Yesterday we had to say goodbye to my best friend and most beloved family member, Lisen. It was unexpected, but at the same time not. Even so, there are no words that can describe how much this wonderful dog has meant (means) to me, but I know in my heart that it was time for her to move on and that we made the right decision.
Two weeks ago Lisen got very sick, I will not go in to the specifics here, but we decided to give medicine a try because there was some hope that she could recover - there was no conclusive diagnosis. And it seemed like she was on the right path, until yesterday afternoon. My sister and I got a call from my mum who in panic said that Lisen had collapsed and could not get up! Obviously we rushed over there immediately. And when we got to the house and saw Lisen on the floor, we knew. So off to the vet we went with her.
Lisen had given it all she had in her but she simply could not fight whatever it was any more.
The day I had dreaded ever since we brought our cute, furry, eight week old energy ball Lisen home had arrived.
But it became a calm, respectful and peaceful ending. Lisen knew it was time, I could tell by by her behaviour. She did not fight us, she was calm. And before it was time I whispered in her ear that it was OK to let go, which she did quite quickly - with a little help. So now she is free, running around with ease and playing with all the other wonderful souls who have moved on out there.
Now before I end this very emotional (for me) blog post I strongly feel I want to write a few words directed to my beloved friend Lisen, even though I know they probably do not have/read blogs where she is at right now (but who know's? ;-). Anyway, here it goes;
To Lisen : "I am deeply grateful for all the years I had the privilege to have you by my side, almost 13 (three weeks away). I have never met a more loving, loyal, supportive, entertaining, stubborn, mischievous, happy, extremely wise and food crazy dog, nor will I never meet one again I am sure - until we reunite of course. ;-)
I feel extremely happy and fortunate that it was precisely you and I who met on this journey of life. Because what would I had done without you in certain situations ..? (You know which ones I am talking about.) Both happy and sad. And if ever there was anyone I could count on through thick and it was you, always YOU. We sure have our secrets you and I my friend. ;-) So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, my beloved pup, for the time we had together - "My Little Lis " .
I will always love you more than words could ever express. You will forever be in my memories, in my heart and a part of my soul. My hope is that the rest of your family and I (the same of course) made your time here on Earth at least as happy as you did ours, because that would sure be a comfort for me. Though I will miss you like crazy you do not have to worry about me, I will be fine.
So you walk away now baby and enjoy your freedom. I will see you soon." ♥ ♥ ♥
Finally we got some REAL snow here in Lyckeby in Sweden! And by "real snow" I mean snow where your feet sink through it when you walk in it. However, it did not last for very long (most of it has already melted away...). But, I managed to take my beloved doggy Lisen out to the Rodeby forest this Saturday morning so we could (both) play around and properly enjoy the snow while it lasted.
And what an adventure we had! I do not know who had more fun, or was more tired after that walk, Lisen or I..? Lol! I did a snowman experiment on Lisen, Lisen rolled around and tracked in the snow almost the entire time and we encountered lots of odd little snow figures. Of course I snapped a ton of shots of our escapado, below are some of those photos from our adventures in the local Rodeby forest here in Sweden this Saturday! ;p
SNOW!!! Lisen always make sure it is safe for me to tag along. :-)
Aww. She just felt like take one (of her several) snow baths.
She so LOVES this!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
Now time to jump!!!
Come on! Jump!
Come on Alex, play with me!? Jump!
Hm, the snow was quite deep so not as easy for me to run around, or jump, in it like for Lisen. I am not very well trained at the moment neither, hehe. ;-) Phew!
But I amused myself with photographing odd snow figures in the forest while Lisen ran around. Hm, looks like some kind of small fox..?
Swan or duck.
Well, not the best time to drop these in the middle of the winter...Major cold hands! Ouch! But maybe the branches were happy about getting some extra heat on them. ;p Hehe.
Lisen was not impressed nor interested of him at all, at first.
But after a few minutes, and me nagging her to have a look...
She finally checked him out, slowly.
I knew it! Not real!
Who does she think I am that Alex? No fool - that is for sure, no missy!
Was that supposed to be fun? Yes babe, I thought it was hilarious. Lol! ;p That is how easily amused I am.
Now this looked like a real forest monster!
I also tried to capture snowy trees from different angles, which meant I had to lay down in the snow.
Come on now, Alex...
But I wanted to take a selfie with her first, worked so so. Lol! ;p At least we are both in the photo. :-)
And so the walk was over, time to go home...
Hope to see some spring weather soon now, because I personally have had my share of winter and snow/mainly rain for this season - not sure Lisen agree with me though. But we will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us. She is da Boss Lady after all! ;-)
This morning my beloved doggy Lisen and I took a lovely walk in company of the beautiful sunrise here in Lyckeby, Sweden. Along our stroll we encountered several charming, and quite intriguing according to Lisen, little puddles. Hehe. :-) Below are some photos.
Meanwhile, while Lisen pondered over that puddle, the sun rose over Lyckeby. :-)
Just two more days before the big day - Christmas Eve of course. :-) Because it is on December 24th our main Christmas celebration take place here in Sweden. And I certainly look forward to it! Mostly to the amazingly delicious Christmas food of course. The big Julbord (Swedish Christmas buffet), all the Christmas candy, Donald Duck and to give and receive Christmas gifts. I also look forward to just be able to relax and soak in the Christmas spirit. Because I have had a hard time to get into to that Christmas bubble of it all this year. But hopefully I will get there in time for Christmas Eve. :-)
Of course Lisen and I could not let this Christmas pass by without sending out lots of big hugs and a Christmas greeting from Sweden. Now I really wanted to get some good Christmas photos with Lisen and that Santa hat that would convey some sort of Christmas feeling, but Lisen had other plans...
First I tried to get a happy photo at home with her and the hat, but nope. No Christmas joy there anywhere...
One more then. But nope, not there either. (I should have known by that look in her eyes that she was up to something by the way.)
So, I decided to take her to the forest instead to take some photos. I thought it would be fun to put the hat on her out there and at the same time show what kind of weather we have right now. But nope, that did not work either. The first thing Lisen did when we got to the forest was to roll around in some disgusting "doggy perfume". And of course I did not want to destroy the Santa hat by putting it on her gross smelling head after that... So this is how my Christmas photo session with Lisen in the forest turned out.
Well, at least Lisen was a lot happier there. Lol!
Lisen vs the Santa Hat, Lisen 1 - Santa Hat 0.
So I guess this is it - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Sweden! It is actually quite an appropriate Christmas greeting photo to represent this year though, considering how off I am Christmas season-wise. Hehe. Maybe Lisen feels the same..? Hm. Aaanyway...
We also send much love and light to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ :-)
It has been a warm, sunny and lovely weather week this week. Which is great, at least from my perspective. Because I have noticed that my doggy Lisen has slowed quite a bit in speed and activity interests as the temperature has risen. So she has been quite calm and sleepy during this week, during day time that is. In the evenings Lisen is back to her 12 year "old" self again. Which is nice to see.
Lisen taking a nap with her favourite teddy bear shoe over at my sister's. :-)
Though I am starting to get in to the groove of the commuting lifestyle, I am still not at the blog update level I would like to be - yet. But I am working on it and I am sure I will get into the groove of that as well eventually.
It was an absolutely amazingly gorgeous weekend, the sun was out - and so was my doggy Lisen and I to enjoy it. Lisen and I spent this Saturday in my mum's garden helping out with some garden chores, which was really nice. We finished off the day's work with a great barbecue, my first of this year - yum!
Yesterday was also a very beautiful sunny day, Lisen and I went for a lovely morning walk and then I soaked up the sun on my balcony the rest of the day. Lisen preferred to stay in the shade though. Hehe. Actually, I even managed to get sunburned this weekend. Lol! :p
Below are some photos from this Saturday in my mum's garden.
Lisen enjoying the outdoors.
Sniff, sniff and stare. :-)
Almost in full bloom.
This is actually a rhubarb plant, I had no idea they look like this before they become edible?
Hm... Not sure what this is?
Beautiful bright red flower, no idea the name of this one either..? Hehe.
My favourite part of the barbecued meal was the corn on the cob - slurp!!!
I am so grateful for weekends nowadays, being away from home as much as I am during the week. And this one certainly gave me enough energy to last this entire week. Ahhh! Thank You Mother Nature! :p
Today my beloved doggy Lisen turned twelve years old, Happy Birthday Lisen!
I am sure you all have noticed that I love this dog dearly and that I am very grateful to have her in my life. Lisen is so much more than just a pet to me, she is my best friend and a cherished family member. Lisen has also taught me so much through the years, without ever saying a single word. Which is a lesson in itself I think, that you do not have to say anything in order to be a loving, compassionate friend - to just be there is more than enough. So Thank You Lisen for being here for the past twelve years! I look forward to many more.
I am also very grateful for the fact that Lisen is still a lively, playful and healthy dog. Naturally she is a bit slower in everything she does today, but she still loves to go on long walks, run around in the forest, play in the ocean and other activities she has always been fond of. Another thing Lisen still loooves is to get treats and presents, so of course I and the rest of the family could not resist to spoil our amazing birthday girl with some of those today. :-)
Below are some pics of our wonderful Lisen's twelfth birthday.
Though these were more for the humans in the family, Lisen did get to decide if she wanted one.
Which, from this expression, she did. Lol!
But she only got a half one, Diva (my sister's dog and Lisen's daughter) got the other half.
Birthday gift time! Because I do not really think that dogs understand the whole birthday concept I/we always make sure both dogs get the same treats and/or gifts when we celebrate something. So even though it was Lisen's birthday today, Diva also got everything she got. :p
Lisen LOOOVES to get presents!
And both dogs LOOOVES to open presents! Lol!
Hmm, what is this?
It was two bones with chicken meat wrapped around them. Lisen looking over at Diva to make sure she got the same thing, which she did.
Birthday dinner! Well, Lisen seemed to enjoy it. Hehe.
It is not often Lisen get to eat these many treats in one day, so I hope she at least understood that it was some sort of special occasion. Either way, she is sound asleep next to me now. Which I always find very comforting. Happy Birthday Dreams, my beloved twelve-year-old. ♥♥♥
My dog Lisen and I have been on quite a few walks in the snowy weather here in Karlskrona in Sweden the past few weeks. And because I Iove to photograph I have taken quite a few photos during these walks. So in this post I thought I would share some of those snowy photos, I give you - For The Love Of Snow.
On a snowy walk along Lyckeby River.
Lisen and I love to walk here, we usually walk on the other side of the river though.
Hm, those tracks look interesting.
Our walk continued.
In among a residential area in Lyckeby.
Row-houses in Lyckeby.
On another snowy walk, here Lisen and I were in the Rodeby forest.
Where Lisen decided to take a snow bath.
On this snowy, but very nice day, walk we stopped by the Lycka Castle Ruin.
Where Lisen got in the mood to play. :p
On a mission.
Come on, you know what I want.
Yupp, Lisen wanted to carry her leash - as usual. Hehe.
Now although I do love snow, not nearly as much as Lisen though, I do look forward to spring with its lovely colours, brightness and warmth. So hopefully it will not be too long until she arrives again. But until she does, Lisen and I will simply continue to enjoy our snowy walks. Because, although we have had a few sunny, lovely days here lately, it does seem like the snow will linger on a little while longer.
Today we celebrate Fat Tuesday in Sweden, which means that we eat a super delicious pastry called Semla. But not only is today a treat filled day because of this, it also happens that today is my mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Mum! Which has meant that I also got treated to a very yummy Sandwich Cake earlier today when we celebrated her birthday. Of course she got treated to a lot of birthday presents in return. :-)
It was filled with lots of yummy seafood, salmon, eggs, vegetables, cheese and more.
My (not so small) piece. Lol! ;p
My dog Lisen waited patiently for her turn. :-)
A bit later it was time for dessert, a Danish pastry type of Lenten Bun (Semla) filled with the traditional sweet filling of almond paste and whipped cream. So we did not eat a traditional Lenten Bun to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year. I first tried this version of a Semla - Lenten Bun last year and really liked it, because it was not as heavy as a traditional one. Which fitted great today, because of the Sandwich Cake we had earlier.
This is how a Semla should be eaten, the lid first with some delicious filling that has been scooped up. And with a big cup of black coffee. :p
Of course this little lady got some Semla too! :-)
Another fun thing I found out recently was that my blog was chosen as number 24 on a list of Top 100 Pet Blogs to follow in 2013 - yay! I have posted the entire list at Top 100 Pet Blogs To Follow In 2013.
So it certainly has been a treat filled day today, in more than one delicious way. ;p
It has been a very hectic and intense past week for me, which is why I have fallen behind with my blog activities - yikes! But finally yesterday I had a chance to breathe again and take an unwind walk with my beloved doggy Lisen in the forest in Rodeby here in Sweden. With me I of course also had my camera. So below are some photos from my unwind Wednesday morning walk in the forest with Lisen.
Lisen is always very happy to take a walk in the forest, lots of smells and tracks to check out.
For some reason Lisen prefer to walk across the ice rather than on the road...
Come on Alex, you can walk across the ice too. Ehum, naaaw. I do not think so Lisen. Hehe.
Because the ice had cracks here and there, like this one.
Which Lisen loved of course (she loves water of any kind).
So Lisen started do dig around a bit in the crack there.
Then we moved on with our walk, not sure what Lisen was on the lookout for yesterday..? Hm...
Another one of Lisen's favourite activities to do in snow, roll around in it of course! :p
Niceeee. Let's take a little nap Alex, yes?
OK, no. Let's walk across some more ice then.
One thing I love about snow is that footprints are so easy to spot. I think this is from a deer?
There were some green plants out there in the snow, though this one looked a bit exhausted.
But this green thing looked quite healthy and strong out there in the cold, wet and snowy weather.
Now this was a treat to find. It was a snowflake caught on a spider web string. And I can tell you that I spent quite a while here to try and get a good shot of it. This was the best one. To me it actually looks like a person on a walk with a grocery bag in his/her arms.
Lisen looks like she thinks I should put down the camera and just walk. Lol!
Finally we arrived at the halfway point, and my favourite spot in the entire Rodeby forest. This is where I unwind the best. Love it!
When it was time to head back to the car Lisen thought it was her turn to carry her leash.
Which I of course let her do. :-)
And after about one hour we arrived back to the beginning of our unwind walk, which really did wonders for me. It was such a wonderful feeling to simply be in the forest and focus on breathing and taking in the surroundings. For me that is the perfect way to put things in perspective and to quiet down the noise inside which sometimes can make it hard to hear and see clearly. So Thank You Mother Nature for being the best source of comfort ever!
Now the reason I have fallen behind with everything is because of work and some potential job related meetings. So I have had quite a lot on my mind lately. But I am now almost completely back in my relaxed, comfortable and peaceful present self again. Which feels very nice indeed. :-) Ahhh!
Though the snow has pretty much melted away because of the mild weather we have had here in Lyckeby in Sweden lately, we have now once again gotten a bit of cold weather and sun - yay! So when my dog Lisen and I were on one of our walks along the lovely Lyckeby River recently we took the opportunity to step out on one of the many bridges there to simply enjoy this beautiful weather. Which was very relaxing and peaceful indeed. Ahhh. :-)
Below are some photos from our Moment By The Bridge.
Lisen enjoying the moment and inspecting "the other side".
Last week my dog Lisen and her daughter Diva (my sister's dog) decided to play around in the snow together for a little while. I always love to watch them play together, though Lisen (who turns 12 in March) is rarely in the mood to play with Diva (7 years old) nowadays. I think she thinks Diva is a bit to wild for her now. Hehe. Because Lisen likes to play, but in slow motion and very carefully - the opposite of how Diva likes to play. So when Lisen decided to actually accept Diva's play invitation in the forest last week, I think Diva was as surprised (but very happy) as I was. :-)
Below are some pics I snapped of them playing in the snow together.
Let's see what we can find then.
Searching for something fun to play with in the snow.
A stick that is stuck of course, what could possibly be more fun to play with than that?
Whaoo! I won (Lisen).
Diva running around in the snow.
Lisen, relaxing in the snow.
Until she realizes she has some snowballs stuck between her paws...
Diva helping Lisen removing snowballs from her paws. :)
Mama (left) and daughter (right) after a fun filled time in the snow. :p
It is now officially winter here in Lyckeby in Sweden! Because yesterday evening snow began to fall over Lyckeby, which resulted in me waking up this morning to a crispy, cold and snowy white view over Ekebacken Nature Reserve from my window. And the snow could not have arrived more perfectly, just in time to make this first Advent Sunday of four before Christmas feel extra Christmas like. In other words, Lisen and I had A Perfect Snowy Advent Premiere here in Lyckeby today.
And below are some pics from our first walk in the snow this morning.
View from my window.
Outside walking in the snow.
Lisen sniffing away in the snow.
And in the air.
Snow Dog. :p
Ekebacken Nature Reserve.
Enjoying the snow fall.
The walk continues.
Fa la la la la - la la la la... :-)
Come on Alex.
The only thing Lisen finds annoying about the snow...
... is that it forms small snowballs between her paws, which she has to stop and try to gnaw away.
Lisen and I on the lookout...
... until Lisen remembers that with Advent and Christmas comes a lot of yummy Christmas treats and presents. Yuuum!!!
Which is true, December is definitely a fun and delicious month in Sweden indeed. So here's to the start of this year's Advent season, to a great start to this year's Christmas season and to a fabulous snowy December month! Happy First Advent Everyone!
To read more about why and how we celebrate Advent in Sweden, check out: Advent In Sweden.
So I am back home in Lyckeby, Sweden, with my doggy Lisen again. Yay! :-) And though we have been on quite a few walks since I got back from Rome, our walk here in Lyckeby today included both horse drama and glove stealing. Incidents I coincidentally happen to capture a few shots of with my iphone. Therefore, below are some photos of the horse drama and glove stealing which took place earlier today on my walk with Lisen.
It was a rather quiet and nice day for a walk in Lyckeby today by the way.
But when we got to the horse pastures, quite a lot of drama was going on between some of the horses.
More specifically between these two horses, who kind of look like they are kissing here though...
Ops, we were spotted quite quickly by the curious and feisty horse pals.
"Hello there.", said the White Horse to Lisen.
Lisen, who is not very comfortable around horses, looked at them for a few seconds and then quickly replied with a loud "Wouff!".
So off they went.
And continued with their drama.
"Look now, I am going to show you something.", said the Brown Horse.
"Oh please.", said the White Horse.
Then they started to run around together.
And when we had left the horse drama behind us, Lisen suddenly remembered something.
"Give it to me."
"Come on, let go."
"Giiiiive meeee it."
"Now, was that so hard? Come on, let's go home Alex." And off we went, with one glove each. Hehe.
Lisen of course dropped her glove a bit further ahead. Lol! Sometimes she will carry my glove, her leash, a water bottle or something else all the way home or to the car. But mostly she just drops whatever she is carrying whenever she does not feel like carry it anymore... Therefore I always have to keep a close eye on her whenever she has nicked something from me to carry in her mouth.
Anyway, life is back to normal again here in Lyckeby. Which is rather nice, though Christmas is just around the corner with its many preparations, markets, Advent Sundays and so on. Which is why I am sure this somewhat calmness that is at the moment will soon transform into usual December madness. Or, maybe it won't? I guess I will just have to wait and see. Until then though, I am sure there will be plenty of daily "horse drama" and "glove stealing" going on here in Lyckeby. Hehe. Because there is always something happening in our little neighbourhood here in Sweden. ;p