Friday, 1 May 2009

Queen's Day

Today was a very important day in Holland. It was ‘Queen’s Day’ or Koninginnedag. This is a very special day for the Dutch people and they treat it as a big party. It is really a celebration of their love for Queen Beatrix.

I was so happy when my humans agreed to take me into Rotterdam centre to enjoy the festivities. The first big adventure of the day was that I got to take my first ever train journey...

Here I am with Dad, waiting for the train. I hope he’s got my ticket.

Shhh...I think it’s coming.

Is this a train?

...and we’re on. Ooohh I’m so excited!

Here I am in Rotterdam city centre. As you can see, there’re lots of people out enjoying themselves. Apparently, the tradition is that you should wear something orange...

Ta-da! So as not to look out of place, I decided to dress for the occasion.

We then decided to take a walk around. It appeared that I wasn’t the only dog in town...

This was the first doggy I ran into.

She was a real grouch. She never stopped barking.

I didn’t get too close to this Rottie. He was busy looking after the stall.

Look at the size of this guy. He started singing as I walked by.

Then I met this young lady. She was dressed for the occasion with a pretty orange bow tie...

...not as well dressed as me though.

Here I am with Dad. It was a long day and time to head home... Here I am back on the train again.

I had a great day and it was wonderful to see everybody enjoying themselves and dressed up in vivid orange.

For me though, I prefer a multi-coloured look.

Anyway, this is me with my own booti-ful ‘Queen’, Missus.

Tot ziens (see ya!)


Jake of Florida said...

Wow, you got to ride on a train!!!
That is very civilized. More so than here!!

We loved the photo of you and your own beautiful queen!!!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Woo got to have lots of fun!

It looks like Mango The Relentlessly Huge as a twin in your khountry!

Tank woo fur sharing!


Asta said...

Happy Konniginnegdag to you swee Homer.
You and you bootiful Queen look gweat in Owange!
You nevew told me , did youw pawents have a good time in Venice??
did they go to that hotel?
It's been too long since I heawd fwom you. You look bootiful as evew
smoochie kisses

The OP Pack said...

How awesome to get to ride on a train. We can't do that here for sure. We love your boa and your rainbow hair and your Missus is so pretty. Happy Queen's Day.

Woos, the OP Pack

Honey the Great Dane said...

Ooh, I'm so jealous, Homer - I wish I lived somewhere like that where I could go out anywhere with my humans and go on a train!! How exciting!

You sure look smart in your orange feather thing!

Honey the Great Dane

Lorenza said...

Hi, Homer!
Sure you had a pawesome day!
Well dressed for the ocassion!
I heard about the incident. I am so sorry.
Kisses and hugs

Ms. ~K said...

Orange is definitely your color!!!

Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Looks like you had lots of fun !
& you look groovy with all those wig on you :D

Lots of Mushy Hugs,
Four Musketeers

Farley's Mom said...

You look gorgeous in your feather boa and wig :o)

Donna, Augie, and Ti said...

Wow, what a fun day! The US really limits the places you can take dogs--Augie and Ti are envious!

Anita said...

Hi Homer! You had fun! You look so cute in the photos! That Rottie seemed a little bit scary!:)

Elizabeth and Luna said...

Hi Homer, looks like you had a wonderful time!! Love the orange feathers you had on!!

Anonymous said...

Homer! You live in such a cool place where doggies are allowed on trains! You look mah-velous in orange. Sounds like a great day!

Tot ziens!

Mango said...

I was very sorry to read about the bad car driver during your queen's parade that hurt so many people.

Khyra sent me to visit you because you met a big doggie like me on your walk about earlier this week.

Stop by and see me sometime.


Harry said...


Looks like you had an exciting day. I love taking the train in Boston. Seems like humans enjoy seeing us ride with them.

Glad you had fun at Queen's Day.



Pipa said...

Well, Homer, orange is yor colour, that's for sure!
What a great walk! What kind of celebrations do you have in this day?



Twinkle a.k.a Chicken Little said...

I never get in a train before. you are lucky!!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Other Homer,
We're glad that you and the people are safe and sound. We send our sympathy for the people that the bad man hurt. We've never had a King and Queen here before now, except for visiting ones. We've never been on a train, we bet it was fun. It's good that you got to have a nice day and met more doggie buddies. Nowadays you always have to be careful. We're grateful to have a friend like y'all.

Louisette passion retriever, cat, memory Katanga said...

Hey Homer, just stopping for say a happy spring week, from the 2 miss belgian Zitablue and Cerise