Luka contemplating

Luka contemplating

27 September 2010

the big move - and back again

One day, as I was flexing my paws and enjoying the couch as usual, I sensed a wind of change coming up. Main Servant was talking about a Gaia all the time, mentioning Scooby a lot, and she started putting things in boxes. We were taken into her car after getting big hugs from the male two-legger, and then we had a long trip. Little Zorq wasn't coming along, he preferred the company of the man. Along the way I started to pick up familiar smells. We were going to Spain again, and this time we would stay there for longer than just a few weeks. When we arrived at Scooby, it was freezing cold. The world had turned into ice and snow, and we were all snuggled up under the blankets in a very small house on wheels. There we also met Gaia, a very furry dog with big pointy ears that turned out to be our new pack member. She didn't see much and kept bumping into things and into us. We got along quite well and since she preferred to sleep on the floor instead of on the bed, my sleeping space wasn't compromised. After all she behaved much like us, although she had a lot more hair and didn't need to wear a coat and snood when going out for walks. Guido seemed particularly fond of her and the two of them were always together, planning things and talking about places I had never been. One afternoon when we took a walk, she and Guido took off and didn't come back. Main servant almost had a fit and drove around the campo most of the night, I could hear her shouting their names. Early in the morning we heard the bells at the gate near our little house on wheels ringing, and it turned out it was Guido jumping over the fence. He emitted an impressive smell, so profound it filled the whole place. Shortly after that, main servant came up with Gaia who appeared to have used the same perfume. Main servant was both upset and crying and muttering things about the stench, and then she took the two of them away. I wondered what was going to happen. When they returned, Guido was steaming with indignation. She washed me, he muttered. With cold water. And she put on some stench that completely took away my lovely smelly stuff. According to Gaia he screamed at the top of his lungs but main servant insisted they were NOT getting back into her basket smelling like that. She didn't quite understand what the fuss was all about, after all it was really excellent quality pig shit and they had had a great hunting party, just the two of them. After that ordeal, we could get back under the covers (Guiod still shivering and complaining) and have some sleep. Guido and Gaia had to pledge never ever ever ever to pull a stunt like that again. I hate it when my sleep gets interrupted so I immediately took the best spot and made sure I kicked at everybody getting too close for comfort.

We all spent most of our days in Spain being very lazy and improving our couch potato skills, and taking the occasional long walk on the campo. On some days it was so bitter cold we spent all day huddled up under the blankets, only going out for a quick peepee once our twice. Some days we saw new dogs being brought in, mostly galgos. Some of them looked very very scared and they were so thin, we felt sorry for them. Especially Fae was very upset when she saw them. Main servant spent a lot of time taking care of them, and taking care of the cats who lived opposite our little house. One day we got outside and found ourselves a treat: fresh chicken, ready to hunt! Someone had moved the fence that had kept them apart from us, and we and the guys from paddock 9 had a feast. The humans were not amused, though. We had a great time anyway.

But main servant seemed to feel not quite at ease in the human pack at this place and after some time, she started packing our things in boxes again. We left the little house behind and went back to the rainy country where at first we stayed with some very nice people who adopted Tonto, our Spanish neighbour I had so much fun with every morning. He used to live in the paddock next to our little house, and we had a nice chat over the fence every morning. It was great to see him happy in his new home with his new friend - and our friend - Kyan. Kyan is a tough guy and very strong, we had tons of fun going on walks together. He's a kind of furry bulldozer. 
Our next house was a very big old house in a place with lots of houses and people, but when we walked for a little while there was a forest and open fields, just like the campo. Only we weren't allowed to walk off the leash there, because there were little tasty critters in those fields that had some kind of government protection and weren't supposed to be eaten. Too bad because according to Gaia - who is our Tasty Critters That Live Underground expert - they smelled deeeeeeeeeeeelicious. 
We lived there in peace and quiet for a while and main servant was looking for a more permanent place to stay, when one day she brought another two-legger to the crib. He wasn't alone: with him came a big strong shepherd bitch with an attitude, called Bo, who set her mind on taking over my pack. Here came trouble! 

She had some very unusual ideas about pack order, and decided Midas and I were no longer on top of things. Midas was already very old at that time, and he just shrugged and let her be. But not me! She was not taking my place without a fight. And well, fights we had, plenty of them. Unfortunately I was usually the one ending up having stitches. So main servant started to keep us apart, especially when she was away to earn dog food money. 
The human that came with the bitch was a bit dodgy as well, there was definitely something wrong with him. I didn't like him but pretended because I didn't trust him. I don't even want to talk about living with them, only that one day he was out of sight (hoorray) and because Bo was  in a really bad mental state because of his erratic behaviour, she was out too (main servant drove her to people who took her in and gave her a new home). She was supposed to live with us and main servant spent a lot of time helping her to get her balance back, but that man wouldn't leave us in piece. Sadly, just a few months after we got back we had to say goodbye to Midas too. He got older and slower and didn't really care much about anything anymore, and one day me and main servant took him to the white coat people and they gave him something to sleep, very very long. When main servant and I went to see him again, he was lying in a strange smelling basket in a building with flowers (that were not meant for eating, as main servant had to point out to me) and he was very cold and stiff and not breathing anymore... I was very upset and so was main servant. She was crying and I just kept pressing my head against her and giving her kisses. Then I was left behind in the room for a moment and main servant took Midas to a big fire. I have never seen him since. But main servant talks about him a lot, and even wants to have his picture drawn on her body. Humans are strange creatures!

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