The General

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I'm the Boss's dog, a Chessie, whatever that is. The Boss says its a cross between a labrador and a doormat. I like eating, chasing balls, annoying my Mum, Queenie, and eating. I don't like training sessions or listening to the Boss's ramblings. All I really want to do is have fun - and eat. This is the first time I've had a blog - it's a dog's blog, and I think I'll be good at it. I'll be telling you about all the interesting food, smells and entertainment that comes my way - maybe about some my friends, and their friends; and what the boss is thinking about - I can read his simple mind.

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Viticulture

Songs of the River

I'm not a great fan of humans' music. I like the songs of the bush and the river - I know what I'm doing amongst all that. I know when the Kookaburras are gathering in the morning to remind everyone of their territory; I hear the Blackbirds getting

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The General
Feb 28 2017
Viticulture

Manners maketh the Dog

The Boss has been nagging me about my eating habits. He reckons the only beast he has ever seen devour food faster than me is a Grouper.. I've never seen a Grouper but The Boss reckons the big ones would swallow a strapping hound like myself in

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The General
Feb 23 2017
Viticulture

Vale, Bix...

My brother Bix died a week or so back, copped a snake bite, so The Boss said. I could tell he was upset when he heard about it; he likes hearing from the owners of Queenie's pups now and then - but not this sort of news. Bix lived on an orchard on

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The General
Feb 14 2017
Viticulture

Vale, brother Bix...

My brother Bix died a week or so back, copped a snake bite, so The Boss said. I could tell he was upset when he heard about it; he likes hearing from the owners of Queenie's pups now and then - but not this sort of news. Bix lived on an orchard on

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The General
Feb 14 2017
Viticulture

Vale, brother Bix...

My brother Bix died a week or so back, copped a snake bite, so The Boss said. I could tell he was upset when he heard about it; he likes hearing from the owners of Queenie's pups now and then - but not this sort of news. Bix lived on an orchard on

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The General
Feb 14 2017
Viticulture

"The Big Orange Splot"- an insult to my President

I feel like an alien in my own land. Unwelcome. I mean, I was born here, in this country. And now I feel like I don't belong. The Boss - my so-called Boss - is sniggering about my President.. Now, I'm proud of my American roots: my ancestors hail

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The General
Feb 06 2017
Viticulture

Inauguration: a great start for all dogs

So the Donald is in the chair! This is a triumph for all Chessies, who work best with an Alpha-male owner who takes no prisoners.. The Boss was looking edgy during the inauguration speech but I thought The Donald was terrific. He talked about

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The General
Jan 23 2017
Viticulture

You too can be Enlightened, just like me!

The news came through on the weekend that, as I had long-suspected, I am in fact Enlightened. This is on top of my considerable athleticism being, as you know, faster than Usain Bolt on the ground and the Thorpedo in the water.. I doubt this news

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The General
Jan 17 2017
Viticulture

Caught cuddling the carp

The Boss caught the Golden Leave-it-There rolling on a dead carp on Monday and he wasn't happy.. We were on our way back from a swim down on the sandbar we hounds were well ahead, with the whiff of breakfast urging us on, when the Leave-it-There

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The General
Jan 11 2017
Viticulture

Black As Yer Boot!

The dreaded Blackwater is back after that big rain late last week, pouring out of the small creeks into the Goulburn.. The prize for the filthiest water goes to the Pranjip Creek, followed by the Castle, The Boss reckons, and the Sevens isn't much

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The General
Jan 03 2017
Dairy

Gluttony - and a post-prandial nap

I don't mind this Christmas thing. I've had two of them now and I worked the second one better than the first.. Sort of timed my run, you might say, while the people were all busy sucking up food on the table.. I could see it all coming a few days

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The General
Dec 28 2016
Viticulture

Tom & Captain are the real deal!

I have to tell you about my Melbourne mate Tom, who is more fun than The Boss. He doesn't try to teach me anything, like Sit or Stay or Give or Lie Down. . He doesn't chain me up or lock me in my kennel. He doesn't growl at me or look at me like I'm

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The General
Dec 23 2016
Viticulture

A Big One Down

We had a big old gum tree come down in that storm a week or two back and it fell clear across the cod hole.. I thought The Boss might be upset because he likes to drop a line in that spot, on account of it is - or was - pretty snag-free. That seems

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The General
Dec 13 2016
Viticulture

We dodged the blackwater bullet

The Boss has been uptight about these blackwater events - they've been killing heaps of cod up on the Edwards, and down the Murray below Lake Victoria. . He likes catching a cod more than he likes scratching me and says these big breeder fish dying

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The General
Dec 06 2016
Viticulture

I'm the brightest star in the universe!

The Boss has been out these last few nights - he's a bit odd, the way he looks at the sky at night. For quite a while, too. Me, I can suss out the sky for black duck, pigeons, pesky magpies and teal in about thirty seconds. There's nothing else

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The General
Nov 29 2016
Viticulture

Barnaby, water (and dogs.)

I like Barnaby Joyce. I've liked him ever since he grabbed that pirate feller with the earring - well, three earrings in one ear-hole, can you believe it? And without a fair dinkum furry ear like mine - who smuggled his dirty dogs into my country

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The General
Nov 22 2016
Viticulture

My Sharp-tongued House Guest

So, after all the stuff I said about her smelling nice, the Fur-Child calls me a Boofhead and demands right-of-reply. In MY Blog! Here’s what she said: . Well I mean really… but I suppose if the Boofhead General can blog, I can probably figure...

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The General
Nov 14 2016
Dairy

The Fur-Child comes to visit

The Fur-Child came up for the weekend. I hadn't seen her for a while, but it was good to sniff her again, if you know what I mean. . She's a vegetarian, on account of some liver complaint, the Boss says, and she smells a whole lot better than my...

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The General
Nov 09 2016
Viticulture

Silage time: food for cows, food for dogs.

The boys slashed the paddocks last week, raked it into rows the next day and sucked it up that night. The Boss was pleased: the weather dried out and made it easy to get on and everything went smoothly.. He likes the whole ritual of silage time...

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The General
Oct 31 2016
Viticulture

Leave-it-There's are everywhere

So here's the thing: there are people who are just like the Golden Leave-it-There - and the Boss doesn't like them. He calls them rabbits, dills, drongoes and idiots. Words he doesn't even use about me.. He reckons they are worse than the Golden...

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The General
Oct 25 2016
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