We had an exciting day today. Mum decided we would go to Wanneroo to check out their Dog Breakfast.
All the way up the freeway my little brain cells were sending tingling messages to my taste buds. I hoped that BBQ sausages were waiting for me.
Just as we arrived the organisers were closing the Dog Talent Competition List. Mum and I had a quick consultation and we decided we would have fun showing off my tricks. We thought some of the bigger dogs might have been practising but we had nothing to lose. We were allocated No 15 at the tail end of the queue (I hope you did not miss my little joke!).
Surprisingly I was not nervous. I knew mum had some tasty treats in her pocket and, as you know, I never miss out on food.
When it was my turn I did a quick dance then chose which of mum’s hand held a treat. As I showed the judges how I could I go under and over mum’s legs, they clapped lots.
Afterwards we sat quietly in the shade to hear the results. It was my first ever stage performance. A less confident dog may have been expecting the wooden spoon prize, but a silly dog who ignored every one of his owners commands won it.
The judges read out the name of the dog for third place, then named me as SECOND PRIZE WINNER! Wow I thought “I am sooo.. clever” Then a different thought entered my little brain – Maybe Mum, my trainer, deserved some praise too. So I gave her a slippery kiss on her ear.
After posing for a photo I unwrapped my prize to find some wearable and edible goodies.
There were lots of stalls with give aways and free health checks. This local Vet gave me a cuddle and checked my teeth – I passed with flying colours! His teeth look pretty good too.
Yet another opportunity for self promotion presented itself to me. It was the “Walk Over October” energetic stroll around Subiaco. I love participating in community events.
On our way to Lord’s Sports centre for the walk we stopped for a Puppicino at the new Rokeby Rd cafe called 1982. The cafe did not have a dog bowl outside so I asked very politely for a little cool drink. The owner bought me out a special cup of water just for me. That’s good service. I will have to make mum stop there again. (The coffee was pretty tasty too.)
We were asked to wear red for the Heart Foundation so you can see that I complied! I was pretending to be a Firedog. Of course everyone thought I was “Sooo…cute. My coat and hat were a little bit hot so I discarded them as soon as the photo opportunity was over.
We were meant to walk four kilometres, but even with the hope of good food treats at the end I could not finish.
I am sad to say my little paws were being burnt by the hot pavement. We had to take a short cut home. I hope that next year they have the walk a little earlier in the day so it is not so warm.
Mum told me later that I had missed out on banana cake and free coffee. Boy was I annoyed with her! I’m sure, due to my absence, she was able to have triple serves of cake.
Before I forget, I must tell you that my mum won a City of Subiaco prize for walking to work in September. Our photo was on an email with the other winners Mark Elliott and Jessie White and Ray White.
I would like to share a tale about the Black Dog that was written by mum’s friend Janine. It is a lovely sensitive tale.
Black Dog By Harvey Manifold
The Black Dog Story
“It all began with a black dog that was different.
Rejected for his difference he sought refuge in a dark place.
In time he realised there were others hiding in the shadows.
He gained strength in listening to their souls crying,
and barked aloud, telling his story too.
He kept digging for what they had lost
and hope grew like new buds on a bush.
He claimed a space in the world
for those who were spinning in space
and shared his love with them.”
The Black Dog Project's Black dog was sketched by Harley Manifold and the story written by Janine Brown
www.theblackdogproject.com (Reproduced with permission)
If you feel a bit down, seek out a doggie at your local park. There are nearly 2000 dogs in Subiaco waiting to share a cuddle.
Please accept my apologies for not posting any news the last week. I have been leaving lots of Weemails on the beach and paths in Mandurah but without Woof-Fi they did not reach you.
Are you wondering why I am not hanging out sipping Puppicinos at my favourite Subiaco Cafes? Well, I am on holidays with my friends Bro and Bonnie and their humans John and Alison. We are called “The Three Amigos” when we are together as we share lots of exciting adventures.
Where is my mum? She tells me that she is a long long way away in a place called Indonesia. She is having fun snorkeling in warm waters, photographing fish and corals. I was not sure what the word snorkeling meant and photographs of two signs she sent me saying “Good senorkeling here” ” Please do not break the fish” did not help me at all.
Then Mum used two words I know well: “Swim” and “Beach”. Now I could picture myself rushing down the sandy slope to soak my paws and tummy in the cool ocean in summer. Mum says I am an “armpit” swimmer as I refuse to put my head or back under the water!
These are photos of some dogs that really enjoy frolicking in the sea.
Even though my mum is back in Subiaco I have been having such a fun time here in Mandurah that i am going to stay a few more days. (Don’t worry Mum, I still love you and will be back home with you soon).
Tina and Tags were resting in the park while their Dad Jim was working in his garden. I had not seen them for a while apart from quick meetings as we crossed paths on our morning walks. I may not recognise them next week as they are having their very furry coats cut off for summer.
Their was also a family in the park who used to live nearby and are again living in Subiaco. Alexander and Nicolas were having fun on the swings but stopped to give me a pat.
As Mum and I had been eating a bit too much during the cold winter weather we thought we should spend more time at Daglish’s big CS Sadlier Park. There is lots of space to run around in, trees to leave Weemails at, and little patches of native gardens that I can romp through and hide from Mum.
The added benefit is The Agility Equipment supplied by the City of Subiaco. I weave my way through the hanging ropes, jump over the low yellow bars and run though the big yellow tunnel. Some of my mates love running up the steep ramp and up and through the big green hoop but I am only a little dog so I stick to what I can manage.
Jack, Fred and I are the official Park Dog Whisperers!
These three mates were having a vigorous play
While Ned and Kelly needed a rest after they had been racing around as usual.