Hi everybody! I’m back and I’m feeling great! No more Big Awful Head Ouchie making me feel wobbly and pukey and no more Big Pushy Eyeball into my head, feeling like it’s going to explode – it’s all nice & normal now!
Well, I sort of can’t see much on one side of my face – like everything is blurry on that side and I can only see light and dark bits – but that’s OK. I can still find my way around fine and if I turn my head, then I can see everything clearly with my other eye!
So don’t worry about me – I’m just learning to walk a bit more carefully sometimes – but hey, I can still run and grab my stuffie when my humans come home and I can turn around in tight spaces and walk backwards and go up & down stairs and get into the car machine and all the things I used to do, with no problems! In fact, this morning I surprised my human, Hsin-Yi, by galloping out the door and down the side of the house, to our backyard – I was so excited for my breakfast! Hee! Hee!
So don’t anybody make insulting comments (like someone did in my last post!) suggesting that I should just be a pathetic old doggie now who needs to spend my life taking “na-na naps” and being an Invalid Doggie! Humph! I heard that there is a special event happening at the moment called The Paralympics which is all about celebrating those like me who have a “disability” – and look at all the amazing things they can do! Well, I can too, still, as long as people just treat me like a normal doggie and let me still have adventures and have fun! I’m still the Big Honey Dog! (just with one blurry eye, OK? )
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about Michelle’s visit. Oh, in case you don’t know, Michelle is my friend, Bodie the Border Terrier‘s human. Bodie was also my little dancing partner back in NZ.
I used to see Michelle & Bodie every week when we were in my dancing club back in Auckland. Michelle used to dance with me by herself too sometimes and we always had lots of fun – well, except that one time when I tried to High-Five her and I whacked her in the chest instead and nearly knocked her to the ground!
Me & Bodie did this really cute Pairs Dance Routine together to the song, Mercy by Duffy – I found this old video of us rehearsing, which I hadn’t put up before…this was when we were still just working on the choreography and practising putting it together.(don’t you think the bit where we swap humans in the middle of the dance is really cool? )
We only had a month to put this routine together so it was a big rush and neither of us had ever danced in a duet with another doggie before. It was my last performance in NZ so we really wanted it to be good! And since neither me nor Bodie are – ahem, “reliable” doggies (well, we’re not Border Collies, you know! ) – our humans were really nervous about whether we would “step up” on the day of the performance…but we totally did! We wowed the crowd!
Hope you enjoy the movie!
If it doesn’t play, try here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPIYUDHud5U
Anyway, poor Michelle! She’d barely got here and the first morning after she arrived, I got my Awful Head Ouchie & Pushy Eyeball – so she ended up spending most of her “holiday” in Sydney rushing around from one emergency vet hospital to another with me & Hsin-Yi…or doing stressy waiting at home with Hsin-Yi, for news about me….she was so good about helping Hsn-Yi lots but it was so unfair to her!
But thank goodness, there was that first afternoon on the day that Michelle arrived, before everything went wrong – and my humans did manage to take Michelle out to have some fun! Well, first they went out to have lunch in a lovely placed called The Winery, in a part of Sydney called Surrey Hills, full of beautiful people wearing
weird trendy clothes. They have gorgeous yummies at that restaurant – look what the table next to my humans were eating!
My humans almost wanted to order the same thing (although Hsin-Yi thought it looked too beautiful to eat!) – but then they both decided to have the ‘Steak Frites‘ instead. Oh la la! It was GOOD!
Michelle had the Wagyu Steak Burger, which was super yummy too…
…and they shared some Onion Rings and a Mint, Pea & Fetta Salad…
Hsin-Yi & Michelle said the onion rings were the best they ever tasted! Am quite grumpy that my humans didn’t bring any home for me but Hsin-Yi says onions are poisonous to doggies so I wouldn’t have been allowed to have any anyway! Humph! Well, she could have brought me back a little piece of steak, couldn’t she? That was such a huge piece – Hsin-Yi is such a total pig!!
Well, to be fair, my humans were taking Michelle somewhere special after lunch so they probably couldn’t carry around bits of smelly yummies anyway…they were going to visit the Sydney Opera House!
I’m really jealous that I didn’t get to go too – although Hsin-Yi says doggies aren’t allowed inside the Opera House and she isn’t even sure if doggies are allowed on the waterfront area around the Opera House outside…anyway, it’s REALLY crowded there, with loads of Tourist Humans and local families…look at all the people in the picture above!
But actually, thank goodness I wasn’t there after all because – oh, it’s so embarrassing!…can you believe this picture of Hsin-Yi & Michelle? What were they thinking?? They were just setting off on the Opera House tour and Paul says they got a bit - ahem – carried away with the headphones…
My humans said the 1 hour tour was very interesting so if any of your humans reading this are in Sydney, they might like to do it too! It was all about how the Sydney Opera House was made and they take you to see the beautiful concert halls inside – and you know what’s cool? It was a Dane who designed it!! Well, OK, a human Dane – an Architect Human from Denmark, called Jorn Utzon, who won the worldwide design contest for the Sydney Opera House and came up with something that nobody had ever seen or imagined before…
After that, they came home and we had a nice evening all together, eating Takeaway Yummies (although again, I didn’t get any because it was Thai yummies and Hsin-Yi said that is too spicy for me! Humph!) – it was great fun having a guest in our house!
…oh, and Muesli surprised everybody because you know how she is such a Scaredy-Cat and she runs away if she even sees any stranger walking past our house, through the front windows? Well, whenever anybody comes to our house, even just to the door, like the Courier Humans, Muesli always scurries away and dives under the futon in the study to hide – she’ll stay there for hours sometimes! Even when my friend Carmel came over for tea, Muesli wouldn’t come out to say hello.
So we all thought that Muesli would probably spend the whole time that Michelle was visiting under that futon – hee! hee! – but actually, just 10mins after Michelle arrived, Muesli sauntered into the living room to check her out! We were all so shocked! She had never come out like that to check out a stranger before!
Muesli really liked Michelle – the first night, Michelle woke up to find Muesli in her bed, playing with her toes!! And she would climb into Michelle’s lap all the time and follow her around and talk to her and touch noses with her…wow, I guess Michelle must have a “magic touch”!
After Hsin-Yi & Michelle brought me back from hospital, there was still one afternoon left before Michelle had to go back to NZ. So after they stayed with me a bit and made sure I was comfy (I just went straight to my bed and crashed out! :D) – Hsin-Yi told Michelle that they had to stop feeling stressy and go out to do something fun, so that her holiday wasn’t completely wasted! It was so sad ‘coz Hsin-Yi had planned loads of fun stuff to do with Michelle, like take her to see the Sydney Aquarium and the Chinese Gardens and Darling Harbour…and now all those plans were ruined! But there was still a little bit of time left…
So they went out for a mooch around the famous, beautiful old shopping mall called the QVB…
…and they went to Wagamama for some yummies…
…and to San Churro for some yummies…
…and the morning before Michelle left, they went to a cafe near us for some more yummies! (Triple Chocolate Fudge Platter, with ice-cream, blackberries & raspberries, to share)
Well, Hsin-Yi said that she might not have been able to take Michelle to see a lot of Sydney but at least she could make sure that Michelle ATE a lot of Sydney!