Life goes on.


Yes it does even if it’s hard sometimes. I realised something was very wrong with Hector on Wednesday afternoon when I came home from work, he was always the first one to run out the door of the dog house when I opened it. He wasn’t there at all so I was just about to go out into the dog yard when he slowly came in from the dog yard and followed me out to the garden. He laid down in front of the entrance and wanted to stay there when we were about to go out on our walk.






He finally rose up and followed us after I had been talking to him for a long while. We walked very slowly and stopped many times so he could rest in the shadows. The other ones were far ahead of us but Bertil and I stayed close to Hector all the time. He stayed by himself all evening and didn’t want to eat when it was time, he did though just because he knew I wanted him to. That didn’t help the next morning though, he refused to get up at all and I could see that life just wasn’t fun any longer, so I had to take that hard decision, the one we never want to take. Now I worry that it won’t take that long time till I have to take that decision again but Orvar is fine at the moment and I hope he will be for a long time more.



This doe walked out just in front of us on the gravel road by the fields. All dogs were unleashed, they looked at her for a few seconds and then they went on doing their own thing. It's nice to know they don't care about the wild life.

This doe walked out just in front of us on the gravel  road by the fields (two meters away from us). All dogs were unleashed, they looked at her for a few seconds and then they went on doing their own thing. It’s nice to know they   don’t care about the wild life.



It will be an indoors day today, the temperature will rise to 9C (48,2F) if we’re lucky. They keep promising that the warm weather is on its way but I think we all have lost the hope that it actually will 🙂 If it isn’t rain that’s falling it’s hail. Thunder however has stayed away from this area but we might get some tonight. We actually had warmer and nice days during winter this year 🙂 The only thing that grows as it should in the garden is the grass and it grows fast. I can’t mow it though since it is so wet that it would clog my lawn mower and it’s never nice to drag around an electric cable on wet ground either 🙂






I think I’ll read a book and then tak a nap before thinking of even taking another walk today. My neighbor told me he found a badger’s burrow in the cow pasture outside my cottage. He knows I want to photograph them so I think I’ll go out by myself later on to see if I can find it. They might not show today due to the bad weather but it would be nice to know where it is when the new ones comes out to see what the world’s like. I want to thank You for Your comments in the previous post.



Wolf willow, Elaeagnus commutata. We call it Silver bush.

Wolf willow, Elaeagnus commutata. We call it Silver bush.

 Aronia melanocarpa, Black chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa, Black chokeberry

Rosa glauca.

Rosa glauca.

Have a great day!


The first tomato! The plant grows in a tiny pot by my kitchen window. This tomato is called Vilma.

The first tomato! The plant grows in a tiny pot by my kitchen window. This tomato is called Vilma and You can also see the sticky fly paper I have on the glass 🙂


24 responses

  1. Oj så hemskt sorgesamt! Det är ett fruktansvärt beslut man måste ta, men man är ju tvungen för våra djurs bästa. Men det gör det faktiskt inte lättare…..
    Jag har träffat på “vänner” som sagt att det är ju bara ett djur, SÅ märkvärdigt är det väl inte och så ledsen kan du inte vara. Såna människor vill jag inte ha som vänner, det är helt klart något hos dom som saknas.
    Våra husdjur är ju som närstående släktingar och man sörjer dom precis lika mycket som om det vore en anhörig som gått bort. Alltså tänker jag på dig och hoppas att dina andra djurkompisar kan hjälpa dig i sorgen!

    May 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Du har så rätt!

      Nej sådana människor skall man hålla sig borta från 🙂

      Visst äe våra husdjur familjemedlemmar, de har ju varit med oss en stor del av livet och vi vet att dem kan man lita på.

      Livet går vidare och det är jobbigt ett tag. Vet ju att jag kommer att undra varför han tar sådan tid på sig att komma in på kvällarna ett bra tag framöver 🙂

      Ha det gott!

      May 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

  2. jaz

    it is so sad to lose our beloved pets. i can hardly think about it. i too hope orvar will stay healthy for a long time. i wish i had your weather. we are in the upper 80’s and humid.

    May 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

    • Hi Joyce!

      It is and I try to avoid it. But a panicky feeling comes over me every time Orvar stumbles when we’re out walking.

      We actually got some sunshine for half an hour earlier and the temperature reached 55F 🙂 The humidity is so high it felt like walking in a steam bath 🙂 So I can fully understand how bad it must feel with high humidity and 80’s! I do hope it cools down where You are and warms up here 🙂

      Have a great day!

      May 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  3. Hello Christer,

    My heart continues to go out to you about Hector. It is wonderful that when the dogs saw the doe, they just accepted that she was another form of nature, another member of the Animal Kingdom. How inspiring it is when we see different species of animals just accept each other instead of regarding each other as competitors. I love that when I observe it with songbirds. Most species are not competitive with one another, but some are. Some just stay out of each others’ way, but some actually put up a fight. I just love your photos, Christer, and congratulations on your first tomato! Sending you best wishes and healing energy and hoping your weather gets better and more summer-like!


    May 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    • Hi Adele!

      Nova even stays reasonable calm when she see a hare now days 🙂 Deers has never been something she’s been interested in, thankfully. Hares and squirrels on the other hand is seen as pure evil most of the times 🙂 🙂

      As You say, most species don’t care about other species unless it’s animals that build nests, they can be nasty towards eachother for that perfect spot.

      I was so surprised to see that tomato 🙂 The plant is tiny and has a way too small pot but still it flowers and gives me my first tomato 🙂

      We actually had some sunshine today, about half an hour of it 🙂 the humidity is so high it felt like walking in a steam bath 🙂

      Have a great day!

      May 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  4. You live in the most beautiful place,your photos are a testament to that.What better place to walk out with your dogs and make memories of all your expeditions with them past and future:-)

    May 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • Hi Lesley and welcome to my blog 🙂

      I love living here even if the biting flies drive me crazy every summer, we have loads of them. The bog outside my home is pure heaven for them 🙂

      Have a great day and welcome back 🙂

      May 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  5. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    A badger sett practically on the doorstep. How exciting. I’d be tempted to put up a wildlife camera so I could spy on it.

    I love the photo of the stump with the two tiny red leaves and the interesting fungus (?) foaming all down the side. And are those Deptford pinks in the next photo? Dianthus armeria, I think. They look like it.

    Our weather has been hot and humid or nice but humid. Last night was cold. Today is supposed to be hot again but it’s cold right now. I’m waiting for the dew to dry off the grass so I can mow the back part.

    Thanks for telling us about Hector.

    I hope the rain stops and the sun shines warmer for you.
    Enjoy the day.

    May 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      Yes, I don’t think it’s more than 100 yards to that place. I’ll go there later today to see if I can find the entrance, it should be very visible he said and it looks like the cows are in the pasture on the other side of my cottage. I do hoipe the rain keeps calm when I’ll walk there 🙂

      No, it is actually maple sap that make that funguslike surface. The tree was just cut down, it grew too close to the road and even these small gravel roads must follow the EU rules. No tree or bush is allowed to grow closer than 1,5 yards from the road. The flower however is a Red campion, Silene dioica. Spreads insanely if one bring it in to the garden 🙂 🙂 But it is beautiful and it’s easy to just pull up when they become too many. The seeds seems to survive for ages in the ground because no matter how many I pull up every summer before they give seeds I still get new ones every year from earlioer plants 🙂 🙂

      Here it’s cold and humid most of the time today but we did get some sunshine earlier and then it was hot and humid, I’m not sure what’s worse 🙂 🙂 The rain is pouring down at the moment.

      Have a great day!

      May 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  6. I can’t help but cry as I read your words. I admire you for being so strong and putting Hector first rather than drag out his pain. I see that so much at the clinic, where owners refuse to let their pets move on to another world. (Or at least that’s how I think about it) A world free of pain and aches.
    They make them suffer much too long and sometimes put them through surgeries that just add to the pain but still end in the final result.
    Wise Bertil obviously understood.
    I am so so sorry that you had to go through this and I totally understand the dreaded thought that Orvar could be next but you just never know. I look at my Rosie, over 15 yrs of age and blind and who almost passed several years ago when I accidentally dropped that pole on her. She’s still acting sassy and eating and barking at the others if they get in her way. She’s still going strong and yet my Ruby is gone…. so just cherish every moment, and I know that you do. You give your pets a life that most animals could only dream of.
    Still, my heart breaks for you, I know how much he meant to you. Take care of yourself my friend. xo – Cindi

    May 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Cindi!

      Nothing worse than seeing people keep their pets alive for egotistical reasons. I once had a long chat with the old vet about when I should take that decision and he said that the day they don’t think it is fun to tale a walk, meet people or see food, that is the day You must take the decision.

      Yes Bertil understood, he stayed close to Hector all night as well.

      That’s the life when having pets I’m afraid. Strange that we keep on letting them move in when we know how much tit hurts the day the decision must be taken.

      Have a great day!


      May 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm

  7. oh my,,, I am so sorry, he was a beauty and he could not have found a better friend than you, you brought tears to my eyes this morning,

    May 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    • Hi Laurie!

      He was and he had his ways 🙂 Orvar can now for the first time ever eat all the food I’ve given him 🙂 Hector was a big food thief 🙂

      Have a great day!

      May 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  8. Christer,
    My past boxers didn’t live beyond 8. When Gracie had her 8th birthday I began to watch her all the time, especially when she was sleeping. I want the reassurance she was breathing. She will be 10 in November and seems to be just fine, but you never know. I am so sorry about Hector, but I know the decision has to be made. We love our pets and seeing them suffer is unfair to them and the love they give to us.

    Your pictures are so beautiful. Everything looks so lush and green. We are close to being called a drought as it is the second driest May in history. Rain may come in a couple of days but it will be June then. I water my flowers and hope for the best.

    Have a great evening!

    May 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    • Hi Kat!

      It is really stressful when one knows the time can come at any minute, even if it might take years as it actually did with Hector. I knew it was time when I saw that there was no fun left in his eyes. Doesn’t help to be honest, one feel awful nomatter what.

      The grass loves this weather, everything else is late. But the year I opened my garden center we still had snow in early May and the warm weather didn’t come until mid June that year 🙂 I think we need at least two months without rain to even come close to a draught 🙂

      Have a great day!

      May 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  9. Dianna

    HI Christer – oh I am still in shock about Hector. May was not a kind month to us for our animals wasn’t it. I am still missing my Tor in the worst way, I even dreamt about him last night again. He came home. I woke up so sad. How are the other dogs and the cats coping? Its going to take some time to adjust to the “new” normal. I fear the same with our Willow – she’s going to be 13 in November but I see her slowing down a great deal. It sure is never easy to make that decision. But we know in our hearts its the best decision. I hope each days gets a little easier. We got frost last night and they are predicting again for tonight. I am not bothering to cover anything, I will take a chance. It was cold here today, I don’t think it reached 12 degrees. We are supposed to get warmer as the week wears on. Have a good Sunday.

    May 31, 2015 at 2:26 am

    • Hi Dianna!

      No May was a bad month for us. The other ones shows ver little if anything at all. Hector just didn’t fit in with other dogs 🙂 He never understood how to interact with them and when the others played he sort of was running and jumping a bit away from them. He was a part of the pack but still not really. They ran to the car once to greet him when I came home but when he wasn’t there they really didn’t seem to care that much. It was a totally different thing when Hector’s and Orvar’s mother and grand mother never came back, they ran to the car for months to see if they would jump out.

      No it isn’t and even if we know it’s the right one it still is awful.

      We still have one week left with the risk of frost by by the look on the rpedictions the risk seems minimal but then again, we all know how well those predictions come true 🙂 🙂

      We were supposed to get summer temperatures this week but it looks like we’ll miss that chance, now the predictions show 15C as warmest.

      Have a great day!

      May 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

  10. But of course Bertil stayed. I would expect nothing less of my cat. I am so sorry about Hector. Joyce told me about Hector in an email this afternoon…. I know my time is coming with Mele. She is going to be eleven years old soon..and the thought of life without her is terrible. I’m so sorry, Christer.

    May 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

    • Hi Mona!

      He’s a special one too that cat 🙂

      We all know this will happen sooner or later but still we keep on letting those dogs and cats and all other pets of course move home to us.

      Mele is a small dog so I’m pretty sure she will hang around for several years more 🙂 11 is only half way through for small dogs 🙂

      Now I worry for Orvar, he’s still wobbly but isn’t worse anyway.

      Have a great day!

      May 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

  11. Beatrice P. Boyd

    Many fellow pet owners, myself included have been in the same position, Christer, and while the decision is not easy, it was the best one under the circumstances. Knowing when to let go perhaps should be when there is no longer any fun for both pets and humans as well.
    Your walks look like wonderful adventures with everything blooming.

    June 1, 2015 at 4:16 am

    • Hi Beatrice!

      Yes it was. I had been expecting it for some time but it still is just awful. Why do we keep on letting more of them move to our homes when we know how painful that day is 🙂 🙂

      It is very nice on our walks now, still no annoying or biting insects 🙂

      Have a great day!

      June 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm

  12. Kerstin Attlee

    Så sorgligt med Hector, Christer! Vi känner inte varann så väl men tröstekram till dig i alla fall!!

    June 1, 2015 at 7:40 am

    • Hejsan Kerstin och välkommen till min blogg 🙂

      Tack skall du ha. Går fortfarande och undrar varför han tar sådan tid på sig att komma in när de varit ute i trädgården 🙂

      ha det gott och välkommen tillbaka!

      June 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

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