Hello, friends of Asta. My name is Oscar and I've been Asta's neighbor for the last few years. And Asta getting her furprise has everything to do with me. I'm from Michigan and I moved to Melbourne about 10 years ago with my servant, K.O. My servant works with Asta's hooman, and sometimes when my hooman goes to the US, Asta and her servant feed me and care for me, which is what they live for. I've known Asta since she was a puppy, and we get on pretty well considering she's a dog. Last year, Asta's mum had to take me to the vampire vet for some blood tests and when we were at the vampire den, she saw a cat up for adoption. Obviously, this creature wasn't as wonderful and handsome as me, but Asta's hooman was gaga, claiming this hideous and scraggly mop of hair and bones was the spitting image of a cat she had 20 years ago back in California, so she took her home on a misguided impulse. She was obviously suffering delusions. Anyway, this pathetic animal had been given the embarrassing name of Big Mama Puss by the vampire's assistant, but Asta's mum had the good sense to rename her after her previous incarnation, Pussy Galore. Here are her paws and you will see the rest "soon."
G'day Pals, Our fwiend Axel's mum is sick, and us Asta's awe back in action as the Nursie Dweam Team. Asta NYC is making lots of food to help out and I'm giving expewt Nursie attention. Mum is also doing hew best to help by pwaying fow Axel and his mum at the western Wall in Jerusalem. Mum says you can leave notes fow God in the wall and he listens. We hope Axel's mum is feeling bettew soon!
G'day Pals, Happy Austwailia Day! I'm celebwating by wearing my True Blue Aussie Digger Hat! Fow you Seppos (if you don't know wha a Seppo is check my rhyming slang dictionary) out thewe, Austwailia Day marks the beginning of English colonization of Austwailia, so it's like Columbus Day, 4th of July, & Thanksgiving all rolled into one! Austwailia Day is a good day to shawe some important news. My dad got his Austwailian Citizenship last year. Mum got hewes 2 yeaws ago: the Prime Minister rushed it thwough fow hew because hew work is so impowtant. Aftewards mum made my dad weaw this ridiculous hat, just like she made me weaw. She said it was to show dad was fair dinkum, but I think mum is unfair dinkum! Aftewards my pawents went wif the Figgs to a pub to celebwate being fare dinkum Aussies. I'm spending Austwailia day weekend wif the Figgs to give dad a chance to west and pway pooter games nonstop.
G'day Pals, I'm enjoying my summer, while dad slaves away to buy me pig eaws. I love my pool. I know some of you awe cold like poor Koobie. I wish you could all come down hewe and have a pool pawty wif me. The pool also serves a pwactical puwpose. I love water so much that I tip ovew my water dish, so this is too big to tip over. When I get a break from all of this fun, I'll tell you more about my furprise! Guess what Pals, I stopped swimming long enough to collect this award from Nessa, my Hovawart pal in Slovenia. The coolest thing is that Nessa made this award herself. I could never do that. I learned that Hovawart means "estate guard dog." Nessa's blog is really bootiful and it's bilingual. I want to encourage evwyone to visit sweet Nessa.
G'day Pals, I'm taking a bweak from my pool, which is soooo much fun, and which I will tell you more about soon, to reveal a little mowe of my furprise. Many of you have a pwetty good idea what's coming, but this gives you a just a bit more idea of things to come. I will soon tell you about how I helped mum acquire this wondrous creature for our household amusement. Also, pals, I got this friend award from Nessa, my really cool pal in Slovenia. I’m passing it on to Twinny, Snowy, Taddy, Ronin, Normie, Joey & Dooffus, Dewey Dewster, Goofy, Sophie La Brador, Jax, and Koobie. xxx Asta
I have a small confession pals. Another one of the weasons I didn't blog last year is that I got this exciting pwesent: my own little pool. And, while mum was slaving a way working, I've been having a good time. Oh boy, dad, fill it up I can't wait. And, because it's summew now, I'm enjoying it again. Get the hose, get the hose, get the hose, hah hah hah hah hah! Yes, yes yes yes, I can't wait, fill the pool, fill the pool, fill the pool!!!! Dad and I go through this evwy 3 days! Ok, pals, you have to wait fow the next installment on the pool, and a little mowe info on my furprise!
G'day Pals, I'm going to be updating you on my recent activities. As I update you about them, I'm going to gradually reveal a furprise to you! Those of you who come to weekly chat know what I'm talking about, but the rest of you will just have to keep checking back! xxx Asta
Happy New Year Pals! Sowy I haven't been keeping up my blog, but my mum will offer an explanation below. Mum has been wowking in Israel since November and gets back on 1 March. My dad is taking good cawe of me meanwhile. Fow Kwiznuz, I had a nice big steak wif my dad and his two fwiends that he bar b q'ed wif and they came back for dwinks and cawds fow New Year's Eve. As you can see, dad liked the big wet sloppy kiss I gave him at midnight. He said that having a bootiful (and modest) girl to kiss him on New Years (yours truly) made him fowget all about mum being away. He says he like the way I stick my tongue up his nose, but enough of the kinky stuff. He was also gwateful I didn't take any kitty "tootsie wolls" fwom the cat's treat box - more about her soon! I think the I-phone mum bought him fow Kwiznuz also helped put the smile back on his face. In the next weeks, I'll be bwinging you up to date on my recent adventures!
Dear Friends of Asta, I just want to apologize for the delay in helping Asta update her blog. My blog is also behind, but I do have some recent photos up and plan to add more. This has been a busy year for me that has involved publishing 2 books, writing some articles, organizing a conference that brought 48 speakers from 14 countries to Melbourne, seeing Asta's dad join me in getting dual Aussie/US citizenship, going to a conference in Cyprus, digging in Israel in July, then returning to Israel for 4 months in November, breaking my toe (oh toe is me!), and teaching my students. Look for more photos of Asta, her new cat Pussy Galore II, and updates on her life in the coming weeks! Asta's mum.
I was born in Brisbane on Nov. 23, 2004 to a litter of two at Quinvale Kennels, and I was flown to my home in Melbourne in late January 2005. There aren't many WFT's in Australia and my humans, Louise & Brian, were on a waiting list for about 9 months to get me. Brian says that when you wait 9 months for a baby, it's usually less furry. Being cute let's me get away with a lot and being a wirehaired fox terrier means I always try. Sometimes I have trouble understanding my humans' funny American accents, but watching a lot of American TV shows with Louise helps. Louise is an archaeologist and that means she travels a lot, so I sometimes have to stay with my friends, the Figgs. When she's here, it's great because we go for long walks or runs every day! There are not many of us WFT's in Australia and I'm always confused with airedale's and schnauzer's. Most people also get my name wrong, calling me Esther, Astro, or Astra. Those few who have seen the Thin Man, however, know it's ASTA.