Leura Luncheon

The grey skies and drizzling rain dampened the weekend but was perfect Sunday driving company. Peckish from a big sleep in we skipped breakfast and put Lunch at Leura Garage on the menu instead. We saddled up the car, put on a few tunes and rode for the hills.

The lovely staff at Leura Garage accommodated our posse well, reserving a special place out front for Geoff to park his wheels. The 5 cheeses and Chorizo Pizzas arrived quickly and did a mighty fine job satisfying our hunger…Delicious!

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Bronte Breakie

Bronte Beach provided the perfect backdrop for our breakfast adventure. A row of cafés overlooking the park and the beach, their many tables and chairs full of morning go getters and their four legged companions, a perfect place to take up residence for an hour. Geoff provided plenty of discussion for the curious onlookers as we searched for a place to sit. Eventually tearing ourselves away from the questions on Geoff’s condition, we took up a corner of the Bogey Hole Cafe.

We worked off the bacon and eggs by taking a stroll around Bronte Beach park and a lap along the beach front. Turning heads and bringing smiles to faces we made our way back to the car not before a quick photo op with the Bronte Beach Ranger. Best to keep them on side!

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Summer in the city

So far city life is treating us well. The usual frantic pace that accompanies the end of the year has meant little time for straying too far from our neighbourhood. Staying close to home though has been a nice excuse to take it easy, a casual stroll along King Street exploring it’s many second hand shops, I can’t resist flicking through old records. There’s been lots of eating out, lots of coffee and of course lots of playing in Sydney Park.

I think it’s time to take the wheels a little further 2014.

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Xmas

Christmas was a bit of a non event for us this year, it kind of crept up on us and before we knew it the old fat man was eyeing up a few chimneys as we rushed to poorly decorate with a cardboard ikea Xmas tree and braved the crowds for some last minute shopping.

So xmas came and went, James spent Xmas with his family, Geoff and I with mine. The cool rain replaced the normal dry heat much to my delight. Lots to eat, board game fun, playing Ninja Turtles and cuddles and kisses for Geoffy and it was farewell to Xmas for another day. I think the pink xmas tree needs to come back in 2014.

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Goodbye Newcastle, Hello Sydney

The last few months have been really busy, travelling a lot for work, a little bit of a sightseeing in Europe and packing up the house in preparation for our big move. There’s been no rest.

A while ago we decided we would move to Sydney and see what dreams the big city feels like throwing our way, new lifestyle, employment opportunities and a BIG playground for Geoff to experience lots of new adventures.

So the relaxation that normally comes from a vacation had to surrender to lots of boxes, lots of packing and lots of cleaning, Geoff always the willing helper. So after what seemed like forever but in actual fact only a week, we found a new home.

With the truck packed under Geoff’s careful guidance we set off before sunrise to our new home. James threw on his truckers cap and carefully zig zagged our cargo through the narrow Sydney streets to our destination, a few of my fingernails were sacrificed along the way.

A few more car loads and days of unpacking followed but now the move is complete the relaxation can finally begin. Geoff, unfazed by it all has already started getting amongst his new surroundings and so far gives it the paws up.

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Home Alone

Geoff and I are baching this weekend while James plays chooky for Louise’s hens weekend. An early night last night for us both meant an early morning breakfast in the park was possible sans hangover. I had a fantastically tasty toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich and the best coffee in Newy from Coffee on Crown . Geoff had the staple dog food and some water, he was distracted by all of the early morning activity in the park so I had to hand feed him piece by piece…sheesh!. A little bit of exploring around King Edward Park, the view is amazing, and a run around the park ended the best breakfast this week. We may just do it again tomorrow.

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The jet lag can wait.

We recently returned from an overseas vacation and after 24 hrs of travelling the last thing we wanted to do was housework, however there could be no rest until it was done. We dumped the bags and got straight to work, James on the inside and Geoff and I responsible for outside. Included In the housework was a little bit of grooming for Geoffy. A bit of a trim with the clippers and a scrub in the tub…I think by the end of it Geoff was wishing we would go again.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day was quite an eventful day for Geoff. We had a morning coffee with Dad and the family before a stroll through the markets. Afterwards it was off to the water park for a picnic. There were lots of turning heads and smiles for the little dog in the wheelchair and even a little kiss from his cousin Harper. Needless to say Geoff is one worn out little puppy, I think he’ll sleep for days…

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Bacon and Egg Rolling

A view of Nobbys Beach, the warm winter sun and a bacon and egg roll is a great way to start off a Sunday Morning.

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While James ordered the tucker, Geoff lapped up the opportunity to soak in the the sun and quickly found a spot resting over a ledge. Having the perfect viewpoint of Nobbys Beach, Geoff made himself known to the passing pedestrians and their four legged friends.

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With Geoff locked firmly in place, James and I got stuck into our Bacon and Egg rolls like we hadn’t eaten in days. Pretty yummy and messy- note; without napkins, runny eggs are not #cleaneating…thank you James :(

A really great coffee to seal the deal for the ride home and the morning was done!

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Downhill Geoff

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Geoff and I spent the morning at the local Park. The thing we like most about King Edward Park is it has lots of hills for Geoff to run down. An eager Geoff popped on his wheels and hit the slopes. It’s been a while since he has moved quite so fast, his little front legs struggled to keep up with the momentum and for a moment, i thought he was going to take a bit of a tumble. Luckily he kept his balance and did it all over again…a few times!

A few people and puppies stopped to say hello, we took some happy snaps and laid in the warm winter sun before heading home. Geoff fell asleep almost as soon as the car turned the first corner. Looks like we’ll be going back again next week.

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14km’s to Adamstown

Our friend Bob suggested we go for a morning bike ride, so i dusted off the cruiser in the shed, put a bit of air in the tyres, popped on the ugly helmet, strapped myself with 7kg’s of Geoff and put foot to pedal.

As is usually the case, being a local means you sometimes miss the cool stuff in your own backyard and i gotta say i had missed Fernleigh Track up until now. An old rail line from Newcastle to Belmont through beautiful Aussie bushland makes the perfect cycling track.

30km round trip riding in one gear I murdered my quads while Geoff relaxed in his new pouch, the warm sun on his face, his ears flapping in the cool breeze. Always one to bring attention, Geoff ensured the families and fitness fanatics passed by with a smile.

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Dairy Tavern

I never did continue the …to be continued part of our camping trip a while back so here goes. Just when we thought we could not have any more fun on our camping trip we managed to raise the fun bar and spend the day at the Dairy Tavern, a little dairy milking shed converted into a Tavern not far from our campsite. Carmen’s Brother Phil and their Father renovated the shed themselves and were kind enough to invite us over for to the Tavern for a yummy roast lunch cooked in a camp oven.

When we arrived Geoff, never one to miss out on the action, did his usual inspection taking in the Dairy tavern, the outhouse and the many cows taking shelter from the hot sun under a nearby tree. The Cow’s nor Geoff knew quite what to make of each other. After a few Moo’s and a few restless cautious woofs it was time to get out of the hot sun and back to the comfort of the Dairy Tavern. On return, much to Geoff’s surprise and amusement, we discovered a cute little cattle dog puppy sleeping in Geoff’s bed. We posted about this earlier.

As the day grew longer we amused ourselves with games and the company of a few neighbours. We watched the sun set over the gorgeous Aussie scenery, the heat faded and the cold night air crept in. Geoff kept himself busy with the working farm dogs Bill and his mother Kelly, we even got a show watching the dogs round up the cattle for the night, Geoff did not participate 😁. It all got a bit too much for Geoff as we partied on into the night, seeking comfort in the bottom of my shirt doubled as a sling. He nestled in and slept the rest of the night away.

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Geoff wants to go for a walk

8 words, “do you want to go for a walk?” sends Geoff into excitement overload. Recently he has added a cute little bounce to his swagger, not sure why this is easier to get around but it sure does bring a smile to my face.

Tomato Trouble

Around 2 years we started work on a project about Geoff. The idea was to create a series of interactive BookApp 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 BookApp 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

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How a little puppy came to live with his Two Dads

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How a little puppy came to live with his Two Dads…

With all of the buzz around Geoff and his Two Dads, I thought it may be nice to share how a fat little puppy from a local farm came to live with his Two Dads.

Not many people know this, but before Geoffy came along there was another little dog taking up a bit of room in our lives. This little dog, perfectly house trained and smelling of Versace Blue Jeans, was also named Geoff! he took his name from the Aussie TV chef Geoff Jansz and was a the perfect gift to James to keep him company on lonely nights. Sitting atop a bookcase in our bedroom, Geoff the stuffed toy is still keeping us company, his white fur a little grubby, the Versace scent long gone.

8 years ago we bought our first house and the number one item needed when we moved in was a real Geoff. After a bit of research we found a local breeder on a little farm in the Hunter Valley, so one sunny weekend we drove to the farm to find ourselves a real Geoff. After a quick hello to the mum and dad dogs, we were shown the puppy pen.

Tucked neatly into a warm little pen were 7 little puppies. All but 3 had already been selected, the different coloured ribbons around their necks signified they had been chosen. 2 boys and a girl were all that remained. The breeder separated the shy snuggling puppies so we could have a closer look. They clumsily walked about bumping into one another, one of the male puppies waddled about whimpering, desperately trying to get back to the comfort of his siblings, his fat round tummy, and little stumpy legs not keen on this walking thing….some things never change.

We both agreed that the fat little puppy with the stumpy legs was our real Geoff. He was given his red ribbon, his two dads hearts, and put back into the comfort of the other 6 puppies. Too young to take on the day, we set off home not really knowing how much this puppy would change our lives.

Two weeks later Geoff, wearing his red ribbon, waited for his new Dads with the last pup, the other 5 puppies already taken to their new homes. Somehow, with all of the excitement, we forgot to buy a bed for him so a white washing basket packed with soft blankets became a makeshift dog carrier for the journey home. We drove home, Tina Arena providing the driving soundtrack, Geoff sat securely in the white washing basket and cried all the way home… James reckons it was because of Tina Arena.

So that’s how Geoff came to live with his Two Dads. He sometimes catches a glimpse of original Geoff and cries to play with him… We know that he really wants to chew his nose off and rip out all of the stuffing like all of his other toys. Sorry Geoff, we’re onto you!

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TheGayUK feature us!

The UK’s biggest online Gay Magazine TheGayUK recently posted a lovely feature about us. Take a look!

click to see the full review here

‘Geoff And His Two Dads’ Book Aims To Help It Gets Better Project
By TheGayUK, 09-May-2013 17:48:00

In what is believed to be the first of its kind, Wompi Studios have released their first Book App.
by Newsdesk | 9th May 2013

The Book App, entitled “Geoff and His Two Dads in… Tomato Trouble”, follows the lives of a disabled dog called Geoff, and his two fathers and it’s based on a real family.

Geoff is a Jack Russell Terrier, who had a life saving operation a couple of years ago, which meant he lost the use of his back legs.

The App Book, written by Adam Davies, is aimed at young children and their parents to help deliver a subtle little message.

App features include: 26 pages of full color original illustrations, interactive animated characters and scenery, highlighted read along text, narration, original music and adjustable audio levels.

A statement on the official website http://www.geoffandhistwodads.com reads, ‘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!’

Wompi Studios are also donationing a proportion of sales of ‘Geoff and His Two Dads’ to the It Gets Better Project

You can download the App Book from here