Hello everybody – I’m back at last!
Our overseas visitors have just left and we’re finally starting to catch up on my blog and with going around to visit blog friends & respond to emails & FB messages. But it might take us a while to get around to everybody – so please bear with us!
Also, sadly Hsin-Yi didn’t manage to finish writing the 1st draft of her Big Honey Dog novel before our guests arrived – so she has to get back to that now (last two chapters! ) – and then she’s going to take a short break from it before going back and starting revisions for the 2nd draft…and then we might be looking for some test readers to give us some feedback! Hopefully, if everything goes to plan, Hsin-Yi wants to start submitting to agents in July…paws crossed!
Well, it’s been really exciting having overseas visitors to stay! Hsin-Yi met Susie when they were 14yrs old – they were best friends from school days back in Dubai – and have stayed in touch since then, even though they have mostly lived on different sides of the world! Susie comes from Taiwan, like Hsin-Yi, and that’s where she lives now with her 2 human pups and her husband.
Of course, me & Muesli made sure that Susie was very welcome too!
Susie has an old girl doggie too – her name is Lacey and she’s a rescue doggie – she was a stray wandering the streets in Taipei. She is about the size of a beagle and she’s nearly 14yrs old now. Susie is really good and takes Lacey for a walk every day, even though Susie is a human vet and works really long hours and doesn’t get home until late…well, I decided to be a stand-in for Lacey and made sure that Susie got her daily doggie walk fix!
Hsin-Yi says one of the saddest things about being an “expat” and always moving around is that all your good friends end up living on the other side of the world from you and you never have anybody to do fun things with…she really misses having close friends to talk to and do girlie stuff with!
She only gets to see Susie once every few years – if they’re lucky! – but when they do get together, they sure make up for lost time!
Hmm…I’m not so sure about some of the things they bought though…look, here are Hsin-Yi & Susie being very silly trying to play some didgeridoos that Susie bought for her human pups!
Susie came to stay with us first for a few days – and then her husband, Jake (who was doing some work stuff in Melbourne first) came to join us. We all thought that Muesli would FREAK OUT when he arrived ‘coz she is such a shy, scardey-cat and she’s always been most scared of ‘big, strange men’…but whaddya know? She loved Jake!!
Everybody was SHOCKED. Muesli had never acted like this before – usually if she even sees a strange man walking past on the street, from the living room window, she will get that Terrified Look on her face and flatten her body to the ground and quickly slink away to the back of the house…but here, she was practically smooching up to Jake from the minute he arrived! She even let him rub her tummy… (I think Paul was getting a bit jealous – hee! hee! – after all, Muesli is supposed to be HIS little princess! ) Kitties are so strange, aren’t they? They never behave the way you expect them to!
Although we’ve been living in Perth for about 5 months now, my humans haven’t really had much chance to do a lot of sightseeing around the city – so now with good friends visiting, it was the perfect excuse to go check out some places together!
Don’t worry – although me & Muesli couldn’t go to many of the places, we didn’t miss out on attention! We got lots of extra fuss from our house guests!
…and I took them on some sightseeing of my own! I showed them some of my beautiful walks around Perth – such as my favourite walk by the Swan River!
We all had such a wonderful time with our visitors from overseas and all too soon, it was time for them to leave!
I think Muesli almost wanted to get into their luggage as a stowaway back to Taiwan…!
(If you’re wondering what I was doing, here is a picture of me, looking up bleary-eyed from my bed…I couldn’t really be bothered to get out of bed to say goodbye…well, they had a really early flight and were leaving the house at 6:30am – that’s like the middle of the night for us Danes!! I’m not at all a morning doggie! )
Anyway, life is slowly settling back into our normal routines now and although Hsin-Yi will still be hard at work finishing her novel, I hope I’ll be able to blog more often now.
PS. a couple of you have been sending messages asking if everything is OK with my hips – coz you thought they looked funny in some recent photos. Don’t worry – my hips are fine! I’ve had them checked several times by the vet and my humans take me for a vet check-up every 4 months (rather than every year) now, because I am a senior doggie. I just sit a bit funny sometimes in photos – but I’ve always done that, even as a younger doggie.
The only place I have a problem is in my lower spine (lumbar) where I have a bit of the Arthritis Sickie now and so the spine bones have sort of fused together a bit…and that makes me look very stiff when I try to run. But it doesn’t stop me running & trotting around!
My hips are good – although the muscles around my bum & back legs are a lot weaker now ‘coz you lose “muscle tone” as you get older and I’m not able to do as much running & jumping as I used to – so my muscles keep getting weaker. But that’s why it’s really important for us old doggies to keep up daily (gentle) exercise – I always go for at least 20 – 30mins walk every day and that helps to keep everything loose and limber!
I also have a special Senior Doggie Exercise programme now and have been doing regular hydrotherapy sessions…which I’ve been meaning to do a post about to tell you but Hsin-Yi just hasn’t had time to help me write it yet! It was supposed to be Part 2 of my Confessions of a Senior Doggie – and I promise to do it soon!