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finally I have a lead on Dad and we are pawing out the year for all my mates. The year started at a frenetic pace with Dad and Mum deciding it was time to again develop Elm Cottage Yes late in 2017 they had decided to go one step further than the solar cells and install 27kw Tesla battery but where was it….. not to worry they were installed at the end of Feb.  


It’s been a while….. a barking long time really,,,,but the opportunity arose when dad spoke to me after he and mum went to Floriade’s ‘Dogs day out’ last weekend and said people had visited the Elm Cottage stand to meet…..yours truly……so here was my opportunity,,,,just like a dogs snout into his meal…..’well dad it’s time’…..and here we are, dad’s shorthand or typing had better be up to scratch.

G’day fellow K9’s much has been to do since my last blog….yes Mary, Max, the rest of the menagerie and I here at Elm cottage have been joined by, would you believe it, an English Setter , talk about flighty. She’s here there and everywhere, a two speed K9 lifestyle, flat out or SLEEP, thank the dog gods we have a huge yard…..not to mention the property. Then there’s the three 3 lounges move over Mum and Dad surely you don’t expect ‘Man’s best friend’ to share? Now what about the name ‘Philomena’. 

Well where have you been, you may well ask?

Easy answer, waiting for Dad. Who else can scribe for the ‘Ambassador’, some days I just have to put dad in his place, this year I’ve been extremely tolerant but when Philomena arrived and I realised it was November I needed some serious barking at Dad, thankfully he realised who the real boss is. So here we go Lincoln’s Blog;


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Yes it’s been a whirlwind year for us all. We lost both the family matriarch Mississippi, and then a few months later the ringin Jasper, I know we all got to love his particular idiocyncracies, yes that was Jasper, Dad reckons he had SMS or jockeys disease, oops... not politically correct.


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Dads had to separate Lucy from Edwina, Clare and K-Tee as her horns are getting too big, I think I told you my nickname for her Loopy Lucy, she’s not the full quid and both Eddy and K-Tee have some scars to prove it, Clare on the other hand gets well out of the way. Although we had all that rain while Mum and Dad were away it has dried out extremely quickly, Mum believes it’s the winds we get.

Young Clarkie’s doing well, and so are Sydney and Gyzmo. Mum and Dad are thinking of selling the older cows Edwina, Loopy Lucy and Clare and keeping K-Tee and Clarkie, great idea. Dad’s got a real soft spot for K-Tee she’s is just like Sarah.



We all know Mum and Dad took a holiday to Canada and States, yeah they left yours truly at home to keep the place safe and may I say what a great job I did, Yes Mum got her brother Fraser and sis-in-law Margy down just in case I needed some help…it all went well.

Dad was home a week and got this phone call from HelloWorld telling him he’d just won $3000 worth of travel and Pierre Cardin luggage. Dad was tickled as he normally just gives a donation for raffles and doesn’t worry about tickets, but this time Mum and Wal insisted he takes the tickets, now he’s got another Holiday, he said to me on the quiet it would have to be a pretty special place to beat where we live.


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Did I tell you Mum and Dad are building again, yes ‘Yellowbox’ a large 2 bedroom cottage that has it all. Dad’s frustrated with Council, as usual, at the eleventh hour after the plans and DA have been summited, Council do their normal and place some special conditions on the build, pity they didn’t say anything earlier as I think Mum and Dad may have altered the design somewhat. To make matters worse Council didn’t submit the application to Rural Fire Services for over a month delaying approval,.….who suffers? Mum and Dad. Council don’t seem to give a hoot at how much extra they cost people not to mention the lost revenue.

Did I mention the neighbour suffering from Nimby syndrome? Yes, he’s back. Add DNSW to the mix and it’s bureaucracy gone a muck.


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Now for the really big news Philomena, our new sister arrived yesterday and she’s just beautiful. An English Setter so the name suits, she is settling in a treat, Dad has her booked in for obedience lessons starting Saturday, something to do with female dogs, I understand they’re not quite attuned to the modern rigours of today’s society as someone of ambassador status, so dad thought he’d get in early and bring her up to speed and hopefully some of the training may rub off on Mary (Mezza).

Now if I don’t catch you before Christmas have a great break and travel safely.

Bark you later



The paws back, hasn’t been that long……. But have I some barks for you.
The way Dad's behaving anyone would think he’s enrolled Mezza and I in Jenny Craig’s.
We thought the weight reduction program we were on would last a couple of weeks and Mum and Dad would relent. HA! Not only is the diet so strict Dad’s exercise program he’s got us on just gets bigger and bigger. We are now up to 7 clicks twice a day. 


Now for some big news.
Jazz, the one who suffers SMS, the ringin has decided Mum should take him on the afternoon walk with his brother and sister. There are some problems that need to be addressed; pace gets to him, distance gets to him, so Mum takes some rather big shortcuts. Don’t know who benefits more Mum or Jazz? I think I should be a tad more understanding after all he is 15 and suffers Jockey’s Disease.

We have a rest on Sundays as Mum wants us to get used to a day off when Dad’s away. She doesn’t think she can handle us.
Ah Mum, your baby boy always behaves it’s Mezza you have to worry about.

Guess what I came across during our walk last Saturday?
There we were, on the last leg home along the river.
What was it?
The smell just got to me.
I couldn’t resist up and down the fence. I went crazy, Dad thought I had ants in my pants, Mezza was going ballistic trying to get off the leash, there she was dragging Dad every which way but loose.
At last I was off - spotted my first Kangaroo! In a blink it was gone. I knew I let it off lightly. Next time...


Now down to the incidentals.


Mum and Dad have planted a heap more trees in the Nelson’s Arboretum, with a couple of hundred more to go, tea trees and gums mainly, apparently the fish thrive if there’s tea trees by the river, that’s what we’re told. Yep, this is also part of Mum and Dad's eco alert, I hear on the grapevine they are looking at Eco Accreditation. Good for them. Us Sheldon’s, we care. Lincoln….. Elm Cottages Eco Warrior has a nice ring to it and goes well with the ambassador title bestowed on me. Suppose I’ll have to find a title for Mezza so she doesn’t feel left out. How does "Daddy’s Little Angel" sound?


The new deck on Red Gum has been completed. Yes, more eco warrior work. The deck is recycled and referred to as "Mod-wood". Looks great and as Dad says "You can’t half tell it’s recycled, look at the price! Bar humbug…." Dad’s little grumble but he admits it’s great and will last a lifetime... I think all the decks when they need replacing will be with Mod-wood.
When you’re on a winner stick to it.  


Next on the list was a new fridge for River Gum. The last one was great and has served us well, but when it’s time…………………Reinvestment program!

Yep, it’s definitely been Red and River Gums' month. The king bed in River Gum has been replaced, carpets re-cleaned, new pillows etc. A new BBQ for Red Gum...

It’s been great having Dad at home, especially now day light savings ended. From about 6am on I start to let dad know I’m a tad restless, it brekky time and walktime... After all, Dad doesn’t want walking time to eat into his other valued time……it’s all about allocation and training……. Oops.

Bark you later!

G‘day it’s been a couple of hard weeks for the K9’s here at Elm Cottage.

Not only has it been hot it’s been hot!

Wheres the rain?

It is Feb though, besides Tassie where is the climate good in OZ during Feb? Let us know and we’ll start planning Dad and Mum’s R & D trip for next year, we’ll just tag along and keep them company, remember ‘A mans best friend……..I just keep reminding Dad that’s why he bought the Kluger with the big boot space for two Goldens, Mezza and I will let Jazz, the minute Shit-zu, have the back seat. Yes, I’ve got some work to do I just can’t handle confined spaces, hey I got some big news later on…..just keep reading.

Boy, you can’t half tell Dads on the mend……back from his early morning walk and there he barks (doesn’t he realise…. I’m the dog).

‘Lincoln it’s time to put paw to pen’

I wonder if it had anything to do with Dad trying to sneak Mary out for an early morning walk, and yes the ever observant ‘Yours truly’ caught him and said ‘not without me’. The only problem was Dad left both of us at home….. sorry Mezza(Mary).

holly2A Christmas bark to all K9’s, here’s wishing you all a great holiday break and heaps of doggy treats. We have a number of our mates visiting Elm Cottage this Christmas, I’m sure they will enjoy the open spaces, clear skies, all those new smells and of course taking a relaxing paddle in the river.

Well in case you haven’t heard dad was booked in to the panel beaters for a new hip, I believe the correct bark is hip resurfacing. In any case someone had to step up to the plate and show some leadership, so in tune with my name sake ‘it had to be me’, dad reckons ‘I was dreamin’, he had everything organised, Ha!

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When Mum and Dad say there’s no rest for the wicked, they’re not wrong! It’s been a hive of activity here at Elm Cottage…

I have received further correspondence from my dog-pal Clancy – she is just about to visit again with Joe and Jay, can’t wait to catch up on all the goss from Bowral… And boy have we got some surprises for them…

Dad’s been on the hop – literally. He took Mum, (she who must be obeyed) for a winter jaunt up to Queensland, and yes, Dad did some of his other work – good one Dad.

Dad found it almost impossible to go up and down the ramps at the airports, so by the time he got home, he’d had enough, and was feeling the pinch.

So off he limps, bung hips and all, to the Doc. Just what he was expecting – one hip is completely cactus and the other’s on the way – yep, remedial work starts November 3!

Well, while Mum and Dad were off gallivanting around, Dave Ducker and his dog Boof took care of us… What’s that expression, while the cat’s away the mice do play? And we had a ball, not so sure about Max though, she kept out of our way. With 3 playful big dogs you can just image the rough and tumble… No place for Mum’s darling Maxine!

Dave told Mum and Dad that Max spent most of her time on the other side of the gate and down in the office… Did I mention we love having Dave and Boof over? Thanks Dave!

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I don’t know how many times I’ve had to remind Dad, who a man’s best friend is!

What’s more a lots happened…….. I gotta let my mates know.

So at last I’ve nailed him down, anyone would think I, me, the real boss of Elm Cottage had to make an appointment……when will he wake up. Today Dad will scribe Lincoln’s blog…..we have news……great news and I’m the source……. it’s the real deal.


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I know it’s been a while, some say between drinks, but dogs aren’t that computer literate you know, come to think about it, neither is dad.

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