Saturday, August 31, 2019


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.