Friday, 1 July 2011

"He's a fantastic little dog"

I have been most remiss in not keeping you up to date with news of my training activities.

You might remember that I attended an agility class earlier in the year. It was such good fun, the highlight of my week in fact, but we had to miss loads and loads of sessions 'cos the time - Saturday at noon - was apparently inconvenient, and after a few weeks Gail withdrew me from the class. She insists it had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the chap who led the sessions had such a strong NE Scotland accent that she only caught one word in three of what he was saying. Absolutely not at all.....

So anyway, after my stellar performance at the Feis Alligin agility demo, Gail finally got around to contacting another group, Deeside Dog Agility Club, who meet on Tuesday nights in a field just couple of miles away from my Aberdeen home. And, guess what? I have been accepted on to their training programme!

I can't tell you how excited I am.

Gail is pretty excited too, as this time she has no problem understanding the trainer. He was super enthusiastic and encouraging, and said (of me) at the end of the second session, earlier this week:

"He's a fantastic little dog".

Here I am, at home the morning after, basking in all the acclaim.


  1. that's sounds wonderful your new training place will be close to home and your mom will understand the trainer better...ha ha. my mom sometimes can't understand certain words my dad says, he's from someplace in America called the south...people in this place called alabama say all sorts of funny things. they add extra syllables to words when they should only have one or make words sound the same when they're supposed to sound different.

  2. Hey there Bertie Bud...uh...'Not-Newton'...

    This is fantastic news and yes, Maxmom agrees - you are a fantastic little dog!!! I am so happy about your Agility class.

    Ironically, I will also be attending Agility classes on Tuesday evenings. The only difference is...I'm NOT a natural -like you. Maxmom thinks that it will be a good challenge for me to manoeuvre my unco-ordinated frame through all those obstacles. Little does she know that I wont be near the obstacles - there are far too many distractions around. I plan on visiting them all. Afterall, Im a sweet hooligan they say.

    Good luck with your class. I am sure that Gail is going to enjoy it immensely. Can't wait to hear about it.
    Sending lotsalicks

  3. Bertie, you are a 'fantastic little dog'. We've always thought so! Glad you and Gail are enjoying your Tuesday class!!

    -Gizzmo, Bart and Ruby

  4. This is great news Bertie, looking forward to seeing some photo's, I aways knew your are a fantastic little dog.
    Hae a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  5. Thats great Bertie!! But know what?? We already knew that you are a fantastic little dog!!


  6. That's fantastic! You do look great basking!

  7. Not only are you fantastic- you are also very handsome:)Have fun at your training class!

  8. Bouncing Bertie becomes Basking Bertie !

  9. Good for you!! That trainer clearly knows his stuff.

    Hooray for Fantastic Little Friday!!!

    Love and licks, Winnie

  10. I am very much glad that he recognized that you are FANGTASTIC.

  11. Looking forward to details of your progress. Good luck at the class cutie
    Benny & Lily

  12. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, I think your new class sounds super! Of course you're fantastic! We all knew that already. BTW: I love your header pix on those big rocks! :)
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  13. Bertie I is so very PROUD of you! Agility classes, I cannot wait to see pics of you in action!

    woo, Tessa

  14. From Ali Zophia:

    You commented on my blog:

    I fear you may have misinterpreted your Mom's statement that "odd doesn't begin to describe you"....

    Personally, I think you will be a whole lot more fantastic once you learn to control that mouth of yours. Want to give it a try, Bertie? Ready, set, go! . . .


  15. We are so hono(u)red to know you. Not only are you indeed a fantastic little dog -- but quite handsome. You do our breed proud, young lad!!!

    Worey woofs,

    Jake and Just Harry

  16. Maybe Gail knows how WE feel when humans babble on and expect us to understand....

    Bertie, that guy summed you up are a fantastic--we'll leave the little out of it--dog!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

    Glad you have some sunshine to bask in.

  17. I agree with the fantastic and, in this case, we will assume that "little" is only in reference to the size of the human who made the remark. Is any terrier truly little?

  18. That's a great shot of you in your basket Bertie! See... Gail isn't all bad :)

  19. Oh Bertie,
    I'm so excited for you! And yes, you're still my sweet tart! Mama has actually been busy doing more training with me, learning new tricks and things with the clicker training. She was actually wondering about some of those easy agility things that I could do in my own yard since we have so much land. I love fetching things, but she doesn't want to have me do the things where I would need to jump high in the air much. Too worried about injuries I guess, geesh, mothers, hehehe. I do hope you have lots of fun at class. Have a great weekend!
    Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
    Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

  20. hey Bertie,

    Yay! That is great news! So glad Gail found a great place for you to shine your agility abilities! I concur with your trainer that you are a "fantastic" dog! And how fabulous that he noticed it so quickly in you. :->

    I think you should bask away! And make sure you have special treats prepared because fantastic pups need to keep up their appearances. :->


  21. Awesome! I know you're going to be a fantastic Agility dog. Have fun at class!

  22. We've always known you are fantastic. And so is your mom. It makes us happy to know that others are publicly acknowledging that!

    Congrats FantasticOne!
    Jake and Fergi