To Sweden Then Back To Denmark

Well, we made it to Sweden and back to Denmark! It was awesome, I’m so glad that we went. I got to see where Jet grew up, and his relatives… his Mom Anni and his brother Ewert. And all the other Stolta Ebbas Danish Swedish Farmdogs!

Jet on the Ferry

We took a Ferry from Demark to Sweden. Jet really has been a world traveler this trip. The above picture is of me and Jet on the Ferry watching the sights go by. He really seemed to want to see, too. I had to pick him up so that he could see over the railing and he just watched and watched. 🙂

Jet Sleeping in the Ferry

The Ferry ride was over 3 hours, so we were able to get into the lounge and sit and relax. I read my book, while Jet and Mark slept on the uncomfortable chairs. When are they going to make sleeping areas for us so that we can lay down? Airplanes and Ferry’s really need them!

Mark and Jet

It is so amazing to travel with a dog. I’ve had no problems at all. And no one has even asked to see any paperwork, even though I have a stack an inch thick. Not even in Sweden where I heard it’s hard to get everything the dog needs. I even took Jet and got him dewormed in Denmark before we went to Sweden, and it cost like $60. UGH. In the US it would maybe have cost $20, probably even less!

Jet and his Brother

The above picture is of Jet and his litter mate brother Ewert! Aren’t they cute? They actually look pretty different now. Jet is thinner and leaner and hasn’t filled out as much. Ewert is more solid. And he is so very sweet and very agile. He jumps right into your lap when you sit at the dinner table! So does Jet at home… hehe, I think it’s cute. I really wanted to bring another dog home… but I couldn’t let myself. I have to concentrate on the dogs I have now. Even though it was oh.. so tempting, I would love another Farmdog!!!

Jet is in the Middle with the Toy

Jet had a blast playing in Erika’s property. She has 5 acres and it’s all fenced so the dogs won’t run off. Well it’s fenced around the house anyway, but that itself is huge, and it has lots of fun things for the dogs to explore. But at the end of the day, Jet still wanted to be with me. He is such a loving, wonderful boy. And I’m so lucky to have him!

Tomorrow we are going to Copenhagen and tour the city. Hopefully we can bring Jet on the train as we’d rather take the train than drive. We’ll see how it goes. I should be able to post one more time tomorrow night. Then we get on the airplane and head for home on Saturday. It’ll be a long day and a short day at the same time. We leave at 2pm and get home at 11pm Salt Lake time… but we’ll be in the air for many, many hours. I hope the time goes by fast!

Jet Likes The Beach

Well the dog show is over. It was a lot of fun. A bit stressful, like all shows are, so in a way I’m glad that it’s over. I’m so glad I came, though. I’ve had a wonderful time this trip. Probably one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. And being able to have my dog with me nearly everywhere I go… how can things get better than that?

Jet on a Blanket

Yesterday we went and visited my Dad’s cousin’s grave. Her name was Sinne and she just died last year. It’s sad to see her grave, but I’m glad I met her back in 1982. I should post a picture of back then. Though my hair was awful… LOL. Oh well, I was 13 and didn’t know how to do hair.

Jet Rolling

That afternoon we drove to Odder and spent some time with Kim and his kids. He has been our wonderful tour guide most of this trip, and we have stayed with his parents in their home. They have been feeding us wonderful meals every day, taking care of us, translating for us, and doing more than we could ever have imagined. I don’t think we can ever express how thankful we are for them to have opened their homes and their hearts to us while we stayed here.

Jet In The Water

Jet is very tired now, and he’ll probably need a week of sleep at home once we get back there. Me too, and Mark too. We are not used to being so active. And it’s been pretty hot and humid too.

Jet Sleeping

Tomorrow we are going to take the Ferry from Frederikshavn, Denmark to Gothenburg, Sweden. Then we are going to drive to Jet’s Breeder’s place and see all his family and her other dogs! I am excited about that! We are only going to spend one night there, then Thursday we are driving back to Copenhagen. We’ll stay in Køge Thursday and Friday night, then we fly home on Saturday. I don’t know if I’ll have internet again until we get back in Køge. We’ll see.

The Beach by Odder, Denmark

So until then, have a good few days and I’ll try to blog when we get back to Køge! 🙂

Oh and here are some more pictures that I posted on Facebook:

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Jet Won A Blue Ribbon At The World Dog Show!

The World Dog Show 2010

The World Dog Show was really fun. 🙂 Here are some pictures, they are on Facebook but anyone should be able to see them. I’ll load up more pictures, and videos, when I get home.

Pictures on Facebook

And yes.. Jet did get a blue ribbon! LOL but it Denmark blue isn’t first place. There are various ratings, Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Satisfactory. The blue is for Good. So he did better with this judge then last Friday. But he’s still young, like I said, and he will grow into his Farmdog-ness in a year or two. I’m not worried. I love him just the way he is!

A very cool thing is that Jet’s littermate got an Excellent rating and even placed in this class! He got 3rd place! That’s so awesome! It’s not an easy thing to place with so many dogs.

And Caesar, another of the Stolta Ebbas dogs, who is 2 years old and was in Open Dogs, he got 2nd place in his class! His mother is Jet’s grandmother… I believe, though I’ll have to double check that later. 2nd place in The World Dog Show is a HUGE deal so we were all thrilled and excited!

It was a fun day. I bought a lot of t-shirts for friends… and some things for Jet and some various and sundry other things. It was a lot of fun, I had a blast. 🙂 I’m so glad that I came!

Dog Show in Fredericia, Denmark

Today we went to Fredericia, Denmark, to show in the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of Denmark’s show (dang that is a long club name LOL). It was interesting and we saw a lot of Farmdogs! There were 69 entered. These pictures are from the breeders group. Jet’s breeder, Stolta Ebbas, had enough dogs to enter the breeder group. This is Jet, his litter mate, and another of the Stolta Ebbas dogs, Caesar. Caesar is 2 years old.

Breeder Group - Danish Swedish Farmdogs, Denmark

The judge didn’t like Jet much at all. Unfortunately. But if you look at Jet, and then at other Farmdogs, Jet is a lot more lanky and leggy. He’s not so stout and broad as the other Farmdogs. I’ll get some other pictures of the other Farmdogs up probably when I get home so you can compare.

Breeder Group - Danish Swedish Farmdogs, Denmark

There are various ratings for the dogs… the best is Excellent, then there is Very Good. Then Good, then Satisfactory. Then there are a few worse than that… but Jet got Satisfactory. Which is very bad. 🙁 But it’s really because he’s young and hasn’t filled out and gotten broad. So I think when he’s about 4 or 5 I’ll have to come back, rent an RV for a month or two, and drive around Sweden and Denmark and enter him in some shows and get his Danish Championship and his Swedish Championship. 🙂 I think that’d be fun!

Breeder Group - Danish Swedish Farmdogs, Denmark
Breeder Group - Danish Swedish Farmdogs, Denmark
Breeder Group - Danish Swedish Farmdogs, Denmark

I also posted some different pictures on Facebook…

Click Here to See Facebook Pictures.

So.. I heard, many years ago about agility and dog competitions, that no matter what happens in the ring, you always get to leave with the best dog there. And that is the truth, I think Jet is the best dog, and I love him very much!

Excitement Getting to Copenhagen

Well, we made it to Copenhagen. The flight out of Salt Lake City was pretty uneventful. However, when we got on the plane, there wasn’t enough room for the carry on luggage and so I gave mine to the flight attendants at the entry of the airplane. Now I’m not worried about this because I do it all the time when I fly domestic and I just get my bag back at the end of the flight. However, I guess it’s different on an international flight or something… because when they took my bag, they were planning on checking it all the way through to Copenhagen, but I had my ticket and passport in it! Ugh! I didn’t know that! So when we landed in JFK I was suddenly short of one very important passport.

So I was in a panic. As you can imagine. I had to get my passport before we flew to Copenhagen. Yeah I know I know, I should have kept it on my person, but I always throw it in my carry-on and just have it with me.  So I guess I was being a dork or something I dunno.

Since they had checked my carry-on… hey had REALLY checked it, right with the other luggage. So they had to go and find it for me.  All the people at JFK were actually really nice and helpful, which was great.  They went searching for my carry-on bag and we only had a 2 hour layover.  We landed early, which was a bit of a help.

I took Jet with me and left Mark with the rest of the baggage. I had to leave the secure area. I figure while I did, I may as well see if Jet would potty. He didn’t want to potty on the pee pads I’d brought. He’s just too well house trained!  So when I went out of security, I also went out of the airport. It seems JFK is small, or it was where were were. And there was even a dog potty area right out the door! So Jet got to pee which was great, he really needed it after the 5 hour flight from Salt Lake to JFK, plus the wait time at the airports. So I was glad he got to pee.

Oh, I am flying Jet as a service dog… don’t ask why, because it’s private and I won’t answer.  But he gets to fly in the cabin and on my lap in the plane, which is awesome.

Well I’m fretting my pants off in the baggage area waiting for my bag.  Our flight was supposed to leave at 7pm out of JFK, and it was getting pretty close to 6:30. The lady helping me told me the flight was delayed until 7:30 so that was good! But yet my bag still hadn’t shown up even at about 6:45.

Finally the lady helping me ran to another terminal, and came back with my bag. Yay!  I was a nervous wreck. Ugh.  I had been waiting for it from when we landed at 5pm, to when we were supposed to take off at 7:30ish. I had to rush back through security with Jet (poor Jet, I was dragging him all over and he did so well).  Fortunately they got me in quick and I got through and then back to the gate, which was close to security.

Of course then the flight was delayed even longer.  So we ended up sitting in line as they fixed the lavatory for another half hour.  And then once in the plane, we waited yet another hour, so we left 2 hours late from JFK to Copenhagen. Ugh!  It was frustrating, but it did work out in the end. And I had my passport and ticket!

Koge, Denmark

So now we are in the Bed and Breakfast. The maps I got from Google were not all that great. Fortunately there was a tourist map along the side of the road near Koge and so we found the B&B just fine. We are beat, of course. The flight from JFK to Copenhagen was 7 hours 20 minutes. It went okay and we were able to sleep a little bit. And they fed us which was nice. And Jet slept on my lap most of the time. It was a short night, and now we are 8 hours earlier than we were in Utah. So we are sitting here dozing and watching TV but we don’t understand most of it. 🙂 We are such dorky tourists! LOL

Before sitting down we took a walk to the nearby beach. These first pictures are of the B&B we are staying in tonight. Tomorrow we will head to Vejle. This B&B is really nice, the hostess is friendly and helpful. And the Beach is close. The weather is pretty nice. We are in jeans but we are pretty hot. I think it’s my 70ish.
The B&B We are in the basement of the house. There are two rooms, a full kitchen, and the quietest washing machine I have ever heard. 🙂 There’s also a full bathroom with a shower.

Mark in the B&B

Jet had fun on the beach and got to play with a Staffie already. 🙂

Jet on the Beach

Of course I took a ton of pictures of Jet on the beach.

Jet in the Water

And the lady with the Staffie, when I said Jet was a Danish Swedish Farmdog, she knew what the breed is! LOL

Jet in the Water

So I am dead tired, I think it’s time to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow morning. We hope to wake up. LOL… I mean, in the morning, and not in the middle of the night when our bodies would normally wake up in Utah.  It’s just after 5pm here now.  I don’t even remember what time it is back home.  😉

Jet Rolling

I hope this post makes sense… my mind is pretty fried.  I was able to sleep a couple hours in the plane, but not really that much. Time to take out my contacts and get into bed and sleep!