Thursday, 31 December 2009

Goodbye 2009 and welcome 2010!




Yes, 2009 was a special year in our lives dogwise. From having no dogs at all, to two dogs all of a sudden! In the beginning of the year we started considering the possiility of having one since our daughter Julia (9 then) wanted one so very much. We did not know which dog would suit us best, but after advice from my mother-in-law, we decided a yorkie would be a good choice. It was not easy to find a yorkie in Stavanger and after a long research about safe places to buy a yorkie from, I found Kennel Oxzar in Oslo. In May 21st 2009 we brought Birk home. We all wanted a female yorkie, but there was none to be found then. So, Birk came and filled our lives with many happy moments. We fell in love with the breed too. It's so perfect! Small, inteligent, loving and extremelly cute!

Although we already had Birk, I kept looking in Finn.no for yorkie offers. It was then I learned about Denise and her forthcoming puppies. It was a nice coincidence in all respects, because besides having one available female yorkie I got know she was a Brazilian like me! Nobody at home wanted to have a second dog, but I was too tempted at the thought of having a "little yorkie girl" And so it happened and we are very pleased with her. It was a bit tricky to start with, since Birk was a bit jealous etc, but now they are best friends and it is delightful to see them together.

So, we start 2010 with two dogs and we hope for the best! I look forward to spring time and summer when we can enjoy them even more and have good times outside!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Cold, but also cozy!

We are having a "cold wave" here in Norway and the weather forecast says it will last until the middle of January 2010!! Right now we have minus 8 degrees C outside. Not easy!! So, the solution is to stay inside, light candles and fires and look for someone to lean up against. The doggies are doing the same. See the pictures :)




Monday, 28 December 2009

More pictures from tonight!



Birk and Lucy, best friends!

These two have been filling our lives with lovely, precious and funny moments. It is impossible not to want to photograph each and every interesting thing they do. Pity I don't have a professional camera, which would allow me to really catch such moments in a quicker way. But, i do my best with the one I have and hope the results shown here can give you an idea of what I am talking about.




Sunday, 27 December 2009

Lucy and Birk on a snow trip

We all went for a walk this afternoon and Birk and Lucy came along. I tried Lucy on the ground a bit, but I think she thought it was a bit too cold and so I carried her part of the way, wrapped in a blanket. The rest of the time she was in her transport bag. We did stop for a picture though! :)


Getting better all the time!

We have had nice Christmas holidays and the days have mostly been filled with joys around Birk and Lucy. Birk seems to have fallen in love with her now and she seems to highly enjoy his presence. They play a lot together and chase each other around the house. Sometimes we must tell Birk to slow down a bit when he gets too excited with the playing and  "bites" her a little too hard. But she is the first to cry out stop to him!
When one is quiet, the other comes teasing and vice-versa. :) When she is tired, she just retreats and takes a rather long nap in the cage. Then I close it so she can have peace and quiet.

We weighed her yesterday and it showed she is one kilo now! I must weigh her again to have this confirmed though. She hasn't been a great eater since she came and this is why I felt a bit suprised at an increase of 150 grams in 6 days? Maybe this is possible, though.

She has also been very good "to wait" to pee outside. She doesn't ask to go out, but we take her out at frequent intervals, after sleeping, playing and eating and she does it immediately when out. We have had "accidents", though, with nr.2 :)

As to her nights, she has been sleeping by my side of the bed, in her transport bag. Yesterday she slept non stop from 01:30am to 07:00 o'clock. That was quite an improvement! Below some pictures from the last days.








Friday, 25 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Adapting...

It's two days now since Lucy arrived and things are moving forward, but slowly. Birk and her do play sometimes but most of the time Birk is being a bit jealous and territorial. Lucy also seems to be missing her brothers a little. She has cried the last couple of nights and sleeps several times per day, but for short periods. All this is normal and we know it will pass. In the meantime we also have lots of cozy moments together. Ah, and her weight was 850 grams upon her arrival!






Saturday, 19 December 2009

Birk experienced snow today!

It finally started snowing in Stavanger and Birk's friend, Aila, came here and invited him for a walk :)
This was Birk's first real snow experience since he was little puppy, still with his breeder, Nina. I think he enjoyed it. Or what do you think? :)



Friday, 18 December 2009

Lucy being checked at the Veterinary



Little Lucy and her brothers have been to the Vet for the first check after their birth and before they go to their new owners. At the point they are chipped with an ID number, vaccinated and everything being fine the Vet issues a health certificate for them. Above you can see Lucy in the vet's hands. ;)

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Lucy - "dressed to kill" :)

On Sunday, December 20th I am heading to Oslo to fetch Lucy! Big moment for all in the house, especially for Birk! I am also curious to see my daughter Julia's reaction. She has been contrary to the idea of a second dog from day one. She thinks it is unfair to Birk, whom she believes will feel less loved. So, it will be exciting to see how this develops, when she sees Lucy "in person"...



Saturday, 12 December 2009

Yorkie Art


My first contact with Lucy!



I was in Oslo last week and I took the chance to visit Denise, Lucy's breeder. What a lovely visit it was, although rather short! Her dogs Arnold and Fiesta are beautiful and adorable!! The puppies I have no words to describe, cute as puppies can be! I was thrilled to meet Lucy and as Denise said it, I think it was love at first sight! Our next meeting is scheduled for December 29th, when I will bring Lucy home!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Lucy's first contact with the snow!


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I have said before that Lucy is curious, but maybe a better word would be adventurous! Her breeder, Denise, told me that yesterday she opened her varanda door and the puppies were nearby... The three boys stayed where they were, but Lucy ventured herself outside and stepped on the snow for the very first time! :)

I find her to be lovely, even before I have seen her in person, which, by the way, will happen tomorrow! I am in Oslo today on a business trip and tomorrow I will travel one hour by train to go and see Lucy where she presently lives. It will be so nice! I'll take the chance and leave with Denise the travel bag I have bought for Lucy (exactly like Birk's) where I hope Denise can start to place her inside now and then for her to get used to it.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Birk's favourite toys - Part II



Birk l-o-v-e-s- it when I give him the Kong toy. The Kong toy, as most dog owners will know, is a rubber toy with a small opening in which you can stuff goodies for the dog. The idea is that the dog will spend some time trying to get the goodies out of it, have fun and give the owners some free time :)



At first I was stuffing the Kong with dog goodies and I did not like the idea of having him eat so much of it. Then, a bright idea occurred to me and I started stuffing the Kong with Birk's own dog food. This proved to be extra popular! Now he has lots of fun dropping the Kong from his mouth on the floor and seeing his food spread out . He tries to quickly eat it, just in case any other "interested parties" show up and also want to have a bite. :))

Sunday, 6 December 2009

A glimpse of everyday life in Norway 1500 years ago

We have taken a trip to the Iron Age farm at Ullandhaug, Stavanger. The Iron Age Farm is a reconstructed farm from the migration period, about 350-550 AD. It is located at the top of a hill in this place called Ullandhaug, 3km from the center of Stavanger. From the top one can have a fantastic view! An archeological excavation of the farm took place in 1967-68. The reconstructed farm buildings were later erected on their original sites. Birk enjoyed walking around there! Below you can see the two of us appreciating the view under a lot of wind!! :)

Friday, 4 December 2009

Dad (front), Mom and little daughter Lucy!

They are all very pretty, aren't they? :)


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dog Phillosophy





There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face...
(Bern Williams)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Birk's favorite toys - part 1

When we bought Birk, the breeder gave us the usual puppy package items, like puppy food, brochures, a blanket still with the puppies' mom smell etc. He also brought with him one of his puppy toys ( a small teddy bear) which he used to play with before coming to us. To the present date Birk still loves the said teddy bear and it is very sweet to see him with it. We will try to keep it as long as possible!