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Monday, March 25, 2019

To Wart Or Not To Wart


As soon as Zerline noticed the group of people she was away, loudly barking at the approaching "threat". Tilde was right behind her, equally displeased it seemed. A Hovawart arrest was eminent.
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Symphony


I wasn't wrong with my prophecy. "Dit is een goed stel hoor," excuse my Dutch.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Joy Dog


It's Tilde's 6th birthday today. Maybe. She was born somewhere around February 17, 2013. That much we do know.
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Distraction


A dog and his person appeared on the horizon. We don't meet many people this time of the year. Most avoid the wind-swept West-coast during Winter. But there are like-minded people who, like us, seek the solitude.
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Band of Equals


More than a decade ago, when I visited Kenzo's breeder for my first Hovawart puppy, Kenzo quickly lost his interest in me during our initial greeting. He just sat down, with his side casually leaning against a fence while looking out over the fields adjacent to the breeder's house. Watching the grass grow seemed a whole lot more interesting than us, he seemed to think.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Touch of Crazy


"They are crazy," my friend said. I could hear the astonishment in her voice.
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Friday, June 22, 2018

Like Me, Like Me Not


With the last guests leaving in the coming weekend, a two and a half month streak of welcoming visitors is coming to an end. Apart from their incident, which both Tilde and Zerline luckily already seem to have forgotten, it was good to be around people again.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Licking Our Wounds


What never should happen has happened.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hidden Talents


What before was her cute little puppy sister is now a teenager. Bigger, heavier, maybe even stronger, than Tilde. And the teenager knows it too.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Emil of The Woods


His name is Emil of The Woods. Can you remember him? He was one of Kenzo's, and is Tilde's, best friend. He will be one of the main characters of the book I am writing. Like Tilde, also Emil is an "of The Woods", and no, they are not family.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Heated Affair


"Watch out!" I shouted to Merete who stepped forward to reach for Zerline's leash. Too late. With Tilde already pulling her leash, the full force of Zerline made me loose my balance. I smashed into Merete and we both spiraled down to the ground.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Happy 5th Tilde


"Let's mark the occasion!" I shouted during our morning walk, and started to draw the letters in the sand.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Running


"Their joy is contagious."
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Seasonal Greetings


We leave the house at 4pm, a sunset is imminent. Zerline has a golden glow in the sunlight which is still bright. She is seven months old now, already an experienced sunset chase companion. In the distance the highest dune in the direct vicinity around us looms from the fog that starts to drift in. We hurry over for a good view of the sunset.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Life Changed


I open my eyes and have a peek around me from under the covers. No wonder I am feeling so warm. Tilde is laying curled up between my legs and Zerline is laying fully stretched out on my side. I feel her warm breath blowing in my neck.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Dog's Summer


"Tilde No!". Too late. Tilde jumped the fence and was out of sight, chasing the bunny on full speed. That'll be the end of this particular fence solution I thought.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Conversations With A Hovawart #5: Puppy Class


"Can we have a word?"

Oh no, I thought, not the union again. Zerline could read my mind.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Wild Bunch


Today I tried to take a walk alone with Tilde. Being just the two of us would allow for a longer walk and, with all the time which goes into puppy Zerline, she would appreciate some alone quality time with me.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Hovawart TV: Digging A Team


When you dig as a team you can get deeper and move more sand when you work together. Trying to own the pit won't give any progress, and practicing dry breaststroke swims in it won't either. To dig, in itself, is the goal. Tilde seems to get that. But can she teach puppy Zerline to dig in the same direction?
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