It has been a rough 6 weeks for me, for many reasons, but finally I feel like I am on my way back to finding myself again. Life sure is a roller coaster though... I have been missing my beloved Lisen like crazy. In fact just taking that first forest walk without her was hard, but having my sister and her doggy Diva (Lisen's daughter) with me helped a lot. The sun also made it a lot easier. Because while I have been dealing with myself lately, spring has arrived here in Lyckeby in Sweden - and Easter. So I thought I would resume my blogging life again by publish this simple Happy Easter post. Hopefully it will get me going again.
So Happy Easter Everyone. :-)
This is the Easter cake we had yesterday at my mum's - yum! :p (Glad Påsk - Happy Easter in Swedish.)
And below are some photos from my recent forest walk with my sister and Diva. ♥
It was a sunny day with puddles.
And Diva was not sure who to keep company... Hm?
Of course my sister won that one, Diva is her doggy after all. ;-)
Even though we had just come back from a long walk together yesterday, my dog Lisen and my sister's dog Diva still had enough energy to play around some in my mum's garden. Although Diva wanted to play a lot more than Lisen, Diva is 6 years old and Lisen 10. However, despite their age difference, I definitely think that Lisen kept up pretty well with her daughter. :-)
Below are some photos from the dogs play session in the garden yesterday.
First a little slow wandering...
...before the big play explosion kicks off!
Run, run, run!!!
And then Lisen begins some slow wandering again, to calm things down a bit.
So guess who was tired when we got home yesterday? Yupp, Lisen! The only motion she did in the evening was to breathe in and out in her sleep. Lol! But I love when she gets tired like that, it always make me feel like I have done a good job of activating her then. Which is a nice feeling indeed. :-)
Below is a photo of Diva, my sister's dog, in a very awkward position.
Not sure how that can be comfortable!? But Diva has always slept with her front legs crossed like that. Or more accurately, when she crosses them like that you know she is about to go into deep sleep.
Although I sort of disturbed her here by taking a bunch of photos of her, sorry Diva. Hehe.
Even though Diva lives with my sister, she is, and always will be, very close to my heart. I mean, I have known her ever since she was born, 6 years ago. And before she was born my dog Lisen was pregnant with her, and 11 of her siblings, for two about months. So there are some pretty close family ties going on here indeed. However, unlike Diva, Lisen prefer to sleep with her legs up in the air. Lol! :-)
I love to watch dogs play! And even though my doggy Lisen is 10 years old today she still loves to play! Both with dogs and people. One of Lisens best play mates is her 6 year old daughter Diva. Those two know each other inside out and know exactly which buttons to push to get the other one going.
Although Lisen prefer to play a bit more calmly nowadays she still has some pizzazz in her. So when Lisen and Diva met the other day they had a fun play session in my mums garden. And luckily I was outside with my camera so I managed to capture a few photos of them in action . :p
Diva left, Lisen right. Making eye contact.
And here we go!
Close encounter 1.
Diva: "Let's play mama!".
Lisen: "You got it daughter!"
Lisen (left) looking like she is having second thoughts...
Lisen: "I'm getting too old for this...".
Lisen: "Hey Diva, you gotta take it a bit easy with your old mama. I'm not as limber as I used to be babe.". Diva: "Ahhh! Nag, nag, nag! I knoooow! I'll just dig here a bit instead then.".
Lisen: "Kids...". Diva: "Hahaaa!!!".
Lisen: "Hm...". Diva: "Anyone else wanna play then!?".
Lisen still pondering. Diva: "I know you want to mama.".
In the pic above is Diva, my sisters dog (Lisens daughter), on the look out in my mums garden this afternoon. Even though Diva live with my sister, I consider her my family as well. I mean I have known her since she was born so she definitely has a place in my heart. And today I took care of her because my sister was away. So I thought I'd share some photos our day together. :-)
Now Diva loves to guard. So she's always on the look out for whatever, and as soon as she hear or see anything she lets us know. And on those occasions she get our attention and we go to her (like when she spotted a moose), her face lights up and she transforms into the proudest dog on earth. Which I find is a truly beautiful sight.
So below are some pics of Diva En Garde today.
Wanna visit? Lisen (left) and Diva (right). Hehe. :p
We (me, my sister and dogs) finally managed to take a walk in our lovely forest of Rödeby yesterday. It was probably two weeks since we went for a real forest walk with both Lisen and Diva. We made plans several times to go, but each time something came up and we had to cancel. But yesterday away we went. And I don't even have to tell you how happy our dogs were to see their precious forest again (just check out the pics below, hihi). The fact that the forest was filled with snow up to their stomachs, only made it more fun :-p
Pics from yesterday.
We were a tired bunch afterwards, dogs and humans! :-)
We spent this weekend house sitting at my mums; my sister, Lisen, Diva and I. My mum is always planting new stuff and rearranging in her garden. And at the moment there is an area filled with pebbles in it, which is to be filled with stone slabs later. This little pebbles area is apparently insanely fun to play around in, according to Lisen and Diva. Because that's where they spent pretty much all their time when they were outside in the garden...I would think grass is nicer to wrestle in, and dirt more fun to bury things is, but nope. Pebbles beats them both, LOL!
Here are some pics of Lisen and Divas weekend in "pebbles world".
I don't know why Lisen insists on burying, whatever she is burying, in front of everyone...? She always does that! And yeah, Diva has no idea where you hid it, LOL!
They love doing this, inside the house as well as out. But in pebbles...yes, I guess in pebbles as well.
Ok, both are not mine but Diva (who is Lisens daughter) in the right pic, feels like she is mine as well. Even though technically she is my sisters. Us four hang out quite a lot, in the left pic Lisen and me are waiting for them to pick us up for a walk in the forest. However, to get Diva into this world was not an easy task...
Lisen was 4 years old when she had her puppies. When it was time for Lisen to give birth, she simply would not do it naturally! Typical Lisen, always wants it her own way... I had to drive her, my sister, mum and two friends, in the middle of the night to a Vet station 1,5 hours away. The Vet gave her medicine to try and induce labour so she could deliver on her own, but nope not Lisen. Finally the Vet decided to do a c-section.
Will she make it?
We waited and waited, the Vet had told us that they would come out with the pups as soon as they were delivered. But it took a lot longer the she had said, so we got really worried something had gone wrong. I was so nervous and anxious, and there were a ton of thoughts running through my head. We had decided to let Lisen have pups because we knew she would be an excellent mum and wanted her to have that experience. But now, was it really worth it? What if something went wrong and she didn't come out of this alive... What!?
At last, the Vet assistant came to us, and in his hand he had a box with six black pups. Ah, we thought there would be a few more but six, ok. And then he said, "I'll go and get the other box for you", ehhh whua!? " Here you go", he said. And in that brown box, another six puppies!!! Yiax! We had to rub them to make sure the kept breathing, however one just didn't have the strength. After about an hour we got to see Lisen, who was very groggy and didn't understand anything. We showed her the puppies but she was uninterested and didn't want to have anything to do with them.
I drove us all home, and at home Lisen just went off and laid down. A bit of a panic arouse within us. How on earth are we going to take care of these 11 puppies without Lisen!? It was an intense sleepless next 24 hours of making sure the newborns were ok. And considering the previous 24 hours had been sleepless as well, we were all pretty exhausted. I had to work during this time, so my sister did most of the care taking. Best mum ever!
Finally, 24 hours after Lisens c-section, Madde (my sister) told me that Lisen came to her, when she had a puppy in her hand, and was a bit curious. She still didn't understand that the puppy was hers. But Madde put a drop of puppy pee on Lisens nose (yes, sound gross, lol) but as soon as Lisen licked it, it was like a light bulb went off in her head. And after that moment she was the best mum ever! Thank God for that! I know that we, three people, could never have done such an amazing job with them as she did. It was a joy and unforgettable experience to watch her take care of those 11, very demanding, pups. And one of them, Diva, never really left the nest :-)
The summer of 2005 was all about puppies, LOL! Busy and oh so fun! To see more pics and find out more about Lisens life visit her own blog at lisen.eu