Friday 23 March 2012

£5.4 million? Because I'm worth it!

It's so exciting.

You all know about 'My Park' don't you? Well OK the official name is Duthie Park, but since I go there every morning to run around and meet all my friends, and over the past two years have sniffed every blade of grass and lifted my leg against every tree, it's as good as mine is it not?

Now I know that in the past I have dwelt on some bad things happening in my locality. The Union Terrace Gardens vote went the wrong way and don't even get me started on Donald Trump...

So I am thrilled finally to be able to report good news from Aberdeen.

At first I was a bit miffed, a month ago, to find My Park suddenly filled with fences which I am slightly too big to crawl under, and the early morning birdsong drowned out by a busy fleet of mechanical diggers. I was worried they were going to concrete over My Park and maybe put houses or an industrial estate in its place. But then Gail explained that a nice organisation called 'The National Lottery', together with Aberdeen City Council, have decided to spend lots and lots of money making My Park even better, or at least to restore its former Victorian glories.

Isn't it a wonderful plan? I just can't wait to go exploring the new rockeries and romp over the 'historic mound'. Maybe I can help 'decorate' the renovated monuments. On a warm day (we usually do get at least one each summer) I shall sip water from the reinstated 'Linked Lakes', or even risk a paddle, and if the rumour of an extra café is true, perhaps Gail can be persuaded to linger longer while I play with my pals.

Some people might say that £5.4 million is a lot of money to spend on My Park in a time of 'austerity'.

But I say I AM WORTH IT!


  1. You are absolutely and totally worth every penny!

    Loveys Sasha

  2. Of course you are worth it Bertie. Just make sure you keep going and barking orders and ensure the number of coffee breaks is kept to minimum for the workers.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie.

  3. You sure are worth it! We just hope they don't put up No dogs allowed signs when it's finished!

    Do you think they'll put up a statue of you?

  4. Bertie you are absolutely worth every pound they are spending to beautify your park. And if they go over budget? What's a couple more pounds past a few million anyway? ;)
    Looks like it's going to be fantastic when its completed!

    Waggin at ya,

  5. Oh Bertie, it is only money and if the park restoration makes your trips more pleasant then it is worth it. You cannot put a price on doggy happiness.
    We expect there will be fresh grass to sniff and even more trees to pee on.
    Our human thought the idea of a cafe would be nice with a nice outdoor sitting area. We find these are ideal places to not only pick up crumbs but to practice your starvation gaze for humans to hand over their scones!
    In the meantime it will be your dogly duty to oversee these renovations Bertie. Whatever happens it must not be left to humans alone - next thing you know there will be roundabouts appearing where there is no need for roundabouts.
    Our own theory being they occur where a human has placed their teacup on the drawing plans.....!!!
    Keep up the good work - remember Aberdeen and indeed the county, need you.
    The Aunties xxx

  6. Bertie - The new park will require a lot of watering in.

  7. Hey Bertie Bud,
    Is that all they are spending on you?
    Also, I see the date on that park's plan is 2010...surely there's been inflation since then. You gotta keep up standards little lad, BOL!
    Geesh, if only they'd spend a few pennies on our park.
    Lotsalicks Bertie - you sure are worth it! (A Loreal dog, hehe!)

  8. You are most definitely worth it and so is your beautiful park! Can't wait to see pictures of it fully restored.

    Your pal, Pip

  9. Gosh Bertie your park is going to be absolutely beautiful. Now you have to have lots of patience for those darn fences to go away
    Benny & Lily

  10. How many other dogs do you share this park with in the mornings, Bertie?

    What a terrific way to spend the accumulated lottery pounds, you and your pals will have a grander than ever time there, I am sure.

    Someone's idea of you going to the fence and barking orders at the workers was a very good one, and I hope you do it, every day. Just bark "Get the lead out, you laborers!"

    Stella, Jo and Zkhat

  11. NO amount of money is TOO much fur makin YOUR park.. even BETTER. You are worth every cent!!!

  12. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, your park is going to be even better! Beautiful plans...and just think, you can start peeing on trees all over again! And all that new grass...
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  13. Wonderful! Hope they don't begin insisting that you wear a l.e.a.s.h.

    -Bart and Ruby

  14. Of course you're worth it, Bertie! The City of Aberdeen should actually pay you to go there, because you make everyone's life brighter and better!

  15. Bertie, can't wait to see the finished park. Hope they keep the old rotunda. Have a great weekend. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  16. You are worth it Bertie! Just hope that they don't make it so fancy that they stop allowing dogs to visit!


  17. Oh fur sure Bertie!! You are worth every penny. Think if all the new spots to chek out and mark with your stamp of approval!! CAnt wait to see pics of the finished park.
    And oh, Addy says Hi!!


  18. Bewtie
    It looks like youw pawk will be even mowe bootiful and you'll have new blades of gwass to sniff and new twees to chwisten. I just hope aftew finishing they don't stawt putting up "no doggies hewe" signs.
    I love the pictoowe of you wif the lovely spwing flowews. I saw my fiwst twee in blossom hewe yestewday..FINALLY! they've been bawe faw too long
    smoochie kisses

  19. Oh Bertie....did you say mechanical diggers? You could pay the Thuglets to come and dig...they are amazing diggers...we're not bad but with only one Dale the work goes a tad more slowly....

    You rock those flowers dear boy...

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG,obviously!!!


    Miss Lacie Teacakes

  20. Pawsome news, Bertie! My Two Legged Ones remember that park from their days in Aberdeen and, as there are rumours we are heading back there next year, I'm DELIGHTED to hear about the restoration!

    BTW, that's a lovely photograph of you amongst the flowers. Very

    And of course you are worth it!



  21. Nice the peeps finally got one right. The park plans look terrific. What is the historic mound? Or to be precise, why is it any more historic than the rest of the land around it? Is it an ancient burial mound or something? An ancient fort? When is it supposed to be completed? And can you still walk in part of your park while they do the renovations on the rest of it?

    Jed & Abby