willie in malmo sweden

We were in Malmo, Sweden for the last three weeks in January. This is the twin city to Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s diverse and it’s friendly! We usually prefer warmer places, but the warmth of the people here has made up for the cold. Willie met lots of dogs here making it easy to also meet the locals. It has been a hub for immigration over the years, so it has all different kinds of food. Malmo is altogether very different from the rest of Sweden because of its variety…

a night at the movies

While in Malmo Sweden we really wanted to watch “The Wolf of Wall Street” so went to the  Royal Theater, They didn’t allow animals so we snuck willie in! As for a movie night in Sweden…it was not cheap $65 for 2 tickets and a popcorn! It turned out to be a very long movie and willie passed out quickly. He did wake up and give a loud bark in the scene with a papillon dog, who resembled his Swedish pal “Fidel”. This drew much attention from others in the theatre…

It was great to bring willie to Sweden to visit his brother Bossi. He hadn’t seen this rascal in over four months and it was so nice to see the brotherly love in action.

surviving a cold swedish winter

One Swedish local explained to us that January is the most depressing month there. It’s dark, cold and no one has money because of the recent Christmas holidays. With a little poking around we found that the Danish, just across the bridge, have a word that helps guide them into a postive state during these tough months. The word is “hygge” which means “creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you“.  It’s origins are Norwegian, where it meant something like “well-being”….

On our first magical night, in the city center of Malmo, Sweden, we came across a gypsy woman playing the accordion. Many passed by and we wondered  why more of them didn’t toss coins into her tattered little box. It was lovely music. To us, her tune portrayed, simply and beautifully, the bitter-sweetness of life and filled us with warmth on such a cold night. Thank you again to the accordion gypsy.

Willie at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

Willie’s paws first grounded sweet European territory in Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen’s international airport was easy for us to fly into, because the regulations for pet travel into Denmark are relatively simple and straight forward. Upon arriving to customs, the friendly Danish officer asked to read his microchip number and checked to see that it matched the one on his paperwork. That was all! She didn’t check for any dates or endorsements, and most graciously, she didn’t charge him an import fee 🙂 We checked with the officer to make sure that…

willie at the white house

While on our way to Europe, we had a short layover in Washington, DC. So we went sight-seeing! It was a cool January day, but very sunny. “1600 Pennsylvania Ave,” willie barked to the cab driver and we were on our way to the White House! There was a lot of security surrounding the White House and many tourists, too. We just took a few quick shots there and made our way over to the majestic Washington Monument. Washington, DC is a beautiful city, rich with history. We were lucky to…

omega pet oil supplement

Soon after willie was born, we realized that his skin was very sensitive. It would get very irritated when he was in colder places, during allergy season or if he had flea bites. He basically itched all year round 🙁 The only place he found relief was in Medellin, Colombia where the weather was moderate all year and there were very few insects. Since we were not ready to move there permanently, we had to find something else that would relieve his itchiness. After months of trying different dog foods and skin relief shampoos, we came across…

willie at the USDA APHIS

Well, we’re getting ready to travel internationally again, so you know what that means–veterinarians and paperwork. Friday, January 3rd was a long day for willie. First I had to wake willie up early (which he hates) for an appointment at the local vet in Keystone Heights, Florida. Willie’s new veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Blackburn of Keystone Heights Animal Hospital was so nice and made his first visit easy. She needed to check that willie was healthy for travel and then complete the forms he needed to leave the country safely. Even though willie hates being poked…