Bird Brain

Sorry me readers, busy dog this week watchin the Rugby. New Zealand vs England today. Come on NEW ZEALAND!!! Oops, sorry, got carried away… So this week I give you some birds from the dog park near us. Its Aussie National Bird Week this week so it seemed appropriate

They don’t call it the Swan River for nothing…
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Shag with backdrop of Perth CBD on the Swan River

Now back to the Rugby!

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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

Embarrassing Ralph

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.

Enjoy your weekend!

R

A Rugby World Champion Dog

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Ralph The All Black!

Congratulations New Zealand, Rugby World Cup 2015 Champions!

I’d be a great All Black, I have the ball skills and the colours too. Will have to have a word with that bloke Carter, he’s moving to France which is not too far from here…

R

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Crossing The Rhine

I was out with my Humans in The Car (I know but I was persuaded by talk of ball throwing and nice gentle walks in the woods…) not long ago and we came across this river.

rhine01 First thing that caught my eye was the funny shaped church in the middle of the river. Humans are crazy creatures, why build in the middle of the river when there is perfectly good dry land eh?

My Humans say it’s a castle with the rather long name of Pfalzgrafenstein. Built to charge tolls to travelers on the river around 1326. Tad old then… Anyway next thing I know my Humans are saying we have to cross the river. What? We are in a car, The Car what’s wrong with a perfectly good bridge?

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We are not going to the boat castle? Tell me we are not?

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Next this flat boat thing turns up, bloody hell…

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You Humans have got to be kidding me, WE ARE NOT GOING ON THAT!

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But we did… No stopping a Human once their mind is set.

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This is decidedly unsafe guys, turn it around…

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Are we there yet I daren’t look…

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Ye Gods we made it…

I will continue this dog’s tail on another occasion. I have a Rugby match to watch…

R

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A Rugby Dog

rugby03  As some of you guys will know, there is a big sporting event in England over the next six weeks, the Rugby World Cup. For those of you from the USA this is a game a bit like your football but without the protective padding! Anyway, what’s a dogs blog got to do with Rugby eh? Well as it turns out I’m a great fan of the game. It’s one of the few things on my Humans TV that attract my attention, the others being anything showing a sheep and sheep dog trials. Oh and the Dog Whisperer of course.

rugby01      You may think I am making this up but my humans will back me up on my viewing habits. [Human-Editor’s note: Yep, only dog I’ve ever seen that can actually watch TV and seem to understand the content. Has the attention span of a gnat though luckily for us]

Rugby is a brilliant game that I first heard about from my Uncle Dog from New Zealand. Him and his Human, Wal were stars in their day. Well actually it was local country Rugby. Uncle Dog’s role was to steal the ball and run off and hide it much to Wal’s annoyance, himm… must be where I get my ball skills from then. Because of this and of course Grumpy-Human is from New Zealand too, I go for the All Blacks. Well one other thing, I’m a Black & White Border Collie, team colours of the All Blacks!

rugby04 The All Blacks performing there famous pre-game Haka. It involves much leaping, pulling funny faces and sticking out of tongues, a bit like me really…

We had a big scare on Sunday.

rugby05  Grumpy-Human was in London at Wembley Stadium watching the All Blacks vs Argentina match while me and my other Humans were watching it live on TV at home. We assumed the All Blacks would win easily but the Argentines (also known as the Pumas go figure) really came close to beating them.

rugby02  I was a nervous wreck especially after one of the other favourite sides to win the tournament, the South Africans lost to Japan, a fairly low ranked team a day earlier.

We won 26 – 16 in the end. South Africa lost 32 – 34 to the Japanese but what a game that was! The Japanese team (who call themselves The Blossoms by the way) managed an epic David and Goliath style struggle that ran right down to the very last seconds of the game. Any one remotely interested in any sport should watch that match if they can. Bloody Marvelous as Grumpy-Human would say.

R

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