lördag 4 februari 2012

Champis, The hero in the barn

It's a cold winter's day at Gårdsbacken. When we woke up this morning it was -31 degrees Celsius. It's the coldest day this winter. We're lucky it's weekend and we can stay at home all day and keep the fire alive in the stove.

To install a stove was a real success. You get really happy watching the flames and feel the warmth spreading throughout the house. We say it over and over again, to light a fire in the stove is true happiness.

I've got a lot of e-mails from readers who appreciate the blog being written in english as well, it's not the same thing making an computer translation.

Gårdsbacken on a winter's day...

I promised to tell you the story about Champis saving his favourite hen from Alvén, the ram...

I don't believe Champis realises how small he really is, meaning weight. Champis can't weigh more than a kilo... But in his own mind, he's as big as an elephant :))



Champis, with his favourite chicken in the background...

It happened a day in the barn. All was quiet, it was getting dark outside, and the chickens were making ready for the night. They have a favourite spot, above the sheep feed rack. They jump up, move tight together and fall asleep. All the chickens and the rooster were ready for the night...



Gullina wants Champis to accompany her...

Gullina, the favourite chicken of Champis, was the only one still on the ground. She really wanted him to accompany her, and tried to make him follow. Champis, standing on his back legs, looks up and see that it's way too far for an rabbit to jump. :((


Gullina jumps up, and lands on the sheep feed rack...

Gullina jumps up...but lands on the edge of the sheep feed rack. She didn't come as far as expected. She makes ready for another jump, up to the other chickens. Instead, she ends up down in the feed rack..



Gullina is stuck in the feed rack, and Alvén is close...  :(

This is not good at all, the feed rack is narrow, and Gullina can't make another jump... She's scared...Alvén stands a few meters away;
-Hmmm, this is my food!!! -You chickens have your own!

Until now, Champis has just been a spectator. Now he realises, Gullina is in trouble. He knows the fastest way into the feed rack, and when Alvén approaches, Champis quickly moves ahead, forcing Gullina to make a powerful jump up to safety. :))


Champis squeezes through...

 Champis squeezes through the rack and out on safe ground just before Alvén almost reaches him...
Again, goodness wins and all the chickens sees Champis as a hero.



Afterwards, Alvén looks a bit angry...

We saw this with our own eyes.

Now when the video with Champis being such a success on Youtube, we want to use that in a positive way. We want him to be a symbol of a little goodness in the world. Yes I know, it's big words, but if someone's getting something good out of this, Champis - the Big little Rabbit, we're happy to share... :))




At last, I wan't to mention Åsa, from a Big City,
who, with her friendly e-mail, almost  moved us to tears :))



Gårdsbacken blog is written by Paula Lundberg and Dan Westman
Please contact Gårdsbacken
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56 kommentarer:

  1. Greetings from the city of Placerville, in the State of California, in the USA. Thank you so much for posting in English. However, I very much enjoyed the Google translation -- it was very charming to figure out exactly what you wrote. I have a boarder collie too, and a Springer Spaniel and a Doberman Pinsher. Also, 2 cats and 4 parakeets. I very much enjoy your blog -- and of course CHAMPIS THE HERO!!

    Lois Hathway

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    1. Hi Lois!

      It sounds like you almost have a zoo at home ;) But that's great, since living with animals is a pleasure. Take tare of them all...
      and yourself.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  2. Oh your little man is so cute and so feisty, he sure knows how to make those sheep move! Loved watching your video....rabbits are a favourite of mine. Come to my blog and check out Lucy who is traveling the world at the moment :-)

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    1. Hello Baa-Me in Australia!

      I went to your website. Have you actually made these gorgeous things?
      I am impressed

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  3. Den här kommentaren kommer från ett mindre exotiskt land än dom som ligger ovan!! Ett kylslaget Nordanåker grattulerar Champis och hans vänner till framgångsvågen över Världen :-)
    Helt suveränt. Fortsättning lär följa.

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    1. Tjena!

      Nordanåker är nog så exotiskt tycker vi!..
      Har vi inte haft vinter förut så har den kommit nu i alla fall.
      Sköt om er så hörs vi!

      /Paula & Danne på Gårdsbacken

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  4. really impress with your rabbit.,
    regard from malaysia.,
    =)

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    1. Hi!

      Malaysia is really a long way from Sweden. Nice that you found our blog.

      Kind regards
      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  5. Hello,
    I loved seeing Champis video too! It was posted on a big national newspaper (online) here in Italy, today...
    And I enjoyed reading your blog too, and looking at the pictures. Hope you keep writing in English...
    Love from Milan,
    Paola

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    1. Hello Paola!

      I like your name. ;)
      We enjoy having a reader from Italy as well.
      Welcome back to us :))

      /Paula på Gårdsbacken

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  6. Hello from Colorado! I really enjoyed your video on You Tube. That is a amazing little rabbit. My hubby and I also loved the catchy old time song you played on the video. I am going to look at Amazon and see if I can get it. I love music that sounds like it came from the long ago.

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    1. Hello Caterina!

      Thanks for your kind words!
      Yes it's an old song, from 1939!
      The artists are Flanagan & Allen and the title of the song...
      yes, it's Run Rabbit Run.
      Luckily, the rabbit in the song, got away...

      Kind Regards

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  7. Hi from the state of Missouri in the USA. Saw the video of Champis on a link from National Public Radio - he certainly does not realize how small he is - what a rabbit! This story about Champis and his favorite chicken is delightful - and you've the photos to prove it.
    I have a dog sanctuary in my home - 18 dogs presently, two of whom are crazy for tennis balls - they are Beagles; wonder how Champis would handle a rabbit dog? Appreciate the goodness for the world.

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    1. Dear Roberta!

      Silverwalk farm, what a beautiful name.
      We recomend everyone to visit your website and see what a wonderful work you are doing, caring so much about dogs. Keep up the good work!
      All the best!

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  8. Hi from NYC! I love your blog, your rabbit and all your animals!!! You should write a book!

    Thanks for being so sweet to the animals and sharing your stories!
    Linda

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    1. Hej Linda!

      Thanks a lot!
      Beeing treated well by humans should be every animal's right.
      All the best <3

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  9. Hi, your bunny is amazing and totally fearless!

    Loved watching the video which was posted in an online paper here today.

    Heather
    Ontario, Canada

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    1. Hello Canada!

      Yes, Champis is a brave heart...

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  10. I'm in love with Champis! We need more heroes like him!
    Amazing little guy, can you give him a hug, a kiss, and a carrot from me?

    Francesca
    Cuneo, Italy

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    1. Ciao Francesca!

      I promise to give Champis love from you...

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  11. I love this cute rabbit... Please take good care of him. :-)
    -Winston from Canada

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    1. Hi Winston!

      Thank you for caring
      We will take care of him...

      Be good to each other and others!

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  12. Go Champis go! :)))
    Love from Hungary,
    Judu

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    1. Hi Judu!

      Thanks for your comment.
      I wish I could read Hungarian so I could understand your blog. The food looks real nice :)

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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    2. Thanks! :)
      Can google translate help you? :))
      I love rabbit as food too... :))

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    3. Your welcome.
      When I get the time I'll googletranslate your blog.
      Maybe this isn't the right place to talk about rabbits as food...
      Champis could hear you.
      All the best and be good to each other and others!

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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    4. :)))
      Kiss for Champis (and You) and SORRY! :)))
      Greetings
      Judu

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  13. Greetings from Serbia. Champis is genius, wunderrabbit, so cute and funny. We would like to have rabbit just like yours, but he is unique. Kiss for Champis. Run, run, run , run rabbit Champis!

    Miogi, Belgrade

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    1. Hello Miogi!

      We enjoy having people from Serbia as well reading our blog and thank you for your greetings...
      We give Champis a kiss from you.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  14. Love your sheep herding rabbit!! What a cool animal he is!!!

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    1. Thank you Cassie!

      I'm glad that Champis made an impression on you.

      Be good to each other and others...

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  15. this story was just too cute :)
    we all love Champis the rabbit

    -greetings from Canada

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 22:13

      Hello Canada!

      Thanks for your greetings.
      We are glad to see you at our blog as well... :))

      Kind regards

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  16. You should write a children's book about Champis!!!! He's so great! We have a bunny named Stewie.

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 22:10

      :))

      Who knows?

      Give Stewie a soft pat ;))

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  17. I love Champis! I have three 'house' rabbits-Apple, Blackberry and Tim- but I can't imagine them herding sheep!

    Regards,
    Rebecca (from New Zealand but living in France)

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 22:07

      Hi Rebecca!

      I'm sure that your rabbits can do a lot of other special things, because rabbits are special... :))

      Kind regards to you, Rebecca

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  18. Awww
    Champis is so cute. I really love bunnies and he is such a couragous little fellow. I shared the video of him sheepherding with my friends, and we all agree that he is awesome.
    Reading this storry almost makes me cry. It is beautiful for a lil'bunny to have such a happy and beautiful life with many friends, much hay and much more freedom.

    Sinceresly Friederike
    from Germany

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 22:04

      Hi Godbunneh!

      We are glad that you and your friends enjoy Champis. He sure do have a great life with a lot of freedom, friends och good food :))
      We enjoy a comment from Germany, thank you for your nice words.

      The best to you
      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  19. Champis! Now wakes me up every morning....he is a brave little love!

    I second the above comment...a childrens book could be a great way to share Champis!
    Thank you so much for sharing him with the world!

    from Florida, US

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 21:59

      Hi Florida!

      Thank you for taking your time and give us such a nice comment on our blog.
      Who knows... maybe you find Champis and his friends in a book some day ;))

      Kind regards
      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  20. Greetings from Felton California! I just wanted you to know that Champis is such a wonderful little bunny! We have 2 dwarf rabbits as well and they have such great personalities. Whenever I feel blue, all I have to do is watch Champis' video and I always end up laughing1 I've shared the video with family and friends and we all agree everyone should have the courage and spunk of your little guy!

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 21:51

      Hello California!

      Thanks for your greetings :)
      If it's something we have learned from this story about Champis is that rabbits often are underestimated. It's so many people that have written to us and told us stories about their rabbits and stuff they can do. Rabbits are actually really fun animals with a lot of different characteristics.
      Thanks again for your kind words and take care of yourself and your animals.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  21. I have so enjoyed watching Champis many times on youtube...he brings joy to my heart . Thank you for sharing

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    1. Gårdsbacken12 mars 2012 21:42

      Hi!

      We are glad that you enjoy the video of Champis :))

      Take care!

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  22. Hello from Delaware, USA. My mom LOVES your video of the bunny chasing the sheep. She watches it all the time! Is it possible to buy a DVD of the video? My mom is afraid that someday the video will no longer be on YouTube and she would really like to have a copy of it.

    Paula

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    1. What a lovely name you've got, Paula ;))

      How sweet of you to care about your mother's interest in the movie of Champis.
      If you e-mail us your mother's address, we can send her a copy of the video.

      Take care of yourself and others

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  23. perhaps you could tell us how Champis is doing... ?? we love Champis!

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    1. Hi A!

      Perhaps you have already read my last post about Champis. Unfortunately he has hurt his left back leg and isn't standing properly on it. Hopefully he will soon recover.

      We love him as well.

      Take care of yourself.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  24. Hello,
    Greetings from China. I saw your video of Champis on a Chinese website(which is similar twitter. somebody shared it) and fell in love with this little guy immediately. Also, I enjoy the song accompanying it very much, "Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run...":) Pretty catchy.

    Best wishes. Hope to see more stories and pics of Champis.

    Tiffany Lu

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    1. Hello Tiffany from China!

      It feels really great to have a reader from China visiting my blog :)I'm glad that you found the video of our Big little rabbit and enjoy reading about him. Champis is a very special bunny.

      Take good care of yourself

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  25. Hurray for Champis! I’m glad that it’s still okay after being attacked by chickens and being stuck in the feed rack. It’s an advantage that he is strong to fight for his safety. Very nice! I hope all the animals in your barn will get along soon. =)

    Rodger Ciliberto

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    1. Thank you Rodger!

      Champis are, nowadays, the king in the barn at Gardsbacken and he tell all the other animals how he wants them to behave... ;)
      He makes us laugh every day and we are so fond of him. <3

      Thanks again for your comment and take good care of yourself.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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  26. Awww, everybody loves your lil wabbit Champis! I had a rabbit years ago and she was just over flowing with personality so Im not surprised to see Champis is too, what is surprising is seeing he's a working rabbit! How did you train him to herd like that? I hope he is well and all your other animals and you and your people too! Peace to you from Burlington, North Carolina USA

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    1. Hi Beaulah!

      What a beautiful name you got.
      That's exactly the right thing you say, rabbits/bunnies are often underestimated, but in fact they are very clever small animals.
      Champis has no fear, what so ever, when it comes to face the sheeps. The sheep must obey him, otherwise hi bit them in their legs or ears... But he can bee very nice to the sheeps as well and lick them on their cheek if hi's on that mode. Nobody has learned Champis how to herd, his donig it by himself.
      Champis is doing very well in our barn, even though it's really cold where we live. He lives a very happy rabbitlife.
      Thank you, Beaulah, for your comment and take care of yourself.

      /Paula at Gardsbacken

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