My beloved dog and best friend “Amatus” died last night. I wish there was such a person.
“Amatus” was like the song “Wonderful Wold” by Lous Armstrong.
He was interested in everything, wanted to learn everything, was always in a good mood, was always motivated, helpful, read my wishes from my eyes, could do everything, never gave up, always gave his best, searched and found everything (even plastic garbage), learned by imitation as if in flight, loved unconditionally, accompanied me on all research trips and was – with my dear deceased friend and colleague Jürgen Roth – the best, most incorruptible and loyal partner one can imagine as a journalist. And became – for me as a critical, uncomfortable, always truth-seeking journalist – my “Achilles’ heel”.
He was a source of inspiration, motivation, mascot, model for our logo and loved to be photographed. He understood every word, had a larger vocabulary than some average Germans and always knew what he wanted.
I learned to see the world with his eyes and to know this society with all its abysses, the egoism, the intolerance, unbelievable ignorance and the dangerous indifference of which Hanna Arendt already warned, inhumanity, prejudices, envy, stupidity through lack of education and non-existent understanding of democracy, abuse of office and power, a separation of powers that does not work, usual corruption and the endless brown swamp. A disrespectful society, without social behavior, manners, decency and humanity, without role models and values, which is only interested in its own advantage and profit and treats people as well as animals like objects – and allows this.
Contrary to all the usual, typical clichés, advantages and pigeonholing in Germany. As well as the hunter’s lingo of the hobby hunters, i.e. laymen, which is spread about these dogs: The bond between us was so close that he was always and everywhere interested in me and never in game, of any kind. By the way, in the USA and other countries Weimaraners have been family dogs for decades – Amatus did not come from Germany either. These dogs need one thing above all else: reflective and sensitive humans who are at least as intelligent as they are.
After the Second World War, the Allies took the best dogs, including Weimaraners, to the USA, with the rest of the dogs hunters and breeders in Germany continued to breed – the result is well known, see German Shepherd. German hunters with the hunting association, i.e. amateurs and hobby hunters try since then to manipulate dogs genetically for their “Herrenmenschendenken” and racism by purposeful breeding in Germany for their “purposes”. These wonderful, intelligent, sensitive and people-oriented dogs have degenerated into a projection screen for their inferiority complexes among German hobby hunters and are abused. In truth, they are condemned to do nothing most of the time with hobby hunters and atrophy mentally and emotionally. How often does an amateur hunter go hunting? After occurring undesirable behavior, which was previously intentionally encouraged and manufactured, they are mistreated or “disposed of”.
Through Amatus, I saw nature as it is, but also the endless abuses and animal suffering, especially in agriculture.
Through his congenital, severe heart defect, I learned to live in the present, enjoyed every day with him and gladly oriented my life after cardiologists told me the prognosis for his life expectancy with this heart disease: Five to six years. On January 14, 2020, he would have turned 12. So I did my best, too. Avoid excitement, not fly to California as long as he lived, and consistently go and work only where he was also wanted.
Despite medication, a year ago his heart began to decompensate. Due to tricsupid valve dysplasia in the right side of his heart, his abdominal cavity was running full of water and had to be punctured until the end.
As long as he wanted, he was cared for and nursed by me day and night. He had an incredible will to live until the end and was a medical miracle for vets.
Saturday night he lost his fight against his serious illness. He leaves a big gap!
We loved him, learned a lot from him, will always miss him and never forget him!
Astrid Ebenhoch and her team, journalist and editor of Hounds & People.
Here also in german language: Ich wünschte es gäbe einen solchen Menschen