Thursday, 24 July 2014

Some better planning maybe?

Hello folks!
Woof!
As many of you will know, the XX Commonwealth Games are being held in Glasgow this year, just down the road from where I live, and last night was the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony consisted mainly of cheese (not the edible cheese!), although I did enjoy watching the dancing Tunnock's Teacakes, woof!
Credit to photographer
However, the stars of the show were definitely the 41 scottie dogs.

Taking a slightly different route to their usual evening prance, they led the 71 Commonwealth teams around the stadium, mildly oblivious to the extreme noise and big, bright lights.

One of forty one scottie dogs, leading the Indian team.
I was very proud that the Scotties were representing the many dogs of Scotland, and also very impressed that they put up with all the aspects of showbiz, i.e. costume/jacket changes, cameras, etc, although some of them did have a very nice time - being carried by their human!

Woof, however, earlier today, I was having a good old moan to Clyde, the Commonwealth Games Mascot.
Clyde, I have a problem!

Yes, Scotties are actually called Scottish terriers, and these are the Glasgow games, but they're not the only breeds from bonnie Scotland, are they?


The people who organised this COMPLETELY forgot to include the:
Westies,
Border collies,
Deerhounds,
Rough collies,
Border terriers,
Cairn terriers,
Bearded collies,
Skye terriers,
Bloodhounds,
Smooth collies,
GOLDEN RETRIEVERS (originally fae up here!),
Blue paul terriers,
Sporting Lucas terriers,
Golden setters,
Dandie Dinmont terriers,
Paisley terriers,
Scotch collies,
Sleuthhounds,
AND...
Yoooohooooo?
The Shetland Sheepdogs! Woof!

Personally, I think some better planning could have been done here. Whine.

Although, the Scotties were fab, and I am really enjoying the sports so far!

Wild Dolphins of the Day!
Disco Dolphin, at the Paramount Bar
(don't worry, we didn't go in!)
Rainbow, at the Harbour.
Lottie, at Union Terrace Gardens
Thanks for popping by today!
Cheerio,
Pippa :) wuf wuf


*PLEASE NOTE, we have absolutely nothing against any scotties, this post is only a bit of fun. Like we mentioned already, we thought the dogs in the ceremony were brilliant, and that the ceremony was fun and interesting, even if it was a tad cheesy. I hope we haven't upset anydoggy, because we still love Scottie dogs!*

Monday, 21 July 2014

I prefer sand.

Hello folks!
Woof!
Well, our dolphin spotting has been going very well - we've managed to find all 50 of them! Hoorah!

But last week, I forgot to mention the dolphin calves. In every library here, there are a few dolphin calves, decorated by school children. These are a couple of them at Airyhall library...


And they've placed a few up at the WDC (Whales and Dolphins Conservation) Centre, one of the sponsoring charities of the project, at Spey Bay.

So of course, we set off up there to find them!
(I had to vow not to be sick or poop or anything in the car, first, and I was a very good girl and kept my promise, I did.)

I'm here, woof!
When we got up there, rather than the forecasted rain, we got beautiful sunshine, and I had a lovely visit, barking at all the other doggies there.

I was a bit creeped out by these odd, dried-up dolphins, who were trapped in the ground, though.

I'll just leave now, if that's okay.
I think I preferred the dolphin calves inside the centre, they looked really good, too.


And then I faced a big challenge.

To get over to the beach we had to cross PEBBLES.

I'm smiling because I'm happily perched on these stones and I'm
not moving.
Woof, my little paws certainly could not cope with those itty-bitty little rocks! Where was the sand?

Most of the time, I just waited for someone to come and pick me up and carry me to the sea, but no one came.
I had to wobble across the rocks with no help, and then wobble all the way back to the centre.

Who's idea was this?
It was very pretty down at the beach, and I did have fun, but I think I prefer the sandy shores of Aberdeen.

And anyway, we saw zero dolphins at the WDC centre, and in Aberdeen, we see loads of them!

Hooray, this is better! Look, I can walk properly!
And now for our...

Wild Dolphins of the week!
This is Bon Accord Beauty, outside the Marischal College.


And Doric Dialect (Doric is an Aberdonian language), at the front of the new(ish) library...


Lastly, this is the Yellow Dolphmarine, on the River Dee!


Thanks for popping by!
Cheerio,
Pippa :) wuf wuf

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sea-sausages

Ahoy landpuppers, it is I Pippa, back from the bottom of the sea!

Woof ahoy!
Hmm, it's been quite a while, so let me update you on the latest from the life of Cap'n Pip.

I turned 3, and someone forgot to blog about it...
Instead I got a creepy card, a bed, and some fun toys.
And I've been sailing around the North Sea...
(pic by Eve from a plane)
Trying to catch dolphins!

Woof, a big sea-sausage! (This is Archie, at Victoria Park)
This is just one of 50 fibreglass dolphins placed around Aberdeen this summer.

They all have different names and different styles, and have been organised by Wild in Art, the ARCHIE foundation and WDC.
At the end of the 10 weeks they're around town, they will be auctioned away, to raise money for various charities. To find out more, click here.

My mission this summer is to spot all 50 of them, with the help of my chums.

These are only a few of the ones we've found so far...

Trees a Crowd, at Westburn Park.
Funky D, at Johnstone Gardens.
Poppy, the WW1 dolphin, at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.
And there's plenty more for me to run around and see!
Quick, to the next one, woof!
However, if you want to see the real dolphins, the place to be is at the harbour, where they flip and flop over the waves.
The sea-sausages are here!
Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of them, but I can assure you, there are billions of them... nearly!

Thanks for popping past today!

Cheerio,
Pippa :) wuf wuf

P.S. Our internet can still be a bit temperamental, so commenting could be slow.