My dear Quita is dead

Quita

My dearest dog Quita, or Strolls Querida, as was her full name, is dead.

We joked about how Quita was born in a bucket of fuel, she was allways happy, crazy, but with a very short attention span.

Over the years, there had been a few minor incidents where she’d bark or even nibble at someone as a perfectly reasonable reaction to something sudden, such as someone accidentally stepping on her, but never a brawl, or anything major.

Last year, Quita began showing more hostility after a period of false maternity, she took a few rubber pets as her children, and behaved agressively (barking) against every person and animal she laid eyes on. Our veterinary recommended we remove the pets, and low and behold, we saw a completely different dog, much calmer, docile than she had ben for the last 2-3 years!

Then we took a trip to Germany, and on the way back, she bit a stranger in the leg. The bite itself is excusable – she was eating out the back of the car when the person almost stumbled over her. It was only skin-deep, so she did hold back, but the episode was enough to put a deep scare into me and Bergfrid. A few days ago, she scared my neighbour as he walked by our entrance, she charged at him, barking and missed him only by a meter when her leash stopped her from getting at him. This is what sparked us to get to the veterinary to have a talk.

Quita in the hallway

The veterinary knows Quita well, as he has been her exclusive veterinary ever since she came into our home. We have visited him at least twice a year for the last 5 years, and so he knows her history well, and was pretty firm in his conclusion: She’s too old to be of value to the police/military, and to give her away to some other family is just going to be handing the problems over to them. We were left with the choice of limiting her life further by incarcerating her movements even more (more at home, tied up when we have visitors etc) or just ending it.

Knowing her inside out made the choice easy. Quita loves to run and socialize. To take that away from her would mean to make her life miserable, so we decided to end her life there, before we got back home and started regretting it, and potensially risk a catastrophe when some kid playing ball accidentally ran into our garden while Quita was in there.

The veterinary found a nice room for us, and gave Quita an injection with a heavy muscle relaxant so that she would feel relaxed and drowsy. He then left, so that we could make our goodbyes, and then came back around half an hour later for the final, lethal injection. This put her out almost immediately, there was no cramps or anything. We stayed with her until she was getting cold.

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It is not possible for me to explain how much Quita meant to me. It is true what they say: “You cannot possibly grasp what a best-friend is unless you’ve had a dog”.

The attachment, joy, and companionship that Quita gave will be so, oh so missed!

It was the right decision to make, but  it’s a whole lot easier to say than to do. It was possibly the hardest decision that I’ve made,

-ever.

Live and learn

Starting out with a new will for photography, now that May month is here and is almost done filling me up with much needed vitamine D, I have began to look at photography again, currently looking at how the use of flash in various ways can improve the way I shoot.
Quita in the garden
It should follow, naturally, that I have purchased yet another studio light (500w this time) as well as a cheap, chinese remote trigger that actually works! Viva Kaffebrus in Sweden for making amateur studio photography possible!
New Job!
After much talking about what to do and what not to do, I decided to end my work at FotoWare and instead go back into consulting, where I feel that I belong. This means that from August, I will be working as an employee of Mesan as a consultant specializing on the Microsoft platform. I do believe it will be a good swap, but time will tell, I remain sceptical.

Italiensk Service

WalkyDog

It may seem like service still exists, just not in our part of the world. I recently had an experience with the product WalkyDog;
a device used to attach a dog to a bicycle. I’ve used a better known alternative for a long time, but found WalkyDog to be such
an interesting product that it was worth the shot to try it out.

I bought the product and tested it on my bike. With her 35Kg’s of weight, Quita tore it aphart after no more than 20-30meters, and this
in spite of the fact that she is well trained in running with a bicycle (she doesen’t yank). I threw the product in the bin, and sent
a rather angry email to the producer where I told them to adjust the weight that they claimed their WalkyDog was able to handle. The package
reads “Approved for dogs upto 40Kg in size”, yet, a dobermann of 35Kg tore it sunder.

Unexpected as it was, I received an answer from WalkyDog where they apologized for the product not measuring up to expectations, and additionally, they
asked me to take an image of where it had broken in order to send me a new one.
Unfortunately, I had already thrown it away, and the garbage had already been colleced during the days of this conversation, so I wrote back to WalkyDog tellling them
that it really wasn’t so important for me to get a new WalkyDog, I really had just emailed them to let them know of the failure, and to let out some steam.
Still, I sent them a drawing, where I attemted to explain where and how it broke.

Today, I got a recommended package in snailmail – a brand new WalkyDog, free of charge! WalkyDog themselves claim that I must’ve purchased a poorly welded
item, and that they guarantee that the product will manage to hold my Dog.

This kind of service, from a Norwegian company, just doesen’t happen – unfortunately.
WalkyDog shows, by believing in me, that they have the customer in focus, and that they really do guarantee the quality of their products.
That calls for respect. Unless it snaps again within the next few weeks of use, I promise you all that I am going to recommend this product
to all my friends.

During the period of leash law (dogs must be in a leash at all times here from April 1st until August 20th), these types of products are among very few
products that can help dog owners excersise their dogs, and this type of publicity is what I’d call flat out priceless.
Norwegian companies: read and learn!

Spring forward!

The darkness of winter is finally receding, and the sun and sky are giving telltale signs of spring.

Walking around to the sound of snow melting all around, having Quita running loose, clearly enjoying the weather is nice. Spring is here!

Quita in mid-air

A perfect chance and oppurtunity to go out and shoot a few images. Even tried a couple of landscape shots, but I forgot to bring my tripod, and got too much blur on the results.