Month: December 2014

Christmas according to Trudy and Heidi.

Today, because I am feeling too lazy to write, I bring you Christmas from the point of view of my two furry kids, Trudy and Heidi.

Trudy is a golden retriever/poodle cross also known as a Groodle or Golden Doodle depending on where you live. Heidi is a Labradoodle.  They write their own blog over at

Here is their view of Christmas preparations in our house.

The Christmas Tree

By Trudy and Heidi Ho

Yesterday we spent the day watching Mum putting up the Christmas decorations.  This involves a lot of furniture rearrangement, climbing on chairs to reach high spots, dropped thumb tacks (ouch!), lots of  ‘Get out of the way, Trudy’ and last, but not least, the building of the Christmas tree.
Our Christmas tree comes in a box that stays in the back of the cupboard for most of the year but on December 1 out it comes, ready to stand in the corner of the lounge room for a month or so.Mum managed to put it together by herself.  I offered to assist, but my offer was rejected. Instead I was subjected to a lecture on the Rules of the Christmas Tree.

Rule Number 1.     The Christmas Tree is for decorative purposes only and is not to be jumped on   chewed or climbed at any time.  There are no possums hiding at the back of the tree.

Rule Number 2.     The lights on the Christmas Tree are not a game.  Just because they are blinking  on and off and look like they are moving does not mean that one should try to catch them and bite them off.  (See Rule 1 re.decorative purposes only.)

Rule Number 3.     Parcels under the Christmas Tree are strictly out of bounds.  They are to be left alone, untouched and uninterfered with.  Pretty paper shall not be removed just in case there might be gheckos inside.  On Christmas morning, if a helpful dog should volunteer for unwrapping duties, those offers would be happily accepted.   Until then…paws off!!

As if Heidi and I would ever entertain thoughts of investigating the parcels left under the tree or
ferreting out any wildlife in the back branches!!!!  I don’t know where Mum gets these ideas.
Sometimes I think she doesn’t trust us.
There was only that one time when one of the parcels smelt a lot like Schmackos…………and, well.
it sort of broke open accidentally.

Our Christmas tree looks lovely.  ..and over on the cabinet there are two rows of shiny Christmas baubles.  One row is for the humans in our family and the other row is for the animals…..and in that row one bauble has Trudy written on it and one has Heidi on it.

We are happy Christmas dogs. 
Merry Christmas everyone.

Hug your Loved Ones.

Yesterday, right here in Australia, in Sydney to be precise, terrorism visited us.

A person…I am not going to dignify him by mentioning his name…walked into a chocolate shop and took a group of people hostage. He menaced them with a shotgun and a suspicious looking backpack for over 16 hours.

In the early hours of the morning, he was shot dead by police.

Two hostages died in this horrific event. Two innocent people who were in the store on a seemingly normal Monday morning – one a mother of three, a brilliant barrister who loved a hot chocolate in the morning and the other, a young man who was the manager of the store.


There are two families now who are grieving the loss of loved ones who were simply going about their normal business. They hadn’t hurt anyone or done anything wrong. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The scary thing is that there, but for the grace of God, go anyone of us.

Today as a nation we feel the pain of loss. The outpouring of grief has been amazing and profound. It has drawn us together as a people and it has galvanised our determination to overcome terrorism in all its forms.

It has made us realise our vulnerability and examine our security and legal systems. Many questions are being asked of the authorities. How did this person come to be roaming our streets? In many ways the system failed us on this occasion.

For me, it has brought home the importance of telling my family and friends how much I love them.  We live in an uncertain world. When we say goodbye to someone, there are no guarantees that we will see them again.

So, when you next see your loved ones, give them a hug and tell them you love them. Don’t let them go out into the world without that assurance. Give them something to hold in their hearts as they go about their daily business.

 In an uncertain world LOVE is the one constant.

Rest in Peace Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.