Shopping for dog collars

On a lighter note.. I went online shopping again last night. On eBay. Shocking, huh? I've been looking for a couple of collars for Theo and Cuda for a couple of months now, and I've had a specific design in mind. It turned out to be very difficult to find these collars, even though it's supposed to be a standard collar, but late last night I struck gold and they were even reasonably priced.

Theo has a gorgeous medium brown leather collar with studs, but unfortunately it's a bit to heavy at the buckle. This causes the collar to turn around all the time, and it's annoying. It's also a bit stiff, and a little too long. When we visited Kennel Venjan to meet Cuda for the first time, we borrowed a collar for Theo and it was just perfect. It was soft, light enough to stay in place, and cute! So I decided to buy a couple of these, but I couldn't find them anywhere - until tonight. And the very best ting was the price, because I paid £4.95 a piece - that's about 137,- NOK for two collars and shipping! Since it's faux leather I'm hoping it'll be a tad bit lighter than the one Theo's already got, and the bone charm is so cute! So I ended up with a brown collar for Theo, and a black one for Cuda - and seriously, if they can't use them it's no big loss.

Sometimes I'm glad I can use our dogs as an excuse to go shopping. I mean, expecting mail isn't less exciting when it's for the little ones - one's gotta love Mr. Postman. I also ordered a couple of round ID tags, but I'm afraid they might be a bit too big for these small dogs. I paid $4.50 for two tags included individual engraving, so I'm not expecting them to be of superior quality or anything. I thought they looked cool with a cartoonish paw print in front, and ID tags are always useful.

Xina Cross CountryNovember 20th 2010

Photo © Øyvind H. '10


Is it Sunday yet? Is it?

Venjan's Lille Hinkel PinkelHinkel Pinkel's family is going to Hamar this weekend for the NKK Dog Show, and he's going with them to meet his "grandma" and father Jace. I'm a little anxious to hear what people have to say about our little cotton ball, but I wish Sunday would be here now so I can cuddle with him! I know I've said this a million times already, but I'm really looking forward to getting to know him and discover his personality.

In only three days Sunday will finally be upon us, and we're driving to Oppdal to pick up our sweet little Pinkel. I can hardly wait! I'm possibly one of the most impatient people on Earth when I have to wait for something, and this is a perfect example. I haven't even been able to put a single word on paper, or rather.. online. Everything's about Pinkel.

Apart from daydreaming about Hinkel Pinkel I haven't been up to much apart from training Theo for his next show in November. I feel like I'm falling behind on everything, and I have a small pile of makeup just waiting to be tested and reviewed - lots of colorful eyeshadows from GlamourDoll, a few gorgeous products from Illamasqua, nail polishes and other goodies.

Photo: Venjan's Lille My and Lille Hinkel Pinkel
© Venke Pedersen, Kennel Venjan


Venjan’s Lille Hinkel Pinkel

Venjan's Lille Hinkel PinkelIt's been a hectic last couple of days, but it's nice to have a few of those every once in a while too. This Saturday we decided to take a three and a half hour drive to Kristiansund with the sole purpose of visiting Kennel Venjan.

After having had Lucas with us for a week this summer we saw and understood the importance of having two dogs as opposed to one. Their friendship was amazing to watch, as well as the sorrow when the two parted. After having discussed it over with a few experienced breeders we decided that now would be a good time to introduce another animal, a puppy, to our little pack and so our search began. It's important to take the time to find the right individual, so we wanted to look at several puppies before we made our final decision. In my opinion you should be able to take care of the animal you've chosen for as long as it lives, unless you have a good reason for giving it up. Personality was one of the most important qualities to us, and hopefully this will be a key to prevent any agitation between our two males later on.

One day I saw a photo of a gorgeous little white pup with one black ear, and even though I was quite sure he had already been promised to someone else I e-mailed the kennel to show my interest. Not only was it a long-haired male, but he was also of good lines - his father is Multi Ch Guichon's My Name Is No No Bad Boy and there are several other champions on both sides. My heart jumped when I found out he was still available! After some e-mailing back and forth we agreed upon a meeting, and not so long after we drove to see meet the breeder and their dogs. Theo connected with the oldest female (Hinkel Pinkel's grandma) almost immediately, and I really liked these people. Hinkel Pinkel instantly charmed me to my knees, and the way he tilted his head to the side whenever we talked to him just made me swoon. So cute!

So, come October 10th we're going to pick him up and bring him home to stay with us and Theo is finally getting his little brother. Thank you so much, Kennel Venjan, for trusting us with your little Hinkel Pinkel - we're really looking forward to getting to know him, and watch him turn into a handsome Chihuahua male!

Photo © Øyvind H. '10