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…
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.
It may surprise you guys to learn that I am quite fond of music, in particular Rock music. One of me favs is “Who Let The Dogs Out“ by Baha Men, a bit of a cliché for us dogs I know but you gotta like such deeply meaningful lyrics as:
Who let the dogs out Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof Who let the dogs out Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof Who let the dogs out Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof Who let the dogs out
Anyway, movin on, another great band I’m a great fan of is AC/DC and my absolute favourite is their song “Highway to Hell” and I have a story for you about that later. Check out the original music video on YouTube
But did you know there is a connection with this song to me adopted home of Perth, Western Australia? I bet ya didn’t know that the road “Highway to Hell “ is real and is the nickname for a road near to my house called “Canning Highway”.
The reason? Bon Scott AC/DC’s frontman grew up around Fremantle. Sadly he died back in the ancient history days of the 1980’s. Released in 1979 “Highway to Hell” was the final album Scott worked on. He would often walk from Fremantle along Canning Highway via the Leopold Hotel and on to the Raffles Hotel, both of which in their day hosted some truly legendary performances from AC/DC amongst others.
Canning Highway a.k.a. Highway to Hell stretches from the Containbow in Fremantle (see my blog on that iconic fixture) all the way to the Art Deco Raffles Hotel and beyond.
Now the fun bit I’m dying to tell you guys and especially anyone planning to be in the Perth region in March, 2020 is, as part of the Perth Festival, the southern part of Canning Highway (one of the busiest roads in Perth) will be closed to cars .
This Highway to Hell will be transformed into a 10km entertainment strip as a tribute to AC/DC. There will be live bands some featuring AC/DC and other music of the 1980s towed along on flatbed trailers. I hear there may even be a reunion of one of my other favourite 1980s Perth bands the Jam Tarts. I would love that!
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…
[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…
These past few days have seen some pretty hot weather here in Perth, yesterday it was 42C (108F for you old school types). I hate it, I was born in Ireland so this is not natural to me. I have no Dingo, Australian Kelpie or Australian Cattle Dog in me to help. I hold my DNA test up as evidence of that!
So I just don’t cope well with hot weather.
To make matters worse, me Humans are renovating the house so we have NO air-conditioning! I know, I know, me wolf ancestors never had AC either and they survived. But no I’m not soft alright, they didn’t live in Australia.
Me Humans do understand and hose me down or take me to the beach to cool off which is great.
Now I hear some of you Northern Hemisphere dogs saying I have it way to good, mutter mutter as you suffer through winter! But I say NO. it’s not enough peoples! Where is the snow I ask?
Just a few short years ago at this time of year here I was catching snow balls in Germany for Christmas!
Or chasing me ball in a snowy forest!
Or building snowdogs
Or having fun catching the balls falling from the sky. Never understood why they seem to disappear though when you catch em in ya mouth…
Enjoy your summer or your winter guys.
It is hot but it is an Australian summer after all! But please spare a thought for all the brave firefighters here in Australia battling the bush fires across the country. We even have firefighters helping from as far away as Canada!
Humans live a lot longer than us dogs, not fair I say! On average a medium sized dog lives about 1/7 of the years a Human lives, hence the ole rule of thumb that you multiple a dogs actual years by 7 to get the Human equivalent. So as I’m 7 and half years old, in Human years that’s about 53, oh no I’m really old (but still good at math)!
Now a recent study done by the University of California, San Diego found that this is in fact incorrect. The University study was done with Labradors so I’m not sure how accurate that will be! Apparently dogs age quite rapidly at first then this tapers off as we get older. If you are interested, New Scientist ran an article about the study, here is the link.
This is the new formula, a bit of a doozie for us dogs:
Human_Age_of_a_Dog = 16 x ln(dog_years) + 31
So I tried this on me self: 16 x ln(7.5) + 31 = 63. Wait, 63! That’s older than even Grumpy Human!!! No way, I told ya they should not have done the study on Labradors. That was their problem. I’m going to keep using the proven x 7 formula!
Any way I thought it might be fun to test this on myself through me mug shots through the years:
The Palmyra Vet Hospital is not my favourite place. I was here a couple of years ago it it wasn’t a happy time. Don’t get me wrong, the staff are wonderful and they even give me treats. But I KNOW VETS! Ever since me days in Germany where I was pushed, poked and jabbed to get me marching orders to come to Australia. I can smell a Vet a mile off. Even read it in me Humans eyes when they are planning a visit. I usually skedaddle off some where safe and hide.
Apparently I have a lump on my side that me Humans are concerned about. Me, I think its fine, just a little golf ball but me worry-wort Humans have to make a fuss…
Nope. I felt this sting in me leg and nothin… I woke up to find me Humans gone and just the Vet staff. Just as I was planning me cunning escape my Humans turn up.
Actually I don’t think me escape plan would have worked since I could barely stand up, they must have slipped something in that treat I ate…. so groggy and tired. See these Vets do stuff to ya, not happy…
Turns out the lump was just a fatty ball, quite normal apparently but the Vet took the bleeding liberty while I was knocked out to cut me toenails! I love me toenails just the way they are, thank you very much. NO VETS ever again peoples!
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 even talked about it back then in these two blogs:
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!
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:
New Zealand 1st
South Africa 5th
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!