A few weeks back I took my dog Lisen for a walk to, and in, the Wämö Park here in Karlskrona in Sweden. Now the Wämö Park is more than 100 years old and has a lot of fun things and animals in it, like goats. And although Lisen does not really care that much about other animals, except if she can chase them perhaps, she, after some consideration, did decide to take a closer look at the cute goat in the park.
And below are some photos from our visit to the Wämö Park here in Karlskrona in Sweden.
The entrance to the Wämö Park.
A map and info about the park at the entrance.
Where you can read a bit about the park and its history.
In we went.
All the way to this little guy.
The coolest goat ever! Lol.
Now Lisen was not entirely sure about whether or not she wanted to say hello to Mr. Goat though, hm..? (The white dots on her is snow by the way, this was about one month ago.)
But after some consideration, she decided to give it a go.
Unfortunately Mr. Goat and Lisen did not get much closer to each other than this. Because just as we were approaching Mr. Goat, a little boy and his dad came up to the goat as well. Actually, the dad seemed more intrigued by the goat than his son did. Lol! Anyway, Lisen did not seem to mind the interruption however, so on with our walk through the Wämö Park we went.
Where there were lots of other little animals to check out.
My dog Lisen loves to relax in the couch next to me while I am working on the computer, until she wants my attention for something. Which, nine out of ten times, means that she wants food.
And to get my attention Lisen has developed a few techniques. Her first step is to stare at me intensely. If that does not work, she starts to scratch me with her paws. If that does not work, she starts to bark at me. And if that does not work either, her last step is to climb up on top of my knees and put her head between me and my laptop. Which usually works.
Now Lisen is a very stubborn dog who does not give up her attempts to get what she wants very easily. But of course I cannot give her everything she wants. So sometimes I just start to mess with her in return, until she gets annoyed and leaves me alone. Like in the photos below, where Lisen was scratching me with her paws. So I decided to put my glasses on her pretty little nose, instead of just telling her no. Not a very popular move.
Today the yearly Lyckeby Spring Market take place right outside where I live here in Lyckeby in Sweden. It is a market to celebrate the arrival of spring. However, this year I cannot say that I am in a very spring celebratory mood at the moment. This is of course because it is still freezing outside, and it has been raining all week. But despite that though I could not resist going for a little quickie through the market on my morning walk with my dog Lisen. Who, by the way, is in heat at the moment. Therefore the only thing on her mind at the market (and all day long) was to search for male doggies. Hehe.
Anyway, below are some snaps from our Quickie At Lyckeby Spring Market this morning.
View from where I live. Behind the trees is the carnival area.
And here is where the market starts.
My dog Lisen on the look out for male doggies at Lyckeby Spring Market.
Yesterday on my walk with my dog Lisen I brought along my camera, just in case I would see anything fun to photograph. Of course I always think it is fun to take photos of Lisen, who is such a good doggie model. However, during one of her model poses on a bench yesterday Lisen miss judged where the edge was and accidently fell down... But she did not get hurt, in fact she just shook it off and instantly moved on to some serious sniffing on the ground. And because this happened very quickly I managed to capture a few shots of it all. So below are some photos of Lisen in a Dog Falling Down Pose.
Lisen in pose mode.
Wou! What the...
Do not try this at home pups.
A few hundred meters later...
Ahh, this feels much better. :-)
But besides taking photos of Lisen yesterday I also took A LOT of other photos, which of course will be featured in future posts. By the way, we are having freezing temperatures here in Karlskrona in Sweden again. Yesterday it actually snowed when Lisen and I was on this walk. Brr!!! And colder temperatures and more snow is predicted to come...
Oh well, not much I can do about that - except to wear warmer clothes. :p Have a fabulous Sunday!
And although Lisen was only two months old when she came to us she immediately let us know what the most important thing to her was - FOOD!
So when Lisen turned 11 years old yesterday I knew that the best way to make her day extra special was to give her something edible, so I bought two of her favourite treats as her birthday presents. And when I asked Lisen if she wanted some birthday treats her eyes lit up and she answered me with a very decisive "Wouff!". Which of course meant "Yes!".
And the first birthday treat she got was one of her favourites, a pigs ear.
The second birthday treat she got was another one of her favourites, a BIG marrow bone.
Which kept her busy for hours.
So all in all I am pretty sure Lisen was happy with her eleventh birthday yesterday. And I know am very fortunate and grateful to have this stubborn, strong-minded, playful, food crazy, patient and loving doggy in my life. Dogs do truly make the best of friends, I only hope Lisen knows how precious she is to me. My beloved little eleven year old. :p
Now usually after a while when my dog Lisen is done playing with the soft toys I have given her she tears them up into a million pieces, but not this Teddy Bear. She has had it for a lot of years and she still loves to gnaw on it gently and carry it around from time to time. Now the funny thing about this Teddy Bear is that when you squeeze its nose it says "Atjoo" and when you squeeze its paws it says "Mama" or "Papa". And Lisen loves to gnaw on the Teddy Bear's nose or paws so it speaks. Lol! So sometimes I hear some sneezing and calls out for "Mama" and "Papa" and then I see Lisen cuddling with her Teddy Bear, just like in the photo above. Aww! Dogs do indeed do the cutest things sometimes. :-)
Spring has already started to come by here in Lyckeby in Sweden with its lovely blue skies, singing birds and brighter days. And what better way to show off spring than with a few photos of my dog Lisen staring at a cat and posing in the sun. :p
My dog Lisen staring at a black cat (a cat who did not care much about Lisen at all by the way).
It seems that winter, meaning freezing temperatures AND snow, finally has arrived here in Karlskrona in Sweden. And no one is more happy about that than my dog Lisen. So today we took a little trip to our favourite forest in Rödeby with my sister and her dog Diva to enjoy the lovely Swedish winter weather. Below are some photos. :-)
Snowroller Lisen. Almost 11 years old and still LOVES to play around in the snow. :p
But Lisen made me a bit nervous when she decided to walk on the ice...
Ahh! Winter. :-)
Though this is enough snow to make my dog Lisen happy, more snow is predicted to fall these coming days. Along with continued freezing temperatures. So all I can say is: "Hello and welcome Mr.Winter.".
I have now been back home with my doggy Lisen for almost two weeks and we are both starting to get back into our normal routines again. Which is really nice. My sister, who looked after Lisen while I was away, told me that it took several days before Lisen understood that I would not be coming back for a while. She kept running to the door whenever she heard a car coming, but that was about it.
My dog Lisen. :-)
However I am very sure that Lisen did have a great time with my sister and her dog Diva. My sister told me that Lisen got to go on a lot of fun forest walks with Diva and the doggies also played around a bunch in the house. In fact when I finally did get back from my 3 week trip to bring Lisen home, I did get the impression that she was a bit hesitant to leave at first. Hm...
Luckily for me though I had bought this big bone (bribe) for Lisen in the US, just in case she was a bit mad at me for leaving her. ;-)
But as soon as Lisen got home and realized that I was back for good, she looked at me, went over to her one of her favourite sleeping spots, made her bed and then laid down with a big thump and fell asleep. And she basically just slept the first 24 hours at home, like I did. I had to wake her up to take her out on her walks. Although once she was outside she got so excited to be back in her neighbourhood with all the familiar smells. So the first few days Lisen dragged me around on our usual walks here in Lyckeby with her nose close to the ground and her tail happily wagging.
And it is very interesting to see how she reacts to different smells. Sometimes she can start to wag her tail, other times she can become really tense. I have even seen her put her tail between her legs like she does when she becomes frightened. Actually someone once told me that just like we read news in a newspaper a dog finds out what is going on in the neighbourhood through his/her nose. So whenever Lisen is deeply engaged in a scent, I always imagine that she is reading some very intriguing news in her doggy newspaper.
Lisen getting the latest scoop on what has happened in the neighbourhood while she was away.
Anyway, it is indeed nice to be home again with my dog. And although I caught a bad cold pretty much as soon as I got home, I am better now and have regained enough strength to take Lisen on lots of long lovely walks again. And even though I do love to travel, there is certainly no better place than home! :-)
My dog Lisen has always been scared of heights for some reason? So she was not very excited to come to the edge of the balcony today (we live on the fifth floor) to check out a very patient kitty on the lookout for mice.
This was the patient kitty I tried to show my dog Lisen earlier today.
Who was not very eager to meet my request.
And kitty probably thought we were interrupting his/her mice stakeout.
This was as close as I could get Lisen to the edge, so I am pretty sure she did not see the cat...
But that is a very popular place for cats to hang out and wait for a mouse to appear from the nearby mouse hole, which I have seen. Not sure if any cats have ever caught a mouse there though? Either way, cats sure are patient! Because they can sit there for hours and hours.
Unlike my dog Lisen, who has very little patience when she wants something. Actually, if she really, really wants something she will bark until she gets it. Or at least until she gets my attention and can show me what she wants. She is a very good communicator that way. Lol! :p
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. :-)
My dog Lisen and I went to visit my mum today, where we both got tempted by quite a few goodies. I also noticed a lovely bird house saloon in her garden, which I thought was the cutest thing ever! So below are some photos of the temptations Lisen and I encountered earlier today and my mum's bird house saloon.
The Bird House Saloon.
My dog Lisen's temptation, leftovers for birds.
My temptation, a delicious vanilla donut!
Unlike Lisen though, I gave in to my temptation... Which I guess means that Lisen is better than me at resisting temptations, hm!? But I did at least give Lisen a piece of that donut, for being such a good doggy. :-) So all in all I would definitely say that we both had a yummy visit at my mum's today, despite the fact that only one of us gave in to her temptation.
Today we celebrate the first Advent Sunday of four here in Sweden. To me this means lighting the first candle of four in my Advent candlestick, eating rice porridge for breakfast and putting up Christmas decorations. Also every year while I am decorating I bring out a special blinking lights Santa Hat that has been remade to fit my dog Lisen, who absolutely hate to wear it! Lol! But I just have to mess with her a little bit every year by forcing her to wear it at least long enough for me to take a photo of her. And this year our Santa Hat photo session took place in the very stormy weather outside on my balcony.
So without further ado I give you - Dog vs Santa Hat In Stormy Weather:
Hey, take a photo then.
I wonder if I get a treat efter this? Mmm...
Hellooo! Where is my treat!?
No treat = No more hat on my furry head!
Yeah, I hope the wind blow you far, far away dumb hat!
A few minutes later...
Oh man... She brought it back in...
By the way, Lisen did get a treat when we got back in. :-) Happy 1st Advent everyone!