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Pet of the Day: Puck


This post is in remembrance of my beloved cat Puck. When I married and moved to Sweden, I had several cats. Two of them went to my daughter, Juliet and Pumpkin who are now living with us in Sweden .  I had two other cats that found new homes. My new husband had fallen in love with Puck, so he was cat that made the trip with me  to Sweden, along with my iguana, Little Lady.

It took a lot of paper work and communications with the Departments of Agriculture  in both my home country and Sweden. Puck had to be up to date with all his shots and he had to have a clean bill of health for travel. We got all the necessary forms completed for both Puck and Little Lady. We understood and my then new husband arranged for Puck to be placed in a quarantine facility not far from our home in Sweden. It was, at that time a regulation to place all cats or dogs in a Swedish quarantine for 4 months to ensure they were not infected with rabies. This was regardless of all the health certificates that were required, prior to entry into Sweden. Sweden has absolutely no rabies in the country.

Both Puck and Little Lady made the trip to Sweden very well. Here is a photo essay of Puck’s life in Sweden :

This is my poor little fellow sitting in "kitty jail"

This is my poor little fellow sitting in "kitty jail"

Puck was kept in a room all by himself which must have been really hard for a cat that came from a house with 5 other cats. I couldn’t decide if I should go and see him. See, I thought if I went, even one time, he might spend his days looking for me. I had a real hard time deciding whether I should go or not. I finally couldn’t take not seeing him any longer so I went in January . Mind you , I went with a support system in tow. My daughter was home for the holidays and of course my husband was with me. We were taken to a “visiting room” while they went to get my little Puck. As we stood there in silence, it almost felt like one would imagine a visit to a prison to visit a loved one. It was a terrible experience. They brought my little fellow in and he was put on the floor. He was so scared that he ran and hid. I started to cry and my daughter just called him an idiot, as she always did. I sat on the floor and started to speak to him. I spoke to him for a while and soon he realized we were not strangers but his family. He eventually came out and we were able to hold him and lavish him with kisses. We had 15 minutes with our cat and then suddenly the visit was over. I hated to walk away and leave him there. It was the longest drive home , ever.

Puck came home to us March!!!

My husband made a special trip to our local fish monger to buy him a herring for his homecoming!

My husband made a special trip to our local fish monger to buy him a herring for his homecoming!

Puck in his new home. Still a bit afraid he stayed behind the sofa for a bit.

Puck in his new home. Still a bit afraid he stayed behind the sofa for a bit.

After being carried upstairs, Puck makes his way slowly down passing the ramp for Little Lady to be able to go up and down the stairs

After being carried upstairs, Puck makes his way slowly down passing the ramp for Little Lady to be able to go up and down the stairs

Puck in the window in his new house Gullringstorp

Puck in the window in his new house Gullringstorp

Puck resting at the summer house

Puck resting at the summer house

Puck at the summer house

Puck at the summer house

Puck enjoying the deck at the summer house

Puck enjoying the deck at the summer house

Puck was in heaven relaxing on the deck

Puck was in heaven relaxing on the deck

Puck sits cozy on a blanket at the summer house

Puck sits cozy on a blanket at the summer house

Puck settled in very well, enjoyed being at the summer house and really enjoyed all the windows at Gullringstorp. He enjoyed all the wildlife outside and soon found a new friend. It took him some time to accept Tasha but he finally did.

Puck finally accepted baby Tasha

Puck finally accepted baby Tasha

Puck really began to love Tasha

Puck really began to love Tasha

Puck and Tasha were often seen snugging

Puck and Tasha were often seen snuggeling

Tasha really enjoyed Puck's "mothering"

Tasha really enjoyed Puck's "mothering"

Puck learned to love fish; not herring but cod was his diet while he lived in Sweden

Puck learned to love fish; not herring but cod was his diet while he lived in Sweden. This helped o give his black coat a real nice glossy sheen

What a handsome fellow my little Puck was

What a handsome fellow my little Puck was

Kitty love

Kitty love

More kitty love

More kitty love

Togetherness

Peaceful togetherness

Kitty pals

Kitty pals

Togetherness

Togetherness

As Tasha grew, so did their friendship

As Tasha grew, so did their friendship

A nice rest in an upstairs window

A nice rest in an upstairs window

These two pals even share the kitty bed

These two pals even share the kitty bed

Puck relaxing on the upstairs landing

Puck relaxing on the upstairs landing

Our two pals relaxing in the summer sun in the Green Room

Our two pals loved relaxing in the summer sun in the Green Room

Green Room

In the Green Room

How cozy is this ?

How cozy is this ?

Two pals asleep on our bed

Two pals asleep on our bed

Another great place to relax, on the couch in the kitchen
Another great place to relax, on the couch in the kitchen
Puck enjoying the winter snow

Puck enjoying the view

We really miss Puck here at Gullringstorp. It’s a toss up between Tasha and myself when it comes to missing our little fellow Puck. Tasha cried every night since Pucks death. It was the most mournful cry I have ever heard. This is when we decided she was not only ready for a new kitty pal, but she really needed one. that’s when we started our search and Pip found us. Tasha is really happy now that she has Pip to play with and share kitty love.

Goodbye Puck, we love you and miss you !


Pet of the Day : Max


This post is dedicated to our little dog Max.

Max is a Brussels Griffon, also known as Griffon Bruxellois or even Griffon Belge. This breed has its origins in Belgium and is a breed developed by combining 3 other breeds of dog. This breed is a cross between a Pug, King Charles Spaniel and Affenpinscher. They are small dogs, not so tiny to fit in a handbag but they are considered a sturdy toy breed. They have a noticeable undershot jaw, short nose and piercing lustrous eyes. They have a pout that gives them an almost human expression. These dogs are so very friendly, enjoy lots of snuggle time and are one of the most emotionally sensitive dogs you can find.

Our little Max is so happy when we go out that people who would ordinarily never stop to speak  find themselves  stopping dead in their tracks and actually getting down on their knees to meet our Max.  His cheery disposition has brought many smiles to people  who meet him, here in Sweden. It is a wonderful thing to witness. I love to see the effect he has on people;  women, men and children alike. Be brings joy where ever he goes. He certainly makes me very happy and I just have to laugh at his cute little body and antics.

Meet Max:

Welcome to Gullringstorp little Max

Welcome to Gullringstorp little Max

Little Max had no idea what a fun and exciting life was waiting for him at Gullringstorp

Little Max had no idea what a fun and exciting life was waiting for him at Gullringstorp

Little Max on his pillow and blanket in the kitchen

Little Max on his pillow and blanket in the kitchen

Little Max giving his new daddy a kiss.

Little Max giving his new daddy a kiss. This is the only dog my husband has ever had.

Little Max in the kitchen with Puck. Puck never did warm up to Max even though Max really wanted to be friends with him

Little Max in the kitchen with Puck. Puck never did warm up to Max even though Max really wanted to be friends with him

Litlte Max trying to win over Tasha, who was still not quite sure about this"little dog"

Little Max trying to win over Tasha, who was still not quite sure about this"little dog"

After so much play and trying to make friends, Little Max  has worn himself out

After so much play and trying to make friends, Little Max has worn himself out

Winter has arrived in Sweden and with it came sweaters!

Winter has arrived in Sweden and with it came sweaters!

Little Max looking cute  in his cute sweater

Little Max looking cute in his cute sweater

Max warming up near the warm fire place

Max playing in front of the fire-place

Little Max has found Tasha's secret spot on the craft table, by the window( with my help)

Little Max has found Tasha's secret spot on the craft table, by the window( with my help) He is fascinated by Tasha's tail!

Little Max really wants to be friends but Tasha is not so sure yet

Little Max really wants to be friends but Tasha is not so sure yet

There might be hope yet,  Max is on Tasha's favorite windowsill and she doesn't seem to mind

There might be hope yet, Max is on Tasha's favorite windowsill and she doesn't seem to mind

One of the safest, coziest and most fun places for Little Max to play is mommy's bed. Here Little Max with Larry Lobster his first baby toy

One of the safest, coziest and most fun places for Little Max to play is mommy's bed. Here Little Max with Larry Lobster his first baby toy

Little Max enjoying the bed

Little Max enjoying the bed

Sleepy little fellow

Tired little fellow

What a big bed fro a tiny fellow like Max

What a big bed for such a tiny fellow like Max

Wo can resist those eyes? I certainly can't !

Who can resist that little face? I certainly can't !

Sometimes when puppies have upset tummies, here in Sweden we give them a bit of A-Fil which is a yoghurt with the right amount of bacteria for the tummy

Sometimes when puppies have upset tummies, here in Sweden we give them a bit of A-Fil which is a yoghurt with the right amount of bacteria for the tummy

Looks like someone needs a bit of a clean-up! No matter, the A-Fil will do the job and looks like it was enjoyed by Max. What more could you ask for?

Looks like someone needs a bit of a clean-up! No matter, the A-Fil will do the job and looks like it was enjoyed by Max. What more could you ask for?

With his kind of new friend close by, Little MAx attempts the stairs. There are so many and he is so  tiny.

With his kind of new friend close by, little Max attempts the stairs. There are so many and he is so tiny.

About 5 stairs up and that's as far as one little fellow can go. Now he can't go up and he can't get down. What's a tiny fellow to do? Mommy to the rescue!.

About 5 stairs up and that's as far as one little fellow can go. Now he can't go up and he can't get down. What's a tiny fellow to do? Mommy to the rescue!.

After a week of attempts, a triumphant Max sits at the very top of the stairs looking down

After a week of attempts, a triumphant little Max sits at the very top of the stairs looking down. there's no stopping him now; he had the downstairs and now the upstairs to explore and have fun.

Here we can see the beginning of Little MAx's habit of letting his chew bone just sit in his mouth as he looks around. This is when I started to refer to him as Winston. He still walks around or just sits with a bone hanging from his lips as if it were a cigar.

Here in the sunshine, we can see the beginning of little Max's habit of letting his chew bone just sit in his mouth as he looks around. This is when I started to refer to him as Winston. He still walks around or just sits with a bone hanging from his lips as if it were a cigar.

Little Max out enjoying some sunshine

Little Max out enjoying some sunshine

Max loves t o play frisbee

Max loves t o play frisbee

Good catch Max!

Good catch Max!

Max and his frisbee

Max and his frisbee

Taking a rest with his frisbee

Taking a rest with his frisbee

Max gets a cool bath to play in during our hot month of July

Max gets a cool bath to play in after running and chasing the frisbee

We put some play things in the tub to tempt  Max. He was curious.

We put some play things in the tub to tempt Max. He was curious.

Ahhhhh, that feels good

Ahhhhh, that feels good!

Max is ready to get out after his fun in the pool. These little dogs can overheat  so a pool was important. This pool was my husband's baby bath, many years ago.

Max is ready to get out after his fun in the pool. These little dogs can overheat so a pool was important. This pool was my husband's baby bath, many years ago.

Max checking out Tasha's "cool neck wrap. Tasha had some trouble with the heat so we are keeping her safe and cool with necklace.

Max checking out Tasha's "cool neck wrap". Tasha had some trouble with the heat so we are keeping her safe and cool with this necklace that we place in the freezer for awhile.

Max with his protection collar after his neutering. Where else to rest but mommy's soft comfy bed

Max with his protection collar after his neutering. Where else to rest but mommy's soft comfy bed

Tasha never had kittens but she is such a mommy. She stays close to Max during his recuperation.

Tasha never had kittens but she is such a mommy. She stays close to little Max during his recuperation.

Max finds comfort leaning against his favorite toy,(still today) duckie.

Little Max finds comfort leaning against his favorite toy, (still today, 2 years later) duckie.

Max is all better and ready to enjoy the winter snow

Little Max is all better and ready to enjoy the winter snow

Oh what fun a little fellow in a warm sweater can have in the snow at Gullringstorp!

Oh what fun a little fellow in a warm sweater can have in the snow at Gullringstorp!

Well, this has been just a taste of Max’s childhood. As with all my pets, and my Pet of the Day posts, there is so much more to see. You are most  welcome back for more on Max at a later date.

 


Pet of the Day, Tasha Baby


Today’s Pet of the Day is our one and only dear Tasha Baby!  Tasha Baby was born in the laundry room of our nearest neighbor, to a lovely gentle mother named Lisa. Tasha has taken from her mother all of her most lovely qualities. She is soft, gentle, warm, curious, motherly and most of all loving.

Here is our Tasha Baby beginning from the very first day we saw her:

Tasha as a baby kitten with mommy Lisa and her litter mates

Tasha as a baby kitten with mommy Lisa and her litter mates

My husband helps Tasha stand and walk a bit in her first home, the laundry room.

My husband helps Tasha Baby stand and walk a bit in her first home, the laundry room.

Tasha tries to get around on new,wobbly legs

Tasha Baby tries to get around on new,wobbly legs

Tasha is now ours and she seems happy leaning on my husband

Tasha Baby is now ours and she seems happy leaning on my husband

What a tiny sweetie she was as a kitten

What a tiny sweetie she was as a kitten

Hej, my sweet Tasha Baby

Hej, our sweet Tasha Baby

There's plenty of room for our tiny Tasha Baby on our window shelves

There's plenty of room for our tiny Tasha Baby on our window shelves

Tasha Baby

Tasha Baby

Tasha Baby with a Christmas ribbon

Tasha Baby with a Christmas ribbon

Tasha Baby enjoys her ribbon

Tasha Baby enjoys her ribbon

Tasha Baby looks even smaller on our large couch

Tasha Baby looks even smaller on our large couch

Oh, this is a comfy couch!

Oh, this is a comfy couch!

Tasha Baby cozy in her blanket,  on a  cold winter's day

Tasha Baby cozy in her blanket, on a cold winter's day

This is Tasha Baby's basket where she sleeps and relaxes  in while traveling in our car

This is Tasha Baby's basket where she sleeps and relaxes in while traveling in our car

Tasha Baby looks so tiny in her basket

Tasha Baby looks so tiny in her basket

Tasha with her new friend, Little Lady our iguana

Tasha with her new friend, Little Lady our iguana

Tasha Baby relaxes in Little lady's house

Tasha Baby relaxes in Little lady's house

When Little Lady is the most happy, she always closes her eyes. She is happy with her new friend Tasha Baby.

When Little Lady is the most happy, she always closes her eyes. She is happy with her new friend Tasha Baby.

Two happy pals !

Two happy pals !

A gentle kiss for Little Lady

A gentle kiss for Little Lady

Pals forever!

Pals forever!

I never knew that cats had eyebrows. Tasha baby does and this makes her face very expressive

I never knew that cats had eyebrows. Tasha baby does and this makes her face very expressive.

Just taking it easy !

Just taking it easy !

Here begins her fascination with water.  Here Tasha is enjoying the kitchen sink.

Here begins her fascination with water. Here Tasha is enjoying the kitchen sink.

Tasha Baby loves to put her head under the running water

Tasha Baby loves to put her head under the running water

Her she is with her head wet from the dripping warm water

Her she is with her head wet from the dripping warm water

Relaxing on her sink

Relaxing on her sink

This kitty certainly loves water!

This kitty certainly loves water!

All cats love to play hide and seek. Tasha loves to hide in the duvet on the bed.

All cats love to play hide and seek. Tasha loves to hide in the duvet on the bed.

Peek - a Boo !!!

Peek - a- Boo kitty !!!

A well hidden Tasha Baby on the shoe rack and under a winter jacket.

A well hidden Tasha Baby on the shoe rack and under a winter jacket.

Tasha Baby, under the shoe rack

Tasha Baby, under the shoe rack

Tasha enjoying the window

Tasha enjoying the window

Tasha watching the happenings out her window

Tasha watching the happenings out her window

Tasha's litter mates still live next door and come to visit at the library window

Tasha's litter mates still live next door and come to visit at the library window.

Tasha is able to sniff and get a bit close to her sibling, through the open window

Tasha is able to sniff and get a bit close to her sibling, through the open window

Tasha's fascination with water takes her to our bathtub

Tasha's fascination with water takes her to our bathtub

Bath tub kitty

Bath tub kitty

Tasha is like Pip, she loves water

Tasha is like Pip, she loves water and the bath tub

Kitty in a dryer !

Kitty in a dryer !

Tasha looks right at home in her dryer. Maybe she loves it in the dryer because she was born in a laundry room!

Tasha looks right at home in her dryer. Maybe she loves it in the dryer because she was born in a laundry room!

I hope you have enjoyed the Pet of the Day. Please come again for more special posts on Tasha. There is much more to see.


Pet of the Day; Pip


Today we are not about goats. For those of you who follow my blog, I did promise a while back,  to do a full post on each of my other animals at Gullringstorp.

The Pet of the Day is PIP!!

This is the little bag that our new kitty jumped into. He decided we were his new family. Pip arriving home!

This is the little bag that our new kitty jumped into. He decided we were his new family. Pip arriving home!

He quickly found some play houses.

He quickly found one of the many play houses we have for the cats and our little dog Max.

Pip as a baby!  He was a Christmas gift for the whole family!

Pip as a baby! He was the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family!

A nice warm place to snuggle up in, mommy's robe.

Pip found a nice warm place to snuggle up in, mommy's robe.

"How nice, mommy brought me breakfast in bed!" Pip enjoys a taste of my milk while Max stays close.

"How nice, mommy brought me breakfast in bed!" Pip enjoys a taste of my milk while Max stays close.

Rest time, again, with pal Max.

Rest time, again, with pal Max.

Time to meet that green thing in the living room, Little Lady

Time to meet that green thing in the living room, Little Lady our iguana.

What a sleepy head!

What a sleepy head!

Pip's first Christmas

Pip's first Christmas

Christmas ivy, what fun!

Christmas ivy and a bow, what fun!

Too much holiday fun makes Pip sleepy

Too much holiday fun makes Pip a sleepy kitty.

Christmas morning, Tasha that BIG cat and Pip playing in the wrapping paper

Christmas morning arrived and Pip was all rested. Tasha and Pip had fun playing in the wrapping paper.

Pip gets lots of Christmas hugs and love on Christmas morning

Pip gets lots of Christmas hugs and love on Christmas morning

Pip seemed so tiny next to Tasha

Pip and Tasha in their Christmas bows

A sleepy Pip after late New Year's Eve celebrations

A sleepy Pip after late New Year's Eve celebrations

Pip sure knows how to find  cozy places foe a nap. Here he decided the doll's basket would do jut fine.

Pip sure knows how to find cozy places foe a nap. Here he decided the doll's basket would do jut fine.

Pip loves to live dangerously, dangling over the stairs.

Pip loves to live dangerously, dangling over the stairs.

We soon discovered that Pip was a sink baby!

We soon discovered that Pip was a sink baby!

Pip decided to run away with my dish cloth

Pip decided to run away with my dish cloth

We soon learned that not only did Pip love the sink, but he loved to play in the water. So he got his own bowl of water to play in, in the sink.

We soon learned that not only did Pip love the sink, but he loved to play in the water. So he got his own bowl of water to play in, in the sink.

Our little water loving Pip sits in a bucket of water while I clean fish tanks.

Our little water-loving Pip sits in a bucket of water while I clean fish tanks.

Pip came into my showers so often, I decided to run him a warm bath to play in.

Pip came into my showers so often, I decided to run him a warm bath to play in.

Pip in his bath with his pink rubber duckie.

Pip in his bath with his pink rubber duckie.

Pip with a pink rubber duckie to play with in the water.

Pip and his pink rubber duckie.

Pip just keeps us all so happy and laughing all the time.  This little boy is just so comical that I could not possible do just one post on him. Welcome back for more adventures with Pip!