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Playdate with the Fastest Doggie in the World! (& Thinking of George)

Before I start my post today, I wanted to share some very sad news – those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know that my NZ friend, George the Bernese Mountain Dog, suddenly went to the Rainbow Bridge a few days ago. :-(

George was fighting so bravely, even though the chemo made him very sickie – it made all his white blood cells die and then he got a bad infection…but they gave him the Antibiotic Medicine and he got a bit better again…Then his kidneys started getting very sickie and he almost collapsed! 8-O His human rushed him back to the vet hospital…and he was such a strong boy and was fighting & fighting…and they were happy because the new X-rays showed that the cancer lumps were definitely getting smaller so the chemo seemed to be working! But then just after his human left him for the night, after giving him lots of cuddles, they called her suddenly to say that George had had a heart attack and died. He was 8yrs old so he was a senior doggie too – I guess it was all a bit too much for his body in the end.

Oh George – we will miss you!! We are heartbroken – and thinking of his human, Kristine. She gave him such a wonderful life – no doggie could have asked for more. (If you missed my post about George, you can read about him here: http://www.bighoneydog.com/2013/03/george-gospelchoir-sillyface-contest/)

George-RIP

George (9th May 2004 -22 March 2013)

(Here is the tribute that Kristine wrote about George:)

George Chamberlain
Born a dog – Died a gentleman!
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“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him. And I expect I will – as I always have. He is just my George.

 

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I was very excited a few weekends ago because I finally got to meet my long-time blog friend, Barbie the Greyhound! My humans took me over to the other side of Perth, where Barbie lives, and we had a playdate in the Bayswater Riverside Gardens, which is a big park right next to the Swan River.

Barbie-headprofileI used to follow Barbie’s blog and be so jealous of all her beautiful pictures of the places she went to in Perth…and now I’m here myself, going to all those places! :P

Barbie is a rescue greyhound adoped from Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) – she was supposed to be a racing greyhound but she wasn’t interested in chasing anything! ;-)

So the racing people didn’t want her anymore…but thank goodness GAP helped to find a lovely pet home for her!

That was about 3yrs ago – Barbie is 5yrs old now and she lives with another doggie, called Bender, and 2 kitties, plus occasional foster kitties, in her wonderful forever home. And she is very gentle and lovely with all the kitties…just goes to show that all the myths about greyhounds always wanting to chase and kill any small furry thing are not true!

It’s a shame though because Barbie has to wear a muzzle all the time when she is out in public – that’s the law in Western Australia, just because you’re a “greyhound”. It’s awfully unfair, isn’t it?

Well, me & Barbie recognised each other straight away as soon as we arrived at Riverside Gardens and rushed over to say hello!

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Barbie might have no interest in chasing things but she LOVES to run and be chased by other doggies, herself!  We had barely said hello before she was inviting me to a game of Catch! ;-)

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Oh! But she was so FAST!!

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She was a black blur on the horizon before I knew it!! Well, you know I’m a senior doggie now and sprinting around is certainly not my thing anymore (Hsin-Yi says it wasn’t even my thing when I was a young doggie – hee! hee! Us Danes are known as rather – ahem – ‘lazy’ doggies!)…but I don’t think I could have got close to Barbie even when I was a young doggie! I think she’s the fastest doggie in the world!

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While Barbie was being a black blur on the horizon, I suddenly met another doggie who just arrived at the park…a young Dane pup! Her name is Molly and she was about 6 months old…

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Molly was very excited to see me and wanted to PLAY!!!

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Well, you know I don’t play much anymore these days…my humans say I’m turning into a snob at the dog park coz I am very choosy about which (adult) doggie I will play with now…but I do like puppies a lot! Even if they’re climbing & bouncing all over me, I don’t usually mind at all…and if they want to play, I’ll show them some moves! Yaaaaah! I wasn’t called the “Honey Monster” when I was young for nothing! :P

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We were having a great time but Hsin-Yi was a spoilsport and made me stop because she was worried about Molly getting hurt – because Molly was still on her leash and Hsin-Yi was worried about things getting tangled and Molly choking (see in the first picture above – it’s always better if doggies can play off-leash ‘coz otherwise it might get a bit dangerous). Also, Hsin-Yi was a bit worried about me stepping on Molly and squashing her – coz everybody says Danes puppies are growing very fast in the first year and can be a bit “fragile” (Huh – although I was a TOTAL rough tomboy in my first year and ran around doing crazy jumping & wrestling and my humans never really stopped me and I grew up ok :roll: – but Hsin-Yi says you always worry more about hurting OTHER people’s doggies! ;-) )

Anyway, so I decided to teach Molly how to do the “majestic Dane stand” instead -

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Not bad for a little squirt, huh?

Meanwhile, Barbie had done 6,872 laps of the whole park by now and was finally a bit tired and decided to come back and join us – hee! hee! ;-)

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Barbie wanted to show me more of the park, so we headed down towards the river…

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There was a Golden Retriever playing in the water and her name was “Honey” too! :P

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She showed me where to find the best sticks…you know, fetching a stick from the water is one of my favourite games! (well, as long as my humans don’t throw it too deep!)

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Barbie isn’t so into fetching sticks…she had met another greyhound and they were having a proper High Speed Chase through the gardens! ;-)

There are lots & lots of doggies that come to Riverside Gardens – it’s a very popular dog park, especially on a weekend morning.

Honey+dogs2…me & Barbie mets lots of new doggie friends!

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Well, it was late morning by now and starting to get hot…so our humans decided it was time to start heading back to the car machines. Whew, I had been out for nearly 1hr already! That’s a big walk for me these days. I used to walk 1hr ~ 1.5hrs every day when I was a young doggie (especially if I went out with Hsin-Yi: she loves to walk and could walk for hours & hours!) but as I am older now and like to take things easier, my humans have cut my daily walks down to 20 – 30mins on most days.

Honey-run-water2A lot of people think that as soon as you’re “old”, you should stop doing everything and just spend all your time lazing around, like a princess…but that’s so wrong!

It’s really important that I continue to get regular exercise every day and running a few times a week and go up & down stairs and make tight turns and climb on & off things – plus keep doing tricks sometimes and some dance moves & other training and even learning NEW things…coz that’s how I can stay fit & healthy, even though I’m getting older.

“Use it or lose it!” – so to keep my heart & muscles & joints & brain in good shape, I have to keep using them! :D

Of course, my humans are careful not to let me “overdo” things and I’m not allowed to do “crazy stuff” anymore (definitely no more Agility! ;-) ) but they don’t wrap me up in cotton wool just because I am a senior doggie now.

Well, me & Barbie had a nice walk back to the car machines together. Our humans said we looked really cute with our bums strolling side-by-side! :P

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Thank you so much for a great playdate, Barbie! Can’t wait until our next one!

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17 Responses to Playdate with the Fastest Doggie in the World! (& Thinking of George)

  1. jet says:

    Ah Honey I am so glad that you had a good time! Barbie says she didn’t really do that many laps, she just went and napped behind a tree for a while. You know, like that story about the tortoise and the hare!

    I always worry about Dane puppies hurting themselves. It is probably silly in the same way that other people worry Barbie is going to hurt herself when she goes for a full speed lap around the park. Still, Molly was so BIG! She is going to be very pretty when she is all grown up and probably the same size as you, Honey!

    That photo of them both sniffing that little doggie is so funny! It’s a wonder they got their noses to fit. :D

  2. That’s a lot of fun for you Honey! It’s great that you are able to enjoy playdate with your pal, Barbie. Wow! She can really run!!!!

    Molly is also a very pretty pup. So sweet of you spend time with her to play and teach her, too. She is a big girl for her young pup age.

    We love the photos you’ve shared. Thanks for these, Honey!

    Love,
    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  3. Milo & Jet says:

    Hello Honey
    Where sorry to hear about your lovely friend george he looked like he was a beautiful doggie. It’s always exciting meeting fur friends for the first time and it looks like you and barbie had a fantastic play date together. Molly looks very cute hopefully once she is bigger you can get together for a play. Looks like you have very exciting time meeting all your new friends from Milo & Jet

  4. Mason says:

    OOOO That dane puppy mom wants!!

    ~Mason

  5. Stella says:

    I’m sorry to hear that George passed away. Must be a big loss, but still leaving great memories.

  6. sara says:

    Peace to George’s family as they cope with their loss.

    What a wonderful playdate you had with your new friends. Barbie is so svelte! She’s really a cool dog. I think my dad may have been a greyhound in his former life……he’s always wanting to do laps.

  7. What a totally perfect weekend and such a beautiful place to go for a walk. Mom sure misses Australia when she sees your pics…..she misses being able to go places where dogs can be off lead and misses sidewalks….it is hard to go walkies here because there are no sidewalks…how silly is that? It was sad to read about George……maybe the Chemo wasn’t the way to go in such an older doggie…I know we all want to our furbabies to live as long as they can….but quality of life is more important sometimes then the length of it.

  8. Good job in teaching that Dane puppy the ropes – those puppy types can always benefit from your wisdom and experience! Your friend Barbie is a gorgeous girl – and definitely rocks those zoomies! It looks like you had an excellent playdate! We’re thrilled to see you are settling in to Perth!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  9. Sam says:

    We are so sorry about George.

    It looks like you have a wonderful dog park there!

    Sam

  10. Marjie says:

    So sorry to learn about George. I know how his family feels.

    It looks like you had a wonderful day at the dog park with Barbie and Molly. My oldest daughter is dating a man who just loves Danes, and he says he’s going to have a Dane when he finally gets his own house. She also lives down the block from a pair of Danes, and often sees them walking with their human when she’s walking to her office (which is only a couple of blocks from her house). So there are a lot of you Danes out there! And you are a great ambassador for giant doggies everywhere.

  11. Perth surely does seem to agree with you, Honey!
    We are so sad to read about George.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  12. Dorothy S in Michigan says:

    Nice to see you with the other dogs, especially the puppy!

    Sorry about George.

    I’m glad you are well! You’ve been through a lot in the last year, and still having fun!

  13. Mina&Maks&Mo says:

    I’m so so sorry to hear about George, he was such a smiley face …. One can never be prepared for such tragedy :( R.I.P. George

    I like Barbie a lot, she is such an amazing breed of dog, and Barbie looks so happy and in good shape. The park seems really nice, great you could meet new friends if you feel like to, and if not, you just go to another part of the park :)
    Well, Honey, after so many cities and places you lived, I think, after New Zealand, you finally found your part of heaven in Perth :)

    Wishing you all very best,
    Mina

  14. 2browndawgs says:

    I am trying to catch up. I did the the news about George on FB and I feel so badly for him and his people. Farewell George. :(

    Looks like a fun day at the dog park. It is too bad that greyhounds have to wear muzzles there. I am glad Barbie was able to make the best of it.

  15. Nightshade says:

    Seems like you had a great time with Barbie and the other doggies in the park! But oh, I know about other doggies being so much faster… My best friend Fleur, a Weimaraner, is so much faster than I am… She just loves to run, but I can’t keep up with her and then try to take shortcuts in order to catch up with her when she’s running. Amazing how fast some doggies can be eh! :)

    So sorry to hear about your friend George, Honey… May he rest in peace and without any pain… :(

    Slobbery Kiss,
    Killian

  16. dawn says:

    Honey, I’m so glad you have a Grey Hound friend to play with. Barbie is beautiful. Barbie is black with a little bit of white like my mom’s Grey Hound Mikey. I have never heard of a law that requires a doggie to wear a muzzle. Do you know why the Grey Hound, in particular, is required to be muzzled. Mikey raced on a track and was very fast and is still very fast. When he does his zoomies in the yard he kicks up the rocks and they land in the pool with a big “Plop.” I love watching the Grey Hound doggies race around with other doggies. I am not a fan of the professional racing because of the in human treatment of the doggies. I was curious Honey, If you ever bit a doggie because they were small and looked like a rabbit perhaps? I bet you are still a fast Great Dane Senior Doggie Honey. You don’t have to prove yourself at your age.
    It is nice to see you making friends in your new home land Honey. I had no doubt you, Paul and Hisn-Yi would be a hit in Perth. I am so glad that Perth is a dog friendly town with places to be off leash and have fun.
    I liked the photo of you and Barbie with the bums. I noticed that your fur grew in where your pain patches once were. Your coat looks beautiful. I have marks on my human tummy from the same patches, and no fur grew in around my patches thank goodness.
    I can’t wait for the next post Honey.
    Dawn and Mikey the Grey Hound

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