Sunday, 7 September 2014

Not so surprising after all?

Remember my wee adventure in the 'East Neuk' last month?

At the end of the two day coastal walk, Gail's friend Alison said something which got me thinking.

"You know, this trip has been quite an eye-opener. I had no idea just how many people stop and talk to you when you're accompanied by a dog".

Gail replied along the lines of she supposed she'd just got used to it over the years.

Alison (who is ever so nice) seemed to think it sad and a sign that many folk care more for dogs than their own species.

But Gail, who always likes to think the best of everybody, said as she see it humans - especially the reserved British* variety - need a little encouragement to help them communicate, and pups like me act as a conduit through which warmth, humour and compassion can flow more easily.

Strangely, neither Gail nor Alison seemed to consider the (to me) obvious point that if you are an exceptionally handsome/cute/appealing/adorable specimen then of course people will stop and talk!

What Gail didn't let on to Alison was that even more people stop to chat when she is out on her own with me. 

*And what will being 'British' mean, in two weeks time? 


  1. Well yeah, if ya's extra cute like us, of course peeps wanna talk to ya. It are just science.

  2. Looks like the vote will be close according to our news.

    People always stop and talk when we're around. It does help being cute, we notice that big pig-hunting dogs don't illicit the same response.

  3. I luffs getting a lll the attention, Mum says I'm a show off
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. But who could resist no saying hello to you Bertie?Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. We ponder this one a lot - Americans are in no way reserved but hardly anyone ever speaks to you here - and if you say hello to the the - they look at you with a look that says "who are you, what do you want, you can't be trusted" - now that is sad :(

  6. Lady thinks that thanks to technology and changes of people lives, that the dog is a conversation opener. It gives people a reason to talk to each other without being thought of as weird. It is really sad isn't it.
    We are sure part of it is, that people want to talk to you Bertie . . . we would get on a plane if we could to come and say hi!

  7. Yep, us puppers are a magnet for peeps to interact, even if your like ME, cute but not a social pup at all, they stop to talk!

    Da Sus

  8. Well said my handsome Bertie...we especially agree with
    ' if you are an exceptionally handsome/cute/appealing/adorable specimen then of course people will stop and talk!'

    My peeps saw a wee WFT puppy yesterday...OMDS mom was about to have a hissy fit to touch his wee little
    tail. It was about 2" long and still managed to wiggle
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. There's just something about dogs that makes people want to open up! We can't help it, it's who we are.

  10. Hari OM
    (am a bit behind today as ...the sun has been out and bout!!! shshhhhhh)

    Seems we had something of a similar waglength going on - the thing is, dear boy, that humans often feel more secure around pets. Glad to hear you are in for the hugs though. Good news indeed! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  11. As handsome cute adorable as you are, it's a wonder to me how you can hike at all with all the interruptions you must get!!!

  12. Bertie - Forget Gordon Brown they need you out and about talking about the benefits of the Union.

  13. Guilty as your friend charges. No doubt about it I prefer dogs
    Retro rover

  14. You are not concided Bertie, its just called having pride in how much you love yourself. ♥
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  15. Alison is quite perceptive. John Steinbeck made the same point years ago in Travels with Charley. Charley was a handsome standard poodle, but the effect was the same.