Dog Show: Norsk Miniatyrhund Klubb

Jesus, what a day. Let me just tell you that it all started late last night when I decided that I wasn't going to bed, but sit up all night instead. No, I haven't gone crazy. We had planned to attend a dog show in Verdal today, and knowing that I wouldn't be able to drag myself out of bed at 6:30 AM - after only four hours of sleep - I figured I'd better stay awake to be sure not to miss the show. And as said as done. We drove to Verdal, where we had to ask for directions twice to find the damned place, and finally arrived just five minutes before it was supposed to be our turn in the ring. God, I absolutely hate being late for scheduled things! Thankfully there had been some delays, so it turned out we weren't in any rush at all. The weather was really nice, even though it was a little cold in the shadows, but it was a very nice experience. We got to talk to some new people, meet several gorgeous dog and we even got to look at some puppies for sale.

Kunne hatt noe mer markert panne. Fint nosparti, korrekt bitt md store, fine tenner. Mørke øyne, tilstrekkelig størrelse. Velplasserte ører, bra hals. Behøver utvikles i kroppen. Noe lavt ansatt hale. Bra fremvinkler, noe knappe bak. Velbåren hale. Rør seg bra fram, men unde seg bak. Kunne hatt bedre fraspark bak. Lovende pels.

Judge: Ann-Christin Johansson, Sweden

When time was 11:00 AM it was finally our turn - I actually started worrying that we had missed our spot - to enter the ring for the second time ever. I participated in the world of showing with my Chinchillas long time ago so I'm not completely green, but on the other hand showing a dog is something completely different. Theo is a young dog, and he's both curious and easy to distract. We have been training a lot lately and Øyvind has done a wonderful job with him so far. Even if he could have walked better and been a bit more focused in the ring, I think he did great and I was very proud of him as he won his class!

Unfortunately it was cold outside as already mentioned, and this - in combination with being a little insecure because of all the new sounds, smells and impressions - caused him to curl up a little bit. If he had stretched out his hind legs as he's supposed to it would have raised his tail a bit more, and he would have looked a lot better in front of the judge.

Theo was awarded two red ribbons, one for 'very good' quality and then one for 1st place. I have to admit that it would have been fun to be awarded a purple ribbon or even a pink one, but we're aiming for one of those next time. It's important to have goals! Wink

Xina Cross Country

Photo © Øyvind H. '10


Puppy love. The real thing.

I all but BFF with my blog diary at the moment. I have tons of things to write about, but absolutely no inspiration or lust to sit down and pour my thoughts into a something physical. I don't feel like sharing my thoughts with anyone - or everyone. There's so many things I want to do, and so many things I want to achieve, but I seem to be stuck at the moment. I seriously hope it's a momentarily thing, or else I'm afraid I'll go insane. I feel like I'm stuck in an enormous puddle of mud which is sucking me further and further down into the black nothingness.

Thankfully I have friends. Good friends. Friends I wouldn't want to be without. And today Monica came over and brought Zita and her four puppies with her. Puppy therapy! I guess it's meaningless to even mention, but I have a major crush on the single male of the litter, and it seems like it might be mutual. He's completely and utterly adorable! Why is it that small, furry animals have such a therapeutic effect on people? Or at least on me? I'm forever grateful for today's session of puppy cuddling, and it was so cool to watch Theo with the little ones. He was so sweet and gentle, trying to initiate play and running around checking up on them.

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Aren't they just adorable? One of the four puppies, the tricolor female, didn't want to appear on any of my photos. I did however have a ton of the handsome little man, go figure. It's almost impossible to get good photos of moving critters, but a few of them turned out good enough to share with the rest of the world. The first photo shows one of the white females in an awkward sleeping position - she was actually sleeping like that before we startled her by taking her picture - together with her mom, Zita. The second photo shows the other white female trying to hide inside their blanket, and doing a hell of a job! And the last photo shows Zita and her roaring little lion cub, while Theo is carefully sneaking up on them to be closer to the action.

Thank you, my dear Monica!

Photos © Øyvind H. '10


Happy 1st Birthday, Theo!

Xina Cross CountryXina Cross Country

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '10


Thank you for visiting, Lucas!

LucasThe past week we've had a little visitor here. His name is Lucas, and he's spent some time here with Theo while his people were on vacation in Turkey. They arrived home today, so Lucas was picked up earlier and we're all going to miss him. My heart is aching for poor little Theo! He's been looking for Lucas ever since he left, running around, whining and howling. When Øyvind took him outside for a little walk he ran to the parking lot where their car had been parked, and started sniffing, standing on his hind legs, trying to spot his dear friend - but no Lucas anywhere. And now Theo is devastated. He's clawing at our front door as we speak, wanting to go outside to look for him. I'm having a hard time, because I hate seeing him so sad without being able to explain to him that Lucas has gone home to his people - and that he'll surely be back some other time.

Lucas came to stay with us when Zita had her puppies, and I was a little anxious to see how this would work out. Theo and Lucas had met once before, when Monica came to visit us with four Chihuahuas, but these two didn't really interact that time. Theo was a bit younger, so he was just happy to see other dogs his own size. I don't think there is any doubt that Lucas has been the boss of the two while he was here, but they have played, wrestled and kept each other company from morning till evening for more than a week now. They must have bonded quite well, because Theo has never acted anything near the way he's acting now after having parted with another Chihuahua - or any other dog for that matter. I hope he'll "forget" Lucas soon, because it breaks my heart to have to listen to him, but I also hope Lucas will be back to visit us again soon!

Thanks to Linn and Monica for trusting us enough to let us take care of him! Heart

Photo © Øyvind H. '10