Sunday, 30 June 2013

Where were all you Lhasa Apsos?

Well I'm pleased to report that my eye is fine, and Gail has advised me not to dwell on the week's other medical 'issue'. Let's just say that the washing machine has been working overtime, in line with my bowel movements....

Instead I'm going to tell you all about today's walk, our annual outing with the Grampian Tibet Support Group
This is the fourth year running I have participated in this sponsored walk, and you know what struck me today? 

Yes that's right. Where are all the Tibetan pups? Do they not support their country's fight for independence? I mean, any park in Aberdeen is awash with Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus. We see the occasional Tibetan Terrier, and I feel sure that there must be a few Tibetan Spaniels and Mastiffs in NE Scotland too. Yet over the years the only dogs I've seen join this special walk have been collies, Labradors and retrievers. Oh and maybe there was a border terrier one time. 

Well today I was the only dog of any breed taking part, which of course guaranteed plenty of welcome attention. 

Earlier Gail had suggested that, as I hadn't been well, I might not be up to the planned nine miles and we would have to turn back if  I showed signs of flagging. 

Me. Flag? 

I don't think so Gail. 

The only flag involved today was the Tibetan flag which members of the group draped from the top of the tower on  Scolty Hill. 

For some, this was the day's highlight, but oh my gosh, from my perspective, something far more exciting happened as we were about to have our picnic lunch.

Do any of my readers recognise this incredibly gorgeous Sheltie?

Yes of course, it's Pippa, my only Aberdonian dog blogging friend, out with her assistant Eve and the rest of the family, who just happened to have chosen the same spot for their Sunday walk. It's Pippa's 2nd birthday tomorrow. I do hope she's going to get some nice presents and tell us all about it.  

I was so thrilled by this chance encounter that I bounced all the way back to the car park. 

What a great day! 


  1. Say Bertie, in that fourth picture down there is a blonde lady that looks like she could be Helen Mirren. Was it her? I hope you didn't miss a chance to be petted by a famous person (one that played the Queen no less)


  2. Glad to see you helping to represent such a good cause! We bet you were everyone's favorite walking buddy too.
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD & Hootie

  3. JOB well done Bertie! So glad your friend showed up too-what a great way to spend the day. Loved seeing all the pictures-you live in a magical place.
    Wags, Noreen & Hunter

  4. You don't look like you were flagging a bit! Gail should have more faith in you.

  5. What fun to run into Pippa, Bertie! Glad that the bowels behaved themselves. BTW, you're walk was in a very good cause. Boris approves.

  6. Well job on that long walk Bertie! We're sorry to hear you're bowels have not been cooperating, butt we see that didn't stop you at all.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  7. Looks like a super splendid day. Silly, flag, ridiculous.

  8. We understand that Mr. Trump may be pulling out of his development plans for Scotland. Did you have a wee word with him, Bertie? Is that what upset your tummy?


  9. We saw you over at Pippa's blog! We wondered if you met as you both seem to frequent Duthie (hope that's right, too lazy to look it up) Park. Amazing that you met at Scolty Hill.

    Looks like it was a fantastic day out, with lots of attention. We can't imagine you EVER flagging.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. Looks like a great walk. How nice to see your blog friend!

    Have a great day. Lee and Phod

  11. How cool to meet blogger Pippa. Looks like you had a very nice day
    Benny & Lily

  12. We saw you met Pippa on her blog and how cool is that? Looks like a nice day was had by all. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. Hari Om
    I say Bertie, I hope the bizzo with the bowels wasn't related to the event of the eye??

    Jolly glad to see you on the go again though and what a tremendous day indeed... third piccie down had me going back to check out the bloke on the right - am pretty sure he's NOT up to his waist in river water. (?!)

    May your week be healthy and attack-free. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  14. Those are great pics and you look gorgeous as always, I do wonder where the Lhasa Apsos are or at least a tibbetan terrier

    urban hounds

  15. Bertie what a fine out for a good cause!!
    Oh dear sweet friend I am sorry to read you were feeling a bit under the weather last week. Tummy distress is a pain in the happy terrier butt...pardon the pun! We are glad to see you recovered in time for the wonderful outing.

    What fun to meet Pippa!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  16. Glad to see the stomach upset didn't slow you down. How exciting to accidentally get to meet Pippa! What an amazing day you had!!

  17. Excellent day and we are happy that your eye is good enough for you to be able to go on some adventures. Excellent sighting of your friend Pippa too. Glad you ha a great weekend!

  18. Bertie,
    I was so glad to see you yesterday, but I was being a shy, hopefully I'll grow out of that though. I think maybe it was just a bit overwhelming for us both!
    The Tibet support group thing sounded like a great idea, but I agree it's just a shame there weren't any Tibetan Dogs there! You could have a little logo of a Lhaso apso on top of a mountain!
    Have a good week, it was nice meeting you!
    Pippa :)

  19. I knew you could do it with NO problem Bertie!! What fun meeting your friend. Too bad I couldnt come too, we could have really bounced down that ole road!!!


  20. Glad the eye's OK Bertie and you know we all have tummy troubles occasionally...Looks like a great walk for a great cause...Can't believe there weren't other pups along

  21. I am glad you had a good day Bertie. I hope the tummy issue is all settled by now and things are back to normal. That was an incredibly beautiful place and thanks for sharing it.

    Loveys Sasha

  22. This sounds like an incredible day! Thanks for your post about it.

    I hope you are feeling much better... and keep feeling better.

    And thank you for my Gotcha Day sweet wishes!


  23. OurMoma recognizes that bouncing bum. ( And we hear her mumbling about longing for a trip to Scotland.) It's a happy dog to run into Pippa ... and to get all the well deserved attention. Sounds like you had a great day.

    Jake and Fergi

    PS. The shortbread is gone ... and we didn't get any!

  24. You get up to such fun stuff, Bertie. What a beautiful outing. I love that photo of you and Gail...wish I could carry Toby like that.