Meet Hundele

I had promised the story of Hundele (which means perrito in German).

Well Liz my wife always wanted a dog and I always said no, won’t work. We travel too much – we can’t and should not take on this responsibility. But after moving in our new lovely house I started to like the idea and would have liked to have a Golden Retriever. But who knows if we would have ever gotten a dog.

One day – I think it was the 19th of April I left my house for a late lunch break. I walked about 1,5 kilometers and on the way back I noticed something standing behind me. I turned round and saw a cute little Puppy German Shepherded mix. I did not touch the dog but said “Hallo Hundele” – Hello little dog which was enough for him to follow me. I noticed that the dog is following me so I turned round with him to see if I could find out where he comes from…… I could not.

Hundele followed me home. At home I was not 100% sure what to do but though, well lets give him some food and if he wants let him stay the knight. Tomorrow we will look for his real parents.

That is the first picture I sent to my wife from my phone on the day we found the dog:

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The next day I printed posters to put on the trees near our home and set out to put them up with the really shy puppy who would not let us touch him (!) I was able to put a leash on him which my wife purchased the knight before. I asked her for it as I needed a way to handle this “guest”. I managed to get the leash on him but he would not walk. There was absolutely no chance he would walk. Hmmmmm. Well I could not (or did not want to) leave him inside the house and from the garden he could escape. So what did I do…? I carried him. He was so scared, so shy, so vulnerable. I talked to him, in English, in German and in Spanish – but one thing was consistent. I always called him “Hundele” which is why we kept the name.


I told my wife that this is not our dog and for sure someone will find him. Please don’t get attached to him. We went to the nearby Vet and asked him if someone had asked for a poor little German Shepherded. They searched their Computer since they have different branches in the zone but said – negative…. We asked for a quick check and the Vet told us that he really hopes we do not find the parents. (ouch..) He said I can see this dog has a better home with you. He is extremely shy and very dirty (mainly inside his ears).

After nobody replied to the notices at the vet, the posters in the streets, a call to Las Condes Security (which someone told us to do if you find a dog) and a few post in the world wide web we started to realize that Hundele was the new part of our family and we were extremely happy for this.

Since we knew he would one day be a big dog and we did not know anything of his past we wanted to train him and called a dog trainer. Hundele had six lessons in his first six weeks with us and I spent a lot of time with him – since I work from home and fell in love with him.

He is now a really good dog – see here a video we made of part of our training.

He is now part of our family. At first I said it was a garden dog only and he has no right to enter the house…. Guess what he is allowed to do now… Yes, you are right… he sleeps on top of our bed in the evenings and the mornings, not @ night though… :)

Here are some of my favourite pictures of him:

   

Playa Del Carmen a short guide of what to do

Off topic: This post is not about Chile: Tyffanie  mentioned that she would be going to Playa Del Carmen for a honeymoon in June. That is so exciting :) I followed up by email and said I would email her some tips. But I guess it can be interesting for my readers who happen to want to go to Playa so I thought I would do a quick blog post on it. Continue reading

The Atacama Desert Pictures

As promised here is more from Atacama. Click on the link below to see my Tabblo (20 pictures nicely organised and click able). The specialty about Tabblo is that it is a really cool way of presenting multiple pictures. The guests can then choose which picture they want to see and click through to the high resolution image. Most pictures were shot with a Nikon D90 in 4288 x 2848

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Playa Del Carmen

Liz and I spent a few days in Playa Del Carmen Mexico at the beginning of 2009. We had been there in July of last year and I loved it. Liz has been there many times. She says the place is growing and too many tourists are coming. I agree….

This is how the beach greeted us on day one. We were shocked!!

BUT despite this welcoming we had an amazing time and really enjoyed Playa. All we needed to do is change the timing. The below picture was taken at 6.45 am. The sun rise was about 6 or so. It was wired we developed a rhythm which kept us away from the crowd even though we were not even trying that hard…

Christmas away

It is the first year ever that I will not be spending Christmas with my parents. I have two thoughts about this and both are equally true. While I am thinking about this specific topic I am sad but also I am happy. Sad obviously because I want to be with my parents at Christmas but happy because I found love and can share all the special moments with my partner.

This year Christmas is no real Christmas for me also because I just did not get in to Christmas mood. For me Christmas is snow, cold.. etc.. Here we have sun 30 and more Celsius and beach. No I would not want it to be cold but it is NOT Christmas for me. I am skipping Christmas 2008 / totally. No Christmas Tree nothing. This does not make me unhappy In this moment I am a little sad in fact I am crying right now…. ;(

It is hard to write what exactly I feel so I think I will stop now. But not without saying that although I am sad and very emotional at the same time I am really happy to be with Liz. “If you are reading this Liz and be sure I will make you read it ;) I Love you”

Below are two pictures. One I received from my brother via his Christmas Newsletter to show you how Austria is in Christmas and the other is Chile. Both are beautiful. But it is NOT Christmas for me in Chile.

Christmas in Austria Christmas in Chile

There are a few other expat bloggers in Chile (around the world) who have written about Christmas away. Continue reading