Archive for June, 2010

Dogone!

Posted in Travel on June 29, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all. Today I am outraged at the pic below taken in NYC…it ain’t no Paris that’s for sure! Canines of the world unite!!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

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Snag dogs

Posted in Family & Friends on June 28, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all. This morning at the park I heard someone comment that when viewed from a certain angle I resembled a dachshund! Now don’t get me wrong people – I have a deep affection for the snag dog but seriously, me – a wiener???!!! So to prove how crazy this is I thought I’d better post a few of my favourite dachshunds for your viewing pleasure. Mum and dad spotted this handsome pair in Hanoi…

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

Collared

Posted in Fashion on June 27, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all.

Notice anything new?

No?

Keep looking…

Yep – that’s it…

I have a new collar!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

Beach bandits

Posted in Outings on June 27, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all. Well even though it’s winter, and I only have one layer of hair instead of two layers of fur like most dogs, I just can’t seem to stay out of the water.

Dad must have got the hint when I tried to jump in the bath with him last week, or maybe it was when I kept leaping into the hose spray when they were watering the garden yesterday. Anyway they finally took me back to the beach yesterday and I just couldn’t wait to dive right in and swim.

I’ve been swimming practically forever (well since I was 12 weeks old anyway). Maybe it’s the webbed feet but I found I could swim like a fish pretty much straight away. Mum says I was bred for pointing out ducks and then retrieving them from icy lakes in Europe – but I really hate the cold so I find this hard to believe.

The first time I swam was by accident – we were at Sophie’s trotting along the lawn when suddenly Sophie wasn’t there any more. I followed only to find I plunged off the bank onto what I thought was more lawn but in fact it was the dam in Sophie’s backyard all covered in green water-weeds! It was dark and cold but we both popped back to the surface straight away and calmly paddled back to mum and dad who were calling out to me from the bank. They were AMAZED we could swim. I think dad was just about to come and rescue me. After that they couldn’t keep me outa that dam – for the rest of the day I practiced my swimming. Sophie didn’t like it so much and watched me from the bank after her first dunking.

Anyway Brisbane City Council have created a doggie swimming area near the off-leash park at Nudgee Beach. It’s very cool and heaps of dogs go. I’m still getting used to other dogs so sometimes I find it all a bit much. Anyway here’s some pics of me clowning around with my favourite beach toy the Kong Wet Wubba which I love love playing fetch with.

And here’s some pics of Sophie and I recently at the beach together. We had a great time racing around but Sophie doesn’t like the water as much as me (so I try not to splash her). I think it’s because she’s older, more responsible and not a risk-taker. Unlike me, the youngest – I’ll try anything (at least!) once and am just spoilt rotten!

To top off a great morning after yesterday’s adventure we went to my favourite bakery – Brewbakers at Albion on the way home to get bagels before heading home for a lovely warm bath – somedays it’s just great to be a hound!!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

Dinosaur dinowar

Posted in Homelife on June 22, 2010 by beatricebella

No time for blogging…

…HAVE…NEW…TOY…!

Must chew….

WOOF!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

Backyard Viz

Posted in Food, Homelife on June 21, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all. Though I’d give you an update on some of the goings on in my part of the world. Specifically the place I spend most of my time…the backyard. I might have explained earlier that being a truly urban hound means I actually don’t have a backyard as such, instead I have a courtyard. Now don’t feel sorry for me ’cause I really love my courtyard – it has everything I need including three beds so I can follow the sun and shade around all day depending on my mood and, of course, the weather.  Also I get heaps of exercise ’cause they drag me out of bed in the morning to go walking (groan…)  then subject me to yet another walk or games in the afternoon.

Even though it’s a small space, thanks to mum and dad’s obsession with cooking, it also has lots of interesting foods and smelly plants in it. In fact I love these so much (the eggplant and fig leaves are DELICIOUS!), that I eat them all day…but I have to rotate “pruning” the plants or mum notices. I’ve tried to evade detection by pointing at the possums that live in the shed next door and come out at night to hoover the parsley, but she’s blaming me for that too!

Anyway recently mum and dad did some excavations of their own. The cucumbers got pulled out and the broad-beans seeds went in. Here’s some stuff from the garden they got to before me.

Behind me on the left in the pic below is the special fence they had to build after I arrived to keep the “possums” out of the garden…

Yesterday I had an interesting day ’cause mum was cleaning and cooking. I LOVE it when she does this ’cause it means chasing the broom as well as barking at the vacuum and sampling all kinds of crazy food (my favourite place after the backyard is the kitchen – you can see why below – are they the biggest bones you have EVER SEEN or what!!??).

Anyway, after cleaning up, we bottled the green olives that have been in brine under the house since before I arrived and made preserved lemons. This was cool ’cause I got to eat my first olive and it was super YUMMY!! In fact once I started I couldn’t stop. She shouldn’t have been surprised considering I’ve already chowed down on pickled cauliflower, fresh chillis (straight from the garden – oops!), cumquats (uuuurrrggghhh!), banana, tomato, mandarin and raw carrots! It’s a pity but the olives didn’t come from our olive tree which dad swears at ’cause it never fruits. Apparently they came from the fruit shop. I reckon this is sort of cheating but I promised not to tell.

Here’s the olives in the backyard…

Even though I’m happy to try anything once I really am a fussy eater. Mum says I’m “not food motivated” which is dog owner language to explain why I’m sometimes embarassingly disobedient – heh heh!! I mean do you blame me for ignoring the kibble and holding out for the pan sautéed mullet with zucchini in soy sauce that dad made me the other night. Unfortunately most days it’s kibble, chicken necks (to brush my teeth – as if – more like ’cause they are bloody delicious!), and a brisket bone right before they leave for work. They think the bone distracts me…well have I got news for you guys…IT’S A BIG FAT SIGNAL EVERYDAY THAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO LOCK ME OUT OF THE HOUSE!!! Hrrrmp!   And to add insult to injury then I’m stuck all day with THOSE  BIRDS…!

Anyway I’m going to change the subject before I get morose – after we bottled the olives I finally got some me time – I dragged her down to the off-leash park. Everyone there reckons I’ve grown HEAPS! I asked mum to take these pics so you can see for yourself…not bad for a courtyard pup ‘eh!

I reckon it’s all those olives!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

Beagles and bassets

Posted in Family & Friends on June 19, 2010 by beatricebella

Hi all. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend – have certainly had a fantastic time myself so far. This morning I had great fun with my trainer Ziggy at Wynnum where I met heaps of new friends. Ziggy has been training my mum and dad since I was 12 weeks old and today (17 weeks!) they got tested out on making me come to them when they call, sitting, dropping, walking nicely in my halter and staying. They’ve been pretty good parents so far so I thought I’d help them graduate – I cooperated MOSTLY…but not enough that they didn’t appreciate that I’m still the boss! Heh heh!!

The first part of the test was in the off-leash area where I met these guys. I had to demonstrate how polite I am with other dogs – easy peasy…

It was my first meeting with a basset though and I can’t say I was too impressed…the verdict – low and slow with eyes like he’d had a long night on the turps!

After hanging out with the basset  it was off to Wynnum markets to prove how polite I am with people. Needless to say it was a breeze and I passed with flying colours. As planned I made sure the report card for mum and dad wasn’t too good though – “need to try harder”.  Heh heh! More practicing my sits, stays and “come when called” means more duck jerky treat rewards for me!!! Yippee!!

Anyway apart from today have been having a great time with lots of new friends lately. Mum has been slack with the camera so there’s not many pics of them yet. Here’s a pic of Ally the beagle though taken by her mum at Stradbroke Island. I love Ally – she’s older and braver than me and takes on ANY dog in the park. She’s also super-cute…actually I’m not too happy about that…you know how much I like being the centre of attention! We went to Nudgee Beach the other day and she showed me how to mix-it with the really big dogs. I was totally impressed…

Apart from hanging out with friends I’ve also been spending lots of time at the park with mum and dad. Here’s some pics of me and dad at my favourite place – Kedron Brook…

The best thing about Kedron Brook is the brook (which, of course, has LOTS OF DUCKS!!). Here’s me executing a brook crossing. Shortly after this I fell in. Opps! So sorry to frighten you ducks. NOT!!!

Oh well – I have a big day planned for tomorrow so I think it’s time I signed off for tonight.  Goodnight all – may your dreams be sweet and full of wide open spaces and plump waterfowl!

© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2010.

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