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Spain Update nov 2020 - Thu26Nov

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08 December 2020

 

 

Thursday 26th November 2020

After a week and a half nerve-wracking bad weather with strong wind, rain, and storm we and our 16 inmates were kept grumpy indoors. After the passage whereby the outbuildings of the clinic were left with blown-off roof coverings and crumbled walls that urgently needed restoration, a few sunny cold days followed in which our upstairs neighbor and Dirk could start to measure the damage suffered.  Soon it turned out that the damage was greater than expected because the support beams as well as the walls were rotten and without new beams it did not make sense to install a new roof the handyman told us. Besides water was seeping down the walls etc… etc… Not to forget our garden shed in which the gusts were blowing lots of rain and hence were left flat and crooked.  Sigh…

 

That meant that much more drastic work than foreseen was needed. But he agreed because everything was due for restoration/renewal already a long time ago… In other words, we would have more costs than expected and will remain in “renovations” much longer, but it would be better for the dogs during the “operation days” by Marianne and Ann Dirk said… Although I said it is not the season to perform work and that I hate the works and the related mess I must admit that the thought of Marianne and Anne and their patients made me weak and melancholic.  Anyway, the works, according to experts Dirk and Julian (Vali’s husband) could not be postponed and there was no other option than to start. Of course, with intervals due to the bad weather but that could not stop Julian and supervisor Dirk and thus my “veranda” and my “boudoir” that lasted for 16 years were dismantled and rebuild…

 

After a few dry days in which the works progressed considerably it started raining again on Saturday and Sunday, albeit with less arrogance than before but anyhow it was wet, very wet and swampy and soggy and everything related, not good for Julian’s construction site in fact… When it stayed dry for a few days it started to rain again yesterday evening, and not a little bit, and my hope that it was just a shower faded with the quantity of falling rain, so far the weather forecast… Terrible because tomorrow we must be in Talavera at 9:00h with Elliot and Coco and before our departure Dirk had to pick up Chica in the shelter at 7:30h to be sterilized.  If the weather stayed like that the road would be almost inaccessible and he would better pick up Chica with a tractor instead of the jeep…

In the afternoon Marie-Carmen came to get our dental cleaner because Louis’ was broken, and he had to clean the teeth of the elected gentlemen. While she was waiting for Dirk who went to get the cleaner in the clinic, she talked to me and to my irritation she could not hide her gloating over my tirade regarding the number of dogs in Casa Belgica.  While she tried to refrain from laughing, I said against all knowledge that it would be the last time that she could burden us with so many dogs… Knowing that I could not say no she delicately said “we shall see”. Less than an hour later she was back to see me, I know from experience that this is not a good sign.  When she entered the living room, I plugged my ears and yelled “no puppies please”!!! When she said no, I took my hands away from my ears and heard that at Marisa’s place a little hunting dog was brought with a fractured hind leg: she is a chocolate brown kind of Pointer she said as if it mattered.  If we could take her along to Talavera, Marisa would bring her back at 8:00h if it would be OK for Dr. De Frutos…

And so, I got up this morning at 6:30h because I need more time than Dirk to get ready. When my husband gets up fifteen minutes later, I have not yet finished my toilet and usual war colors, but I must share the bathroom against my will.  Anyway, fifteen minutes later he leaves to the shelter in the pouring rain while I try to keep the dogs calm, they feel that something is going to happen. Fifteen minutes later Dirk is back and when he drives the van outside the peace is over.  Meanwhile it is almost 8:00h and Marisa is not yet in sight with the “Pointer”. This is not favorable for Dirk’s mood. I just got on board when through the downpouring rain curtain reflected in the van a car is approaching and parks nose to nose with us. Fortunately, it is Marisa with one of the shelter workers holding a bundle with a tiny shivering chocolate brown hunting dog…

  

Once everyone is on board we leave for Talavera.  Besides Coco, Elliot, and the hunting dog also our dragoon “Daisy Teckel” is on board to supervise the progress of the trip and the patients…When only one of them beeps she will call them to order with her menacing grunts a large Doberman worthy… What a female, tiny but courageous.  After an hour we are driving in the continuous pouring rain into a drowned Talavera where the water is halfway the road.  I am worried in case we would not find a parking place and I share my anxiety with Dirk who seems to worry also.  Fortunately, we bothered for nothing, there is a free parking place.  While Dirk is trying to park between two cars also Dr. De Frutos and his wife hurry to the clinic to open the door.  With my GINB umbrella above my head I follow them with careful passes over the slippery footpath.

Meanwhile Dr. De Frutos opened the clinic and I can go inside and especially to the toilet.  Dr. De Frutos goes again outside to help Dirk with the patients.  The first one is Elliot who shows with flair how well he can walk.  Despite his perfect marching Dr. De Frutos wants certainty and makes X-rays.  The X-rays confirm the favorable course of the operation and show that all bones almost have grown together, only a little way to go. I wish it were the same for you Dirk said.  After sir Elliot it is Coco’s turn and she is also approved, she only must rehabilitate further and if possible, she should swim the doctor said.  Rehabilitate will be no problem I reply, she can do that with regional manager Yolanda, but swimming… Belgium is not Spain, not every house has a swimming pool. I wish it were true.  After Coco it is the good chocolate hunting dog’s turn, it seems like she gave birth to many puppies. After Dr. De Frutos had a look at her paw he says that it is a “tricky one”, that promises again…

 

The last one is Chica who in extremis is adopted by people who are adopting two older dogs and who had heartaches because the 9 year old Chica had been on the site for so long and they decided to adopt her also.  It could not be more beautiful for the old female of whom we thought that she would never have a chance for adoption. Well so!!! Because her future sisters are already sterilized, we let Dr. De Frutos perform the sterilization so that she does not have to make a stopover at Marianne and after arrival she can immediately leave together with the 2 others to her new home.  Such a luck for the beautiful old lady…. It should not always be sorrow and misery, she has waited long enough for a new future, better late than never isn’t it?  In the evening Dr. De Frutos sends a mail message telling that the operation of the paw was not easy, but it was successful, Chica is also OK and for the rest of her life she is baby proof.  Tomorrow evening both can be picked up at 18:00h. On Friday at 18:00h, 150 km at the busiest time of the day…

 
 
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