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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wandering Dog Named Kaya and Dr. Axel Munthe

About four years ago, a carpenter  who owns a workshop near mine had adopted a puppy. It was a cute little female from unknown origin. When he brought it home to his wife, she did not wish to adopt it. He then kept her tied up with a chain at the backyard of his workshop, He took good care of her, but yet I  pitied her being tied to a chain all day . He did not like her very much. I asked him to let her visit my workshop every once in a while, And so he did. He called her "Kaya". In the evenings he would take her back "home" and tie her again outside his door. In the nights she would bark and the neigbours complained about the noise.

Meanwhile she grew to become a beautiful dog.

Finally he passed her on to a neigbour of his. Kaya still did not feel very much at home in the new place. I myself could not adopt her, as I live in an apartment with no room for a big dog, and she could not be left alone with my cat,  I also did not feel it would be right to leave her inside my own workshop at night either, especially when I do not go there everyday.

Inspite of this, Kaya and me got on very well together. Whenever she saw my car arrive, she would run over to me, lean her front paws on my door with a "gift" in her mouth for me (a stone or a rag) and make some strange up and down sirene sounds of happiness to see me. Then she would follow me to my workshop door and lay inside for hours while I worked, enjoying the air condition, summer and winter. Shortly before I would leave, she would give me an "I want to go out" look and I would let her go back "home".

Then one day she disappeared. I became worried.When I inquired as to her whereabouts, I was told she moved with her new "family" to another kibbutz near by. Three years have passed and then -  there I am, seated at my workbench in my jewelry workshop, when I suddenly heard a familiar bark! Guess who was at the door happily wagging her tail...She looks happy and well kept, and she still runs over to my car with a gift in her mouth..

Last September I had visited the most beautiful Villa San Michele in  Anacapri in South Italy, which was built and very tastefully decorated with ancient sculptures and art by the famous doctor and writer Dr. Axel Munthe  (1857-1949), and was one of the great humanitarians . Beside his love for art beauty and nature, he loved animals, mainly dogs.
Dr. Axel Munthe and his dogs
Here is a quote from his thoughts about the general character of dogs :
The dog cannot pretend, is unable to deceive, will not  lie as he cannot speak. The dog is a saint ... A dog gladly accepts the superiority of his master over himself ... He regards his master as his king, almost as his god ... He instincly feels when he is not wanted, can lie quite still for many hours while his king is hard at work, as is what happens with kings, or at least shpuld be. But when his king is sad and upset, he knows that his time has come so he creeps up and lays his head on his lap as if to say:" Don't worry! Never mind if they all have abandoned  you, I am here to replace all your friends and to fight all your enemies".
The following image is of an excerpt of a mosaic floor at the entrance to his famous Villa San Michele:

"cave can em" in Latin means "Beware of the dog"!!
If this dog was the guard of his villa, I suspect Dr. Munthe  had a great sense of humor too!

Thank you for watching!


Leeya Engel said...

very sweet story!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Look at those beautiful eyes! I'm glad Kaya got a great home in the end and still remembers you :)

riorita said...

She's adorable! Isn't she!

Sweet Fix @ Maria Corcuera said...

That´s a really sweet story!!! I really love dogs! have 2 of my own waiting for me in Mexico (mother´s house) :( I´ll probably bring them by summer, hopefully!

Ponder said...

Well, of course she's a dog, but I have to admit she's a real beauty.
Mom is giving me nasty looks because I am "behaving like a typical cat once again, you arrogant little ..." erm, we'll leave that part out.

I'm glad she came back to at least visit you, I bet you missed her!