Rudi was born around August 2002. Someone threw him in November 2002 out of the window of a moving car. Another driver picked him up and brought him to the animal shelter in Bernay.
Rudi was half starved and limping.
When he arrived at the animal shelter we have been there with the bosses to get a new guarddog and female boss thrust Rudi into my arms.
Markus wanted to train Rudi. he called him Rudi because of the German football coach Rudi Völler. He said Rudi’s “haircut” reminds him of Völler’s.
Rudi ate like crazy in the beginning and the limping stopped after some days. He slept in our bed with his head under the blanket and on my shoulder. He still loves to sleep like that.
I pretend that he’s a Glen of Imaal Terrier, but he’s a lovable mutt. By accident he really looks like a Glen of Imaal, except for his ears. He weighs 13kg, is full of spirits and fearless. He loves Farbexplosion and Bach. The first thing I see in the morning is often bach and Rudi kissing each others while sitting on my bed (and that’s also a common reason why I woke up).
Farbexplosion and Rudi like to go on a walk at the break of dawn.
The only dog Rudi ever had problems with was Friedrich.
Unfortunately Rudi has some kind of weird health problem. Every some months he has some kind of spasmodic hiccup, his whole belly gets hard like a rock, he stares strangely and stops breathing. No idea why. Since I am at home most of the time I can give him mouth-to-dognose resuscitation. He usually seeks me out when it starts, even when it happens at night. When it’s over he breathes again, sneezes, wags his tail and jumps around and kisses me. I hope he doesn’t develop a habit because he likes to get resuscitated. I don’t know what would happen if I am not there or if it happened when I wasn’t there, but it’s possible that he would faint, relax and breath again, at least that’s what I hope.
Rudi saw a lot of things, the birth of Farbexplosion and the death of Beau.
Lothar was a sick lamb I had in 2007, he fainted on the meadow one day and I tried to wash and feed him and to coddle him up, but he was too sick and had to be euthanized.