A Dog's Eye View of an Australian Easter

Your correspondent Buddy Dackel reporting from Australia.

 

I took a couple of well deserved days off over the Easter long weekend … it’s been busy guarding the perimeters of our apartment and doing a double shift as a Story Dog.  My Hoomum baked scrumptious, home made salmon cookies out of entirely dog friendly ingredients. 

In the lead up to the long weekend, she had baked a ton of them and even I … with normally no bounds to appetite … realized that I might have to share some of these with my best sausage dog buddies.  So off we went to one of our city’s largest dog parks.  A few of my close Dachshund furends came along and I watched Hoomum … with some lingering regret … help me hand out the goodies. Consequently, off we went to one of our city’s largest dog parks.  A few of my close Dachshund furends came along and I watched Hoomum … with some lingering regret … help me hand out the goodies.

 

 

In the grand scheme of things, I suppose I am lucky that Hooman did not make me wear the lamb costume she tried on me at home!  

Also this week I found myself leading the hoomans up to the Australian Street Performers Championships in what was picture postcard perfect Gold Coast weather.  

 

This event sees both invited and competing performers take to stages across Surfers Paradise, all vying for the crowd's attention over the Easter long weekend. Organizers invited seven of Australia's mo​st amazing street performers as feature drawcards. These acts included sword swallowers, knife jugglers, BMX stunts and much more.

 

Hoodad and I were especially taken by one of the feature acts … Globe of Death … as they performed motorcycle stunts traveling up to 80kmh within a metal globe (which is over four metres in height)! Initially one bike, then two at the same time and … for the finale … the announcer actually got into the globe while the two bikes rode around and overhead.

I know us Dachshunds are famous for their complete lack of fear but even by my somewhat casual standards I thought this looked just a little risky. I barked loudly every time the crowd clapped to add my appreciation to the applause.

 

An act called “Surprise Effect” took out the win. Taking top spot seems to have come to them as … well … a surprise. They are actually a European group of four, based in France and performing their breakdance and hip hop routine on the sunny Gold Coast was not only a winning experience, but a way to beat the onset of a cold French winter.

Buddy Dackel

Australian Editor

18th April 2017

 

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