This is not about sharks, manatees or UW photography, but about dogs. Hope you will forgive me. I am definitely a ‘doggy man’ ; always loved dogs since I was a young boy and my parents bought a female smooth Fox terrier that I named ‘Jane’. We then lived in Singapore, in a house on Orchard Road. Poor Jane was killed on that same Orchard road when my mother was a bit careless and left the front door open. Jane had spotted me walking at the other side of that busy road, ran towards me and was almost instantly hit by a taxi.
Now many years later, my wife and I are still very much dog minded. In our neighborhood in Amsterdam there are many dog owners. Often you first get to know the dog, its name and its peculiar habits. Then the person behind the dog. Our own dog ‘Teun’ (Tony in English), is a Cairn terrier. Teun has now reached the age of twelve years: multiplied by six that makes almost our own age. Dogs are affectionate and intelligent, but in a different way as humans. In dogs emotions and intelligence depend primarily on anticipation of their daily meals and outings, and their master providing those at regular times. Dogs have also developed a refined system to recognize other dogs, their habits and sex. And they can be very particular in showing their affection. Not only towards dogs but also towards humans. For example our dog Teun always had a weak spot for blond dogs as well as blond women.