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September 28 2009
Life goes on

It's taken some time to get back to writing, I couldn't face even looking at this page for a while, and then I lost the habit and other things intruded. But Kees was all about fun, and love and joy, missing him is part of enjoying his company; without the pain we can have no joy.

While we were still aching with our loss, the Belgian Shepherd rescue people emailed; they had a 6-8 month old Groenendael puppy who needed our experience and patient loving, would we take him? Well of course, as Kees's legacy we must hand on to another lost soul who thought life was just shit and never got any better than what he'd known.

Picking him up, he was clearly feral, had lived his short life outside without human or animal interaction, was scared of everyone and everything, he paced round like a wild animal at the zoo. Getting down on the floor at his level, we waited for him to come past and attempted a gentle stroke. After a while he calmed enough to come to us and be stroked and talked to. Then I carried him to the car and he met Freya, and settled down in the back as if the most natural thing, so trusting. On the journey home, he gave my partner a kiss as reward for all her loving care and gentle talking to him. Just imagine how potentially frightening it all was; strange people, strange car, long journey, strange house... but within a few hours he was visibly relaxing, got brushed and enjoyed it, hardly believed he got food in his own dish, and plenty of it [he was dreadfully underfed, his ribs and backbone sharply standing out, so light I could pick him up without strain.


Then he played. First with a stuffed lamb [see above], then with everything including cardboard tubes and our shoes. After two weeks of patient training he was house trained and now asks to be let out. He is a joy, so affectionate, playful and even naughty, as puppies should be, despite being the same size as many normal-sized adult dogs. He will be a big boy when fully grown.

We still miss Kees badly, Kai doesn't stop that, but he has filled some of the aching gaps in our life and we can hand on the love Kees gave us to the next deserving one. We feel privileged to have him, each day he learns and progresses and makes us laugh. I look forward to when I feel I can trust him not to make a bolt and get lost, then I can let him off the long lead and he can get the exercise he needs without me having to run like a maniac.


Freya, after an initial attitude of indifference, has decided he's ok and will do as a brother. He follows her on walks, learning from her, the older, experienced one, often copying her as he learns to be a dog after his short life as prisoner.

July 20 2009
Death of an Earthling

He had an unhappy childhood we could only guess the details of; bullied and half starved, he grew slowly and nervously with his welfare taken on by a succession of people, none of them up to coping with his needs, each handing him back to the rescue centre. Then he hit it lucky and found us. It took a while, but we were in it for good, there was no sending him back, he was part of our family and would remain with us forever no matter what. He eventually understood that.

He started to relax and smile. While not at first believing his luck, he gradually gained in confidence and happiness, and began to grin. He eventually realised that yes, he too could get up on a couch, or a bed, that he wouldn't be shouted at for doing so, but would be welcomed. He eventually came to accept he was part of our family.

He was a lovely person was Kees. A caring, compassionate, funny person who brightened our lives and gave us so much, helping us, in the way of dogs, to become better, more loving human beings. He graced us with seven years, and at the still young age of 10 [only 65 in human years], he passed away on 18th July 2009 from stage five lymphoma; a mass on his liver which no one had suspected and which appears not to have affected him until the very end.


It's been an emotional whirlewind of a week, starting with what appeared to be just a urine infection, which started to clear from antibiotics, but then he started going downhill, and had to be admitted to the vet's hospital ward, where he finally died, returning home only after he had passed away. He's left a hole in our lives, and his canine companion these seven years, Freya, is depressed still two days later, so they aren't so very different from us, despite what some monkey brains think.

Kees showing his caring side with our grandson Lucas and dad Lee.

He gradually gained silver highlights, making him look even more beautiful.


While we were with him before he left us, Concierto de Aranjuez, by Rodrigo, my favourite piece of music of all time, and a terribly emotional piece, was playing over the loudspeakers [thoughtfully provided to sooth the poor worried people who were there ill]. That's what is playing now in memory of Kees.. I want so badly to cuddle that boy again.

I'm told I should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being as it deals with this very subject, the way animals can liberate in us a higher being, with a capacity for love far exceeding what our normal simian hearts can manage. I shall do that.

July 6 2009
A new era of nuclear disarmament?

Well, not exactly. More a small gift to the media to get excited about. The cuts in nuclear weapons announced by US-USSR today, is a small drop in a vast arsenal, and will still leave both capable of destroying all life on Earth, with some spares in case a blade of grass or a micro-organism hiding deep in the sea managed to escape. No major effort to tackle the problems posed by nuclear weapons, or give a lead to those nations desiring to follow the big leaders and join the nuclear club. And even tiny UK desperately hangs on to it's 'independent' US-supplied nukes, and is even agonising over replacing Trident - surely the biggest white elephant ever - with newTrident, specially branded for newLabour by the kindly American warmongering arms salesmen; it has our badge on it, much like the Chinese-made cars that we import.

This recent pronouncement by the two big ones is no more than a PR stunt, because neither, in the current world recession, are capable of continuing the insane spending on war they have been locked into since both morphed into military-industrial complexes many decades ago. Obama looks increasingly like the beauty contest winner lacking any ideas, but big on publicity stunts. But then his campaign was more about presentation than content. Apparently the American left is disappointed with his performance so far; more fool them for being taken in with the hype.

The UK flag, known generally as the Union Jack, has been hijacked by the French nuclear electriciy giant EDF, which is not only taking over the 2012 Olympics, but is clearly intent on taking over electricity supply in the UK. It helps to have the brother of the prime minister as an executive, which is why he got the job with them of course. And the media get excited over paltry sums of expenses defrauded by MPs, while a massive nuclear fraud on the taxpayers is being perpetrated under their noses.



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