Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ATCV Bush Day

Hi all, it's Molly here

Once a year the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria meets "in the bush" during winter to celebrate Dalishness.

It's held at the Sorraghan's OLDIRON kennel property. They got all burnt down during the bushfires in February and this is all that's left of their original house...

Well, as long as there is an Airedale in the picture, it can't be that bad, right?!

That is exactly the Sorraghan's spirit. They are (and we are) so happy that they were able to save all their Dales and puppies and all survive the ember attacks just so we could have our annual gathering again last Sunday and sniff plenty of butt...

So we gathered around their temporary shed accommodation (which is actually quite warm and comfortable and not "sheddy" at all)...

And of course, we tried our best to score some barbeque delights in good old Dale fashion...

And some got the drools from the sheer thought of tasty sausage...

And of course we succeeded in scoring some tasty nosh. Here is the Awesome Foursome aka myself, Inky, Max and Pekoe being served by Maree...

I made sure I got an exceptionally big piece (Maree likes me a lot)...

Then it was time to take the pinkies on a walk. Everyone, follow me...

I indeed ran off on everydoggie so dad had to hurry along his skinny legs and try and find me. Because the forest was all burnt out not that long ago though, it was quite easy to spot me, apparently...

See the blurry Dale fuzz butt in the background, well, dad saw it and called me back. Because it was a nice day I decided to listen and re-join the group...

I must say, it all looked and smelled very different from last year...

And I could not for the life of me pick up the smell of that wombat whose house I went into on this same walk a year ago, when everybody had to come back all the way and find me. Mum said that all the wombats and other wildlife got burnt too. Very sad indeed...

Well, we had a good scoot around the forest anyway, running up and down the hills...

And Inky found some water to roll in even...

And here she is, ever so happy about the fact that there is A BODY OF WATER in the forest...

One thing about those devastating bushfires is though that the forest starts its recovery almost immediately after. See all the green shoots coming through already?...

The Pinkies say that the recovery of the man-made world will take a lot longer though.

The Sorraghan's had some help putting the kennel runs back together sooner rather than later so here are our friends that were penned up for the day...

My, how Blanche and Oprah have grown...

Back at the hub Mum couldn't resist to go into the puppy pen which of course put young Inkster into a state of consternation...

And it really ticked Inky off when mum picked up this young fellah for cuddles...

So it was decided that the pupsters would be best admired from the other side of the fence. Even I went and said hello as they were merely irresistible...

Inky finally shut up when all the attention was directed to HER (what a cry baby)...

Then Pekoe alerted us with her weather forecast...

And it was time to pack up shop before the heavens opened.

We all were sound asleep while the pinkies carted us home (2hrs) and are still feeling a little bit tired today from all the mongreling around with our Dale friends.

Thank you all for a great Sunday!!

Hope to see you in Geelong on the 25th for xmas in July.




  1. What a bootiful get togethew . I'm so happy that in all the sadness and loss the aiwekids wewe saved and that's cewtainly a gweat weason to celebwate.
    Those yummies you got must have been exceptional , judging fwom youw happy faces and dwool, hehhehe
    Get some good west
    love and smoochie kisses

  2. What a wonderful picnic. It's so sad that they burned out, but we are so thankful they were able to get all of the Dales out.

    Our Mom loves the look of those little puppies.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  3. That was soooo furry KHOOL to see!

    Literally and figuratively!

    I wish my weather was like that now!

    Tank woo fur sharing your day!


  4. What a wonderful get-together. You Aussie's are awesome with your getting on with life after such a devastating beginning of the year! Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Have a great week!

  5. That look like so much fun! Who could ever resist the four of you... i bet the sausage was yummy!! Mom says 'dale pups are beyond adorable!

  6. Thank you for entering our "Stick out your tongue" contest. We are still working on visiting all of the contestants. We hope to choose a winner by the weekend and get all of the photos posted.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  7. Hey Inky & Molly - it was so great to see you at the Bush Day. Bazzy and I also had awesome fun romping around with all our Dale friends.
    Mum says she is gonna try and get to Geelong, but is not sure yet.
    We wanna come, so we will keep asking her nicely to take us!
    Miss Ellie and the brat boy Bazzy

  8. What a fun time you all had! We'd be drooling if we knew there was sausage to be had too!
    The puppies are just too cute!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  9. What a great gettogether! Amazing pictures of the burnt up woods. It's a good job all your Dale friends were rescued from the fire.
    Was your Mum tempted to take home one of those puppies. They are too cute! So Inky is a water baby ey?! Cool.
    Finni xx

  10. We did it again! Our paws got to moving too fast and we deleted our comment before it got approved! Grrrrr.. What we remember saying is: it made us sad to see all the charred destruction and to realize all the loss, but it made us really happy to know all the airedogs were saved and that you all were able to gather together to celebrate green popping out, friendship, life and love. It looks like it was a super great gathering.

    We loved this post. Thanks for sharing it!
    Jake and Fergi

  11. What a pawsome day you had! We love all the 'dale pictures! Our mom wants to cuddle with all of them, especially the puppies. She goes into the "zone" when she smells puppy breath!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches


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