Sunday, May 19, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

If I Believed I Could Make a Difference

Sometimes, coincidences seem like there is a thought behind them. After my blog post yesterday, when I wrote about the return of snow and winter temperatures, we suddenly have had thaw today. The snow of the day before yesterday is almost gone again.

If I believed I could make a supernatural change with the things I write in my blog, I would probably think my blog post of yesterday had something to do with the thaw of today. Now I am not supersticious in this way. I just think it was a coincidence. The coincidence is funny enough to write about.

We will see if winter will come back again. It very well might.

Friday, February 22, 2019

It is February

We got snow again yesterday. Not much, just a couple of centimetres, but the world got brighter. The thaw is over and the snow remains tonight. The strange thing is the long thaw that we had last week and at the start of this week. It is February, it is supposed to be winter, cold weather and snow. I actually like it. I just believe it is too little snow for a decent playing time.

First Privately Funded Moon Probe

The very first privately funded probe launched for the Moon had a lift off today from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is owned and operated by an Israeli company. The probe is named Beresheet, which is Hebrew for ”In the beginning”.

It is quite a feat for a private company to launch a Lunar probe like this. Precious soft landings on the Moon have been made by governemnt agencies, from the USA, Russia (and the former USSR), and China. I like the prospect. Private companies do things for profit, which means there must be a business case here. This means there may be more economy to Lunar expeditions now and in the future, whoch means there may be more of them. If you have the economy, you can make the expedition.

I look forward to news about a successful soft landing.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sitting by the Computer

Daniel spent most of the evening by his computer. Paula was not at home. This made the evening boring.

I do use the computer, or similar device, once a day to write my blog. This does not take hours, like the time Daniel spent today. He said there were things for the kennel he had to do, and things for his political party. I still believe he could have spent a little time with us in the sofa.

On the other paw, there are many evenings when both Paula and Daniel spend most of the time with us, not to mention the holidays, when a lot of full days are spent with us too. There is really no reason to complain.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ivory Smuggler Sentenced to Prison in Tanzania

A Chinese business woman, who has lived in Tanzania since the 1970’s, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison for smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks. She smuggled the tusks to East Asia, where they are in high demand despite elephants being an endangered species.

The sentenced is hailed with joy by many people, mostly because the woman has been at the centre of smuggling operations. She is not just another small time dealer.

I like this sentence as much as most people. Poaching and smuggling ivory is an evil business. There are so many other materials to make things from, you do not have to use a material from an endangered species. I hope for a decline in poaching.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Full Moon and Birthday

Hello, Karstuhl here!

The Moon is full. This feels good today, since it is my birthday, and my name is Full Moon Eclipse.

There was an eclipse of the full Moon last month. One would think the higher powers could have postponed it to this full Moon. This would have been an even better mark of my birthday. Eclipses are not postponed, however. I have had a great birthday, nevertheless.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Engagement Day

A lot of years ago today, Paula and Daniel got engaged. They married the next year.

I guess this is worth celebrating. I never got engaged to my big love, Kenny. We had a great life together anyway, and pups. Human traditions are different than dog traditions. I guess that which fits humans does not always fits dogs, and vice versa.

Congratulations, Paula and Daniel!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Minced Meat

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

We got miced meat in pur food today. This was great. I wonder if there is anything that beats meat, when it comes to food. Minced meat is like the essence of meat. It is great. I wish we could have it more often.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Seizing Smuggled Rhino Horns

Customs in Hong Kong has seized a huge load rhino horns, which two men tried to smuggle from Africa, through Hong Kong to Vietnam.

The rhino is an endangered species. This is mostly due to supersticion in Asia, where they believe the horns from rhinos have powers which no scientist would recognise. I hate superstition that makes humans do stupid things, like making animals endangered. It is a great thing, then, that these rhino horns were seized.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Vegetables

Paula had a sallad for dinner. A lot of lettuce and other vegetables.

There were some cheese too, and a little meat. This is why I asked to get a taste of it. Do not think I want vegetables, if I am not really hungry. Cheese and meat is tasty, however.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gun Shots

Daniel’s brother Elias lives in a suburb of Stockholm with his dog Sheldon. It is normally a quiet and peaceful place. Today, however, a bank close by was robbed, police were chasing the robbers, and gun shots were fired in the street where Elias and Sheldon lives. Sheldon was alone at home when this happened. He managed to safeguard the home, however, no villains even attempted to enter it. Kudos to Sheldon for being a good watchdog.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ice

Hello, Gerstuhl here, again!

One might think that when there are temperatures above the freezing point for many days, the ice on the ground would melt and disappear, making it easier to walk. This is not the case. Instead, the snow melts and freezes at night, so there is more ice on the ground, more slippery, more difficult to cross.

Well, the older Shibas tell me this is just a transition into spring. It will probably just last for a few days, if the thaw continues. I hope so. I do not like to walk slowly and carefully across the ice. We will have to see what happens.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tagliatelle

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

We got tagliatelle for dinner tonight. This is a funnily shaped pasta, like spaghetti, but wider and flat. It is quite tasty, like pasta usually is.

Dogs are carnivores. This does not mean, however, that we cannot eat anything else or loathe anything else. Pasta is an example of tasty food which does not need to contain meat.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cold

It is warmer outside. The snow continues to melt.

It is also warmer indoors, thanks to the warmer weather outdoors.

Paula, however, has a cold. We feel sorry for herand lay close to keep her warm. It is rather cozy, though.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Lasagne

Paula, Daniel, and I spent the evening with Paula’s sister Mia and her children. We had some lasagne. I got a really big serving of lasagne. It was really tasty, as always, when Paula cooks it. Paula is great at making lasagne.

It is nice meeting the children. They know my granddaughter Soya, so they know how to communicate with a dog. I wish all human children would grow up with dogs, so they would learn how to communicate with us in the self evident way that children learn languages and communication.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Swapping Back

The other night, Paula and Daniel swapped places in bed. Now theyjave swapped back. I hope it will stay this way for a while now. It is not that I am opposed to changes as such, but swapping places in bed is an unnecessary change, which makes me slightly confused. It is better when both humans and dogs sleep where they use to sleep. When I am tired at night, I just want the normal routines to work, it makes for a sound sleep.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Thaw

It is still early February, but the snow is thawing. I know I wished that there would not be more snow in a couple of days, but I did not want rain, as we have had today.

Weather is a funny thing, sometimes. I bet winter is not yet over. There will be more days with cold temperatures, more snow, later in February and probably even March. It is interesting, these shifts from cold to warm, to cold again. We will see what will come.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Drugs Smuggled in Pups

Some drug smugglers are more ruthless than others. A Colombian veterinarian has been jailed in the USA for smuggling narcotics from Colombia to the USA inside live pups.

The drugs were i serted into the pups in liquid form inside plastic bags. Luckily, the police found out and rescued a lot of pups, some of whom were adopted by police officers.

Smuggling is not the most serious crime, not even when the things smuggled are potentially poisonous things like drugs. Smuggling by the use ofinnocent pups, however, is terrible. This should be considered animal abuse, and this sentence added to that of the smuggling, I believe.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Swapping Places

Paula went to bed before Daniel tonight. She took his side of the bed. Then Daniel took her side of the bed. This was a bit confusing.

I like routines and traditions. Life is foreseeable, if you follow routines. Then life is easier. You can devote more thought and time to other things than just getting an update on new routines, which may not even last.

We will have to see if Paula and Daniel swaps places again, tomorrow night.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Shoveling Snow

We got another snowfall last night. Daniel went out in the morning, shoveling snow. When he was almost finished, snow started to fall again. Luckily, this was more of an ironic twist,it did not come much snow during the day.

I like it, when there is a lotof snow on the ground. It is fun to play in it. Still, there may be limits. We have had enough for a little while now, I believe. You can never control the weather, but you can hope. I hope there will be some days now without much more snow.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Illegal Horse Training Devices

Polocein Australiahas discovered illegal training devices at the facility of a well known horse trainer. There were things to give horses electric shocks tomake them run faster. This is illegal, because it is hurting the horses.

I cannotunderstand how anybody wouldwant to train an animal by hurting it. It will come back to hurt the person, like in this story. It is better to make friends with the animals. If the animals feel like it is fun to win, they will want to win. There is no reason to hurt them, then.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

A Lot of Snow

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

We have a lot of snow on the ground now, many decimetres. I have never seen so much snow. It makes for so much fun, when we are out in the yard. I love it.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Good Food

Paula was at home with us all day. I like these days.

Paula often give us tastier things to eat than Daniel does. While Daniel often give us nothing more than dog food, Paula adds tasty things like cheese, ham, meatballs and the odd piece of candy. This happened today, as well. We got a lot of good things to eat. This makes for a great start for the weekend.

Snow is falling. This is also fun.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Bacon

Paula gave us bacon today. Bacon is great.

Do I need to say more?

We got bacon!

Bacon is great!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Iranians Ban Dog Walking

The humans who rule in Iran’s capitol Teheran cannot be very wise. They have decided to ban people from walking their dogs in public spaces in Teheran. Officially, this is because dogs were ”creating fear and anxiety” among other humans. The ban includes driving with a dog in the car.

There have been many actions taken against dogs and their humans in Iran. The Islamic leaders claim dogs are ”unclean” and the holding of dogs is just due to bad western influence sice the time of the ousted monarchy.

Well, if dogs and their humans were treated with respect in the days of the monarchy, this is just another proof that monarchyis good and Islamism is bad. Which sane human can actually dislike dogs? All dogs like humans.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sometimes, You Wonder About a Purpose

Hello, Karstuhl here!

Sometimes, I write my blog entries on Daniel’s Ipad. It has a touch screen with the letters, and if you touch a certain square, you get special signs. One of these signs is kr. I wonder who came up with the idea that, instead of just typing a k followed by an r, you could chose special signs and type kr. The result is the same and there are an equal amount of touches on the touch screen. If you want to erase the special sign kr, you also have to touch backspace twice, so itis not one sign, but the two signs k and r.

Computer programmers are funny sometimes. This is one of those times. I refuse to believe any other reason for the special sign kr, than that it was funny to have it there.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Constant Snowfall

Snow has been falling all day. Daniel shoveled snow both in the morning and in the evening. He said he would probably have to hovel more snow tomorrow. It is easier to walk where the snow is taken away. On the other paw, it is more fun running around where the snow is deep.

I hope this snow will stay on the ground for quite a while. It is more fun that way.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Places in Bed

There can be differences of opinions among us dogs at night, when we go to bed. Some places are better than others, some of us believe. There are occasions when two of us want to lay on the same place, and there is an argument. It would be better if they would always let me decide. I am a great arbiter. The nights would be less troublesome then.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jápanese Victory in Australia

The Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka won the ladies’ tournament at the Australian Grand Slam tournament. This is one of the four greatest tennis tournaments in the world. Naomi Osaka also won the US Open this autumn and is now ranked as number one in the world. It is great that a Japanese player can do this.

Friday, January 25, 2019

News

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

Something very exciting has happened. I would like to tell you about it. Paula has said, however, we should wait for at least a couple of days.

I can barely contain this sectret, but I must, so I will.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cold Winter

It was probably the coldest day of this winter so far. We had temperatures of -13 C this morning. Of course, this is no problem for a Shiba. We come from Japan, where winters can be colder than this. Our coats are warm enough. It feels good, nevertheless, to stay indoors in the warm house.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Henry’s Fair

On the 19 January, Henrik has name day in Sweden. Thisis the same name as the English Henry. In the week following Henry, there is a fair in our hometown which dates back perhaps as much as 800 years. There are a lot of sales people in the centre of the town. At the same time, there is an annual conference for the mining industry.

Paula and Daniel often take a tour among the sales people. This year, however, it seems like they do not want to. There are so many other things to do, of course, like hanging around with us dogs. I can understand that they do not make a tour among the sales people a big priority. You can buy almost everything in ordinary stores.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Snow

We have a lot of snow now. Over the last couple of days, more than a decimetre of snow has filled the ground. This is fun. I become like a pup again, when I get the chance to jump and run around in the snow. I love it. This is the best part of winter. I wish this snow will last for a long time.

Monday, January 21, 2019

No Sight of the Eclipse

It was overcast this morning. Snow was falling. We got no sight of the eclipse. I am very disappointed.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lunar Eclipse!

If you get up really early tomorrow morning, and if you have a clear view of the Moon in the sky, you will see a Lunar eclipse. It is around 5:40 in the morning, they said on the radio.

The beautiful celestial show of a Lunar eclipse is what I got my name from.

The Moon will look red, when sunlight that has passed Earth's atmosphere will reflect back from its surface and reach us. With a full eclipse, the Moon turns black. It is a rare sight, one that I can recommend.

My friends can, of course, see a Lunar Eclips whenever they see me, because that is me.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

At Mia’s Place

This evening, we visited Mia again. Polly was there too, this time. Mia’s children were not, however. I guess they were having fun somewhere else. We had fun, where we were. Polly and I also got some nice treats. Treats always make the day better. Mia has a nice house, I like it there.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Administration

Sweden has a Prime Minister again. I am not sure why it has taken so long since the election last September. Daniel is very much into politics, he can often explain these things to me. Now, he does not understand, either. If he does not understand, I am not that displeased with not understanding, either.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Candy

Hello, Karstuhl here!

We got candy from Paula today. A lot of candy. Candy is great.

The downside was, Paula said we would not get so much ordinary food, because we had had so much candy. I knew there was a catch.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Constipated Washing Machine

Our washing machine has had constipation. Daniel has now, however, been able to get rid of the dirt in the drain hose. There was a little plastic piece of junk, barely bigger than the inside of the drain hose, that had been stuck in it. Dirt had accumulated around this little piece of plastic. The dirt is also removed and the washing machine is not constipated any more. We can now, once again, wash our blankets, stuffed toys, sheets, and the clothes of the humans without any trouble. I am glad it worked out.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Orange Juice

Hello, Orange here!

This evening, Paula let me drink some orange juice. I love the taste, the colour, and the name of it.

Oranges are nice fruits, and healthy. They are named from their colour, just like I was named from the orange like red coat that I had as a small pup. The colour is named from the livery colour of the Royal House of Orange.

I would like to drink orange juice more often.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lost Voice

I feel sosorry for Paula. She has a sore throat and has almost lost her voice. She can just whisper what she want to say.

I would not want to lose my voice. Sometimes, it is necessary to bark or growl. One of my duties is to be a watch dog, this means I have tosound the alarm sometimes. I use my voice to do this. Without my voice, it would be hard to fulfill my duty.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

End of Christmas

It is the end of Christmas today, by Swedish tradition.

Paula, Daniel, and I visited Paula’s sister Mia and her children. We danced, took down the Christmas tree, ate the ginger bread house, and had fun. It was a good day. I like the children, it is fun to be with them.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Arguments

My granddaughter Gerstuhl (a.k.a. Li’l Gertrud) can be quite annoying. We get into arguments onceina while, because she is stubborn. I cannot really blame her. I am stubborn myself. They even say it is a thing with Shibas, we are generally more stubborn than the average dog. Then again, who wants to be average? The thing about Gerstuhl is that she is stubborn, even when both I and her mother Karstuhl tells her of. She should have a little more respect for her seniors. I guess she will, once she gets pups of her own. Then she will experience stubborn young ones.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Compromise

The two politicalparties at the ideological centre in the Swedish parliament have usually seen as part of the centre-right, together with two parties who are more conservative. The two centre parties have, however, today made a compromise with the social democrats and the environmentalists. These four parties will try to rule the country until the next general election in 2022. Those who live to see it will  know what happens. I doubt these centre parties will gain from it. They will not see many ideas become reality, and will lose voters. It might be better in the future, after next election.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dog Food Made out of Insects?

Some dog food manufacturers have started to make dog food from insects, instead of mainly using the left overs from the meat industry. It is said this is more climate and environmentaly friendly. It also contains a lotof proteins and other nutrients. However, as is stated in this article, what will happen to the left overs of the meat industry, if dogs do not eat it?

Our main dog foodis made out of fish. We like it. It fits our Japanese heritage, we think. I would gladly eat meat and left overs from the meat industry, but not so eagerly insects.

I say that humans who eat insects may give their dogs insects. If not, give your dogs meat and fish!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Feeling Bad

Paula was feeling bad today. She went to the hospital and had some tests taken. She said that if there would have been an immediate danger, they would have told her so. She did not hear from them. Thus, we drew the conclusion that there is no immediate danger. This is good, though Paulais still feeling bad.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Momoko

Hello, Gerstuhl here!

Most of us dogs are Shibas. Still, the little Poodle Momoko normally lay claim on Daniel, when we go to bed. She makes sure she is petted by him, and only she. I am a little jealous of Momoko for this. There is nothing I can do about it, however. Momoko is older and higher in rank than I am. On occasions, I have taken Momoko’s place. This is good, but rare. I just have tobe satisfied with what I can get.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Important Mission

Daniel and I performed a very important mission this evening. Paula’s father Nils-Olov gave us five kilogrammes of minced moose meat, provided that we would come and get it right away. We did.

We walked quickly there, and quickly home. I was eager to complete the mission.

I hoped we, or at least I, would get some minced meat whwn we returned home. Daniel just pit it in the freezer and the fridge, however. I guess it is something to look forward to, getting to taste it.

Thank you, Nils-Olov!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Japanese Tennis Title

The Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori won the ATP tennis tournament in Brisbane. It was his first tournament victory since 2016 and he now hopes to have the same momentum in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

All of us Shibas root for Nishikori, of course, since he is from the home country of our breed. It would really be nice if he won the Grand Slam tournament as well. He is ranked number nine in the world, so he does have the capacity. We will follow the upcoming tournament to see what happens.

Chinese Landing on the Moon

I am generally not very fond of China. It is a dictatorship where they are mean to dogs and even eat dogs, and they are in conflict over different territories with many neighbours, including Japan. Still, even the Chinese can make good things. The Chinese space agency has now landed a probe on the far side of the Moon and will explore it. This is nice. The more we get to know about the Moon, the more we know how we can use it in the future expansion of dogs and humans to other celestial bodies of the Solar system, and beyond. Exploration is exciting and good. I like this.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Short Week

This work week has been shorter than usual, thanks to New Year’s Eve and Day. After just three days, we have a weekend again. We have decided to sleep until late tomorrow morning, something which I generally approve of, and support this time as well. Life is cool.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Went to the New Place

This evening, Daniel and I went over to Paula’s sister Mia’s new place. Itis within walking distance from us, whichis great. Paula was already there, when we arrived.

As I had expected, it was nteresting to explore this little house. It was a nice place.

The humans had dinner and I also got a snack. This, of course, added to the positive feelings.

I believe I want to go back to this place again soon.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

New Place to Go

Paula has a sleepover at her sister’s new place. It is not far away from here. This will be a new place to go, once in a while, in the future. I am looking forward to visiting it. It is always interesting to get to smell new places.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

New Year

We have a new year. As always, it feels like a fresh start.

We have also moved some furniture in the living room and bedroom, to make better use of the space there. This turned out well. Change can be a good thing.