So it was another trip to vet Katrina. We came home with a bucketful of antibiotics, and with these and yet more gentle paw washing I am again slowly recovering my bounce.
I indicated to Gail that although I did not feel like walking too far, I would appreciate a change of scene at the weekend, and she kindly agreed to drive me down to the wee fishing village of Johnshaven, about 30 miles south of Aberdeen.
It is a sleepy place, especially in March, but of course I found plenty of interesting things to sniff out.
Someone with a cottage by the shore has an unconventional idea of garden ornamentation, don't you think?
You will of course deduce from the sandstone houses that we are south of that most important geological dividing line in Scotland, the Highland Boundary fault.
Gail liked the nautical theme of this front door, and politely requested that I pose in front of it.
Which of course I was happy to do, on the promise of a 'baked cheesy oatie (wheat free)'.
I'm please to report that, unlike when I was younger, Gail now trusts me not to be jump recklessly off harbour walls and into the sea.
Although in truth it was more fun deciding which bit of fishing equipment was most in need of 'decoration'.
Next weekend Gail and I going off with friends to stay at Inshriach, a big house on the edge of Cairngorm Mountains. (We went to Inshriach once before, many years ago, you can read all about how that went if you click here and here).
I am hoping my paws will be in better shape to tackle more adventurous walks by then.