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Day 144-147 Manjimup to Margaret River

Lazy days

semi-overcast 24 °C

It doesn't matter how early Mum and Dad pack up the trailer they are normally the last ones to leave the campsite. I can't blame them this time because on the day that we were leaving most people had left by 7am and that's just way too early for Dad to even think about getting up. He loves his beauty sleep.

Fonty’s Pool and Caravan Park was really good. The sites were big and Mum said the toilets and showers were good. I’m giving it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

It only took just over 2 hours to get to Margaret River and lucky we did get there early because the oldies had a bit of trouble setting up at the campsite. The site they were given was really small and part of it was tiled and there was a tree at the front of the site and the roots of the tree had pushed some of the tiles up so it was very awkward for Dad to get the trailer in.

Our small site with our very own tree

Our small site with our very own tree

There also wasn’t much room for the car so they had to squeeze the car as close as possible to the trailer and there also wasn’t much room for the awning so the awning was squashed right up to the fence and the fence was wired so once they finally set up Mum said that she felt like she was in a cage and I was like, yeah now you know how I feel when you dump me in kennels.

We're caged in!

We're caged in!

So after a frustrating couple of hours they were all done and we walked into town and went to a nice cafe called Cafe 131 to have some lunch. They allowed dogs there and the waiter even brought me some water and Mum said the service was fantastic. She didn’t have a coffee because she was too hot but she did have a juice and she said it was nice.

Afterwards Dad tried to get a beer in the pub but the pubs don’t allow dogs so then we tried to find somewhere for me to play but there were lots of signs not allowing dogs which is kinda frustrating when you just want to run around like I do. We eventually found a beach (Prevally beach) that allowed dogs on lead but all the dogs we saw were off lead so Dad let me off the lead. We also found a dog exercise area at Gloucester Park which is only about a 10 minute walk from the campsite so at least I get to do some exercise.

Me, the beach and the Indian Ocean

Me, the beach and the Indian Ocean

On Friday we went to Dunsborough. We found a dog beach and we were going to stay there all day because Mum and Dad decided they wanted to be lazy but we ended up only staying an hour because it started raining. I did get to jump in the water with Dad though which was good. Then Mum drove around for a while because it was still raining and then Mum wanted a coffee so we went to Lamont’s at Smith’s beach for coffee and cake. Mum said the coffee was fantastic. I was pretty tired by this stage so I just slept.

There are quite a few wineries that don't allow dogs so Mum and Dad had a map and they had circled all the dog friendly wineries. On the way back we stopped at a winery called House of Cards. The person at cellar door was the owner and she was very friendly. Mum bought a chardonnay.

House of cards winery

House of cards winery

Next door to the winery was Gabriel Chocolate. Of course chocolate is bad for me but Mum and Dad couldn’t wait to get in. Dad always pretends that he doesn't have a sweet tooth but he always eats chocolate whenever Mum goes to bed and then blames Mum for eating all the chocolate. She's so stupid that sometimes she falls for it. At Gabriel they roast the chocolate themselves. Mum said you could smell the chocolate as soon as you walked in. They tried a few of the chocolates and I'm surprised that that they only bought a small block of chocolate for themselves.

Is that a bit of grass I could pee on?

Is that a bit of grass I could pee on?

On Saturday Mum and Dad sent me to Margaret River Pet Retreat for the day. This was much more than doggy day care; this was luxury doggy day care. I think I’m going to be staying overnight too and I can’t wait. The reception area looks like a day spa; tiled floors, beautiful sofas, light and spacious and no doggy smells! I’m telling you, this is 5 star!

The area to play in is unreal. Lots of room for me to play ball. I played with the owner’s kids most of the day. There were other dogs there and I ignored them most of the time because I just want to play ball but I did end up playing with some of them.

Meanwhile Mum and Dad went to Busselton for the day. They were too lazy to walk the jetty so they took a ride on the little train to the end of the jetty and then went to the underwater observatory which they loved.

Toot! Toot! All aboard for anyone too lazy to walk the jetty!

Toot! Toot! All aboard for anyone too lazy to walk the jetty!

The underwater observatory, 8 metres under the jetty

The underwater observatory, 8 metres under the jetty

Busselton jetty

Busselton jetty

After the excessive amount of exercise I had at doggy day care I slept most of the day on Sunday. Dad went to play golf in the morning. He hasn’t played for over 2 months so he got up early to have a hit before he played. Dad golfing normally means Mum’s trying to do the laundry. She decided to do one load last night which was going well until she got to the dryer. Someone had placed their laptop on top of the dryer to charge (Mum says there were laptops and mobiles all over the place in the laundry) and so she had to go around asking people whose laptop it was and then she found the person so they moved the laptop but then when Mum went to open the dryer (there was only one dryer) there were clothes in there. She waited for about 10 minutes but no one came to collect the clothes so she ended up folding up the clothes in the dryer and putting hers in. Who folds other people’s clothes? Anyway she did one load on Sunday while Dad was out having a good time golfing. She seemed to manage that okay.

No one could be bothered doing much in the afternoon so we went to Cowaramup Brewery which was dog friendly. It had a big beer garden and I sat under the table while the oldies drank.

Two glasses of wine and Mum looks pickled

Two glasses of wine and Mum looks pickled

Posted by fegrech 17:54 Archived in Australia Tagged australia western

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