Patient of the Week

After each of his two surgeries during the past two years Silke has taken our dog Vader to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) for hydrotherapy sessions. These sessions greatly helped Vader to regain his muscle strength and fitness in a few weeks.

And now Vader has even been selected as the AHT’s patient of the week. You can find the his story on their website.

 

Movie of the Week: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There is no point in denying that I’m a big Star Wars fan. I’ve seen the movies countless times, read a lot of Star Wars books and played a lot of Star War video games. When Disney bought the rights for the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas I wasn’t sure what to expect. But when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Episode VII, the next Star Wars movie, I was mildly optimistic. He had after all managed to breathe new life into the Star Trek franchise.

The story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events in the original trilogy.  A fanatic group called the First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and seeks to destroy the Republic. Leia Organa leads a military force called the Resistance that tries to stop the First Order’s advance. Her brother Luke Skywalker has disappeared and both the First Order and the Resistance are desperately looking for him. The Resistance hopes to gain a powerful ally while the First Order wants to eliminate a dangerous threat. When the Resistance’s mission to acquire a map with Luke’s location fails a lone droid is once more on the run with information that could decide the fate of the galaxy.

The movies from the original Star Wars trilogy are among my all-time favourite movies. For over thirty years I’ve been waiting for a proper successor to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. The prequel trilogy had its moments but was overall disappointing. Fortunately the long wait is finally over. Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings back the magic into Star Wars. There are no annoying muppets, no boy group members and no midi-chlorian. The movie is instead darker and more grown up. An ensemble of the old heroes and new likeable characters tell both a human story and a great adventure in this latest instalment of the epic space opera.

Silke and I both greatly enjoyed watching this movie. It was the movie we were both hoping for. If you already know Star Wars it is an absolute must. If not this film is a very good way to get to know this fascinating universe. I’m already looking forward to Episode VIII.

Vader’s sixth Birthday

Earlier this month our dog Vader celebrated his sixth birthday. Unfortunately Vader had another year with health issues. Silke and I noticed that he didn’t seem to be enjoying long walks as he used to. Frequently Vader wanted to turn around and go home earlier than usual. When he repeatedly showed signs of pain in his lower back area Silke took him to our local vet for an X-ray. The good news was that his spine was alright. But the bad news was that Vader was suffering from severe arthritis in his left hip. As his condition was getting worse Silke and I with a heavy heart decided to take Vader to a specialist clinic for a hip replacement. We had to drop him off on a Thursday and after a weekend full of worries we got our little darling back the following Monday. The surgery had gone very well but Vader was of course still sore and a bit jaded.

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Fortunately Vader’s recovery went very well in the following weeks. The final assessment by the veterinary surgeon gave him a clean bill of health. He is however still on restricted exercise and only allowed walks on the lead and as a result feels rather bored.

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But in a few weeks even that will be behind us and Vader can again run around like a crazy Spaniel. 🙂

Taking comfort in the Unfairness of the Universe