Don't worry, nothing is amiss, in fact I was having the most splendiferous time.
I admit that at first I was a bit concerned when Gail told me we were going down to Stirlingshire to meet up with Aunty Yam for a couple of days.
No don't be silly, I was of course thrilled to hear we would be seeing Aunty Yam again. It was just that, well, one has low expectations of the weather in Scotland in mid-December.
I only hope the accommodation is up to snuff, I thought.
Well I am delighted to report that the Luib Hotel, near Killin, is simply the most brilliantly dog friendly establishment I have yet encountered in my extensive travels.
Gosh, where to begin?
It's promising isn't it, when the resident pup - a Patterdale terrier called Tilly - is, shall we say, 'nicely rounded'.
It suggests the presence of a human who is generous with the treats. And so it proved.
And I found Jim the proprietor remarkably easy to train. If the treat supply failed, I only had to bark once or twice and he came running back bearing another handful of yummy biscuits. In fact, by the second day I wasn't even having to bark.
|That's Jim and Mary, leaning by the bar|
I was given the run of the lovely big bar and restaurant area. It was always a tough choice whether to settle beside the crackling log fire or over by Jim (and his treat supply) at the bar.
The bed was super-comfortable too, with plenty of room for Gail as well as myself.
Of course having Aunty Yam there made it even more special. She has the warmest of smiles, don't you think? And she bought me a brand new toy, something Gail scarcely ever does.
We did get out and about a bit but one has to say, the weather lived down to expectations...
|Loch Tay, near Killin|
|General Wade's bridge, Aberfeldy (built in 1733)|
|The Watermill, Aberfeldy|
And as you can see below, my paw problem flared up again, so I was not able properly to appreciate the interesting history associated with this ancient dwelling on Loch Tay.
All the more excuse to linger indoors enjoying the Luib Hotel's outstanding hospitality.
For some reason, now we are back in Aberdeen, I have been put on a diet (as well as medication to calm my sore and itchy paw).
PS You will want to click here to read what Aunty Yam has to say about the trip!