The Duyfken

Recently Grumpy-Human has been “getting healthy” on some new crusade of his. He has taken to dragging me along on these exercising treks. Now normally I’m up for a walk even two a day but come on, 6:30am! I’m not a morning dog!

This morning’s walk took us to an area of Perth I’m not very familiar with: South of Perth Yacht Club and the Canning River foreshore. But honestly it turned out to be a fantastic walk and so many humans and dogs out walking too, I felt guilty for my reticence at getting up so early! And look its cloudy, we like cloudy, that means cool, not HOT weather, first in a couple of weeks!

Anyway, to me story, the big thing was coming across this really ancient old ship. And it has an interesting story all of its own. The ship is called the Duyfken, well a full size replica of the original ship that last sailed over 400 years ago.

Its claim to fame is a little known fact that it made the first recorded European contact with Australia in 1606. Most Australians believe that Dirk Hartog was the first European to set foot in Australia (some even think it was Captain Cook) but this is simply not true.

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Captain Willem Janszoon of the Dutch East India Company sailed the Duyfken from Indonesia south east looking for gold in New Guinea. They came across an unknown land but never realised it was in fact a new continent, the island continent of Australia.

It wasn’t until Captain Cook charted Australia 170 years later that the land was recognised as a new continent and not part of Asia or another Indonesian island.

Sadly the Duyfken crew were also the first Europeans to come in contact with Australian Aborigines and it didn’t end well… A bloody conflict ensued and lives were lost on both sides. Not a great start to relations between the two peoples. Perhaps there should have been some European dogs on board, they could have met their Australian Dingo counterparts and showed the Humans how meet and greet is properly done.

Time for a swim then…

Today the Duyfken is used to educate Australia about this long forgotten chapter in its history. It does school trips and tours around the Swan River but has sailed as far away as Europe, dog it doesn’t look big enough for that, count me out of that adventure!

For those interested in finding out more check out the Duyfken website here.

R

I Love Pies

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.

Ok, I’m ready for some chicken pie! And I”ll tell ya about me Lion King obsession another time…

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…

Is that it! Oh come on guys…

Although not award winning pies they are from a local baker and are pretty delicious none the less.

Until next time

R

Hello World

Hi all, just thought I’d post a quick picky of me after a nice swim. Just letting you all know I am still here even if I have found it difficult to find time to blog in quite a while. I can’t believe its over three years now, living in Perth, Western Australia and hey, I’m seven years old! I feel a midlife crisis coming on…

No promises but I will endeavour to bring you all up to date on my Aussie adventures soon.

R

Last Days of an Aussie West Coast Summer

Last Sunday I could feel in me bones the ebbing of summer and the first signs of a cooler autumn hanging in the air.

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Have ball, will travel

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.

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This must be the Yacht Club but I’m more interested in the river…

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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…

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Now I don’t want me socks to get dirty… Swimming is just past the boats.

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Forget ya boats this is where we need to go…

 

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This is more like it, this is wot I’m talking about.

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OK, the ball can now be thrown, just sayin…

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Heh Heh… Lunch!

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.

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Just jokin…

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?

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It’s a dog’s life here on the banks of the Swan River that’s for sure.

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I think that bloody Cormorant damaged me ball! 

Have a great week all!

R

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A Dog Out And About In A Brand New Year. Part 2, the Water Collie

I still call Australia home! Some great pictures of me day out in Mandurah, a seaside town south of Perth.

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Keep ya eye on the ball Ralph, eye on ball… What ya don’t see is me backing into the water a few seconds after this shot was taken. Me daft Humans failed to warn me of the big drop into the abyss right behind! Good as this photo was, Boss-Human was not happy the photo wasn’t taken just a few seconds later. [Editors note. bloody funny none the less]

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Mutter… mutter… harrumph… pushed in, I bet I was pushed. Bloody Humans can’t live with em, can’t live without em…

 

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On the plus side it is rather cooling and fun in the water with this Aussie heat. I should just jump in and get that ball you know, me being the World Famous Water Collie in all.

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OK, get me ball please!

Nah, on the other paw, why bother when ya Humans have retriever things for that!

 

Bugger they threw me ball way out beyond the retriever thingy’s range, nothing for it but to make the long trek out and back, rotters!

 

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Sorry Curly Human but your splashy–splash arm-wavy swimming method is no match for me Water Collie dog paddle, I win!

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So from the famous Water Collie of Mandurah, this is Ralph signing off from another brilliant day out in 2017.

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A Dog Out And About In A Brand New Year, Part 1

Shove over Curly, I have a story to tell… OK, it’s a new year and I intend to get it off to a great start by getting out more.

 

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Have ball – check. Have Human anti-guishy throwing thing – check. Comfy towel –check. Car to ride in – check. Sand from last trip to beach – check. Me Humans to take me there – No Check. Hey! where are you guys???

 

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Love meeting me mates at the dog park. As long as they don’t steal me ball – it’s a real problem me Humans need to address with some of the dogs here let me tell you. But ole snowy here he’s harmless. One to many Human snacks me old mate, just sayin…

 

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Some of the locals. The Meces here in Australia are bloody humongous with long lanky legs and a tail like a tree trunk, ya don’t mess with em as I have found out from experience…

 

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Well guys thats me full 10 minutes of ball catching – extended edition. Time to go coz its too bloody hot mate!

 

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Ahhh… nothing like a swim at the local dog beach, just what I need to cool off after a vigorous work out at the park eh?

R

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Attack of the killer plants

This morning I was out in our backyard minding my own business in me fav sunny spot when a bloody huge lance of pain shoots through my right ear. “What the… was that?” I thought, while letting out a blood curdling scream that attracted the attention of me Humans and half the neighbourhood.

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Bloody hell that hurts…

 

I thought one of those deadly Australian creatures I’d heard all about back in Germany had finally got me.

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Pretty sure it must have been a croc hiding under our house. Putting paw to ear I found my ear still attached so no perhaps not a croc, what then… Perhaps one of those moving sticks, my humans keep going on about but looking around I don’t see anything.

With the pain still throbbing in my right ear I went in search of me Humans, they always fix things but as I cuddle up to them one by one with me headed tilted on a funny angle they all looked baffled and concerned, himmm not promising. Even worse I hear mention of the V.E.T. Bloody hell I better make me-self scarce…

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Before I have a chance to make my escape I’m bundled into the car and we race off to the V.E.T. As usual even with the growing pain in my ear I feel myself being dragged into the dreaded V.E.T. waiting room. My paws in full reverse mode getting no traction on the floor as I still move forwards propelled by my callous Humans.

The V.E.T comes out and fusses with me sore ear, I nearly bit him but he was too quick for me. Of course he then offers me a treat, I know the drill, calm me down before being dragged off to the ROOM for who knows what experiments. NO I spit it out, not falling for that old trick.

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Next my humans… traitors… drag me into the ROOM and order me to jump up onto the table. I grudgingly comply but before I can bark “Keep your mitts off of me” a bloody great needle thing is jabbed into me paw. I feel groggy, sleepy, my legs don’t seem to be working anymore and I sink down onto the table’s mat. What have they done to me? I fight the impending sleep which works for a while but finally the lights go out…

I wake to a sea of concerned faces looking at me. Something’s wrong, I can’t feel me paws. Oh no they didn’t take me paws!! A quick glance down though confirms all appendages still attached. Slowly I begin to feel said appendages again, whew.

I’m dumped onto the floor as my legs begin to work a little again. I see my humans looking at a sharp object, the discussion seems centred on the thing being stuck in me ear. What! Closer inspection and it turns out to be a grass seed. I can’t believe my eyes, this thing is nearly a centimetre long and sharp with barbs, no wonder it bloody hurt.

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The V.E.T had extracted it from my ear, he said that it was the season in Western Australia for these seeds and if my Humans hadn’t got me to him quickly it could have penetrated my ear drum, don’t know what that is but it doesn’t sound good. He said they had one dog that had a seed travel all the way to the dog’s brain! Ok Ok, perhaps some V.E.T’s may be good guys. I still won’t come willingly to this place though, mark my words.

Oh and another thing, why do my Humans always refer to the Vet as the V. E. T. in my presence? They aren’t fooling anyone…

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It would seem that living in Australia even the plant life are dangerous… I’m never going outside again!

R

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Sunsets WA

Sorry Guys, I have been rather slack at blogging over the last month. So much has been happening in my real world that time has slipped through me paws…

I will be back in to it soon. Here in the mean time are a few choice pickies of those incredible Indian Ocean and West Coast sunsets that Perth is lucky enough to see almost every day. I never saw anything like this in my days in Europe.

Enjoy!

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Swimming at sunset eh… who knew the pleasures of this when living in land-locked Frankfurt!

Take Care All

R

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Balls and Birthdays

Guess what guys? Its my Birthday! I’m 4 years old. Its been a busy year that has just flashed by. You can check out my last Birthday which was in Germany here.

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And even better I have found by prized ball collection in amongst our unpacked boxes from Germany, all safe and sound, Yeh!

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Thankfully all present and correct

 

My Birthday was great, I had my usual mince meat birthday cake stack. I got yet another ball (can’t have to many balls) and some bubble blowing sticks.

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After a huff and a puff I have made me birthday wish. My wish is that my humans and I will settle down and be happy in Australia as soon as possible. Its been a rather traumatic move and the stress levels are rather high. It seems that moving home from abroad is even harder than moving from one foreign country to another, go figure… I may blog on this from my perspective a little later once the dust has settled.

R

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The Meces Situation Returns

Back many dog-year ago when I was just starting this blog I reported on a serious Meces problem in our house in Germany.

Here are some links to fill you in here, here and here.

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.

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MecesII-02  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.

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Exhibit A

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

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Said passion fruit vine right behind me, Exhibit B.

Grumpy-Human better watch out or his prized Jag will be their next home, just saying… heh heh.

MecesII-06  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…

MecesII-05See 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…

R

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