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Saturday, April 14, 2012

THE ITALIAN CONNECTION AND LAW DOGS

 As mentioned in the last post, we spent  two days at Stanthorpe a beautiful town in the ranges. It was settled by Italians and their heritage is still very obvious in the district. Vineyards and orchards are everywhere. There are also Italian stores. The first night we had our Judo Club Reunion dinner at Anna's Italian Restaurant and it was delicious.
The next day we stopped by "Vincenzo"s" store and cafe for morning tea coffee. Can you believe this motley bunch of wrinklies used to do Judo. 
  
 All the tables had beautiful fresh roses another thing that grows well up there.

 The store was full of Italian delicacies like these sausages.

Lots of wine and liqueurs.

After morning tea we drove to an attraction called "Law Dogs Australia"
 It is where dogs, mostly German Shepherds are trained to be  protection dogs and detection dogs. This one is big Kye. He had powerful jaws and could knock a man down in a flash.

This is another one (I can't remember his name), in fact the trainer's favourite. Very intelligent and easy to train.

They start real training at 18 months but puppies are introduced to the idea early by giving them social skills . It was an informative show. I love German Shepherds, we used to have one years ago. He had loads of personality and was protective of our girls.

25 comments:

  1. The picture of the rose is perfect and I would certainly buy a sausage.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  2. Looks good. I'm not a huge fan of Italian food, but to go to that place I'd learn to love it. :)

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  3. The Italian shop looks good, I like the food very much. Had to laugh about your quote "the buch of wrinklies".....

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  4. I didn't know about the Italian connection. That would add greatly to the town.

    Just saw on TV tonight how Judo is compulsory in Japanese schools and that kids are dying to it ... glad you survived.

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  5. I love Italian food, my favorite too. Looks like a neat restaurant, great capture of hubby and friends at the table. I would enjoy seeing the police dogs being trained, the puppy is cute. Great post, Diane. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Would love to see the Law Dogs - also my favourite breed of dog - a real dog if trained properly. Good stop off place that 'shop'. Another goodie is the Castle Glen - lots and lots and lots more liquers.

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    1. I'm thinking this would be a good town to visit with Birthday Bear.

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    2. Birthday Bear would LOVE IT!

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  7. Love Italien food and wine and live. Your pictures are great and I the roses are so colourful. You must really enjoy live It shows. The puppy is so cute

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  8. It's the owners of some dogs that concern me, rather than the dog itself.

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  9. Pleased to see the group did not attempt to remember their old judo moves. For what services are the dogs trained?

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  10. I have once seen such police dog show, unbelievable !

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  11. OH I like this town even better now! Sounds like you visited some wonderful Italian eateries. :-) It must have been amazing to watch the dogs being trained. My niece had a German Shepherd for years and she was truly the sweetest thing. She (the dog, not the niece) died a couple of years ago and we all miss her.

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  12. Well I guess it is just as well that you didn't try any judo stunts or moves in that coffee a la "bric & brac" shop, there would have been an awful mess. The owner if he owned one of those German Shepherd dogs might have introduced you all to its teeth!! ha ha.
    I wholeheartedly agree with Julie re: her comment.
    Great post. I shall be a little more polite when next in your company. I don't fancy being flung Kung-Foo throught the air.
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  13. Love the closeups - wonderful pics.

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  14. Your first photo is simply gorgeous -- I like the cattails in the foreground. You also did a wonderful job capturing the roses and sausages. 'Law Dogs' are simply amazing, aren't they?

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  15. Your know I love everything Italian, Diane! I liked your macros of the wine and sausage!

    Does anyone in the group still do judo? It's so nice you all get together from time to time.

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  16. i love italian food, and that restaurant looks neat...great pictures of your husband and i really like those roses. wow!

    big hugs!

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  17. Ah I look forward to seeing Birthday Bear's visit here! Grant would LOVE the selection of sausages washed down with a selection of the refreshments in the photo below! I love your nature scenes. It's been weeks since I've been out with my camera and just visiting your blog has motivated me to get out there and JUST DO IT again! Thanks for sharing the Law Dogs' training. I love dogs and especially love big dogs like German Shepherds - we also had one when I was a child. Cheers. Jo PS Just think of the many years of experience between that "motley bunch of wrinklies" Mmm...

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  18. What a great post. That dog definitely looks intelligent and easy to train!

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  19. I would eat there! The rose is beautiful -- not sure about the dog show (I'm a little afraid of them, sorry to admit) ..All our kids have dogs and so I'm proud at least that I didn't pass on my fears).

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  20. You know judo? You are full of surprises Diane!
    A little about your photos - love the roses. A beautiful shot!
    Your selective focus on the wine bottles is spot on!
    The last shot of the doggie looks like he's playing. I wouldn't want either of them chomped around my arm.
    I smile everytime you use the word 'wrinklies.' It's so much more fun and nicer than the typical senior citizen term.

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  21. Diane and Team Wrinklies - Thankyou very much for visiting our town and attractions I'm very pleased you had such a good time. Visitors like yourselves are such fun it makes our day much more enjoyable. Hope to see Birthday Bear on your next visit! Matt and The Lawdogs Team

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  22. I love Italian deli's... just the memory of the aroma of all that wonderful food is terrific. Looks like you had fun! The protection dogs and trainers are amazing. I remember a trainer who had a small doberman pinscher female who was too small to knock or pull anyone down, so the trainer taught her to run between the suspects legs and trip them. She was good. Every time the guy tried to get up and move away the dog ran between his legs and he fell.

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