Sunday, 25 March 2012

Smokin' Sunday Sessions

We all had a big day today. This afternoon we went to visit my human aunties, Connie and Kyla. They have a shop in Hepburn Springs called Portal 108. It's a great shop full of Nancybird, Goorin, Najo jewellery and lots of other fun things, some which are made by local people. 

Then we went out for lunch at Ego Culinaria. Mum didn't take very many photos as there were lots of wasps around and she was trying to make sure I didn't try and play catch.

Wasp patrol and fine dining is really hard work.

Then we came home for a short rest before we went down to Vic Park to play with Arkie, Casey and Dolly. They are all Golden Retrievers. Unfortunately I got really excited and was really rough with my friend Dolly. 

When I was little Dolly and I used to have the best time running and play biting....but today I was excited and Mum says I got a bit too stupid for her. 

I also don't listen that well when there are other puppies around because there is just SO much going on. It's something my humans are really going to have to work on.

I spent most of our play time on top of the other dogs, with my legs wrapped around them making it difficult for them to move. I wasn't trying to be mean. I just find it really hard to move my legs around as they are so long!

Mum says she is going to spend this week reading up on socialisation and doggie manners because when I am fully grown there will be lots of doggies that are scared of me and we don't want that.

This last shot is of me walking across the oval back to the ute. The tongue says it all....

I hope you had a great Sunday. Stayed tuned for this weeks adventures...

Friday, 23 March 2012

In the lane way

We live 5 minutes out of town and at the end of our street Dad's family own some property. There are lots of big black cows and heaps of green grass for me to run and play in when we go walking in the paddocks. 

The paddocks have lots of funny names that Dad's grandmother has called them over the years. Mum is still learning all the names and they often giggle at the strange ways the names have come about. Here are some photos of us on Monday when we went to the 'Lane way' as you will be able to see, it is hardly a lane way...

So many yummy smells...

Hurry up...its running time...

This is when I knocked Mum over...she's so clumsy...I thought it was the best thing ever...

Hey, there's my cow friend Daisy! 'Hey Daisy'.

Nothing like some paddock prancing...

It was a beautiful afternoon in the sunshine...

Here I am playing one of my favourite games. Mum and I run away and then Dad calls me back, then Mum runs again and I chase after her. This one was a tough one though because Dad was all the way up on top of the big hill!

This shot is clearly taken after we played the chase game...

One of my cow friends...

This is post electric fence encounter. If you follow my Facebook page, you will know that I've played Sparky the Fence gets Stella twice this week. Mum was really upset here as I let out this big scary yelp. I got a big fright when the fence thing went ZAP!

Fun in the sun...heading back up the big hill again...

Hopefully over the weekend and next week I'll have some more stories to tell about my adventures on the farm. We've still got 'The 8 acres', 'The Racecourse', 'Down the Mount', 'Up the Farm' and 'The Ridge' to blog about....I told you there were lots of silly names. Ma is a funny lady!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Charlotte Reeves Bark Stars Competition

This morning I was entered in the Charlotte Reeves Bark Stars Photo Competition. Mum's gone crazy and posted the link all over Facebook. First prize is worth $650 and is a photography package by Charlotte. She is a brilliant photographer that lives in Queensland and she loves doggies. Mum says if I win a prize that we are unable to have she will be donating it to the Great Danes Rescue in Queensland.

I'd really like to win Second Prize which is a Puppy Hamper. I have lots of toys and teddies but you really cannot have enough!

Third prize which is a harness. Mum says I will need one of those soon as I am getting really confident when I go for my walks and because I am over 25 kilos it is hard for her to maintain my attention all the time. I try to be a good puppy but I just get so excited when I go for walks and there are so many yummy smells.

Here is the link to vote for my picture. We would love it if you popped over to Charlotte's page and voted.

I already have four votes at the moment. The doggy that is winning has 31 votes! Looks like Mum has a lot more work to do so I can be in with a chance!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Daddy's Favourite Walkie Place

Every night we all go for a walk together. Mum makes sure it is somewhere different each night so no one gets bored. Sometimes Mum has to work until 8pm so that means on those nights she misses out on walks. 

When Mum doesn't come Dad normally takes me down the lane next to Nanny and Poppy's house. It's really great down there. 
I can run off lead, have races with Dad (he likes to run away from me when I'm not paying attention and then I have to chase after him) and I get to see the cows (they kind of freak me out a bit when there is lots of them). 

This afternoon after Mouse went home and after Mum got back from shopping with Aunty Tracey, we all went down to the lane. Here are some pictures.

Action shot. You can see my ouchie on the side of my face here. We found out on Saturday that it is Puppy Strangles....but I'm getting better with my medicine and Emma tells my humans that I probably won't scar! Yay!


Me...and the cows...

My goodness you humans are SLOW!

Hurry up! Those big black cows are gonna get MEEEEE!

Nothing like the wind in your fur....

Run. Run. Run.

Hey Mum, like my ears?

Chillout 2012

Every year our town is the host of Chillout Festival. Mum says this information from their website best describes what Chillout is:

'From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia, and the largest festival in Hepburn Shire. While events in the capital cities might be a lot bigger, ChillOut retains a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to let your hair down, and has found a special place in the hearts of gay men and lesbians across Australia – and the world.'

On the Sunday morning of Chillout they have a really big parade in the main street where everyone dresses up and gets on motorbikes and cars and sometimes even stilts. This weekend Grandma Mouse came to visit so we all went to the Parade to show her what it was like. I think she had a great time.

I got dressed up in my bright green t-shirt. Mum and Mouse tried to find me a 'pride' bandana for the parade....but they only discovered one AFTER all the people saw me...Mum says it's not the proper Pride colours but I still represent!

Here are some pictures that Mum took from the Parade.


There were lots of dogs and their humans at the parade. I was by far the biggest one...there were lots of little dogs, which I don't always like. I need to get better at being nice to little dogs. Mum's not too sure how we do this though. 

We hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

I'm a sickie :(

If you follow my Facebook page you'll know that Mum has been away visiting her parents for the last week. She got home on Thursday night and we went straight down to Vic Park to celebrate.  

On Friday Mum was playing with me and she noticed that one of my jowls was inflamed and sore. There was dried up red stuff on my face and she went a bit crazy again, like when I got that sting thing on my face a few weeks ago.

So it was decided that we had to go and see that nice lady Emma at the place that smells like lots of other animals. I was happy with that as I always get lots of cuddles and treats at Emma's place.

Emma told my humans that she wasn't exactly sure what was wrong with me however it could be pyoderma or puppy strangles!

Basically, Pyoderma is an infection in the skin and Puppy Strangles is an allergic reaction to bacteria. While I was having lots of treats and cuddles, my humans were given these round things in a jar which they have to give me twice a day until they are all gone. Mum says one jar is full of antibiotics and the others is steroids. (Maybe I'll get good at that WWE wrestling thing Dad loves so much now).

So because I'm a sickie I've been getting lots of attention and treats. Yesterday afternoon I came inside and had cuddles and sleep time with Mum while Dad went to look at a ute machine thing. I played with bunny for a while and Mum went and borrowed a jumper for me as it was cold and rainy outside.

Today we went to visit my human aunties, Connie and Kyla before a quick visit to the local Sunday Market. Mum got me two bags of liver treats and I shared some hot chips while we walked around.

This afternoon we were meant to meet my friends Arkie, Casey and Dolly at the park but Mum's a bit worried that if we play rough with one another my mouth will get more ouchie and it will take longer to heal.

We'd love to hear from anyone who knows more about puppy strangles or pyoderma. 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Danes Downunder on Facebook

Mum reads Honey's blog every few days. She is a Great Dane that lives in Sydney and has lots of fun adventures. 
A fews days ago Mum found a link to this really cool Facebook group called Danes Downunder on Honey's blog, so she joined. She says it makes her feels better knowing that she isn't the only crazy person who is obsessed with her Dane doggie. 

If you are a human Dane lover or owner you should go over and ask to join the group. There is lots of funny pictures of us Danes in our homes and the humans talk about diets, health and their adventures. 

Mum says there are lots of humans with Danes in other areas of Australia but she hasn't been able to find anyone in Victoria on the site yet. :( 
Hopefully in time we will find other Danes that live near us so we can catch up and have a play!