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My friends and family are so important to me, that other than the information above, I don't share imore on them with you.
My favorite authors or books are Douglas Adams, Jean Auel, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tom Holt, Tanya Huff, Dean Koontz, Anne McCaffrey, J.K. Rowling, Stephan King, Terry Pratchett, Jonathan Wylie.
Gardening & on the water
Go out there and do it yourself!
I mainly sculpt dogs, although I also made my own chess pieces, and sometimes I make some smull stuff just to occupy my mind and work on my technique.
I am sad to say that I lost the companionship of my third Appenzeller Sennenhund (Swiss Mountain dog) in March 2021. Dear Eppy came from Doris Meier (Appenzeller Sennenhunde vom Brünggberg). I have served for more than 20 years as a first aid in behavioural problems for De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Appenzeller, Entlebucher en Grote Zwitserse Sennenhonden. Before Eppy, first Igor, then Artos enriched my life with many years of joy and love. I was fortunate to have found the support from Arjen van Alphen and Francien Koeman from Hondenopvoedingsinstituut De Roedel. They helped me create a bond between Artos and myself that surpassed my wildest dreams. Unfortunately, both Arjen and Francien have passed away, and Eppy followed not long thereafter. Erica de Roode tries to continue the work of De Roedelmethode. The research on Dog Cognition that is only active if someone joines me to do it, is a result of the interesting discussions Arjen and I had when seeing how Artos developed.
Dear Eppy, how I hate infections! What bad luck you had to get that when running through the unexpected snow of February 2021. Only 5 years old, March 2021. So sorry! You made a big impression on me, you stubborn fellow!
Thank you, Artos, for all you gave me and our friends, so sad when you passed away end of 2014. You will always be the gentleman to me and my deepest respect for your stability in all situations. Our best times were spent in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and with De Roedel. I will never forget that you hid objects for us to find.
Thank you, Igor, for all the fun we had. You are still in my thoughts, even though it is already so long ago that you passed away (1999). Kasteel Groeneveld and the beaches of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen will always be the places that I remember you having the most fun.
Horses helped me to live now. Not that I allways succeed, but connecting with them is only possible if you are fully mentally here. Since I did want to connect with these graceful and loveable creatures, I had to learn switch my mind to the here and now. Thanks to Piet and Wilma from De Paardenmaat to help me learn and to teach me so much more about these fascinating inteligent beings.