23 September 2008

One less marriageable man

Did you ever read about Knut, the orphaned polar bear? Anyway, this is not about Knut, but the wonderful man who took care of him, lovingly nourished him and hand raised him - Thomas Dörflein. Dörflein died last night, and it just breaks my heart.

Knut's mother rejected him at birth, and "Thomas Dörflein, a modest, good-natured man selflessly stayed with Knut round the clock for 150 straight days, slept by Knut's side, fed him, cleaned up his mess...Knut would have died shortly after his birth without Doerflein's care. He nursed young Knut in his arms behind closed doors and wrestled with him after the bear grew old enough to play. When Knut made his public debut in March 2007, Doerflein was at his side." Total cuteness!
*sigh* Why do men like him never ask me out! They're both so adorable I just want to pack them in a bag and run away to Alaska with them. Knut now, big but still beautiful, and still loving Dörflein. "As long as he's with us, he will always regard Thomas Dörflein as his father. Knut now howls plaintively whenever he picks up Dörflein's scent" (source)

Awww...just how adorable and sad is that! Poor Knut :( He's gonna miss his friend so much.Rest in peace, Thomas Dörflein.

Apparently, some women considered Dörflein as marriagable as I did. He received a lot of marriage proposals, love letters, songs and poems women wrote for him :-) Some men, who clearly will never be as lovable as Dörflein was, joked about that a lot. "What do they want to marry him for? For playing with Knut? haha" they say.

I will not bother to elucidate. This is something where disambiguation is worthless, one either just understands, or never gets it at all, if you need someone to explain to you why men like Dörflein are worth marrying, it means you'll never get it.

But oh! for a man like Dörflein! Big & strong, with a ponytail, big boots, whose good heart overflows with love for all of God's little creatures...and a log cabin in Alaska, and a big dog, and clear skies, and clear waters...nine bean rows and a hive for the honeybee... ***sigh*** Bliss!

And the sad thing in my life, is that I will most likely never get to meet a man like that unless I go hang out at the zoo every day. In my environment, you only meet men who sleep with their computers, a lot of them pretty spoiled, money to spend but no warmth to share, men who love designer clothing and good food even more than women do...

While all I want is not someone who is rich, or handsome, I want a good man who loves animals. To throw in a good example, I found this little dog some days back while out walking, I at first thought it was dead. It was lying motionless on the side of the road, but on closer inspection I saw it was alive. It was literally skin and bones as you can see.
I couldn't leave it, and my apartment being a no-dogs one, I called a friend and told him I was on my way to his place with a gift for him. And turned up there with the dog, fearing he would refuse. But he found it pretty funny, mostly at its size (it was incredibly tiny!). And without any complaints, took it in, fed it - 'hand fed' it because the dog refused to eat, well, it was just too weak to eat...

And as I watched all this, I swear I fell half in love with him. :P

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22 comments:

Laís Mandara said...

Hello I am Brazilian and I am going through here to tell you that your blog is pretty ...
I hope that in my back. Oh, excuse me by the Portuguese bad kisses!

Jinx said...

Totally adorable! My heart tends to skip a beat whenever I see intimate moments shared between man and animals captured in pics. How so so sad for Knut. Hope he'll find someone who at least 'half' cared for him as much as Thomas Dörflein does :(

"I want a good man who loves animals" - A big AMEN to that :)

In my dictionary, you're one of the kindest persons...for noticing it in the first place, for not walking away and for finding a home for that stray dog.
Bless you Jerusha!

Mojo Jojo said...

Ha ha. The bears get all the good ones, eh?
Kidding :). I completely know what you mean. Animals are so good to love. I should know... I spent my childhood with my parents, two brothers and five dogs.

Btw, hey! Your profile reminded me of a certain poem by Maya Angelou. Used to love that one...

luliana said...

I feel this post is not too appropriate for us males to comment much..so all I can say is "Ohhh..so sad :(

Jerusha said...

lais - thanks for dropping in! You blog is pretty too, I wish I knew Portuguese...

jinx - Thank you! And it's so good to see people who feel the way I do about Knut and Dorflein, and also about good men in general :)

One thing I should mention, the little dog ran away after it regained some of its strength. It slipped out from under their house's main gate. And now its roaming the streets again I assume, I have never seen it again after that.

Jerusha said...

mojojojo - nice of you to stop by! You just made me laugh out loud, not only because of the funny comment, but also because of the username. We were trying to decide on a name for a project at work the other day, and I suggested Mojo jojo :-) They wanted a fun name, and "Project Mojo jojo" sounded as fun as they come to me. But sadly, it was dismissed on the spot! lol

And yes, my profile description is stolen from Maya Angelou's 'Phenomenal Woman' :-)

lulian - Boss, in tawk fair lo thei em mai. Mipa in hmeichhe lem in dah in hmeichhe ho pawhin kan rawn sawi ve teuh tho sia :P

Anih loh leh mipa lam chu I sawi hreh deuh pawhin a savawm lam tal khi engemaw tal han komen teh plese in :D

Shazo said...

... watch to much Animal Planet?
how come i don't know abt this
gawd, you're right, just reading and seeing those pictures i also have fallen half in love with him
how did he die? i don't see that stated in your post
i'd take care of Knut - i have a thing for bears since i was a kid
fav is the Panda n Polar bears (FTW!) *hugness to cuteness!*
haaaaaaaaaiz poor Knut ...
what happens to Knut now o_O !?

Mojo Jojo said...

See! I love animals. So much so that I have decided to borrow a monkey's name for myself :)
As for their decision to reject the Project Mojo Jojo idea - NOT nice!

DayDreamBeliever said...

you never did tell us how he died...

Jerusha said...

Shaz & Cherrie - It was said the cause of his death was myocardial infarction, some kind of heart attack, but he had been ill for quite a while it seems...

I still can't get over it, I just feel like crying every time I see their pictures together :((

mojo jojo - haha naming oneself after one's closest cousins is no proof of anything really :PP

toy soldier said...

You know 1 great thing about coming to ur blog??
You feel great n good being a WOMAN:)

Jerusha said...

Toy soldier - Sssh! Don't let Kima hear that or he's gonna cry bloody 'Feminist' again! :P

(but I'm truly glad my blog makes you feel that way)

Naupang^Fel said...

I lo dah ta maw hei. A savawm hi lei dil la, khawi roh. Film chanpui ah a tha ang.

Jerusha said...

Ka nau, hemi te based hian film siam ila, nang I rawn zin hunah savawm lemah I rawn chang ve ang a..

Naupang^Fel said...
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Naupang^Fel said...

Ka ziah sual a, edit theih loh chu le. ka delete ringot. Ka ziak nawn toh lo top ang. Say me :)

Sekibuhchhuak said...

Very touching (unlike luliana:-D) Ramsa hi chu hmuhnawm chu ka ti khawp mai a, Animal Planet te pawh hi ka en peih khawp mai. MAhse, ka ngaina e chu ka ti thei chiah lo. Zep nak emaw, ram hnuai vela antla hmuh hi chuan(from TV or..) Hunting hi lang tlat zel a, buaithlak :-D

push said...

Ur comments (english 1s;)) @ TS blog always leave unique strides..for d reader to follow dem up..out of curiosity came over to check whos Jerusha:)
Very cute..and touching post...rare to find ppl who live dr heart and not mind...
***for note:dr is place in thailand where the buddhist monk lives in harmony with the tigers....
P.S:well...keep up ur punch work!!
cheers
push

mesjay said...

Take my heartfelt condolences, both you and Knut. And may you find a big strong man with a big heart and a ponytail and who loves you and animals (in that order) at the right time.

claytonia vices said...

Well, you gotta marry them when they are still alive!!

Jerusha said...

ka nau - engee ziah nawn leh I peihloh! Enge i rawn sawi tum say meeee! LOL

seki - hahah ka pa nen in in an hmel! Keipawh hunting chu ransa thenkhat (eg: sanghal, sakhi velah) chuan a lang ve thin tho :)

push - thanks so much for dropping in! I'm scared shit of tigers, but I would love to cuddle a de-fanged, de-clawed one for sure :)

Jerusha said...

mesjay - Thank you, I wish too!!

clay - Wouldn't I love to! But als! I never get the privilege meeting tnem.. :(