Sunday, 19 January 2014

Hot, hot, HOT!!!

Oh my dog...

It has been SO HOT here in Wagga Wagga. We have had a WHOLE WEEK of temperatures over 40 Celsius! Which is over 104 Fahrenheit.

I have been melting. Even Floyd has had trouble coping, and usually the heat doesn't worry him.

There have been horribly bushfires down south from here for the last few days, in Victoria and South Australia. Many people have lost their homes, and one poor lady died.

Last night in and around Wagga we had what is called a "dry" storm, which is thunder and lightning without and rain. Which is the ABSOLUTE last thing you want after all the dry weather and high temperatures. The lightning has started 2 major fires near Wagga. While we are not in any danger, the villages of Humula, Carabost and Kyeamba are under threat, and many people are evacuating. These are tiny little farming communities. There have been some (unconfirmed) reports of 5 homes being lost near Carabost.

A photo shared last night by the Rural Fire Service
On this note, we would like to say how proud we are of the brave men and women of the Rural Fire Service (New South Wales), the Country Fire Authority (Victoria) and the Country Fire Service (South Australia). They risk life and limb to save and protect the people of their states and many of them are unpaid volunteers.

We don't know how they cope in the heat and the smoke... So brave.

Speaking of the heat... Floyd and I have been very lazy this week, we've spent nearly all of our time sleeping on the lounge under the cooler and in front of the fan.

We've been doing a lot of...

Snoozing...
And...

Snoozing...
And...

Panting (look how big Floyd's tongue is!)
And...

Eating ice.
Just trying to stay cool!!

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We would like to thank everypawdy who has submitted entries for our Barkday Competition!

Floyd and I have been in stitches after seeing some of the mischief some of you have been up to! We've also been in awe of how clever some of you are after seeing what tricks you can do!

If you haven't sent your pics in, there is still HEAPS of time! You have until midnight, Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Australia Day (26th of January) to send them in... So, keep 'em coming!!

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We also have some totally pawsome news! Out mate Ranger the Scottie is coming to visit us!!! He will be here a few days before Australia Day, so we can show him around, and then we're gonna through an Australia Day feast for him! We are so excited! We might even spend some time teaching him (and you guys) some Aussie slang!

In the meantime, our peeps are going out of town. They're headed to the beach (the lucky so-and-sos) so, I will be without my typist for a few days, until Ranger comes to stay. I hope you all stay safe and well until we are back.

Waggles and lickies,

Dougall

27 comments:

  1. We saw the reports on the news about the fires in your part of the world, and hope that homes and people stay safe, and you too!! Stay cool and have fun!!!

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  2. In the summer here, it often gets to 115F 46C. However the humidity is 6%. What's the humidity in your heat wave?

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    1. Depends where you live. On the coast very high. But where we live USUALLY low.
      Although, the peeps have noticed that they get a lot more humid days than they used to... And that they get more of these heat waves that last much longer than when she was a kid... Which is not good. We live in a district called the "Riverina" which is referred to as the "food bowl" of Australia. All this heat affects the fruit and vegetable crops very badly.

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    2. He grew up in New York. When the temperature hit 37C with 98% humidity it was unbearable. It's better in Arizona because the temperature might be 46C but the humidity is low. You're not always in your own perspiration.

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    3. Hey, are my green beans in good shape in the Riverina?

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    4. I don't know about the beans, but the grapes and oranges are really struggling!

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  3. Our Furend Toby and his Mum Barb who live in Manilla, NSW... have told us MANY MANY times about how WONDERFUL your fire fighters are. She has also told us about the dreadful DRY STORMS. We are praying that all this HEAT and drought HURRIES away. Stay SAFE from all of it.
    RANGER is going to be in Wagga Wagga? At your HOME????? But that is WONDERFUL... It will be an amazing time.
    We can NOT wait to see and hear all the fun stuffs you two will do with Ranger.
    Hope your peeps have a COOL time away at the beach.
    Toby says that HE is living on Iced Kibble.. He loves how it Cools and Crunches.

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  4. Oh my goodness that is too hot. We have been too cold here maybe we could send some cool weather to you. Have fun with Ranger!!
    Hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  5. Those fires are so scary! Stay as cool as you can, guys. Your tongue shots are crackin' us up, Floyd!
    We can't wait to hear all about Ranger's visit!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  6. Scary!! They're having wildfires in California, too! Luckily, it's not wildfire season here in Texas...

    Stay cool!

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  7. Stay safe and stay cool pals. We will send you our naughty pic tomorrow. Have a serene Sunday and get on some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. We've been watching your temps along with ours--we only hit 40 once and today, it's supposed to start getting cooler. We saw that Wagga had bushfires--so scary when they're close. We've had a couple of easily put out fires and we have smoke. We just stay inside and hibernate, too. Yesterday, SHE ate a bug and couldn't get out of bed except to stagger to the toilet, so we got NO WALKS. Luckily SHE remembered our food and bed time treat or there would have been a call to the RSPCA. SHE's up this morning, so we think we'll be going to the river.

    Looks like you have a handle on keeping COOL!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  9. The Food Lady and Alph were talking about the fires the other day as we have lots of friends in the area. Sounds scary. I suffer from the heat too so I feel for you all. Hope it cools down soon.

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  10. I will say a prayer for y'all and all the Aussie's to stay safe from the heat and fires. I am so jealous that Ranger is coming to visit y'all.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  11. Keep cool and stay safe, furiends!

    Edgar and his mum

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  12. We are going to talk to Foley to see if she can send some of our cold weather your way to cool things off. Stay safe

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  13. I was wondering how you and your peeps were fairing. What a scary time for everyone! The food situation is troublesome, too. =( Stay cool my wheatie friend!
    oxox
    Daisy

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  14. Mom was telling us all about how hot it has been Down Under this week...just crazy!! We've been hitting the high 30's here too.

    We can't believe you're gonna meet Ranger in the furs, that is PAWSOME!! Tell him we say "hi" ok?
    Wally & Sammy

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  15. Your so lucky you get to meet Ranger, the three of you should then come visit me!! Keep cool and safe guys!

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  16. Hey, I have a quick question I wanted to ask you about your blog, do you think you could send me an email when you get this? Thanks! Tiffany
    tpham(at)dropcam(dot)com

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  17. I hope these fires won't be like the ones of a couple of years ago. So terrible. I hope that heat wave cools, especially so that you can enjoy playing when Ranger arrives.

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  18. We worry about the fires too. Luckily we've got rain now. Hope it's heading your way.

    Stay cool until Aussie Day!

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  19. Oh no, we hope those fires don't spread too much. We are going to look for a picture RIGHT now! Cocco is too much trouble not to submit something!

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  20. Glad to hear you're all safe. I hope the fires won't get worse.

    You were so cute in one of those pictures. Was that your dad with you?

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  21. That is terrible, those poor peeps and animals. Stay safe guys and we are praying for some cooler weather for you xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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