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A Love Connection at Gullringstorp


It has been about 3 years since my daughter’s cats came to live with us here in Sweden. We have Juliet a beautiful Black and White and tiny Pumpkin  a Tabby who at 14 years old, and looks exactly the way she looked when I discovered her at the shelter, so many years ago.

It has taken Juliet and Pumpkin some time to settle into the routine here at Gullringstorp. Not only did they have the size of Gullringstorp to get accustomed to, but other animals here in the house as well. They both remembered Little Lady from when they used to live with me years before, so that was no problem. They had two new cats to get to know  and like or dislike. After a couple of years, they are coexisting just fine. There are a few flare ups every now and again, but that’s to be expected, especially when you have 3 ladies. The biggest adjustment was not the cats or all the stairs and rooms to get lost in or even the diet of fresh fish; it was Max our dog. Juliet had never lived with a dog in her life and Pumpkin had  but so many years ago. Juliet took time to get used to our gregarious Brussels Griffon, which is quite normal. What is not normal is the way Pumpkin our 14-year-old took immediately to Max. It was as if they had been separated at birth. There was an immediate connection and they are now best buddies  and have fallen  in love.

Here are the two buddies or should I say love birds relaxing in the kitchen:

 

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The Critter Gang at Gullringstorp


You have seen our goats. For those of you who haven’t seen my past posts, there are many other critters living with us here at Gullringstorp.

We have a Brussels Griffon named Max

We have an Iguana who was a rescue living with me on two continents for 16 years named Little Lady

We have 4 cats. 2 are ours, Pip and Tasha, 2 are my daughters who have moved to Sweden to live with us 2 years ago, Pumpkin and Juliet

We also have a neighbor kitty  who loves to be in our stable

Meet the Critter Gang here at Gullringstorp:

Max all warm and cozy in his snow suit and boots

Max all warm and cozy in his snow suit and boots

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Max on the couch in the kitchen watching mommy cook

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Max out on a cold, damp and windy day at Gullringstorp

Max in his Halloween Bumble Bee costume

I know, out of season but here is Max in his Halloween Bumble Bee costume

 

 

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Pip loves my antique rocker

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Pip enjoying the view of snow out the window in my office

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Kitty in my laundry basket

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Hej Pip!

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Pip balancing on a plant stand

Pip in my office

Pip would read, if he could

Pip our turtle kitty

Pip our turtle kitty

Pip all warm in bed

Pip all warm in bed

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Pip loves to sit like this

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Silly kitty

Pumpkin sitting where she should not be sitting, on the table

Pumpkin sitting where she should not be sitting, on the table

 

 

 

 

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Sleepy Pumpkin

Juliet has just rememberedthat she actually knows Pumpkin

Juliet has just remembered that she actually knows Pumpkin after they moved to Sweden together 2 years ago

Juliet in  the hall upstairs

Juliet in the hall upstairs

On our bed

Juliet on our bed

Sleepy kitty

What a cute little nose

Juliet in the window

Juliet in the window

Juliet

Juliet

Tasha

Hej Tasha

Sleepy Tasha

Sleepy Tasha

Our part-time stable kitty

Our part-time stable kitty

Sun spots are like gold at Gullringstorp

Sun spots are like gold at Gullringstorp

Here we have several members of the Gullringstorp critters enjoying the sun spot: Pumpkin, Juliet, Little Lady and Max

Here we have several members of the Gullringstorp critters enjoying the sun spot: Pumpkin, Juliet, Little Lady and Max

 

These are just some our Critter gang here at Gullringstorp.  We also have 4 fish tanks and one tank with African Albino frogs.

It’s never ending fun and excitement, indoors and out, here at Gullringstorp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 


Gullringstorp Critters


Hej!!! Welcome back. Now you have met all my goats, to date. Today I would like to share with you  all the other critters that share our home here at Gullringstorp.

When I moved to Sweden,  I not only brought most of my household belongings, but a cat and an iguana. My cat has since left us but we still have our iguana.

Introducing Puck ( in memory) and Little Lady:

Puck

Puck

Little Lady and my husband

Little Lady and my husband

Little Lady outside in her summer enclosure

Little Lady outside in her summer enclosure

Little Lady enjoying Swedish summer

Little Lady enjoying Swedish summer

We have several cats at Gullringstorp. Even though we are a horse/ farm  property, all our cats are indoor cats.  I would just be way too nervous to have them outside.  They have plenty of windows and window ledges on which to sit or lay and watch the wildlife outdoors in our gardens.  They are quite happy and so am I.

Introducing the cats of Gullringstorp:

Lisa was a neighbor cat who was the mother to our next cat

Lisa was actually a neighbor cat who became the mother to our next cat

Little Tasha was our very first kitten. Mother was Lisa.

Little Tasha was our very first kitten. Mother was Lisa.

Tasha with her daddy

Tasha with her daddy

Tasha used to sleep and travel in the car in this little basket as a kitten

Tasha used to sleep and travel in the car in this little basket as a kitten

Tasha on one of many window ledges

Tasha on one of many window ledges

Tasha and Little Lady soon became best friends

Tasha and Little Lady soon became best friends

Wanna kiss?

Wanna kiss?

Tasha and Little Lady

Tasha and Little Lady

Tasha 3 years old

Tasha 3 years old

Tasha loves water. Here she is in the kitchen sink .

Tasha loves water. Here she is in the kitchen sink .

Tasha and Puck were best buddies

Tasha and Puck were best buddies

Two buddies

Two buddies

Tasha

Tasha

When Puck left us, Tasha cried every night. Such a sorrowful sound could be heard all over the house. I decided she needed company. I knew she still had Little Lady but an iguana couldn’t do cat things with her and I think  she was so very lonesome for Puck. So the search for a new cat buddy started. We answered an ad and when I arrived at the house my eye went directly to the tiny black kitten. I guess I hadn’t gotten over the loss of my little friend Puck who was 14 years old and made the move with me to Sweden. Well that cute tiny black kitten had absolutely no interest in neither my husband or I. Someone else was checking us out, without us even realizing it, and he decided, we were going to be his new family. He jumped in our little carry case and that’s where he stayed.

Please meet Pip:

Tiny Pip arriving home just before Christmas this past year.

Tiny Pip arriving home just before Christmas this past year.

Pip meets Tasha for the first time

Pip meets Tasha for the first time

Tasha was nice to Pip this moment in the photo, but she did not like him at all in the beginning!  I thought what have I done?  It was ok because eventually they became very good friends! Thank goodness.

Little Pip was the best Christmas present for all of us at Gullringstorp

Little Pip was the best Christmas present for all of us at Gullringstorp

Pip is now over 1 yr old and he too loves water

Pip is now over 1 yr old and he too loves water

Pip playing and splashing in the sink

Pip playing and splashing in the sink

Pip sitting in the bucket i use to clean the fish tanks. I am sure he sits in 2" of water

Pip sitting in the bucket i use to clean the fish tanks. I am sure he sits in 2" of water.

My daughter moved away from her home to do her post grad studies and so her 2 cats had their vet checks and were packed up and flown  back to Sweden with me.

Meet my new lodgers, Juliet and Pumpkin:

Juliet

Juliet in her evening wear, ready for the opera

Juliet in her evening wear, ready for the opera

Juliet aka Sink Baby

Juliet aka Sink Baby

When Juliet and Pumpkin arrived, their new apartment at Gullringstorp was the upstairs bathroom

When Juliet and Pumpkin arrived, their new apartment at Gullringstorp was the upstairs bathroom.

Little Pumpkin the gray tabby, actually got a new lease on life when she arrived in Sweden.  She is nearly 11 years old and took the flight and the change in temperature and surroundings very well.  She even took to our little dog Max as if she had always been around dogs, which she hadn’t. It was like she had always lived at Gullringstorp.

This was their midway apartment, my daughter's room

This was their midway apartment, my daughter's room

Juliet now free to wander the entire house

Juliet now free to wander the entire house

Both Pumpkin and Juliet have integrated themselves well in the household of Gullringstorp critters.  And yes,  you were seeing correct,  we now have 2 black and white cats.  They are so much fun to watch.

My daughter is happy that they are here and safe in our care. I am only too glad to help her out. I brought these two cats into our family long before I met my husband. I knew these two little ladies well. It was just a pleasure to welcome them to my home in Sweden.

We have a little fellow named Max. You may have seen him with the goats. This was the very first dog for my husband. He is a Brussels Griffon. He is a very special dog. I can say this after a life time with many different dogs in my household as I grew up. I love this breed and I love our little Max.

Please meet Max:

Max arrives home, 2 years ago

Max arrives home, 2 years ago

Little Max

Little Max

Sleepy Max

Sleepy Max

Max and Pip visit Little Lady's house, she doesn't mind.

Max and Pip visit Little Lady's house, she doesn't mind.

Max and Pip in the breakfast tray

Max and Pip in the breakfast tray

Well there they are. These are the Gullringstorp Critters. They keep us busy along with our little herd of beautiful goats. there is never a dull moment her at Gullringstorp.

I promise to dedicate a post for each and every Critter at Gullringstorp in the future.

Don’t forget to check back and find out how our 3 pregnant ladies are doing. As of today, Frida, Hilda and Pumpkin are doing very well. When it is not raining and when it has dried up enough for them to go out, they enjoy full days out in the pasture. They have wonderful appetites and get lots of loving from us.  All the babies are also doing well. They play in the stable corridor when the weather is too bad for them to go out.

Remember, there is so much more happening at Gullringstorp.