Friday, 16 January 2015

The perfect storm?

Us dogs always know when something is up, don't we?

My familiar routine was disrupted this week when Gail came home from work early on Wednesday and started rushing around making lots of phone calls, packing bags and generally acting fraught.

We did go to Agility Club as usual that evening, where I was feeling full of bounce, despite Gail's apparently distracted state.

But when I woke up on Thursday morning, my paw was hurting REALLY BADLY and I absolutely did not want to walk further than the nearest lamppost.

I lifted up my paw and gave Gail my best pity party look, but instead of being all sympathetic (like she usually is) Gail just looked at me and said. "Oh no Bertie, this is such bad timing!"

So there was a hastily arranged visit to vet, where Ashley, my favourite vet lady, gently examined my left paw and the words "inter-digital cyst" and "antibiotics" featured in the ensuing conversation between her and Gail.

Then instead of being taken home to rest I was bundled into the car and we drove a very long way indeed.

The weather was truly horrid. I'd like to make a pun about gales and Gails, but from the way my precious human was gripping the steering wheel in an effort to stay on the motorway, as torrential rain lashed the windscreen of the wind-buffeted car, I suspect any jokes about the Scottish weather would not be appreciated.

Rain turned to heavy snow as we crossed the Pennines and still we drove on.

It dawned on me that we were on the way to Human Granny's house, which seemed odd as we'd only returned from there less than three weeks ago.

We finally arrived in Nottingham and, oh dear, I am so sorry to report that my beloved HGY is not at all well.

I fear Gail might not have much time to assist me with my blog for the next week or so.


  1. Bertie,
    Paws crossed here for HGY and for your paw. Don't forget to give Gail some extra snuggles while she looks after you and HGY.

  2. Sorry to hear bout Human Granny and your paw. Hopin both get better soon.

  3. Best wishes for HGY. We're so happy you and Gail are there by her side. So comforting.

    Also hope your foot feels better.

  4. Oh no, I do hope HGY gets better soon, paws crossed here. Take care of Gail and Grannie, Bertie, big hugs from us
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Oh no Bertie. We send you both healing vibes and POTP. We will keep granny and you in our thoughts and prayers and no worries we see you when we see you. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Sendin' prayers dat yer hooman granny feels better soon.. and dat yer paw heals up quick...

    Big hugs from da Lone Star State, my furiend...

  7. We are so sorry to hear that both you and your HGY are poorly. We're sending BIG licks and keeping our paws crossed that you both feel better soon.
    Wally & Sammy

  8. so sorry about HGY and your poor paw hugs from across the pond

    retro rover

  9. Hari OM
    From the minute you spoke of Gail's distraction, Bertie lad, I just knew it would be HGY... OMD it is poor news indeed and then to have you limping as well... My arms and POTP reach around you both at this time with solid prayers for HGY. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  10. Must say we agree with those who had a premonition about HGY. So sorry to know that she is ailing, and hope that together you and Gail can spread enough love around her to ensure that she is more comfortable and ready to recover

    Gus and Teka

  11. I hope your paw is much better soon and the anti-pee-otics chase that cyst-thingy away. I also send a big hug for HGY and I hope she feels better soon too.
    Easy Rider

  12. Oh dear, Bertie - we will be sending prayers and POTP for HGY and for your paw as well. Poor Gail - you take good care of her, now, Bertie - extra snuggles!

    Edgar and his mum

  13. Oh Bertie, first, I hope your paw is healing up and that you are able to have a stroll to several lampposts, not just the closest one. Second, I sure do hope your Granny is okay. I will keep her in my prayers. Be sure to watch over your Gail so she doesn't make herself sick with worry.
    Your pal,

  14. Bertie, knowing that route from Scotland to the south very well, it must have been a terrible journey in that weather. Thoughts are with Gail...take care.

  15. Bertie, we are so sorry your HGY is seriously ill. Our thoughts are with Gail and you and we hope your love and caring will help your HGY recover. Wirey kisses to all!!!'

    Just Harry

  16. OH NO..... we are So VERY Much Sorry to hear that your HGY is not feeling well. We are sending her our STRONGEST POTP and have our Paws Crossed fur her... and we are adding a WEE bit of POTP fur YOUR paw also...

  17. Dear Sweet Bertie and Gail...we are so very sorry to hear Human Granny is not well. This makes us so very sad as we truly understand what Gail is going through. Mom and I are sending you so very very many hugs and purrs and will keep you in our thoughts.
    Bertie while you are at Human Gma's rest your paw and be sure to give Gail a few doggie kisses from us.
    Lots of hugs madi and mom your bfff

  18. Prayers and healing thoughts flowing your way from everyone at the Rickety Old Farmhouse.

  19. Get well soon to your HGY and to your paw Bertie. We really hope HGY will be ok! Thinking of you all.
    We dogs do have great timing, I agree.
    ~Lickies, Ludo!

  20. Oh Gail and Bertie! So sorry to hear this. Be brave and support each other. Me thinks dog cuddles might help all round!! Harris and Horatio send their best woods!!

  21. Darn auto correct! They send woofs of course!

  22. We are sending POTP for healing of Granny and your paw Bertie!!
    Smiley Hugs!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  23. Oh dear, we are so sorry to hear this! Hoping you gram and paw get better fast!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  24. Thats OK Beritie, sometimes things ii life are just to imporatant HGY needs Gail, we gots the POTP going strong here for her!

    The Mad Scots

  25. Oh noes Bertie! I am so sorry to hears abouts your paw and your Gma. I am sendin' tons of POTP and lots of healing vibes and some {{hugs}} for all of you!
    Ruby ♥

  26. Prayers for your Granny - I hope all is well soon.

    Monty and Harlow

  27. Oh im so sorry about your grandma. I hope she gets better and that your paw gets better too. Smooches from me to you.


  28. Oh dear Bertie and Gail. We have paws crossed here for your Grandma and for your paw too Bertie. Sending hugs and love to you all. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

  29. Oh dear, Gail and Bertie. We are worried. Sending the power of the paw for your HGY. Take care of yourselves... be careful of your paw... we'll keep sending love. Thinking of you all so very much.

    Tootsie and her humans