Thursday, December 31, 2009

Girls eating food

OK, so this is a bit boring but my human made me post it because he thinks anything with a Poodle in it is worth posting. Sigh.

As a Poodle,  can but humour the human - so here we go - a minute of us eating leftover Christmas lunch. We are experimenting with file quality on Youtube, this one is a bit large (5 Mb) so if you have a slow Intenet connection, may take a while to download.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Poodlemas?

We're not really sure what happened yesterday. Mia's house was filled with humans, two of them small humanlets and of a size worthy of barking at. Some of these humans we had never seen or smelt before and we think they are staying for a few days. They also ate a lot and we got lucky and scored some yummy human food - which does not happen often.


Mia's human bought us some collar decorations for the human celebration of 'Christmas' - whatever that is - but check the photo to see how cool we look. Other humans on the beach walk thought we looked so pretty and made a fuss over us. Therefore, as Poodles, we think the day should be renamed Poodlemas; meaning 'Poodle mus be the centre of attention'....  My human bought us all smoked bones and I ate mine all up! Yummy!

The Poodle girls hope you all had fun whatever you did!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Me and 'Dubai Cat'

I was on my way home the other day when I spotted 'Dubai Cat' at it's home. Of course, I pulled towards Dubai Cat and luckily my human tagged along with me. Dubai Cat decided it was better to greet me from behind the security door. I do get excited around little things because they are like toys!

Friday, December 18, 2009

We are not a conjoined Poodle

Our regular walking human has been a bit pre-occupied with whatever 'work' is so Mia's walking human has very kindly stepped in, and BOY - is she the bestest walker ever!!! She lets us run around and splash in the water. We managed to get soaking wet at least twice this week. Dankie Ouma, ons is lief vir jou!

Regular walking human was back on duty today - as you can see from the picture here. He still seems to be on the 'fly on the wall' camera mode. The way he takes the photos so close to us causes some distortion by the lens, but the effect is pretty Poodletastic.

I'm on the right, Mia is sticking her tongue out.

Mia chased pigeons from our food bowls this afternoon. They love our kibble and she loves to let them get close and then surprise them! Ha!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Poodles on the go.


We had quite an exiting beach walk today. Basically, we barked a lot - which we find quite amusing. Also, the beach was busier as the holiday season is almost here, so lots of people made comments about us. "Look at the Poodles", is one we get quite often. "They are gorgeous", is another one.

Thing is, as canines we do need to be praised often - so all comments from random passers-by are welcome.


Note these photos taken by our walking human who is trying to get creative with the camera to make the pictures more interesting. This is what we look like if you are a small dog brave enough to approach us on the same pavement...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Curiosity caused the C.A.T to make a friend with a Poodle?

What an exciting evening weepoo walk today! As we crossed the main road by my home, I saw a stripey ginger cat hiding behind a pal tree. I stopped and stared at it and it stared right back at me. My human took this photo - can see spot the cat?

Then we walked down 4th Avenue and as usual everyone barked as we walked past. We reached the end of 4th Avenue I was let off leash so I could go do my thing. I ran into the long grass and had a pee and then saw a human on a bike cycling along the path. My walking human and I ran all around the grass and then onto the beach. I found a huge poo in the sand so I did my business there and then we took a leisurely walk back. (Note that our humans always pick up our business - they are good like that).

At the top of 4th Avenue where I saw the stripey ginger cat was a thin black cat. Just sitting there. I put my brakes on and stared at it. It was just looking around as if I wasn't there. Imagine not noticing me! Then it got up and walked towards me. Then it was under my chin and it sniffed my front paws! I was beside myself with excitement. Poodle ears all alert and tail wagging like a wagging tail (you can see eyes at the top of the photo...


...because while all this was happening) and unknown to me - the stipey ginger cat was approaching from behind and I only saw it when the other cat was under me. The flash from the camera was too much for the cats and they ran away.

I do hope they are there tomorrow - they are my new friends!

Me shouting at passing dogs and kids

When I go for my walks, other dogs always shout at me as I walk past, so when they walk past my house, I give back as good as they give me. Towards the end, you can just make out Daisy the Cockatiel butting into my audio clip.

My human doesn't know how to edit the audio files so they are in a blank movie file. My computer human needs to sort this out - it's unacceptable for this Poodle!

video

We love cuddly toys


This is me with my toys. I've seen how many toys some dogs do have and my collection is small by comparison, but I take good care of each and every one of my cuddly toys. they get taken outside from time to time and I always check to see where they all are after the cleaning ladies have been.

This is me with Minky - my favourite. You can also see Bokkie on the floor and in the toy box, Ant and Skaapie. They are also my favourites. Tigger and BoneBone are hidden from view. I don't really like that red plastic bone thing or the rubber tyre - the humans should get rid of them and replace them with cuddly toys!

Do my other doggy readers love their toys as much as Mia and I love ours?

Note the empty space to the right of my toy box. My couch normally goes there but I'll not say anything about that now... Hmmphhh.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The day my bed/couch was taken away

Regular visitors to the Poodlematic blog may recall that my sleeping couch was carted away the other evening without so much as a hint of consultation with me, it's primary user. Two humans do share this home with me but lets get one thing straight, they share with me.


In my home, there is a spare bedroom that gets used as a laundry room, and the humans dump all the clean laundry pre-ironing onto the sleeper couch there. I made it well known that I was not amused with the fact that there were coat hangars and bags and other things all over the sleeper couch by just sitting there and staring intently at a human. This does tend to get their attention quickly (handy tip for any canines reading this) and within minutes the couch was cleared and my sleeping blanket laid down.


Better. Much better.

Blaf! Blaf! It's a dog's life!

Babette

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Why do humans do other things?

I hate it when my human gets busy. They forget so easily that the world revolves around Poodles! I haven't been able to tweet and post as much because I can't do the screen lock without my human around.

What fun I had today! I chased a Jack Russel with human name 'Lucy' around the block twice this morning. My human let me off leash for my weepoo but I had other ideas and went to find Lucy, who promptly led me on the round the block run. There was no way the walking human could catch us, we ran so fast.


To end the day some other humans came to my home tonight and removed by couch/bed. Apparently it has gone for recovering, whatever that is. What I want to know is, where am I supposed to sleep now?

Babette

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sunset


I am such a lucky Poodle. Not only do I live a short walk from the beach, but so does Mia. This means that all walks lead to the beach, which is lucky as there are always lots of interesting things on the beach. My beach is called Melkbosstrand and Mia's beach is called Big Bay beach.

One of the things we are both happy to find are bones. We think it's great that humans leave food for us to find but it drives our humans mad. My normal walking human always goes on and on and on about how disgusting humans are that they leave thing lying around for us to eat. Mia thinks he's mad!

So, this photo is of the pretty sunset we had yesterday and I'm also in it - but looking for stuff rather than the sunset. Stuff or a place to weepoo, I can't remember.

Babette

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Poodle face


My little sister is so intense. Attached a photo of her looking a little more relaxed, with a hint of a smile too! Most photos of her a blurry, a bit like her tail in the picture - because she never stands still.

Babette

Interacting with the neighbours

As a Melkbosstrand resident, I have to keep in touch with my neighbours. Normally we get to bark at each other on Fourth Avenue as I go to and from my walks. Mosttly we can see each other through fences, sometimes it's just a bark behind a wall, occasionally the front gate will be open and we meet in the street and rarely, we get to play together on the beach.

I've talked about the Min Pin before but here is a short video clip of us playing on the beach last month. Even though it is so small, I still find him exciting to play with but he seems to get tired quickly.

Babette

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our outing to Bantry Bay

What a treat! Babette and I were bundled into the car this morning. In itself, this is exciting because we just KNOW that we will end up somewhere else, normally another beach except this morning we drove longer than usual and our Poodle senses told us we were going in a different direction than normal. OK, the sense I'm talking about was my eyes as I just wouldn't sit down.

Anyway, we got to this place by the sea and we were taken for a walk on the grass. There were small and large humans and other dogs and lots of things to sniff at and then Babette had a poo and a wee and then we walked some more and I was so excited and then we were taken back to the car.


Then, we drove for a little bit and then went into a building and something called a 'lift' and then we were in a home and these nice people made a fuss over us. It was exciting. We sat and watched humans walking, some had dogs with them and we barked a lot but eventually we got tired so we lay down while the humans talked.

The human lady adoring us in the photo is a fellow blogger. Her blog is called Back Chat and she writes a lot about food! How neat is that?

Thank you to the lovely humans who told us we were so pretty and who let us into their home to bark at dogs from high up. What fun!

Mia

Friday, November 27, 2009

Parlour day at Wags and Whiskers


Yesterday we were dropped off very early at Wags and Whiskers, our current beauty spa. It's in a place called Parklands and is run by Anna-Marie and Elaine. We were there quite a while this time but they paid us extra special attention and worked hard to make our hairdo's as close to the picture as possible in the little book our humans have.


The only problem with going to the parlour is that our humans tend not to let us run off leash on the beach for a week or so. We can't work out why they would do that, can you?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Which Poodle am I?


When our fur gets to a certain length it becomes difficult for the humans to tell us apart, especially in photographs. Of course, they are handicapped by not being able to tell who is who by sniffing bums, but that's their evolutionary loss!

Note to our humans: those metal chains are staining our necks. You need to find something we can wear into the sea that won't turn to rust. Summer is here and we intend to get as wet as possible, when possible. We may need to seek advice from Poodle Union about this!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I hope this doesn't lead to rhinestone bootees

My humans don't really do the doggie dress-up thing but the other day after our romp in the water, the normal walking human put his cap on me. I entertained him by sitting still and looking cute just long enough for a couple of photos. Then I got bored with that and went to find Mia to play with.

Babette

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Video from Saturday's beach outing

This is the most the two of us have spent wading and jumping though water. Normally we sprint through the surf and sometimes jump into the waves but on Saturday, we both nearly swam! We want the humans to bring us here again. Mia and her human came to the beach this morning but there were loads of other humans and canines in the pools today - so they just had a walk together.



Perhaps we'll get lucky on our walk tomorrow!

Eden Cafe - Eden on the Bay

Dog friendly venue alert! If you can persuade your walking humans to take you to the Bloubergstrand beaches, you must visit the Big Bay area. After you've had a lovely walk on the endless beaches (which have lots of dunes to explore and things to sniff at), your humans can visit Eden Cafe for something called coffee (apparently us canines can't drink that stuff). They also provide food for walking humans - a treat if you like, for taking us dogs for a walk.

The best is that they have these bright blue water bowls, specially for quadrupeds. Will they serve us food too I wonder?

This is the view from the promenade restaurants at Eden on the Bay. Poodle picture perfect.

We think Eden on the Bay is Poodletastic!

Post 101 and a fun walk on the beach.

Wow! We have been busy Poodles! This is our 101st blog post. We do try and post regularly but sometimes our humans leave the screen lock on the computer and we can't do the CTRL+ALT+DEL thing with our paws. This hampers our ability to post as regularly as we'd like but in anycase, we've reached a blog milestone and that's something to get a crunchy tasty treat for!!

Yesterday was another perfect summer day for walking. The three walking humans took us out around midday. It was pretty hot but the tide was out and there were lovely patches of warm water for us all to play in. Sjoe! What fun we had. We splished and splashed in the water and Mia almost swam at one point.


We prefer the flat, calm water when there is a choice between that and the surf. The surf is fun too but somehow the layout of our walking beach has changed and we now get these shallow pools in the sand when the tide goes out and these are the bees knees! In this photo, everyone is going in different directions. Strange, but still fun!


The humans risked a wet camera with all the splashing but we're glad he did - so we can put these stills on our blog. Video clip to follow.

Babette

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Playing in a dusty, empty room

Me playing at Wrestlemania with my big sister, Babette. Dust makes me sneeze!

Sea puddles for Standard Poodles

The other day Babette and I got to run around off leash on a deserted beach. It was so exciting! Everything is exciting for me!!! Anyway, it was a beautiful day - blue sky, hot, low tide and shallow pools of blue water that we ran through and splashed around in.

When we got to the beach today, it was like Poodle deja vu! Unfortunately, we were not the only ones enjoying the perfect summer day, so our human didnt let us off leash because he knows I will run up to other dogs and blaf at them! Ha!

Our walking human walked us through the Poodle puddles on leash. Babette jumped around a bit and I know she wanted to go crazy and run like a galloping Poodle. If only we were off leash. The human managed to take a couple of photos and a small video clip of me walking and looking around but he was scared we'd start jumping around and make him drop his phone camera thing again.

Doesn't the water look so inviting? It's a dog's life!

Mia

...and Poodlenaldo takes control of the spherical object!

Disclaimer: in order to avoid infringing on trademarks and copyrights held by the governing body of the popular sport involving a spherical object being passed without touching by hands by the people on a grassy field, references to dates, places etc. are not being directly mentioned, and thus we Poodles hope toavoid legal action (which it seems they are so quick to do with ANYTHING that could remotely be infringing on their rights during the run up to and after the event here).







It's a well known fact that next year (the one that follows 2009 and precedes 2011), there will be a HUGE field based team sporting event held in my home country. People from all over the world will be visiting us and some of these sporting events will be held in our home town that is colloquially known as the Mother City.

The sylised mascot of this event being held here in the country at the southern-most tip of Africa is a cartoon lion thingy with a spherical object used in this particular sport. I think that a Poodle would have been a better choice. Don't you?

Sorry for the shaky image. I reckon the human drank too much coffee.

Mia

1,2,3,4. Who can that be at the door?


Mia is always the first to run to the front door. She is a very good guard dog and ferocious for a small Standard Poodle. She does tend to get a fright at the funniest things though - things like sticks and bits of stuff on the beach.

Charlie the Worsie will go 'wuuuu, wuuuuu, wuuuu' from wherever he is, being too old to sprint everywhere. We don't call him F.A.T, but he leans more towards the plus size of his kind, if you understand what this Poodle is telling you....

I tend to look in at the commotion with interest, being more reserved and ladylike than my tomboy sister. Every now and then I do get all barky and excited but then, I can tell the false alarms from the real visitors.

Tabby is the quietest of the four of us. She is not a very good guard cat and will not bark when people arrive or cars drive past. She seems to think that she can stare whatever it is into submission and doesn't understand the joy of barking at all. Cats are funny things really.

Babette

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Can Poodles kitesurf?


We have seen skateboarding and water-skiing animals but would any Poodle be able to kitesurf? Mia and I studied the humans today who were whizzing all over the place at the Big Bay Beach, Bloubergstrand. They wear funny suits and then there are lots of strings and a big flying thing to control.

It looks a bit difficult but the humans look as if they enjoy the water as much as we do!

Meet 'Dubai Cat'


They (the humans) say that cats and dogs don't get along, however I love looking out for this little cat every time I leave Mia's house. It will walk right up to me and we've even touched cold noses! Mia is another story. She wants to eat it and just after the photo was taken, she pushed herself under the car to try and catch Dubai Cat (thats her head watching it in this photo).

When it walks it looks like it's legs are too short and it falls down for a scratch when it sees a human.

Mia and I do not know what Dubai Cat means but our humans and their neighbours call it that for some reason.

The doglet was at the beach again.


This little doglet lives very close to my weepoo beach. His human parents let him run around without his leash on and he roams all around the place. This is the second time I've found him at weepoo beach.

My walking human let me off leash so I could go do my business but before I could even so much as squat for my wee, I was distracted by the doglet, who was sniffing a bush on the beach.

I've forgotten his given human name but I call him Hwrrrr Arfff.


I just love playing with him and doing the doggy play dance (the front down, paws spayed and.... JUMPANDRUN!!!!).

He plays along for a bit but then he gets a bit overwhelmed by 25 kilos of Poodle and retreats, letting me get on with my day.

It's such fun meeting other dogs on my walks!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sheer Poodle pleasure


We just love summer. Especially when the humans let us run off leash on a deserted beach! The photos were taken yesterday by one of the walking humans.


Sjoe - did we have fun! Mia even took a jump straight into an oncoming wave which is unusual for her. It's normally me who jumps into the deeper water.


A thorough soaking later, we dried off as we walked home - our fur clumping together and going somewhat frizzy (all the better to keep sand locked in so that it drops out for days to come).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

It was a dark and stormy weekend



I didn't manage to take any pictures of me out in the big storm this weekend but this photo was taken yesterday at Melkbosstrand beach when I went for my morning weepoo. Look at all the yellow/green sea foam. When that stuff blows on us our legs turn a funny greeny colour. Apparently that foam is made up of little sea plants but I think it looks like parlour shampoo.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Muscling in on Charlie's couch.


It's been a while since I last put paw to keyboard. When the humans get busy they leave the computer alone and the screen lock password is unknown to us Poodles. I must get Mia to try and figure out what it is. She's good with cryptic stuff.

Charlie the Daschund and his human dad came back from their trip away last week. While Charlie was away I sort-of took over his day couch. Not sure how happy he would be to share it with me, today I decided to climb on WHILE he was on it! Well, he growled and barked but luckily this attracted Mia and then Charlie forgot about me and growled at Mia. He is a grumpy old thing.

My human took this photo after all the commotion. Charlie is looking very put out. All I have to say on the subject is, 'Should I book my hair appointment this week, or next week?'

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two Lamb Cuts, please.

Yesterday was parlour day. We were dropped off at Wags and Whiskers again. Mia was very keen to have her hair done but I wasn't. I tried to get the human to take me away but the lady from the parlour dragged me to the back. Anyway, we look quite cute and the humans reckon it was worth the pain and suffering.

Babette

Monday, October 26, 2009

Poodle wrestle

Mia and I wrestling and messing around in her human's bedroom. My little sister is crazy! She loves running and jumping on me!

Someone came to visit.

Look what my human mom found in the upstairs room! It's a little flying thing. Similar to the ones that eat the seed in the bird feeder but this one has a long beak. I wonder what it is? Are they edible?

Mia

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sprinting through the water

When we are eventually let off leash (providing any small humans and other canines are not close by) boy, do we just go for it! I think we run faster than Wuh wa huff's (Greyhounds). Despite the best efforts of the humans, we headed for the surf and got soaking wet. Ha! Poodles are made for water.

Mia and I barked a lot at other dogs when they walked by. Somehow I get the feeling we'll be going to doggy training next weekend...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Poodles on grass!

What a treat! We got bundled into the car and taken to Milnerton to run on the grass. Made a nice change and Mia and I were able to zoot around at full speed. Then a man came with a doglet on a leash and then another man came with what looked like a black horse. I wanted to make friends with it and it got a fright when I barked with excitement. Apparently it's something called a Great Dane which we know as Wuff Huff. Mia just wanted to beat it up - but that's my little sister!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Poodalarm

We have taken it upon ourselves to wake the human at 5:30. We do this as illustrated here, standing around and looking fluffy and cute!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poodle in the wind



You know that famous song by Sir Elton Poodle, Poodle in the Wind? Well, that was us this morning. Here is Babette singing it while we stopped for photos. Check how we look with our hair and ears blowing backwards.

But what a treat to get a full-on walk for the morning weepoo walk. And it's normally only Babette that gets a weepoo walk. I have to make do with the yard. Human mom take note: when you come back from wherever you are (I just know you're not coming home in the evenings), weepoo walks are FUN!

We will sleep a bit now because we are tired.

Mia

The south easter messes up hair



We got our afternoon walk at dusk yesterday, which made a nice change because we saw the sun set over the ocean. We'd been patiently waiting for our walk all day so we were both hyper and a touch manic when we saw the leashes come out! We just LOVE our walks!

When we got to the beach the sand was blowing everywhere because of the wind. It's a bit annoying really. It blows onto our faces and into our hair. When we get home after windy walks we take half the beach with us which is nice because it reminds of us walks. Why do the humans keep sweeping the sand away and spoiling our fun?

My leash is red, Babette's in green.

Mia

What does this taste like?

This yellow thing that you see on top of the door also arrived to sleep over with the humans and Babette.  Can you believe I didn't realise the thing in the big cage made squeaky noises and can fly! It's a bit like the wood pigeons that come down and eat our kibble except it's a hypnotising yellow colour...

Mia

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sleeping over at Mia's, sleep 2


My sister Babette just makes herself at home on my bed. Just look at her all sprawled up with me squashed in the corner.

Babette washing Mia's face


Nothing like an early morning face wash from your big sister!