Where Have I Been?

Hi all out there in blogland! Apologies for not doing me regular weekly blog. There are a couple of reasons for that.

Firstly to follow on from me blog from before Christmas where someone nicked our windows.

Now all our furniture has gone, not to mention me blog computer!

I’m banished to the backyard or Curly-Human’s bedroom but I can hear stuff happening, banging and bashing.

From the times I’ve escaped to check out me borders I can tell things are not going to end well…

Why are there cushions stuffed on the ceiling? Just sayin…

Even the roof sounds like it’s going to crash in at any moment…

I Know, I know, me Humans have explained to me that it’s the house being renovated but come on guys, seems more destruction than renovation! I want all me stuff back!

The second reason is we have had visitors just before the renovation started. Grumpy-Human’s brother was in town. They are both celebrating being 60 years old. I don’t get it either but apparently it’s something about being born 11 months and 3 weeks apart, go figure! Anyway I will blog more on that when I get full access to me (er.. I mean me Humans) blog computer again.

More soon

R

Chinese New Year

Hi All and Xīnnián kuàilè (Happy New Year)!

Tonight we are having a few friends over to celebrate Chinese New Year. My family lived in China for four years back before I was born so I’ve only seen the pictures. From what I have heard from me humans though they loved their time in Shanghai and still miss it very much. Curly and Princess Human even went to an International School (Rainbow Bridge) inside the Shanghai Zoo! They still talk about the grunts and roars from the animals that you could hear from in the class room. Wish I was there.

We are getting Hot Pot, one of me favs as there is always loads of yummy left overs for me to score later and of course with Human guests over they are such a pushover for treats under the table if you just sidle up to em and rest ya chin on their knee! One of me many tricks I’ve learned over the years. Any of you dog readers out there should check out me handy tips for getting Human food here.

Here are a few fireworks from my family’s time in Shanghai during Chinese New Year. Enjoy!

See ya soon

R

A Working Mother

Me and me Humans were down at our local dog beach a while back. While playing with mates… errr… I mean the ball… I overheard a touching story in a conversation between Boss-Human and another lady.

One of the dogs pestering me it turns out is the son of a real working border collie unlike us lazy layabouts. I’ll just call his mother Madre. Madre had nine puppies, including Digger, tucked away in a safe place on her farm.

During the night and morning she would look after her puppies in total secrecy. During the day she would sneak off and work the sheep on the farm as normal. Her Humans never even knew she was pregnant, let alone looking after her brood and working the farm!

Not sure if it’s a true story or not as you would think the farmer Humans would have noticed her getting a little chubby but the human telling the story insisted it’s true.

Anyway, in my mind, the prize for Best Working Mother ever has to go to Madre, a border collie, a solo mum with nine children and a full time job!

Take Care

R

The Mystery of the Missing Windows

Someone stole the window! I told you guys something was happening. Ya shouldn’t have locked me out the back, this is what happens when the Border Collie is unable to protect the borders…

Me windows have been nicked!
Nine of em, all gone! Boy those thieves were really good…

[Human Editor] Ralph, don’t get your paws in a twist… these guys are repairing our ancient sash windows. They are in a sorry state you would agree? Before we couldn’t even open them and you get very hot on these Aussie summer days.

Ok Ok, now I get it Humans and I must say Jack and Luke did a fantastic job so a well-deserved Christmas plug has to go to the team at Sealasash Perth!

Oh, and ya might want to get some new blinds now that the windows are nice and white… just sayin…

R

Ralph Yoda Walker

Yep, it’s that time of year. The Chrissie Tree is up and I still do not understand why Humans hang perfectly good balls from the tree. I think I might sneak out here tonight and get me one of these…

Now Ralph Yoda Walker what? I hear you ask. Well it’s me full name alright… Well like you Humans I’m a bit embarrassed by me middle name if I’m honest.

I know it should have been on me passport but me Humans were a bit forgetful when filling in the form, lucky for me!

The Yoda came from me ears which me Humans thought were particularly Yoda like in me Puppy Days.

Yoda

I am continually teased by me Humans for Yoda. Never ceases to make em laugh! I might just let the word out that Curly-Humans middle name is ….

Guess Who?
Yep its me, oh the embarrassment

So as usual while Curly-Human was out Christmas shopping she spotted something funny and had to buy it… this doggy Yoda costume… And there you have it! Another Christmas… Another Costume for Ralph

This is what I think!

See ya soon

R

The Sporty Dog 2

Last weekend as I said, there was a huge storm heading for Japan and it was huge. Sadly over 80 people died. Of course it disrupted the Rugby World Cup but that is just a game, lives are far more important.

Although two games were cancelled, Japan’s team the Brave Blossoms went ahead against Scotland and they Won! They were through to the Quarter Finals in an amazing upset.

This weekend it was those Quarter Finals games in the Rugby World Cup. A real treat for a rugby lovin dog like myself! On Saturday we had Australia vs England, New Zealand vs Ireland then followed on Sunday by Wales vs France and Japan vs South Africa. That last game was a doozie but more on that later.

The biggest stuff up came with Australia losing to England 40 points to 16. Much as there was doom and gloom in our family I think England played brilliantly and were just a class above Australia in that match.

As was expected New Zealand easily won against Ireland by 46 points to 14. Ireland were one of the favourites to take out the competition at the start but they probably peaked too early. This means we are set up for a cracker of a game in the semi-finals next week between England and New Zealand. Some might say this is the real Final because these two teams arguably are the two best sides in the world right now.

On Sunday we had a thrilling match between Wales and France where France were ahead pretty much the whole game until Wales edged ahead by a single point to take the game. I was glued to the TV a can tell ya because whenever France are playing ya never really know what team they will bring but it’s always fun to watch!

The second game on Sunday was the host nation, Japan vs South Africa. Now I have to say I really wanted the Brave Blossoms to win as this was the first time in Japan’s history they had made it to the Quarter Finals but it wasn’t to be. South Africa played a brilliant game and deservedly took the win.

Oh oh, here’s trouble…

The Japanese fought well especially in the first half but really just could not compete against the pretty impressive South Africans on the day. The Blossoms lost 3 points to 26. In consolation through Japan is now ranked 6th in the world. I reckon it would be great to see them play with the big boys in the Southern Championship with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

5 nil already!

Sorry for you readers who are not interested in Rugby! Enjoy the pictures!

R

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

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