What’s going on Down Under?

Pipestone Flyer

Vol 15, Issue 8, Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

My brother recently returned from a trip to Australia and had some disturbing news for me. Now if this had been one of my friends, I would have expected to have been told they had tried to marry a Kangaroo while Down Under, or was caught french-kissing a Wallaby.

Now  before I get too far down this road let me relate some personal information. I currently have two roommates of the furry kind. Shelby, who is a almost pure-breed Australian Cattle Dog and Dynasty, an Australian Cattle Dog- Shetland Sheepdog mix. Now here in Canada we sometimes refer to them as Blue or Red Heelers and they were bred to herd cattle long distances in the out-back. They have a little Dingo, Dalmatian and Kelpie and some other breeds mixed in. They are highly intelligent working dogs that like to herd things and can nip at your heels if they are allowed.

So my brother comes back from his trip and drops a bombshell on me; that after spending almost two weeks Down Under, he did not see one Australian Cattle Dog. Apparently according to my brother he did not see many dogs on his trip at all. I was flabbergasted. How can the country of Australia, not have one Cattle Dog on display? Oh sure there were lots of Kangaroos, Koala Bears, Wallabies around but when it came to canines, there were not many around.

What is wrong with these people? You take a dog, name it after the continent and then don’t have any on display? This would be like not handing out Klondike Bars at the Yellowknife airport, or going to a fire station and there is no Dalmatian around. What is wrong with society? If I walk into a year round Christmas store there must be Christmas music playing. Of course you might need a psychologist on speed dial for the staff but that is the price you pay. Isn’t that like walking in a place called Chuck’s Chicken Wings and find out they only serve pasta? Lunacy.

I am tempted to write a letter to the Australian Ambassador in Ottawa to protesting this blatant slap in the face but I fear I will not be taken seriously.

Of course this comes from a country that is a day ahead. Who invented this international date line anyways? If it is three pm here it should be three pm everywhere. I don’t care that it is probably pitch black in Russia and half the world would be living in darkness during their waking hours but that is not my problem.

Okay, for the record, I am kidding about almost everything written here. I love everything Australian and this is by no means a slam against them. The key word here is “humour column.” 

Just Posted

Residents not happy with county order to remove approach

County of Wetaskiwin says approach unapproved, dangerous

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

Leftover pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin cake recipe complete with icing

Wetaskiwin-area small business impacting our daily living

Every year across Canada Small Business Week, this year October 14 through… Continue reading

County of Wetaskiwin changes speed curves project

Councilors vote in favour of case-by-case basis for gravel road curves

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nova Scotia fixes online workaround of age requirement for cannabis sales

The problem popped up hours after the use of cannabis became legal

Carr, Morneau off to China next month to deepen commerce

Carr says Canada and China aren’t embarking on formal free trade talks

Most Read