Hi everybody – I’m so sorry we’ve been so quiet on my blog for so long! My humans have just been crazy busy running around, trying to find a house for us to rent and Hsin-Yi just hasn’t had any time or energy to help me with my blog.
It’s been very stressy ‘coz we have to “tick many boxes” for our house PLUS find somewhere that accepts pets. Well, you know how Landlord Humans are usually not petfriendly anyway – and in Perth, they can be extra-fussy ‘coz there are so many people arriving, wanting to live here – and so there are so many people fighting for the same houses!
But anyway – paws crossed – we might not be homeless much longer…I’m hoping to have good news to announce in my next post!!
In the meantime, I want to tell you about some of the adventures I’ve been having in Perth so far! Well, since my humans have been so busy, we haven’t been able to go out exploring much yet but you know, even without making much effort, we’ve already had so many wonderful walks here. Perth is great (and just like Auckland) because you don’t have to go far to find beautiful, uncrowded places everywhere. Especially beaches!
You know, because I grew up in Auckland, with all its lovely, harbour beaches and the beautiful, wild beaches of the Waitakeres & the West Coast, I’m a real beach babe and since we moved to Australia, I’ve really missed being able to go to the beach easily.
None of the places we lived in up till now (Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney) had many clean, beautiful dog-friendly beaches that you could get to quickly & easily.
Well, in Perth, there are dozens of pet-friendly beaches to choose from! Perth is right beside the Indian Ocean and it also has the beautiful Swan River & Canning River snaking through it, so aside from the ocean beaches, there are loads of river beaches all around the city – and many lakes too!
In fact, river beaches are even better than ocean beaches, I think, ‘coz the water is a LOT calmer and less scary for – ahem – a Non-Water Doggie like me – hee! hee!
…and they are nice & shallow for a long way out, so you can wade around without worrying about suddenly falling into deep water…
…they’ve got cool ducks and swans that you can say hello to…
…and lovely soft sand to run in!
And the best part is, they are so easy to get to – you don’t have to spend half a day, fighting awful traffic, driving for ages out of the city to get there – and they are clean and EMPTY!!
This beach is just 10mins round the corner from our Temporary Mini-House and we can just go there in the evenings – we don’t have to go super late or super early – and it’s so lovely and quiet and hardly anybody else there!
Whew! All that running sure works up an appetite! Good thing there’s a Chinese takeaway nearby! I had never gone to get takeaway before…what an exciting new adventure!
I wasn’t allowed inside the restaurant, of course, so I had to wait outside with Paul while Hsin-Yi went in to get our yummies…
…although we weren’t waiting alone long! The Chinese takeaway is inside a sort of outdoor shopping centre and soon everybody who was in the shopping centre who saw me wanted to come over to say hello! Especially a big group of human pups who were having a birthday party in one of the restaurants – they all rushed out of the party to come see me! Hsin-Yi says if we had charged people to pat me, we would have easily paid for our dinner – hee! hee!
We got home to find Muesli…er…’relaxing’. She sure is making herself comfy in our Temporary Mini-House!
Muesli has been a bit naughty, though, coz she started trying to scratch the furniture in our Temporary Mini-House! That is a big no-no because they were so nice to accept pets and we have to show them that we are good guests…and we definitely must not spoil their furniture! So Hsin-Yi decided the only solution was to clip Muesli’s claws.
Thank goodness that my humans had done this when Muesli was a baby kitty, so that she was socialised to it. See, this is why Hsin-Yi always spends extra time doing training & socialisation things with us when we are babies – because we are like sponges at that time and we learn things so quickly – things that could be “scary” just become “normal”.
People often tell Hsin-Yi: “Why bother? You’re never going to need to do that!” – but you just never know what life is going to throw at you (we never knew we would have to live in a Temporary Mini-House one day!) so it’s good to be socialised to as many things and learn as many life skills as possible. Even if we never use it again, that’s fine – but you never know when it might come in handy or make a big difference. Hsin-Yi thinks learning stuff is never wasted.
That’s why all the kitties (and doggies) in our family have baths and get their nails clipped every month when they are babies, and go away to stay in a pet hotel just for the experience, so that they get used to it. They might never need to do it again when they’re grown up – or maybe only once in a long, long time but at least, they’ll be socialised to it and it’s no big deal and they won’t get stressy and difficult about it.
Hsin-Yi really believes that good socialisation when we’re young is the key to helping us grow up into happy, confident doggies & kitties who can cope better with anything that life throws at us. Even Muesli – although she is a scaredy-cat type – but she has coped with this move much better than she would have.
The one thing my humans are awful lazy about, though, is grooming! Hsin-Yi can barely remember to do it once a month – that’s why she would only ever have a short-haired breed of doggie or kitty – ‘coz she knows she is useless – hee! hee! But they have had to be a lot better lately ‘coz I’m shedding like mad. I don’t usually shed much but twice a year – in spring & autumn, I go through a big moult and lots of dead hair falls out. It’s terrible – even if you just stroke me, lots of hair comes off in your hand. So then my humans have to groom me almost every day to get all the dead hairs out, otherwise I just look like a moth-eaten carpet.
Speaking of coats, my Bionic Doggie patches are taking an awful long time to grow out! Look, here’s a picture Hsin-Yi took of me on one of my walks, when I was standing nicely just by myself – you can see my patches clearly. They were quite cool in the beginning but now, they just look a bit ugly and annoying. I wish they would grow out quicker!
Hsin-Yi was making rude comments about me in this photo – she said that I’m getting “middle age spread” and losing my figure. Even though my humans keep me a bit underweight now (to help my joints & my heart), I still don’t look as slim & trim as I used to. My hips & thighs are all scrawny & bony now and especially, I don’t have the nice “tuck up” anymore that younger Danes have, coz the skin that’s attached between my back legs and my body is really sagging down now. Humph! Well, I’d like to see what she looks like when she’s my age! I’m nearly 80 yrs old in human years, you know! See if Hsin-Yi isn’t sagging everywhere too when she’s 80!!
While we were at that park, we met another old doggie – a rescue Pug called Belle.
Well, Hsin-Yi was being rude about my new friend too – she kept giggling and saying that Belle looked like the Alien Pug from the movie, ‘Men in Black‘. Honestly! Somebody should have washed Hsin-Yi’s mouth out that day!!
Now, you’re probably wondering how I was getting out and about to all these cool parks and places since our car machine was still coming on the “road train” from Sydney. Well, Paul has a lovely friend who let us borrow one of his car machines! It was a giant breed car machine, for lots of people to sit in – although you can fold down the back seats to make room for carrying suitcases…or Great Danes!
It had slightly weird slidey doors at the side, though, so I had to learn to climb in through that – but my humans were very proud of me: I was very agile & learnt very quickly!
My humans were also very proud of me because when I got in, I just lay down all by myself, without being told! That’s coz I’ve always been trained to lie down in the car machine and that is how I’m used to riding around. So even though there was loads of room in this new car machine and I could have stood up if I wanted to, I still lay down. Hsin-Yi has always been very strict about that – she thinks its very wrong & dangerous for doggies to be standing up, roaming loose in car machines (and sticking their heads out windows) – they don’t need to do that to “enjoy” the ride, whatever their humans might think! Well, really, all doggies should wear doggie seatbelts or be inside crates – but if they don’t, at least they should be lying down quietly, ‘coz then their centre of gravity is lower down and much safer if the car machine has to swerve or stop suddenly.
Well, although it was nice & roomy in that borrowed car machine, it was still nice to have our own back. It arrived from Sydney last week!
So, now I can go off on my adventures in our own car machine – yay!
Well, you can see that we are LOVING Perth so far and having a really wonderful time getting to know our new city – even if we haven’t been able to do many special things so far. But I hope I’ll be back soon to tell you some really good news – – and then we can relax a bit and start really exploring Perth!