This time, no apologies for not blogging recently. The world has gone quite mad.
Me Humans seem to have stopped going to work for no apparent reason. They are very gloomy and continually watching the ABC news channel, what’s that all about?
I do seem to be getting more walks than usual but it’s funny, the streets are nearly empty and when we do pass another dog walking his Human they make sure they pass each other so wide apart that us dogs don’t even get a chance to sniff and greet!
On me walks in to Fremantle I have seen more cruise ships than I thought existed. Me Humans tell me there are a lot of sick people on board.
Another thing, all me Humans have suddenly developed a need to wash their hands all the time with some nasty smelling squirty-onny substance. They even use some cloth thingy to wipe down the groceries as they are unpacked.
If its about trying not to get sick then maybe there is a big upside to living in Perth, the most isolated city on the planet.
Anyway, it’s me birthday!! So to cheer me Humans up here are a few pickies from today and previous birthdays.
And now for me 8th birthday here in Fremantle!
A big thank you to all the Humans and Dogs working on the front line in our supermarkets, in health and protecting our borders.
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!
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.
One of me absolute favourite Human Food is a pie. Now for you Americans out there who think a pie is something sweet, like Apple pie: No way, these are MEAT pies people. Yep filled with yummy beef, lamb, pork, chicken, even seafood.
Having said that, there was the time back when we lived in Germany when Grumpy-Human decided due to a lack of locally available pies to make his own… Now this was always going to end in disaster of course coz he can’t cook. But even worse he can’t read German either and bought some pastry from the local Aldi supermarket but not understanding the label “Süßes Gebäck”. On the plus side I scored sweet meat pies for a week coz no one else would eat them!
The recipe for savoury pies is pretty simple really, a short crust pastry and a nice filling of meat and gravy sauce. Last month in Australia the annual great pie baking competition was held by the BAA (Baking Association of Australia) for the 2019 best pies, check out the link. Maybe next year they will let me be a judge eh.
Now unfortunately for me Grumpy-Human being a big fan of pies, as evidenced by this T-Shirt, usually scoffs the lot leaving nothing for me.
However today I was able to sample a chicken and a beef curry pie, I guess he was feeling generous…
Although not award winning pies they are from a local baker and are pretty delicious none the less.
Last Sunday I could feel in me bones the ebbing of summer and the first signs of a cooler autumn hanging in the air.
My Humans were going for a walk down to the local yacht club where there was an open day to sign up new members. A link to the East Fremantle Yacht club and picture gallery here. Now I don’t know why me Humans seemed so keen to go along as we don’t even have a boat! I have heard the food is superb at the club restaurant and reasonably priced too although as per usual in Australia us dogs have to stay outside.
There are great views out over the Swan River and boat harbour so I guess that’s what me Humans were going for. Me I just knew there would be a pretty good chance for a last summer swim…
Now this was fun! I pretended I was a shark heading for this bird! The Cormorant didn’t budge though, just sat there sunning his wings and glaring at me.
The Swan River has an abundance of bird life. These Great Cormorants have to sun themselves after a fishing session as their feathers aren’t waterproof – bet ya didn’t know that did ya?
In a wonderful about turn, the Putty Tat next door is no longer in favour with me Humans. The crafty Putty Tat has made a rather fatal mistake, he’s been weeing on Boss Humans favourite plant beds at the front of our house leaving an awful evil smell. To top this off the silly Putty Tat had got himself caught catching a few zees in our back yard too. Then leaving fur and other smelly evidence which caused Curly Humans allergies to flare up.
Boss Human has spoken to our neighbours about keeping the offending feline inside at night but the neighbours seem to think there is no evidence it’s even their Putty Tat that is responsible.
All this has fired up Grumpy Human’s rather overactive imagination. He’s been wandering around muttering “that blasted cat, if I wanted a cat I’d have traded the dog in for a proper cat…” – [hey wot?]. And “I’ll build a cat tracking and repellent device, that will show those annoying neighbours”
Now Grumpy Human is a bit of a mad scientist so I worry about what he will come up with…
And just as I feared, a day later I find Grumpy has rigged up a special infrared night camera contraption for the front porch to capture said evidence but so far no Putty Tat has been seen…
Although it has caught me sneaking out a couple of times, bugger. Perhaps I can call myself the Grey Ghost of the Forest, a name handed down from me great Uncle Dog… Seems appropriate on account of me long lost German forest days and all.
No Putty Tat yet? Hah ha, I told you so! Ya should have let me do me job Humans… Now I have a cunning plan of me own which involved letting me have access to the Secret Ball Stash (yes I know where it is), energizing me with a stack of left over Christmas mince pies, going for a quick swim in the ocean to get me stamina up, getting me the best butchers bone ever, letting me have 8 hours snoozing undisturbed, giving Princess Human full authority to scratch me behind the ears for as long as I want…, I’m sure once all these conditions are met the Putty Tat won’t stand a chance eh? They don’t call this devilishly handsome and rather brave dog-descended-from-wolf the Grey Ghost for nothing ya know!
See! Told you I knew where the Secret Ball Stash was. It’s in Grumpy Humans home office / workshop. Good try hiding it in there as it’s near impossible to find anything in that muddle of high technology, old books and house renovation materials…
A few days later…
I’ve been hearing this strange high pitched whine in me ears the last couple of days. Princess and Curly have been complaining about it too. Boss and Grumpy Human aren’t bothered or just don’t hear it. It’s driving me mad… The noise seems to be coming from Grumpy-Human’s home office / workshop, himm… The Grey Ghost investigates…
Oh my giddy uncle! It seems Grumpy has not just rigged up a night vision camera, oh no, he has gone on the Putty Tat offensive. He has an ultrasonic sound maker thingy putting out an extremely loud screech whose pitch is so high that it annoys and scares off Putty Tats but most Humans can’t hear it. I like your thinking Grumpy Human but just a teeny tiny flaw… “YOU ARE ANNOYING ME AND MOST OF THE DOGS & CATS IN THE STREET AS WELL. NOT TO MENTION EVERY HUMAN UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY TWO IN RANGE!!” – Hang on a sec, maybe he is on to something here. Not for Putty Tats but those pesky Humans next door who party way into the night when I’m trying to sleep…
OK, so thankfully Grumpy Human has decided not to go ahead with his contraption other than to capture an image of the mystery moggie as evidence for the neighbours. This leaves me (and me ears) free to catch the Putty Tat myself, a new cunning plan is needed, off for a snooze then to dwell on said cunning plan…
I’m not happy! I have a figurative bone to pick with me Humans. Hey, I’d pick an actual bone if I could with em! Today is my one year anniversary of arriving in Australia.
Now I was thinking a nice outing at the Dog Beach then some treats at home but no…
It all started this afternoon as I was assuming my normal position in the Kitchen while Boss-Human was preparing the evening meal. You just never know what opportunities arise if you are in the right place at the right time. Once I got a whole steak which “accidentally” fell off the kitchen bench…
Anyway there I was observing the proceedings of a large chunk of meat being unpacked ready for the oven. Low and behold a piece of what looked to me like a fine dog sized morsel fell out of the packaging and onto the floor. Well ya don’t have to tell me twice, I was on it like a dog to a Putty-Tat! Snafued it so quick Boss-Human nearly missed it.
Sadly, she didn’t miss the incident however and the next think I know all hell breaks loose. There’s talk of the murderous V.E.T again… everyone’s crowding around looking at me like I’m about to explode. All I feel is the last traces of yummy-ness passing down me throat. What are these Humans of mine on eh? It’s a reminder of the time I ate a yummy rather large bone in Germany which upset me Humans no end… Humans are weird sometimes, just a dogs observation.
Now here is a picture of said morsel of meaty goodness, now I’m not talking about the meat itself, its the white stuff next to it which in my case was filled with so much meaty juices it had turned black.
Listening to me humans discuss this it turns out that you are not supposed to eat the absorbent meat pads. I say why the bloody-hell not? Why put it in with the meat if you are not supposed it eat it eh? Humans…
After a quick squizz on-line by Boss-Human and a call to the local V.E.T I hear that I’m off to visit me not so favourite place again – oh bugger, here we go again…
This is what the V.E.T explained to my Humans about the scoffing of said meat pad:
These absorbent pads from the bottom of the meat trays are very attractive to dogs! Most of the time these will pass through a dog’s intestines and come out in their poop. However, there is a possibility that the pad can cause an obstruction. The pads are meant to soak up moisture and so they can become very large in the stomach or intestines.
Signs of an obstruction include:
Straining to poop
If your dog has any of these symptoms then a vet visit is a good idea. If your dog has eaten this within the last hour you may want to consider asking your vet to induce vomiting.
I hope everything “comes out” ok!
On reading the advice of it being less than an hour since me incident I find myself at the V.E.Ts. The dodgy Vet guy tries to shove something down me throat, apparently to make me throw up me tasty morsel. I won’t have it and nearly bite his hand off. Boss-Human has a go, well what can I do, she’s The Boss right? So I swallow the tablet or whatever it was. Within seconds I’m outside giving up me morsel and much of me lunch too into the garden.
What a fiasco and now I’m bloody hungry to boot! Happy anniversary to me, grumble grumble …
Well… You ain’t going to believe this but they seem to have followed me to Australia and they have grown pretty big as well! My theory is they snuck a ride in our boxes of stuff shipped from Germany that finally arrived at our house last week.
They better not have gotten into my ball collection, which by the way I have yet to find in the many boxes unpacked so far… but I better not find a half-eaten ball or there will be trouble.
So far I have not spotted a Meces inside the house and I am vigilant, shame I can’t say the same for my dopey Humans. They continue to be blissfully ignorant of what these horrible creatures can do.
We have a passion fruit vine in our front garden and Boss-Human noticed that someone had nicked the ripening fruit and started eating them…
Grumpy-Human better watch out or his prized Jag will be their next home, just saying… heh heh.
Little buggers, it seems they have a real taste for passion fruit. I had noticed these Meces earlier by the smell and sounds of munching outside in the vine but would anyone listen to me, no. Told yah!
Me and me Humans were out the back of the house having a BBQ when we saw one run across the back fences and stop in its tracks to peer back at us with disdain. I was up immediately of course with much leaping and barking but to no avail. The sly thing just stared back taunting me… Grumpy-Human grabbed the garden hose to spray the creature but it just stood there like it was enjoying the shower. This just infuriated Grumpy even more so he turned up the hose pressure which promptly knocked it off into the neighbour’s backyard, oops… Oh well, as far as he was concerned, job done. I know better…
I’ll keep you guys updated on these events but suffice to say I have a rather cunning plan…
See I think they have a nest in the leaves under the passion fruit vine, I just need to convince my Humans I can be trusted out in the unfenced front yard…
The food in Perth is fresh and yummy both for me and my Humans. Don’t get me wrong Human food in Germany was fantastic (contrary to what a lot of Humans say) but its food for a cold climate. Here in Perth there are many fresh sea food options like snapper, prawns, scallops, mussels and oysters. Then the local meats are brilliant too. Lamb is my favourite, well I am a Border Collie eh. I have to be very good (or very crafty) to score lamb though… The beef steaks are way up there as well (usually only score these as leftovers or sneak em off the BBQ).
Another favourite is real fresh Kangaroo from the local supermarket. Now funnily enough I did use to get the canned version of this in Germany as a treat from the local German pet shop but this is so much better.
Doggy pals. Now I knew many hunds in Germany and walked with them and their Humans in the forest all the time. My mates there were great and I do miss em all. Here in Perth the dogs all have funny Aussie accents, no kidding! I find em hard to understand at times but they are very friendly. I do wish they would stop adding an “O” to the end of their words and barks though, I’m now Ralpho apparently!
Our local dog park has some times as many as 10 dogs all playing together, no squabbles. There is this one character, a red border collie called Jonny that gets up my goat though. He is the best ball stealer in the world. He knows just how to distract you when your ball is thrown, then catches it himself and won’t give it back. He often sneaks up behind me and nicks me ball. Very annoying mate! They are a great crowd, even Jonny and he is only a year old after all.
We are still waiting for our container load of stuff to arrive from Germany. Grumpy Humans says the ship is currently near Hong Kong. Due early March in Fremantle.
This means my precious Ball Collection is on the high seas and at risk.
I’m still nervous about all those nasty Australian critters that can kill you although I haven’t seen any yet I will admit. Having said that, these strange little bitey things the Humans call ants are everywhere and they keep eating my dinner when I’m outside! Australia has the biggest cockroaches I have ever seen, 3 or 4 cm long, Boss-Human screamed a blood curdling shout when she saw one the other day. If she is scared of em then that’s good enough for me too, I hid under Princess-Humans bed for ages. They look big enough to pick me up and fly off with me I reckon.
I did see a shark in the Swan River but my Humans assured me it was a dolphin. Curley Human was chuffed that she could tell her mates back in Germany and England that she sees Dolphins playing in the river on her way to school in the morning! One up on the old story she used to tell her classmates about riding Kangaroos to school I suppose!
So bottom line? Has Transportation to Australia been good so far? Hell Yeah! I haven’t had so much fun since I was a pup at puppy school or the days I got to roll in fox poo.
Sorry Germany, I love and miss you too but Perth is a pretty nice place to live, just saying.
Well Christmas is almost here and so is our family leaving Germany. One of our favorite places at this time of year here in Germany is the Christmas markets. They spring up in most German towns a few weeks before Christmas selling all manner of trinkets, Christmas decorations and crafts. But what I love most is The Food! Actually I find the markets a bit overwhelming for us dogs because of the crowds of Humans. All that noise and confusion but oh man, the food is delicious if I can beg, borrow or steal it from my Humans that is.
At the Rudesheim Christmas market they had a really nice display of Humans and sheep. I have no idea why but I thought it fun to try and round up the sheep. I tried but they were fake, go figure!
My Humans seem to enjoy the vast variety of hot drinks from hot chocolates to Glühwein (mulled wine). The mugs they came in are just as varied and often unique to a market or town. I know this because my Humans seemed to have amassed a vast collection of them at home!
And as mentioned already the food is varied and all great, if not a little worrying for the ole waistline (yep I take care of myself you know). Here are a few pictures of my favs from the markets…
Top left is the very yummy Karttoffel-Puffer, basically a hash brown but with a much more tasty batter and eaten mostly with apple sauce
Top right is the famous Flammkuchen. It’s like a German version of a pizza with potatoes, ham and a creamy sauce but there are many other topping to be had.
Bottom left is the very yummy (so I’m told as apparently it’s not good for me Human ruse) chocolate covered fruits.
Bottom right is my absolute favorite, a Flammlach. This is salmon lightly smoke cooked at the stall then served on fresh baked bread with lettuce and salad dressing.
Things are getting a bit busy (its Christmas Eve as I write this) around here, it might be a while before I get another chance to put paw to keyboard. My Humans are wrapping me pressies, hoping for more balls of course, you can never have too many. Now to finish off this post here are a few general pictures of the markets to give you a feel for the atmosphere, enjoy.