Hi everyone, Leaf and Zeus here! I'm the spokeperson as Zeus is at present snoring his head off in what remains of his bed. Yes, we've been away a while but we're back now and very, very happy too. Missed everyone so very much and wondered about all the new doggies who have joined too. We've had major computer problems, which are now hopefully all fixed, oh boy it's been tough but we kept Mom's spirits up by behaving like angels. O.K. maybe at times the Littlest Angel on my part, cuz well, it's hotter than hades here, and even I don't want to play outside. So, to amuse myself, I've partial chewed Zeus' big basket bed, wrecked the Microphone/head phones - Daddy really should learn to put things away, he never learns, cuz I also chewed the end off the cell phone recharger which he left laying on the floor - honestly he asks for trouble! And, would you believe this - I'm BANNED from the bedroom unless Mom's in there with me. Why you may ask? Simple, I tried to ease the agony of this infernal heat by very neatly opening the corner of a pillow and creating a Winter Wonder Land for Mom. Tip to all dogs - feathers create an even better effect of snow than cushion inserts cuz they float all around the room, even reaching the light fittings! Mom just shook her head and kept repeating "Oh Leafy, Leafy" - I think that means she was pleased- so why ban me?? Please I do need help so any suggestions as to why I've been banned would be appreciated. But I can't be too badly in the dog house cuz Mom went on this wonderful Gondola trip and guess what??? She asked the lovely man who owns the company if he took dogs cuz she wants to take Zeus and myself for the ride. As she said, it all adds to our experiences in life and helps us to become well adjusted seasoned travelers, especially moi cuz I haven't traveled like Zeus. Seems he said yes, but has to work out how to moor his Gondola in a safe spot on the bank, as we would not be allowed to walk through the restaurant (some stupid law here about dogs not being allowed in a restaurant and moi with perfect table manners too HUMBUG) where he usually moors the Gondola. So once the weather has cooled down, we're all going to go on a Gondola ride. Hope I don't suffer from Mal De Mere, Mom says its smooth and calm on the river. No chance of me jumping overboard as I HATE water!!!! Mom's not sure about the Champers, says she may forgo that cuz both Zeus and I are strict teetotollers (how DO you spell that word) but she'll organize a picnic basket full of treats. Can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!! Last year I passed my Silver Level with flying colors, but boo hoo they didn't issue any Certificates, disappointed over that, cuz Mom frames all my Certificates cuz she's just so proud of me. And, cuz the weather is so bad, I'm not starting back at school until the second term. They cancel if it's too hot, and for high winds (the first night was cancelled cuz of those), along with Public Holidays, so as Mom said, with no make up nights, not many nights left for actual training. But when I do start back, I'm going into the Dancing For Dogs class, which should be grand fun. I miss all my chums at Doggy School, which is why Mom thinks I occasionally misbehave! We did go to the beach one night. Zeus took a short toddle then went back to the car (his legs you know, not up to long walks now) but Mom took me up and down the beach and let me have a very long lead run. I behaved so well, even when other dogs raced up to me, I behaved like the well educated young lady I am. Didn't bark or cause any problems and sat like an angel when the other dogs ignored their humans and refused to walk on and behave. Next time Mom says she may allow me off leash, we will see, it's too hot to go to the beach at present, even at night as we went last time. I haven't been wasting my time though, added a whole load of new tricks to my list and one day, when it's better weather, Mom is going to make that long over due video of all my tricks. Anyway, that's all the news for now, great to be back and we'll be spending some time catching up on all the new posts.