OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2011
DUSTY: It has always seemed appropriate to the Pack Leader and Alpha Female that the birthday of my estimable half-sister Kellie should herald, each year,the coming of summer. Yep, another year has flown, and Kellie has turned eleven. Still as wilful and headstrong as ever, and still bossing the humans around as if she is so loveable that she can get away with it - which, of course, she can. Anyway, here is she is on her birthday.
It was a glorious summer day in Canberra for her birthday, so we went for an enjoyable walk down Dunrossil Drive to the gates of Government House and back. Here we are outside the gates of Goverment House, taking a breather.
DUSTY:When summer arrives, the water beckons. Well, anyway, it beckons to Kellie, who, I'm told, took to the water quite instinctively and quite fearlessly at a very early age. But, as for me, I'm still very wary of that big lake. As I may have mentioned before, I'm quite happy to paddle around in the shallows, but I simply will not go in out of my depth no matter how hard the Pack Leader tries to entice me. I'm sure Kellie is quite appalled by my lack of aquatic expertise, and no doubt considers me to be a tad disrespectful of the historic relationship between our noble breed and the water. As for the Pack Leader, he says that he is not going to rush me, convinced that one day I'll take the plunge, and then spend the rest of my life wondering what on earth I was afraid of.
DUSTY: But as for Kellie, well, she still loves to go for a swim. We are still convinced that she has gills somewhere. It's just that we haven't located them yet.
DUSTY:That last shot of her shows her sinking down to periscope depth, which she occasionally does so that she can sneak up on me unnanounced. Another trick of hers, shown below, is to wait until the Pack Leader gets close with his camera and then give herself a violent shake so as to get water droplets all over the camera's lens. Rather annoys the Pack Leader, that one, much to the amusement of the Alpha Female.