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A home in Perth at last!

HY+Honey-smile-MathildaBayYay, we did it! We’ve finally found a pet-friendly place to rent in Perth! πŸ˜€

My humans have spent the last 4 weeks just searching, searching, searching and they saw SO many different houses. It has been almost Mission Impossible trying to find our home – well, first because we had to “tick many boxes”:

1) it had to be close to the hospital for Paul’s work;

2) it had to be “in budget” because we can’t pay lots of money paper;

3) it had to be on one level – no upstairs/ downstairs – because my humans were worried that I might need them in the night and if there are steep stairs, I can’t get up to their bedroom (I usually sleep in the living room) – besides, Paul still has some trouble walking at the moment and stairs are really tough for him, so it’s better to be on one level for him too

4) it had to have a small garden for me; and

5) my humans said that “AC (air-conditioning) was non-negotiable”!!! πŸ˜‰ Why? Because the weather in Perth in summer is often like this!!

Perth weather

That’s MINIMUM 25ΒΊC (77ΒΊF), max 40ΒΊC (104ΒΊF)! It was bad enough not having AC for our year in Sydney but Perth is even hotter and my humans were really worried about me if I couldn’t keep cool. Besides, Hsin-Yi works from home so she can’t escape to a nice cool office and back in Sydney, it got so hot sometimes that she could barely think…can’t imagine what it would be like in Perth!

Eeek! No, no – no house with scary, shiny, slippery wood floors, please!

On top of this, Hsin-Yi wanted to try and find a house with carpet if she could, because I get so stressy and scared on slippery, wooden floors.My humans can put down our own rugs for me but it’s nicer & easier if the house just has carpet to start with. (Hsin-Yi says this is partly her fault coz she forgot to socialise me to different types of floors when I was a puppy…I grew up in a house with carpet and never had to walk on wooden floors or other kinds of slippery, shiny floors – and so now I’m really scared of them. I have Dane friends who can run around on slippy, wooden floors no problem ‘coz they just got used to them as a puppy.Β  See, that’s why early socialisation is so important! πŸ˜‰ )

Oh! and NO PSYCHO NEIGHBOUR DOGGIES!!!!!Β  Our year in Sydney was made really miserable by the horrible Psycho Neighbour Doggie who was always barking-barking-barking all day (and sometimes night!) and trying to attack me & my humans through the fence every time we went into the garden. He used to stand and glare & snarl at me through a gap in the fence when I was trying to eat my breakfast and made me really stressy. I couldn’t even go toilet properly in my own garden anymore because of him! We didn’t want to talk about it on my blog anymore but he really made our everyday life a misery. The neighbour did make some effort to control him but they were a bit useless. :-( So this time, my humans are definitely going to check the neighbours very carefully before we rent anywhere!


Well, so my humans started looking…and looking…and looking… The problem was, all the houses in the areas we wanted to be in, and for the money paper we could pay, came in 2 types:

The Big, Old House – with high ceilings & loads of space and all on one level BUT they’re usually really old & ‘run-down’, with toilets out the back and lots of inconveniences. My humans were worried that a big, old house would need lots of work and repairs and the HUGE gardens would need lots of maintenance, like mowing grass & trimming bushes & weeding, and stuff (my humans are lazy & have black thumbs! πŸ˜‰ ) and the house would cost lots of money paper to heat in winter, ‘coz there’s no insulation – but most important of all, most old houses DON’T have AC!!! :-(

Big Old House5

Big Old House6

Big Old House7

Big Old House2


The Small Townhouse – with AC in every room,Β  modern kitchens & bathrooms and small, easy-care gardens (even though I’m a giant doggie, I don’t need a big garden – just somewhere to do my business and somewhere to snooze in the sun; my humans always take me out for walks & adventures everyday anyway! πŸ˜‰ ) BUT they’re usually much smaller and most of all, on 2 levels, with steep stairs.






* Townhouses also had another problem – people usually build them in a group together called a complex (Hsin-Yi says in America, they call it a “condo”) and so they have strict laws about what you can do – like where you can park your car or put your rubbish…or keep pets! So, many townhouses have “strata laws’ which don’t allow pets. Even if they do, you’re always worried because if the other people in the other townhouses of the complex complain about you, they can change the strata laws and make you leave…

Oh dear! So it was a big dilemma! Remember how my humans said AC was “non-negotiable”? But if we wanted AC, we would probably have to take a townhouse…which means stairs and that’s a big No-No too! :-( So what do to?

  • Is it better to live in a big, old house with lots of space but no AC??
  • Or is it better to live in a nice, comfy modern townhouse with cool AC but 2 levels and steep stairs??

My humans were getting a big headache!

Well, you know my human, Hsin-Yi – she loves a challenge. She was sure there was a perfect house out there, with AC AND on one level AND not too old…they just had to find it! So even though time was running out and my humans were starting to get very worried, she wouldn’t give up. Every day she checked the rental websites many, many times and every time a new house was listed, she would chase the Rental Agent Humans until they told her when she could go see it…and yes, my humans did see some really good houses but there was always something…

Some of the many, many houses my humans saw...the one in the big picture would have been perfect, except for those STAIRS!!

Some of the many, many houses my humans saw…the one in the big picture would have been perfect, except for those STAIRS!!

The other reason it was Mission Impossible was because of me & Muesli…yes, most Landlord Humans are very UN-petfriendly!! πŸ‘Ώ They don’t like pets and don’t want to rent their houses to people with pets. Especially a BIG doggie!! :-( Even though us big doggies might be much less crazy-hyper and much more well-behaved than a small doggie but most humans don’t understand that. They just see the size and nothing else – they think: the bigger the doggie, the bigger the mess & problems…

Well, this happens all the time but it’s extra bad in Perth at the moment ‘coz SO many people are moving here and looking for houses to rent that there aren’t enough houses for everybody and so the owners of the houses can get super fussy about who they want. So even though my humans are nice, decent people – there are many other nice, decent humans looking to rent too – and they don’t have pets…so it’s no contest! :-(

HY-househuntingSo the few times that my humans FINALLY managed to find a house that ticked all the boxes and applied for it, we got rejected because of me & Muesli :-( No matter how much my humans begged and pleaded and reassured and explained, they just said, “No pets.”

My humans were starting to get so stressy that they even got sucked into a internet rental scam! 😯 (You can read all about this and more details about what it was like house-hunting in Perth on Hsin-Yi‘s own blog: Perth – the good, the bad & the ugly )

Anyway! Finally, finally last week my humans found a “perfect” house – it’s not too big (just 2 bedrooms) – just right for us, and not too old; it’s got a nice, little garden; it’s all on one level (no stairs!) and it’s got AC and even carpet!!! πŸ˜€ And it’s close to the hospital too. So my humans filled out all the papers and sent the application form in, together with all the reference letters for me & Muesli, and we all held our breaths…would they say yes?

Honey-sit-wistfulThey did! πŸ˜› The only catch was that we can’t move into the house until the end of Feb. The owners wouldn’t budge on that. Well, my humans decided that the house was too good to lose just because of that – so we’ve agreed and we’ll just have to manage until then. We can only stay in our Temporary Mini-House until the end of this week, because there is another guest coming to stay after us (Hsin-Yi only booked it for 5 weeks because she didn’t think we would need any longer!), so that means there’s still a gap of another week before we can move into our new home.

Well, I’m really lucky because Trish & Luni said that I can go to stay with them again! πŸ˜› And my humans will go to stay with a friend of Paul’s, while Muesli will go to stay in a kitty hotel for the week. We are so lucky to have good friends already in Perth to help us! (And Hsin-Yi managed to delay the Movers delivering our stuff from Sydney, so we don’t have to pay extra money paper for storage – whew!)

So I won’t be able to show you our new home for another couple of weeks – I haven’t even seen it myself yet! – but my humans say it’s very nice, and there’s a big, beautiful park nearby!

Speaking of beautiful parks, my humans took me to check out THE park in Perth the other day…Kings Park & the Botanic Gardens! Remember I told you about this place? It is a GINORMOUS park right in the city centre, bigger even than New York’s Central Park, and it is all natural and beautiful and has gorgeous views of the Swan River and the downtown city…


(doggies are welcome in Kings Park, although they have to be on leash. I just take mine off when I pose for photos!)

…part of it is also the Botanic Gardens, full of interesting plants & flowers from all over the world. We didn’t get a chance for a proper look – it was just a quick walk through one corner – but the bit we saw was beautiful…



Botanic Gardens


D’you know – it’s weird but although Perth is super-hot, I’m actually coping with it much better than my humans expected. I’m just not panting as much as I did back in Sydney and even though the temperatures are high, I’m still quite bouncy on my walks…how come?? Then my humans figured out that it must be the humidity! Perth has very little humidity – so the air is really, really dry – and it makes it much easier for us doggies to cool down by panting. It’s like a desert climate – Hsin-Yi says it reminds her of growing up in Dubai. Very hot in the day but cool in the night.

And in the evenings, it pretty much always cools down and there is a lovely breeze that comes from the river. So even on a really hot day, I can still go for a nice walk in the evenings – not like back in Brisbane or Sydney when it was horrible walking on a hot day, even if we waited until 8pm to go out!


Well, Hsin-Yi was in a silly mood that day and she started making silly faces at the camera machine…hmm…I have a sneaking suspicion that she was making fun of me and my droopy face…



She was, wasn’t she?! πŸ‘Ώ Humph!

But – oh well – it’s quite fun having a silly human sometimes, so I decided to forgive her πŸ˜›


Thank you so much everybody who left suggestions for helping my fur grow back faster to cover up my Bionic Doggie patches…they are finally starting to grow back now! I have been going through my Spring/Summer moult so maybe that’s why it took so long – but all my new hairs are growing back nice & glossy now.

Well, I’ve still got LOTS of adventures to tell you about – including a Dane playdate on the beach! – but I’ll have to leave that for the next posts.

We are still not on proper internet here at the Temporary Mini-House- and things won’t really be back to normal until we’re settled in our new home and everything is connected. So please forgive me if I’m not coming round to visit your blogs at the moment and not responding to any messages very quickly. We will try to catch up as soon as we’re settled in ourΒ  new home!

Oh – and if you want to see more photos of Perth and hear more about what it’s like living in our new city, Hsin-Yi has just written all about it on her own blog: Perth – the good, the bad and the ugly

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40 Responses to A home in Perth at last!

  1. Toni Etim says:

    WAY TO GO …. so happy for you all … ! got to go to work.. read more later !

    Hugs and kisses
    Zeus and Toni

  2. Ione Couch says:

    I’m so glad everything is working out!! I did notice in the pix that your fur is looking beautiful!

  3. Dr. Liz says:

    I’m so glad you and your humans finally found a place to live – what a nightmare! As much as our house has issues (and boy does it), I think I’ll stay in it until it falls down around us because I can’t imagine looking for another house. As for the temps, well, as soon as you mentioned low humidity, I started looking for flights to Perth! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, I LOVE hot weather (especially when it cools down in the evenings), and while I agree air conditioning is a MUST for a house, I love toasty days! (Although when we were in Jeddah the humidity was off the charts high. Ugh!) The park and botanical gardens look LOVELY! In fact, everything you’ve shown us so far looks nice (other than the renting scams and whatnot). We can’t wait to see your new house! Is Perth the final stop for you, or does Paul still have more years of training to do? Just curious – our ‘fellows’ generally take 4 years to become ‘attending physicians’ – and then they get to stop moving around! :-)

    -Dr. Liz, who now has to get some of the fellows to step up and do the research component of their fellowship

    • bighoneydog says:

      Yes, the Fellows do a similar thing here – so this is Paul’s 4th year and he’s almost an “attending” and we’re hoping to be here in Perth to stay!

      It’s one reason why we were so upset when he got struck down by the transverse myelitis at the end of last year in Sydney – because after all the years of training & moving around, we were just almost finished and then this happened!! :-( He still hasn’t regained enough function in his left hand to be able to perform surgery and if he doesn’t then he won’t be able to complete his Fellowship… :-(

      But everyone says the recovery is very slow so we’re still hopeful. He has taken leave from the training programme for 6 months and is just doing non-surgical stuff for now…and we’ll have to see in a few months what happens. If he really can’t operate again, there are other options – such as academics & research – but it would be a real tragedy if he spent all those years training to be a surgeon, only to have to give it up as a career just before he’s finished…! :-(


  4. 2browndawgs says:

    Perth looks lovely. I am very happy to read that you found a suitable house. Good luck settling in.

  5. Christie McArthur says:

    Congratulations on your new home! What a relief! Look forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing more pictures of you once you are all settled in.

  6. Dorothy S in Michigan says:

    I am happy for you!

    The botanical garden picture is beautiful!

    Honey, tell Hsin-Yi no more dog faces.

  7. Millie says:

    I’m so happy you found a new home and can’t wait to read all about it. That last picture of you and Hsin-Yi is precious.

  8. rottrover says:

    Honey! We’ve fallen in love with Perth and are so glad that you’ve found a suitable home! It’ll be so great to finally, finally be settled somewhere! When you have a minute, come meet our new packmate, Otto :-)

    -Bart and Ruby and Otto

  9. Tarzan and Beth says:

    Congratulations on your new home! I am in a new home too! I was a stray for the begginning of my life; then a family in one of those “no pets” places helped me ( they had lots of fun kids); but they weren’t allowed to keep me. The landlords called the “animal control” lady and she came and had to take me from the family with the fun kids. We all cried. I stayed with a nice vet for over a month because I am too big for the pound’s kennels. Finally, my new family found me online, and I am training to a service/ balance dog for the mommy of the family. Her name is Beth; and she had a cancer thing; and the medicines made her dizzy all the time. She and I are walking a lot together; she leans on me and I lean on her right back! I am also learning to help her on and off the curbs, and up and down stairs! I get to live with them forever, and I will even get a uniform when I am done training. Hope to hear back from you soon!

    -Your new friend,

    • bighoneydog says:

      Hi Tarzan,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for telling me a bit about yourself! Wow – you sound like you’ve had quite a few adventures in your life already! It is wonderful what you are learning now to help Beth – we really admire you and Beth too, for being so brave and positive. I can’t wait to see a picture of you in your uniform when you finish training! :-)

      Honey the Great Dane

  10. Scout 'n Freyja says:

    My gosh, you folks sure to move around a lot! I can’t keep up☺.

  11. I’m so, so, so happy for you! The new place sounds perfect. πŸ˜€ And Perth sounds and looks amazing!! The humidity does make a huge difference. It get really hot (110F) with high humidity here in the summer and it’s miserable and dangerous. I’m glad Perth has low humidity. That sounds perfect. I may just have to move down there with you guys hehehehe. I can’t wait to see the place. I’m glad you managed to find places for everyone while you wait for it to become available.

  12. veronique says:

    So glad you found a house, and have friends help fill the gap.
    And that you like Perth so far.

  13. Carolyn Winks says:

    Dear Honey, Hsin Yi and Paul,
    We area some of your biggest fans here in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Love your blogs … just love them. We are thrilled you have finally found a home (yay – Hsin Yi – what perseverance) and are enjoying Perth – love the pictures by the way.
    Best of luck in Paul’s recovery – we hope that all works out. To have to give up something so important after all the time training and studying … what a loss that would be.
    Anyhow, keep the blogs coming, when you have time.
    We love you (and Giant George in Arizona),
    Carolyn (Momma), Mr. Tiny (Great Dane), Fritzie (Beagle/Basset), Mavie (Lab/Border Collie), Tulip & Sinny (Kitty-Cats) :) :) :)

    • bighoneydog says:

      Hi Carolyn, Mr Tiny (what a cool name!), Fritzie, Mavie, Tulip & Sinny – just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment and we’re so happy to hear that you enjoy my blog…you made our day! :-)

      Honey the Great Dane

  14. Maria Alice says:

    So glad you found a home!! Hope Muesli and Honey will do fine even if they’ll have to pass a week far from their families. And I wish Paul will soon recover from his illness! :-)

  15. Kari says:

    So glad you found a home!

    Stop on by for a visit

  16. We are just thrilled that you found the perfect home, Honey, and we can’t wait to see pictures!
    Perth is sure pretty!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  17. We are so very happy you found a place to live! And thank goodness there are good people to help you out the week you haveno home for. We can’t wait to see it!

  18. Oh geez, I was really hoping to see the new place! I guess I’ll have to be patient, like Honey, and wait :)

  19. kristine says:

    So glad that you have finally found a home and will be able to put your things around you.
    Happy Valentines Day Honey…….Slobbers George xxxx

  20. perthcyclist says:

    Hi Hsin-Yi, just saying but they can’t change strata laws at a complex unless it is unanimous, so if your owner allows you to rent with pets (and charges a premium for it too) then it won’t change while you are there. We live in a strata titled villa with our 4 furkids plus one foster cat and it’s not an issue. At one time 3 of the 4 villas had dogs. Now we are the only ones though :(

    PS this is Jet, for some reason your comments section won’t let me log in with my blogger account… perthcyclist is my alter ego :))

    Anyway now you are settled drop me an email and Bender and Barbie and I can take you to our favorite places!!

    • bighoneydog says:

      Oh thanks for clarifying that about strata laws for us! I guess maybe the rental agents were just trying to scare us. They told us that even if the owner had accepted us, if the other residents in the complex weren’t happy and complained, they could vote to change the laws and ask us to move out or get rid of the pets…made it sound very vulnerable & scary! Coz you know how sometimes even if your pets are on their best behaviour, some people are just “difficult” and out to make trouble…! πŸ˜‰

      Oh yes, would love to catch up – am off to email you now!


  21. zorbi2012 says:

    Honey Beau,
    I’m very happy that at last you found a house so that you can now settle down and resume your blogging to keep us posted on your adventures. I’m also happy for Muesly & your humans. And, before I forget, Happy St. Valentine for you, Muesly and your humans! Zorba the Greek

    • bighoneydog says:

      Thank you so much, Zorba – Happy Valentine’s to you too! :-) And yes, I hope that we will be able to blog more regularly from now on!

      Honey the Great Dane

  22. Lilli says:

    Yay! A new house! Can’t wait to see it :) Luckily everything seems to turn right ways again.


  23. Nightshade says:

    I’m so happy for all of you that you finally found a place to move in to! Can’t wait for the pictures, but the most important thing is that you’ll feel at home there.

  24. Badger the Deerhound says:

    Welcome HOME, Honey and all!! (But I’d be careful of that big scary odd-looking plant; looks like something that would eat people — or big dogs — in a movie!)

  25. Madeleine says:

    great to hear you have found somewhere to live and look forward to all the news when you do. Good luck and big hugs to ALL of you for coping so well with all the moving and searching and what have you.
    Madeleine and Candygirl

  26. Those photos of the houses with those few curved stairs were scary looking. Mommy would never want to live in a house with steps like that. The house that Mommy lived in when she was younger had a few curved steps like that going into the basement — she tripped going up them once — and got the wind knocked out of her for the moment when she fell flat on her face at the top of the landing. Her dog sat by her side and licked her face until Mommy got up. Mommy was ok — butt, she just has a fear of curved steps now.

  27. Malach and Indigo says:

    That’s such amazing news honey!!! Good luck to all of you and we can’t wait to hear more!

  28. Luisa says:

    Hey Honey! I saw almost all of your Youtube videos… unfortunately some were blocked for me because I’m from Germany and the stupid GEMA blocks a lot of videos for us germans.
    But anyways, you’ve got to be the coolest dog in the world! I love Great Danes and now that I read, that you moved to Perth I think I like you even more hehe. I lived in Perth for 4 months, 2 years ago and it was my favourite city in the entire world. I really miss it and wish I could go back and meet you there!
    Stay the way you are, you’re amazing and I really enjoy reading from you and seeing you on youtube!!!
    TAKE CARE xxx

    • bighoneydog says:

      Hi Luisa – thank you for your lovely comment and your nice words! And what a great coincidence that you used to live in Perth too! :-) I hope you might be able to relive some of your nice memories of Perth through my blog.

      Honey the Great Dane

  29. Howdy Honey, yaahoo on finding a new home. It will be wonderful when you are all in and settled but in the meantime you get to stay with your friends Trish and Luni again (and maybe this time play together?). Gosh the parks in Perth look wonderful. Love the photos of you and Hsin-Yi too! Take care all. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  30. Jed & Abby in MerryLand says:

    We are most happy and relieved – and not at all surprised – that Hsin-Yi pulled another rabbit out of the hat and found you a great house. Looking forward to seeing it and the neighbors and the ‘hood, once you’re able to post about it.

    We’re also keeping our paws crossed for Paul’s full recovery. We sure hope by the end of the 6 months sabbatical, he’ll be able to resume his surgery fellowship and get it finished so you can make some long range plans for your future. Perth sounds lovely, although we may revise our opinion after we go read Hsin-Yi’s scam post on her blog.

  31. littlemisspudgypaws says:

    Dear Honey, Like all of your other fans, we are so happy that you are now in Perth and beginning a new adventure. It made me so sad that Sydney was a bad place for you. Hsin-Yi takes really good care of her family, doesn’t she? She worked very hard to find the perfect place for you all. Hunting for a house is really hard work. It is hard to be optimistic when people say that they don’t want to rent to you. Not just stressy, super stressy, and sometimes it makes feel one bad because it seems as if they don’t even like you! Yes, everyone who has followed your blog knows that this would NEVER stop Hsin-Yi. Yup, yup, silly little Hsin-Yi will work, and work more to make sure that her people have a good life. I can’t wait to see you explore the botanical gardens. Today is a day for smiles in the land of the Honey’s blog.

    Rebecca and Little Miss Pudgy Paws.
    BTW, have you ever played with or had your picture taken with a Corgi? There is one way that Great Danes and Corgis are alike. (snerk) We both like people very much, and approach almost everyone with trust. (I bet that you thought that I was silly to say that we are alike, tee hee.)

  32. cafall says:

    Yay to the new house!


  33. Nici says:

    I’m a newbe to your blog after I discovered your videos on YouTube, but just saying, Honey, you’re very likely to be one of the sweetest dogs on this planet. I fell in love with you instantly! And I’m happy for you and your family to have found a lovely home. Can’t wait to read your new stories when you get settled in. Hope you have a good last week before the move and lots of love from Germany :)

  34. Cheryl, Benji and Rosie says:

    Way to go guys finally your very own place, Perth looks sooooo beautiful, peaceful and relaxed. Love that last photo Honey of you and Hsin-Yi, think that heart of stone has melted away it is indeed a lovely shot. love Benji, Rosie and their human. xxx

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