Coming in from the cold

For eight years I worked as a computer trainer, teaching normal people how to harness the power of computers. For a while I worked with a woman who was a breeder in her spare time.

1997-046It always amazed me how she lived. She had found a place just outside the city of Reykjav?k, where she kept up to twelve dogs at a time.

There she had a fenced in yard, a collection of cages. Her car was suitable for carrying up to five dogs on a trip and her personal life evolved completely around dogs.

Sometimes when she had litter she tried to get me to take on a dog, and once she almost succeded. Well, she can be very pushy and in those years I could be pushed quite easily.

I remember asking her hundreds of questions regarding keeping and training a dog. It is no surprise to me today why she tried to push me to get myself a dog. I was quite interested in the canine world, it seems it was obvious to someone like her.

In my own experience today I try to ?help? others who seem likeminded to go into this wonderful world.

I find it curious though today that I almost took one of her puppies at the time. I would have found myself with a dog which doesn?t suit my personality. As I know many breeds now and I have come to know myself as well. There is no doubth in my mind which kind of breed suit me and how.

Coming to the end of my time period of teaching computers, I found myself suddenly in Ireland. Anyone who knows me personally can easily guess that I had moved from Iceland involved with a pushy woman. As I have already mentioned, I could be pushed quite easily.

For the time period of six years when I was unhappily involved with that woman, I often mentioned to her that I wished to become a dog owner and that I was particularly attracted to German Shepherd. How I allowed myself to be pushed away from the idea still eludes me but it wouldn?t now.

During my time in Ireland I met a family and spent in fact quite some time with them.

They had a German Shepherd watch dog. He had reached the age of twelve and was by the time a gracefully retired dog. Having been a part of that family for all his life he was a companion whom I often spent time with and quite enjoyed his company.

Particularly I did enjoyed when I had the opportunity to watch him and the head of the family together. How they interacted with one another and how their relationship was built and maintained. I must say that the learning period for me, how to live with a graceful German Shepherd, how to teach him, work with him and keep him happy, was enjoyable to me.

The same year I became friends with another family in the neighborhood.

They were a retired couple who kept three dogs in their large house. At some stage when they went away for a weekend they invited me to enjoy the luxury of their home. In return I would tend to the needs of their three dogs while they themselves where away.

At the time I knew their three dogs quite well, as I knew the couple. I already knew their daily customs and how they lived together.

How the dogs where trained and how to interact with them. That weekend was a pleasurable time for all of us. Playing with the dogs, working with them in the lovely Irish countryside. Going on beach trips and generally having a good time.

The following year I found myself back in Iceland, I felt richer for the whole experience. I knew that there was no turning back for me. I would get myself a dog. Of course it was delayed for a while as there was still a member of my household which kept a firm grip on its emotional state.

As soon as I had resolved the sad situation, and rested emotionally. Some would say as soon as I got back my self esteem, I went about searching for a solution. A solution named K?ta.




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About Guy Ellis

Has trained German Shepherd dogs for Search and Rescue years ago. Maintaines a pack of mixes and purebreds and lives with his pack and trains on a regular basis. Is a qualified instructor in dog training at a training club in Iceland.

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