much snow in the winter, and just a little rain in the spring. This summer, we have hardly had any rain at all. By the start of summer, experts said to the newspaper we needed to get at least hundred millimetres of rain in the early summer. We never got that. Months have passed with hardly any rain. This is why about forty to fifty millimetres of rain this week is just a start. It is a good start, but we still need a lot of rain in the days and weeks to come.

Let us hope for even more rain, even though it is uncomfortable being outdoors when it is raining.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Upcoming Pups

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Daniel asked me and Mommy why none of us wrote a blog entry yesterday about the result of my ultra sound examination.

The examination confirmed to Paula and Daniel that I am expecting pups. There will be at least two pups, perhaps three.

Well, there is a simple answer to Daniel's question. Both Mommy and I already knew I was with pups. I knew it from the start, of course. Mothers know this, and I have had litters of pups before. My own mother soon suspected the same, and I confirmed it to her. Consequently, the confirming result of the ultra sound examination was not news to us. It was, thus, nothing to write a blog entry about.

It is good that we have ultra sound examinations. They show our humans whether we are expecting pups or not.

Friday, August 04, 2017


It is weekend, starting with Friday night, today.

The best weekends are those when we go to dog shows. This is, however, not common enough for my taste. The second best weekend is when both Paula and Daniel stays very mich at home. The upcoming weekend is not such a weekend.

Daniel will be home most of this weekend. Paula wil, however, not. She is working tonight, coming home early tomorrow morning. Then she will work the next night as well, Saturday to Sunday.

It is good that Paula and Daniel are working. They earn money from it, with which they buy dog food, treats etc. Still, parts of me cannot help wanting Paula to be back home. We will greet her with great joy, when she is coming home tomoorow and the day after tomorrow.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Final Teams Decided

In the UEFA Women's 2017 tournament, there were semi finals tonight. Denmark played Austria and the Netherlands played England. Javier rooted for Denmark and England, because he has got brothers who live in those countries. Denmark beat Austria, but the Netherlands beat England. It will e an interesting final game this Sunday.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Europe may have been founded, culturaly, by the Roman empire. It ruled all of the southern part of Europe, and more, from Rome and then Constantinople. A new, spectacular archaelogical discovery of Roman houses has been found outside of Lyon in France. it is an area of about 7,000 square metres with very well preserved remains.

I wonder if there are any remains showing dogs.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Is This a Boring Blog?

Hello, Karstuhl here!

It happens that I ask Mommy why she writes this blog on a daily basis. The statistics provided by the blog host shows there are not many people who read it. There are very seldom any comments on the blog posts.

Well, the answer I get is that Mommy thinks it is fun. She writes down her thoughts as much for her own sake, as for the sake of her readers. She likes her readers, but could have a journal without them.

I guess this makes sense. It must make sense for any writer. No matter how many readers you have, you must think it is fun writing, for your own sake, as well as for the writers.

So, is this a boring blog? Is this why there are not many followers? I do not think so. I believe there is just so many things out there on the World Wide Web to read, that a blog by a dog is just so odd it gets few readers. It is far from boring. I know, I enjoy reading it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Different Times for Food

We never get food at the same hour and minute every day. It is not that I normally care. Wolves in the wildernes do not have fixed times for their meals, they eat whenever they have hunted some game down. Today, however, we had to wait until it was almost nine o'clock in the evening, before we got our main course for the day. This is a little to late, in my humble opinion. Fortunately, the late hour was an odd occurence. we usually have our main meal much earlier than this. All is well that ends well.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


The first moon in orbit around a planet orbiting another star than the Sun may have been discovered.

There are many planets by other stars already accounted for. These are called exo-planets, exo meaning it is a planet outside of the Solar system. Consequently, a moon orbiting an exo-planet is called an exo-moon.

This is an interesting discovery, but not surprising. The more exo-planets we have found, the higher probability there would be also to find an exo-moon. In this case, it seems to be a moon the size of Neptune, orbiting a planet much more massive than Jupiter. The size of this moon is probably part of the cause it was discovered, if indeed it is. More observations are needed in order to confirm the discovery. I hope the exo-moon turns out to be there.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Night Guest

Paula's nephew Arvid has a sleep over at our house tonight. He is a sweet little child, one of the humans who belong to my granddaughter Soya. He remembered me from last time we met. We had some fun together in the evening.

Arvid is and a half years old, which is equal to being a puppy in dog terms. Humans are children for a much longer time than dogs are pups. This is equal to the average longer life span of humans, compared to dogs. Sometimes, I wish I could also have such a long life.

I am sure I will see Arvid many more times. It will surely be fun.

Friday, July 28, 2017

No Rain

I could have guessed, there was no rain today. The forecast yesterday said it would be rain today, but we never get rain this summer, or so it seems. Perhaps I would have put a bet on it, but I never do. I guess the odds would have been low. We want rain.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Once again, the weather forecast says it will be rain tomorrow. We have had many forecasts lately promosing rain in a day or two, but when that day s come, the weather conditions have changed and no rain has fallen. I guess we will just have to see if the forecast is correct this time. I hope it is, but I still doubt it. We need rain, but we do not seem to get any.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wedding Cake Eaten by Dog

A Labrador Retriever in England started the wedding festivities early for a couple of humans. Bella, which she is called, lives with close relatives to the couple who were getting married. Her humans had baked the wedding cake. On the morning of the wedding, Bella ate it. Every wedding guest was told the story and appreciated it as funny. The humans got a replacement cake, so the party was not spoiled.

Bella did the right thing, I believe. If she was allowed near the cake, of course she had every right to eat it. This is the right of dogs vis-a-vis food.

There is a short video on the story.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Good Day's Sleep

We had a good day's sleep today, once Paula came home from her night shift st the hospital, We sleep with Paula during the days and with Daniel during the nights. I could really get used to this lifestyle!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Working at Night

Paula is working tonight. There is need for nurses around the clock at the hospital, so Paula does the night shift once in a while. It was long ago now, due to her long illness. She likes working at night, however, so I am glad for her sake that she has been able to resume this habit. Meanwhile, we stay at home with Daniel. It is nice to sleep at night with him, and sleep at day with Paula,

Sunday, July 23, 2017


We had waffles tonight. It is very tasty. I really liked that we had jam and whipped cream as well. Jam and whipped cream is a Swedish tradition, whenever waffles are served.

It is not that I got to taste a lot, but even a little bit of a waffle is great.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pre-history of Dogs

Science is making progress, when researching the pre-history of dogs. This is good, not only for all of us dogs. It is also good for all humans. If there is any animal living in near symbiosis with humans, it is dogs. Dogs and humans are very important for each other. Civilisation is our common culture.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Giant Step for Mankind

It is the anniversary of the first Lunar landing. On this day in 1969, the Lunar lander called Eagle landed on the Moon. Its two man crew of Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first humans who ever sat their feet on another celestial body than Earth. They were followed by a few other men until December 1972. We are still waiting for the next manned Lunar landing.

The first Lunar landing is worth celebrating. It was a great feat and every human may be proud of it. It truly was a great step for mankind, as Neil Armstrong put it.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Lawn

One good thing about not getting much rain, is that the lawn is not growing very fast. For the first time in many weeks, today, Daniel mowed the lawn.

The lawn mower has not been functioning properly. Daniel has managed to repair it, however. This is good. A well mowed lawn makes it harder for ticks getting at us. The lawn is well lowed and nice now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Floods in Cornwall

There are floods in Cornwall in England, due to heavy rainfalls. This is not as far away as Fukuoka in Japan, where there were floods the other week.

We still have a draught in Närke, Sweden, where we live. There were some millimetres of rain over the last couple of days, but this is nothing in the big scheme of things.

I wish we could have a lot of rain. Our well needs it.

Monday, July 17, 2017


We are getting dark nights again. We are getting further away from the summer solstice, and nights are getting darker. There are advantages, it is easier to fall asleep. Not that I have ever had trouble falling asleep, but still. Life goes on. Autumn is here soon, when no bugs will bug us.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Snowfall in Santiago

Snow has fallen in Santiago de Chile, capital of Chile, for the first time in two decades. A lot of people have lost electric power.

Santiago is situated on the southern hemisphere, so this is the right time of the year for winter and snowfall. Still, the city lies way up north and not up in the Andes mountains, so snow is rare.

I hope the cold weather and power shortages does not cause dogs much harm.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Late Night Snack

Paula made some sandwiches late at night. I love a late night snack. I also got to taste a little.

Snacks are always good, but there is something else about eating just before you will go to sleep. It makes you very satisfied and you go to sleep with a nice and warm feeling in your stomach. This is great. Late night snacks should be more common.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dual Citizenship Makes Australian Senator Resign

An Australian Senator will resign, since it was discovered he is a citizen of New Zealand as well as of Australia. Under the Australian constitution, you are not eligible to hold such a public elected office, if you have another citizenship as well as your Australian citizenship.

Apparently, the senator was born in New Zealand, gaining citizenship there at birth, but moved to Australia with his family when he was three years old and became an Australian citizen as a teenager. He claims he thought he had relinquished the New Zealand citizenship when he became an Australian citizen. He had not, and has to relinquish it now or resign as senator. He resigns as senator

I believe this is a good rule. Dual citizenship does not have to be a problem, but if you will be a legislator, your loyalty to the country cannot be put into question. A legislator should only be citizen in the country where he legislates.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Warning for Heavy Showers

We watched the news on TV tonight. They issued a warning for heavy showers, a lot of rain could fall tomorrow. We were happy, since we have a draught. The nature and our well needs rain.

It turned out, however, that the warning was for a lot of rain in the northern parts of Sweden. This is far away from us. There is no chance we can get any of this rain. It will be sunny here tomorrow, too.

Weather is nothing we can control. It is a chaotic system. No matter how much we wish for a certain type of weather, it is out of our control. In a way, this is comforting, because nobody can blame anybody else for bad weather. It would still be nice if we could wish for more rain.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Best Prescription Ever

A veterinarian has given me a prescription to eat a slice of blood pudding every day. This is the best prescription I have ever heard of. It is so tasty!

Over the last days, I have not felt really well. I have been more tired than usually and I have breathed more heavily. Paula, Daniel, and I discussed this and decided I needed an appointment with a veterinarian. This is not a thing I usually like, bit the results can be good.

Daniel and I went to the veterinarian today. There were nothing wrong with the way my heart and lungs sounded, no lumps or scars, and I am flexible and allert for my age. They got a blood sample from me and ran some tests. It turned out there was just one thing that was not really good: I have a lower count of erythocytes (also known as red blood cells). These cells transport oxygen to the cells of the body and carbondioxide from the cells. With a low level, there is less oxygen reaching the cells, less carbondioxide leaving the cells.

The veterinarian said there were a couple of different possible causes for my condition. She said this required further investigation. Part of the investigation was to help my body produce more erythocytes. I would achieve this by eating blood pudding. the high level of blood, and thus iron, in blood pudding would probably boost the production of erythocytes in my bone marrow. We will then return to the veterinarian in two weeks.

On our way home, we stopped by the supermarket and purchased some blood pudding. This is a prescribed medicine I look forward to taking. It tasted great today and will taste great in the days to follow.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shrimp Sandwiches

We went out to a summer cafe by Lake Hjälmaren today, at Ässundet a few kilometreseast of Örebro. They make great shrimp sandwiches there. It was a beautiful day and great company. This really made our day. It is a great way for having a holiday close to home.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Name Day

It is Paula's second name day today. She has the names Paula Andrea Johanna, all of which is in the official Swedish calendar as name days, Today is Andrea. Thus, we celebrate her.

Dogs seldom have name days. Hailey is not in the calendar. I am not that disappointed, there are always other reasons to celebrate, anyway.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Another Bottas Victory

Valteri Bottas, from Finland, in his Mercedes, won the Austrian Grand Prix in Formula 1 today. It was his second victory of the year and of his career. He is now not far away from the two leaders of the championship, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. It would be great if he could compete for the title. He has certainly showed he is good enough to do it, his first victory was not just luck. It would be great if a driver from our eastern neighbour would win the title.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Road Trip Rain

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Paula, Daniel, and I went on a road trip today. It was raining a lot, while we rode the car. This did not bother us. It was a lot of rain, bit not so heavy that the sight or the grip on the road was impaired.

We were disappointed when we came home, though, there was not a single millimetre of rain in the rain gauge. We want to get more rain to water our garden and fill our well. Now all we got was a cleaner car. Oh, well, I guess this is a little thing to be happy about, anyway.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Floods in Fukuoka

There are floods in Fukuoka, due to heavy rains. We have draught in Närke, Sweden, because we have had so little rain. Life is not always fair.

Well, at least this should be ecidence against the draught being an inevitable cause of the climate changes.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Eino Leino Day

It is the day of poems and summer in Finland, or Eino Leino day, after the Finnish poet Eino Leino, who was born this day in 1878.

If Finland would not have ceased to be a part of Sweden in 1809, perhaps we would have celebrated this day here too. Poems can be exciting and invigorating. Summer is warm and nice. I believe it would be nice to have a day for summer and poetry in Sweden as well as in Finland. Perhaps we can import the celebrations?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Just a Little Rain

We read in the news paper this morning that the water in the ground is at a very low level. We are a bit worried about the amount of water in our well. There was a little rainfall this afternoon, bit we only got 1 millimetre. We are a bit annoyed about the lack of rain, but what can we do?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Mum's National Holiday

It is the 4th of July, and we celebrate the national holiday of Mum's home country, the USA. Mum always celebrated, as long as she loved with us. Calvin celebrates too, of course, he was also born in the USA. I celebrate mostly because my Mum was American. The USA seems to have been a great country to live in. Long may the USA remain!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Europeans in America

The first confirmed European settlement in America is in what is now northern Newfoundland. Vikings from Iceland and Greenland settled there around the year 1000. They lived there for about a decade, then went back to where they came from.

It is interesting to imagine these settlers, travelling in open viking ships across the North Atlantic Ocean. I wonder what dogs they had. They must have had dogs, I think.

History is interesting, About this time, Shibas only lived in Japan. We have spread across the world in the last century. Dogs have always acompanied humans, though, at least since we teamed up with one another many millenia ago. Exploring new lands is exciting for us too. I still have more to explore in my life

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Germany Won

Germany won the Confederations Cup. My bet would, therefore, be that Germany will not win the World Cup next year. As I wrote the other day, no country has went on from winning the Confederations Cup to winning the World Cup as well. It is also very rare that a winner of the World Cup can defend the title.

I hope Sweden wins the World Cup, or that Japan does. I do not think this will happen, though. It is not yet clear which countries will participate in the World Cup, so I will wait until I may make a prediction. One of the best things about football is that it is not easy to predict results.

Saturday, July 01, 2017


Paula, Daniel, Morran, and I went over to Paula's parents this evening. We celebrated the 45th wedding day of Paula's parents. It was great that I got to come.

Celebrations are also due this day, because it was the birthday of Dad. He knew and loved Paula's parents, just as I do.

We had a great time today. There are no bad reasons to celebrate, but we had great reasons today.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beer Sausage

It is the day of Pilsener Beer Sausage. This is celebrated on the 30th June every year, on the initiative of Bullens Pilsnerkorv, the most well known beer sausage of Sweden.

We did not have any beer sausage today. I regret that. We will have to remind ourselves of this day by the end of June next year. Beer sausage, just like all sausage, is very tasty. It is well worth celebrating.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Confederations Cup

Ome year ahead of the FIFA World Cup in football, the Confederations Cup is played. Germany will face Chile in the final.

Germany won the last World Cup and now has a chance to win Confederations Cup. Regardless of whether Germany wins the final on Sunday, odds are there will be another country winning the World Cup next year. It is very rare that a country wins the World Cup twice in a row. Italy did it in 1934 and 1938, Brazil in 1958 and 1962. It has not happened since. The winner of Confederations Cup has never won the following World Cup.

Well, odds are one thing, the actual tournament is something else. I hope for a good game on Sunday and a great World Cup next year. Time will tell who wins.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coming Home

Daniel came home this afternoon. This is great. The whole family is at home again.

Daniel's father is doing good, under the circumstances. He only had to stay for one night at the human hospital. He will go back for additional tests on a bigger hospital this Friday. The prognosis is actually not bad. We have hope. Daniel does not feel anxious.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cutting Hair

My Poodle friends Laila and Momoko need to have their hair cut once in a while. They do not like it, and it does look uncomfortable. I am glad I shed my coat instead. Sometimes, I guess our humans are not happy when we shed coats, but this is because they do not like the shed coat hairs lying around. When they cut hair of the Poodles, some of it end up lying around too. I guess there may be advantages and disadvantages both with shedding and having to cut coats.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Not in Full Health

Daniel went to the west coast today, alone. His father is there, and not feeling well, admitted to the local human hospital. Daniel's brother is there as well, but Daniel wanted to help. It seems like things are not very bad, but we will know more after some tests tomorrow.

I fully understand Daniel's concern. I have lost both of my parents. It is sad and nothing i wish for anybody, though it is bound to happen. We all hope for a full recovery.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lawn Mower

Daniel mowed the lawn today. He was, however, angry with the lawn mower, which does not work properly. It is not an old lawn mower, but it is still not fully functional.

I can understand that Daniel is not happy. I am not, either. We need a working lawn mower, because high grass is only good for ticks. Ticks climb high on the straws of grass and jump over to us dogs. They are bad little creatures. With a well mowed lawn, we get fewer ticks.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Tomorrow is the Azerbaijan GP in Formula 1. It is a race in Baku, the capital of this western Asian country.

The race at this circuit last year was called the European GP. I never really understood why. Azerbaijan might have a corner of the country which formally can claim to be part of Europe, but Baku is in Asia. The former Grand Prix races of San Marino and Luxemburg were held outside of these countries, but this is understandable since the countries are so small and do not have race tracks fit for a Formula 1 race. Europe, however, have many race tracks fit for Formula 1. It is better this year, when the race in Baku is called the Azerbaijan GP.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Midsummer Eve

It is Midsummer Eve. We always celebrate this in Sweden. This Midsummer Eve, Paula and Daniel were supposed to go away for a while. Paula did not really feel well, so she considered staying at home instead. Eventually, they did go away. They were not gone for long. It is not that I wish that Paula will feel sick, but I would still have preferred it if she would have stayed at home. We had a nice Midsummer Eve anyway.

I wish all of my readers a happy Midsummer!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fish Pate

Paula cooked some fish pate tonight. I like fish pate. There was none of it for anybody to eat today, though. Paula made it for tomorrow, when it is time to celebrate midsummer. I wish we would have celebrated tonight, it smelled really tasty.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

There are a lot of flowers in our garden at this time of the year.

Daniel likes the flowers. He finds them beautiful. Paula is more indifferent.

I do not care much about flowers. To me, they are just a display of reproductive organs for plants. It is like me, when I am in heat, and give the males part of my scent and tease them. I would rather see a steak than a flower, a steak is just as beautiful, smells just as great, but you can also eat it and get a satisfied stomach.

However, plants would look more dull without the flowers, so there is this advantage.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


It happens once in a while that one of us dogs needs to get out late at night. This is quite disturbing for those of us who do not need to, but who would rather go to sleep. There can be whining, paws moving about, and the odd barking. Regardless of the type of sound, it is disturbing. I guess I have become more sensitive to disturbing behaviour like this with increased age and wisdom. In my younger years, I was more eager to follow the other dogs out late at night. I am wiser now, finding the comfort of the bed or sofa better. I wish there would be less disturbances late at night, however rare it is.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bright Nights

It is near midsummer. The sun sets very late in the evening and rises again very early in the morning. It never turns really dark. In a way, I like this. It may be a little hard to fall asleep, though. With a lot of rest, this does not matter much. Life is still good. The weather is nice and warm.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Daniel had some cheesecake for dessert late tonight. This is an American cake, and since I am half American, I believed I should have some. I actually got to taste it. It was great. Cakes are always great, but some are greater than others. Cheesecake are among the very best.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nadja and Arvid

Paula's sister Mia was here this evening, with her hubby Stefan and her children Arvid and Nadja. Human children are very cute, almost as cute as Shiba puppies.

Arvid is two years old. He and Daniel sat with me and some of the other dogs in the living room for a while. He is a really nice little boy. You can tell he is used to having dogs around. This is thanks to my granddaughter Soya, who lives with him and his family.

Nadja is also very cute, but she is just half a year old, so she is not old enough to i teract with us dogs. I love her anyway.

It was a nice evening.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

I have taught my mother Hailey a valuable lesson. Whenever Paula or Daniel want us to go inside, we wait until we get some candy. I started this, Mommy learned from me. Now she is even more eager to get candy in order to get indoors than I am. If we want to get indoors ourselves, we do not demand candy, of course. It is just when our humans want us the get inside, but we do not, that we demand candy. It is still a great way to get some extra treats. I like it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Paula is often playing music in the evening. It makes her happy. I like some music, but I am not as interested as Paula. I believe music is more of a thing for humans.

There is a lot of music that comes with lyrics. I would wish more lyrics would be about dogs. A lot of lyrics is about love, but it is about love between humans. Dogs love humans as well. Why is there not more songs about dogs and the love of dogs and dogs' love of humans? I would like such songs.


It was Tuesday, but the day came and went, and I missed the opportunity to write my daily blog entry. This rarely happens, but happened this Tuesday. Crap!

Monday, June 12, 2017


We got some sausage in our food this afternoon. Sausage is great food. It mainly consist of meat, and it is easily eaten. I love most sausages. The sausage we got today was lovely. I wish we could get sausage more often. We often get extra food, but few things are better than sausage.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Finnish Champion

One of the Aangenaam dogs who lives abroad is Hannes, in Finland. He became Finnish Show Champion today. Hannes is not related to me, but as a fellow Aangenaam dog, I root for him anyway. It proves the value of all of our breeding strategies, whenever anyone of us succeeds in the show ring.

Congratulations, Hannes!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How Civilisations Could Evolve

New anthropological finds indicate that the modern human is much older than previously thought. Instead of being about 200,000 years old, the species may be about 300,000 years old.

We could ask ourselves, if humans are this old, why did civilisations not evolve until the last 10,000 years?

Humans teamed up with wolves about 35,000 years ago. These wolves evolved into dogs.

My theory is that civilisations could not evolve until humans had dogs. Thus, dogs are an essential part of human civilisation.

Friday, June 09, 2017

We Have Had Rain

Over the last few days, we have had considerable amounts of rain.

This does not seem like an exciting thing to write about. Normally, it would not be; normally, I would not write about it. Over the latest months, however, it has been very dry here, relatively speaking. It is far from a desert, but the water levels in the ground, in the lakes and the rivers, have been very low. We need much more rain for the water levels to rise to normal levels.

I normally do not like being out in the rain, but under these circumstances, I can endure it. I even hope there will be more rain soon. We will see what happens. Daniel does not want rain tomorrow, he wants to be able to mow the lawn.

Thursday, June 08, 2017


Hello, Karstuhl here!

Humans struggle to understand why dogs sometimes roll around in excrements from other animals. There are a lot of theories, but they really do not know. I would say: let them wonder. Some of our behaviour is better kept an enigma.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Day Off

Paula had a day off today, after working throughout the weekend. This was nice, we could sleep together with her until late in the day. Sleeping is comfortable, especially when you do it with humans and dogs you love. We all love Paula. She is such a great person. She deserved this day of rest.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

National Holiday

We celebrate Sweden today. It is our national holiday.

Daniel gave us dogs minced moose meat. Eating moose, perhaps the most iconic Swedish animal, seems fitting on the Swedish national holiday. It was also very tasty, of course.

Sweden is a great country. We have a fantastic nature and culture, and we have great laws against animal abuse. It is worth celebrating.

Monday, June 05, 2017


Life as a dog may seem easy to humans. We are often easy to please, we live here and now. Tonight, Paula and Daniel cooked some hamburgers for dinner. I got to taste a little bit. It was great, as it always is. Iwas easy to please tonight.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Busy Day

It is Pentecost and Sunday, so most of us have taken it easy and celebrated moderately. Paula has been off to work at the hospital, however. The injuries and diseases do not take any days off, so neither can nurses or other staff on the hospital. Paula had a very busy day. She did not come away from work until half an hour after the end of her watch. We commend her for being a heroine at work. She is needed there. We understand this, though we like it better when she is at home. Everything is fine now, in the evening.

Saturday, June 03, 2017


My granddaughter Soya's youngest human, Nadja, was baptised today. Paula and Daniel were there for the baptism.

Baptism is a way for humans to become members of a church, thus coming closer to God. Dogs are never baptised. I believe we are close to God anyway.

All of us dogs sent our greetings to Nadja for the baptism.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Good News

The world is becoming an increasingly better place to live. One example is that the number of children who dies from diarrhoea is down by one third from 2005 to 2015. A lot of children still die in this gruesome way, but not as many as before. Clean water and better hygiene amounts for much of the improvement. I guess this also has a positive effect on the health and survival rate of dogs. I hope it is so.

Thursday, June 01, 2017


Paula got a tip from a colleague about a red wine that was supposed to be very tasty. She bought it and she and Daniel tried it tonight. They agreed it was a great wine. It was called Black Stallion. I understand it was a great wine, with a name like this. The love of my life was Kuro-chan, a black and tan male shiba. He was my black stallion. Once you go black, you never go back. Black is great.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Daniel had received a coupon for a free cake from a grocery store in our neighbourhood. He got it, because he had his birthday this month. He had to fetch it before the end of the month, though, or losing it, This is why he went away late today, all he did was getting that cake. I can understand him, if you are entitled to a cake, you should use it. Cakes are tasty.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


We always keep our little house clean and tidy. It is so important to us, that we cleaned and vacuumed the floors late tonight.

Polly claims, amusingly, that when we vacuum late at night, we disturb the gnomes who live between the ceiling and the roof. I claim there are no gnomes living there. We have a constant, friendly debate over this. It is fun.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Veterans' Day

Apparently, it is veterans' day in Sweden today. This is not to celebrate show dogs in veterans' class, like me, even though it sounds like it. Celebrating old show dogs would be a great thing. Instead, it is a day to celebrate humans who are veterans after having served in the Swedish armed forces. I guess these veterans are also worthy of celebration. Cheers to all the veterans!

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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.