Saturday, September 21, 2019

Victory in the First Game

The Rugby World Cup started yesterday.

As host nation, Japan played the first game. It was a victory 30-10 versus Russia. Russia is not a hoghly ranked rugby nation, so this may not account for so mich. Nevertheless, it is a victory, and this is what counts.

Needless to say, I hope Japan will go far in the tournament. Except for Japan in Pool A, I also hope for the USA in Pool C. In Pool D, I may root for Australia, one of my late Auntie Linni’s favourite countries, since her father was from Australia. Neither Sweden, nor Norway or Belgium have been able to qualify for the World Cup.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Not that Cold

It is not so cold outside, as it has been this week. The forecast says it will be pretty warm this weekend.

As I have grown older, Ihave come to like warmth more. I guess this has to do with age, because many old dogs seem to feel this way. Thisis not to say I am notlooking forward to a nice, thick layer of snow in the winter. It is just that I fancy warm weather more now than before. The winter will surely be cold, no matter what.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Blackface

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a scandal when running for re-election. He is accused of having worn a blackface more than once in his youth, which was not very long ago.

In the past, mostly no later than the first half of the 20th century, humans with light skin sometimes wore dark makeup to look like dark coloured humans. This has since gone out of fashion, not least because it is viewed upon as racist. If you want someone to play the part of a dark skinned human, just chose a dark skinned human to do it, the common sense logic goes nowadays.

I would not want a red Shiba to have her coat dyed black and play the part of a black and tan, when I could do this as a natural black and tan beauty.

I wonder why Justin Trudeau wore blackfaces more than once no less than twenty years ago. The racist context of it should have been known. This is all the more embarrasing for him, since he has held himself out as a champion of equal rights between people of all ethnicities. We will have to see how the election turns out.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Colder

We have had colder weather over the last few days. You can tell autumn is here. Rumour has it, snow fell in Värmland not far from us. We have not had temperatures below the freezing point, however. It has been cold enough for Daniel to turn on the heat in the house. It feels a little better indoors, now that the central heating has been active for a while. It feels good to live in a civilised house when winter is approaching.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Paula

Paula came home for a couple of hours this afternoon. What a moment of joy! I just wish I had had the chance to be with her even more, when she was here. I felt obliged, however, to give all of the other dogs their fair share of Paula.

We hope to see much more of Paula soon. She is getting steadily better.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Orange

Our dear old friend Orange is back here again. She has moved to another family and they love eachother, but her new humans had a scheduled journey overseas. During this time, Orange will stay with us again for a while. It will be fun.

It is nice catching up with Orange. She has seen some new places and met some other dogs. She likes her new life, but also enjoys the chance to come back here for a while. We also enjoy having her here. She may come back more times, if it is up to me.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Birthday

I turn fourteen years old today. Some would say it is an awesome age for a dog. I do not feel awesomely old, though.

The best thing about my birthday was meeting Paula. She has been away at the hospital for so long, but she is getting better.

I also got quite a few treats and other good things to eat. Sausage, cheese, et cetera, all of these are good things to have for a nice birthday celebration.

My brother Kiko was also celebrating. Unfortunately, our brother Jiro celebrated in Heaven and not by us down on Earth. We will all go the way he has gone, but I hope I will go later rather than sooner.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Software Update

Whenever we use modern hardware to get in touch with social media et cetera online, there is a chance that the device declares that it is time to update the software.

I do not understand why software needs to be updated so often. It cannot all be due to bug fixes. It is seldom we see that the software works better or provides new services. I am just a user of the software, not a professional, so it might just be due to my ignorance that I do not understand. Still, I cannot help but wonder what all of these software updates are for. Are all of them really necessary? I hope so, but I just do not know.

On the other paw, it might just take too long to learn what all of the updates are for.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Snow at Summer Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo next year. The weather is usually hot at the time of the year when the Games will be held. The Japanese are innovative, however. They plan to let artificial snow fall over the event, in case of hot weather.

I hope that I get to see a lot of TV from these Olympic Games. As a Shiba, I have always been interested in Japan. It is nice seeing pictures and TV from Japan, even though I will probably never go there myself.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Some Days Are Boring

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Some days are boring, more boring than usual. Today was such a day, I believe. Nothing much happened. We went out like we use to, we got food like we use to, we were alone watching the house for a little time,like we use to. It is just that today seemed more like any other day, than days usually do. I cannot say why. I guess I can spice the day up with a nice colour of the text of this blog post, at least. There you go.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Electric Bicycle

Daniel often uses an electric bicycle to go to work these days. It is an ordinary bicycle, but with an electric motor that supplements the power of his legs, when he turns the pedals. The bad thing is that it needs to get charged now and then. This is not the case with ordinary bicycles. I guess Daniel still think it is worth it. He has still got his ordinary bicycle, bit rarely uses this anymore. Electricity is a good thing, I believe.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Getting Out

It is not always easy, when you have to go out later than bedtime. It happens very rarely, but whenit does, it is important. I had to ask Daniel more thanonce, before he let me out. He finally did. He is a good human this way, understanding his dogs and thinking about their needs.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Failed Moon Mission

An attempted landing of a space probe from India on the Moon failed the day before yesterday. The Indian space agency has not yet been able to analyse the data enough to tell why this happened.

It is always a sad event, when a space mission fails. It shows that space missions are still complicated, difficult things to master. Bearing this in mind,it is all the more amazing that the manned Moon missions where so successful fifty years ago.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Anniversary

Paula and Daniel got married today eighteen years ago. The most important thing that happened next, was that they went to London on a honey moon and bought a book on Shibas in a book store there. This book was oroginally intended for a friend who had a Shiba, but they found the book and the breed so interesting that they bought another fopy the next day for themselves. When they were back in Sweden, they contacted the breeder of the Shiba of their friend. The rest is history.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Seventy Years Old

When a human turns seventy years old,itis something special. It is not only that she turns another decade old. She also celebrates a birthday which can be evenly divided by seven, which means it correaponds to the years of a dog’s age. In dog terms, she is ten years old.

Paula’s mother Gertrud celebrated her seventieth birthday today. This is something special. We send our biggest congratulations to her.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Resignation

The foreign minister of Sweden resigned today. She cited family reasons. I hope her family will like that she resigns. Some political opponents will probably also like it.

I would never voluntarily resign from an office. I have had many litters of pups, but I always came back in the dog show ring, my true calling. I made it back to prominence every time.

It is possible that life as a foreign minister is harder than life as a dog show star, but I doubt it. On the other paw, it must be much more boring. Given this boredom, I can understand the resignation.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Rain During Lunch

We didnot have much rain today. I say it could very well have been more, if I were to decide. Still, we did have rain as we were outside during lunch routines. We always get to go out when we have had lunch served. This is normally a good thing, but today, it happened to coincide with a rainfall. Why could there not have been more rain, just not when we went outside? Rain is best, when heard from inside the house.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Principles

Phillip Lee, who is a British Member of Parliament, has left the ruling Conservative and Unionist Party and become a member of the Liberal Democrats instead. This leaves the Conservatives short of a majority.

Changing parties is not without precedence, when it comes to Members of Parliament in Britain. Sir Winston Churchill was originally an MP for the Conservatives, then changed parties to the Liberals, whilelater switching back to the Conservatives. Eventually, he became a two time Prime Minister and as such a great hero of the Second World War.

Sir Winston Churchill famously said: ”Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” The former may be applicable for Phillip Lee.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

First Woman on the Moon?

When humans went to the Moon fifty years ago, there were just men who got to go. So far, no woman has set foot on the Moon. This may change with the upcoming new American Moon programme, Artemis.

Of course, I think real progress is made when the first dog sets paw on the Moon.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Better

Daniel told us Paula is feeling better. When he visited her at the hospital, she asked about us dogs. Daniel had assured her we are feeling fine.

We think about Paula a lot. We all miss her. Life will not be complete until she is back home. May this day come soon.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Eighty Years Ago

Eighty years ago today, the Second World War started, when Germany attacked Poland. Germany was run by nazists and were supported by the Soviet Union run by communists. It was a terrible war. In the end, the nazists were defeated, but the communists stood strong in the eastern half of Europe. Nothing about the war was good for dogs.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Scarry

Paula is at the intensive care unit. Daniel wss there yesterday and is there today. He is worried this is really bad. I an also afraid it is. I do not think so much about myself, it is scarry that Paula is in such a bad state. Whatever makes bad things like this happen?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Another Visit

It was time for another visit to the veterinarian today, to tend to my wounds. It was all right. The humans there are nice people.

For a change, I got picked up after the visit by Paula’s father Nils-Olov. This was a very pleasant surprise. I really like Nils-Olov. He drove me home and then I got to spend some quality time with Fuji and Gunde. Those are nice Shiba males.

My wounds are healing and I am feeling better. It was a good day for me.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Funeral

Daniel went to his fathers funeral today. I feel with him. I know what itis like losing parents. I have lost both of mine.

Paula’s parents came along. Paula did not, however, due to her bad health. We hope she will be better soon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Volcano Eruption

The volcano Stromboli, on a small island off the coast of Sicily, has erupted. It must be a fantastic thing to see, but dangerous to come close.

There are volcanoes in Japan as well, and in western America, where Mum was from. We do not have them in Sweden, though. Perhaps this is just as well.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stupid Idea About Insects

There are scientists who suggest pets should eat insects. Some even say insects may be better for pets than prime steaks.

This is stupid. How many wolves feast in insects, compared to moose and deer?

I suggest those scientists can start by switching theirown steaks for insects, if they believe it is so healthy and environmental friendly. I am not interested.

Feeling Better

I am feeling better today. My wounds does not hurt so much as yesterday. I believe life will return to normal.

I also hear from Daniel that Paula is feeling better. If we are all lucky, she will come home next week. This is even more important than myown health. I love Paula so much and wish her all the best.

Monday, August 26, 2019

More Care

I got to go back to the veterinarian today. One of the wounds had burst open during the night. It is not easy being injuried. It is getting better, though.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Things Done

We always clean the house, at least somewhat, every weekend. This weekend, we did it yesterday. This felt good today, because the house was already cleaned.

Sometimes, I just wish Allram the pup were not so eager to chew on things and spread the contents across the floor.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pet Retirement Homes

In Japan, it has become increasingly common with pet retirement homes. The law demands that pets’ humans take care of them, even when they are old and not so healthy anymore. While not all humans have the proper means to do this, they use retirement homes for their pets instead.

While pet retirement homes is better than old pets being neglected and not receiving proper care, I find it sad that these are needed. My humans have never considered a solution like this, and I am happy for this. The bond between dog and human is for life, not just for the healthy part of life.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Paula’s Birthday

It is Paula’s birthday today. We all wish she would be home, so all of us could celebrate with her. Daniel went to see her, though, and we said congratulations through him.

I wish, sometimes, life would be just a little bit easier. It would be, if just Paula would have her health and be home.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rest

It has been a day when I have been able to rest, all by myself, in the bedroom. This has been good, because of my injury.

Normally, I enjoy the company of Polly, Javier, and others. It is nice to have other dogs to hang around with. This is not the case, however, now that I am still in some pain and need to heal. Having the whole bedroom for myself has been great under these circumstances.

I hope I can get well soon, so I can fully enjoy all the greatness of life again.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Falu Sausage

For what it is worth, to anyone but me and the ones closest to me, I am getting better. I get pain killers and antibiotics. Daniel is nice to me, he gives me my medicine in slices of Falu sausage.

Falu sausage is a Swedish specialty. It is a thick, soft sausage, usually served in fried slices. It was originally made from the horses who had lived and worked in the Falu copper mine. I guess any horse meat can be used these days. I like this sausage. It is not very spicy, but it is tasty, nevertheless.

I have newly cleaned sheets in the dog bed I use, too. We always have clean sheets, but there are degrees. These are top level clean, since they have just been cleaned. This is nice.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Grateful

My tail still hurts, but not as much as last night or this morning. The veterinarian did a thorough job. I am grateful for modern veterinary medicine.

Monday, August 19, 2019

My Tail Hurts

There is something wrong with my tail. It hurts, but I cannot understand why. The other dogs are not always understanding, so I get mad at them.

Daniel said he has made an appointment for me with the veterinarian tomorrow morning. Maybe this will help, I hope so.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Late Vacuuming

Daniel vacuumed the floors late this evening. They needed to be vacuumed, but the acuum cleaner is rather noisy. Itis at times like this I am glad we live in a house of our own, without neighbours close by. Nobody could be disturbed.

Some would certainly say neighbours could be disturbed by barking dogs as well. This is never the case by us. We never bark without cause.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

New Manned Lunar Project

Americans will return to the Moon in 2024, if everything goes to plan. Nasa has designated a site in Alabama to work with the new Lunar landing vehicle. This is good news.

I hope that at the end of this new Lunar programme, it will not take as long as it did from the end of the Apollo project landings in 1972 until there will be even more landingson the Moon.

Even though I will likely not live to see the news of the new successful landing on the Moon, it makes me happy to read that it will probably happen.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Racoon Stuck in a Vending Machine

A racoon in Florida tried to steal snacks inside a vending machine. It did not find its way out, however. Some humans had to open the machine up and let it out.

Itis never nice to be stuck inside anything. Nevertheless, I can think of worse places to be stuck.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tropical Storm in Japan

A tropical storm nicknamed Krosa has hit Japan. Trains and flights have been cancelled and roads closed. Almost 400,000 people have been advised to evacuate.

We seldom have so harsh weather conditions in Sweden. Even last Monday, when we had a lot of rain, there was no storm. I think this is a good thing, but it is not very exciting.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Lot of Rain

We got a lot of rain this Monday, more than 30 millimetres in one day. This was amazing.

This was supposed to be the subject for my Monday blog post. For technical reasons, it was never published. I write this short piece about it now, instead. A rainfall of 30 mm in a day must get a comment.

Kidnapping

We sometimes hear about pups or even adult dogs being abducted and turned over to other families. This does not just happen to dogs, though. In DR Kongo, human children who were supposed to go to a summer camp were abducted and adopted to new families in Belgium. It is beyond me how people can be so cruel and hungry for money that they do things like this. I think it is awful. I hope the people responsible are brought to justice.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Little Rain

We have received a little rain this weekend. It should have been more, the levels of water under ground is still very low.

Daniel said it rained a lot in Askersund, where he worked at the dog show. This does not help us here in Örebro, 50 kilometres from the dog show. I hhope we will get a rainy autumn.

Missed One Day

Somehow, I forgot about making a blog entry last Tuesday. I do not know why. Most of the time when I miss out on writing a blog entry – which is seldom, fortunately – I know just the reason why. I do not always reveal the reason for you, my dear readers, but I know of it. However, I realised today that I did not write any blog entry last Tuesday, and I have no clue why this is. The memory works in strange ways, sometimes. I guess I just have to make up for that missing blog entry anyway.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Am I Old?

Am I old? Well, Karstuhl and Gerstuhl think I sounded very old in my blog post yesterday. They did not really recognise my pessimism and question on whether there are dog shows in Heaven. They believe I am usually more positive than this.

Come to think of it, I realise I was more pessimistic than usual yesterday. Yes, I am getting old. We are all getting older, and I have had many years of getting older, soI am old. This does not have to mean I need to change my optimistic view of the world. I am a Shiba, this alone is a fact which makes me proud and happy. Shibas know how to enjoy life. I intend to enjoy life for as long as I have got it.

Once in a while, everyone can bea little gloomy. If you notice this with me again, I can assure you it is only temporary. I am happy about life.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Preparations

Daniel is preparing himself for a dog show this weekend. He is going to work as a ring steward in Askersund, as he usually does.

My granddaughter Gerstuhl was supposed to be shown at theshow tomorrow. She is, however, shedding hercoat and would not do herself justice, so she will stay at home.

I remember my heydays as a dog show star. Those were the best days of my life, except for the days with my pups. There must be dog shows in Heaven.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Longing

It was a long time since Paula was at home. I am longing to see her. We all are.

Paula needs to be cured from her health issues, before she gets home. I wish I could do something more than wish her well.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Other Food

Most of us got new dog food the other day. Javier got his special dog food in a new shipment today. Javier’s food is as tasty as ours, but more expensive. He needs it because he is allergic. I do not envy him. Allergies are just bad. I wish nobody had to have them.

Monday, August 05, 2019

It Is Getting Darker

It is still summer and it is warm weather. It is getting darker in the evenings, though. This means we are getting closer to autumn.

Dad loved when autumn came. He hated all the insects who fly around during the summer. I can agree with this, even though I have never been such a staunch believer in the badness of insects as Dad was.

I miss Dad. The good thing is I can understand Daniel better in his loss of his dad. The loss of a father brings another kind of darkness. I will try to be a light in this darkness.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Japanese Golf Victory

The Japanese professional golfer Hinako Shibuno has won the Women’s British Open major golf tournament. This was the first major she played and the first competition outside of Japan she played. It is an amazing feat. I presume we will hear more about Hinako Shibuno in the future.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Sorrow

Daniel is in mourning today. He received notice his father passed away about midday.

This was expected after a long time of illness and a terminal condition this week. Daniel and his brother went to see their father yesterday. Even though Daniel is sad, he thinks it was good he and his brother could see their father one last time.

I mourn with Daniel. I know what it is like losing a father. I also met Daniel’s father and I liked him.

Friday, August 02, 2019

New Food

We got a shipment of new dog food today. Daniel ordered it yesterday afternoon, and ithas already arrived. This is great service. It is especially great, considering that dog foodis the single most important thing you can buy.

It is possible to buy a dog, but you do not always have to buy a dog to get one – you can do as Paula and Daniel and breed dogs, keeping a few. Dogs are also bought just now and then, while dog food must be purchased regularly. I really must say dog food is a more important thing to buy.

Now we have dog food for the rest of this month, and then some. This is good.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Upcoming World Cup

On the 20 September this year, the Men’s Rugby World Cup will start. This time, the World Cup is hosted by Japan. This must be a good host for such a great event, Japanese people are good organisers.

The Rugby World Cup is sometimes called the third largest sports event in the world, by public interest. The FIFA Men’s Football World Cup is the largest. The Summer Olympic Games is the second largest. However, Daniel says you should not count the Olympics, since it is games containing so many different kinds of sports. If you do not count the Summer Olympic Games, the Rugby World Cup is, thus, the second largest event.

I am looking forward to watching the Rugby World Cup from Japan. There must be beautiful scenery from Japan broadcasted along with the games. This will be nice to see.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Claws

Daniel cut the claws of the Poodles and the Affenpinscher tonight. They whined about it and was generally quite silly. Having the claws cut is no big deal. It also feels better when it is done, with shorter, more convenient claws.

Then Daniel wanted to cut my claws. I do not know why. I did not have long claws. Naturally, I protested against this injustice? Why did Daniel have to pick me? This was reallyunnecessary and uncalled for.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rain

It was raining in the morning. We did not need to care. Daniel had the day off from work, so we all slept until late.

It is nice to be able to sleep until late now and then. As a dog, I am lucky enough not to have a job away from home. This means that I can often go back to sleep after the morning walk. It is still even better to postpone the morning walk until later in the morning. I cherished this today.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Colombian Bicycle Victory

For the very first time, a competitor from Colombia, Egan Bernal, has won the prestigious bicycle competition Tour de France.

I usually do not follow bicycle competitions. Tour de France is well known to me, anyway. When a competitor from Paula’s country of birth wins, I believe it is worth noting. I wish to congratulate Egan Bernal and his fans for the victory.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Pictures from Apollo 11

The fifty year anniversary of Apollo 11 has passed, but it is still a great feat which can very well be commemorated some more. Here is a page with some beautiful and iconic photographs from the journey.

I wonder when people will walk on the Moon again. It will probably not happen in my lifetime.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Open Window

It is a warm night and we sleep with the window open in the bedroom. The advantage is that the temperature and air is better. The downside is that there are more noise coming in from outside. A loud motor cycle at a distance would not have bothered me with the window closed, but I heard more of it with the window open. There was no need to bark, of course, but it was a bit annoying.

No matter how great a thing is, like sleeping withan open window, there are always some downsides to it. This is because the world is sich a wonderfully complex place. Life would be boring, if everything just got better in every way.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Progress as Fewer People Eat Dogs

I was not sure about writing on this subject. It makes me sick to think of dogs being eaten, and humans eating dogs. However, there are good news. The demand for dog meat to be eaten is diminishing in South Korea. This is due to new values and the increase in having pet dogs. People who have bred dogs for the purpose of being eaten get support to find other livelihoods. This is great. Humans are taking better care of their best friend. Dogs will always take good care of their humans, when treated decently.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Visiting Paula

Our Poodle friend Momoko got to go with Daniel today, to visit Paula by the hospital. (Dogs are not allowed inside, for some reason, but Paula came outside.) Momoko was so happy, when she came back home, even though she felt the visit did not last long enough. I can understand her. I am also envious of Momoko, but I know Momoko has a certain bond with Paula and she certainly needed this visit. We all wish that Paula will come home soon.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Washing and Ironing

Daniel spent some time this evening ironing shirts. These were recently washed shirts that had to be ironed to look good enough to wear.

I am glad I have a Shiba coat that looks good almost the year round. It is just when I shed, that it may look a bit bad.

Washing is still nice. Daniel also changed the sheets in the bed tonight. It is always nice to lie down in a bed with cleaner sheets.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Indian Moon Mission

India has launched a rocket with a payload which is destined for the Moon.

I hope this mission will succeed. The Indian space agency recently aborted a mission before take off. Earlier this year, an Israeli probe failed just before it was about to land on the Moon.

When it is this difficult to land on the Moon now, the feat to land a manned mission on the Moon fifty years ago stands out even brighter. Apollo 11 will be remembered for a very long time.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Painting the Roof?

An uninvited handy-man stopped by our house this afternoon. He asked if we wanted to have our roof painted.

Daniel, who had not even considered painting the roof, thanked him for the offer, but turned it down.

I must say I have also never considered that we would paint the roof. The walls and window frames, yes, but not the roof. Perhaps it would be a good thing to do, but I have no clue that it would be. I guess we can just let it be.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cancelled Trip

Daniel often go and see Paula at the hospital. He went Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week. He reports back to us, of course. He was supposed to go today as well, but the trip got cancelled, since Paula was busy getting taken care of by the hospital staff. We are glad she is taken good care of, but it was a disappointment that Daniel’s visit had to be cancelled.

We all wish that she will get so well soon that she can come home. We all miss her.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Landing on the Moon

Today, fifty years ago, the Lunar lander nick named Eagle landed on the Moon. It was piloted by Neil Armstrong and Edwin ”Buzz” Aldrin. Meanwhile, the command module was still in Lunar orbit, piloted by Michael Collins.

The Apollo project, with its six successful landings on the Moon, was a stunning scientific feat. The rocks brought back from the Moon are still being analysed. The project is still awe inspiring, which is also a benefit.

Still, I cannot help but consider how much of the space crafts were just going to waste. Three rocket stages were ditched when taking off from Earth. Half of the Lunar lander was left on the Moon, the other half in Lunar orbit. The final rocket stage, for the return flight to Earth, was also ditched in space. A small capsule without engines was finally landed with parachutes on Earth. The astronauts and their load of rocks came back, of course, but not much more.

It is as if Christopher Columbus would have asked Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain for ships to go across the Atlantic Ocean to India, but saying he would return in a row boat.

The next time humans go to the Moon, I believe the project must take better care of the equipment. It would be too expensive otherwise.

I do like the Apollo project. It was ahead of its time, but perhaps too ahead of its time, which made it so wasteful, because it was the way it could be done with the technology at paw at the time.

Friday, July 19, 2019

RIP, My Dear Brother Jiro

My dear little brother Jiro, the last born in our litter of three, has passed away today after a few days of illness.

Jiro was always the calm one – a nice, friendly, and intelligent Shiba male.

Jiro was the very first dog with the Aangemaam prefix who became champion. We were both at the same dog show in Sundsvall shortly after our second birthday in September 2007, both with the required number of certificates from before this birthday. Jiro won a certificate and became champion, I did not. I had to wait until the next dog show season to win my Swedish Show Champion title.

We met now and then, mostly at dog shows, in our adult life. It was always a happy reunion. I will miss the opportunities to meet Jiro again, this side of the gate into Heaven. If I get to Heaven, I am sure I will meet Jiro there.

Requiescat in pace, my dear brother!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Arson Attack at Japanese Film Studio

An animated film studio in Kyoto, Japan, has been set on fire by an arsonist. The studio is known as Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni. At least 33 humans have died in the fire.

The reason for the attack is yet unclear. It seems like the arsonist was angry with the studio, for reasons still unknown.

I am so sorry for all the victims, their families, dogs, and friends. It seems like such a waste.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On the Way

Fifty years ago, the first humans to land on the Moon were on their way there. They sat inside a little space craft, all three of them, most of the journey.

I wonder what a dog would have done, if she would have followed the humans on the trip. There was no place to go out to do what you would have to do once in a while. In the future, when dogs will follow human colonists to other celestial bodies, this problem must be taken care of.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lift Off

Fifty years ago today, the Saturn V rocket of the Apollo 11 project started its journey from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the USA. The small lunar lander would eventually land on the Moon.

The Moon landing occured on the 20th of July 1969. History was made then. The journey started a few days earlier.

I almost wish I could have been around back then, to follow the reports. On the other paw, I am quite content with living in the present. It is fantastic to follow the anniversary, however.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Bad Timing

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Daniel came home in the afternoon, just as the rain was pouring down more than ever this day. He fed us and let us out, all in the heavy rainfall. The rain was over just a little while later.

This is what I would call bad timing. Daniel could have waited for a while. There is no use saying the rain could have held up for a little while, because the weather never does what you ask it to do. We need rain, just not when we go outside. Rain is a bad outdoor companion.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thunder

We had thunder this afternoon and a short but intense rain fell.

Thunder is an interesting weather phenomenon. I like the occasional thunder, as long as it does not disturb me when I sleep.

There are often a lot of echoes going around, when there is thunder. If I understand correctly, from reading on line, this is due to the vacuum and changes in air pressure by lightning, which causes the sound of thunder. It is fascinating. I wish I could understand it better.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Upcoming Anniversary

It is just a few days away, the fifty years’ anniversary of the first Moon landing. On the 20 July 1969, humans set foot on the Moon for the very first time.

There are plenty of things to say about this. I suggest you read this article, it is a good start.

Friday, July 12, 2019

No Dog Show

Hello, Li`l Gertrud here!

I was supposed to go to dog shows today, tomorrow, and on Sunday. Unfortunately, we had to cancel my attendance. As long as Paula is not well, but stays at the hospital, we do not want to venture too far away from home. Even though I was eager to compete at the dog shows, it is more important to stay close to Paula. I believe I can do well on dog shows in the future instead.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vacation

Daniel has taken the day off from work. This means he is at home more. I like this. Daniel and I spent   a lot of the afternoon just relaxing on the bed. This is something I can often do, but he cannot. I guess I could give him i spiration on how to relax.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Stolen Dog

English football player Daniel Sturridge, who lives in Hollywood, California, has had his house broken into and his dog stolen. He offers a huge reward for the return of his dog.

I cannot understand why someone would steal a dog. It is mean to both the dog and the dog’s human. You can never get the same connection to a stolen dog, as you get if you buy a pup.

Hopefully, the dog will returnhome soon and the burglars will go to prison.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Just Another Day

There are days when I feellike there is nothing special going on. Nothing special happens in our own lives, no special news are published in mass media. This is one of those days. Daniel says there are often a smaller number of interesting items in the news in the middle of the summer. I tend to agree. The summer itself is also not special this year. It is not hot, nor cold. It is not dry, nor very humid or rainy. I think I must ask you to visit my blog tomorrow instead, I think there will be something more interesting to read about then.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Dogs of Chernobyl

There are occasions when I do not want to watch certain videos. This is one such video. It is about dogs who are decendants of those pet dogs whom humans had to leave behind, when they were evacuated from the nuclear power station disaster in 1986. These dogs have lived in the area contaminated by nuclear waste from the disaster. They are now taken care of by veterinarians.

The Chernobyl disaster was created by experiments in an unsafe Soviet Union nuclear power station. This would never have happened in most other countries with nuclear power stations, such as Sweden. The communist regime did not care enough about safety. The fate of the dogs left behind, show us how long the horrible consequences of communism last, even though the regime fell in 1991.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Gold

The USA won the FIFA Ladies’ football World Cup. It was an exciting final game versus the Netherlands. While the Netherlands’ players did play well, it was fair that the Americans won. The US team played better over all. I am not just saying this, because I rooted for the USA, as the home country of Mum. I am saying this because I really think this was the case. The USA won 2-0, which is a convincing result in football. I congratulate the American players and all of the fans of this team to a great performance throughout the tournament. It was not self evident that the USA would win, even though they were favourites. They lived up to the expectations, which is good, not every favourite has done so before.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Bronze

Sweden won its final game in the World Cup, the bronze game. The Swedes beat England, 2-1.

I am very happy about this result. Those who are remembered are the medalists.

Of course, I would rather have seen Sweden in the true final tomorrow, but you cannot have it all. Now I can root for Mum’s home country, the USA, wholeheartedly. Calvin, who was born in the USA, just like Mum, will join me in rooting for the American team.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Heavy Rains in Japan

There have been heavy rains in Japan. Landslides have occurred, among other bad causes of the pouring water.

There were heavy rains last season in Japan as well. The difference, from my pointof view, was that we had a terrible draught here in Scandinavia in the same summer. This year has had more average amounts of rain here, where we live. I wish more rain could fall in the deserts of Central Asia, instead.


Thursday, July 04, 2019

Can More Trees Be the Answer?

A new scientific report says that planting a lot of trees may come a long way at reducing the excess amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere put there by humans burning fossil fuels.

Other scientists say this sounds too good to be true, ”probably because it is”, and say cutting emissions is paramount.

I believe you can do both. There cannot be any harm in planting more trees, can there?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Extra Time

The semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands will have to be decided in extra time or by penalties. The result is 0-0 after full time. Both teams have been close to score, but have failed to do so.

It was an exciting game. Unfortunately, the Netherlands managed to score in extra time, which Sweden did not. Now we have to hope for a Swedish bronze medal on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mum Would Have Been Pleased

The USA won the semi final versus England in the World Cup. Mum would have been pleased, an American patriot as she were, since she was born and raised there. As I am half American myself, through Mum, I also rooted for the USA.

Daniel said he rooted for England. He usually roots for European teams, when they face non-European teams. I am glad the team I rooted for won, nevertheless.

Monday, July 01, 2019

There Could Have Been Rain

The forecast said it could be rain today. There was no rain, however.

With the draught last year, we need much more rain, even though we have had a fair share of rain in May and June. We will have to see if July will be as rainy. I hope there will be a lot of rain during the nights, while the Sun may shine in the days.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

In Heat

Hello, Karstuhl here!

I believe I am getting old. I am in heat, it has just started. For the first time since I was very young, Paula and Daniel do not even discuss another litter of pups from me.

This may be good and bad. I have never been so keenon making pups, but I love taking care of them when they are newly born. My daughter Gertrud, who lives with us, can be a brat. She has got strong opinions, which fits a Shiba, but she will not always take no for an answer when I or her Grand Mother tells her off. Gertrud is mostly a great companion, but when she turns her stubborn personality on, I would rather have seen her moved to another family as a pup. Since I will get no more pups, there will be no other brat like Gertrud. One is quite enough, even though I love her.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sweden Edges Forward

Sweden won the quarter final against Germany, 2-1. The Swedish team will now face the Netherlands in the semi final on Wednesday. There will also be yet another game next weekend, either the final or the bronze game.

I am happy for the result. Most informed people thought Germany would win. You can never be sure, however, and this is one of the great things about sports. It is exciting, and you know there is not always a happy end. For all of us who rooted for Sweden, there was a happy end tonight. We are already looking forward to the next game.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The USA Won

The USA won the quarter final against France, 2-1, tonight.

Norway lost to England, 0-3, yesterday night.

Mum would have been pleased. Dad would have been disappointed. I guess I have mixed feelings.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bills to Pay

This isnot the first time I comment about the human habit of paying bills once a month. It will probably not be the last, either.

Daniel sat for a couple of hours this evening, going through paperwork and typing at the computer. It all has to do with money being paid for this and that.

This is one time, out of many, I am glad I am a dog. Humans have invented so many good things. One would wish they would also invent things you would not have to pay so much for. Perhaps they are not intelligent enough to do this, with all the intelligence they have.

Nevertheless, Daniel was satisfied, once he was done with the bills. He said there are easier ways to pay bills, like automatic payments. He does not like these, however, he want the controlover his money that he has when he pays the bills himself. Perhaps it is intelligent to spend some hours with the bills?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Japanese Box Office Hit in China


In 2001, the Japanese animated film Spirited Away was launched. It is a great film. Only now, 18 years later, it has been released in China. It has been known by Chinese people for a long time, some have seen it. It has now dominated the boxoffice in the first few days after release.

Part of the reason forthe late release in China, is the strict Chinese quota on foreign films. I am glad for the Chinese who can now see this Japanese film in China.

Japan Failed

So, late in the evening, the Netherlands defeated Japan in the final sixteen. Thus, I have no self evident favourite in the final quarter final between the Netherlands and Italy. I am greatly disappointed.

It was unfair that the Netherlands got a penalty shot by the end of the game. They got it after VAR examination. I believe thisis taking VAR too far. If it would be just about checking whether there is a goal or not, when in doubt, it would be better. You should not be able to demand VAR for next to anything.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sweden Rolls On

Sweden continues to the quarter finals in the FIFA football World Cup. The Swedes beat Canada, 1-0.

The day before yesterday, Norway also continued to the quarter finals. Earlier tonight, the USA did, too. This means that Dad’s team, Mum’s team, and my team are all in the final eight. Now we just have to root for Japan to do the same tomorrow night.

Interestingly, if Japan does make it to the quarter finals, I can root for all of these four teams i. the next round, because none of them face each other. Norway face England, the USA face France, and Sweden face Germany. If Japan goes on, it will face the winner of Italy and China.

I hope for the best. There have been good results, so far.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Growth

Daniel mowed the lawn last Sunday. Today, he mowed it again.

We have a summer with warm temperatures, but not as hot as last year. We also have a fair amount of rain, which we certainly did not have last year. This causes a lot of growth all around our house. A well mowed lawn is necessary to keep as many ticks away as possible. It also looks better, when the lawn is mowed.

Trees and bushes also grow much more than last year. There may be cause to cut some of them. We want a nice looking garden.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Midsummer

It is Midsummer Day. Midsummer is one of the more traditional Swedish holidays, celebrated for centuries. Most of the celebrations happen on the day before, on Midsummer Eve. This is not unusual in Sweden, we do the same at Christmas, New Year, Easter, and Valborg as well. We celebrated yesterday and have had a calm and nice day off today. We were all satisfied with it.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hydrogen Trains

In Germany, hydrogen driven trains have been operating since last year. This was the first in the world. This year, the first hydrogen driven train will be tested in the UK.

Will hydrogen trains be the trains of the future? They are much more environmentally friendly than trains run on diesel. They may not be more environmentally friendly than trains running on electricity, but you do not have to have electric power lines along the rails, which makes these trains less vulnerable for accidents. Electric trains in Sweden are often late or cancelled, because the electric power lines are damaged one way or the other.

It will be interesting to follow the further development of hydrogen trains.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mum’s Team Won

The USA won against Sweden tonight, 2-0, in the FIFA football World Cup. Mum would have liked this, as she was from the USA. Calvin likes it too, as he is from the USA. I do not mind, either, being half American.

The USA won the group, Sweden came second. This means Sweden will face a group winner, while the USA will face a group second, in the final sixteen games. The USA will certainly have an easier game. If the Swedes want to win, however, they must beat any team in the final sixteen, so it does not matter that much.

I hope for Sweden, the USA, Norway, and Japan.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Half of the Groups

Half of the groups in the FIFA football World Cup are finished. Countries like Norway are ready for the final sixteen. This would have pleased Dad, who was born in Norway and always held his Norwegian roots high.

Japan is playing tonight. It seems like Japan will also be among the final sixteen, even though England leads the game. Japan have a sufficient amount of points anyway, as Scotland leads against Argentina. We will see what happens.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Summer and the Flying Things


It is summer. It is warm, sunny, bright nights, and mostly lovely. The bad thing is that there are many flying insects around. I would gladly do without them, they are just so annoying. If they could just stay out of a sphere close by, I would be quite satisfied.

I guess there is always something to complain about every season of the year. we have to think more about the good things. I try to, myself.

Final Sixteen

Sweden wonits second game in the FIFA World Cup and is guaranteed a place in the final sixteen. Thailand was not a hard opponent.

The next game will be against the USA. Both countries have won both of its games, the USA has scored many more goals. Sweden will only win the group, if Sweden wins this game. Mum would have rooted for the USA, as an American, so I will not be terribly sorry if the USA wins or there is a tie, so the USA will win the group.

It is exciting.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

White Nights

They call it white nights in English, when we are in the middle of the summer and it never turns quite dark. It is like this now. For my part, I think nights are more white in the middle of winter, when there is snow on the ground, roofs, and trees. Io not decide what is correct English, however. Even though it was my mother’s native language, as an American dog, it is not mine. Human languages are interesting, regardless of what language it is, since they are so complex. They have many expressions like ”white nights”, which are not litteraly true, but still conveys a great meaning because they are short and widely known. I wish I knew more about human languages.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Vaccinations Regardless of Religion

In the US State of New York, the lawmakers have made it unlawful to cite religious reasons for not giving vaccines to your children. New Yorkis the fifth State to do this, while more States are in the process of doing the same.

This is a good law, I believe. You do not only cause unnecessary risks for your own children by not vaccinating them, but also for other children who have not yet had the vaccination shot.

I believe there is much truth in what one law maker said: ”I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated.”

I hope nobody refuses to vaccinate their dogs or pups for religious reasons. If anybody does, perhaps this new law should apply to dogs too.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Dropped Key

Daniel was devastated tonight. He realised he had dropped the car key, he could not find it. After a while, he went outside to look for it. We had to wait, but he came back happy. He had had the car key in the same pocket as the house key, and when he pulled out the house key, the car key had tagged along. It lay on the ground, a little wet from the rain earlier today, but the electronics was fully functional.

Daniel said the car key was about the worst thing to drop. Only the wallet and the house key could be worse, he said.

I am glad I let Daniel and Paula take care of such things as keys, then I never have to worry about dropping them.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rain

It is raining tonight. It is so much rain, that we can clearly hear it when we are indoors.

It said in the forecast that there could be rain. We have not had much until tonight, though. There has been quite some rain in May and so far in June. This is great for the levels of water in the ground. I do not think there will be a heavy draught this year, as we had last year. It might be a typical, rainy Swedish summer. These summers have their charm.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sweden Won

Sweden won its first game of the World Cup, against Chile. Sweden was ranked higher and was a favourite, but it was not until the end of the game that the Swedish team scored for the first time. Then the Swedes scored again in overtime.

The end result was 2-0, which is a result that takes Sweden on the first steps towards the knock out phase. We know if Sweden plays excellent, if Sweden goes on to this phase.

Monday, June 10, 2019

World Cup

The FIFA football World Cup has started. There was a World Cup last year, and there is another this year. The difference is that last year, the men competed, this year, the women compete.

Some say men’s footballhas higher quality. This might be the case, since there are more male than female players. I do not care about this. A World Cup is a World Cup.

Unfortunately, Japan just played a tied game with Argentina. Sweden will play its first game tomorrow, I hope the Swedes will win.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Bad Air

After a long night, we mayhave stale, bad air inour bed room. This is nothing compared to the air in some places in South Korea, that is so heavily polluted that both humans and dogs wear masks to protect them when breathing outdoors.

This is insane. Air should not be allowed to be so polluted. Not anywhere. Not in peace time, anyhow (if you need it in defence in war time, it may be different). Things must be done to come to terms with this problem. Sometimes, I wish I could do more.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Paula Is Back Home!

Paula has had a high fever due to septic chock. She has been to the hospital for ten days. She came back home again today. Needless to say, we are all very happy.

It is not that Paula is fully back to normal again. She is still tired and needs medication. Still, I believe she can become better much quicker, when she is at home and we can help her.

Welcome home, Paula!

Friday, June 07, 2019

Thunder

We had a heavy rainfall with thunder this afternoon. At night, we could see there had been more than 13 millimetres of rain in the short time that we had rain.

There was thunder, but it was probably far away. We did not see any lightning. The thunder came back on and off for a while, though. I guess the warm weather yesterday and this morning was a cause of the thunder. It is not so hot outside anymore. I like the weather better this way.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Sweden

It is the national holiday of Sweden. It is to commemorate when King Gustavus I came to Stockholm, having liberated Sweden from a Danish controlled union; and the Constitutionof 1809, which is no longer in force; and the flag of Sweden, which was officially hoistedin its present form for the first time in 1906.

I am proud to be Swedish. It is a beautiful country full of nice dogs and humans, and we have good laws and traditions to take good care of dogs.

Hurrah for Sweden!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Denmark

It is the Constitution Day of Denmark, their national holiday. I have been to Denmark, it is a nice little country. I wish all Danish dogs and humans a happy Constitution Day!

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Noise

Noise does not have to have a high volume. Noise is the sound that annoys you. We have a fly in our house, or whatever flying insect it might be. It makes a noise when it flies. This is really annoying. I wish I could catch that insect and make it stop doing this noise. it does not just annoy me, it annoys all of us. Putting an end to the noise would be a blessing. Ijust do not know how to come around to it. Meanwhile, I am glad that the insect is not flying constantly, but just occasionally. You have to be happy about the small. lessings as well.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Police Dog on Duty

A police dog in the north of Sweden was left at home. His handler had forgotten to bring him to work.  This did not stop the dog. He ran to the police station by himself. When his handler opened the boot of the car and realised he had forgotten the dog, he received a phone call and was told his dog was waiting outside the police station.

This is what I call sense of duty. Dogs do this.

Rain

We have had a lotof rain lately. It is good for everything that grows in our garden, even though Danielhave to struggle with mowing the lawn. It is also good for the amount of water in our well. It is not easy having a private well, when there is such a draught as last summer. I believe it will be better this summer. It would not be probable that it would be as drythis summer as the last one. We will have to see, though. Nobody can predict the weather for the whole summer.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Second Place

The running contest Stockholm Marathon was held today. A Japanese runner came in second in the ladies’ class. There are representatives of Japan all over the world, in every kind of competition. As a Shiba I have held the Japanese colours high in the dog show rings. I am proud to be a Swede of Japanese origin.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Tick

Hello, Karstuhl here!

This evening, Daniel picked a tick from me. At first, I got a little angry, because it hurt a little. Then I got happy. It is always good to get rid of ticks. It hurts having them, more than getting rid of them, because having them hurts constantly. If there is any animal I would like to have extinct, it is the tick. Ticks are just useless and hurts.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Feast of the Ascension

Today is a holiday, the feast of the Ascension. It is the celebration of when the resurected Christ litteraly ascended up into Heaven.

Daniel has been at home with us most of the day and we have had a nice and calm day. I like days like this, when you can just take it easy and do a little what you feel like.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lunch

Daniel came home on his lunch break today. He gave us lunch.

I think giving your dogs lunch on your lunch break, is the best use you can have of the lunch break.

We did not get anything out of the ordinary, it was just our traditional dog food. Still, we usually get our main meal in the afternoon, not at noon, as we did today. This made the lunch hour special, thus, the food felt a little special.

Apparently, some dogs get food at the same time every day. This must be boring.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Food

Daniel ordered new dog food last week. It was delivered to us today. It is the same food as usual, but I really like it. It is, thus, worth writing about. It contains herring, which is tasty and healthy.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Business Trip

Daniel went on a business trip to Stockholm today. He combined it with a visit to his father, who lives there.

Almost all of Daniel’s business trips go to Stockholm. My business trips have taken me many places in Sweden and abroad, it has been dog show trips. When Daniel comes home from business trips, he is tired. When I came home from mine, I was happy. Dog shows are so exciting events, boosting me with energy. I guess Daniel’s business trips are not quite as exciting, though he does not complain.

It is better when Daniel works in his ordinary office. He is closer to home. A business trip now and then is no danger, however.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mother’s Day

Today was Mother’s Day in Sweden. I got to come withPaula and Daniel for a small celebration at Paula’s parents’ place. This suited me, as a mother of many dogs.

Polly, my dear daughter, celebrated me as well, at home. I liked this. She is very dear to me.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Vera

We had visitors here today. Vera, who is the oldest daughter of Orange, and two of her humans were here. It was a long time since the last time I saw Vera, but she was nice and friendly.

The humans sat down and talked for a long time. I am not sure what they were talking about, dialogues like this usually bores me, so I did not listen. I guess they had a nice time, sitting there for so long, though.

Vera also got to see her father Javier. They did not have much tosay to each other, however. Javier is a dog of few words.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Day Off?

Daniel had the day off and stayed home from work. I am not so sure what he means with a day off, however, since he was busy doing this and that almost without any break. He sorted and organised papers, finished some unfinished business with the kennel, cleaned, gave us food, washed clothes et cetera. Meanwhile, I could take it fairly easy. Sometimes, I am glad I am not a human, it seems like they are always busy doing things.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Birthday

It is the birthday of Daniel today. We celebrated it in part at our house, then Paula and Daniel also visited Paula’s parents and had more celebrations there.

Daniel told us he had a nice birthday, but he added that any day with us dogs is a day more happy than a birthday without dogs. I liked that he said so.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Birthday Presents

A dear friend of Paula and Daniel has a horse who turned ten years old. We collected funds and gave the horse some carrots and apples for his birthday.

Horses are nice animals. They have contributed greatly to the human-dog civilisation. I would even go so far as to say that horses are the second most important animals to humans, after dogs.

Daniel told me that his and Paula’s friend was very happy about the present. I hope the horse is, as well. I believe he is.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mosquitos and Ticks

The worst things about summer are here. Mosquitos are flying around. Ticks are stalking us in the grass. I wish those would be endangered species. Is anybody of a different opinion?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Allram

A pup came back to us today. It is Allram, who left us earlier this spring, but whose human has turned ill. Unfortunately for Allram, it seems like his human has a bad prognosis. Allram is welcome back here, though.

Allram was happy to be back here. We are happy to see him, too, but I had to put him in place. He was polite enough and recognised my authority right away. He is a nice lad.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Loading

All of the mobile units these days need electricity for their batteries. The downside is mainly that chargers may get broken without any recognisable cause. Daniel is really mad about chargers which have just spontaneously become broken. I do not say it is so bad. I have no problem writing my blog entries, anyway.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Lawn

Daniel mowed the lawn today. It was the first time this season, which was rather late. I guess Daniel has just himself to blame for being late. It looks good now, though.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Norway

It is the national holiday of Norway, Dad’s home country. Dad always celebrated the 17 May. I do too, but not really to the extent that Dad did.

Norway also celebrated by winning against Austria in the ongoing ice hockey World Championship today. This was a good way of celebrating. It was also important for Norway’s chances in the tournament.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Late Train

Daniel was in Stockholm today for his work. He went by train. The train home was cancelled, so he had to take a later train.

Late or cancelled trains are annoying things that happen in life. We can lose some time because of them. They are, however, not really bad. Daniel is not wounded or sick, he is just late. We miss him for a bitlonger, but he comes home. When people complain about late trains, they better think that there are a lot of worse accidents that canhappen to them.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Garbage

Once every fortnight, the garbage lorry comes by and empty our trash cans. This is a good community service.

We have two trash cans. One is for food waste, such as peels from fruit and potatoes. The other is for other garbage. We seldom have much food waste. I guess this is a good thing, it means we consume almost every piece of food we buy. There is, of course, nobody in this house who do not regularly finish her or his meals.

Daniel took the trash cans out tonight, because they will be emptied tomorrow. We do not like to have them standing by the road at other times, it does not look good. Putting them out for the garbage lorry is quite enough. I am grateful I do not have to put them out, though, because the trash can withother kinds of garbage can be heavy sometimes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Repairing the Roof

We have builders here, who repair parts of the roof on our house. It seemslike they are doing a great job. We have kept an eye upon them, but they are just working outdoors, so everything is fine.

I would like to have a house that stood forever, until you actively tore it down. Nothing lasts forever, though. If you want to keep your house, you have to repair parts of it now and then. It is good that we have humans who make sure our house is kept in a good shape.

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Prelude to the Anniversary

On the 20th of July this summer, it is fifty years since the first manned Lunar landing. Here is an interesting article about a BBC documentary dealing with the anniversary.

Landing menon the Moon was one of the greatest feats ever of humans. This is especially true since it was done within a decade of a political decision to do so and with the relatively limited technology and computer power of the 1960’s. I am amazed they pulled it of. We should all celebrate the anniversary, I think.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ice Hockey

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has started.

Sweden has played two games so far. There was a loss against Czechia, which is not nice, but Czechia is one of the great ice hockey nations and it is not embarrasing losing to them. The next game was versus Italy, a team which Sweden should beat. Sweden did, easily, 8-0. So far, Sweden is ranked last in its group, but there are more games to win. We believe there may be medals, perhaps even gold, this year again. We do hope so!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Joy

Here is a short film about a dog welcoming his human, who is back home after spending days at the hospital. Watch the film and get inspired and happy.

I can understand the dog. This is always a reason to be happy.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Extra Work

Paula has been called upon to make extra nights at work this weekend. It starts tonight. We are proud of Paula, who accepts this. It does involve extra work for us dogs as well. We have to keep watch when she prepares by sleeping.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Roaming Freely, With Dogs

It is often interesting to read about your own home country from the viewpoint of foreigners. Here is an interesting piece about ”allemansrätten”, the Swedish right to travel and visit most of the country, as long as you do not come too close to someone’s home. The article states that this right, and a high level of gender equality in Sweden, alows women to roam freely on their own. Note, however, that the woman in the pictures is not alone. She has a dog.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Speeding Pidgeon

A pidgeon flying low over a street in a German town was caught on an automatic traffic control camera. It was speeding, flying at 45 km/h where vehicles were just allowed to go in 30 km/h.

It is funny how animals can get mixed up with vehicles like this.

A driver would have had to pay a fine. The pidgeon will certainly not have to.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Botan

Daniel purchased a beer today, called Botan.

My firstborn son is called Botan, Aangenaam A Hero Comes Home. Daniel told me that as soon as he saw the tin in the store, he came to think of Botan. He said he wanted to try it out, just because it had the same name as Botan. I think this is a fine idea.

According to Daniel, the Botan beer is a double IPA with a rather sharp but nice taste. I do not drink beer, so I would not know.I am glad Daniel enjoys it, though. Botan is such a lovely boy.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Lost Idea

There are times when it is time for me to write a blog post, and I have this nagging feeling that I have had a great idea for a blog post earlier in the day, but just cannot recall what it was I thought I would write about. This affects me most of all. I also like to think, however, it affects you, my dear readers. If there were great ideas for blog posts, but these were forgotten, you lose the ideas just as I do. There may be times when I find an old idea again, and the blog post comes to be. Other times, the idea keeps eluding me. I am not sure I ever had the idea, but there is still a feeling I did have it.

I believe I lost a good idea today. I hopeit will come back to me. Otherwise, odds are I get other ideas worth writing about. Either way, I hope you stay tuned. Whatever happens with my ideas, blog posts will keep coming.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Ticks

Hello, Li’l Gertrud here!

It is the season for ticks. Paula pulled a tick off of me this afternoon. Ticks hurt. Even after they are gone, their bite hurts. It is good that we have humans who take care of ticks, when they find them on us.

Yesterday, Grand Mum Hailey wrote a blog post about the extinction of humans, that may or may not happen. I wish ticks would become extinct, this would be a help for many other animals.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

After Extinction?

There was this odd article about a human exploring what Earth would be like after humans would be extinct. Do we have to care? Dogs will probably survive, unless humans would be extinct because Earth would become uninhabitable for all of us living here.

I do not think humans will be extinct anytime soon. Not dogs either. Humans are too clever and resourceful to get extinct. Give humans a few centuries more, and they will expand into outer space and bring biospheres with them. They will make Earth’s life survive Earth and the Sun, I believe. Daniel says so, anyway, and I believe him.

Sometimes, I wish I would live for centuries, just to see what will come to pass.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Birthday

Paula’s sister Mia celebrated her birthday today. Paula and Daniel were there. The rest of us sent our greetings by them.

According to Paula, Mia was very happy about the celebrations. This is good.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Pop Corn

We had pop corn tonight. Pop corn are tasty and nice.

Pop corn were invented by native Americans. They brought dry cornon their journeys, and popped them over bonfires to increase their volume.

Pop corn with salt and butter is my favourite.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

New Emperor

Japan has a new Emperor.


The old Emperor Akihito abdicated yesterday in favour of his son Naruhito. Formally, Naruhito became Emperor today.


In a way, Naruhito is also the Emperor of every Shiba in the World, whatever country we live in. Our breed is from Japan. The Japanese Kennel Club decides on the breed standard. This is in accordance with the rules of the International Kennel Federation FCI, which says the kennel club of the home country of a breed decides upon the breed standard. The Japanese Kennel Club is incorporated in Japan, where Naruhito is now Emperor and Head of State.


I am born and raised in Sweden and registrered with the Swedish Kennel Club. Still, I am also Japanese, since I am a Shiba.


Long live the Emperor!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Spring Celebration

It is the last evening of April, when spring is celebrated across most of Sweden. We call it Valborgsmässoafton (Valborg’s Mass Eve), since tomorrow is the name day of Saint Valborg. On this day, large bonfires are often lit. With the dry April we have had, many bonfires have been left unlit this year. I hope it will be better next year, and that we get a lot of rain in May to compensate for the dry weather in April. Draught is no fun.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Something Might Be Broken

There is an ugly sound coming from the back of the car, when itis on the move. We are afraid something is broken, probably the suspension or something in that area. It is difficult having a car that is not working properly, especially since it usually cost a lot of money to have it fixed.

Sometimes, I wish technical stuff would just not be so complicated, so they would not be torn or broken as often as they are. A car will not heal, either, as a dog, a human, or other animal does. I am glad they work most of the time, though.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

An Excellent Start

My granddaughter Gertrud and grnadson Harry started their dog show careers yesterday. Both of them won CAC’s.

This is an excellent debut in official dog show classes. I wish them both good luck on their upcoming dog shows.

Gertrud told me she had liked going to the show. Thisis just like Ihave always done myself, so I enjoyed hearing this. Perhaps Gertrud is my true successor in the show rings?

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Certificates

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

I went with Paula and Daniel to a dog show today. My brother Harry and his humans were there as well.

We both competed in intermediary class, both winning the respective classes. Harry was best male and won a certificate. I was second best bitch, but I lost to a bitch who was already a champion, so I won a certificate as well.

It was a great day. Harry and I had not met for a very long time, it was nice seeing him again. The great reaults in the show ring for the both of us were also terrific. On top of this, we got good things to eat.

I can understand why granny Hailey is so fond of going to dog shows.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Nice Japanese Movie

Daniel and I watched a Japanese movie tonight on C More. It is called Your Name. It is a love story with supernatural ingredients. Even though there are just a few images of dogs in it, it is a lovely story of human love. If you have C More and like love stories, do watch it!

Peace Gift Puppies

A dog in South Korea has given birth to puppies. This is not any South Korean dog, it is a peace gift from the President of Norh Korra to the President of South Korea. The dog was given less than two months ago and must have been bred before this.

This must be one of the finest peace gifts ever given. There are good things coming from North Korea.

I presume the pups will be registered with the South Korean kennel club.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Draught

We have had warm and sunny weather for months, no rain in sight. There have been reports about forest fires in other parts of Sweden, the kind of fires normally just heard of in the middle of the summer. Rain might come next week. I sure hope it does. I do not like to be outdoors when it is raining, but I am tired of this draught now. Nature needs rain.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Rain Over Notre Dame?

There is a risk that the fire damaged cathedral Notre Dame in Paris may be further damaged, if rain wound fall upon it. Parts of the carhedral have been covered, but sufficient cover for all of the cathedralis not yet in place.

We yearn for rain here in Örebro. We have not had a drop of rain in weeks. I wish all of the rain that the forecasts predict for Paris in the comming weeks, would fall on Örebor instead. This would preserve the old cathedral, and it would give much needed water to all the growing things in Örebro, as well as to our well.

You cannot predict the weather, but you can hope.

Monday, April 22, 2019

We Are Shibas

Hello, Orange here!

A member of my son Fuji’s family had posted a picture on Facebook of Fuji. Naturally, a lot of people commented on it, stating that he is cute. One friend of Paula and Daniel wondered, however, what breed is was. She wrote that shehad forgotten. Daniel answered that Fuji is a Shiba.

We are Shibas. I tend to forget that not everybody knows this. As I am a Shiba, and a lot of my family and friends consist of Shibas, it is easy to forget that there are so many families around the world who does not have a single Shiba in their household. I feel sorry for them, and I can understand why people forget that we are Shibas. I wish more people would remember this. Perhaps they will in the future. I have helped populate the world with Shibas.

Late Night Easter Cake

Late at night after Easter Day, we got up and Paula let us taste an Easter cake.

There is not a single type of cake called Easter cake, as far as I can tell. This cake had an Easter yellow top and was similar to a Princess cake. It was quite tasty.

There can be many reasons for getting up late at night. Having a late night snack is one of the better reasons, especially when the snack is cake. I really enjoyed this cake.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

It is Easter Day. We celebrated mainly by having a nice and quiet day at home.

Easter is the holiday when Swedes eat the most candy. We have had a lot of candy this Easter, and had it today as well. Life is good.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Day in Between

Good Friday was yesterday, Easter Dayis tomorrow. This day is Easter Eve, the dayin between the two fundamental and great days of Christian worship.

It says in the Bible that on Good Friday, Christ died for the sins of humanity. He made the ultimate sacrifice to God, so that anyone who believes in him will be saved. On Easter Day, Christ rose again from being dead, thus defeating death and promising eternal life for those who believes.

Is this salvatio. there for dogs too,or do we not need it? If sin is something essentially human, perhaps dogs do not need to be saved from sin. Will we have eternal life? Paula says she is sure we will.

Nevertheless, Easter is a nice holiday with a lot of good food and candy. I wish you all a Happy Easter!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Bread Rolls with Cheese

One of the exciting things about feeding time is that you can never be sure what your humans put in your food bowl. It is often just your ordinary dog food, but quite often as well, we get something extra in the bowls. The extra treat today was rolls of thin bread with cheese. This was quite tasty. Bread is quite all right, cheese is great. It formed a very good combination. I wish we could have these kinds of treats more often.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Winning a Series of Games

Daniel is happy tonight. His favourite Swedish ice hockey team, Djurgården, has made it to the finals and has a chance to win gold.

I am not that interested in ice hockey, but I am happy for Daniel’s sake.

It is interesting to note that although Djurgården did not score most goals through the seven games, they won most of the games. This is what counts in the end. It is the same under many circumstances, you do not win for scoring the most, you win for scoring at the right time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Birthday

Daniel has a sister who turns another decade old today. Congratulations to her! She does not have any dogs, but she is still Daniel’s sister and when I have met her, she was a very nice person. We have sent her a birthday card by mail, I hope she liked it.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame

The great, old Cathedral Notre Dame (Our Lady, a.k.a. the Virgin Mary, mother of God) in Paris is on fire.

The fire probably started as an accident, in conection with renovations.

This is a great tragedy. Notre Dame is a symbol of the Church, one of the greatest such symbols. It is also a symbol of Paris and, thus, of France.

I hope most of the Cathedral will be saved and that the burned parts will be rebuilt.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Home Again

Hello, Orange here!

This weekend, I have been away, but I am back home now.

It has been a good weekend. I have learned to know a new family, very nice people. They liked me as much as I liked them, as far as I can tell.

It might be, that I will move to this new family. I would like this. I love it back home, but with the new family, I would be the top ranked dog. We will have to see what happens.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Coffee Maker

We got a new coffee maker today. Paula and Daniel rarely drink coffee at home, but often serve it when they have guests here. None of us dogs drink coffee. Our coffee maker was fairly old, so Paula got a deal for a new one. I guess this is important, since it is always important to impress guests, and good coffee is, apparently, something toimpress guests by. Thus, I hope the new coffee maker will be a success.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Weekend Journey

Hello, Orange here!

I will spend this weekend with another family in our town. They are nice people, it will be an adventure.

There are times when I have been envious of the dogs who have moved from one place to another, where the other place may be our place. I was born and raised here and still live here. It will be quite interesting to see someplace else. I will let you know more when I am back.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Floors

This time of the year, the floors tend to get dirty. It is not so bad this year, since itis so dry outside, but there are dirt coming in from outside. I guess it is one advantage of the dry spring we have. Still, the floors have to be cleaned now and then.

We helped Daniel clean the floors tonight. It feels better walking on cleaner floors. Perhaps we should clean the floors even more often than we do? It is, however, a boring thing to do. You can do it often, but not too often, in order not to be too bored. The floors are clean enough most of the time.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cold and Dry

We have had coldmornings this week. The temperatures have been well below zero. Still, there has been no frost. It is very dry. We had a little snow yesterday morning, but there has been no other precipitation for a long time. I hope our well will not run dry.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A Year of Food

My brother Jiro has won a competition. The prize was a year’s worth of dog food.

I hope Jiro remember me, his older sister from his litter, and that I might get a little piece of the prize.

Most of all, I want to congratulate Jiro for the victory. He is a great Shiba, well worth the prize. After all, he became Swedish Show Champion even before me. He deserves this victory.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

New Family

Hello, Orange here!

We had visitors today, a couple of humans who wanted to be Allram’s new family. They were very nice people and had a friendly Lhasa Apso, so we decided they could be. Allram will move to them next weekend. A red male Shiba was just what they wished for.

I believe this will be great for Allram, though I will miss him. You have to let your pups get their own families and lives.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

It Goes On and On

The process on Brexit, when and how Britain will leave the European Union, goes on.

Today, the debates in the House of Commons wereinterrupted by water flowing in from the ceiling. I guess not even the forces of nature think the prolonged Brexit process is anything to be happy about.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

New Era

With every new Emperor in Japan, there is a new era. Each era has a name.

In May, the current Emperor Akihito will step down. His eldest son will become the new Emperor. The name of the new era will be Reiwa.

Some people in Japan believes it is unnecessary to stick to the old custom of naming eras for the Emperors. I disagree. I cannot see any reasonable reason to discontinue this tradition, thus, I cannot see any need to do so.

I wish the new Emperor and all of the dogs and humans in Japan good luck in the new era.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Joke

No, there was no meteorite that fell close to us. Nothing fell from the sky yesterday. It was just my annual April's fools joke.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Meteorite Struck an Old House

A small meteorite has struck down in the woods between our house and the house of Paula's parents. We went there and watched the crater on the morning walk today. The forces of nature are strong. We were lucky, though, everything that was struck was trees and one of the old, abandoned summer houses. Now, there is no need to tear this house down, the town can save some money.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Moving

Hello, Orange here!

My half sister Karen had a litter of pups in the summer of 2017. One of them has moved to a new family today. He lived with a family since he left here as a little pup, but they have had personal problems and have agreed with another family that the dog will move there.

It must be difficult for the humans not to be able to keep their dog. The dog will make something good about it. As dogs, we live in the here and now. Even though Karen and I are not the best of friends, I hope for the best for her son. I do think this will turn out to be good. It is better to give a dog a new home, that trying to fight on against high odds.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

New Family

Hello, Orange here!

My son Fuji’s new family came by today. They were very nice people, I am certain Funi will get a great life with them.

Myother son in this litter, Allram, will live with us. I like this, it is the first time one of my pups will stay here. In this case, I know for a fact Allram will have a great life.

Friday, March 29, 2019

More Japanese

Sometimes, we Shibas discuss woth our Poodle friends whois most Japanese. While Fuji, Karen, and Gunde were born in Japan, none of the rest of us were. I have never set my paw in Japan. Our Poodle friends Laila and Momoko were both born in Japan, however. They are of a French breed, though, while we are of a Japanese breed. I believe there are arguments going both ways. This makes for nice, friendly, verbal fights. I like that.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sleepy

Paula was so sleepy tonight, that she almost fell asleep eating dinner. I do not think this would ever happen to me, I like food too much. I have heard rumours about pups falling asleep while eating. Paula must just have been very tired.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Deep Sleep

Paula worked last night and tonight. She slept today. When Daniel came home late in the afternoon, we barked a bit, as usual. Paula did not wake up. This is very unusual.

She did wake up later, when her alarm clock went off. She toldus she had had a very deep and satisfying sleep, and was at a very good mood. I am glad for her. We all know the difference between a good sleep and a bad sleep. Hopefully, she has learned a trick and can get the same kind of sleep again, many times.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Not the Most Usual Evening Walk

This evening, I went with Daniel, as he gave Paula a ride to work. When we got home again, we went for an evening walk with Gunde and Fuji. I normally do not go on evening walks with them. It was quite nice, I could tell they enjoyed the female company that I contributed with.

Gunde and Fuji are both nice guys. Sometimes, I think I should hang out with them more than I do. It is not that I see them seldom, it just could be more often. It is like many other things you want to do more often, but just do not come around to. Life is satisfying, nevertheless, it is just that it could be even better.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Sick

Daniel came home from work feeling sick today. He said he thought he had eaten something bad.

Paula had been to the hospital for care of her hip. She really had reason to feel sick, with all the shots she had been given et cetera. Still, Daniel laid down in bed to rest.

Almost an hour later, it was time for Paula to go to work. Daniel got up and gave her a ride, as he usually does. This honours him. His hour lying in bed does not.

Later this night, Daniel felt better. This is good.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pups Playing

April’s pups were playing in the living room for hours. They have got so much energy. I remember that I was once like this as well. It was fun, running around like this, discovering new things here and there. Nevertheless, I am more comfortable with my slower life now. I like to believe that life experience have made me wiser. I can take a little part in the playing, but this is quite enough. Life is good.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Qualifiers

The qualification round to the Euro 2020 championship in football has started. Sweden won its first game against Romania.

Norway plays in the same group as Sweden and faced Spain. Unfortunately, Dad’s home country Norway lost to Spain.

There are many games to go. Next week, Sweden and Norway will face each other. Norway is usually one of my favourites, but I will root for Sweden.

Friday, March 22, 2019

New Sheets

There are occasions when we have clean sheets. Tonight, we had something even better, we had new sheets.

It is great, having new or clean sheets in the bed. This makes us sleep better, rest better, and just hang around better.

Clean sheets is the shit – but the opposite of shit.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

When Sweetness Is Not Wellcome

When you have a sandwich, you do not want sweet fruit in it. Whyisit, then, that some makers of the Swedish specialty sandwich cake (smörgåstårta) have sweet fruit in it? It is beyond me. People who design sandwich food like this should be sentenced to prison for battery or something like that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Equinox

It is spring equinox and full moon at the same time. This is the reason for the late Easter this year. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. When there is a full moon at the equinox, you have to wait until the next full moon to count down to Easter Day. Calendars are funny that way.

I am looking forward to Easter. There are many holidays and a lot of good food and candy. It is, however, not that far away.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hair Dressing

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

Paula has been a hair dresser today. She has cut the hair on our Poodle friends Laila and Momoko.

Poodles do not shed their coat, so it needs to be cut. I am glad I shed my coat. I would not want to stand on a table with the hair cutter for so long. I guess I am lucky this way. Laila and Momoko do not seem to think it is very unfair, though.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Snoring

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

Someone is snoring, when the rest of us try to sleep. This is really annoying.

Even more annoying may be the probable outcome if I would wake the snoring fellow up to stop the noise. She would get angry, high volume arguments would be thrown around, and I would have to take the blame for it.

I just wish the snoring would stop.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Updated Toys

Hello, Karstuhl here!


Apparently, if you have a mobile telephone these days, many applications in it needs to be updated very often. These applications are often mostly used as toys for the humans. Updates takes time, band width, and electricity from the battery of the telephone.


I wonder if the applications are so bad, in all versions, that they need to be constantly updated. It is not like the functionality differs in a way that you can usually observe from version to version. Whatever the reason, it is quite annoying.


If you buy a dog toy, it stays the same until it is chewed to pieces, in which case you throw it away and get a completely new one. You do not have to update dog toys.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Recognition of a Champion

Daniel went to the annual meeting of the Örebro County Kennel Club today. He came home with a nice big prize for our Affenpinscher friend Morran, because she became Swedish Show Champion last year.


I think it is a nice tradition to offer this kind of recognition to all the new champion dogs in the county every year. I got one myself many years ago. Morran's prize has different colours, but the prize is still the same. Whether the new or the old style is better looking is a question of taste.


Congratulations again to your Championship title, Morran!
It was an extra spice to the prize, that this happened on Morran's birthday.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dogs and Wolves

I am always interested in scientific studies about dogs and wolves. Here is an interesting article that shows that both dogs and wolves can cooperate with humans. Wolves cooperate a little differently, however. They tend to work more independently.

Other studies have shown that Shibas are the dogs who are most closely related to wolves. Perhaps studies like this can give a clue as to how Shibas are independent, for being dogs.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pi Day

Hello, Karstuhl here!

The third month of the year, the fourteenth day of this month, is close to 3.14, which is an approximation of π. This means that this day is π day. The mathematical constant π is the ratio between the radius and the circumference of a perfect circle on a level surface.

In English, π is pronounced just like pie. Thus, you can celebrate π day today by eating pie. There is an extra touch to this, as pies are usually circular in shape, when seen from above.

We did not have pie today. You can celebrate π anyway. We did not, but you can. I just do not see the fun in it, if you do not have pie.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gone for the Night

We are used to nights when Paulais not at home, because she often works at night. This is because she is an intensive care unit nurse and these nurses need to be on the job around the clock.

Tonight, Paula is not at home, but this time it is because she spends some time with her sister. She said she wanted somebody to talk to. I did not really understand that, Paula and Daniel often talk to each other. Well, I guess Paula may have wanted some new ideas and to see her talking points from a different angle. Her sister can surely help with this.

We look forward to seeing Paula tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ice Cream?

Last nigt, we had ice cream to eat. Tonight, all ice cream were all ready eaten. I love ice cream, so I am very disappointed when we are out of ice cream.

Of course, there are other things that are more tasty than ice creaam. Not many things, but some things. Meat,  sausages, meat balls, et cetera are tastier. Ice cream are among the best, nevertheless. I would love to eat ice cream every day.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Pups

We got to meet and get to know Orange’s latest litter of pups today. There are two boys, no girls. They are cute, as any Shiba pups, and full of life.

It was fun at times, but they also need to learn how to behave. I helped Orange to teach them some manners. I still knows what it is like rearing pups. Orange has done a good job, but since the pups are still so young, nobody could expect they would be fully behaved. They do learn and it was a nice time with them. It made the day special.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Show Training

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

Paula and I trained for dog shows today. Grand Mum Hailey says dog shows are the best events you could ever go to. Paula says I am a natural talent. It does seem like the future in dog shows may be on my side. I do not want to take anything for granted, but I want to try dog shows out. There may be a lot of dog shows for us this summer.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Perhaps a New Family

Hello, Orange here!

A human couple came here to visit us today. They were interested in becoming the new family for one of my pups. I liked them, they were nice people and both pups felt comfortable with them. They would not say now that they really wanted a pup, though, but we will hear from them in a day or two. Getting a pup is an important thing and I understand if there are a lot of things to think about and talk about, before they really make up their minds. I would entrust them with my pup.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Re-organising

Paula and Daniel believe they have had too littleorder. They wanted to get things together and re-organise them tonight. They moved things around, throwing some things away and putting other things in drawers. It ends up with fewer things just laying around on tables and shelves. I guess this is good. It does look better.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Head Injury

Our beloved Poodle friend Laila has had a small injury on the top of her skull. We do not know exactly how or why, and she has not been in pain. The trouble is that it has not healed properly. Paula took Laura to the veterinarian today and the veterinarian cleaned and stitched the wound. We are confident that Laura will be fully healed now. Even though she has not beenin pain, it is still good that the wound has been taken care of. It will be all right.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Cook Islands to change names?

Hello, Karstuhl here!

The political leaders of the Cook Islands consider renaming the islands. It is now named after James Cook, the British captain who was the first European who got there. The idea is to have a new name in the native Maori language.

A referendum in 1994 said no to a change of names. Even though many years have passed since, this result still must still be a factor against changing names. There is also no old name to revive, the people in favour of a change try to make up a new name in the native language. I think this is silly. Even though you believe the present name of your land is a foreign name, it is still better than a newly made up name.

My main reason for opposing a name change, however, is the nice name that the islands have now. A cook is someone who prepares food. Food is tasty, eating is a wonderful thing to do. Why would you want to remove a name which brings your thoughts to cooks and food? I would not want to. I just wish I would have a little say in the matter.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Noisy Pups

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Orange’s pups can be rather noisy, when they play with each other. I cannot remember any of my pups being this loud. We try to tell them to be quiet, but they do not listen to us. I wish Orange could tell the off a little better. It is disturbing, especially late at night, when we try to sleep. You have to forgive them, though, Shiba pups are so cute.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Cheeseburger

Hello, Orange here!

There are fringe benefits of having pups. This evening I got a cheeseburger. I got it all by myself. The pups had other things for dinner.

After dinner, we all went out. The pups are great at doing what they have to do outdoors. They are true Shiba pups.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Going Out

Hello, Orange here!

My pups are going out more and more often. They are good at it, they often do what needs to be done outdoors.

Accidents still happen. They are not yet six weeks old. This evening, Daniel brought us a late night snack. When we were done, but before Daniel had the time to take us out, his toes got warm and wet.

Daniel did not get angry, of course. Who could get angry with a little pup? He just took care of things. In the end, no harm was done.

Now, we can sleep tight.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Going to the Moon

Canada will join the USA in an effort to put humans on the Moon again in the 2020s. I am not sure I will live to see this. Nevertheless, I think it is a good endeavour. Civilisation needs to expand to other celestial bodies. I hope dogs will soon go there, too.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Asian Food

Paula and Daniel had some Asian food for dinner today, Gai Yang Chicken. There were some chicken left for us dogs, and it was quite tasty. I am certain Japanese food is better than this Chinese food, but it was not bad, not bad at all. Chicken is always chicken, it is difficult to imagine chicken not being tasty.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Future Moon Bases

Here is an interesting article about building bases on the Moon. I wish there were bases already, and that I could go there. It would be fantastic to be the very first dogon the Moon. Whenever there will be permanent settlements on other celestial bodies, dogs need tobe there,

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ice Cream

Paula came home from work this morning. Then we had some ice cream. Ice cream is tasty, this was a good snack before we all went to bed to sleep for a while. Paula is such a great human to havein our family.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Chicken

Hello, Orange here!

Paula put some chicken on the floor, where I was. It was very tasty. She then got mad at me for eating it, at Daniel for not stopping me, and probably at herself for putting it on the floor for me, without intending for me to have it. I can understand the anger. If I would have left chicken without thinking about that somebody else could reach it, and this somebody ate fromit, I would also be angry. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it while I ate it.

Monday, February 25, 2019

New Brexit/Bremain Referendum?

The biggest British opposition party, Labour, says it is prepared to support a new referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU or not. The Brits already had a referendum in 2016, when the Brexit side won versus the Bremain side. At the time, however, nobody knew how Britain would leave the EU. The government has negotiated an exit treaty, but Parliament has turned it down.

Will there be a new referendum? With the chaos that seems to be in British politics, perhaps there will be. Will the result still be Brexit? Who knows? It was close last time.

I just hope the possibilities for dogs to travel to and from the UK will not be impaired.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Paula Came Home

Paula has been away for a couple of days. She came home this afternoon. We were all very happy to see her.

As much as we can cope at home, when we just have the company of Daniel, it is always better when Paula is at home as well. We always want the whole family at home. It makes us calmer.