Wednesday, 18 May 2011

This is your morning call!

Do you ever worry that other residents of your road are missing out on a lovely fresh new Spring day by lying asleep too long?

I do.

Why else would I bark so enthusiastically as I trot down the street first thing every morning with Gail, on my way to the park?

And of course, encouraged by me, my partners in crime pals, Daisy Yorkie at No.4, Harry Schnauzer at No.39 and Heidi Border Terrier at No.41 (she has the most impressive vocal chords) all join in. Sometimes next door's Molly Springer Spaniel too. Only Jake Flat-Coated Retriever at No.8 always stays silent.

I think my neighbours are very lucky to have such a public spirited dog like me to wake them up!

PS My wire-haired fox terrier friend Butchy (Katie's older brother) has terrible news this morning. He is very, very ill, suffering from brain-tumour induced seizures, as did dear old Hamish. So I am a bit subdued just now, thinking about him and his family. Gail's face looked so sad when she read the news.


  1. I bet all the barking is so loud that it sounds like a choir! Do the people really wake up from all that sound?

    That is terrible news about Butchy. I am heading over to his blog right now.

  2. Bertie, thanks for Alerting us. Lovely neighborhood!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  3. Bertie. Aberdonians are Latins at heart. Why not share a little song with themn first thing in the morning ?

  4. Good of you to alert everyone to what they're missing! Glad you have some help....

    We're sad to hear about Butchy and we don't even know him.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  5. What would they do without you, those lazy slug-a-beds.


  6. I bets all da neighbors would likes to throw tings out dere windows at you...hoomans like to sleep in da mornin...So do I! BOL

    Yes, we were also heartbroken to read about Butchy. But miracles sometimes do really happen.

  7. We're very sad about our pal, Butchy, too. Especially after all that poor Snickers suffered, Mama Lamb has to be devastated.

    As for early am barking, we are specialists: 6:37am or thereabouts our neighbor across the street walks her two small dogs and we serenade them from the bed room window -- loudly and in harmony, JH's high-pitched shrill bark and my low-baritone growl -- both when they leave and when they come back. You have no idea how much our humans appreciate this wake-up call!

    Wirey love,

    Jake and Just Harry

    (And the lady who walks the dogs is always so embarrassed when she meets our mom that her little guys arouse such a loud response.)

  8. It sounds like you have your own symphony!!

    We so hated to hear about Butchy. That old seizure monster needs to stay away.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi and The Sweet Babes

  9. So, so sorry to hear about Butchy. That's very sad news.

    I am quite quiet on my walks, usually, but I do enjoy giving one quick bark in the garden at twilight because I know it will set off the three poodles whose house backs on to our garden. They make a real din in three-part harmony for ages and I wander back into the house thinking "My work here is done".

  10. Oh Bertie we are sure all the lazy sleeping people enjoy your wake up call, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  11. Thats very good that you are part of a wake up chorus for your neighborhood! You might have saved someone's job, or got someone to a dental appointment, who knows, who knows?



  12. Sad news about your friend Butchy, we're sending healing vibes from here.

    We love your photo's, who needs alarn clocks when you gang are around! Dex & Lou x

  13. hey Bertie,

    What a fabulous service you and your pals provide! Do you carry around a dog bowl so the neighbors can pay you in treats for your service? ;-> You make a much better alarm clock!

    You live in a very cool looking neighborhood. I bet you have lots of nice walks there.


    p.s. We are so sorry about your friend, Butchy. We pawed some words of hope and love to Butchy. It is very sad news.

  14. Hey Bertie Bud
    I'm coming over in the next coupla hours to speak to Jake...he's letting the retriever clan down!Silent?...hummmmph!
    BTW You always choose the best backdrops to show your handsome self off. I must speak to Maxmom to do the same.

  15. Bertie you are lucky you have so many friends to go walking with.
    I'll pop over to Butchy blog
    See Yea George xxx

  16. I like to let everyone know what a good time can be had out on the street too, so I woof as I walk along. I know your neighbours appreciate it as much as mine do.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  17. Sorry to hear about Butchy - sad news. Wishing him and his family the best.

  18. I think that you make a great morning cryer waking all who are within your bark!

    Real sorry to hear about Butchy. Us dogs just do not live long enough as far as our hoomas are concerned, well me too.

    woo woos, Tessa

  19. Dawling little Bewtie
    I wish I could live on youw stweet and join in the chowus.
    Waking up to youw sweet voice would stawt evewy day wight.
    We'we vewy sad about Butchy hewe too
    I love youw headew pictoowes sweet Bewtieouw love to you and Gail
    smoochie kisses

  20. Oh I was so happy about your barking until I heard about your friend. We'll head over to leave some love.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  21. bertie,

    who needs roosters when they have you? I personally think a dog can never bark too much...oh and I'm very sorry to hear about your friend :(


  22. Hey
    I bet it sounded beautiful!! Music to the ears!!!

    Jazzi and Addy

  23. Oh, Bertie, we're so sorry to read about Butchy. We're reading entries 'backwards' and just finished reading about Rory. What a terrible week.

    We are night owls, like our mama. It's the only way to survive around here. So you bark in the early mornings, and we'll bark for you about 3 a.m. when we take our pre-bedtime potty break - which is actually even earlier in the morning, if you want to be technical, and we know how you love that.

    Jed & Abby

  24. We're so sad about Butchy, too. Now, more than ever, we are so glad that we got to meet him (and Katie) last summer. He's such a sweet boy ... with such a wonderful family. It breaks our hearts that they're having to go through this.

    Now ... about that waking up routine. Jake and I are so different. I'm the first to awaken ... and I sit quietly and patiently, looking out the window, waiting for Moma to open her eyes. Then ... I'm UP and ready for the day. Jake, on the other hand, covers his eyes with his paws to keep the light out. When OurGirl is home, he can sleep 'til midmorning. (I think he's nuts)

    Guess it takes all kinds ... but I'm more with you.