We are now nearly two thirds of the way through Winter. In our part of this big country, in Melbourne, Victoria, it’s been a strange one, to say the least. The start was unusually dry, followed by heavy downpours and then dry again for weeks. Next it was cold and wet, but recently we had the warmest July day on record – 23 degrees Celsius! Our daytime average for this time of year is about 13 degrees. Two days later, we experienced the coldest weekend in I don’t know how many years, when we shivered to a maximum of 9 or 10! It’s very confusing for the trees, most of which are about to come into blossom, but some of which have new leaves and blossom!
It’s not been much better for the dogs either. They’ve spent most of the last few weeks in their lovely new jumpers, day and night, and the garden is looking very muddy and bare – I hope the grass will recover when it warms up and the sun comes out.
So with all that, they haven’t had very much fun. They’ve had their twice daily walks up and down the street, but we haven’t ventured much further a field.
Last night when I came home, they were so excited that Rupie howled like a wolf, then told me off in no uncertain terms that he wanted to do something fun. You can’t really take him seriously though when he’s all snug in his little tiger outfit!
He then proceeded to terrorise April and Billie until they played with him – Billie ran him ragged around the garden and is so fast that he has no hope of catching her! But the adrenalin kicks in and he gets too over the top. So before long, I had three dogs in three separate rooms in the house until they’d calmed down. And this was all after they’d already had a short walk!
I knew then that this weekend, come rain, hail or shine, we had to bundle them in the car and take them for a ride (they all love the car!) and let them out for a run. Well, Rupie has a good run but we are not allowed to let the girls off their lead, and for their own safety we wouldn’t anyway unless it was a very secure enclosed area. But they loved getting out into the fresh (very fresh!) air and had a jog around with us.
Here are some pics of our morning out – you’ll see from the video that it was very windy too! Not pleasant for us, but they sure enjoyed themselves and are now all resting quietly in their bean bags. How long will that last, do you think??