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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And how about our digs in Dunsborough eh? Dog friendly too, local rental property right next to the beach and really good value.
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.
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.
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.
Today I want to tell you about my favourite ball catching and swimming place. It’s the Point Walter dog beach and exercise area. The Point Walter area is on the south side of the Swan River which cuts through Perth City on its way to the ocean at Fremantle Port. It’s what makes Perth such a great city to live in, one of the most liveable cities in the world and I should know being the most travelled dog on the planet!
Point Walter itself is quite spectacular for swimming and picnicking and such but the Point Walter Dog Beach is even better coz us dogs are allowed to swim and muck about there.
Now I am a bit artistic as some of you will know from my blog a while back “The Artistic Collie“! So the other cool thing about this area is the small park dedicated to us dogs. The park contains many dog sculptures from a brilliant new local Perth artist, April Pine. She calls this collection Spirit. Here are a few of me favourites:
My worry is that these are not sculptures at all but some evil genius has turned a few of us dogs into these statues! Just my theory but it might be time for me to exit…