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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.