Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

My doggy girl, Wilma, was the love of my life. She did not only believe in me, but she was also the one being on the planet within my lifetime who believed in me the most. She gave me everything she had and more. Because that’s what she wanted, just give me everything to make me feel good.

I am tearing up as I write these words. I haven’t been able to talk about it for a very long time, and it’s still difficult for me now.

She died on August 31, 2012, aged 12, full of cancer. That was the worst day of my entire life. And the deep sorrow for her never left me. It’s not as present as it used to be, but it hasn’t gone away at all. I have regular moments when this sadness overruns me like a steamroller.

I miss her terribly, every damn day.

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In your dog’s eyes, the sun revolves around you, you are the center of the universe, everything depends on you. There is nothing you can do wrong, for your dog you are the absolute perfection and the benchmark for everything. Even abused dogs “love” their owners … even if they mostly fear them. Subordinate wolves in packs do this too.

I wasn’t always the perfect dog dad, but she forgave me for every mistake. She has always adapted her few, simple needs to my many, complicated needs. And no, food wasn’t her first priority. The biggest thing for her was spending time with me, being outside with me, spending time in nature, playing and frolicking.

I saved Wilma and she saved me. In fact, she has saved me more times than I have saved her. I saved her once; she saved me countless times. She asked me to keep going every time I wanted to end it all. The responsibility I felt towards her kept me from doing so. She also taught me humility and gratitude, and she made me grow up. She has made me more cautious, smarter, more responsible and less vain. In short, she made me a better person. Would that have happened without her? No, not to this extent.

I wasn’t the perfect human being that she saw in me, but I always wanted to be. I’m not that good with people, to be honest, because I can’t trust people. People have disappointed me too many times from my earliest childhood. “Performing” in company is very difficult for me and costs me a lot of energy. I’ve learned to go through the world with a mask so that nobody notices how I’m really doing, but I would prefer a world with far fewer people and more animals.

I’ll never forget the day when I stood in front of the first kennel at the shelter, and this pitch-black ball with these weird glasses — she had no hair around the eyes because of zinc deficiency — looked at me. We fell in love in milliseconds. I knew: this dog or none. Now! An hour later — she fit in my hand — she was lying on my chest, that little black ball someone had simply thrown away and nobody wanted because she was black and supposed to become rather big. A potential “problem dog”.

To me she was perfect, and she proved to be an absolutely exceptional dog as she grew. Sure, every dog owner says that about their dog … but really: anyone who knew Wilma knows what I’m talking about. She was VERY special, friendly, beautiful looking, had a very own character, incredibly intelligent to a point where she was scary, at times. Very human-like. And everyone loved her because she was a happy dog that loved humans, although she has been treated like shit by humans when she was a baby.

I finally wrote this down, more than 10 years after her death, and it’s still all very difficult for me. I think it’s good, maybe it eases my heart. There are 2 new dogs in my life recently, for whom I am also a hero, and they also make me a better Ingo every day … but Wilma is everywhere. I see, smell and feel her everywhere, she is omnipresent.

And when the two new heartthrobs look at me, she looks at me through them, telling me to keep on going and become better every day.

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Cleo, a Great Dane. Patient, good-natured, playful, likes harmony and is very filigree despite her immense size, somehow.
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Max, a spanish-everything-mix, found abandoned and rescued. He’s very attached to me and quite vocal and expressive. An emotional and outgoing type.
Ingo Vogelmann As Bove So Below Cover

NEW ALBUM: “As Above, So Below”

I made a new record titled As Above, So Below. It’s electronic, atmospheric, and dark.

It will be released on January 4th, 2023 (on my 50th birthday) first on bandcamp as high resolution 24bit 48khz lossless files. On that day I’ll be celebrating my birthday in a hut somewhere at 3,000 meters in the Swiss Alps and I’ll be happy if you buy the album.

You can listen to one track before the release on bandcamp.

4 weeks later, on February 3rd, 2023, it will be released on every imaginable streaming platform and store worldwide.

It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Resso, Luna, YouTube Music, Amazon, Soundtrack by Twitch, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Boomplay, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase, Tencent, Qobuz, Triller, Joox, Kuack Media, Yandex Music, Adaptr, Flo, MediaNet, Snapchat.

What About a Spotify “Discover Daily” Feature? Hint: It Already Exists.

As we all know, Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” feature is a personalized playlist that is created specifically for each user based on their listening history and preferences. It is updated every Monday and consists of 30 songs that the algorithm thinks you will enjoy.

And that works scary well.

One of the key features of Discover Weekly is its ability to discover new artists and tracks that you may not have come across before. This is made possible using machine learning algorithms that analyze your listening history, as well as the listening habits of similar users, to identify patterns and make recommendations.

In addition to discovering new music, Discover Weekly also helps you rediscover old favorites and tracks that you may have missed the first time around. This is especially useful for people who have large music libraries, as it can be easy to overlook certain tracks when there is so much to choose from.

One of the benefits of Discover Weekly is that it helps you to find new music that is tailored specifically to their tastes. This can be especially useful for those who are looking to branch out and discover new genres or artists, as the playlist is constantly evolving and changing to reflect your changing tastes.

Discover Weekly is a valuable tool for music fans looking to discover new music and rediscover old favorites. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of a particular genre or just looking to broaden your musical horizons, Discover Weekly is a fantastic way to find new tracks and artists that you’ll love.

“But I want new recommendations on a daily basis”

…I hear you say. I get it.

It is possible that Spotify could offer a “Discover Daily” feature in the future. This feature would work similarly to Discover Weekly, but instead of being updated once a week, it would be updated every day with a new selection of personalized tracks.

There are a few great benefits to a “Discover Daily” feature. For one, it would allow users to discover new music more frequently, which could be especially appealing for those who are always on the lookout for new tunes. Additionally, a daily update could allow for more flexibility and customization, as the playlist could be tailored to the user’s mood and activities on a given day.

There could also be some challenges to implementing a “Discover Daily” feature. One potential issue is that it could be more resource-intensive for Spotify’s algorithms to create a new playlist for each user every day. Additionally, users may find it overwhelming to have to sift through a new playlist every day, especially if they have a large music library and are already struggling to keep up with the tracks they already have.

What if I told you, it’s already there?

Those guys do offer a “Discover Daily” feature, which is similar to “Discover Weekly” but is updated daily with a new selection of personalized tracks.

Listen to the real good stuff one day, then the next day listen to more of that good stuff which was previously unknown to you. Do that every day. Effort: zero.

Every day washes new great music into a playlist in your Spotify. It curates automatically for you, based on your listening history. It couldn’t get any easier to find great new music … you don’t even “find” it, it gets served to you.