Friday, February 16, 2018

At last...the YEAR of the DOG!

Hey, what's up, dogs?  Just a quick post to wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year.  This year is an especially important Chinese New Year, because it's the Year of the DOG

It's about darn time! My human tells me that a Dog Year only comes around every twelve years.  

According to the Internet, people born during the Year of the Dog are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, and smart.  Yeah...that sounds very dog-like to me.

So...ahem.  Since this is the Year of the Dog, I should be getting extra special treatment for a whole year, right?  Like more bacon-flavored treats, and more tummy rubs?  I'll have to remind my human about this.  I think I have a good case.

Hope you have a great day! 
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Wrapping up Europe...Dresden and Berlin

Hey, what's up, dogs?  Today I'm finishing up the series of posts about my trip to Europe.  We ended the vacation by visiting two famous towns in Germany.  

First was Dresden, where we saw the beautiful gardens of Dresden Palace...
 
 
On the outer wall of Dresden Palace, there's a mural called the Fuerstenzug, or the Procession of Princes.  It depicts 35 of the noblemen, dukes, and kings who ruled Saxony.

There are approximately 23,000 porcelain tiles in the mural, making it the largest piece of porcelain tile artwork in the world.  That's a lot of tiles!
 
After that, we headed to Berlin, where we saw the remnants of the historic Berlin Wall.  It separated East and West Berlin for almost 30 years, until it was opened in 1989...

Here's a photo of the famous "Checkpoint Charlie," which was the best-known crossing point between East and West Berlin:

It turns out (and my bear friends will be happy to know this) that Berlin's mascot is the bear!  We saw bears almost everywhere we went in Berlin... 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maybe the city should be renamed "Bearlin" instead of "Berlin"?...

Anyway, thanks for coming along with me on my international trip!  I'll have to come up with some fresh new material for the blog.  Hmmm....wonder what I should do next?...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wonder if they sell Bratwurst in Bratislava?....

Hey, what's up, dogs?  Another stop on the European tour.  This time we're in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.  It's a beautiful, quaint city with a lovely town square.
See this guy, peeking out of the manhole?  Rubbing his head is supposed to give you good luck.   

Here's another one, doffing his top hat to the tourists.  There are statues like this scattered throughout the city.
And apparently, Slovakian chocolate is among the best in the world.  It's won international awards!  

I'm sure my blog friends (especially Jerry) would be excited about this.  Sigh...Why must chocolate be toxic to dogs?....
 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Sandy's SAVE THE BEES campaign

Hey, what's up, dogs?  We got some mail from our friend Sandy Bear recently.  Seems he took a beach trip, and while it wasn't to Mexico, he still had a fun time and took some beautiful pictures.  You can read about his trip here.
Nice-looking postcard on the right, isn't it?  

On the left, we got a second card from Sandy which contained a "SAVE THE BEES" pin.  
 
You always hear about "Save the Whales" campaigns, but this is the first time I've come across a "Save the Bees" campaign.


Maybe I can pin the badge to my hat.  Anything to help the cause, Sandy!  
"Eh, that looks fetching, laddie," Grandpa nodded. 

 
So, my question now is...if I'm wearing a "SAVE THE BEES" badge...does that make me a bee-hugger?

Thanks for the mail, Sandy!

Monday, January 15, 2018

In search of Wiener Schnitzel.

Hey, what's up, dogs?  Hope your New Year is starting off right!  I apologize for the slowdown in posts...my secretary caught a cold and couldn't prep my blog for me.  Grumble, grumble...that's going to reflect poorly on the year-end evaluation.  

Anyway...let's move on with my tour of Europe, shall we?  After leaving Budapest, we made our next stop in VIENNA.
 Here's the view from our hotel room...







What's important about Vienna?  Well, it's the home of the famous "Wiener Schnitzel"!  That essentially translates to "giant piece of meat," so, of course, I *HAVE* to sample it while I'm here.

(My human wants to remind us that Vienna was also once the musical and cultural capital of the world.  Yeah, yeah, okay.  But that's a relatively minor detail, compared to the Wiener Schnitzel.) 

My human insisted I slow down and take some pictures of irrelevant stuff (sigh), like Schoenbrunn Palace...
 
 


...an antique bookstore....
 
 


...the famous Sachertorte--it's a chocolate cake with apricot jam...

...a confectionery shop where they made some really cute treats...



 ...the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, where you can see the famous white Lippizaner horses perform...


 

...and a display of teddy bears.  

Hey, there's a hit-and-run in progress!  Clearly that bear never attended Ooogie's SlowPoke School of Driving. 
Anybody get the license plate number on that car?....

AH!  AHA!  Here's a cafe.  Hello, sir?...Um, I mean, "Guten Tag."  Do you serve Wiener Schnitzel?  
Oooohh....you do!  Wow...that is gorgeous.  Come to me, you beautiful slab of meat.

Okay, I'd better end this entry now, because I'm going to be here for a little while, enjoying my "taste" of Vienna.  Heh heh... 

See you next time!