Barney’s Tour Down Under – Part 1

As everyone knows, Barney has come to Sydney to visit my pack and get a taste of life down under. For those of you who don’t know me I’m not known for keeping it brief so go get a cup of coffee and settle down for this tale of failed romance, sun, surf and fun.

Welcoming Barney

My monkeybutt sister, Ruby, initially greeted Barney with gusto, tearing into him in a way that left me feeling very proud of her.

But then, to my horror, she quickly tired of tearing him apart and left Barney alone.  I was devastated until I realised she had an even greater weapon……… indifference!

Barney’s wooing fails to impress

Barney was feeling particularly smug after successfully seducing sweet, innocent Kayla in NZ that he thought he could continue his conquests in Aussie land.  Well, he was sadly mistaken.  Ruby is a much older dog who has seen it all and she wasn’t fooled by Barney’s charms.  He tried so hard to gain her affections but she steadfastly refused to acknowledge him.  She showed a maturity that I could never have matched.

Barney tried taking off his dress to impress Ruby with his finely defined dinosaur physique but she was not amused and begged mum to send him away.

He then tried whispering sweet nothings in her ear but she refused to be tempted by this would be romeo.

Barney the Sydney tourist

When mum and dad told Ruby they were going in the car to see the sights of Sydney Ruby was initially excited until she realised “HE” was coming too.  She couldn’t believe it, her first trip out with mum and dad as a family and she had to share their attentions with this interloper.  Who invited him anyway???  I had to step in and tell her that I had invited Barney to Sydney and that it would mean a lot to me if she could show him her best Aussie hospitality (but of course she was free to rip off his head if he gave her too much of his nonsense).

Bondi Beach

It was an absolutely glorious, sunny spring day and the first stop was Bondi Beach. Barney could barely contain himself when he saw the beautiful sand and surf.

On Ruby’s advice he lathered on the sunscreen and proceeded to soak up the sun.

It was very warm under the sun and Barney thought he’d cool off in the ocean.  Ruby tried to warn him against it but he can be one stubborn dinosaur.  Needless to say the swim did not go well.  Barney discovered that he can’t actually swim.  Lucky for us there were plenty of lifesavers on duty and we were saved from trying to explain to the Tripawd community how Barney was lost at sea.

But…… I can’t help wonder if it was all a ploy by Barney to meet the lifesavers.  He seemed just a bit too pleased with himself when they rescued him! He has got serious “look at me, look at me” issues which became more and more obvious as the day wore on.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

We said goodbye to Bondi Beach and headed into Sydney’s iconic landmarks – Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.  Ruby was still feeling a little guilty about Barney’s near miss that she allowed him to pose with her with in front of the bridge.

Barney had put that silly dress back on but fortunately common sense prevailed under the warm spring sun and he soon took it off again.

Barney posed heaps in front of the bridge and opera house (lots of “look at me, look at me” carry on from him).  Here are just a couple of photos….

On the way home mum and dad went over the Harbour Bridge.  To my disgust they let Barney ride right in front and without a harness!!!!!  Stupid dinosaur was so busy posing for the camera he wasn’t even looking at the arch of the bridge as the car drove towards it.

Wrapping up….

It was a beautiful day and thanks to Barney, Ruby got to go to places I’ve never been.  But that’s not all. There is still more that we want to show Barney before we send him on his way so stay tuned for part 2…..


Kisses and hugs

Spirit Magnum


About princess

Almost 10 year old loyal and courageous rottie! 30 May 2002 to 5 May 2012 Lost her leg to osteosarcoma on 1st Sep 2011 and did 6 rounds of chemo with carboplatin. 3 lung mets found in Mar 2012 and 1 month of Palladia done before it was stopped due to GI issues. But it was metastasis to the back right hip that finally took our little girl on 5th May 2012. She was happy, contented, relaxed and very loved when she peacefully slipped away in her mum's loving arms.
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4 Responses to Barney’s Tour Down Under – Part 1

  1. Kathy L says:

    Wow, Sydney is really beautiful. Great post and pictures. Ruby does look like a serious child. Wouldn’t you just love to know what they are thinking.

  2. Sarah and Kayla says:

    you go Ruby dont let Barneys charms mislead you – poor Kayla is still pinning!!

  3. Oh, MB Ruby! She is so wise!! We miss you Princess Magnum – we know you would have put the “kill” in the “Kill Barney Tour – Down Under Version”.

    Great photos, Mom. Some of those made me laugh out loud – Barney with the lifeguards! Classic.

    Thanks for the laugh and the fabulous photo-journal visit of Sydney! Another great place I need to visit some day. 🙂

  4. jerry says:

    Whooooaaaaah! Ruby, you really don’t look amused do you? Well heck I can’t blame you at all. Come on, you had to laugh at the dum-dum when he realised he couldn’t swim, right?

    My Momma sez she wishes she wouldda boxed herself up in that package instead of dumb Barney, what an adventure! Ruby you are such a lucky girl even if that goofy dino had to come along too.

    I swear these are some of the best Barney pix EVER. To think he’s really going places now, is just amazing. Cant wait to read Part II!

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