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

A Rock n Roll Dog

Happy New Year!

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

Checkout the classic original video on YouTube here, its brilliant, especially the dog shots

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.

Whats a dog have to do to get a beer around here eh?

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!

Check out those Eighties dance moves!

There will be roving performers, food and markets along with plenty of dog friendly space for picnics too. More info on the festival here.

I can’t wait and of course next March I will post me pickies and tell you guys that can’t make it, all about the day!

Now while I’m no fan of Yoda dog costumes… can someone get me an AC/DC shirt that fits me! Maybe on that day someone will be selling em…, himmm…, wait… I feel a market opportunity coming on.

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

I Miss Europe

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!

R

The Mathematical Dog

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:

Enjoy

R

My Favourite Place – Not!

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.

Woe… they found me. I gotta find me a better hiding place.

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…

Are we done???

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…

Back in the car for the ride home. Come on Humans get me home!
Still not speaking to ya!

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!

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 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