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I've been sorta kinda collecting moose since I was 16. I don't remember how it started, actually, because the animals I always identified with as a child were lions (Leo) and dragons (year of) and lizards (duh), plus I had a thing for dogs; I even had a subscription to Dog World for awhile when I was around 11-12. This was partly because we had lost our dog, Heidi, to canine leukemia when I was around 9. But the moose? Hmmm...

It all started when we moved to Europe, where the possibility of seeing moose was much greater, and when we lived in Germany, where the population is allegedly mad for moose, it was cemented. The Swedes accuse the Germans of driving up to Sweden for summer vacations and stealing the moose crossing signs that are to be found on nearly every stretch of country road. I had a stuffed moose, my first, at some point that I bought on a choir trip, and it engendered a great deal of hilarity and several moose kidnappings with ransom notes (we have your moose and it is loose) were perpetrated.

I've never really made a habit out of collecting moose memorabilia, they just seem to gravitate to me. They're such silly, solemn creatures, moose. I liked them before liking moose was cool, before collecting moose became cornball or common, like pigs and black-and-white cows. For my 17th birthday, all my presents were wrapped in brown "chocolate moose" paper, and my Christmas cards for several years in a row wished friends A Merry Christmoose. :)

One of my very favorite sweaters that I bought after college was a rich kelly green with black bands around the wrist and waist and a full-size black silhouette of a moose on the front. It sounds awful but I assure you it was VERY stylish. :P After college, I lived for awhile in an apartment with a fireplace and I was SO happy because I had a place to hang my velour-plush stuffed moosehead. He's sadly been relegated to the attic since long ago.

After I met Anders, I found out that Swedes consider the fascination with moose to be a very strange thing. This is probably because car accidents involving moose are a staggeringly high statistic in a country of only 9 million people. You do NOT want to run into a moose with a car, because the car almost always loses. Moose are the king of the forest in Sweden; with a population of 250,000 spread from the north to the southern regions, Sweden has the highest density of moose in the world.

I have a lot of moose collectibles, although they are not obtrusive (much like the real thing) and tend to fade into the background, unlike pigs or black-and-white cows would. When we moved to Sweden, Anders and I decided to relegate the majority of them to our guest bedroom, where they live in a happy herd. But a few intrepid souls have crept out to take up residence in the kitchen and various other parts of the house.

I've told family and friends to please NOT buy me any more moose, since I think my collection will quickly be unmanageable, but they still tend to sneak in on occasion. My brother gave me towels and a bathroom mat decorated with moose last year, and my sister gave me a ceramic moose toiletbrush holder, so you can see that there are no limits to the moose madness. Once you know someone collects something or has a collection of something, it's hard to stop yourself from using it as a motif for every gift and occasion. And I have to admit it's kind of fun seeing Anders get that look on his face each time a new moose pops up.

Karin and the Moose
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hey moose - why the long face? ;D


and it still tickles me that you had a dog called Heidi :D

Hee! that's one of my favorite jokes. :D

It's harder to find badgers and black swans, and I did have a girlfriend once, who wanted to collect wombats, but try doing that outside of Oz.

all 3 of those sound REALLY hard to collect, which makes them ideal! I have a glass black swan swizzle stick, and a miniature badger made of pewter. :)

I've got a lot of useless ceramic rabbits if anyone wants them...

And I have to admit it's kind of fun seeing Anders get that look on his face each time a new moose pops up.

Don't give me ideas...

I think it's cute. And Lambi fell in love with that cosy moose jacket you bought when you visited us. I personally love moose - vety exotic animals to someone like me.

My daughter collected Hippos (not real ones, though she wanted one!) and her collection was huge. She still loves them at age 24.

Hippos! What a great collection :) Doesn't she still have her collection? Or did she give them all away when she grew up? If so, HOW SAD!

I've had the pleasure of seeing moose a few times while traveling by train here in Sweden. I always thought it looked like they are tip-toeing when they trot. Ha ha!

Do you know, I've lived here in Sweden for nearly 8 years, and I have yet to see a moose in the wild. I've only seen them at the zoo or the moose shop in Småland.

By the way, how was that moose wine?

It was WILD, baby! hahaha! Just kidding...actually, I have no idea. We haven't opened it yet. :)

I have some of the same moose! And I wore my C Banks moose seater- one on the front and a smaller one on the back yesterday!

AAAAAAWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHH! so cute!

But, um...."
One of my very favorite sweaters that I bought after college was a rich kelly green with black bands around the wrist and waist and a full-size black silhouette of a moose on the front. It sounds awful but I assure you it was VERY stylish.

how big was this sweater, dear? full size moose silhouette?

LOL! Man, I need to lose weight! :P

Sorry, I did not no there should be no more moose giving when I gave you that moose for your birthday. But he's just a little moose, I couldn't resist. I had actually purchased it way back in March and I enjoy looking at him on my amoire. So that's it, the very last moose you will ever receive from me!

Sssshhh...don't tell anyone, but I really DO like getting them :) It's just I'm rapidly running out of room in the bathroom...and sneaking them out into the rest of the house isn't always easy. >:D

My significant other's mother found herself in a similar situation, but with snails. Her mantel has over 100 small ones; larger ones inhabit odd corners of the living room, and include a cast iron boot jack, and a chair whose arms are carved on the ends to look like snails.

Meanwhile, my sister has banned me from introducing any more monkeys to her home. I don't even remember how it started, but somehow it became the rule that whenever I gave one of the kids a birthday or Christmas present, I'd include a stuffed monkey of some variety. When we got up to 40+, she said "Whoa!". (This was just as well, as it was getting hard to find versions that the kids didn't already have.) ::grin::

BTW, I wandered past your website, and I have to say, I absolutely adore your Dala moose. ;-)

Thank you :) I love my Dala moose, too :) I couldn't believe it when I saw him...I had to break my own "no more moose" rule. :) FORTY-PLUS monkeys! ha! I love it! I can see why she made you stop :P

The chair with the snail arm ends sounds so wonderful...I don't suppose you can swing a photo of it sometime?

I couldn't believe it when I saw him...I had to break my own "no more moose" rule.

Quite understandably! ;-)

I can see why she made you stop

She and her family just adopted another child this past year; I've got special dispensation to give the new little one a stuffed monkey so that she'll have one all her own. Now, I just need to find the right one...after all, I have a certain reputation to uphold! ::grin::

(I'll see what I can do on the chair front; Fred's mom lives about an hour away from us, so it may take a while to get my act together and remember to bring the camera down there.)

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