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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"
-- Unknown

I have always been crazy about dogs, and I have a way with them. We had a couple of dogs at home when I was growing up, my grandparents had a dog, and I have borrowed dogs.

Flat coated retrieverMy breed is the Flat coated Retriever. Many years ago I got so fascinated by this breed, and I decided it had to be Flat or nothing.

My work situation, and living conditions did not allow for a dog, especially not this breed so I had to wait more than 25 years. During this time I read everything I could come across about the breed so I was way above average prepared to be a dog owner.

It was a fantastic day when my first Flat, Odin finally arrived and I became a dog owner for real.

CH PORT Bambu da Quinta da Bruma (Odin)

Gin-Rummy Gambler Flat da Quinta da Bruma (Rummy)

I have heard more than once that a dog comes in the way for many things to do, or places to go. For me it is really important to keep a dog on it's own terms, and the dog meens so much more than the things I cannot do, or places I cannot go. I missed out of a lot more when I did not have a dog.

Dogs are incredibly good for both body and soul. The best medisin for many things, and you just have to go for daily walks. A more lojal and faithful friend you cannot find.