Saturday, January 25, 2014

Letting Go

Nugget looking into a spectacular sunset this past October

One of the things my friends have noticed today on my Facebook page was the change of my cover photo.
To many of you, that isn´t a big deal, or anything worth mentioning, because everyone does that and rather often, right?
Well, in this case, it has a whole lot of meaning to me and a lot to do with this blog post.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

There Are No Ordinary Moments

As much as I love dog mushing, I have to say that as of late nothing beats a walk with Jachym and the dogs in the woods, by the lake or anywhere in the nature.

And no matter what the weather or time of the year, I always find beauty in those moments.
Here are a few of them captured during our today´s walk to the island.

Mio's Movie Night

Not only people can have movie nights.

Our house dogs usually watch anything we do. Ok, they mostly sleep through it and the pleasure for them comes from the simple fact of sharing the company.
Well dogs will be dogs and cats will definitely always be cats.

Feeding Your Dog: A Few Factors To Consider When Planing Their Feeding Program

Wow, the first week of November is behind us as if it was a blink of an eye and I have been planning to share with you an insight into how we feed our dogs.

At the beginning of the month, I always update the feeding program of our dogs. It is a time to evaluate their condition and to look into the upcoming month to consider several factors, before I make any dietary changes for them.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Things To Do After Your Dog Has Died

I read a lot of poems and compassionate writings on the sad subject of losing a canine friend, but I find this one by far the best. 

Maybe it is because it sharply dives right into my heart and touches is with its bold truth. Truth all of us who lost their beloved ones, know so painfully well. I have been through all of the points while grieving the loss of one or another of my friends
It offers the compassion that only one who experienced such loss can give to another. 

I love it. It makes me miss Granite more. It makes me miss all my dogs and other furry friends, who no longer are here with me, more.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What's A Couch Without Krtek?

Today´s blog is very simple. I am not going to write anything.

Not that it´s not going to be about anything, obviously, there is definitely a story for you.

But I´ll leave it to Krtek to tell it to you. :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

16 Things You Should Stop Doing In Order To Be Happy With Your Dog

article by Roger Abrantes

I usually post links to articles I find interesting either on my Facebook page or lately in the Caught On The Web category here on my blog. 
I´d like to give an extra attention to this one, written by renown animal behaviorist and author Roger Abrantes. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

150.000 Mark And A New Journey

My blog just reached 150.000 page visits since we added a viewer counter to it. Wow! 

Thank you all so much for your interest in my articles and stories of my life with the dogs in the woods!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Switching Our Kitties To Natural Diet (Natural Feeding Program For Cats)

I must admit that we never really planned or spent much thoughts on our cats´ nutrition. And honestly - shame on us! Or particularly shame on me, because I am a large promoter of natural nutrition, filled with key ingredients for strong health and longevity for all animals.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Curing Bolt's Injury The Natural Way

It was a Monday night and I was just finishing feeding the kennel. I was completely alone here, without a handler, without Jachym, but even more importantly, without any neighbors.

This remote life has already taught us many practical things - most of all, to be careful, precautious and be used to effectively and calmly handling different situations.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween From The Bed Monster
and the rest of the gang at Kipp d´Amundsen Kennels!


Starring yours truly......
..... any guesses who that might be? :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10 Tips For Pet Safety On Halloween (The Safety Matters Mini Series Special Edition)

Ok, I must confess that I am definitely not a fan of animals being dressed in any types of costumes for any kind of occasion. 

Having said that, I should probably also confess (before anyone of you, sharp readers, points out a picture or two of our dogs wearing a hat or a bandanna) that sometimes I do get crazy ideas and put a hat, bandanna or a scarf on one of our dog´s head to take a pic. I honestly don´t know what I do that. Humans are strange.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Caught On The Web #2

In the first blog post named "Caught On The Web" I shared a few articles and videos that "caught" my attention on the internet and thought they would be worth wile sharing with you.
All of them were focused on health care. If you´d like to read them, here is the link.


Today, I have a collection of well written articles that speak right from my heart. Their common theme is Behavior and Ethics.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Safety Matters Mini Series: Part I - Visibility



Safety is one of the top priorities at our kennel. 


It includes not only the way we handle the dogs and work with them, a large attention is given to the safety of the dogs´s environment - the actual kennels, houses, the play yard, the feeding dishes and watering buckets, also the way we feed them and what we feed them, etc.

But safety can be also applied in large scale onto training and racing equipment and other dog gear.
And that is actually what I decided to talk about today.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rejoining The Pack

Let me officially welcome Chilkoot back into our pack. It´s been actually already several weeks since Chilkoot resides with his friends, but even brothers, sisters and mom, here at Kipp d´Amundsen Kennels.

Back into the pack? Yes, this charming boy was born here and lived with us until he was six months old, before moving into his new home.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Birthday Party


Today marks the day when, seven years ago, my super leader Tazlina gave birth to three amazing girls - Krtek, Snowy and Icey.

While we all wish a very Happy Birthday to Icey (now called Lisa), who lives with her pack and family in southern Sweden, we had a party up here for Snowy and Krtek.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Shopping (The Not So Usual Stuff)

So, what does one shop, when living in the wilderness and going shopping only once in a fairly long time, you ask?

Many of our guests and visitors often wonder how do we do it that we shop only once a month. They sometimes laugh when they see 5kg packages of flour, full cases of milk, 2kg bricks of cheese, etc.

It happens from time to time, that we run out of some important stuff or need to run some errands in the local small town, like changing the tires before winter, sending or picking up post, etc. 

Morning Walk

Today was one of those mornings when you look out the window and you know you MUST grab the dogs and go for a walk NOW.

Seeing the lake on the opposite side of the road, as the leafless trees opened great views, and feeling the warm golden sun rays reflecting in my eyes, I knew I had to answer the CALL.

Mouse and Krtek hopped happily along, searching in the frosted grass for mice, occasionally pausing to sniff the air for the smells of the WILD.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interested In Working At Our Kennel?

Dog handlers wanted for this fall/winter season!

Two positions available, couples encouraged.

Are you dog, outdoor and nature loving person? Are you responsible, hard working and self motivated and would like to experience life that not many have a chance to?

Then this might be the opportunity for you!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Caught On The Web #1


Today I am bringing you a little un-traditional post. I don´t mean that it is outside of my usual topics, but it is a new "project" I have been playing with for a while. 

Reading news from the dog and animal world daily and regularly going through my subscriptions of interesting read and videos about natural health, nutrition, dog sports, animal behavior, etc. I always wondered how to share these further and not keep them just for myself.
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