Since early August 2018 I have found myself in a serious medical dispute with the Adelaide Hills Community Health Service [AHCHS]. The AHCHS is a division of the wider South Australian Health Department. This matter has been before the courts and the Australian Disability Royal Commission has invited me to tell my story about my experiences the AHCHS. This unfortunate incident in my retired life has distressed me a great deal. If you feel that my story might interest you it is to be found in this link. Note that this file was created in October 2019 so it is now somewhat out of date.
I wrote this metaphor twenty five years ago. I see its as being representative of not only how I thought about life and its meaning then but it largely remains so to this day as well.
“One cabin boy speaks.
Life can be likened to being on board a very large majestic cruise liner. Pleasures abound everywhere if they are sought, as are angst’s if rendered the scope to to similarly intrude. Immaturity, passion, neglect, perpetual searching for excitement and adventure, and others – all ensure this.
So complete freedom to access the ship with its multitudinous dark mysterious corridors is ours; as is our ability to assess the nobility, or otherwise, of all fellow travellers and other life creatures. Within this apparent limitless opportunity, however, there is but two seemingly non-negotiable exclusions.
Both the engine room and wheel house controlling rudder functions are, by architectural design, well out of bounds to all except a ruthlessly persistent, select few. Even they cannot unduly influence the massive machines of propulsion and control. Powerful motors and unseen systems keep whirling away. The guiding hand of the chief engineer and originating architect are nowhere to be found. The cruise carries on even when we are long beyond mere remnant remains.”
I have both owned, and occasionally bred dachshunds since the late 1960s. In those early times, Dachies were a popular breed of dog in Australia, but over time, public interest in the breed has declined sharply. Dachies are said to have weak spines and thus are highly susceptible to spinal damage. During the many years I have been associated with dachshunds I have never owned a dog that has had back problems, except for my bitch Bridget who fell over a steep embankment onto her back and injured herself. This injury was quickly repaired with two sessions of acupuncture.
I am suggesting that over the years the dachshund became a much maligned breed, and I feel that this is a great pity. Dachshunds are very outgoing and, if appropriately bred and trained, are fearless hounds. For example, Dachies are quite prepared to follow rabbits, snakes and other vermin down burrows with total disregard for their own safety. The characteristic can be traced back more than three hundred years.
Dachshunds are intelligent and clean dogs, and they normally get along well with children and older people. They can also be very stubborn dogs when they put their minds to it. It now seems that a resurgence of the popularity of the dachshund breed is now occurring in Australia. I recently read that dachshunds are now the second most sought after breed of dogs in Australia [after French bulldogs].
I hope that you enjoy the range of Dachie material that I have provided for you to enjoy that follows.
I introduce you to my miniature dachshund Max. The following three photographs were taken when he was nearly three years of age. He is now five
Max out for his walk
Tickle my tummy please
Max in his backyard. His boss needs to mow the grass
Two special pictures I chose to make your day: