Monday, April 30, 2012

A weekend at 'Doodlebug'.

Laura and I finally found time for a weekend away together with the kiddies.
We found this lovely, dog-friendly weekender down near Rye, called 'Doodlebug'.
Doodlebug Dog Friendly Accommodation Rye

We were greeted with a lovely house on a hill by the sea, champagne in the fridge, and a bed each for the kiddies.
"Look Mum ! Is that a treat for us in that box ?"
 Hmm, it might be, Mr Darcy. Let me check. Yes, it's full of gourmet dog biscuits.

"Yum. Can we have one now ? It's been a long car ride and I'm hungry."
Yes of course, Mr Darcy. Here we go. One for Daisy...

 "Me too, Mum. Me too."
Yes, yes. Slow down. One for you too, Mr Darcy.

 Another on for Daisy...

And one more for you, Darcy. That's all for now. Let's go and explore.

 Si the DogBlogger.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Get the mouse !

All right. This is gonna be a long post. So sit back and relax and listen up.

Now, anything that moves or that can be thrown is 'The Mouse.'
Balls, sticks,bugs and even mice - it's always, 'quick, get the mouse, get the mouse !'.

This poor stuffed toy is an Australian Butcherbird with a squeezy thingy inside to make it sing.
Get the mouse Darcy ! Quick ! Quick !
"Throw it, Dad. Throw it !"

 *tarump tarump tarump*

"Here it is, Dad. Again ! Again !"

 *galump galump galump*

"Dad. Again !"
Ha ha. Sure. Quickkkkk. Get the mouse !

*kerthump kerthump kerthump*  "Got it !"

 Daisy. You too. You chase the mouse too.
"Yes Dad."

Daisy ! Chase the mouse.
"Well Dad. It looks like hard work."

Lazy lump. You need some exercise. 
"But Darcy is doing such a good job of it. Let him do it."

Lazy thing. OK, Mr Darcy, are you ready to do it again ?
"Ready Sir Dad."

One more time. I'll hide around the corner and throw it. Wait for it... wait for it...
"Now Dad. Now. Throw it now !"

One last time. Ready ?
"Ready !"

"Phew. I'm tired now."
Clever thing Mr Darcy.
"I'm tired too, Dad."
What from, Daisy ? All you did was watch.


"I offered encouragement, Dad. I'm the support team."
Ah. That'll be it then... Very tiring. You two have a sleep now.

Si the DogBlogger.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trust factor - zero !

We've had Mr Darcy over two weeks now and he's settling in nicely. He's a young pup and full of energy.

"Sir Dad, I don't like being on this string. I want to run free !"
Yes, Mr Darcy. That's exactly the problem. You running under a car. Squish !

"But Sir Dad. There's so many interesting things to sniff, and to pee on."
Oh yes, I'm sure. And they're all within five meters of me and this red handle !

"Come on, Daisy. Dad's no fun." *sniff sniff*
"Don't worry, Darcy. You'll get used to it." *sniff sniff*

"Let's check out this tree." *pee pee*
 "Looks good to me." *pee pee*

"Dadddddd. Don't you trust me ?" *pull pull*
As if, Mr Darcy. Trust factor zero, mate.

Maybe in a month or two. Not before.

Si the DogBlogger.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Who did this ?!

 Uh Oh ! This is not a good sign.


Oh no. This looks even worse. 


Who did this, I wonder ?
"Sir Dad. I plead."

Was this you, Mr Darcy ? As if I didn't know anyway.
"I smelled chicken bones, Dad, and I was very hungry"

Is that so. *sigh*
"Don't smack me, Dad."

 I'm not going to smack you, you silly mutt. All I'm going do is clean up the mess, then feed you properly - until your belly is round. It still scares me that I can feel your ribs.
"Sorry, Sir Dad."

Si the DogBlogger.

Monday, April 23, 2012

That doggie in the window.

I'm off to work on an early shift.
I've kissed the doggies on the nose and said goodbye.

There's Mr Darcy in the window. He jumps up on a chair by the window.

"Goodbye Dad. Hurry home so we can play."
Bye-bye Mr D. See you tonight.

He's there again when I come home. Hello Mr D.
"Hooray. Dad's home. Let's play."

Just let me find my keys.
"Hurry. I need a smooch."

Coming... Coming... Where's my keys !

Si the DogBlogger.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chicken for dinner. Call me Dad.

Mr Darcy has only been with us for two weeks, but he is very much at home now.
We rescued him from the RSPCA on the Peninsula.

"I say. What's that Sir ? It sure smells good."
It's roast chicken for our dinner, Mr Darcy. Maybe it's about time you called me Dad.

"Yes Sir Dad. It's an honor."

After all Mr Darcy, I do walk you and comb you.
"True, true."

We have slept together in the same bed. Speaking of which, I think I have one of your fleas.
"Ah. Can I have that one back. I knew I was missing one."

I feed you yummy dinners, and roast chicken, and tasty morsels of cheese.
"Mmmm. Yes you do. I feel that I am growing fatter day by day."

And I kiss your snout when I leave for work...
"Yes Sir Dad. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Sorry about the tongue up your nose this morning.
That's OK. It probably needed a clean anyway. Just 'Dad', OK ?
"Very good. I shall call you Dad from now on."

Si the DogBlogger.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Daisy ran into a bike.

*Sigh*. It's been a traumatic month. Monty passing away. Grief. Sadness.
Searching through the Lost Dogs Homes looking for a new hound to rescue. Missing out on poor Prudence. So many sad dogs. Finding Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy escaping. Mr Darcy being found.
This and that. *Sigh*. It's been tough. It's been an emotional roller coaster.

Then what happens ? Daisy trots across the road to our little park and runs straight into a pushbike. *SIGH*. Silly chicken. My heart is jumping all over the place again.
"Sorry Day. It hurts."

Poor thing. You've scraped you eye and hurt your foot.
"Make it better Dad."

Poor Daisy. *kiss kiss* Dad will make it better.

Si the DogBlogger.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Worn out after our trip to The Beach.

We've just had a lovely day out at The Beach.

Now we're home and relaxing and it's time for a nap for tired doggies.

Are you right there, kiddies ?
"Yes Dad. Tired now."
"Yes Sir. It's been a lovely day, thank you."

*snort snort*


Lovely kiddies. They're such a treasure.

Si the DogBlogger.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mr Darcy's first trip to Port Melbourne Beach.

It's another glorious Autumn day. Laura and I are both off work.
Beach ! Fish and chips !

Come on kiddies. Everybody on Mum's lap.
"Yay. The Beach."
"I say, this is very exciting."

Here we go, Mr Darcy. Port Melbourne Beach.
"Wow. What's all that ?"

"It's the sea, stupid."
Daisy, be nice.

"The sea, huh ? What do you do with it ?"

"Paddle your toes, is what you do with it. It's lovely and cool on the tummy too. Give him a push, Mum."
One push, coming up, Daisy. *nudge*

"Wow, this is nice. It's cool too. But...... it's all a bit scary for me."

"Silly mutt. You'll get used to it."
Daisy ! Just because you're old and wise.

Si the DogBlogger.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mr Darcy learning to WAIT.

I never taught Monty and Daisy any tricks.
About the only thing I ever taught them was WAIT at the traffic lights.

Now it's time to teach Mr Darcy.
*heavy hand on the rump plus firm command* WAIT.
Good boy. Now we look left...
"Yes Sir."

Good boy. Now we look right...
"Yes Sir."

Uh ! No ! WAIT. That's good. Don't move.
"Why ? What happens if I move ?"

What happens ?
Screeching tires. Skin, fur and teeth go flying. Rush to vet. Stitches. Painful injections. Bucket on head. Many visits to vet for more painful injections. Stitches out. Limping for weeks. Thin soup to eat, if you're lucky. Maybe missing a leg. Busted teeth. Dad and mum crying and very sad. Oh, and thousands of dollars in vet bills.... Seeings as how you asked.

"Ah...... Hum........ Maybe I'll just wait here then......"

Si the DogBlogger.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mr Darcy and Daisy waiting for a snackette. Clockwork Cafe, Clifton Hill

It's a glorious Autumn day and it's my rostered day off, so let's all go for a walk.
Come on you two, let's head to Queens Parade for a snack.

Clockwork Cafe will do just fine. Now what will we have ?
"Gosh, a little snackette would be nice, Dad."
Sure Daisy. What would you like ? And you Mr Darcy ?

"Bacon, Dad."
"Bacon, please Sir."

Sigh, OK. I might have a tandoori chicken pide, with bacon on the side of course.
"Yum. We'll taste that for you too, Dad. Just to make sure it's OK."
Mmmmm. Maybe.

Si the DogBlogger.