Whilst I am in Australia my gorgeous dog Henry is in the UK being looked after by my Mum and Dad.
I miss him lots and whilst he will never make up for it, we have kind of semi adopted a Bandicoot who we have called Alex (no reason why the name was chosen by the Aussie).
A Bandicoot is, according to wikipedia, one of a group of about 20 species of small to medium-sized, terrestrial marsupial omnivores in the order Peramelemorphia. They are endemic to Australia. Yeah I don’t really understand that either!
However there is also a good description information page here.
Alex has been visiting the house pretty much every day since I arrived. Sometimes just turning on the BBQ to cook dinner (we only have a BBQ and no kitchen but I will discuss that later) would result in a rustle of the grass as he came to say hello. We found his favourite food is sausages but he is also partial to a bit of chicken or dog biscuits.
One night the Aussie put some dog biscuits one one of those throwaway plates and from then on wherever we left the plate with food he would find it and rustling the plate meant he would almost always come and say hi. The Aussie even managed to feed him by hand a few times and he would just about let you touch him if you were slow and gentle.
He wasn’t a fan of other Bandicoots, understandably as they would go for his plate, and a few times we had an altercation when one of the younger Bandicoots tried and failed to claim his territory.
Alex became a regular around the house but unfortunately a cat wandered around the house one night when we were eating (god knows where the cat came from or how it survived with all of the snakes and cane toads and things) and Alex disappeared for weeks and weeks.
However last night when we were sitting down for dinner the Aussie spotted him in the garden which was so nice and I could hear him romping through the grass. We had one of those pre-cooked chickens from the supermarket and whilst eating we heard Alex not only stealing the bag but also trying his best to get in to the bag to eat the leftovers. He made a swift exit when the Aussie went to retrieve the bag and has been happily and very noisily been enjoying the spoils of his theft! This is something Henry would definitely do if the opportunity presented itself!
Hopefully Alex is back for good now as we have really missed him 🙂