Everyone knows the moving story of the famous Japanese Akita who was waiting for his owner at the station for years. But he was not the only one. Last week a dog appeared in the news here in Hungary with a very similar story.
Beni is not as beautiful as Hachi was. He is just an old mix breed dog, who lives on the street for more than a decade. When he was young he was a dog of a pastry chef, the lived in the 16th district of Budapest. But 12 years ago the owner died, and Beni stayed alone. In a couple of days some officers sent the dog away from the house. But Beni could not leave the place where he was happy once. He became a street dog but returned to the house every day – and he still has this habit after 12 years. Everyone knows him and a lot of people tried to adopt him. He is friendly with people, accepts food and any help but doesn’t want a new owner. Now he is vaccinated, has a microchip and he always has something to eat thanks to those dog lovers who live in that neighborhood. But he is still living on the street and visiting the old house every day, waiting for someone who will never appear there.
I’ve spent the first day of spring at an event for dogs. Talking about me it’s nothing special… but believe me, it WAS special this time. Organized by an association called ‘Ebarvahaz’, it was a day for shelter dogs. You could take them for a walk and spend some time with them, just to make their day. And you can learn a lot about yourself through them. After 17 years with dogs I’m still amazed every time how patient and human-focused they are and I feel honored somehow to be in touch with such interesting and great animals.
He was my favorite:
He is 9 years old, perfectly trained and beautiful. He was an active gun dog for years. But time passed and he slowed down – so the owner bought a new dog for work, and didn’t want to have an old and useless one. So Labanc now is waiting for an owner who can make his last years happy. Honestly, it was hard not to take him home, he is such a cutie. I hope someone will fall in love with him soon.
The main problem with me if I had a sudden idea I could be really possessed, and sometimes it has strange consequences. This time I found myself on a plane to Buenos Aires. It was a bit difficult to organize my things to set myself free for a week, and I had practically two days to find people who can take care of my students, dogs, cats and other cute creatures. But if I’m in maniac mode nothing can stop me, so on a cold and rainy Saturday morning I left to Budapest to arrive in 26 hours on a warm and rainy Sunday morning to Argentina.
During that week I was thinking a lot of my discdogger friends. I had some experiences with the ‘Argentinian five minutes’, which practically means a couple of hours, Sven would love it for sure. But it works, I mean you can not see people in rush on the street, there’s always time to have a mate even if there are other things to do. First things first.
Happy 2014 all! This time I did not write any summary of 2013, no new year vows, nothing… I just went for a holiday. I mean a normal one, no dogs, no work, just sea, sunshine, palm trees… it seems that I`m getting older.
It was a really important vacation for me due to personal reasons – let me keep my secrets this time so I`ll not write about this part but there are other impressions that could be interesting as well for those who never visited Israel (oh, I did not mention it… so now you know: I was in Israel).
To go to a new place for me means not only culture, architecture, language, food, but also nature. Now we were invited for an event with some organized programs so there was no real time for hiking, but even like this we could see some special things.
If I could choose any professions of the World, I would to be a cat in Tel-Aviv at the seashore. They are probably the most carefree creatures ever. There is a secret agreement between them to share the places around the fishermen. It seems that they are just having sunbath and sleeping on the rocks, but when the rod starts to move they magically wake up. If the fish is too small it goes to the cats automatically. They are all fat, satisfied and lazy, all day on the beach – it’s really a dream life.
Last Sunday we went for a ‘walk’ with my mother – 30 km. The original plan was 25, but it was an organized hike and we could choose between 15, 30 or 50, so we agreed that 30 will be the perfect one for us. After 25 I started to feel my knees, after 30 I thought I will never take a step again. So this week I was mostly at home with an inflammation in both of my knees. It seems that I’m not 20 anymore.
But thanks to this I had a bit more time to read and write. I have a new project with old family papers and a diary – I don’t want to tell more yet, but it seems around springtime I’ll come up with something interesting. Until then I would to show you a couple pictures that could be interesting. It’s about Europe in the forties from a point of view which I normally don’t deal with: that part of my family which is not the Jewish but the Hungarian one. These are memories of my grandfather. No dogs this time but I hope you don’t mind.