Going in for the sniff By Luke Simmons

About 4 months ago Gypsy came into our lives. She'd lived her first 5 years with a breeder as a preened up show dog - while also finding time to bear two litters of pups.

When she had her annual checkup this year, they found that she has a heart murmur meaning it'd be best if she did not have anymore litters of pups. The owner (Maryanne) had come up from Tasmania to Melbourne for the checkup and realised that it'd be a good opportunity to give her away while she was on the mainland. As we'd recently enquired about buying a newborn pup, she thought of seeing if we'd like to adopt her. We said YES and it's been god damn excellent ever since. She is such a sweetheart.

In fact, she can be almost too affectionate. If you're on the couch with your laptop, she lies on top of your keyboard. She's also been banned from beds because she overtakes your pillow and sniffs your face from all angles.

To celebrate Spring's arrival, I took my wife and boy down to the local beach and as we were playing around near the shore, at about 20m back from us there was a poor fella in a sleeping bag. Bless him, he was doing it rough. He did also have bottle of red in full view - and stirred a few times to give it a solid swig before going back to sleep.

At this point, we thought we'd let Gypsy off the lead and I couldn't believe it when she went on a beeline over to this guy. No!! And right into the bees nest she went... She sniffed him for about 10 seconds before she cleared off thanks to this guys flailing arms. I'm sure she blew this poor guy's mind.

Naughty Gypsy.

in Beach Foreshore, Beach Rd, 3194, 151 Bay Trail, Parkdale VIC 3195


I believe that life is a (relatively) short ride and that it's crucial to squeeze as many good times out of it as possible. I love travelling, music, reading, writing, all kinds o' sport, & my wife!

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