But you see guys, I was told that Tuesdays and Thursdays are the most popular visiting times and it is not hard to figure out why. I wanted to make sure that we had access to a grassed pen so that Jochen would be able to finally run free again. I could not bear the thought of being too late and hoping that someone would go home early i the hope of getting access. In this context I am completely one-eyed and totally selfish on behalf of my dog.
In fact, I charged through the gate with all my gear including the hammock bed and mat heading towards Jochen's pen so fast that I completely forgot about signing in.
Jochen again leaped and yipped and barked as he had done on Friday. It is then when I realised that I had forgotten my camera, so no photos of today's fun.
We raced off to the grassed area and he could run free. Yay!!! Even though the staff were very busy with bathing dogs, they did give me time to bath Jochen (I had already booked the time). It was high time as in Switzerland, and I think in Europe generally, hydro-baths as we have them here are unknown. So he went for three months without a bath and given that he was crawling through some pretty dusty places plus already having that kennel smell on his coat, it was high time he had a bath.
Those two guys and I were the last ones left, everyone else having already taken their dogs back to their pens. We pushed it to the last second before returning our dogs. Apropos quarantine, last Friday I heard a young boy ask his parents if their dog was in gaol!!
Three different Aqis staff told me how nice Jochen is and how laid back and confident. I was told that some Shepherds that come through are nervy and agitated and can be quite difficult to handle but Jochen was great. This is excellent news as it means that staff will always look forward to interacting with him.
Peter flies in next Tuesday morning and we will go straight to the quarantine station from the airport to visit Jochen for an hour. Visiting hours are 1 hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
SPOTSWOOD QUARANTINE STATION
I must say, this place is clean and nice. Quite a few grassed pens are provided where dogs can run free. The facilities are very good and the staff is very friendly. I don't want Jochen to be here but as we have no choice in the matter, this quarantine station is fine. I am however ticking off the days.
Not only does Jochen have that very good bedding in his bedroom, he now also has the hammock bed with a thick mat in the outside run. So he has a choice whether he wants to lie on the concrete (and get calluses on his elbows) or on his hammock bed. i can't do any more than that.
He barked when I left him but I did not turn around. How is that for strength and calm emotions? What do you say to that, Judith? Are you proud of me?