Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Splashing time at KKB falls

Another impromptu trip n dis time to Kuala Kubu Baru waterfalls, bout 1 hr n 15 min drive up north on d old highway. Went with JT n Low Yat forum gang which saw > 20 dogs tagging along. D waterfalls r located next to a refurbished ‘orang asli’ village in Pertak, n d stream flowed into a huge reservoir.

D area is surrounded by rolling hills, lush jungle n greenery … very scenic, I must say. Certainly hs a lot of potential as a eco-tourism area n ideal for picnics, but perhaps it’s best for us dat it remains largely undiscovered n secluded. Couldn’t get any decent shots of d surrounding area as d designated lookout point hs bn shrouded by trees, so v headed straight for d falls.

D indigenous people were friendly n even hd deir own dogs to help keep watch n accompany dem, cool. Wonder why people call dem primitive as I reckon dey must b pretty smart to hv figured out who 'Man's Best Friend' is ... way b4 d phrase was coined. Dogs in dis country will hv a better image if only d civilised society cn b more open n understanding bout K9s, something which d ‘orang asli’ folks hv bn doing for a long, long time. Think bout it ...

V played mostly downstream where d current was mild. D GRs were in deir element, swimming up n down, to n fro like true retrievers do n dey pretty much ruled d stream. Everywhere I turned, there dey were n I lost count at 6. Apart from d GRs, was a mixed lot with Schnauzers, Pekingese, Shih Tzus, JRTs, Dobermans, Mixys, a Lab, Beagle, Dalmation n Spaniel making waves.

Bar a couple of minor squabbles involving terriers (yet again) n a beagle, most got along n were well behaved. I was too busy playing to notice or mayb I’m just getting more mellow with age n not so keen on wrestling matches anymore … or maybe it’s just 1 of my rare off days. 1st time at d falls n tell u wat, d water is really cold, brrrrr … absolutely chilling! Even d humans kept deir clothes on mostly. No wonder d GRs with deir thick coats loved it. Did a little surfing on my board, swam a bit n it took awhile for some of us smaller dogs to figure out how to climb out of d stream.

D larger dogs hd it easier coz d stream was nose deep at parts so dey cld touch d bottom with deir hind legs n prop deir heads above water, tip toeing like d humans. Whereas smaller dogs like me hd to perform cliffhanging maneuvers at d riverbank rocks to inch our way up to dry land. Later, v discovered a more agreeable docking bay amongst d shrubs lower down.

Funny dat d taller n leggy dogs like Pacco n d Dobermans didnt take to d water as naturally. So dey basically tip toed in d stream whilst hanging on to deir owners' bums. Appeared to b a neat trick to do in d water n wld hv tried it if only I hd longer legs.
Many were keen on trying out d surfboard n after awhile, there was even a queue to get onto it. Here’s Venus in traditional surfer mode, Bentley in ninja surfer mode n Max d Lab trying to do a 2some with Piper … ever get dat sinking feeling? At 1 stage, Dookie got carried away n jumped onto Max’s head while in d water thinking he cld surf on top of dat as well??! … I pretended not to know him after dat.

GRs - Prince, Amber n Chloe were compulsive ball retrievers n even more so ven it comes to my tennis ball. So I hd to put on my power-suit aka ‘life vest’ to gv myself any chance of getting to d ball b4 d GRs do. With d suit, I got a much needed boost n cld actually swim up to 3x faster … floating was a piece of cake. Still no denying dat d GRs r natural born swimmers n dey got to my ball on most occasions.Then I figured dat I cld gain more distance by dock diving from d rocks at d riverbank. Was my 1st proper ‘rock dive’ n u know how it is ven my fav ball is at stake. D vest gave me new found confidence n surprised my owners by leaping d distance n creating quite a splash at d end of d dive …me mate Russell d Cocker - pro dock diver, wld hv bn proud. Yet another sport to get into, groovy!
D smaller dogs were also keen to try on d power-suit n dey found it very handy in water, so deir owners r already placing orders.

Come midday, most were ready to make a move but as I was already addicted to d dock diving bit, my owners decided to stay on for awhile. Later on, v scouted d river mouth n den moved upstream to d waterfalls where d water was crystal clear n large smooth boulders dotted d area. Current was stronger here so hd to b careful not to drop my ball in d swirling waters. Tried to con my owner to step into d deep end but he wasnt having any of dat, chicken.

Hd a swell time at d falls … totally cool place to hang out at.


Blogger Jiro@Rocky Loot said...

Hi,Grovvy,you are so coooooooool !You are my idol !thumbs up !

11:34 PM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Oh Groovy, I bet you had a swell time at KKB! It's a really soooper fuuuurrrn place to be, I tell ya. Should go there of ten ha? I like your leaping & splashing shots, nice! Oh yeah, the water was fuurreeezing but to me, it was just nice. Faith almost became a popsicle, harharhar!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

2:30 PM  
Blogger Money said...

Hey Groovy, didn't know u can swim well! (with the jacket one). I missed all the fun! haizzzz~~~

9:16 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Great photos Groovy, thanks for sharing!


12:39 PM  
Blogger Prince said...

Nice story line :) you can write a book groovy "The Adventure of KKB". I miss the trip. I hope my owner will bring me on this coming 3rd November :)

10:09 AM  
Blogger Sparky said...

More great pictures... Sorry I haven't been able to visit your blog for a long time. I've got lots of blogs to catch up on! Hehe.


8:26 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Looks like everyone had a lot of fun! Everyone was running and jumping through the water... my dog is sooo jealous now! I will have to take him to the beach this weekend now ;)
Come visit my Dog Blog too :)

10:11 AM  
Blogger zephyros said...

hey nice. btw groovy where did u get that vest? mind sharing? thanks!

3:08 PM  

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