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Backseat Driving

We love going out in Pop’s car. Once our collars are on (which is a whole different story: Collar Crazies ) Sam & Raja race each other to Pop’s car while Elisabeth & I herd him out of the house and to the garage as fast as possible. And then we’re off!

We have a special “Back Seat Buddy” which is a strong doggy seat cover that latches to the back of the front seats and keeps us safely in the back. We don’t often travel on the motorway, but when we do we are (usually) buckled in safely. And when we reach our gravel road, Pop always releases us so we can hang out the window:

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25 January 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Driving Pop's ute, Thomas | | 2 Comments

An American Doggy in Queensland

My bestest friend in the whole wide world is Dakota (@DakotaBDog) who lives on the other side of the world in the USA. His mama was going away and so let him come spend the weekend with me!

Raja, Elisabeth, Dakota & Me

We decided that we wanted to camp in our paddocks so we set up our tent in the driest spot we could find. Pop also helped us set up our very own BBQ for noms *drools*.

My brofur Raja and sisfur Elisabeth joined us during the days but they slept at night in the house with Nan.

In this pic of us all, my mama Sam & my Nan are in the background, checking for snakes & creepy crawlies. Dakota and I are brave members of the #BadBoyzOfTwitter but we draw the line at crawlies.

@doglvr4evr (Lori) tent bedroom

Our dear human friend Lori (@doglvr4evr) also came over to camp for the first night, but we didn’t think she’d want to spend the night listening to me & Dakota snoring so we set up a tent especially for her. Very comfy.

Dakota arrived quite late that night so after a quick intro to the family, a whirlwind tour of the place and then some BBQ noms, we crashed in our tent. We both slept pretty soundly, even Dakota despite the unfamiliar creepy night noises. They didn’t seem to disturb him – he snored his way through the night, hehe.

Elisabeth (left), Tom (back) & Dakota

As you might know, we’ve experienced a lot of rainfall here lately, so much in fact that our turkey dam filled to capacity and then burst a wall and the water rushed down the hill, eventually washing away the tarseal from the road at the bottom.

Pop decided to go ahead and rebuild the dam wall this weekend before more rain fell, and we pups of course had to help.

But we weren’t of much help to Pop – we were having too much fun playing in the muddy water!

Dakota in his Aussie hat

It took most of the day to fix the dam and by the time we had cleaned ourselves up we were famished. Dakota & I got the BBQ going again and sat down to nommy sossidges while we discussed our plans for the rest of the day.

The weather was hot and sunny and as Dakota had forgotten to bring his cap, I presented him with his very own special Aussie hat. Not only does the Aussie hat protect you from the sun, the little corks help to keep the flies away from your face!

Me & Dakota on the RV

We decided that it just wouldn’t be right if Dakota didn’t get to ride on our RV so later that afternoon we went for a spin around our paddocks.

Dakota drove our RV like a professional – he has had a lot of practice driving his Mama’s car and his neighbour’s snowmobile, hehe.

It had been a long day for us, so we had an easy night after our BBQ dinner. Nan gave us her guitar and it turned out that Dakota was a natural and could strum out just about any tune you liked.

We spent the evening in sing-a-long around our campfire, our loud music-making and laughter competing with the angry noises the bats were making above us in the trees.

Dakota posing with a kangaroo

After another good night’s sleep and nommy BBQ breakfast, we went for a walk through our paddocks. There were a lot of smells that were unfamiliar to my buddy so we investigated thoroughly – he was especially taken with the kangaroo poo and fox pee.

We were lucky enough to pick up the scent of a some local kangaroos and went off on the hunt, eventually tracking them down and getting a snapshot of them for Dakota.

Me & Dakota acting ape

We’ve got a lot of trees on the property, and Dakota & I climbed almost every one of them over the weekend.

Sure, we lost some fur and scraped some skin, and sometimes we were met by angry ants. At one tree we even disturbed a very unhappy and nimble goanna, but we met these challenges face on and conquered every tree we attempted to climb.

Me Dakota, you Jane

Some of our trees have vines weaving their way through them and we had great fun climbing and swinging on them.

Personally I think Dakota might be part monkey ‘cos he was swinging through those trees just like Tarzan (or George of the Jungle, hehe).

Dakota holding a Koala Bear

While we were playing at jungle tracking in the paddocks a little later, Dakota spotted a lone bundle of fur making its way down one of our gum trees.

The little bundle turned out to be a friendly koala bear who was happy to take a picture with him. I was really pleased that my friend got to see one of our koalas because we don’t get very many passing through – we don’t have enough of the type of gum tree they feed on.

The afternoon was turning out to be rather warm for Dakota – not unexpected considering he was experiencing winter at his home and was therefore wearing his winter coat!

Dakota caught the one that didn’t get away

Pop suggested that to cool off we go fishing or swimming in our dam. Dakota & I decided we wanted fish for our BBQ dinner that night so we tied a hook on and threw a line in. I got a few nibbles but it was Dakota who landed the big one!

That evening was my friend’s last with us so we all shared the BBQ fish and sat around the campfire talking and laughing into the early hours of the morning.

Dakota as a Wallaby (Rugby Union)

We wanted to give Dakota something that would remind him of us whenever he saw it. And so after much debate between us, we got him an authentic Wallabies rugby shirt.

Early the next morning saw Dakota leave on the Google Earth Jet. I ran through the paddocks waving as my buddy zoomed away back to his home, knowing how much I was going to miss him. We sure had a great time and I sincerely hope he comes back again soon – but for longer! (we might keep him)

17 January 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Furiends / Anipals, Thomas | | 4 Comments

A swim in the dam

We love being taken down to our dam, and it’s even better when there is water in it! Our dry season is roughly from May to September (the cooler months) so summer usually sees our dam filling a few times:

12 January 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Summer, Swimming, Thomas | | 3 Comments

Collar Crazies

(Click to go back to “Backseat Driving”: Backseat Driving post)

We love car rides. We know we’re going in the car because Nan puts our collars on and we only wear our collars when we’re going in the car. Nan usually puts them on while Pop is doing his ablutions, and we get pretty vocal about the whole affair!

Once in the car though we are quiet, well-behaved doggies (most of the time):

 

Pop calls us his in-car security system, hehehe.

5 January 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Driving Pop's ute, Thomas | | 1 Comment

Secret Santa

My Secret Santa sent me a squeaky blue octopus-thingy toy! I was so excited, I wouldn’t even share it with my doggy family. I took it to my chair and there it remained.

It took me two days and I eventually chewed the legses off, but it still squeaked, yay! The third day I started carrying it around with me. Unfortunately I’ve dropped it in the paddock somewhere but these things have a way of turning up again!

So thank you Secret Santa for giving me such a fun gift *hugs* xx

5 January 2011 Posted by | Christmas, Dogs, Thomas | | 2 Comments

A Special Christmas Present

For the first time in my life, I received a package in the post this Christmas, coming all the way from the United Kingdom. It was from my fiancee, @Keely_Bobs. Keely had sent me a brilliant frisbee made locally where she lives, and a soft warm blankie for the cooler months:

Fun frisbee from my darling Keely
Warm blankie from Keely for winter time

Here I am bringing the frisbee to Pop and asking him to throw it:

And here I am retrieving the frisbee and bringing it back to Pop for another throw. You’ll see I’ll also show you another way to carry it, hehehe:

31 December 2010 Posted by | Christmas, Thomas, Thomas & Keely | | 1 Comment

A typical Spring morning patrol

Our morning patrols usually begin checking out the vege patch for any signs of overnight visitors, then on to the corral in the house paddock.

Tom & Elisabeth in the vege garden
Raja & Sammy checking bush

Then once we have established security around the corral, we take some time out for a lie-down in the sunshine.

Back to front: Sammy, Raja, Elisabeth (left) Thomas (right)
Thomas on patrol

When we’ve finished soaking up the sunrays, we finish our patrol and go inside. Sometimes we dawdle a little on the way though.

Elisabeth giving Raja the “hurry up”

21 November 2010 Posted by | Dogs, Thomas | | 1 Comment

Night Visitors – Foxes?

Over the last week we dogs have been very interested in something we can smell coming from around the horse corral during the evenings. We can’t get out to the corral but we make Nan & Pop aware that there is something out there. Then in the mornings when Nan takes us for our “patrol”, we make a mad dash to the corral to inspect any evidence left behind by the night visitors. In particular, our attention is usually riveted on a few bushes. Nan suspects the visitors are foxes.

Sammy & Thomas sniffing bushes, November 2010

Before we dogs came to live here, Nan said they had foxes around regularly at night. She still occasionally sees one or two. Usually they are trotting down the paddocks on the far boundary of our place, but she hasn’t seen them up near the house since Sammy arrived.

Raja & Thomas, November 2010

14 November 2010 Posted by | Critters, Dogs, Farm, Thomas | | 1 Comment

The Olympics 2012 – Woogling for Gold

Brother Raja and I have joined the Twitter Olympics 2012 Woogling Team in an attempt to bring home the gold! Here I am practising while Raja takes some tips from me:

Thomas Woogling in November 2010

Then it’s time for Raja to show us what he’s got:

Raja Woogling in November 2010

14 November 2010 Posted by | Dogs, Thomas | | 1 Comment