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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Dog's Summer


"Tilde No!". Too late. Tilde jumped the fence and was out of sight, chasing the bunny on full speed. That'll be the end of this particular fence solution I thought.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #5: Puppy Class


"Can we have a word?"

Oh no, I thought, not the union again. Zerline could read my mind.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Wild Bunch


Today I tried to take a walk alone with Tilde. Being just the two of us would allow for a longer walk and, with all the time which goes into puppy Zerline, she would appreciate some alone quality time with me.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Hovawart TV: Digging A Team


When you dig as a team you can get deeper and move more sand when you work together. Trying to own the pit won't give any progress, and practicing dry breaststroke swims in it won't either. To dig, in itself, is the goal. Tilde seems to get that. But can she teach puppy Zerline to dig in the same direction?
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Report From Puppy World


We are almost through the first month of puppy-hood in the blink of an eye. Zerline is 11 weeks old today. She has done a lot of growing. Her legs in particular seem to explode and lift her still fragile body higher and higher up into the air.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #4: The Union


"Can we have a word?"

Zerline looked serious. Those big brown puppy eyes told me she had something important to share. I laid down my camera and reporters notebook, both overheated from puppy adventures, to give her my full attention.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Dit Is Een Goed Stel, Hoor"


It's a sentence each Dutch person recognizes. Spoken by the sports commentator Theo Reitsma as he observed the Dutch national soccer team celebrate their win in the final of the European Soccer Cup in 1988. There is nothing profound about it. It simply means "This is a good team, for sure."
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Socialization With A Twist


In the middle of Summer all the rentals are occupied. Although I enjoy the emptiness of the West-coast during Winter, the tourists bring a special vacation atmosphere with them I have come to appreciate. People are happy and wear smiles, they have time and are not busy, or try their best not to be.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bold and Bolder


It was the moment I had been waiting for. The moment in which I could witness Tilde and Zerline to truly connect. To find each other, enjoy each other's company while forging a bond on the road that leads to a true friendship.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tilde, Meet Zerline. Zerline, Meet The Wild Thing


The sight of Tilde coming around the corner caught Zerline's eye and immediately aroused her curiosity. She quickly trotted forward to meet that dog, who must have looked a lot like her mother Amber to her.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Goodbye Rules, Welcome Grandparents


Tilde seems to know that once a year, when the grandparents make the long trip to Denmark for a visit, it signals the return of a window of opportunity in which everything once again is allowed. It will mean a short break from her mature life, maybe even a return to puppy-hood. For her, and just maybe, for all the involved too.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Paradise Of Senses


I am thoroughly enjoying some of our last hikes in which it will be just Tilde and me before Zerline will join our family. Tilde has become such a great hike buddy over time. We're such a good team now, both on the threshold of the next chapter, holding a new adventure for us all.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Feeling Involved, Puppy Buyer 2.0


Since the puppies were born, I get up at the for me unholy hour of 6:30 am, to turn on the computer and check out Atie's daily blog update about the puppies hoping for a glimpse of Zerline before I even make coffee.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #3: Mission Puppy


The line seems to have died. "Hello Tilde, are you there?"

After a long pause, Tilde answers. "It depends... Remind me again, what place are you visiting today in your attempts to ignore me?"
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Monday, May 22, 2017

My Territory


Tilde takes her responsibility to expel any intruders from her property quite seriously.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Snake Encounters, A Narrow Escape


Nobody got hurt and Tilde is fine.

Our latest encounter with a viper, the only venomous snake in Denmark, almost went terribly wrong. I hadn't noticed the snake until it already was too late. It was warming itself in the morning sun, still sluggish, and didn't move out of our way in time, what it normally would have done.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Having Fun Is Not Optional


Last Saturday, Emil was our guest. It was a lot to take in for him, being away from his "mom" and caretaker, Dina, for a whole day.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Running The Wet Gauntlet


One moment you're playing with your toy in the surf, imaginary rescuing it from drowning, just to cruelly throw it back and rescue it again. Suddenly you hear a rumbling sound approach and you realize you lowered your guard, carried away by all the fun you're having.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #2: Phone Home


I am on my way home from a trip to Ã…rhus in the North of Denmark and decide to phone home, anxious to hear if Tilde is behaving.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #1: Treasure Hunt


"I think I am on to something."

"Good girl, Tilde! Keep on searching!"

We have been training to search for money lately. It seems premature to expect too much. On the other hand, it is not the first time I have underestimated my own ridiculously fabulous dog training skills.
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