Friday 8 June 2012

Inscrutable? (And thank you Jill)

You know I felt quite hurt the other day when I overheard Gail saying to a friend that she doesn't think I have nearly such an expressive face as Hamish did.

Then I thought about it a bit more and decided  I must be mysterious and inscrutable, and that is altogether preferable, isn't it?

But now Gail is laughing as she types this for me, and saying "Bertie, you are about as inscrutable as Gwyneth Paltrow on Oscar night" and explaining what she meant is that I communicate my emotions using my whole body, and do it very effectively.

Well I hope that you can see my delight here at receiving a positive response to my recent request for promotion.

Oh I am just thrilled to bits with this letter I received from the Volunteer Coordinator Jill at the VisitWoods project, which arrived a few days ago, along with a most prestigious certificate. (You will want to click on the images to biggify them so that you can read them properly, I'm sure.)

Jill has now moved on to bigger and better things at the Woodland Trust, and I think I speak for all my fellow volunteers when I say that she has done an absolutely magnificent job for VisitWoods Scotland, we loved working with her and wish her all the best in her new role as People Engagement Officer. I am certain that the Woodland Trust have made the perfect choice and will benefit greatly from her enthusiasm, energy, organisational ability and lovely manner. What a super lady. Here she is in action:

So now it's time for me to go and check out a new wood!


  1. Well done Bertie! How fantastic to finally be acknowledged for your contributions to the cause.


  2. Great Job Bertie, we're so happy for you.

    Stopped for a visit..

    Dog Fence

  3. Bertie, what a wonderful and well deserved honor you received. Can a knighthood be far behind??

    Loveys Sasha

  4. Congratulations Bertie!! A promotion :-)
    See, if you don't ask you don't get! Hope you are enjoying down south.

  5. Bertie - Hearty congrtulations on receiving such a well deserved promotion .Perhaps you will now be known to all and undry as Bouncing Bertie the maestro of the woodlands .

  6. Bertie - That should be sundry

  7. Blimey mate! We'll need an appointment to speak to you soon! Well done lad. Deccy x

  8. Hi Bertie , congratulations on the promotion , we done.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. See, it never hurts to ask!!!!

    We're happy for you and look forward to the next perceptive description of your woodland surroundings.

    Wirey love,

    Jake and Just Harry

  10. Oh Bertie what more will your future hold! Congrats. That is one cute EXPRESSION
    Benny & Lily

  11. Congratulations! I hope you get that framed and hung up over your bed! Have a good weekend!

  12. Oh Bertie that is just so exciting! I agree with Finn frame it and hang it right up

    urban hounds

  13. NO BUDDY Deserves this MORE than YOU!!!

    PeeS.... OH HOW WE LOVED your QUEEN's CONCERT. We watched it start to finish.. and OH WHAT a FINISH that was. JOLLY GOOD SHOW!!!

  14. It is obvious that Jill would never have gotten her new job without your help, Bertie! And congrats on YOUR promotion. The certificate is very cool!

    -Bart and Ruby

  15. hey Bertie,

    Congratulations on both your promotion and your certificate! Yay! You rock! You knew what you wanted and you went out and got it. An inspiration!! The letter is very complimentary of your work, and the certificate is impressive! I think it should be framed and hung over your mantel.

    Jill seems like a very fun and smart gal, and congratulations to her on her great promotion! Good job to you both!


  16. Very well done Bertie, we couldn't be more proud, you are destined to become a Top dog and no mistake.
    We hope Gail puts your certificate up on the wall for all to see.
    As for Hamish having a more expressive face, well we can tell you that comes with age........!!

  17. Congrats on your GREATLY DESERVED Certificate! We think YOU helped Jill get a leg up to the new job.

    We look forward to seeing your expressive body language on future walks! (We bet Mike (was it) who thought you were more annoying than a midge, would say you're very expressive.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  18. Ouch! Bertie, that has to sting. Not as expressive as Hamish. I think you are quite the emoter. Maybe your Gail needs new specs.


  19. Well done Bertie!

    BTW, inscrutable sounds very dignified and sophisticated. I'd take it (I've never been called inscrutable ...... but I'll work on it!).


  20. Dear Bertie,
    My sincere congratulations to you, and also to Jill. A wonderful achievement.

  21. Well done Bertie, at least that's someone that takes notice of us dogs. 4 paws up to The Woodland Trust :)and to you, enjoy your walks.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx
    PS I think your face is very expressive, in fact we quite offen look at our Tess and think of you. I'm not saying you are a girl by any means but I think you both have the same eyes :)

  22. DARLING here we are tardy as usua but we have lots to say(well realy don't we always?) Listen congrats on your award and I have to say I did a bit of a double take at the pic of you looking up as I thought it was Archie but then I thought I would have known if he popped over to see you as I WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH HIM OF COURSE..enought of that On to swimming Really darling you must talk to her about showing pics of your post swim stick legs.... I mean we all get them but really SHOWING THEM TO THE WORLD honestly.... As for the Jubilee events please tell you GrandDad that PL2's mum and dad WERE THERE AND SAW THAT FLY OVER!! They would always talk about that day as they were there( along with 12 million other people!) How exciting....We are sure you are having a wonderfull time walking all over the wonderfull country We are going to try to post more this summer..... We send you a squillion kisses Love A+A

  23. Are those current photos? Do you not have summer in Scotland? Looks like you have three seasons: heavy coats, light coats and rain coats.

    Mazel tov to your friend on her promotion. Now her job is vacant; have you filed your resume yet?

    Jed & Abby

    1. Hi Jed and Abby,
      The photos of Jill were take on 17 May. You summary of our seasons is pretty close to the truth!
      Cheers, Gail.

  24. Congratulations on receiving such a fine certificate Bertie. You definitely deserved it.

    MOlly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  25. Hi there. A strange request but can you kindly tell me more about the Akita/rotty Bertie met? I have just adopted a rescue that is identical and think it might have been her. Do you have any other photos? Remember if it was a boy or girl and how old? And when it was? My email address is Would be great to hear from you. Thanks, lisa