I live to be alive. The ultimate feeling of life is to feast, to drink, to have relationships, to discover both the external and internal worlds. I live so I can love. I hurt so I can love again. I wake up so I can fill my day and once my body is tired I rest my head to prepare for the next.
I wake because I was given a gift. I wake because I have the possibility to wake.
I wake because I believe there will come a day where life will be peace, where all heartbeats will be free, where the world will live on love.
So it has officially been 1 year that my dogs and I have been travelling. Well I can tell you that it definitely didn’t go the way we planned but if has been perfect, we have had the most amazing times, met the most amazing people and seen the most amazing places. I am thankful for the people who have helped us with our travel and with our necessities. We are not done yet. Unfortunately travelling will still be done on an extremely low budget, but will be following the road that the wind guides us along. I stand here 12 months from the person I was, I can’t believe that that was me. Who I have become and what I have had to do has left me in a state of disbelief. From here we go forward.
So after one month of traveling I started seeing something wrong with my dogs. What it was, was never something I would have expected.
Depression. Previously I knew they reacted to there environments but didn’t think it would have gone this bad. The whole story of dogs just being ok with you being there is not entirely true. You being there and happy makes it easier for them to adapt but they have their own feelings.
I ended my plan very early, we left on a 12 month walk through the mountains and well month one was great and then we started to really move. Each night in a different house. Different families and people. This slowly got too much. Altair (my fragile boy) decided this is not making him happy and well being as close as I am to my dogs. I felt what he was going through.
We took a 200€ emergency train ride back to family in Germany and after 2 days they were happy again. I went to the vet to make sure they have no physical problems or health issues. I was told that my dogs were some of the best kept and healthiest they have seen coming in.
Getting home I wanted to get to the bottom of what the cause of this depression.
Well my intellect of a friend, Google. Said there are many things that cause depression in dogs. Some are; loss of a family member(We have lost our whole family, left them all behind.), change in environment(only travelling every day so this is possible), change in food(it was impossible to find my food here and took 6 months before I go it again.), not having a place or consistency. I stopped here. It was obviously depression, just to have one of these is a possible cause for depression. We have them all. My poor dogs. So we needed to cancel all the plans we made and needed to start a new one.
We apologized to all the people banking on us doing what we set out to do but for my dogs they all understood.
Now that we have a home and a car they have come right. It was hard but we are still here in the mountains and still living as far from the society system as possible.
We are living free. It brings its problems but also its gifts.
Here is a few things that I have learnt that have made my life much easier with travelling with dogs.
Paperwork. Before you leave send all important documents to the cloud. Or as I did an email address. This way if anything goes missing you can retrieve all information.
For dogs bring folding bowls for food and water. This makes it much easier to move and carry.
Pack both harness and collars with you everywhere you go. You never know when you will need them. There have been times I have gone to town and needed a harness and not had one.
First aid kit. Before you leave, go to your local vet and ask them to explain some basics to you like if your dog cuts their foot, hoe to clean and bandage it. Bring that stuff with you. Also look at what medications are poisonous for your breed.
Bring muzzles regardless of whether your dogs are big, small, aggressive or not. Some public places my require them to have muzzles.
Bring their passports with you everywhere.
I think that’s all for now.
With arriving in Frankfurt, Germany. We were all a bit shell shocked. The dogs were tried and i was also finished. The stress was just a bit much for all of us. It took a few days to settle. Unfortunately we didn’t have a few days.
We arrived on the 20th April and the 25th April we were to go to a farm for a week. From the farm we would be off to Switzerland. All the papers had to be sorted out between arrival and the 25th. Because Switzerland is not part of the European Union, i needed to have a health clearance for Switzerland.
So with that being sorted out and the struggle to find food in this new world we have landed in, we sorted it all out just in time to be on our way to Lommersdorf, Germany.
Well what an interesting week we had ahead of us. If i new what we were getting into i would have never gone. We arrive in a farm village and i get dropped off at the address. It was a run down barn. This was where we would be staying. So i thought, fortunately not the house was full of dogs. This sounds great but it was far from great. The smell and living conditions of these dogs was not what my heart enjoyed seeing.
My accommodation was amazing, i was living on top of a bikers pub. The people that were there were just amazing and over the next few days we grew very close. We sat and ate and drank beer till early morning, work begins soon.
08h00 we start, Sheep pen to be built. Now the deal was 4 hrs of work and then training dogs. Well by 21h00 we were still working on the fence and not because we did it slowly. During this time it started snowing. Now the next day there was 30 cm of snow. No one was working outside except me. Well for three days it was work from 08h00 to 21h00 and no training for the dogs. So day three i told them that i am done. It was too cold to be outside for them but was ok for me to be out working.
I soon retreated to my room and did not leave the bar for 2 days.
Off to Switzerland soon and hoping living conditions get better.