Monday 24 May 2010

Black pudding, an explanation

It seems I have mystified some of my non-British readers with reference in my previous post to 'black pudding', one of our great national delicacies, and Gail says I owe you an explanation. The first thing to know is that, in the same way that 'spotted dick' is not a....... (oh, perhaps we won't go there, google it if you must!), well anyway, I was going to say, black pudding is not a dessert. It's a sort of breakfast sausage, and the main ingredient is pig's blood. It's really really yummy. I guess my wise Aunties Martha and Bailey must be correct when they say that it would make a mess if placed inside a trouser pocket, although have they not heard of polythene bags?

Gail also says that I don't have long on the computer today as we had a very busy weekend and now she has lots of work to do, but she has allowed me to upload a couple of pictures from Saturday of me playing nicely (it can happen) with my neighbour Jockie.

PS from Gail: I want certain doggies out there (I think you know who you are) to be aware that I am very worried about your comments regarding Bertie's behaviour at puppy class. I feel you are being a 'bad influence' and I have told Bertie that I may have to ban him from blogging unless he finds some cyber-friends who will encourage a more serious and constructive approach to his education!


  1. Thanks for explaining the whole black pudding thing. Next thing you know you'll be getting bladder of lard or some other weird UK thing.

    Regarding puppy school... you did seem a bit, er, forward to me. Was that you vocalizing? Grrr grrr.


  2. Puppy class - Ruairi is attending one too and truthfully he is not the star pupil - silly labs would do anything to please their peeps. A terrier has a mind of it's own and we have to show everyone our opinion - and that's why our peeps love us!!

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  3. Woooos Bertie! Thank woo fur telling is what that pudding thingy was, sounds yummy. It seems all westies are called Jock over there... except Hamish of course. I hope woo played nice he was bigger than woo, fur now... I had to go back and read what your friends told woo about puppy school, after woo Moms comments. Now My Mom teaches puppy school, so woo have to shape up and train woo Mom right, or else I will sic my mom on woo!
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  4. Bertie! How yah doing puppers? I am going to be encouraging today. School is fun. Recess is fun. Click and treat is fun. I loved going to school so much I did puppy class 2 times, intermediate and then advanced. Now I am going for my AKC Good Citizen class as soon at the trainer gets it organized. Then, she is going to let me take Agilities too. That sounds like my kind of class. She said the GC and Agility might work out to be the same we can just stay and PLAY after learing to be calm around others. Listen to Gail and stay close to her. Everything else will sort itself out with time. You are such a young little's going to take some time for your vocabulary to grow. Do your homework, eat yer din din and play hard. Then snuggle.
    You are PAWFECT the way you are!
    Bonnie the model canine student...


  5. My husband was lucky enough to spend some time in England many moons ago - he was able to explain this to me, or else I would be lost too!


  6. Hi Bertie, well we have heard of polythese bags but really black pudding is not a grab and go kinda food!
    We think you should give it a miss!
    Now we enjoyed the pics of you playing nicely with your friend Jockie. He is clearly a settling influence on you.
    We are quite sure that Gail cannot be speaking about us as we thought you did very well in puppy class.
    Beware Bertie, Gail is a human and will not understand a lot of things we dogs do!
    Don't worry she will shape up fine.
    love and kisses
    Aunties Martha and Bailey xxx

  7. We love liver treats. They're great, but they crumble.

    Our auntie was very surprised when the waitress announced several desserts and then spotted dick. The waitress (with a suffering look) had to walk away while they decided what to have and finally auntie went with'the hot one' because she couldn't say spotted dick. Alpha always smiles when she remembers that night.

    We never went to puppy school--which could explain alot. We're sure you'll get the hang of it soon. (Jock looks a great sort to play with.)

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  8. Bewtie
    Mommi told me what black pudding was cause she says it's a little like the bood sausage they have in hungawy that she loves. It suwe sounds pawfectly lucious to me and I can't wait to twy some.

    ummm, as faw as being a bad in Flooence, we'we just being ouw tewwiew selves..totally adowable, hehehe
    smoochie kisses

  9. Arooooooo, Bertie...

    Us, encourage naughty behavior???

    (All three terriers look around,innocently and incredulous....)


    Now continue being a proper behaved little foxy puppy...

    Kisses, dear boy...

    Scruffy, Lacie and Stan...

    Pee ess...

    GO GET 'EM TIGER!!!!

  10. Hi Bertie. Well I hope the black pudding explanation spurred Gail to buy some for you ..ignore the Aunties advice.. .anyways Gail must have one of those bulging treat pouches when you are training?

    I can't think of anydoggie who would be a bad influence on you Bertie. I, your Uncle, take my role as your life coach and mentor very seriously. Alas there are few of us foxy boys about so I'm doing my best to ensure you carry on our wiry traditions. So far I'm most proud of you, even the nice play with Jockie and the the way you have growm yourself some little leggeds too.

    Wiry love Eric xxx

  11. Thanks for explaining about the balck pudding! I was a little scared that you where trying to poison yourself! Good to know you wheren't! :-)

  12. For all of those misguided souls that encouraged bad behavior in puppy class, we would never do that. We are simply misjudged by our deviousness and tricky nature and - oh, never mind. Grins.

  13. Ahh, that Jockie fellow looks a good bit like my dear pal Hamish. No doubt he filled you in on club selection at St. Andrews and the proper glass for a wee dram.

    Now, I'm a big fan of bacon. Not that flimsy round stuff you have in the UK but good ol' American bacon - crispy strips with luscious stripes of fat. Perfect for crumbling in a pocket.

    And yes, I'm perfectly fine with you choosing to go by your middle name of Disregard. After all, it is a family name and I am your Uncle Petey!

    Keep up the good work - I can tell she's weakening!


  14. I laughed when I read about the Black Pudding. When my husband and I were first dating he invited me over for Yorkshire Pudding. As we sat down to the table I thought.."This is not pudding"!! What a shock to find out it was what we call in America a type of dinner roll. But I must say it is now one of my favorite meals as he makes beef gravy with mint,roast beef and always green beans and sometimes baked sliced potatoes. It is one of my favorite meals. It has been quite a lot of fun enjoying this Englishmens way of life while living here in America!! Gail from Aberdeen, Washington USA

  15. Hi Bertie
    Not tasted black pudding, mom thought it would be haggis you would like, keep up the good work at the puppy class its more fun giving the peeps the run around.

    See yea around George XXX

  16. Sweet Bewtie
    I think I'm coming to live wif you in was 92F hewe today and then we'we getting dundew stowms..yuck!
    I think we could have a gweat time eing wiwy kids togethew

    I think you have much mowe civilized weathew
    smoochie kisses
    pee ess I love the pictoowe of Hamish and Max