mr Dog explains how to have fun (also: some photos from today’s excursion)

You roll around on the ground, and that’s when fun occurs!

Anyone care to count how many gnomes must have got themselves entangled in that fur?

We walked a long, long way. Mr Dog didn’t get tired. He never gets tired. He’ll walk all the way to China (if that’s what it takes to find the bunnies). He’ll walk in mud up to his tummy. He’ll walk in puddles, he’ll walk in shrubbery; he’ll walk anywhere. Then he fell asleep on the bus back home. He seems a bit wiped right now. We walked nearly 15 kilometers in the forest, it took six hours, and most of the time the terrain was rather challenging (for us city creatures).

It was a nice little excursion. The heat was pretty bad at times (and it’s only April — a bit of a shock). Anyway, the excursion took us to Tyresta national park:

The park provides the opportunity for long walks in a landscape of ancient trees, strongly-scented marshes and beautiful lakes. It is a place where visitors can experience the silence of the primeval forest, with its characteristic plants and animals.

During a very hot summer, twelve years ago, a large area was destroyed by a forest fire, whose smoke could be seen even in central Stockholm, if you stood in an elevated spot or open place and gazed southward. I remember it vividly myself.

In August 1999, around 4.5 square kilometres of forest or ten per cent of the national park and nature reserve burnt down. It was over one and a half weeks before fire fighters brought the fire under control and it was even longer before it was completely extinguished. The extremely hot and dry conditions contributed to the extent of the fire and made it very difficult to put out. [Source.]

Now, the forest is recuperating. The charred corpses of trees still lie as they lay after the fire; everything is left as is. There are several walking paths over the burnt down areas. They’re awfully hot, because there are no grown trees, and thus no shadow (I’d never venture out there in the summer sun). And the area has an eerie feel to it.

The ground was at times colourful, but that was it. The light was sharp; too sharp. Few birds sang, but there were many beautiful butterflies.

In other parts of the park, there are little lakes…

… streams…

… and ponds (or maybe it’s just a puddle):


21 thoughts on “mr Dog explains how to have fun (also: some photos from today’s excursion)

  1. oh joy! What lovely photos. And are you sure there’s a dog under that?

    We are having a dog-day afternoon here, too. They keep coming to me with a look that says ‘water’ and ‘is this Italy?’

  2. No, I’m not sure. I asked him, and he said ‘yes dog’. Anything but dog would be an insult so I didn’t persevere.

    We have +35 degrees C on the balcony today. But that’s because of the sun.

    Interestingly, most of the moss, twigs, gnomes, and stuff had fallen off of him before we returned home. Also the mud. Still a dirty mr Dog but not as bad as it looked for a while. (The dirt from the city streets is much worse, because it sticks.)

  3. I’m tickled by the idea of a gnome clinging to his tummy-hair. I wonder if you take them out & look at them under a microscope, the way Lovelyhorse and I do with nits.

  4. Some gnomes are bigger than others. You don’t always need a microscope, actually. Unless you dissect them, but who would?

    I think they like to creep up on his head. Better view than from beneath the tummy. And he’s got so little hair on his tummy. Mostly on the sides, which is good for climbing up on him, of course. But I think they do what ticks do — jump up on his nose (which is always so expediently glued to the ground), and then head up to between the ears.

  5. … when they are sleepy, they tie their beards to his fur, so as not to fall.

    ‘Who’s snoring!!!’ he yells, and tries to rub them off on the carpet.

  6. ‘Canineosophy makes everything clearer.’

    Indeed, it does.

    But they also do it because it’s nice. Like after baths, when the fur is not right anymore. Or, if the food is tasty, after mealtime. Nice food –> nose needs wiping.

  7. There’s also a canineosophical spiritual scientific connection between how expensive a rug is and how nice it is to roll around on. Much like with sofas. The whiter the sofa, the more important it is to put a dogly doggie touch to it. Canineosophical science explains it all.

  8. Cause and effect, you know. ‘Why do you think dogs have teeth?’ asks mr Dog. ‘It’s not so that we can be idle and not chew. Clearly not. Chewing is very canineosophical-spiritually important. Well, the entire question of teeth is very important, really.’

    And he goes on pontificating about sharp puppy teeth vs the more robust dog teeth, the incanination process, and karma.

  9. I hope you follow his example and roll about in the leaves and undergrowth. It would be a lot of fun for any passers-by as well.

    The images are beautiful. The ‘little lakes’ one could be a painting by Cezanne.

    We went to Tyresta a couple of times. We stayed on the ‘board walk’. Not very adventurous I am afraid but still a beautiful walk.

  10. Indeed, it would be a lot of fun for passers-by ;-) I was tired and thirsty enough to want to lie down, actually, but I would have had no energy roll about…

    We stayed stuck to the marked paths. The area is impressively large. I didn’t know. Only the fire area is huge (well, at least that’s what it felt like…).

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