Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Apologies and an explanation for my long “absence”

My page wasn't updated for more than 24 hours. My sincere apologies and an explanation for this. As all of those that have followed this blog and the previous one (“Blogging from Praia da Luz”) know, I spent a week reporting and blogging about Madeleine McCann abduction, from Praia da Luz. I left Algarve in Wednesday, May 23 and arrived at Lisbon on Friday, May 25 – two days for a journey that took me 3,5 hours, when I went to Praia da Luz. A small accident (lost my helmet's wind shield) a mechanical problem with my moto, fog and rain where the reasons for this delay.

The night of Friday, May 25, I had to rush to Hospital with my mother and my sister, both with a serious food poisoning. I left the Hospital at 3.30 am. On Saturday, I rested and did some updating, posting a few pictures at the Portfolio of Gazeta Digital. On Sunday, May 27, before lunch time, a pit bull mauled seriously the small dog (a pequinois) of my 85 years old father, as he was doing his usual mid-morning walking through the streets of Alcochete, a village on the south bank of Tejo, 20 km from Lisbon, where we live.

It happened just in front of my house and I had to rush to a veterinary clinic, more worried with my father's health condition that with “Saicó” (his pet name). The dog is still alive but has the rear legs paralysed. My parents are in a state of shock and I had to assist and help them, for the last two days, as my sister was still in bed, sick. Now that she's better and can share with me the responsibility of taking care of our parents, I'll try to do my work and update my page, starting with the latest news from Portuguese Press, about Madeleine's case.

Paulo Reis

Ps – I spent a couple of hours, last night, to set up a blog (“Tolerância Zero Para Cães Assassinos” - “Zero Tolerance For Killer Dogs”). I'm starting a campaign to petition Portuguese Parliament to introduce legislation similar to the UK Dangerous Dogs Act from 1991. This blog is only in Portuguese, but the pictures I took with my mobile phone will tell you what happened, in a so clear way as if it was written in English.

5 comments:

Jacqui said...

The first link also takes us to the dangerous dogs link, sorry. But you need not apologise. You are human and have a life of your own to live. Please think also of this and post when you can not because you feel you have to. We will all still come and read when you are here. I am happy that you post anything at all to be honest. Also very sorry about your problems. Please look after yourself. If one day you are not here, don't worry. I think nothing less of you.

Paulo Reis said...

Jacqui,

Thank for your help. I don't know if I'm too much personal, refering what happened. But my blog is a news blog, my page if a news page. I thought I had to justify why I stoped updating it. Give me your opinion: am I going in too much personal details? I was a little bit emotional, when I wrote it and later, I got the feeling that I should be more "cold", let's say...

Paulo Reis

Ps - I've corrected the wrong link...

Anonymous said...

Hi Paulo, I am so sorry to hear of your problems and hope your mum and dad are ok. Felt sick when I heard about the little doggy. Its good to hear what has been happening to you even though the reasons this time are sad. I do appreciate your blog and it makes you human we all have to sort our problems out as well as continuing to support Madeleine.

Pics were good and helped to get a handle on the crime scene. Thank you.

Much respect to you. Keep well.


Marion
UK

Jacqui said...

I actually like to see a person is human with other things written here. I am a fan of livejournal after all, ;-) So no, you can go on about what you like, I shall still come visit.

Paulo Reis said...

Goods news, at last!!!! Saico, the little dog of my 85 years old father, mauled by a pit bull on May 27, while he was walking the dog, is back home. He has the rears legs paralysed, but yesterday stood up in his four legs, for a few seconds!!! My father is much better and I'll spend this weekend updating my blog and my main page.

Thank you, all of of you, for your kind messages, and apologies for my failure in keeping you update with news about Madeleine's case

Paulo Reis
pjcv.reis@gmail.com

PS – About what happened to my father, you have here a description, with pictures, in English.

PLEASE, YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT PICTURES I TOOK FROM THE DOG, WHILE HE WAS AT THE OPERATING TABLE OF THE VETERINARIAN ARE SHOCKING !!!!! PEOPLE WHO IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS KIND OF PICTURES, PLEASE, DON'T LOOK AT THIS PAGE:

http://caesassassinos1.bblogspot.com/2007/06/zero-tolerance-for-killer-dogs.html