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(Officially) Introducing Billy

Better late than never, is what I kept telling myself about introducing Billy to the world. So here it is. This is Billy.

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Billy is our new love, our new pup. I probably use the word ‘new’ too loosely here, as Billy has been joining our family since February this year. We have been looking for a new pup to take care of since end of last year. We have been looking for a possible dog to adopt, but with our family situation, i.e: two small kids under 11 and a senior dog, it was proven challenging to find a good match. We were actually in a stage of waiting for a Rottweiler pup from RSPCA, when we literally stumbled upon Billy.

One day in January, my husband heard a yelp from our neighbor’s yard while he was walking Bruno, our 12 year old Labrador. He approached the fence feeling curious (and a bit nosey too I suppose), and hopefully in a non-burglar/creepy stalker way, he went closer to the fence for a better look, and saw our neighbour surrounded by cutest than cute litters of pups, who were born in Boxing Day last year. They were Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a.k.a Pitbull pups. Once he got home he shared this new findings to his family, who couldn’t jump fast enough and practically ran across the street begging for a quick play and cuddle visit.

Right. We know now that the visit didn’t end just then and there. We fell in love with ALL of them. The waiting list period for RSPCA puppies was suddenly too long for us to bear. These puppies were super cute, toddling around (sometimes fell off because they tripped on their own paws or each other), and had that lovely puppy breath. I know I probably should not mention about puppy breath; my husband told me not everyone understands this. Still with me?

We were not worried that he’s a Pitbull. I don’t believe certain breed is more dangerous than others. It all depends on their owners. A responsible owner would raise and train a well adjusted, calm and submissive dog, regardless of their breed. Of course each breed has it’s own characteristics, and some are stronger or have bigger teeth than others, but still. I have raised a huge Rottweiler who was so gentle and cute, and this was in the era when Rottweilers were the breed to avoid because of their viciousness. I cried for a week when he died.

Cut the story short, we picked our Billy. Or, I should say we found each other. We picked each other. This was another experience I had when faced with a litter of pups. Back when Bruno the Lab was still a pup along with his 11 other siblings, in a kennel somewhere in a village in Belgium, we sat inside the kennel with him and his siblings to play with them. The idea was to see which one of the pups would pick us. We wanted the one who stayed with us the longest. You know puppies like to play but they get tired or bored easily too, we thought, the ones who didn’t find us a big bore would be the perfect one for us. That has been proven true for Bruno. From a kennel in Belgium, to 12 years after, in a different side of the world, he is still very into us. The power of puppy love!

Billy has less siblings. They were only 5 of them. Billy was the biggest of them all, and he was the one. He was all over me and my kids. He was playing non-stop, and when he was tired he would climb one of our laps to lie down. He’s beyond cute. We took him home right after his three month’s puppy vaccination.

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Bruno now has a brother, or should say grandson? Anyways, they got along very quickly. I couldn’t believe that moment when I said to myself I have 2, TWO dogs! It’s unreal. I am a mother of four kids; two two-legged ones and two four-legged ones. It was the beginning of a new era for us. I became real fit real quick. Billy the new pup was boisterous, strong and very energetic. We took three short walks at the beginning, and now we had two long walks with him. It was challenging to walk two dogs with this massive age difference between them. One was taking his time sniffing around and enjoying the world with his mild arthritis legs, while the other was running, charging everything he found fancy, which was literally everything. Add juggling leash, treats, poop bags in the mix, let’s just say it’s not a trip for the faint hearted. It got better though.

So there you go. Billy has been properly introduced, finally. Here, I mean. He’s been featuring a lot in my Instagram (@ayusrimoyo) so he’s not new there. Anyway, he’s 8 months old now. He goes to school and everything. He is very strong and cheeky, which is not an easy combination to deal with when you don’t have plenty of time to walk/play/tire him out. We have had casualties, or damages thanks to his itchy gums and growing teeth, a number of accidents -from number 1 and number 2 variety- inside the house, with and without guests around when it happened. But we are happy. It feels wonderful to have these dogs around us all the time. They are family!

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Billy and his toys.


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Puppy Love - Billy the Pitbull and Bruno the Labrador




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Portrait Project – 36/52



Basking in the sun, on the first week of beautiful Spring in Canberra. My BFFs, one human and one hairy four-legged one, have definitely bonded.

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  • Luisa11/09/2014 - 4:45 pm

    You seem to always capture the moments so beautifully, keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

of dog and his cone


dog and his cone

Long face in the cone. This was taken two weeks ago, right after his procedure to fix an ear hematoma. The poor boy was not happy and let everybody knew it.

As of a week ago, his bandage was off, but he has to keep the cone until the end of the month. The cone -along with our legs, furnitures and the window’s floor-length blind- was badly battered and ripped at the moment (this is a non-exageration; part of our blind was broken thanks to the cone and its bad boy). The cone has holes everywhere, and everyday additional tape needs to be applied to bind new rips and fortify it so it stays its shape and keep dog from ripping apart his healing ear flap with his paws.

Even in his pre-cone life, Bruno is a very clumsy dog. He bumped into things -walls, dining table, doors, fridge doors- a lot. His eyesight is perfect, in case anyone wonders..it’s just, well, him. Now imagine this clumsy dog’s past two weeks in the cone. One would think that after a couple of days he became more aware of his additional width around the head and navigate himself accordingly. Oh no. Not our Bruno. Not only he bumped into more things, he got stuck on things as well. One time he got stuck on the side of our large mirror in the bed room, the whole heavy thing fell off from the wall. We were lucky the mirror stayed intact, and didn’t actually fell on him.

It’s a trying time for all of us, but the light at the end of the tunnel looks closer every day. Or so I tell myself. Everyday. Whenever I got so frustrated after cleaning yet another mess caused by things got knocked over I remind myself that he’s the one wearing the cone, it must be even harder for him, then I’d go and give his hairy big (and handsome) head another rub and extra scratches. Cone or no cone, he loves extra cuddle.

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  • The Stately Hound22/07/2013 - 1:20 am

    Poor guy, hope Bruno is feeling better… he sure looks sorry for himself.ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]22/07/2013 - 11:27 am

      Thanks for the thoughts. He indeed looked super miserable there..it was only moments after his procedure. I’m happy to inform that he is almost back to his usual cheerful self these days. Even with the cone on 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gary Lum22/07/2013 - 6:04 am

    I hope he heals soon and the cone can go.ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]22/07/2013 - 11:28 am

      Thanks Gary. We are all so over the cone now. Really counting the days until the vet calls it all clear to rid of it for good!ReplyCancel

  • rubytheblacklabrador22/07/2013 - 1:06 pm

    Poor thing – Ruby hates the collar too, stops her sniffing and scavaging! Hope Bruno is better at the end of the month 🙂ReplyCancel

happy birthday, Bruno!


bruno 10 years

My dog Bruno turned 10 today. Hip hip hoorah! His greyish muzzle shows his age, but I can’t say the same about his behaviour. He still behaves like a pup. It’s true what they say, Labradors have a (very) long period of puppyhood. In Bruno’s case, I’m afraid, it’s never ending.

Bruno is a well travelled dog. He was born in Lommel (Belgium), 10 years ago, and moved with us to Australia when he was 5. He left Belgium a month before we did, and he had to stay for 1 month in quarantine in Sydney. He has his own passport, and I remember that his travel/medical document was one centimetre thicker than all our family’s combined.

He is a happy 10 year old dog. He makes me and my family happy, and we are endlessly entertained by him. I am a less crazy person thanks to him. His healthy vibe gives such great comfort and joy. I do believe that home is where my dog is.

Happy birthday, my gorgeous pup!

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  • ohdearria15/05/2013 - 11:53 pm

    Labradors have such a good nature toward people, especially children. I used to have golden retriever, and he was gorgeous and still had that puppy face even though he was 13 years old. He died last year from cancer 🙁 I have 3/4 golden retriever and 1//4 German Shepperd now, but he’s more golden retriever than German Shepperd! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]17/05/2013 - 3:05 pm

      Sorry to hear about your loss a year ago. I’m sure that dog had a great life with you and your family.

      Three quarter German shepherd and a quarter retriever? Interesting mix..!ReplyCancel

Day 300 #Project365

This sandy and scattered with hair floor…

300-365 dirty floor
Nikon D90 | AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | ISO400 | f/3.2 | 1/6 |

..is the ‘price’ we pay for sharing our life with this hairy face.

300-365 bruno bw
Nikon D90 | AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | ISO4000 | f/5| 1/8 |

But he’s totally worth it! 🙂

PS: In another news, today is the 300th day of the year, people! Sixty six days to go before we welcome 2013. Indeed. It’s crazy.

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