Algis Kemezys

Algis Kemezys
Location
Ste Adele, Qu├ębec, Canada
Birthday
June 28
Title
Co-Director
Company
BAK
Bio
Internationally exhibited Photographer/Documentary filmmaker, Sculptor, Dowser, Scrabble enthusiast, Geomancer, Iatromant, gourmet chef

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011 5:18AM

Dealing with Kildare

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Be careful what you wish for because you just never know if you will get it. I, for instance, have been the traveling friend of both tame and untamed cats and dogs. I have always enjoyed Greece and Turkey for this very reason because sooner or later I know I will have a few personal pets from animals that hang out near where I live. 

 

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In Aegina, just now, I befriend the dog next door which I name Kildare. I name him this because he dares cars to kill him when he's out with me. But that comes later. In the beginning, Kildare did not like me and only growled and barked at me from his side of the fence inside his yard. It was over a few days when his owner had contact with me and the dog saw him regularly coming over to my place that the dog softened up and slowly came to accept me.

  

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Kildare is an adolescent mutt with some kind of hunting dog as part of his mixed breed. As I said, he has never learned his new name but he responds to my whistle. This is the very same whistle I used on the beach dogs I befriended last year in Bitez,Turkey. According to Professor Rupert Seldrake, dogs, birds and other animals share information via "morphic resonance", so I figure this is what has happened. And anytime I feel the need to pet him, I just whistle and this lively puppy/dog comes running to the wall and stands tall on his hind legs to reach the top of his fence and receive friendly affection from me, which is just great because I enjoy the contact very much.

 

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Secretly I was training him to be my companion when roaming the hills looking for something. Looking for what, you might be wondering, but I do not know either. It's just that Zeus and his other gods have been here for many thousands of years. I just know that there has to be something undiscovered somewhere, much like the mosaics I found in Bitez.

 

Then the dog's owner, my neighbor Ilia who is from Albania had to go home for a week and the dog suddenly found himself with lots of food laid out for him but otherwise unattended, with myself his only human friend, albeit still somewhat guarded.

 

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I happen to also be making friends with Spot, a cat from down the street. She is all white except for black ears & tail and a pure-black spot on her rump. Spot has been coy with me, but today she actually came down the alley to me looking for food and I decided to give her a few scraps of chicken that I was saving for Kildare.

 

 

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The dog, peering over the wall standing on his hind legs, went ballistic at this cat getting food from me. In a fit of jealousy he jumped over the wall. I don't think he had ever done that before, because he never had a reason to even think of leaving the vast yard. 

 

That's when everything changed. The dog instantly became Superdog, able to leap the wall in a single bound. It quickly chased the cat away and then raced up and down the road discovering it could run at a very fast speed. He did this for almost an hour. Racing here and there as if to say: "Look at me… I can do just about anything. I am not just a little puppy stuck in the yard growling at passers by. I am Superdog and watch me go!"

 

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Now, I am concerned for I know not what to do when I look at what I have unleashed. A dog loose, imagining he is super-dog and unused to traffic, yikes! We could have a canine fatality on our hands, and I regret I have given him cause to leave his confines, even as I enjoy him walking beside me/just ahead of me, tail zipping back and forth in obvious glee.

 

His capricious nature puts him in jeopardy as he follows me everywhere. Even while I'm waiting for the bus to go into Aegina I see him almost get run over a dozen times. He doesn't respond to my warnings and is so curious with everything. He loves sniffing just about everyone and because he is cute people leave him alone. But then the bus comes and I have to leave him to his own devices. He has no collar so I figure he will be dead by the time I return from Aegina on the next bus four hours from now. 

 
 

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I feel horrible and quite displeased with myself. This dog is going to die and it is all my fault. When I do get back home I am pleased to see he is not only alive but waiting at the bus stop where I Ieft him. Now he stays in my yard dancing around me, licking my hand and getting hugs from me, I'm so happy he has not killed himself yet.

 

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The next day, I walk into to the beach town of Souvala where I am staying. The dog is all over the place. Cars coming to a halt here and there. Kildare is not coming to me so I could put my belt around his neck and take him home. He runs like the wind...freedom and discovery are fun for him and he seems to be having a life changing experience. And this is when I name him. He dares to be killed, but he is Superdog and will survive.

 

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At the harbor waves are crashing on the beach, fun things to deal with if you've never seen them before. I shrug and give up and slip inside the door that leads up to a restaurant that has wifi. I am still concerned about Kildare and after checking my email I look out over the balcony for him. He is still running around the fishing village, making friends with other dogs and the local people. I see an old fisherman kick a half loaf of bread towards him. Everyone knows there is no such thing as a stray dog on these islands so I am pleased. The dog grabs the bread in his mouth and makes a run towards home up the hill about a kilometer away.

 

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Ilia returns to great dismay and puts a collar on Kildare and chains him up in the yard. Kildare howls and moans for hours during the day and I dare not show my face till night time when I sneak over in the cover of dark to give him some lamb bones.

 

 

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I don't think the dog has ever know attention like what I have given him but then again, nor has he ever before been chained to a post on a rather short leash. He is resourceful, however. Ilia leaves again to go to Athens and take care of business, and Kildare learns to undo his chains and come over to my yard.

 

Next day I decide to walk the four kilometres to the ancient capital of the island, Palià Chora. It is deserted now with only a handful of buildings remaining from once over 365 churches and many homes. I have heard that somewhere up here is a cave that goes underground some five kilometers to the shoreline for people to escape from the village if they are attacked by the likes of Barbarosa the Pirate. I never find the cave but meet an old man who says he knows where it is….and points that the exit to it is just over the mountain there and then disappears on me.

 

And just as I'm about to turn back and go home, I notice Kildare. He has been following me all day, but has been too shy to reveal himself. I give him a huge hug and the remainder of the sandwich I had brought along as a snack. We walk back happy in each other's company. I've gotten my wish of a walking companion and he has just gone on the biggest adventure of his life.

                         

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Marvellous photos and very nicely written story - but did you find that cave?
You have amazing adventures and that dog is the perfect buddy for you. What energy!!! Great photos. Thank you.
Delightful narrative and breathtaking images, as always. As a bonus for me, you are the first person I've come across mentioning morphic resonance since I learned of it over a decade ago. I can't make heads nor tails of the mathematical theories, but I believe I understand the concept. And it is truly eye-opening.
This is incredibly clever and fetchingly done. Makes me want to have been tagging along. :) r.
He reminds me of the crazy bouncing sheep dogs! What a wonderful companion you have found! I love little Spot, she is so elegant.Maybe you will find the cave on your next walk.
r
Magnificent photos. I even like the one of the dogs "dancing." Or are they just jousting? And a great story too.
Who can say no to those eyes??
Who can say no to those eyes??
Kildare is very handsome, indeed! The shy boys are the best, I think. And your pictures, so rich in color and everything else. Safe road to your next stop, Algis ~
I really enjoyed these pictures. I'm glad you have a buddy and hope Ilia isn't too mad at either of you!
The writing and photos are just enchanting. I'm linking this on FB. Thank you!
Excellent post my friend. In my next life, I will come back as a dog or a cat and share some leftover bread with you too. Rated with a Jali Smile. :-)
How marvelous, I'm so glad Kildare found you, and of course you found him. What adventures (and frights) he's given you.

Love all the pictures are stunning but it warmed my heart seeing the one of the two of you. Once a dog loves you, it loves you all the way.
Wonderful, wonderful photos. Like that doorknob shot! Great dog - so expressive. Ah, Greece. My daughter and I are talking of maybe getting there this winter, if only for a short time. Let's see, winter in Canada or winter in Greece. I can see why you made your choice.
skypixie0,Thanks so much. No I never looked for it because the guy said the opening is very small and behind some bushes which meant big difficulties...

zanelle, Nothing like travels with a dog companion. They see things we cannot and they are always there for you. Thanks again.


Matt Paust,Thanks MP, Yes Morphic resonance rules and I am anxious to see the dogs of Turkey I knew last year to see what happens.


Jonathan Wolfman, Oh wish you could have. Dogs are fun but two guys are always better than one. Thanks again.



Seer, Thanks Kildare is OK. Currently he is chained up and that is the way it shall be for who knows how long. I am leaving here soon so I hope Kildare will be free again not having me as a lure to jump the barracade.Thanks again...


Poppi Iceland, Would love to explore that cave because who knows what might be in there. The dog is great and I appreciate your concern and interest.


Mary Stanik, Thanks so much. I think they are dancing really and I am glad for your fine words here.


firbolg, Thanks ,I would love to see that cat. Yes uploading does take awhile. Thanks again and more.

zacherydtaylor, Yes indeed I could not do anything but love this fun little doggie. THX!



catch-22, Oh thanks so much. I will be sure to be careful heading off for economically friendly Turkey...


toritto, Yes he hears everything so when the cat came by yesterday the dog even though on a chain howled like no tomorrow.It breaks my heart but what can i do now?


keri h, I think Ilia has some respect because I showed him others are also appreciative of his fine pooch. Thanks again and again.


ccdarling, Your a darling for that and thanks so much.


JALI 17, Oh thats marvelous and I really appreciate the sentiment.

l'Heure Bleue, Oh i wish you could have a stroll with him because he is so fetching and refreshing for a walking companion.THX!

Myriad, Hope you make it. I will be in Turkey unfortunately where the cost is it half the price. Hope you make it to Aegina though. Thanks again.
How lovely the way ... ways in which you see the world and that you help us see ... with you. May Kildare always remain safe, receiving and giving ... all he is.
Your talent blows me away. Thank you for this.
Stunning!!! AAAALL of it! The tale, woven in and out, like a lolling stroll along with you. Sweet lil' doggie, too, what a capture of a spirit. Nicely done, Algis, nicely done!! R.
Listen, when/if the worst happens, which I am sure it won't,
but if it does,
put this on your
buddy's tombstone:

"Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
KILDARE, a DOG"

Lord Byron, edited
Listen, when/if the worst happens, which I am sure it won't,
but if it does,
put this on your
buddy's tombstone:

"Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
KILDARE, a DOG"

Lord Byron, edited
Listen, when/if the worst happens, which I am sure it won't,
but if it does,
put this on your
buddy's tombstone:

"Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
KILDARE, a DOG"

Lord Byron, edited
What an amazing story of love. Your photos are so striking and beautiful, there is a story in each one. Thank you so much for this delightful post. A well deserved EP.
rated with love
Wonderful story. I even shared it with my wife over morning tea!
Algis, thanks so much for this great story and accompanying beautiful photos! Kildare, Spot the cat, and the other dog playing with Kildare--all so wonderful along with the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them!
Absolutely incredible photos -- I think my favorite is the two dogs "hugging" -- and lovely story weaving them altogether.
There is so much beauty here! Friendship, nature, art, thanks for sharing it all with us!
As usual, your words and images never fail to captivate. R
I remember the dogs and cats in Greece and Istanbul. Wonderful story and superb photos. I wish you could take your buddy home. Rated.
If you believe in Rupert Sheldrake...well,I do...then you know the dog has chosen you,and you him.
The book by R.S.is a must,please tell Matt.
The photos are gorgeous,and so is the story.
I wish you good luck with your friend and whisper into his ears that he should stay well,because he is adorable and you are his BEST friend.
Rated
What a great story! Great pictures to go along with it. There's no good answer to the wandering free spirit question. It's a little late to train him, and his owner doesn't seem to have any interest. I would just let him live his life and learn what he needs to learn. He likely will get hit by a car at some point. If it doesn't kill him he will be wiser, and won't let it happen again. This post is better than going to a gallery - art plus narrative. Who could ask for more?
I love Kildare the Superdog! His exuberance matches yours. The pictures are, as always, gorgeous...
Wow!! Algis, the story and the pictures are a feast!! I just blogged about our dogs, including Tasha, who could leap fences in a single bound!! These are the ones we hold so dear!!
Kildare is a total ham. Talent beyond belief in that face.

What is the plant in the last picture? It is very striking.
Algis, this is a totally wonderful piece. You are a very kind man. Lovely images and the totally charming character of Kildare. Good work.
Kildare is adorable (as is Spot). I particularly love the 5th shot of him in mid-air, and the 3rd one with that almost human stare of wariness. Let’s hope the bus doesn’t get him. Great photos all around as usual.
Beautiful photos and story Algis! You make all kinds of friends where ever you go!
Marvellous post. Thanks for the reference to Dr Rupert Sheldrake and morphic resonance.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
you see the neatest things in all life
anna1liese, Oh that is my best pleasure and I am glad you have enjoyed my post.I too hope the best for Kildare and you words really move me.

fingerlakeswanderer, Your blowing me away right now. Thanks so very much!


The Songbird, Your so very welcome and I enjoy your comment so very much.

"Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
KILDARE, a DOG"

Lord Byron, edited

James Mark Emmerling, Dear James....Thanks so very very much. I am so glad to have your responce here and very impressed as well. Those words speak volumes and I really appreciate every letter.




RomanticPoetess, Thanks volumes and more RP. Wish you were here to go to the temple of Aphaia with me too!
phyllis45, Just a wild sharp thistle type thing. Thanks again..


Gary Justis, Oh Gary so glad you liked this. Wish you were here you would probably love the tawny landscapes.

VariousArtists, Kildare wants to lick your face and dance to some of your music you like...THnaks again VA

Susie Lindau, Thanks ...and yes I do but mostly of the animal variety. Many human friends just end up dropping me for some reason.

d white, My pleasure..the man is a genius and I share his birthday of June 28th. He inspires me and I thank you for this note.

hyblaean- Julie, Oh you make me feel so good. Thanks HJ wish you were here.


tai, Wow back and thanks again T.
Rw005g, Oh that is just wonderful..Are you English?

designanator, Great Thanks those two would enjoy your company too I am sure. Thanks again and wish you were here.

divorcedpauline, Thanks again and again. I really am so lucky to have got that image...


SheilaTGTG55, Your so fine for saying that. Wish I could personally show you the temple of Aphaia...

Trudge164, Wisj I could invite you for dinner T. We are having boiled and fried fresh octopus and the pets will be here too. Anytime after 6:00...Cheers!


Erica K, So nice to know that. Thanks so very much!

Heidi Banerjee, Yes I love RS and I am sure the friendship was not just a surface thing because Kildare barked at me for some days before i could win him over. Thanks again and wish you were here.

John Hamilton, Your such a Pal for saying those fine things and I hope the very best for you. Your invited to dinner with Trudge for some fried Octopus around 6:00

mypsyche, Oh kildare wants to licj your face or hand for that one. Wish you were here....

Brazen Princess, Yes Dogs do rule and are always there for you no matter what.Wish you could come to dinner tonight for Octopus and wild greens...
I've read this more than several times, and shall read it again, enjoying a great deal of time and focus and life force.

Enriched--learning--each time through.

And I said to myself
Kildare,the wonder dog,indeed. Beautiful and nuanced...and speaking of details, I notice the frames on your photos. I am challenged with sizing and placement of shots on OS...guess I need more tutorials on photshop. Please tell me how you apply frames to photo, short of going into HTML and CSS...
Wonderful story and fabulous photos, as always. You are one of OS's great treasures.
Beautiful! Thank you for taking us along on your journey, too. Killdare is a lucky dog.
Very nicely done. I enjoyed the writing and the images.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
Vivian Henoch, Thanks ...in photoshop i used to use a line and simply attach it.


Mumbletypeg,Oh your so kind for that.Thanks again.

bnzoot, Yes I guess he is. Thanks again.

Stacey Youdin,Thanks so much Cheers and more.
am now thinking it possible
that all the dogs here in venezuela
have immigrated from Greece, perhaps
from Souvala... not the cats though, they're

straight out of the jungle.

I read your images the way I see poems
not to demand a tour de force
or some epiphany
always

but
often to be
charmed or surprised
by the brilliance of the visual
language spoken in
the particular
voices
an

image
of two dogs
dancing makes,
enough to keep me
here awhile on the stone
stairs and listening to
everything you are
trying to show
me right
now
.
Your posts are magical.~r
you are one of a kind Algis :) hugs and rate and I saved one of your pics it is so beautiful cdnt help 'covet' :) (the one with the lonely cottage up on the crest of the hill with the stone henge in the foreground)(that picture kind of speaks to me so I felt it was mine :) ) Great to know the story of your Kildare and Spot.
Excellent, Algis.
Some part of my heart softened toward winter, knowing you are back in a warm clime and your eye for the Ages will pop up in photograph here and there....
Your posts set up the strongest wanderlust in me, how I've always lived until trying this settled life.
I'm not so sure about the settled life. I feel heavier in spirit, not wandering...
So glad you have Kildare to join you!! Our Kona dog was much like Kildare, now she is getting more settled with me...
What a beautiful place! And what a fun and energetic companion you had