My pets

Runa the dog

Black dog standing on fallen tree in forest

Name: Runa
Born: December 26, 2017
Breed: Labrador Retriever mixed with Alaskan Husky/Eurohound
Blog posts: archive for “Runa”

Runa, a.k.a. The Black Tornado, is simultaneously the smartest and the dumbest dog I’ve ever met. She’s crazy smart with a high will to please and will pick up any new command in mere minutes. She will also run head first into a tree because a nearby fly distracted her. Or try to eat a spot of paint on the floor… Never a dull moment with this one around!

Runa’s mum is a purebred hunting type labrador and her dad is labrador mixed with Alaskan husky and/or Eurohound.

Maja the cat

Grey cat laying next to a potted plant

Name: Maja
Born: We don’t know, probably in the first half of 2011
Breed: Common domestic cat (i.e. no particular breed)
Blog posts: archive for “Maja”

In the summer of 2011, we signed up to be a foster home for the local animal protection association. Before long we got a call that they had a cat for us, and so Maja moved in.

She was going to live with us until she found a home of her own, and a couple took her for a few weeks in March 2012 but decided they didn’t want her. In November 2012, when she had been living with us for over a year, we decided to stop avoiding the obvious and keep her. She’s not going anywhere, why would she?

She was living as a stray when they caught her in one of their traps, so nobody knows anything about her. She was probably a couple of months old when we got her, not a kitten but not completely grown up either. The first couple of days she was really nervous and mostly hid behind furniture, but she came around remarkably quickly.

Today she’s a very sweet and social cat. She has a few quirks, but what is a cat without quirks? 😉 She hates being picked up, but if you sit or lay down she will happily come and cuddle with you. She’s shy and hides if there are lots of people and commotion around, but that’s hardly unusual with cats. She also talks a lot, we can have whole conversations with her.

Markus is her favourite person in the whole world and she loves sleeping on his chest. 100% daddy’s girl.

In memorian


Brindled whippet standing in evergreen forest

Name: Zaphod, mostly called “Zappo” for short
Lived: March 22, 2005 – May 26th, 2017
Breed: Whippet
Blog posts: archive for “Zaphod”

This was His Royal Majesty Prince Zaphod… or at least that’s what he thought of himself.
He was actually more like a cat than a dog – poised, independent, and preferred to think for himself rather than listening to others. Fortunately, he was also a real mama’s boy so he did what I told him to, even if he thought I was stupid for not understanding that he was the king of the world.
He treated strangers like they didn’t exist, so to outsiders he mostly just seemed aloof and unsocial, but in the company of dear friends, he was a cuddly clown who loved to sleep with his head in your lap. Or preferably with his whole body across your chest…

Zaphod was named after the character Zaphod Beeblebrox in the book series The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

This dog was way more than just a pet to me. I liked him more than I liked most people, including friends and family, and I mean that. He was my sidekick, my best friend, and sometimes the only reason I even bothered getting out of bed in the morning.
I got him when I was 22, and I had him for 12 years. He was my first own dog that I got and raised by myself. He was weird and beautiful and funny, and I still miss him terribly. Thank you, Zappo ❤


Imaginary Karin - Flamma the corn snake

Name: Flamma (means “flame” in Swedish)
Species: Corn snake (panterophis guttatus guttatus)
Hatched: July 25, 2004 – March 4, 2018
Blog posts: archive for “Flamma”

Flamma was the first pet I got after moving out of my parent’s house. Since I didn’t have the time or money to get a dog, my boyfriend at the time suggested a snake. It sounded way cooler than a hamster, so I went with his suggestion.

I bought Flamma from a breeder when she was about 2 months old and thinner than my pinky finger. She looked more like a red worm than a snake. But at the time of her death, she was longer than I am tall (170 cm) and thick enough to eat rats instead of mice.

I know for sure that Flamma was a she because she shared her vivarium with another corn snake for a short time, and 2 months later she surprised everyone by laying a pile of eggs. Another couple of months later 13 baby corns hatched. ☺

If you’re interested in corn snakes I’ve written this post with basic info.