Wednesday 6 April 2011

My rival

Some of my friends, I know, have to compete for attention with other dogs. We have all been reading with great interest about the dreadful situation that Scottie Jazzi has recently endured with newcomer Addy... Other friends have, heaven forbid, to share their living space with diverse species: cats, rabbits, hamsters etc.

I have a different problem, which I want to share with you today.

My main rival for Gail's affections is an inanimate object with two wheels.  Actually she owns three of these contraptions, but it's the one pictured here that I most resent. This bicycle came out of the shed a few weeks ago, and Gail keeps disappearing on it for hours at a time on what she refers to as 'a training ride'. (Different from a ride on a train, apparently).

It gets worse.

I asked Gail how we are planning to celebrate what my American pals call my 'gotcha day', the anniversary of day when I first came to live here in this house. It's coming up in a couple of weeks. Can you believe what I was told?

"Tough luck Bertie,  I shall be on a bicycling trip in France with my London-based friends for that week, and you will be in prison  those nice boarding kennels."

Are there not laws against this sort of treatment?


  1. Oh MAN!! Bertie!!
    That is ruff to compete with that bike!! get dumped at the kennels?? You can come and stay with me ok??

    Jazzi and Addy

  2. Bertie - Has Gail never heard about pet passports ? You'd nestle nicely into a basket between the handlebars. That way you could keep up a running commentary on everything that's going on.

  3. That bike isn't even cute! How can she leave you on your 'gotcha day'. Well, ignore Gail when she gets back (for awhile) and let her know it's not right!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

    We're going camping this weekend while SHE heads off to Sydney.

  4. Hey there Bertie...
    Tell Gail that she should get a 'Bicycle made for two', BOL! By the way, I really enjoyed your post about Duke's Wood. It appears that you do, indeed, have a wise Grandpa.
    Sending lotsalicks and good luck with the bicycle dilemma. Perhaps you should learn to speak Terrier-French, maybe then she'll reconsider.
    (Can you believe it, my word verification is 'bertlate'....does this suggest something?)

  5. NO that just sucks big time! I can't believe she is going to spend her time in France with HER friends & not bring you along. Bertie, I feel for you. Perhaps you can sneak into Gail's traveling bag? She won't notice.

  6. Aiiiiiiieeeeee this just can NOT be!!!
    Furst.. you need to tell Gail that you want one of those thingys that attaches on the back... fur YOU to ride along in. It would be very much grrrrreat fur BOTH of you. You would be able to MONITOR her pawgress.
    NEXT... WHAT???? WHAT???? no celebration fur your Gotcha Day!
    NOT to be Pawmitted!!! If she isn't gonna be there on the Actual Day... the very LEAST she could do is... have a PRE Gotcha Day Celebration fur you!!!
    That is the ONLY right thingy to do!!! Blogville can't stand missing a Celebration.. of almost anythingy.. butt certainly NOT a Birfday or .. GOTCHA DAY!!!

  7. Bewtie
    this is most distwessing news
    I suggest you pack youw bags and come hewe and we'll have a gwand celelbwation
    smoochie kisses
    ASTApee ess you might twy chewing on those wound wubbew things on the two might slow Gail down, hehehehe

  8. Oh my goodness Bertie! Now we've heard everything. Wonder if you bite the wheels....
    Benny & Lily

  9. That's just bang out of order, she can't just dump you like that!! If you can get on the train I have a spare bed you can use, plus you can come down the pub.
    Hope she re thinks.
    See Yea George xxx

  10. SPCA my friend. Has to be done.
    ~lickies, Ludo
    Pee ess: Mum said have fun to Gail! Traitor!

  11. You know, Bertie, some dogs get to run along side their humans when they are riding those things. K at Romping and Rolling in the Rockies does and Juno at Wild Dingo does, too. Maybe when Gail gets back you could train her how to do that. Also, Gotcha Days are kinda for rescued doggies that didn't have a home and no one knows when their real birthday is. You're lucky because you get to have a real birthday. Sorry about having to go to jail, though. We think you should take George or Asta up on their offers!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  12. *CLEARLY* That Gail of yours needs to CANCEL her trip and prepare a Gotcha Day extravaganza for you that most certainly included freshly made D'oh!-nuts. (OR if cancelling is not possible, there needs to be a BIG PARTY when she gets back, I mean really, getting you was OBVIOUSLY the best day of her life!)

  13. Oh I so agree with everypup!

    Gail needs to take care of YOU! Not some stupid bike that is not even soft to lay on. Or good to chew!

    woo woos, Tessa

  14. She owes you big time, Bertie!!
    Maybe you can have cake and pressies when she gets back!!


  15. Ah, Bertie! This is sad news indeed. Now locally if we call our Humane Soc. and report something like this, they would ask the following: Does the dog have shelter? Does the dog have food and water? A caretaker? If the answer to those ? is yes, then they think you are just fine! Isn't that something?

    You may as well settle in and enjoy yourself as best you can, maybe make a new pal or two. Ach! You will miss Ludo's birthday party!


  16. hey Bertie,

    "Tough Luck"??? Yikes, that is rough! I think some bike tires need to be chewed.

    I suppose the good news is that perhaps when she returns from her trip you will be spoiled and pampered to make up for your prison time and missed Gotcha Day! A pup can only hope....


  17. We suggest you start making a very long list of French delicacies that Gail must bring home for you. It's the only consolation we can think of.

    Our Moma? She sat in the library today ... without us ... reading Sean O'Brien's The Silence Room , while waiting for an interview to ... potentially ... desert us for hours at a time. And ... from what we understand ... they don't have special treats for us at the library. (We hope she doesn't get the job)

    Jake and Fergs

  18. Bertie Bertie...we have an easy peasy solution for ya...


    If you need terrier toffer assistance just let us know...we are sooooo available...we love to chase those creatures at the park...

    Oh...and if she's puttin' you in prison er "camp" for your Gotcha Day, we're so comin' over and springin' ya...perhaps trot down to Uncle Eric's and hit the pub???


    Lac and her stoopid brothers.

  19. Hey Bertie
    I've not visited Jazzi for a while so thanks for letting me know ;)
    see yea George xxx

  20. Oh my, Bertie! You should call your local humane society at ONCE! We're sure there is some statute against leaving you in PRISON on your gotcha day. And being thrown over for a bicycle?! We would lodge a protest!

    Good luck to you!

    The Road Dogs