Part 5: Meeting strange creatures. Page 11.

Part 5 has grown into a multi-page thing. This is page 11, covering the days September 15 - 21. Links to other pages are found at the bottom of this page.

Here I am about to get eaten by a hungry Labrador puppy. I managed to wrestle out of it and turned him on his back. But as usual, my sloppy manservant didn't record my triumph, just my humiliation. At last! A picture worth to be shown. Me in my natural state - on top! The sad little thing in the gutter that I am wrapping up in my leash is a Jack Russel terrier. He never had a chance poor thing.
My first Whippets and three at the same time. Nervous types who just walked away when I tried to flip them over. Or perhaps just overaged. The one I am sniffing is 17 years old, believe it or not. She was so scared of me that she trembled - as indeed she should. This is Kerba, an Airedale terrier champion named after Cerberus, the dog who guarded the gates to the underworld. Kerba's servant is a very dedicated person who trims her fur daily with an exhibition in sight. Kerba has a very strong voice and nearly scared a passing Rottweiler to death with it (and me).
My greatest victory ever! Here I am in total control of Koffi, an almost full grown Labrador retriever. He is looking for help, but none is coming.... ... so I gave him a farewell kiss as consolation. He seemed happier after that. I am tough, but not cruel.
Here is Filip, a tiny 1,5 years old Yorkshire terrier who fell in love with me instantly. And why not, indeed? His friend Betty is looking the other way. My servant took me to an enclosure for dogs in a nearby park. I decided to chase Leon, who is 90% Dobermann (and 10% chicken). He fled in terror.
Hampus is no chicken, though. His mother is a Cocker Spaniel who was out philandering at an Italian restaurant, where she had spaghetti and meatballs together with a Jack Russel terrier. The result: a black terrier, now 5 months old. Here is a Lagotto Romagnolo, September's dog-of-the-month in the Swedish Kennel Club Magazine. Lively, playful and lots of curly hair. These dogs just love water and will throw themselves into it, given a chance.
Met Hedda, a nice poodle in a dog enclosure in a park. We played for quite a while until she had to leave. After that, Toulouse arrived. He is a 4 months old wirehaired Dachsund named after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French impressionist known for his short legs. Toulouse and I tumbled around in the enclosure until we were exhausted.
Another gem in my collection of truly unsual dogs: Poncho, a Spanish Podenko. There are only 15-20 of them in all of Sweden. One of my classmates is a Podenko, so now I know at least ten percent of all Podenkos in Sweden. One more really unusual dog: Hjolle is a Powder Puff. When the naked Chinese Cresteds have puppies, one in four will have a rich fluffy fur. If a Chinese Crested has puppies with a Chihuahua, two in four will be fluffy. Hjolle belongs to the latter and I think he fell in love with me within minutes, licking my ear.

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