Around 2 years we started work on a project about Geoff. The idea was to create a series of interactive AppBooks about a handicapped dog and his two Dads that may delight young children and their parents all the while delivering a subtle little message.
So here we are, around 2 years later and we have finally launched the first AppBook in the Geoff and his Two Dads series, Tomato Trouble!
We are so proud of the final result and the incredible amount of work that Jeff Wannberg from Wompi Studios has put into the finished product. Of course we are biased but we think the illustrations byTanya Cooper are absolutely beautiful and the work by Victor Andersen, our app coder, magnificent!
So we are now in Apple iTunes Store and its time to tell the world. We apologise in advance to our family and friends but we will be spamming social media to let the world know about Geoff
We are also supporting the great work The It Gets Better Project do for LGBT youth by donating a portion of each sale to the project
Our lovely friends, all the way over in Oregon, have started the Rainbow Bracelet Project to raise the awareness of LGBT equality… Read below
“The purpose of the Rainbow Bracelet Project is to connect LGBT and allies and show the world with our bracelets that we support equality for LGBT people. When someone asks you about your bracelet, you can tell them where you got it and why you are wearing it. Use the bracelet as an opportunity to discuss LGBT equality with others”.
We have ours, Geoff may need to keep the orders coming though, something tells me his little teeth are going to chew through his as soon as he gets the chance. You can order yours on the above link and help raise awareness of LGBT inequality.
$1 From Each Bracelet Sold Donated to an LGBT Organization
One dollar from each bracelet sold will be donated to an LGBT organization: Pride Northwest or Born This Way Foundation (it’s your choice).
Pride Northwest: Pride Northwest is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization which is home to the annual Portland Pride™ Parade & Festival. Born This Way Foundation: Led by Lady Gaga & her mother Cynthia, Born This Way Foundation will build a youth empowered, braver and kinder world.
Not long after the sun popped up we headed off on our little camping adventure. Geoff excitedly inspected the cars as we packed, running backward and forwards, eager to get in and get this trip started. we made a quick stop at the local supermarket to buy last minute supplies, the boys shopped while Geoff and I waited outside and guarded the ute. Geoff insisted on inspecting the ute to make sure Tim had the supplies tied down correctly, Geoff was happy with Tim’s effort and we set off down the road.
We arrived at our destination, the Partridge Dairy. The weather was perfectly beautiful and the scenery lush and green. We found a lovely spot by the river and set up camp. The essential tent was quite a struggle to set up, a few false starts, a little bit of tension but we finally got there in the end. The boys set off in search of fire wood, Geoff James and I set up the rest of camp. Did I mention the flies were outrageously out of control?
An afternoon of cricket, footy throwing in the river and a few beers, we built a fire on the sand, set it to full throttle and settled in for the evening. Geoff’s wheels pretty much just bogged in the sand so he relaxed on the camping chair and watched the festivities. Before the night set in Geoff had a visit from Bill the farm dog. They did the usual dog things, a little growling, sniffing in all the wrong places and went about their business as usual.
We toasted marshmallows, as you do around a campfire, played a bit a Jenga, successfully turning it into a drinking game and enjoyed lots of laughter with great friends around the warm campfire.
Despite what impression these pictures give, Geoff was not very happy about this puppy sleeping in his bed. Without success, Geoff tried his best to nudge the sleeping puppy out of his bed, the sleeping puppy just snuggled a little deeper into the softness and enjoyed the rest of her sleep. Not wanting to miss out Geoff continued his best efforts to get into the bed but had to resign to the fact that there was not going to be enough room for a puppy, a dog and a wheelchair.
Anyone having the pleasure of meeting Geoff would know what a sweet little dog he is. All creatures big and small can count on Geoffy wanting to be their friend… whether they feel the same or not.
Out for a walk last week we stumbled on a Grey cat taking a nap in the middle of the footpath. I must admit, this cat had it worked out, it was a beautiful day and what better way to spend it than soaking up some warmth from the sun.
Not really a cat fan, I was a little undecided about this cat, something in its smug gaze told me to expect trouble. Geoff, unable to sense the danger, stopped, stared and gave a little whimper which is code for “I want to play” The cat, unperturbed by a little dog with a strange set of legs, had something else in mind.
We sat on the corner willing to give this cat the benefit of the doubt by offering our friendship. Slowly the cat came our way. Curiously he stopped in front of us, pressed his face closely to Geoff’s, calmly gave a little sniff and without warning arched, hissed and took a swipe. Luckily I was on high alert and held a firm grip on Geoff’s lead. We were able to pull away without injury. My other hand tightly gripped on my phone ( no surprise to people who know me ) managed to snap an action shot.
Without fuss the cat simply walked away and resumed his sun baking position. Geoff confused by the swiftness of it all continued on his walk. Needless to say we walked back the way we had came and left the cat in peace.
Well it’s that time of year again. Off to the Vet we go. Nothing too special about the visit just a routine check up and the odd needle. The upside to having little feeling in the backside means its no big deal getting a couple of jabs. The ladies at Noah’s Ark Veterinary Clinic are always lovely to Geoff and make him feel welcome and safe however it’s probably James that needs the comfort!
A clean bill of health and job done for another year.
The Aussie summer this year has mostly been too hot to leave the cool air conditioned comfort of home or too wet to bother putting on the raincoat and head outside. All of this crazy weather has made spending time out and a about difficult for Geoff so we’ve just been hanging at home. Little bit of R&R, the occasional walk around the neighbourhood, laying down some tracks in the studio and soaking in the tub. Life’s pretty good!
We don’t need much of a reason to have a party. Australia Day provides a good enough reason so we put a bit of air into the pool, invited a few friends over and had a nice relaxing arvo eating yummy lamb, drinking a few tins of XXXX Gold and listening to home grown Aussie Artists.
Unable to participate in swimming Geoff wore his Aussie T Shirt with pride and relaxed by the pool. Maybe a real pool and a set of floaties for Geoff next year?