The Sporty Dog

I can’t believe it, the Rugby World Cup is back! Last time it was on was 28 dog-years ago in 2015. I was living in Germany watching me fav team the All Blacks win the cup. With a little help from me of course as you can see from this “original” photo of the day…

I got this one!

I even talked about it back then in these two blogs:

A Rugby Dog and A Rugby World Champion Dog

A recoup for you Americans who probably don’t know what Rugby is. It’s a football game similar to your football, some say it was the origin of American football. This link has a rather humorous comparison of the two games that made me laugh me BC socks off.

In our family Grumpy-Human is a New Zealander and Boss-Human Australian so we have a bit of rivalry between the All Blacks (from New Zealand) and the Wallaby’s (from Australia). Only a problem when they play each other though! And guess who I go for? The All Blacks of course, I’m a Border Collie, all Border Collies support the All Blacks, it’s the law and we have the colours for it too.

Its early days for the competition but still some highlights… It’s in Japan this time and it’s in Japan during the Hurricane / Typhoon season. And guess what, a huge Typhoon is bearing down on Japan today! Yep a couple of Rugby matches had to be cancelled and that’s really annoyed some of the fans. I think safety is much more important than sport myself, but wadda I know, I’m just a dog!

Typhoon Hagibis

Another highlight, the Japanese team known as the Brave Blossoms (I kid you not) have again taken out one of the best teams in the world, last time in 2015 it was South Africa that they beat to the surprise and delight of the fans worldwide, alright perhaps not the South Africans. Hollywood is even rumoured to be making movie of the upset. Who could have guessed it would happen again? But yep, the Brave Blossoms has beaten Ireland, arguably the best rugby team in the world.

I can’t wait now for the next big Brave Blossoms match which should be against Scotland on Sunday but everyone is worried the Typhoon may cancel the match… fingers crossed it goes ahead.

These are the countries and their current world ranking participating in the Rugby World cup in 2019:

  • Argentina 10th
  • Australia 6th
  • Canada 22nd
  • England 3rd
  • Fiji 11th
  • France 7th
  • Georgia 13th
  • Ireland 4th
  • Italy12th
  • Japan 8th
  • Namibia 23rd
  • New Zealand 1st
  • Russia 20th
  • Samoa 14th
  • Scotland 9th
  • South Africa 5th
  • Tonga 16th
  • Uruguay 18th
  • USA 15th
  • Wales 2nd

I just think it’s very cool that in this sport many of the smaller nations can out rank the bigger nations

Well that it for me this week. Call me the sporty dog, any game involving a ball is all right with me!

R

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A Dogs Flourish

I have a bit of a confession to make. I’m getting old! Yep, this year I turned 7, that’s near 50 in Human  years!

Look here’s a couple of pickies of me when I was 3 doing me flourish.

Note from Ralph: A flourish – “Catching the ball in the air on the full with all four paws off the ground”.

Now days I can’t jump as high and I miss the ball completely half of the time when attempting “The Flourish”. When I was 3, it was so easy!

Me yesterday, can’t even get me back paws off the ground! At least this time I caught the ball.

Whats going on?

I noticed Grumpy-Human has a new pair of glasses, maybe I need glasses like me Humans have!

I have been researching this on Google… as ya do… It turns out us dogs can have prescription glasses like Humans. Here are a few pickies of dogs wearing em, courtesy of said Google Images.

They made me laugh so hard I squealed like I do when I’m in the car on the way to the Dog Beach!

Way cool, I gotta get me a pair of these.

R

Kings Park

Now me blog visitors if you have never been to Perth you are in for a treat. Kings Park, in the centre of the city is possibly one of the most beautiful city parks in the world, certainly one of the biggest.  And, it’s elevated above the city to about 60 m which gives you wonderful panoramic views of Perth CBD and way beyond.

One of me favourite things about Kings Park is the botanical gardens, I just love the smell of all the flowers and plants.

Coming from Europe I had never seem most of these plants before. The Wild Flowers in particular are so cool and pretty much are native to just Western Australia. I have been with me humans in the countryside this time of year and you can see the Wild Flowers blooming as far as the eye can see.

These are mostly Kangaroo Paw and Pink Everlastings. Although me humans tell me the yellow one is a peppermint tree.

This is the Boab Tree, native to the far north of Western Australia in the Kimberley region.

This is a mystery because its closest relatives are in Africa and it’s totally unlike any other Australian tree. No one knows how it got here when its relatives are on the other side of the Indian Ocean 6000 km away. I tell ya it wasn’t us dogs so my theory is it was the first Humans 75,000 years ago who came out of Africa, travelled around the rim of the Indian Ocean to get here. Or did the seeds drift across the Indian Ocean from Africa? I love a mystery!

Guilty!

I will admit to a certain amount of wee-age on some of these plants, just could not help me-self sorry… But hey, its all for a good cause eh.

These stunning yellow guys are me favourite native Wild Flower, the Banksia. Named after Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who travelled with Captain Cook on his first venture to Australia from England in the 1700’s. See I’m full of facts coz I’m a Border Collie! The Banksia plants are known for the prolific production of nectar which is great for bees and this little guy, the Honeyeater or Red Wattlebird, native to southern Australia.

I love this park and it great views of city and nature, if you ever get to visit Perth ya gotta come up here.

Now sadly after a perfect afternoon of wandering around the park with me Humans we have to go home.

But oh wait… one good thing about being up here is ya can see the traffic on the roads leaving the city…

and this is a Friday afternoon on a long weekend so every Human known to dog is heading south to the southern beaches, wine and food regions for the long weekend.

Oh well we will just have to stay up here a little longer! Here are a few more Wild Flowers to enjoy…

See ya and have a great weekend

R

Oh, and if ya want to know more about Kings Park and Perth, here is a great web site.

The Largest Tennis Ball in the World

Last Christmas I got the shock of me life and the best prezzie ever! Now most Humans know me as a fine connoisseur of balls. I just love em and have even blogged about them in the past. Well last Christmas Santa-Dog left me the biggest tennis ball in the world! Today I thought I’d share some pictures with you guys.

How did it get up there? Bloody Humans…
Gotcha!
Tastes pretty good too.

The Human tennis players using this ball must be huge monsters, just sayin…

Until next time.

R

A Border Collies Flock

There is someone at the door… Could it be… nah… she is on the far edge of this flat planet (coz its flat people, all dogs know this).

I know someone’s there and the smell is very familiar…

See my blogs on the search for me missing Human and my detective conclusions.

Hey Humans come see! Open the door!

It’s her… its Curly Human!!!!

It’s with a glad heart that this Border Collie can report the safe return to the fold of one of me flock. Curly-Human has returned from Europe. I’m guessing on that noisy and frankly dangerous claustrophobic flying contraption, I can smell it on her.

What a relief… Now I do hope ya have a prezzy for me…

And she had loads of prezzies for the other Humans but all I got was the bubble-wrap… mutter mutter… Actually I like bubble wrap although me Humans usually take it off me.

One very happy and very relieved border collie with all flock accounted for signing off.

R

Port Walking

Last weekend was such a lovely weekend. The late winter / early spring weather was perfect for going out for a walk. Coincidently me Humans discovered a guided walk around Fremantle harbour run by Fremantle Ports that was dog friendly.

Anyway although me Humans were a little sceptical being locals it turned out way more interesting than any of us thought. Anyone local reading me blog should go along, the walks are free, ya get morning tea chucked in (although me Humans scoffed most of it, all I got was a bitten off biscuit crumb).

The views are spectacular and the guides are really knowledgeable about the port both from a working shipping port perspective to the multitude of animal wildlife and ecological programs going on.

It did involve far to much standing around!
Any of you jokers gunna chuck me ball?

Now I love boats and ships and pretty much anything that moves on water. I know, I know, I’m a Border Collie but there is something captivating about so much water and so much activity on the water. Ya sometimes see dolphins too but sadly not today.

A few facts and figures about the Port of Fremantle in Western Australia. Most of this from the knowledgeable guides: The harbour was opened in 1897. It housed the largest submarine base in the southern hemisphere during WW2. In the 1970’s it was a major entry point into Australia for hundreds of thousands of European immigrants.

Sooo many Humans from Europe came to Australia through the port of Fremantle

Fremantle is a major container port but also hosts cruise ships and many ferries and private pleasure craft.

This Human Dude is C Y O’ Connor, West Australia’s Chief Engineer and responsible for the construction of Fremantle Harbour, something other engineers thought impossible. Sad story though, he was also responsible for building a water supply line to the goldfields at Coolgardie some 330 miles from Perth and is the world’s longest water main. However when first turned on no water flowed and myth has it he was so distraught he committed suicide. The really sad thing is a few days later the water did flow it just took a very long time due to the huge distance.

This boat is the Leeuwin II, a sailing ship based out of Fremantle Port, that is operated by Leeuwin Ocean Adventures a charity group taking young Humans out on 3 day training adventures. Lucky people, I’d volunteer!

That’s it for me this week, I’m off to find a Human to finally chuck me ball.

R

Embarrassing Ralph

Rummaging through me Humans photo collection as ya do… I found a few very embarrassing pictures I had forgotten about. I probably used some of em in earlier blogs but who cares eh. So this blog is to make a statement to other Humans: Please don’t do this to ya dog! Please?

Last Easter some of me Humans saw someone do this on Instagram and couldn’t resist trying out the Bunny shot prank on me. Good thing I got the treat else I would have bitten that hand!

And of course every Christmas there is the obligatory Christmas getup. Now I must find some of those really funny Christmas Jumpers me Humans wear as they are way funnier.

I was just checking out the mice situation in the pantry, honest!

So what bloody idiot ate me Frisbee? Oh wait… that would be me! Gulp.

The car trip. I hate long car trips!

This is really embarrassing! You see me Humans are split on what Rugby team they support. It’s between the Australian Wallabies (in yellow and green colours) and the New Zealand All Blacks (silver and black). Now on account of the fact that I match the New Zealand colours as a Border Collie I go for the All Blacks. On this particular day where New Zealand was playing Australia, one of those traitors supporting the Aussies put this scarf on me. Not Happy!

Me Humans couldn’t resist could they. Just coz the shop owners name is Ralf I was plonked down in front of the door… really peoples… Embarrassing…

Wots the problem? I’m incubating me eggs… err me balls…

Wot? Oh this mess? Nope was not me, a big wind came and blew everything around.

Oh come on, It’s still a ball alright! Ya can still chuck it for me.

Enjoy your weekend!

R

Of A Dog in Dunsborough

This time out I’m going to the cool little seaside town of Dunsborough, Western Australia. Last year I had so much fun with me Humans here that I think everyone should know about this little dog friendly jewel located about 250 km (150 miles) south of Perth in the south western part of Australia.

Its dog and people friendly and…

…it has the best pies you will ever taste (if ya can get em off Grumpy-Human that is…).

Now of course the main reason to come to Dunsborough is for the beach, swimming and ball chasing.

Well ya have to share the beach with other dogs…
Don’t Move!

And how about our digs in Dunsborough eh? Dog friendly too, local rental property right next to the beach and really good value.

They really do love dogs!
And this must be me bed then…

Some things to see and do in and around Dunsborough:

So apart from the fab beaches there is this really great tasting food pub Clancy’s Fish Pub and I’m aloud outside in the garden seating.

Now I think I will have the chilli mussels, Ta.

Whales are pretty awesome creatures and I’m told often sighted of the coast here. Now I had a bit of a squizz but could not see one.

This winery is pretty cool too, not that I like wine much but me Humans seem quite partial to it. I do like the gardens and food however! And for more wine tasting there is always the famous Margret River region a few kms south of Dunsborough.

Until next time

R

The Jacaranda Dog

Don’t know where I’m off to today… Hope its the local dog park!
Ahhh! The Jacaranda Festival. I like this!

The Jacaranda tree is one of my favourite trees and not just for peeing on!

We are coming up to the spring bloom in the next few months here in Perth. These are pictures from last year’s Jacaranda festival held in the nearby suburb of Applecross.

Looking pretty happy after a local vendor tossed me some fresh meat!

The fantastic purple blooms explode across these older Perth suburbs and is a brilliant sight. Not sure if you guys have Jacaranda trees in your neighbourhood, I’m told by me Humans they originate in South America.

Thats it from me this week folks!

R