The adventures of Doggy: womanizer vs. courtly love

Our Doggy hasn’t been castrated because that can give some health issues and there is no reason to do it. We pay close attention to him and keep him on the leash. If the other dog owner is watching his/her female dog too (she might come to him and try to jump him) then nothing will happen.

Just like most humans, most dogs are interested in love. Or that other thing that doesn’t necessarily have to be connected with love: sex. Our Doggy is usually ‘interested’ in every female, especially when they’re in season. Let’s just say that a male dog usually jumps on a female dog quite soon. Not a lot of dating in restaurants, going to the cinema and giving expensive jewellry beforehand. Usually Doggy is a womanizer. However, one female dog is different for Doggy. It really is a very sweet sight to see and I’d like to share it with you.


[Photo of a puppy, holding a red rose with his snout and wearing a black bowtie.]

When Doggy is on the leash, he’s usually very calm when meeting other dogs. He stands still so they can meet him or just passes them by. However, when he meets his Kimmy* it’s different. When he spots there he wants to run towards her, wagging his tail even more than usual. His flappy ears in his “happy position”. The same applies for Kimmy. She can’t just be calm and quiet either. She’ll bark and wag her tail and run towards Doggy. Doggy will lie down, so she knows she can stop barking because he isn’t going anywhere, and wag his tail vividly and when she’s close enough jump upright.

It’s different because with her he’s very gentle and despite having seen her a lot and she liking him, he’s never actually ‘jumped’ her. He will only give her sweet and careful licks around her snout. They might lay their heads on each other while standing or lying down or “kiss” each other even more. It’s so sweet and I’ve never seen Doggy likes this before. Yes, he has been impressed by large female dogs and admired them. But not as attentive as this and not without never even trying to do “netflix and chill”. It seems as if he doesn’t even think about that, because he wouldn’t want to accidentaly hurt her feelings.

Kimmy knows where Doggy lives and when she passes the house she will stand still and wait a bit. Her owner knows she has to wait for a little while, or she won’t come with her. If she sees one of us Hippos she will wag her tail and bark, waiting for Doggy to come out. Even though they sadly haven’t seen each other for months now (walking on different times and different routes), she will keep doing this. And when they see each other again, it will be as if they’ve never been out each other’s sight.

[Photo of a dog licking another dog sitting next to him.]

What do you think, can a dog actually fall in love? Have you ever seen something like this between dogs?

*Just like Doggy isn’t Doggy’s real name, Kimmy isn’t his girlfriends real name.

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A smile a day…

This is one of my favourite music videos. So far it has always been able to cheer me up. It’s important to have something that can make you happy (even if it’s just a little), no matter how you feel. It won’t take your troubles away, but it’s nice to get away from them for a moment. They start singing around 0:30. I can recommend to keep watching till the end 🙂


Share your accomplishments

I find it very difficult to think positively about myself or to receive compliments. I think I’m not the only one with this issue. Especially with psychological issues it’s very easy to think that you need to be normal. And that you need to be better than normal, before you can see something as an accomplishment and be proud of it. I was inspired by this post and I thought it might be nice if we would share the things we’re proud of which we did or didn’t (because that can be a good thing too). That way we do not only share our accomplishments, but also our happiness.

So, don’t let me wait any longer. Can you share something that you did lately and are proud of? It’s about you, so don’t worry if it seems ‘small’. I know how difficult ‘small’ things can be. Did you get out of bed? Did you say no to someone? Did you treat yourself to something nice? Did you talk to someone? Maybe you didn’t smoke once when you had the urge? It can be anything.

[Picture of a black cat with a tie and the text: Let’s just paws for a moment and think about this accomplishment.]

It’s possible that the accomplishments you’ll think of, are steps of a bigger goal you’re trying to reach. If you’d like, you can mention that too. That way, you can be extra proud of yourself when you did it even better later 🙂  I hope this is going to be a tiny proud moment 😉
I’ve never tried anything like this before, because I’m not into “forced positiveness” or something like that. So don’t strain yourself. I hope when you read this post, something will just pop into your mind. I just think it might be a good moment to think about the good things you did every once and a while. But that doesn’t mean you have to ponder for 10 minutes!

The things I’m proud of:

  • Yesterday: I went into a bubble bath in the spa with already 4 people in it. Goal: as long as the bath isn’t full, not being afraid of going in.
  • Last thursday: I send a text message to the night guard to let him know I was feeling very down. Goal: contacting them more often (when necessary) and talk with them through messages.
  • Overall: I notice that I become more aware of my physical limitations with sports and I don’t go over them as much anymore. I also stimulated others to not cross theirs, since the instructors forgot to mention that you should listen to your own body and not use their guide line as a strict order.

Please don’t let me wait any longer and share the things you did. I can’t wait to be happy for you and compliment you 🙂

My first award: black cat blue sea

Woop woop! I was nominated for the first time by socialworkerangela from the blog I am my own island. She was nominated for two awards and I could pick either one, so I chose this one because, obviously, there’s an animal in it 🙂

[Drawing of the back of a black cat, sitting on a boat with a red-and-white-striped-sail, on blue waves at night (you can see the moon and stars in the darkblue sky). In it is the text: The black cat blue sea award.]

Here are Angela’s questions and the answers I came up with:

What is your motivation to blog?
I like to share information, for example about disabilities, so that others can learn from it and we all become more understanding and kind to each other. And from the responses and blogposts others write, I can learn things in return 🙂 I also like the contact with other people, but I’m not very good in my (talking) social skills 😉 I’m better in writing what I think/feel than talking and with my disabilities (such as the fatigue) it’s hard to be very social “in real life”.
Who helped make you who you are?
My partner (my fellow Hippo) helped and still is helping to bring out the good in me. Bringing out myself in me back again. So I can have my own thoughts again, truly my own and ‘dare’ to share my opinion and make my own decisions.
What do you like most about your life?
My partner (my fellow Hippo).
What do you like least about your life?
The traumatic events I had to endure.
If you could be anything in the world what would it be?
Wow, I really don’t know. I think I would be several things, because I’m interested in many different things and there are multiple ‘dreams’ I have. And I’m not so good in making decisions, so I couldn’t possibly decide on what I would want to be the most 😉
How long have you been blogging?
I started this blog (and this is my first blog) on December 1, 2015.
Do you see your blog changing in the future?
Yeah, I think it might. I’ve been wondering if I want to take it more into the ‘informative blogposts’ road, with advice. Or if I share more stuff about how it’s going with me. I do like to share information/advice that might help somebody out here on the Galactic Network, but I don’t think I want to become very unpersonal and not share my own experiences with the topic on hand.

So, the people I’d like to nominate are:
Pascalle from My life with chronic illness
Faith McCord from Little Lord Oscar Dandelion books

My questions for you are:

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog or username?
2. What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
3. What is your favourite quote/personal motto and why?
4. What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you, that most people may not know?
5. What are you most passionate about in your life?

Of course you don’t have to participate! And if you’d like to answer different questions (or in a different language) feel free to do so 🙂

You don’t want to miss this: the largest waterfall in the Netherlands

I love travelling and I’ve also seen this impressive waterfall with my own eyes. Curious because of all the signs reading ‘waterfall’, I wanted to see this. It is one of the best kept secrets in the Netherlands. A lot of people never knew about this place. I just stumbled upon it. The Netherlands and a waterfall, that doesn’t seem right now does it? The Netherlands is supposedly flat…

Well, in case you decide to visit the Netherlands and aren’t only traveling to Amsterdam, I’d like to inform you well. The tourist information offices like to call this ‘The Niagara Falls of the Netherlands’. Here’s the biggest waterfall of the Netherlands, it is located in Loenen and it is man-made and 15 metres high.


[Image of a forest during autumn/fall with a stream of water going down several bumps. Next to it are stairs on both sides.]

It’s probably the most unimpressive waterfall I’ve ever seen and I find it very ugly (probably because it’s more stairs than waterfall). I like the forest better.
False advertising is everywhere and it surely is for this waterfall (it looks kinda impressive and nicd on the photos). Usually there’s hardly any water in it. I’ve heard of (German) tourists visiting this place, thinking it would be an actual waterfall… I feel sorry for them, even though I was a tourist too. But I knew beforehand that (Dutch) tourism advertisors love to exaggerate.

The Netherlands are proud, because it has the same height as the famous waterfalls of Coo, located in Belgium (I’ve been there too). I’m very sorry for the Netherlands, but I found those more impressive. Better luck next time, since the Netherlands truly has some wonderful places as well.

[Image of a waterfall under a bridge]
This is a picture of the waterfalls of Coo.

Morale of the story? Don’t believe everything ‘they’ say immediately, but also keep thinking for yourself.

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Men can now compete internationally with synchronized swimming and can now compete in the Netherlands

Today I read an article in the newspaper about a duo who were going to compete nationally in the category: mixed duo’s of synchronized swimming. If you’re not very familiar with synchronized swimming, you might think this is not a big deal. People do national contests, right? However, this is the first time men are allowed to compete nationally in this sport, here in the Netherlands. They also said that this category will now exist during international competitions.

The woman of the duo tried very hard to make this possible. For a very long time this sport was a women’s sport. Men weren’t even allowed. I found this video about men not being allowed at the Olympics in 2012 (apparently they were allowed to do other competitions in GB, which is good, however I think it’s time for this to have official recognition).
I knew about this issue, because I’ve done this sport (for a short while). I thought it was silly that men weren’t allowed and it’s great that men can now do this too. Just because someone thinks it doesn’t fit your gender role and is ‘girly’, doesn’t mean you should actually listen to that silly person!

The synchronized swimming bond felt like they had to defend why they hadn’t allowed it for a long time. They said that men had more trouble floating, so it was much harder for them to do. Well, they already compensated that by making special categories (if you feel like that is necessary) and I think every person can decide for themselves if they are ‘up’ for it.


[Photo made under water in a swimming pool. A group of girls are upside down performing a trick with their legs on top of the water]

This duo already knows they’re going to win the nationals, since they’re the only mixed duo competing. However, that doesn’t take away their fun and they still practice a lot, because they still want to perform their best. Not just because the man is a judge of this sport and will be judged by his colleagues 😉 I hope more men will join. I think it’s good to let go of these gender roles. Although I personally would prefer not to have these seperate categories, since I always hated that when I was (for example) fencing. I always had to fence against boys (since there were no women at my club) and suddenly at the nationals (or higher) it’s only female vs female and male vs male. Didn’t really understand that, because there isn’t that much difference between men and women in this sport, such as with gymnastics, weight-lifting and apparently synchronized swimming. Oh well, this is a good step towards more equality 🙂

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