Monday 21 June 2010

In defence of my record at puppy class...

It has come to my attention that Gail has been going around saying some very unfair things about my behaviour in puppy class.

Now is the time to set the record straight! Let me make clear the following points:

1. Unlike EVERY SINGLE OTHER DOG IN THE CLASS I have never pee'd or poo'd on the floor of the scout hut where we meet every Thursday evening.

2. I am really quite co-operative at doing stupid exercises like weaving between poles, despite the fact that, being of superior intelligence, and unlike certain other dogs present, I fully recognise that these things are totally pointless.

3. Provided that my mouth is continually crammed full of tasty treats, so that I have no teeth free to bite at other dogs or their handlers, I behave impeccably.

4. That Daisy Dachshund needs to learn that some dogs find her very irritating and I think I am providing her with valuable life lessons, at no extra charge.

5. It is my understanding that teachers like kids who will speak up in class, and I am SO MUCH BETTER at doing this than the other puppies.

6. Obviously, I am the favourite of Mr and Mrs Munro, who run the class. Why else would I, more than any other pup, be so often singled out for their special attention, scooped up and cuddled very tightly in their arms, etc. etc.

7. Last but not least, taking me to puppy class has surely given Gail (who, I believe, was herself a bit of a goody two-shoes at school), new insight into a different approach to the learning process...

And all this despite still no black pudding.

PS Why oh why oh why did I ever allow myself to be persuaded to support the ENGLAND football team...........??


  1. What, you would have preferred supporting the French team, if you can call them a team ? :-)

  2. Bertie, you've expressed yourself very clearly and made valid points. And without black pudding.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  3. Bertie - you may be young but you have wisdom beyond your years. As for supporting England you can now switch your allegiance to those fellow Scots beyong the ocean - New Zealand.

  4. Bertie,
    At least we have one thing in common. That would be number 4. I cannot abide ill manners in other doggies and feel compelled to correct them. This is not always appreciated by the humans. As for the rest...

    Sounds like you are a great student and a perfect role model for the rest of the class.


  5. We think you must be the class "star".

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  6. Oh sound like a cute 'handful'! You are obviously keeping Gail on her toes.

    Hey Gail....have you any idea how entertaining the English TV is at the moment? (I think they have forgotten that there are 32 teams in this tournament...NOT "1")...I have had personal emails complaining just about's quite unbelievable.
    Think on the bright side...the French are close runner ups.
    Sending lotsaluv
    (ps I hope I've not been too forward in this comment)

  7. Bertie,

    You are such a credit to our breed!!! Clearly Ms Munro loves you best of all. And speaking up in class is sure sign of a leader and achiever.

    We're with you in your approach to life -- although our mom might have another perspective if she and Gail could sit down for a nice chat!!!

  8. (4. That Daisy Dachshund needs to learn that some dogs find her very irritating and I think that I am providing her with valuable life lessons, at no extra charge.)

    Say, Bertie, this is quite excellent and I may keep this in my noodle for a time when I will need it, changing the name, of course. In fact, it might just be TODAY!

    Cheers and hugs, to a thoughtful guy!

    Jo, Stella and Z

  9. Bertie. You have just provided EXCELLENT examples of the Educational Philosophy of Differentiation. We have forwarded your blogpost to several renowned journals of Gifted Education (as well as Special Education). (Well. To be honest. We've put doing that on our to-do list. But we promise we will follow through with what we say.) But we want you to know we HAVE already assured ourselves that OurGirl has read this very worth post. And she easily and quickly recognized it for what it is. A publication from a very bright WFT who "gets it."

    Quite impressed. Keep forwarding the insightful (and accurate) perceptions.

    Jake and Fergi xxoo

  10. Dear little Bertie, there are some things you just can't help - being an independent wee dog is just part of who you are.
    Now we are already agreeing that Daisy the Dachshund needs taking down a peg or two and you are just the doggie for the job.
    We do hope you are getting lots of cuddles and not being restrained in any way as it is your job to run amok.
    Ah yes, Gail will want you to be well behaved and not give her a showing up.
    Well it is very good for Gail as you point out to face new challenges.
    This is what keeps humans young you know.
    If you were a fireside dog, content to fetch Gail's slippers at the end of the day she would just steadily decline!
    Far better getting her out and about .....apologizing......getting to meet new humans who may never talk to her again.
    Keep up the good work little Bertie.
    love and kisses
    Your adoring Aunties xxxx

  11. You are very well behaved for a pup!

  12. I think you're doing just fine, not like England! make or break tomorrow.
    See Yea George xxx

  13. Bertie what a smashing photo of you giving it Attitude on your header. With a capital A. Then your classes. Oh boy my wig is all a wagger at your bright start. Despite being deprived of black pudding, Do hope you'r not deprived of cheese? Or anything involving Peanut better?. But I digress.I'm proper proud of your seven points of pure wiley wiry foxiness. Bet the doxie Daisy can't even count to seven.Doh.! Ah yes. Gail will watch and learn from you Bertie - us foxies know there's more than one way to skin a kittie cat.

    Your proud Uncle Eric xx