Friday, 11 May 2012

Oh a riot!

No, silly, of course I wasn't really involved in a riot.

But can you spot the anagram...?

Last Sunday was my long anticipated Deeside rendezvous with my wiry pal HORATIO.

He is the best company ever.

Horatio and his family (including golden cocker spaniel Tilly) were on holiday, staying in a house on the Queen's Balmoral Estate. We all met up on Sunday for a walk in the hills near Ballater. Here's a team photo taken at the finish.
Left to right: Amanda, Bertie, Horatio, Scott, Tilly, Sylvia

Gail persuaded me to dress for the occasion in my red tartan scarf. Doesn't it blend nicely with Scott's splendid socks?

By the way, we are NOT kissing in the above photo. Oh no. That would be girlie, and we are rather boisterous boys, even if Horatio does still need training in how to pee the manly way.

Talking of boisterous, does your human ever exhort you to "play nicely"?

It's a phrase I hear a lot.

The problem is, I've come to realise, humans and wire-haired fox terriers have different ideas about what constitutes playing nicely (as was clear in Durris Forest with wee Kate).

Well I'm delighted to report that Horatio and I are in perfect agreement that chasing around at top speed and jumping on each other, accompanied by lots of barking and growling is just the nicest sort of recreation. Oh we had a fine old time of it, even if it was Horatio doing most of the chasing and me the running away... And Gail claims she still has a bruise on her shin from when I crashed into her at full tilt during one of our games. 

However, the best bit of the day was lunch. (When isn't it?)

This wee video illustrates the peaceful scene.

I hope you noticed how well Horatio and I acted as a team, me as decoy whilst he raided the backpack...

After lunch, Horatio insisted on washing his paws in a ditch, which I found most extraordinary. Especially as, having jumped in, he couldn't figure a way out. 

Perhaps there is something in this idea that WFT's are crackers after all....

But come on, you couldn't possibly deny that we make a perfect pair? 
If only Gail would bring a brother home for me.

Oh, by now I expect you are wondering what happened to that promised leg lifting tutorial? Well to be perfectly honest, with all the excitement, I clean forgot about it. And then, when right at the end of the outing I did remember, my young pupil was too tired to lift even a paw.


  1. Blimey mate I thought I was seeing double (and it's not 8.00am yet!)I expect you both had to wear those neckerchiefs so the peeps could tell you apart. Embarrassing going home with the wrong dog! Deccy x

  2. Bertie, what a Sunday you had! I was rather envious of your and Horatio's adventures. You look like you had a brilliant time! The 'play nicely' - ah, yes, I get that a lot - it's something to do with two legged ones not understanding terriers. I ignore them when they say it. They often say 'gently, Groucho' as well - my excuse for not 'playing nicely' and 'gently' is, I'm a dog, what would I know about human words??



  3. Howdy Bertie, your friends Horatio and Tilly looked like great fun. Stella especially loved Tilly cause we don't see any other golden cockers in blogville. Loved the video of your teamwork getting the backpack. Blimey it looked cold sitting outside for a picnic! See ya mate. No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

  4. Our mom is so envious of where you live, such beauty. She has always wanted to live in the UK.

    Horatio is adorable too, the too of you together is cuteness personified

    urban hounds

  5. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, you two are amazing pals! Love the tartan look. Great job and I'm wondering what you scored in that backpack. Sounds like everyone had a great time!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  6. Bertie,

    We look just like you and Horatio when we are doing research. Nothing cuter than two wires sharing information says our mom!!!

    How did he get out of the trench after washing his paws?

    Wirey love to all -- Gail too!

    Jake and Just Harry

  7. Well what can I say but I'm pleased you both had a good time, maybe you do need a sister or brother to play with :)
    Love the anagram is that how Horatio really got his name?
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  8. Blimey Bertie you are wearing a tartan scarf, what is the world coming to. I love the smooth thievery you two planned.
    Sweet William The Scot

  9. You are certainly a cute TRIO, but did Tilly get to do any of the playing or were you dudes too rough for her? We commend your luncheon strategy; we are also firm believers in self help. When the bi-peds leave food sacks on the ground that is clearly an open invitation to self help. We think you'd have the most fun with a WFT sibling, but a little cocker sissy might be ok, too. Then she and Tilly can play when you and Horatio visit.

    Jed & Abby

  10. Well, I would certainly have loved to see some WFT zoomie bitey face action. Nothing beats a good romp with a pal, eh?

    The decoy back pack raid! Priceless. What clever chaps.


  11. Good Morning Bertie, we must you and Horatio look like a perfect match - we kept thinking we were seeing two of you.
    Good work with getting into the human's bag - always good stuff in there.
    You looked very smart indeed with your tartan scarf, a perfect match with the socks we would say. Tilly looks sweet too.
    We have been meeting a WFT on our walks in Mugdock and we do believe that you guys have springs instead of paws!
    We have ourselves been stuck in many a ditch - even needing a human to climb in and push us out - but we reckoned Horation could have sprung out of that ditch!
    lots of love
    The Aunties xxx

  12. You look awfully handsome in your tartan scarf - it isn't by chance the Grant tartan, is it? (Mom's middle name, after her Highlander great granny.) Now, we've just come from the Aunties' blog and we were very concerned to read that Gail had a skink for lunch, as in South Carolina, a skink is a really rather unattractive LIZARD! (Seriously! Google it!)


    Your pal,


    1. We think it is a Stuart tartan Petey. And I am pleased to be able to reassure you that a Cullen Skink is a fish soup containing smoked haddock!

  13. what a simply awesome day

    Stop on by for a visit

  14. You are truly a perfect pair and I did love the backpack raiding job. That was great teamwork, I have much to learn from you.

    Loveys Sasha

  15. What an enjoyable outing! Horatio looks like the bestest pal :) Luved the video of your 'peaceful' lunch. BOL!

    Waggin at ya,

  16. An excellent day out for you and your friend. Perhaps next time you meet you will be able to teach him all about watering plants while standing on 3 legs.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  17. I thought you were looking in a mirror there Bertie.

    A brother like Horatio would be a lot of fun. I am sure he'd be proud to be your honorary brother

    Love and licks, Winnie

  18. Bertie it looks like a perfectly grand time with your pal Horatio! You might want to check your response to our recent blog for some linguistic differences. Perhaps an explanation would do.


  19. Bertie-bud, you are an absolute hoot! For a moment I thought I was seeing double. Thank goodness you had that red bandanna on. I think you and Horatio need a special photo-shoot (for the newspaper): "Scottish twins reek havoc!".
    Geesh, I wish I was there.

  20. Bertie, I love you smile in the second photo :)