Can a dachshund learn or does its character make it impossible?


Our first munchkin, now 6.5 years old, four-legged and hairy is a dachshund and they are known for their stubbornness or should I better say, they decide by themselves what they want to do and what not?

Our Ecky hates other male dogs the bigger the worse. One of our neighbor dogs is a corgi who is male and brings about 8 times more on the scale than Ecky. Anyway they just bloody hate each other. So far we could avoid bigger trouble by turning around or going into the opposite direction when we met him outside. But at one point it had to bang and the day for it had come on Friday last week.

We were almost back at home when I spotted the neighbor with her dog and we turned around and ran into the other direction. After the turn I stopped to wait until they had passed but Ecky didn’t like the idea and twisted himself out of the collar by putting in the reverse gear in and then he ran as fast as possible right up to his enemy.

So, can you imagine how Goliath shook little David? He shook him like a rag doll and we had trouble to get them apart from each other. After that we went home and since Ecky was bleeding I brought him to the vet. There his two bite sores were stapled and they put in a wound drainage. And when I asked the vet if he thinks Ecky has changed and learned something from it, he started to laugh and said: well, you have a dachshund!

with wound drainage


without it



Otherwise we have closed the deal about our new apartment and signed the final contract. The apartment building isn’t build yet but in a bit more than a year it’s supposed to be ready to move in. We’ll move in spacious 122sqm which includes a small studio apartment of 22sqm. This one we are going to rent out. We are looking forward to the next steps: picking the parkett floor, the tiles for the kitchen, the kitchen itself. We want to have 2 ovens and a big stove. It’s really exciting. Our munchkin is getting a huge kids room (at east for Norwegian minds) and not a cage which is the usual size. The apartment building is going to be built just a stone’s throw away from our place nowadays. So, we’ll keep all our lovely neighbors and the pretty central location.

Tadaaaa our new apartment.. there won’t be a hallway between the two bedrooms (the white tipp-ex line was a former wall) but a small wall with a door to the corner bedroom and the door of the other bedroom mover around the corner.




Next week I’m going to post a couple of new recipes. Maybe chocolate banana cookies or Buchteln filled with plum jam.

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Have a happy week! 🙂


Our never ending story about booking flights

IMG_1057We love to travel and we travel often usually taking KLM and on the long haul flights across the big water they are (unfortunately) in most cases operated by Delta. Yes, we don’t like Delta, we actually disapprove them. But anyway it was time to get into it again and book the flights for our trip to San Diego and Eugene in May/June. Continue reading

Happy new year and we are packing lunch boxes now

IMG_0992Happy new year everyone out there! We had a blast on New Year’s Eve – we slept right through the fireworks. 😉 The champagne is still in the refrigerator – unopened waiting for the right moment to be popped. But who really cares about New Year’s Eve and fireworks if you just have had a date with eating out and visiting the movies. Knowing that your loved munchkin is with a nice  babysitter. 8) Continue reading

Oh you beautiful Rome

IMG_0455We are back again at home, actually already since last week. Munchkin and I had a couple of wonderful days in Rome where we spent some time with an old and dear friend from study time. Oh man, I sound like a grandma… We ate lovely food, munchkin and I went every morning out to hunt our breakfast and we did it like the Italians: order and drink your cappuccino at the counter and have an Italian croissant. After the second morning I ordered in Italian. Continue reading

Here we are again, safe and sound back at home


So, we are back. Back home and back on our feet. We spent 8 days in Wisconsin and I was sick all the time plus the two days before we actually left and since we came back. M got sick a few days after we’d arrived there, just with a cold in the beginning before he came down with too and munchkin he started with a pink eye before he caught a cold too.

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Jam once again

IMG_6241The last two weeks were busy, busier than usual partially due to the closing deadline aka as our nearing vacation. Everyone wants a piece of you and there are so many appointments to check off that you feel like in a gurgle and time just flies. But right now, I don’t worry, I’m on vacation and from Wednesday on, M is on vacation too and we head over the big water to visit family and run a race (half marathon in Ashland, Wisconsin). Continue reading

Fall is here

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe last two weeks have passed by in a blink. We celebrated our munchkin for a second time and then M went for a couple of days to Amsterdam for a meeting, leaving me and the boys back at home. We had some awesome party nights with pizza, cheese Spätzle and other treats. Continue reading