Feeling the grass

Today I took Max outside for the very first time. I felt that he was ready to experience the smell and feel of grass outside. It looked like he enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to bring him outside again. Tonight he played around with a piece of paper. He barked at it and tried to jump and run from it, at the same time as he tried to attack it. I just can’t wait til he starts running around like crazy and sees fun in everything!

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2 weeks!

Today Max turns 2 weeks old. He finally opened his eyes yesterday after having small cracks for quite some time. He can finally see the world, even though puppies stay blind for some time after opening their eyes as well.

He now weighs almost 800 grams and the past days he’s gained over 70 grams each day. He grows way to fast and I just can’t believe that this big guy only filled the palm of my hand 2 weeks ago.

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He’s not a fan of the bright daylight yet, so getting a picture of his eyes open was a bit harder than I thought. I read in one of my books that puppies should be in a dark room for some days after opening their eyes. It wont hurt their eyes if they see daylight or other bright lights, but they will feel uncomfortable. He was a good boy for 5 minutes today so that I could snap some pictures in the daylight.

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I also managed to take a selfie while waiting for Max to finish his “breakfast” this morning. It’s been some time since I actually took a proper selfie with my camera. Should do that more often.

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Pocket puppy

I love to walk around in my bathrobe every morning while making coffee and breakfast. A couple of days ago I thought it would be fun to put Max in the pocket of my bathrobe and see if he liked it. He fell asleep instantly, and I began walking around every morning with a puppy in my pocket. Today I realized that he’s almost outgrown the pocket (he grows SO fast and gain over 50 grams a day!!!) and I just had to take a good picture of it before it’s too late. It’s so cute and cosy walking around with him like that every morning!

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Suns out, dogs out

Today I took 3 of our 5 dogs outside to take some pictures in the sun. They are so cute and pretty!

Tyr, Tequila and Erke are fantastic models. I took Alva out for some shots as well, but she seems to have fallen in love with her puppy after all, so she just wanted to go inside again really quickly. Anyway, I took some pictures of her before Max arrived, so she’s excused for now, haha.

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1 week

Today Max is already 1 week old. I have decided to take pictures of him each week so that I can see how fast he grows. It’s not that easy to see how big he’s gotten since the first pictures, but I promise you, he has grown a lot!

In 3 – 4 days I hope to see his eyes for the first time! He eats a lot every day and sleep well. His wounds are getting a lot better and we really think and hope this will end good in the end. We need to take him for a check at the veterinary when he’s 4 weeks old. She’s going to check if he has any damaged muscles after his mother bit him. He looks fine when he moves now and he doesn’t scream because of the pain anymore, and because of that we truly believe that he will be fully recovered during the next week.

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Puppies

On Thursday I went to school for my final exam before the summer. My boyfriend was at work and his mom came over to watch Alva while we were away. 15 minutes before I was going to start my exam I recieved a message from my boyfriend: “mom told me that Alva got a pup! It’s a girl!”.

It was a bit annoying, because I had been home the whole week, and I was only going away for some hours that day. And, on that day she got them while I was away. Bad luck..

When I heard about all the drama that happened I was a bit happy for not being home after all. My boyfriends mom has a lot of experience from earlier because she and her husband have been breeding siberian huskies for years. She told me in the phone that Alva had given birth to a female. She then gave birth to a male. We didn’t expect many pups, and because of what happened next, I’m happy that there was only two of them.

My boyfriends mom quickly realized that Alva didn’t have the mothers instinct. She wanted to eat her own puppies and she only looked at them as living food. We named our puppies Arya and Max. We had to seperate the puppies from their mother and milk her. We then had to try give the pups milk from syringes.

We then realized that we had to feed the pups ourselves. But thats not all of the drama. Alva managed to hurt both of her puppies before my boyfriends mom realized and was quick enough to remove them from their mothers bite.

We went to the veterinary and Arya had a broken jaw. Max had several wounds, one was very deep and almost punctured his lung and he also missed a toe on one of his paws. The vet told us that they might survive and that she could try stitch the biggest wound Max had. She also told us that we had to give Arya food from syringes because of her jaw the first 2 weeks, and that we could try to force their mother to feed Max in controlled situations. Arya and Max are of the breed jämthund and we want to use them for hunting. We were afraid that Max’ missing toe would be a problem, but the vet told us that the toe was the least of his problems. He was going to be fine if he got food and his wounds healed well.

I had to take the job as their mother. I had to feed them every hour the first 48 hours and I had to milk Alva so that I had the best milk they could get. Milking a dog was very special..

The first day went well and they both seemed okay. Arya seemd happy and pleased, it didnt look like she had any pain because of her jaw or anything. Max screamed a lot the first 24 hours because of his wounds,  but today he’s been very quiet, except for when he wants food. Which is a good sign.

Last night Arya passed away. I had just fed her and newborn puppies need help from their mother so that they can urinate and poo. I was massaging her when her body just went completely stiff, like if all her muscles froze. She looked like a statue or a toy or something. I panicked and gave her CPR. It helped and her body and breath became normal again. I told my boyfriend and cried a lot. Suddenly, it happened again. And again. and again, and again.. We tried to help her and understand what happened for the next 3 hours, but in the end her heart couldnt take it anymore and we witnessed that it stopped. We had lost her. We have talked about this today and we think that she was born with some sort of internal problems. We think her lungs collapsed in the end. She didnt manage to poo the whole day either, and that was also very weird. Thats why we think that she was born with some sort of internal failure, sadly.

Max, who was the most damaged one is now very much active and his progress is very promissing. He eats A LOT and often and he sleeps between his meals. Which is good. Another good thing is that Alva has evolved as a mother. After “forcing” her to feed Max she is now very calm and seems pleased to give him food, thankfully. She’s still sketpical, but as long as she can give him the food he needs, it’s okay. I can do the rest. I hope he makes it and that we can keep him here for maaany years to come ❤

Here are some pictures of our superhero Max

 

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Puppy Mom

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In just a couple of days our dog Alva will become a mother for the first time. It wasn’t planned at all, but we still look very forward to meet our new family memebers. It doesn’t look like she has more than 2 – 3 puppies, and that’s perfect. She just moved into our bedroom and she’s being watched day and night. Who knows, maybe they’re here tomorrow morning?

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Just look at her pretty face! I look very forward to see her minions. I hope everything goes well without any problems of any sort. I’ve never done anything like this, but I think it’s going to be alright. I have helped sheep in labour earlier, and as I was told yesterday by a veterinary: “it’s not that different”. Made me feel a lot better!

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I promise you, pictures of the puppies will be uploaded as fast as possible!

Feeling the spring.

May has arrived and we’re one month closer to summer. As much as I want the summer right now, I can’t complain about spring either. I’ve been outside hunting beaver for several hours this spring and I really enjoy sitting outside watching birds and animals around me. The best part of hunting is that the animals don’t notice you that easily and they can get really close. The other day I met what we call a “korsrev” here in Norway. It’s a red fox with black markings that makes a cross on its back. They can also be mostly black instead of red. They’re not that common and I feel honored to have met one. When I met it I was strolling along the water to look for beavers and I left my camera at the spot I had been sitting. When I finally got back to my camera and tried to take a photo of it as it chased swans on the field behind me it had ran too far away and I couldn’t get a good picture of it, sadly.

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The sky was so beautiful that evening. I had to take this photo after I had tried to snap one of the fox. I absolutely love this place.

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Hunting in Sweden

On Wednesday my boyfriend and I came home from our trip to Sweden. It has been a fantastic weekend with hunting almost every night, great people and, of course, some alcohol.

Friday began with me shooting my very first wild boar. It was very exciting and I hope that I can do it again sometime. I felt it was way too easy and that I had a lot of luck on Friday. I need it to be more challenging next time. It was a 40 – 50kg male, approx 1 year old. It was a great start!

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On Saturday and Sunday we went out hunting beaver. My boyfriend and I have been hunting beavers here at home for some time, but why not hunt some in Sweden as well? My boyfriend shot 2 at the same place in 10 minutes on Saturday. On Sunday I had one up close and I was told to shoot it in water if I had the opportunity. I clearly had the opportunity (it was swimming 5m away from me), but I chose to wait and see if it wanted to get on land, which was stupid. 10 seconds later it dived into the water and disappeared. It was very fun watching it though. Such a fascinating and cute animal. It was so happy floating around with a stick in its mouth, haha.

Here are some pictures from when we were hunting beaver on Saturday and Sunday. The swedish forest is beautiful!

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We had a great time and we look forward to visit Jocke and his family again later. We ended our trip with celebreating “Valborgsmässoafton” with Jockes family and friends. We ate great food, drank great drinks and had a very good time. We also sat in the sauna for some time as well. So relaxing!

This weekend we are going to my boyfriends cabin and I look so forward to just relax, read Harry Potter and do absolutely NOTHING. But first, I’m going to visit the farm of a friend of mine. They have lots of lambs there now and I was asked to help them out a bit. Such a great start on this weekend. #cuddle

Ending this with a cute picture of Jockes dog Berit and my boyfriend.

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Easter 2019

The first half of the easter was spent with my family. Sadly I kinda forgot that I own a camera and because of that I dont have any pictures of the first half. We went to Sweden and bought some candy (its a lot cheaper over there), some alcohol and tasty food. My cousin and I watched the first episode of the last Game of Thrones season. So unreal that we’re finally watching it. What to do when GoT has ended?!

After some good times with my family I went home. My boyfriend and I have been hunting beavers for some weeks and now they’re finally getting very active. I enjoy watching the beavers and I think they’re intelligent, fun and interesting animals. Sadly they do a lot of damage when they live close to roads and fields. The roads gets flooded, the fields gets flooded as well and they do a lot of damage on the nearby forest. Some of the landlords nearby have asked us if we could help them with the beaver problems, and we said yes. I wish we could just move them to a new home in the forest far away from people, but that’s not gonna work.

On Wednesday my boyfriend and I went to different locations. We both shot one each, and here’s mine. This is my second beaver this season and we’re going out hunting again today.

Just adding a picture of one of the locations and my first beaver this season.

I know hunting looks a bit brutal (I thought so myself earlier), but I promise you, these beavers did not suffer at all. They both died instantly with a clean shot and they were both unaware of what happened. They experienced no stress, no pain and a quick death.

Annyway – back to the vacation!

On Friday we went up to the mountains and spent the weekend with a couple of friends on a cabin with beautiful surroundings. Once again, I barely remembered that I brought a camera, so here’s 4 pictures from Friday. That’s all I got.

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This is my new favourite picture of my boyfriend and his old lady Tequila. My dog Tyr is spotted in the background, looking for the perfect spot to pee on.

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This morning my boyfriend left for work 6.30 and I took the dogs out for a morning-walk. Back to reality..

Looking forward to Friday when my boyfriend and I go to Sweden for some days. We have been invited to a friend of ours for some wild boar and beaver hunt. Will try using my camera a bit more this weekend. I promise.

Hope you all had a great easter celebration!