Wednesday, 17 August 2011

"Ickle wickle puppy next door!"

I mentioned a while back that my next door neighbours Paul and Jan were planning to acquire a Briard puppy.

What is it about the youngest members of my species that make humans, even the most down to earth and rational ones (yes I am thinking of Gail) go pathetically gooey and start spouting embarrassing baby talk?

OK I admit that I have been excited too, in a manly and not-at-all-sentimental fashion you understand.

Well the new pup arrived on Sunday evening. Paul and Jan picked her up and drove her all the way back from somewhere near Nottingham. I have not been allowed to meet her yet, but I know that her name is Ruby, and she is bound to be pretty 'cos Gail insists that all the most beautiful girls come from Nottingham....

Although that last 'fact' may be unreliable.

(Did I ever mention that Gail spent the first eighteen years of her life in Nottingham?)

PS Just caught a glimpse of a bundle of black fluff through next door's front window. She's not 'ickle wickle' at all in fact she's already almost as big as me. At only nine weeks. Eeeeek!


  1. We had a briard cousin a few years back....we've heard he was nuts! Looks like you're going to be busy explaining lots of things to Ruby.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  2. She's going to be huge Bertie! But that's good, you can just go under her.

  3. Rut-Roh Bertie!! sounds like a problem fur sure!! I bet you will still be able to run circles round her though, BOL but you never know, you two might be best friends!! Since she is gonna big bigger than you, I think I would stay on the good side, I'm just sayin....


  4. A girl you can look up to! Was it love at first sight?

  5. Hi Bertie
    Looking forward to seeing you new play mate ;) teach her well.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  6. Bertie we believe you will be a jolly good role model to the lass next door. You probably will be able to play with her in a few weeks time.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  7. Hey Bertie Bud,
    This is not good enough!!!
    You are going to have to go undercover/underground/undetected......and put on your Inspector Clusseau(sp) jacket.
    We simply HAVE to know more!
    What, on earth, has happened to your snootering skills?
    Your buddy,

  8. I can't wait to SEE her Bertie..
    I already LIKE her...
    How could I help it.. with THAT name..

  9. Can't wait to meet your new furend! Bet she is a cutie!

  10. Oh Bertie I cannot wait to see a pic of her!

    If she is going to be a real big girl you might want to think of being a real gentleman now cause later she could beat you up easy! BOL

    woos, Tessa

  11. Bertie you better tell her who's boss now before she gets gigantic
    Benny & Lily

  12. Not to worry, Bertie! She will be happy to have this handsome little WFT for a neighbor and if you play your cards right, she may even let you win a race now and then. Can't wait to see Ruby!


  13. New neighbors are the best...and you'll get to show her all the ropes!! Have fun!

  14. Ooh, how very exciting. I can't wait to see Ruby!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  15. Fun times ahead! We'll look forward to reading and seeing all about it! Pictures ASAP, please

    Jake and Fergi

  16. I don't get all the fuss about puppies either... and the LOTH likes Nottingham. She worked there for nine years and lived in a little village called BUNNY!! That sounds like a fun place for chasing.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  17. Ciao Bertie Bella (cute), I never see a Briard before,but I know well the cheese with the same name(yum,really good).Now I'll steal my human's dogpedia to see how she look like.I'm sure Ruby will have a wonderful terrier welcome from you!

  18. We know a Briard Bertie - Ruby is going to be a BIG girl. That's ok...she'll never move as fast as you! We like your new photo at the top of the page, you look very distinguished and grown up.

    Buzzy McDuff & The Pip

  19. Hi nice to meet you Bertie! It sounds like you are getting a new friend, you lucky dog! I'll come back to see her picture.

  20. Hmm.... better tell her who is boss now, before she gets so big she LOOMs over you.... briards are HUGE, but us terriers are faster and wilier, so you will do just fine...