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Spain Update Dec 2018 - Tue11Dec

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21 December 2018

 

 

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Two days before the planned trip for a two-day stay in Belgium for the Christmas market in Tienen (Friday 1 day for the installation and Saturday the market) there is a big change in Casa Belgica.  To assist Adelaide with her heavy mother task we slowly started to teach the pups to eat and with success, our efforts were rewarded… Each time when we serve their dish with Royal Canin puppy starter with Hills pâté they are munching cheerfully, which is a concern less for Adelaide and for us.  Meanwhile they are growing like cabbage and become more curious and therefore we expanded their world a little bit.  They can run freely now outside the box and their mom has her own private room where she can withdraw if needed. 

 

As far as Tito is concerned, he found the way to the living room and his place in the sofa.  Unfortunately he became extremely frightened by Vali’s loud and shrill voice and is hiding under our desk ever since. He only wants to go outside in our company and hurries after his pee and heap back inside to find protection.  It is pathetic but we ignore it, it does not make any sense to force him. In the evening when he is lying in the sofa and when above our head Vali starts one of her long conversations with Rumania, that could be followed with half the street should they understand Rumanian, he jumps up and hides in his shelter.  We tried to explain to her that she should be quieter when coming downstairs but in vain and by force of habit she cannot change her voice and loudly continues to chatter, sigh…  Anyway the stress and restlessness is not good for Tito and also not for us, this is a step backwards, because despite the fact that his wound is healing well and apart from a few misses he is managing well with one front leg.  Well, we will see later… For now he has to become stronger physically and psychologically and he should work at his self-confidence and we are there to help him.  He still has time until January when Anne and Fred will be here and thereafter the adoption day will take place and eventually he can then travel along to Belgium. If he needs more time then so be it.. Time heals all wounds they say…

  

In the afternoon Marie-Carmen visits and is lamenting about the large amount of galgos that are dumped like trash in the shelter by the galgueros.  “Normally” it only starts in February after the hunting season but because the hares and rabbits are sick with myxomatosis there are less to hunt and they do not need their “excess” of dogs anymore already now.  Only the fastest ones and those who have to breed will be kept. Since the last trip two weeks ago, in the few weekends, about 47 arrived, as many males and females.  This is bad but it is only the start, there are still large numbers of galgueros waiting impatiently to dump their dogs in Las Nieves and as we all know we cannot let them wait too long or the fate of the dogs is a rope or else…  I do not dare to think about the number of galgos that are already in the shelter now, let alone where I have to find all these adopting families…

Monday 17th December 2018

Because flights on Friday were too expensive we left last Thursday afternoon with a turbulent Iberia flight to Belgium for the Christmas market.  The plane was shaking so heavily that even the flight attendants had to sit down with fastened seatbelts for more than an hour and a food carriage was running around in the middle aisle. Once we were halfway it stopped obviously reluctantly the rumbling and rocking.  At the landing in Zaventem it started raining and the big rain drops splashed out on the small plane windows, but this was nothing compared to the traffic jams with which our modest rental car had to deal half an hour later on the way to De Pinte.

 

The day after Dirk started already early loading the van and around 9:00h we drove in the direction of Tienen where Yolanda, Els, Raymond, Gerda, Marc, Anja and adopters François, Nadine and Myriam were waiting for us to decorate the hall. At first this seemed an impossible task due to the plenitude of decorations that Yolanda and Els had brought along. Anyhow we saw the light through the chaos and at night when we locked the hall it was a beauty, nice and cozy and ready for the next day.  Everybody went home and we drove to Hotel Kronacker in Tienen where we planned to spend the night.  I was numbed and was looking forward to rest and to remove the boot at my leg. Unfortunately the heating was not working when we arrived in our design hotel room and neither the receptionist nor the young man replacing her at 18:00h were aware of the demotics with the result that we were sitting for 3 hours in the icy cold. While we went out to the brasserie of the hotel to eat something the owner had switched on the heating and it was warm in our room when we returned. Nevertheless it was too late already because during the night I was shivering, sneezing and I had a running nose. I went back and forth to the bathroom and could not sleep partly due to the restless thoughts that no one would show up on our Christmas market. Poor Dirk…

 

 

The day after when we arrived in the hall it seemed that I was not the only one who did not have a good sleep.  Also Els had been awake and was worrying that people, despite the newspaper articles that appeared in the press, thanks to Kris and Roel and Els and their adopters Myriam Hermans and the ladies Mottet, would not find the way to our Christmas market… This would be a waste because in the hall everybody already had decorated their stand and the atmosphere was incredibly cozy and warm.  An hour later all our worries disappeared because at 11:00h the first visitors arrived and during the whole day the hall was entirely full. There was shopping, eating, drinking and despite the block on my leg I was “floating” through the hall someone told me, well, floating…. Anyway it was a big success and I was glad that we returned for our first Warmest Week Christmas market. I herewith express my sincere thanks to all visitors, participants, helpers, co-workers and the “committee” consisting of Raymond, Yolanda, Els and Marc. Hopefully see you again next year…

 

 

When we were flying back to Spain on Sunday I was really ill but very happy and apart from being ill so was Dirk… At home a few of them were less happy… Tito had been lying under our desks for 3 days and the pups had given Vali a hard time. Anyway they all were excited at the reunion, also Tito who discovered for the first time that he was able to wag his tail. His tail was like a helicopter screw he just did not take off yet…

 
 
 
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