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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

At Work with Mummy

Woof, woof

Got a lovely surprise this morning when Mummy left for work - she took me with her and Nan!! It has been such a long time since I last went to her work that it was a new experience all over again. Lots of the staff members at Mummy's work could not believe just how big I've grown since they last saw me. Andrew (he is an IT techie - no, not something edible!) could just say over and over: Wow! Wow! Wow!

Nan pulling at my Wabbit in Mum's office

Sally (she is the golfing quilter or is it a quilting golfer?) is one of my 'followers' and she was not impressed because I went over to say Hi to Sam (she works with Sally in the Science Lab) before greeting her. All I can say to Sally is - I always keep the best for last! (I hope she buys that!)

Nan is behaving and keeping herself busy with the hook rug (it is going to be mine when she is finished with it!!) It is nice to have Nan at work too. I am lying down by Nan on the opposite side of Mum's desk. She is sitting on a huge round blue ball and I am not liking that thing - it moves!! I am used to seeing Mummy sit on a chair like normal people.

Ah, I also got to meet the previous Principal of The Hutchins School today. He is also a woof-lover and I got lots of rubs and praise from him. He gave me some 'work' to do with Sally and Sam (because I am a good dog he said). There is a Forensic Science camp during the school holidays here at work and I got to stand with Sally and Sam to meet and greet the students arriving. It was cccooooooooold outside - luckily I had Sally's feet to sit on hee hee. It is just sooooo nice and warm inside Mummy's office with the heater on.

Last night at dog training classes it was only Diesel (a Husky) and I. It was a much better class because we had more personal training. I got to go through a small tunnel and it sure is fun! You get a treat at the end of the tunnel. I also walked over a rubber 'gate' with rungs lying down and then received more treats. I must say, Diesel does not appear to be a happy-go-lucky dog at all. He is forever marking everything, including Nan last week!! Although we were allowed to play, he tries to be the 'top dog' by growling, bumping and getting on top of me. He does not seem to know what socialising is about and anyway, my friend, Max, is the Top Dog - so Diesel cannot claim the title! Nevertheless, we had fun - or at least, I did!

I can now 'turn' on command too and this week we will be learning the 'bow'. Watch this space for updates on how I go.

I am going to go to morning tea with Mummy and Nan now, so I better greet you all if I want to go with.

Thinking of a big juicy bone

Take care and God Bless

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Woof, woof
Where did the weekend go to? It felt like it was only Friday yesterday and it is now already Sunday evening. It feels like I got very little attention these past two days (but I made up for it, hee hee, will tell you later).
Mummy took Nan to Richmond yesterday and visited a number of shops, took a walk down to the Richmond bridge (oldest bridge in Australia still in use - built in 1823) and had something to eat too.

Nan outside the Richmond Bakery with her Coffee and pie.
Richmond Bridge (1823)
Mummy and Nan also visit the miniature town and although it was something different and pretty, I know Mummy will not go back again - I suppose once you humans have seen a thing you tend to not want to visit it unless it is unique??

An image of the 'old' Hobart at the miniature town

When they got back from Richmond, they fetched me and we went for a walk along the walkway near Rosetta High School. I must add, all this exercise is really getting my Nan into shape. She is not so breathless or tired any more! Way to go, Mummy!

On Sunday Mummy and Nan went through to Hobart and did a bit of craft shopping in Spotlight, then stopped off at the hardware store (Mitre 10) for some stain for The Dad. Whilst they went shopping, he sanded down a corner unit which he is going to paint and put into their room for Mummy to use as a dressing table - Mummy currently uses a collapsible tray-table as a dressing table for her goodies.

Then, when Mummy and Nan got back, they went off to the Hobart Botanical Gardens and spent the rest of the after noon there. Nan really enjoyed the beautiful flowers although Mummy pointed out that all the big trees that were so beautiful in November, covered with leaves and gave heaps of shade, now are only skeletons.

Nan admiring some of the orchids

NOW - to get to my story about making up for the fact that I got little attention - The Dad had done some washing of his work clothes and hung it up outside (in MY area) and left it outside when they left. Ugh-huh. Bad move, The Dad! I can reach, you know! Anyway, I kinda got bored being on my own and, after playing with all my other toys left out for me, decided that pulling down the washing was more fun - AND then dragging it all over the place. Mummy was NOT pleased when she saw this and I skedaddled off to the safety of The Dad (who had not seen my work yet!). He smiled when Mummy told him afterwards.
With the schools closed, Nan will be going in to work with Mummy, so I will be Home Alone again! Ah, well, I am sure that I will find something to do during the day!
Hope you all had a great weekend too and that your week is that way as well.
I trust all my friends are keeping well and maintaining good health. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Until we meet again, tails up and God Bless

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yeah - its Friday!!!

Woof, woof

I think I have managed to pin Mummy down and more committed to MY cause. I am important too, you know!

I am busy growing up fast and not only is that noticable by my weight and height increases. Mummy now have two of my puppy teeth that she has put into a shoe (hers) under her bed (my bed is too low), for the Tooth Fairy. With the money I hope to get, I will buy myself a nice juicy bone to chew on!

Oh, Mummy also bought me some REAL toothpaste for canines only. Not that I have any idea of what she is trying to do when she tries to brush my teeth - but it tastes OK (I suppose).

Mummy and Nan went absolutely dilly last night when I learnt to 'turn'. I quickly got the hang of things when Mummy not only praised me but also gave me treats. Now, I will sit, drop and turn, one after the other, because there is a treat in there somewhere hee hee

The Dad was not impressed with me last night when I followed some children up the road. He was busy in the garage and I was supposed to stay with him but the laughter and excited voices of the kiddies got ME all excited too. What is a Pup supposed to do, I ask? Anyway, The Dad came up the road to fetch me and just knew this was not where I was supposed to be. Not that he said or did anything, I just KNEW. I really, really tried to become one with the tarmac - did not work - The Dad saw me and brought me back home. Oh well, maybe another day........

Mummy will be taking Nan and me for a bit of a roadtrip this weekend so that Nan can see more than just our house, Mummy's work, and the way to and from it. I am so looking forward to that. The Dad also suggested we go up the East Coast on Sunday. Let's hope the weather knows this!

I am so proud of my friend, Maxdog, for winning the Bubble Competition. Good on you, Max.

My heart also goes out to Woodrow. You hang in there, Buddy, and fight! Many prayers going out for you!

And then there is Princess. mmmmmmmmm What a charming Girl! If only you lived closer.

I also read up about Sgt Stubby (an apparent stray cross Pit Bull / Boston Terrier) who saw service in WW1 on the American side. Makes me proud to be a Pit Bull! It also makes me ask - why are some Humans cruel and fickle? Pity, there is so much we can learn from each other - and who says canine's don't have feeling? I suppose that is a lesson for another day, another time.

Everybody must have a great weekend and I hope you all get lots of lovely walkies in too.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Pictures

The Dad and I in front of the new back fence. Look how tall I have grown! Whose your puppy now??
This is my Mummy and Nan on her 80th birthday up on Mount Wellington.
Nan outside Mummy's office at work.
Here are some of the mates I meet when we go walking on the beach at Bellerive - passing strangers.
This is Bella and I romping around on the beach.

Seeing the sun again

Woof, woof

My, Oh, My - after so many weeks of seemingly unstoppable rain and snow weather in Hobart, there was some sunshine yesterday and today, so far, another little bit shining through. What is a puppy supposed to do when the grass is wet, soggy and cold and you need to do your doodle? Ever seen a 15kg 5-month Pit Bull walk on his tippy toes? hee hee - I am pretty good at this, even if I must say so myself.

The Dad bought some sheep poo a while ago and put it out on the grass outside of 'my' enclosure BUT left the bag where I could get hold of the one corner. Great-guns!! Did I have a field day with this smelly but yummy (to me, at least) nibblies! Only problem is, it took about two days before the negative effect kicked in and had my Mummy waking up in the middle of the night from the resulting smell and urgent need to clean my sleeping area two nights in a row - as well as in the morning. I felt sooooo bad but Mummy did not even look cross at me - not even once. She loved and cuddled me and I felt much better when she kissed me and stroked me after cleaning up and putting me back to bed. I got taken to the Vet on the Sunday morning and received some antibiotics which I need to take for five days. The worst part of this ordeal was that I was not allowed to eat the WHOLE of Sunday!! Not even my biggest pleading eyes would melt Mummy's heart (I kept wondering why she turned away from me so quickly when I always looked at her). Must be a human thingy. At least now I am back to myself again and on top of things again (literally hee hee).

Nan went to work with Mummy on Wednesday to help her with some work and I was left Home Alone again!! Plus, to make things worse, Mummy and The Dad found my sneak-out-of-the-gate place and The Dad has now put something up so that I cannot go through anymore. Mummy has built such an obstacle course of heavy rocks and wooden blocks that even SHE struggles to open the gate (will teach her!) I managed to get out of the yard about a week ago and luckily a neighbour phoned the number on my name tag attached to my collar. Somehow, I do not think Mummy, The Dad or even Nan were impressed with my 'adventure'! I wonder why?

I have now also finished both the Puppy and Level 1 classes (got a certificate for this one - will have Mummy add it to my blog later when she has time) and have started on Level 2 classes this month. I am such a clever one! And I seem to have won the instructors over too - Yes!!! I get praised often and used as an example too. Love the attention! But I must add, Mummy and I work pretty hard at home too in order for me to remember everything taught to us. I still get confused sometimes but Mummy never shouts at me and just encourages me more. I like that very much.

The Dad has been very active downstairs in the garage sorting out the packing and storage space so that his and Mummy's hobby work benches can get cleared and put in it's right place. Last night The Dad brought some new lights home that he will install for Mummy over her work bench. I think Mummy is keen to get going on her Dollshouse construction again, especially with Nan here to help. Nice to have Nan with us. Wonder if we can keep her here forever - but I think Ciara (Mummy's niece and Goddaughter) will miss her too much if that ever happened?

I know that Mummy tries so hard to get to my blog in the evenings but feels so guilty if she does not spend time with either Nan or The Dad (he gets kinda grumpy without enough attention - and here I have to spend ALL day without Mummy's attention!!). Wonder if Mummy can be divided into parts for all of us? mmmmmmmm maybe not such a good idea, might be a bit messy hee hee

Mummy will be taking some time off during the school holidays in September and I know that we will be going out for walks and drives and I am OH SO looking forward to THAT! I know, I know, I cannot go with everytime, especially when Mummy takes Nan to Bonorong (lovely wildlife park near Hobart). We know the owner and Mummy works with the owner's Father too - so they will be getting VIP treatment when they go! I would love to go with but I do not think I could handle seeing all the animals behind fences. At least they are well cared for and gives people the opportunity to see some of Tasmania's special animals. Mummy loves this place.

Oh, before I forget. Mummy also brought Nan into work on her 80th birthday (Friday, 28 August). Mummy had ordered some butterfly fairy cakes from the one lady at work, bought a carrot cake and some sausage rolls on her way to work that morning too. At morning tea all these were put out - only thing is that another lady also had her birthday on that day and she also had some cakes made - AND - somebody had gone out to buy some real yummy looking fruit tartlets and pate. A real feast it was. Mummy got a 4 inch by 2 inch round candle from the Science lab and light that for Nan to blow out. The fact that there were some teachers also sitting in the staffroom at the time just made the group who sang 'Happy Birthday' to Nan that many more voices and poor Nan was in tears (but she smiled with happiness). That evening after work the humans went up to Mount Wellington and walked in the fresh snow. I believe it was ffrreeeeeezing cold up there. Mummy will also put up some photos of this adventure. Heck, 80 years old and you go frolicking in the cold and wet weather! I fear to ask, what next. After that they went to Fish Frenzy and Mummy and Nan had the fish platter (Mummy loves this but it is too much for one person). Nan had some wine with this and then, as if all of these activities were not enough, they went for a walk down to the yachts - THEN back to Mures where Mummy and Nan bought some ice-cream and The Dad had another glass of wine. Eventually they were asked to leave because the place was closing (not really that late!).

Mummy and The Dad bought Nan a digital photoframe for her birthday and when she goes back to South Africa, she will have loads of pictures as a slideshow which the rest of the family can watch (and see ME too!!). Nan too has fallen for my charms and she is such a push-over (figuratively AND physically hee hee).

Ooops, I need to let Mummy get on with her work again, so I better greet you all now. I took heed of my friend Max' advise and worked on Mummy every day until she succumed to my pleas and got to enter a bit of updating onto my blog. I hope the next update does not that this long!

Take care of yourselves and keep well
God Bless