Silly & Serious in Sweden

Silly & Serious in Sweden

Why a blog?

Why not? I know I like reading about other people's ideas and thoughts - whether silly or serious - and also video blogs - aka VLOGS - on YouTube and such. I'm not going to do anything super fabulous here - merely keep a diary of sorts, show you my favorite links, what makes me laugh or what makes me upset...you know - the usual stuff. I hope you will enjoy! AND I hope you feel like jumping in an commenting on occasion!

Found a clip of Jarmo - the snow obsessed dog!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Thu, July 09, 2009 21:29:58
Jarmo the Wonder-Dog loves snow. He snorts it, he eats it, he digs through it, he chases it (when we throw snowballs) and trying to shovle snow when he's around is darn near impossible!


HERE is a short clip from last winter when he tried to stop Elon from shoveling. :-)


Dog-in-law!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Wed, April 22, 2009 16:32:32

What a handsome fellow Malin and Pentti's dog Jum-Jum is!

It's Friday...

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Fri, April 17, 2009 22:59:59

...and Friday means Göran Persson day. Göran Persson was our previous Prime Minister and we fondly named our dogs' favorite treats after him - the pigs ears!!!

So here the pooches are - munching away out on the lawn this afternoon. smiley

Curious Dogs

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Fri, April 10, 2009 21:11:45

Our neighbor was doing something that really interested our dogs - and since they looked so cute trying to peer out through the gate with their heads pushed together.

Doggie class!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Sat, March 21, 2009 20:36:19

Today was our third time to take our dogs to doggie class - my daughter Malin and I and our dogs Seven, the labrador retriever and Jum-Jum, her rottweiler. We had a lot of fun and the dogs too! We trained heel, stay, and "no" - the latter is when you hold out a piece of doggie treat and say "no!" and they're supposed to turn their head away when all they really want is to wolf it down ASAP. Seven already knows that part - you can practically push the treat under her lip and say no, and she won't take it until you say "good girl, there you go!" So she's really good at learning - although - have to say that it is very enticing for her to have her nose in the ground and track other dogs and animals. Almost better than meatballs. Almost!

Snow Dogs!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Sun, March 15, 2009 13:42:31

Here is a film clip of our dogs frolicking around in the snow with the biggest stick you ever saw. Jarmo is totally stick-obsessed, and he is protecting his price possession from Seven, the 10 month old puppy. They're having a blast here, and I tried to make the film short and sweet so people won't be bored to tears. So if you like dogs - enjoy! :-)

Doggy classes!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Sun, March 01, 2009 04:22:50

Our little girl Seven, a black Labrador Retriever, and I, went to our second class yesterday and she did great. I learned a terrific method of teaching her to walk close to my left side, without having to pull on the leash hardly anything at all. I am to use my voice, my body language and the mighty allure of the Swedish meatball, and Seven responded to this like she'd never been fed in her life. Never underestimate the power of the meatball, I say.

My daughter Malin and her boy Jum-Jum, a Rottweiler, takes the same class, and he is, IMHO, the star of the bunch. Jum-Jum is one big teddybear of a dog - but all muscles, and a power package like you couldn't believe.

Jum-Jum with his beloved ball.

Seven is one of the dogs with the best stamina there, I think. Several of the others sort of konked out, mentally, after a while. Their brains got tired, the instructor said, which is normal when you're new at training this way. Seven hasn't heard of going tired that way, so she kept trying to please me to get her little paws on that small piece of meatball. (A meatball can last quite a long time, I cut it in eight pieces.)

Sevem with a chewie-toy. Chewing is a way of life, says Seven.

We have so much fun just observing the dogs together, and they teach us so much, both about them, and about us. After the kids grew up, having the dogs in our lives is wonderful in every way. Even if you have to get the rain gear out and go out when there is a freezing cold drizzle outside. Even then!

The Snowman

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Wed, February 25, 2009 19:27:35

A couple of days ago, I made the first snowman I've made in YEARS. Can't even remember when I made one last. So, now that we had the right sort of gooey-kinda-snow, I thought why not. At first I tried making one in our garden - but Jarmo the Wonder-Dog firmly believes all the snow is HIS, so he sabotaged every embryo of a snowman.

I moved to the outside of the fence, and soon I had a very miserable, whimpering Jarmo glued to the fence, keeping his mom in check for using HIS snow.

Here is how Jarmo looked:

And here is how the snowman turned out. You will notice that he's wearing a Bold Strokes Books cap, which some of you may know means Bold Strokes Books - my publisher. Very spiffy!

Latest pic of our dogs!

The Dogs!Posted by Gun Brooke Tue, February 24, 2009 12:17:08

Jarmo the Wonder-Dog and Seven are the best of friends these days. They do everything together, except at night when Jarmo prefers the couch and Seven prefers the queen size bed. (Shoving me and Elon to the side without any scruples.)

Here is a picture we took just a few weeks ago.