Thanks, First Dog. You will be missed.
Bon voyage, Dog.
No. Come back already!!
Thanks, Dawg. Its been real. I do hope Brenda finds her way into your work at the Guardian. She is special and I do like a lot of gratuitous cussing. Jasper, too, and Mrs Slocombe. You can retire Bucket Head - he actually now has his head up some fundament, in fact many fundaments, just one at a time. He thinks he’s a winner, we know different.
Enjoy your new north facing kennel. Keep up the good fight.
Thanks, Crikey, for giving this dog a home and bringing his marvelous musings to a grateful subscriber.
Thanks, Doganauts, one and all, for the many sniggers, chortles and guffaws you elicited from me. See you at the Guardian.
‘Onya, Firsty, it’s been a great ride. Time for a finale singalong, Dogonauts….
The way you swear the cat
The way you draw Tony
The memory of all that -
No, no - they can’t take that away from me.
The way your ‘toon just beams
The way you sketch off-key
The way you shaft regimes
No, no- they can’t take that away from me.
No, they can’t take that away from me.
you’re not even a real dog.
We did but see him passing by….
Onya doggie. It’s been a spectacular ride and this cosy little space in the dogonaught lounge has been a truly lovely sanctuary on the Intertubes.
Meanwhile, the world beyond the paywall is about to get a wonderful surprise.
Stay! Heel!!! I’ll put the leash on again.. *Sigh* Good luck FD, Crikey is but a pale shadow without you.
PS you missed the poodle in fishnets..
10 out of 10 Zut!
My lunchtimes just got duller.
Don’t go too far.
Can’t make up my mind whether to cancel my subscription now - I’ll need to think about that. FDOTM was often the only bit I ever read. Oh well, life goes on. But without the ABC interpretive bandicoot?
Ooroo to the Gooroo. Onya Zut. Might see youse at the trustee and public Guardian.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Well. Merci beaucoup First Dog and all the best for your future endeavors.
That’s a small step for a FDOTM, but a big loss for Crikeykind. FDOTM, you have done an amazing job of bringing humanity, razor-sharp analysis, and marsupials to the political debate.
Its just not on. Get back here. [whistle whistle] Sit Sit you mongrel . Get on your chain & don’t let hear me you barking that “I’M LEAVING SHITE” again. Now here’s your PAL cause its so chunky you can carve it. … Now sit sit SIT I SAID.
I am looking forward to seeing you in the Weekend Australian…..he he he.
We will all be watching the Guardian very closely to see whether they try to bland you down even slightly. And if they do…BAM! in a non-violent and probably figurative way.
Thank you for the life affirming, soul searching, teenager transforming, laugh-out-loudly brain stimulating empathetic ‘toons. Long may you continue. Otherwise my fridge door is just about to get a whole lot less colourful.
Thanks some more Firsty, you’re truly a National Treasure and as lovely as it says on the packet.
Good Dog !
No shout out to Political Correctness and all of his custard? That was pretty much my favourite cartoon of all time.
Godspeed First Dog.
I’ll sing of a place that appealed to my psyche,
The Doggonaut lounge on the site they call Crikey,
First Dog on the Moon drew a daily cartoob
With swearing, Oz species and comments quite shrewd.
So long, it’s been good to know yuh;
So long, it’s been good to know yuh;
So long, it’s been good to know yuh.
We’ll miss you FD, it was all sorts of fun
You’ve got to be driftin’ along.
Are you joking!!!!!!! Why weren’t we warned so we could adjust? bad management Crikey, pay him more.
Dear Mr Onthemoon,
Thank you: your pieces are one of the most looked-forward-to parts of Crikey; they invariably make my day. Every day.
What am I going to do now?
THANKS EVERYONE SEE YOU AT THE GUARDIAN
Thanks, good luck, and I’ll miss you.
Thank you and good luck. I’ll catch you in the Guardian.
Farewell and thanks, FD.
Julie wants to say a few words.
Kevin: Julie!!!..go on, he’s waiting. Julie!!!!! where are you?
Kevin: Julie)))))))))!!! where are you? This is no time to get stage struck. This is your big chance to express our appreciation and acknowledgement of his contribution to society.
Kevin: For fks sake!!! where in the bloody hell are you!!!)))!!!She’s disappeared, vanished.Oh my God where is she?
Kevin & Julie Harris
Such esteemed company to be thanked in. But no, thank you Mr Dog.
Thanks to the frog who plucked you and snerked to let you know you were good.
Thanks for the regular actual laugh out louds.
Thanks for the sad ones too.
Thanks for genuinely explaining the news.
Thanks for showing satire is best with a heart.
Thanks for bringing out the funny in others.
Ta v much.
Now go on and show all the others who don’t know yet what you’ve got to give.
Lordy it’s been a hoot, FD. You made me laugh often, and cry bitter tears a few times too. Drysdale didn’t keep painting Ned Kelly all his life, so I guess you might want to leave all those warped/wonderful characters behind now. But I hope not. (Or maybe Beecher owns the copyright. Bastard.)
See you at the Guardian. Twice a day I assume?
*Sniff* Thank you, Mr Dog.
Bloody hell - what do we do now!
“I did but see him passing by”
Thanks FD. You have made the last several years almost bearable, and even provided me with my Crikey identity, so I guess I can forgive one little sell-out. If the children ask, I shall tell them you’ve gone to live on a farm.
A seven-year daily fix of waiting for the email to see your take on our weirdnesses is no more.
Great work and great cartoons - looking forward to more at the Guardian.
Oh no! I will miss you hugely. My ABC interpretative dance bandicoot T shirt is fading but not my memories of you, FDOTM!
Thanks Firsty and the doggonauts…am I being melodramatic to say I’m utterly bereft. I’ve loved you all mostly quietly from the edges, thankful that there are still people with heart, soul, potty mouths, a biting sense of the absurd and the idea that fairness is something worthwhile. All the best FD and thanks.
While there was a Dog on the Moon
You could right the world thru cartoon.
Lift your leg, take the piss;
You know you’ll be missed,
No more than our eyes, tootle-ooin’.
FDOTM, It’s me, Julie.
Don’t tell Kevin I am here. He won’t know unless you tell him because he only reads his own comments anyway and never anyone elses.
If he finds out he’ll be livid. You know how insecure and jealous he is, so it’s our little secret..ok?
I have a confession to make, FD. Can we still see each other? I intend leaving Kevin, that’s right, you heard it from my lips. I am leaving him once and for all and I am coming with you over to the Guard. It’s the Lefty in me and the awesome sense of fairness in you that compels me to follow you.
We can go for walks in the park together, play with the frisbie, play hide and seek with the shmacko and share a pint together. We can go for coffee and I can tie you up to the chair and have my way with you, no wait!, not that way!..that’s Kevin’s favorite trick with me, so I’ll just nurse you on my lap.
I am very excited about our future together at the Guard and can’t wait to be with you without Kevin looking over my shoulder barking instructions at me.
I do love you very much FD and I will always be eternally grateful for your intelligence, diligence, humility, thoughtfulness but most of all, your tolerance of Kevin!!!bwahhaha.
Until we meet again at the Guard.
Thank you Dog for the all chuckles, snorts, tears, guffaws and pangs of uncomfortable self-recognition. Thank you also to the Dog-reading community - sometimes the comments were just as hilarious as the cartoob. And thank you Crikey for unleashing First Dog on the world.
I’ll be checking things out at the Guardian, and I’ll be watching this space to see what new artistic delights or horrors may fill it, but there was something very special about the Dog + Crikey combination that I will miss. (Though if I ever see the phrase “engorged Clivegina” again I may change my mind about that.)
It could only be worse if we also lost the Plane Talking blog. Cya Dog.
‘It’s like when you open a fridge with something going bad in it and you get that blast of warm/cold stinky air and then add that FPPH noise - that is the Liberal Party of today.’ See, you’re not just funny FD but a prophet to boot. It’s time to share your hilarious wisdom with the world. Thanks for being so talented!
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
I am a selfish b*stard so I’d dearly love to remove all your treats (and your ball(s)… but… n’ere the less… you shall be thought of fondly when ‘ere the rubber ducky plays…’You are my sunshine’
Merky Buckets for all your efforts!
Au revoir et bonne chance premier chien
zut, andyb, paddy, plonk, emc, venise,sha’niqua stevo (et alia)… thank you for your company, commiserations and chuckles as well.
You will all be missed (but probably not as much as ‘Bandi’ + Brenda)!
Hope to find you at Brindabella before the next election!
Enchanté et bon chance Firsty
A historic moment - one minute’s silence.
Now… See you and all the ‘nauts at the Guardian, dog#1, and may your bark and bite remain as equal in the new domain.
We’ll start the lounge furniture moves now … DrMick, can you grab that table … zut, the sofa with klewso, I’ll fetch the wet bar with Paddy … venise can you bring FD’s gold-plated bowl over … oh and emc grab the catnip, will you - I think we’ll need it where we’re going
Yah boo sucks! you can’t go! You adrenalise my afternoon! You swing my circadian rhythms! Say it isn’t so! Where do we go to see you? The Herald-Sun? Are you going to do cartoon with that nice Mr Bolt? missing you already.
O lovely Doggy! O Doggy my love,
What a beautiful Doggy you are,
What a beautiful Doggy you are!
Look forward to seeing you at the Guarniad. Hope the foul-mouthed dead cat and Tony Abbott’s penis survive the transition. (I can’t believe I just wrote that. What does it even mean????)
Boo Hoo….I am sooo going to miss the irreverent piss taking of all things and all those that need piss taking.
thankyou so much
Oh dear God - Jasper’s got his eye on No 10 cat flap. FD is a front for his new world order.
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