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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This is a going to be a good week

Woof, woof

Now you may wonder why I say that this is going to be a good week when it is only Tuesday!  Well, you see, it is just that I am so happy that The Dad is at home this whole week!  He took some leave and we go walking in the forest behind our house every day (so far!).  I also get to lie in a bit longer in the morning hee hee.

On Monday I got to watch The Dad level the tops of our back fence that he installed laaaaaaast year and it was so much fun to be outside with him.  I helped him by chewing on all the little tops of wood he sawed off.  Today was a quieter day and we both relaxed a lot.  The Dad went out for a short while but other than that, we were home bodies!

I love my Mummy but she does not have the strength to play with me like The Dad does (better not let her see this blog either!!), and he does not tire that easily either!  I can bring tug-toys to The Dad and have him 'spar' with me whereas Mummy keeps on losing her grip.  Mummy is just so Girlie!!  I must add that when she comes home, I cannot get enough of her attention and just want to be with her the whole time!  Mummy really makes me feel so special!  Thank you!

Gonna miss this attention next week!!

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Woof, woof

This is what Mummy did to me on Sunday evening!  I may look very serious and stern but that is just a pose I was keeping because I did not want Mummy to see how much I enjoyed wearing her warm jacket!

I will let the photos speak for themself - Mummy had fun, that is for sure!

Will catcha soon!

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Back on Seven Mile Beach again!

Woof, woof

My weekend started off great!  Shortly after getting up on Saturday, Mummy put on my harness and off we went to Seven Mile Beach (SMB) in the ute, BUT, I got to ride with Mummy in the back seat in the cab area (Mummy said that it was too cold in the canopy area).  Was nice to lie down on soft seats!

We stopped off at Cambridge Park (a newish business park near the Hobart airport) and I was taken into the petshop with Mummy to get me a tin of breakfast (I did not want to eat before we left).  I also get a packet of chicken yerkee, some paw lotion (to condition the soles of my paws), a two-headed toothbrush (doggie one) and some chicken flavoured toothpaste.  When we got to SMB, I was handfed by Mummy and only ate just over half the tin.  I could not eat more and was just so excited to BE there!

The photo on the left was taken from the pathway leading down towards the beach and the photo on the right, looking back along the beach where we had just walked from (see the trees on the far right, well, we walked from about 400 m further up the beach.

I think the tide may have been going out from high-tide as the water was fairly up onto the beach.  There were loads of stinky, smelly, dead red-bait that had washed up and I was, oh, so into playing tag with these!  Mummy had her hands full trying to draw my attention away from this - and it worked every time (I may add).  When I decided to run into the water, WOOF!, what a shock I got.  It is pretty cold out there!  What happened to the warmish water that I used to run and play in??

This is me running into the water (photo left), all happy and excited; and this is me beating a hasty retreat from the cold stuff (photo right).  You can even see on my face that I got a nasty shock!

I socialised with some other woofs and nice people along the beach.  When we turned back, we walked through the pine plantation that backs onto the beach.  Luckily we did because Mummy heard some horses running down on the beach (what is a horse??) and I may have caused some shock waves, had we been there.

Here I come running back to Mummy after chasing after the lady running on the beach.  Mummy was not impressed with my disobedience!

I love walking in a forest and was going crazy dog in the pine forest (well, it is more a baby pine forest).  It felt so good to be out there again!  I now only have eyes for my Mummy again.  It was a wonderful day!

That's me bouncing away up ahead.  The beach is just to the left of the dune.  The photo on the right is a scene of many dead pine trees - is this where pine cones go when they die?

Aha, so this is what you call a pine cone!  Funny looking things!

Got home and Mummy and I relaxed - don't know why, but I would not let Mummy out of my sight!  No matter where she sat down, I was there, staring into her eyes (I think I may have made her worried by my actions??) and not moving or wagging a tail!

We fell into bed just after midnight (although we had cat-napped in the lounge in front of the TV). 

Great Day!  Thank you, Mummy!

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tis another working week

Woof, woof

Not really much to report back on, I must say.  Saturday I spent home alone because Mummy went off on one of her quilty-doing-thingies!  The Dad was working, as usual, and that left moi trying to keep busy all by myself - again; sixth day in a row!!

When Mummy got home, The Dad was home already, but I just NEED to see, feel and hear my Mummy come home before I can totally relax.  Sure, I worry about The Dad but, well, ah gee wiz, umm, grrrrr - you see, he is not Mummy.  Do you know what I mean?  The Dad is important but I am a Mummy's Boy!

We went out to the shops to buy our winning lotto tickets (fingers and paws crossed - again) and then I got taken to a nearby park for some crazy dog running (in the dark).  I was not too impressed when I was called back into the back of the ute!  On the way home, The Dad dropped Mummy and me off about two kilometers from home and we walked the rest of the way.  That was good too.

Not too sure what Mummy keeps doing sitting behind her computer and typing away, hour after hour in the week and over weekends!  She says it is called studying but, Hello, what about my walks!?  Anyway, not to upset Mummy too much when she gets to reading my blog, I eventually convinced her that we neeeeeeded to go for a walk in the woods behind our hill.  Phew, did I need that walk!  We walked for quite some time and eventually had to come back home - almost six inches taller than when we left due to the mud - or should I bark clay!  We live in an area that loads of clay and digging is a pleasure for me but not when Mummy want to do planting!

My sister, Georgie (the Galah), is a real cheekie little thing but I often get the better of her, especially when she is sitting on The Dad's shoulder and he is on his knees playing with me.  I get my nose in underneath her tail feathers and just flick her off his shoulder.  Obviously, she feels that her dignity has been touched but who cares?  Me?  Uh-huh!  She really gives loud and angry squawks but I just ignore her.  I do try to play with her but Mummy and The Dad think that it may be detrimential to Georgie if they allow me to.  Pity hee hee.

Oh, and I have still not really noticed any grass coming up from the area that The Dad closed off in my play area.  Mummy let off steam this weekend because everything is muddy, wet and dirty since I have virtually no play area.  I cannot wait for that area to be opened up - woof, am I going to surprise The Dad and show him how nicely I can dig up green grass?? 

But here I am today, Monday, starting off another working week, sitting outside in the 12 degrees, trying to keep busy but dreaming of when Mummy comes up that driveway!  I just have a feeling that we may go for a quick walk this afternoon.  Mummy really feels guilty because of my small space!  Yippeeee me!
 Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Friday, June 18, 2010

A New Template

Woof, woof

Just when I got used to my shades of blue, Mummy goes and changes it!  I must admit, I LOVE wood, especially if I can chew it to pieces! hee hee

Mummy will be busy with her quilty things again on Saturday and I can only hope that we get to go for a morning walk before she leaves!  The Dad has really cut big time into my play area by putting up a temporary fence in one section to get the grass growing again.  Woo hoo, more grass to dig up!  He just does not know that hee hee (don't tell him either!)  One problem, I get a really cooped up feeling but will ask Mummy to take a photo so that you can see I am not blowing things out of proportion!  And then Mummy has to finish her one assignment on Sunday, so, woooooooooe is me (again)! 

But I have my ways and means of getting Mummy to leave her things and give me attention.  Who can resist a sad looking puppy who rests his chin on your leg, arm, chair, or anywhere it will stay fixed, and look up at you with big brown eyes and drooping eyebrows?  Could you resist such a face?  Aha, I did not think so.  Neither can Mummy!!

Will let you know how my weekend went!

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bundu Bashing on Sunday

Woof, woof

I finally convinced Mummy to take a break from her studies and get The Dad to join us for a walk into our mountain behind us.  Not too sure whether that was such a good idea!  The Dad decided to follow a wallaby trail that started off well but got tough going, the further into the bush we went.  All The Dad had with him was a small hedge trimmer (no, don't ask - I am not going there!). 

Here The Dad is snipping away at the bushes.

This is what we just came through

I went crazy dog like I always do with Mummy but this was thick forest with lots of broken trees and sticks!  I ended up with scratches underneath my left eye, two little holes in the top of my nose and skin off, scrapings on my legs and another scratch on the top of my head.  Mummy was beside herself!  She was not happy with The Dad for taking us into this thicket of bush. 

Once we got to the top, there were plenty of trees and open space but then going back, it was very, very steep and Mummy landed on her B-hind more often than not!  With scratches to her legs and arms, and dust on the back of her pants, Mummy finally made it back to the footpath at the bottom where we started!

This is the view from the top of the hill, looking back towards Hobart.

This is looking out over the Derwent towards the Bowen bridge.

And how is this for branches on a tree.  It looked like arrows going into a leg (or so Mummy recons - humans????)

And I love my Mummy much, much more lately.  She has been letting me sleep next to her on the floor in the bedroom (in my own bed, thank you) because she says it is too cold for me outside!  Yipeee, way to go, Mummy!!  The Dad just shakes his head.  Hey, who is the one shivering outside?  Me or The Dad?  Will he be happy to sleep in an open kennel, even with electric heating pads?  I don't think so ............................

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sand, Sand, Sand

Woof, woof

Mummy got pretty busy early this morning cleaning the house (she hates Saturdays because she has to do housework when she feels like doing her quilty thingies) and I slept snug as a bug in my bed in the lounge.  I had moved from sleeping next to Mummy's side of the bed into the lounge (got to sleep inside last night - woo hoo).  The Dad had left for work and would be bring home a load of sand later on to finish filling up the front section of the garden.

When The Dad got home I was so happy because I could go and run around outside and dig in the sand, helping him move the sand - OK, I did not actually move the sand to where The Dad was moving it - I was levelling it, sort of.

Finally, got that section levelled off!  Makes for nice digging!

Digging is thirsty work and I totally love drinking water from a running tap -tastes sooo good.

When The Dad and his mate brought the large truck up our short driveway to dump the sand, I made sure to stay at the top of the stairs with Mummy!  That is one helluva large moving thing, Ma!

Maybe we can go walking some more tomorrow as well!

Paws crossed that I can sleep inside again tonight - it is pretty chilly out there, you know!

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I Went Walkies!!!!

Woof, woof

I did it!  I did it!

Besides trying to finish some sewing, Mummy also got stuck into doing some filing of accounts, etc.  I thought: "Paxton, my Boy, you will need to be very clever to get Mummy away from all of this now!"  So, I did my usual 'Look at me Ma' trick.  I just layed my head on Mummy's leg, then her arm, then her foot, then the chair - in fact, I even ended up laying my head on The Dad too!

Eventually it worked - maybe not quite as I wanted it to, but still, it worked.  The Dad and I went for walkies along Cornelia Bay whilst Mummy finished up with her filing.  She also had a little machine - OK, maybe not THAT little - called a shredder.  This is real neat.  Mummy puts paper in through a slit and it disappears!!  This machine makes a loud humming noise that really caught my attention!  Anyway, once The Dad said that he would take me walkies, I lost interest in this little machine and told Mummy that she could play with it while I go walkies.

The Dad then took me for a bath (bit, I might add) but I needed to get the seawater off of me.

Now I am a clean boy again!

Thank you, The Dad!

Keep well, and God Bless.

Sunday Morning

Woof, woof

Got to sleep in my own bed next to the side of Mummy last night.  The Dad put my bed there and let me stay in.  Mummy was busy on the computer until something to two this morning!  Both The Dad and I were snoring - The Dad had even taken over Mummy's side of the bed and she was NOT happy about that! 

Yesterday I was pretty much by myself for most of the day.  Mummy was trying to hunt down some thread, only to find out the patchwork shop had closed down!!  Now Mummy is searching via the internet for this thread.  She found a place in Perth WA - hopefully there is some luck for her.

It is a very hazy and crisp morning, this Sunday.  We may be going out somewhere for a drive (paws crossed).  Both Mummy and The Dad are currently busy on their computers.  Also, Mummy has the last of the washing going and this will have to be tumble dried because it may just rain later (the weatherman has been wrong quite a bit lately; sunny, and it was overcast; dry, and it rained - see what I mean?).

I better 'release' Mummy so that she can move to her sewing room.

Keep well, and God Bless.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

One day nearer to the Weekend!!

Woof, woof

And we awoke to another misty hill covering this morning when looking out of our front door.  Makes me go brrrr but Mummy always seems to have a smile on her face - Nice!  Nice??  Are you nuts, Mummy?  That fluffy stuff is wet and cold and anything BUT nice.  Then again, I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Well, Mummy can behold and keep it.  I will take to my warm and soft bed inside where it is snug as toast.

Update on my shoulder - all back to normal now.  Tableting done too.  I have discovered that I do not get egged on to chase the possums either.  Humans learnt a lesson?

Mummy spoke to my human sister back in South Africa last night and B A N G - the relationship is shot again for a while!  My human sister do not seem to be able to have anybody give criticism on their doings - whether constructive or destructive and Mummy (the wOrrier) tends to over-stress concerns when she hears things are not as it should be.  When will she learn?  I suppose when you care too much for somebody this is the ultimate outcome, yes?  I know that Mummy was pretty upset last night and The Dad put me outside to bed.  What do humans do when they couldn't care?  Do they still talk to each other or do they just stay away and avoid contact?  Why are humans so complicated?  Hey, Man, lighten up and get into the 'NOW'.  Just look at us canines - we do not even know what a grudge is, even if the puppy next door almost ripped your leg off (what 'memories' we are left with is, again, how humans handle the moment then and immediately afterwards - we have no reasoning)!!  That is being in the 'NOW'.

I am at home again today after enjoying another day with Mummy at work.  Oh, I so love meeting and socialising with humans. Mummy and I stopped off at Cornelia Bay again on the way home last night and had our half-hour walk.  Love going there too but I sure miss our walks in the woods.  Then I truly am a free and crazy puppy - there is just something about crashing through tall grasses!  Don't worry, humans will not understand this - it is a canine thing.

Better get off my 'telepathic line' to Mummy and let her get on with work.  Hopefully she is more calm when she comes home from work - maybe a quick walk in the woods?  Pleeeze, Mummy, just think about it, will you?

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Picture of Peace and Serenity

Woof, woof

Just had to share this picture of what can only be described as Peace & Tranquility!
Note the shaddows cast on the water.

Did you see it?  Not?  Wrong photo?

Oh, what about this one?

 or this one?

Oh, and the picture of me - that was at Mummy's work today (was also here on Monday), taken in the staffroom.  Like my Egyptian make-up around my eyes?

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

A New Dawn

Woof, woof

It is with sadness that I learnt of the passing of a very special friend of mine in South Africa.  MaxDog passed away Monday morning, 24 June, with his Mummy, MaxMom, at his side.  He sure was a great adventurer with a peaceful soul.  Although it must be very sad for his family, at least we all know that MaxDog is now free from pain, discomfort and suffering. 

MaxDog - Free - you have earned this, Dear Friend!

And life goes on for those of us remaining behind - almost as if nothing has changed.  Why?  I suppose, in reality, nothing has - except for a void being created when a dear one passes on.

I, therefore, dedicate each sunrise this week to MaxDog (Ruffitwood Dancing Spring).  May you have fun chasing after puffy clouds and playing fetch with the sun!

These two morning shots from our front door were taken Monday, 24 June, and Tuesday, 25 June.  (Best of all, the weather bureau forecast clear sunny days.  Woof, did somebody forget to tell that to Mother Nature??)

...and this is dawn trying to come through this morning (26 June).  They do say that when there is mist in the morning, it is going to be a beautiful day.  Who cares when your morning looks as wonderful and peaceful as this!  Hope you like this too, MaxDog!

And these two morning shots from the Staffroom at Mummy's work were taken half-hour apart - the one on the left around 9.15 am and the other, 9.42 am - oh, this was on Tuesday, 25 June.  Is that you, MaxDog, trying to open Heaven's door to let the golden rays shine out?

Keep well, and God Bless.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Almost Mid-Week

Woof, woof

What a busy time I have just endured!!  Mummy coming home late from work most of last week.  I think we only managed a quick walk once during the week!  Saturday was no better but Sunday arrived and we did go out!

The Dad and Mummy took me to Cornelia Bay where I could socialise with some four-legged friends although, I am hesitant to admit, caused Mummy some stress with me being over-excited about being out and about.  Anybody who knows Mummy will also know that she stresses quite easily and because of wanting to make sure I am 100% well-behaved when we go out, my excitement got the better of me (and Mummy) and had her holding on to my leash when a smaller yapper tried to run circles around me.  Needless to say, I got over-excited and The Dad did not help at all because he kept on giving Mummy 'advise' (bad, bad move there!!).  Afterwards I was taken to the Dog Wash and got a nice warm bath and blow dry.

Sunday evening I ended up chasing the possums from my back garden and, besides almost ripping of my dewclaw (new word for Mummy!), I also over-extended my right shoulder joint that resulted in me being a very, very 'sorry-for-myself' puppy.  BUT, big BUT, I got to sleep next to Mummy in my bed that night (hee hee).  Mummy took me to my Dr the next morning and I am now on anti-inflamatory tablets for a few days.  Mummy was so concerned, she was toying with the idea of taking me to work with her (yipee!!) but decided against it (aaaahh!).  When Mummy got home last night - I was A1 OK!  I may be a souk but I am not a sissy!

Nothing exciting to report on further - pity, but I wish I could.  Mummy is not going to take leave over the school holidays either!  (Not that I would know the difference anyway - but still!)

Hope we can have a quick walk after work this evening - I know that Mummy wants to keep my shoulder mobile so maybe I am in luck.

Better let Mummy get on with her work so that she is not kept late again today.  Will keep you updated.

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Mummy's Day

Woof, woof

I woke up this morning with the sound of the washing machine going, Mummy's fingers on the keyboard at the computer and my sister, Georgie (she is a Galah) whewing loudly.  This is her usual way of calling The Dad but he is the last one to listen to her.  Normally Mummy will go and give her a scratch or a chat (she is not into cuddling - silly girl).  By this time, The Dad had also gotten up and was looking on the internet how he can eliminate the thud-sound the water in the pipes make when a tap is closed.

The next thought that entered my mind was: why is Mummy working on her own special day?  Why is The Dad not taking over and doing things for her?  I believe he did walk past her and say: Happy Mothers' Day - and that was it!!  I know The Dad does not have any human children of his own, but, hey, what about Georgie and me??  Do we not count for him?  I think I heard Mummy mutter something like: "...... only one in his world ...." or something like that!

Mummy had a beautiful sunrise greet her and this is what Mother Nature gave her for Mothers' Day:

It is such a bright photo and this is what she saw as she came out of our front door!  The trees in the background on the hill looks like very short hair standing up!  I do not always appreciate these photos because my nose does not smell that far; sorry!

This is me relaxing on top of The Dad.  Mummy says that I am becoming just a bit too heavy for her; pity, I love lying with Mummy too.

Mummy had an extremely busy week gone by and we only managed to go out for a quick walk on Wednesday.  I know Mummy wanted to go out first up this morning but then got stuck into the washing.  Yesterday was also an all-day-at-home day for me (woe is me again) because Mummy went up to Agfest (agricultural festival) near Launceston (OK, near-ish) and, I believe, had a very relaxing day walking around the various interesting stalls.  I can tell you one thing - she probably got stuck at the crafts' stalls and if there were any quilty-thingies, I know that she would have lingered there for a veeeeerrryyyyy long time!

It seems like it is the small things in life that makes my Mummy happy - like me (OK, I know, I'm not that small anymore ....)

But to all the other Mummies out there - Happy Mother's Day

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Forest Walk

Woof, woof

I managed to keep my promise!  Got Mummy to take her camera with on our walk this rmorning!  Our visitor, Adrian (he is from Perth and where they live is not nearly as beautiful as here by us!), joined Mummy and I for our early morning walk.  It is also Anzac Day here by us in Australia but I did not fight in any wars so Mummy said that I could not go on a march ..... hence us going for a walk in the forest!

These photos were taken in one of the hills behind our house.  One cannot image having this behind your suburban house where there are roads, buildings and shopping centres 2 kms down the road!  Now you too know why I cannot wait for Mummy to put on her walking shoes and call me to heel!  A better place to go crazy dog I just cannot imagine!

The photo on the left is where Mummy and I walk up to go to the hill and the photo on the right is me, halfway up the incline.

If you look carefully in the photo on the right (in the middle of the photo), you will see the 'lion' hiding amongst the trees - ready to pounce on anything that moves!

These two photos are some of the scenery toward the back of the hill in the first photo.  Check me all ready and rearing to go in the photo on the right.  There are many fire trails in the forest here.

It was only 16 degrees today and it is very cold for a short-haired woof like me.  Mummy and The Dad went and bought some vinyl flooring to put in my kennel on top of my electric blankets so that I get more heat.  There is currently a thin piece of wood over it to prevent me chewing it up.  I know that with the vinyl flooring (looks like real wood too!!), the heat will be better!  Yippeeeee!  I am going to be sleeping very warm!  Thank you, Mummy; thank you, The Dad.

Keep well, and God Bless. Woof