Ex-pat Years in Switzerland

Ex-pat Years in Switzerland

Flashback Friday

Reading Time: 1 minute My Lyme brain was showing even back then!

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High Rollers

Reading Time: 1 minute "Princess, gambling is a sure way of getting nothing for something."   "Big Boy, it's not gambling when you never lose!" We've had a strange week and lady luck has not been on our side.  The criminal tried to have herself a solo adventure (thankfully the cracker stuck to her like glue) and the cracker […]

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Forest Friend

Reading Time: 1 minute Often on our  forest walks in Lully and Morges, we would meet this lone gentleman soaking his feet in the river or walking the trails. He was a kind man, who always complimented the dogs. Especially since whenever we saw him from a distance, I'd recall the dogs so they wouldn't bother him. Only, he […]

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Take Me to the River

Reading Time: 3 minutes I got lucky when we adopted Juno. And not because she's a Siberian (although that could be considered luck in itself). But because she's a little different from most Siberians. She comes when she's called, she sits when asked and will perform a multitude of other tricks deemed humiliating by most, ok all, Siberians.

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Once in a Lullaby

Reading Time: 2 minutes We've been home in California for a few days now and already back in our usual routine. Oddly, the thing that was the hardest to adapt to in Switzerland, the lack of commercialism on Sunday's, is the thing that is giving me the biggest reverse culture shock. The car dealer was open late on Saturday night […]

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These Open Doors

Reading Time: 1 minute By the end of this week, we'll be living back at our home in California. I'm looking forward to things like the dog door, soft water, reverse osmosis drinking water, Mexican food, Japanese food, clothes shopping, stores open at reasonable hours and my old yoga studio. Not to mention food labels in English and not having to […]

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On y va!

Reading Time: 1 minute "Princess, Mom's calling. Let's go!" "Did she say adventures? Woo know, I'm all about the adventures!"

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Fitting In

Reading Time: 1 minute "Sorry Big Boy. This is a black and white party. Go find your own gang."

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Traitors!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sometimes, we'll be hiking along, minding our own darn business when we spot two interlopers hanging out on our path. We do our best to be polite and ignore them, but they hiss and say nasty things to us.

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I See London, I see France...

Reading Time: 1 minute "Well, you're half right Big Boy. That would be France behind us. But if the next words out of your mouth are about my jodhpurs, you'll be seeing the moon---up close."

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Voluptuous is the New Skinny

Reading Time: 2 minutes "Hi ya Sweetstuff! You sure are cute!" While yesterday's post pointed out how dogs recognize their own breed, today's post recognizes that you just can't help who you fall for. Gun, the Tervuren, had a special interest in Juno.

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Breedist

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ever notice if your dog recognizes his kind? Juno always cries when she sees another Northern breed. But Loki surprises me because he's a mixed breed: Formosan and German Shepherd. Since we don't meet many Formosan's in Switzerland (ok none) his tendency is naturally toward German Shepherds. But I'm 100% certain, his favorite breed to […]

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Be Vewey, Vewey, Qweye-it. We-ya Huntin' Twuffles.

Reading Time: 2 minutes "That's right, Elmer! We're on a big hunt for bad-ass twuffles! And I'm the one who'll twack 'em for you!"

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Limits and Liberties

Reading Time: 3 minutes The past two years have been a huge exercise of balance between limits and liberties.  The two of my dogs have different limits and knowing them is key to giving them the liberties that they've earned in a safe way.

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Domestic Game

Reading Time: 2 minutes "Look at THAT!" Hm. On a walk through the deep forests in Friborg, my Siberian spots something. Whatever could it be?

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Swiss High Speed Trains

Reading Time: 1 minute "Princess, this train sure looks fun. I wonder how fast it goes?" "Trust me Big Boy. There's a lot more horse power in my Siberian jodphurs than that Swiss version of the TGV."

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What's a Little Rumble Among Strangers?

Reading Time: 3 minutes "Come a little closer Dollface, so I can get my kicks every-which way bitey." Don't be fooled readers. Juno brought this on. She flirted with this sweet gentle giant for quite some time.

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A Bittersweet Harvest

Reading Time: 2 minutes It's harvest time. Fall is the beginning of an end. And yet the colors are breath-taking. Beautiful, yet final.

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Size Matters

Reading Time: 1 minute "Princess, that chateau sure looks inviting." "That's right, Big Boy. Finally a dog house perfectly sized for barbarian ears."

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Formosan Photobomb

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Luck. Fortune. Fate. Call it what you want, but when the opportunity to spend a few years in Switzerland landed in our laps, we didn't say "no." I mean, we may be crazy here at Wild Dingo, but we're not exactly, crazy. It was everything you'd imagine and more. From transcendentally transporting two high-drive dogs to our grocery store adventures, there wasn't a single moment of regret.

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