Thursday, 4 October 2012

If only Human Grandad had four legs

It has come to my attention that there are pros and cons with the human set-up of walking on just two legs.

This arrangement seems all well and good in the middle years, when humans can generally balance quite well. It frees up their arms to make bows and arrows, shop for dog food and use computers.

However, the human young 'uns and oldies do often seem rather wobbly.

My human Grandad (HGD), aged ninety, is a case in point. These days he quite often topples over when out and about. Normally he avoids harm, brushes himself down and says to any concerned passers by "It's OK thanks, I'm fine, I know how to fall, I used to play rugby". Sadly, last Sunday HGD's luck ran out and he stumbled over a kerb and hurt his face quite badly. He is now in hospital.

Oh if only HGD had four legs like me. It's so much easier to stay upright. The downside, of course, is that without arms one needs a human secretary to assist with one's blog.

Well I'm sure my readers will understand that Gail must go down to Nottingham to help her father get back on his feet. So I'm afraid that this blog will be quiet for a few days.

Don't worry about me though. I am being cared for in Aberdeen by my lovely friend Marie-Thérèse.

Although I will admit to being totally gutted at missing out on Jazzi's National Taco Day celebration this year.

Granted, it would have been hard to improve on last year's Aberdeen MacTaco feast...


  1. Sending our best rottie wishes for HGD's speedy recovery.

    Bart and Ruby

  2. Last yrs was great. Bertie, I think when she gets home that you should get 2 Tacos!! :-)
    Hope your HGD is doing better!

    Jazzi and Addi

  3. Ooh no! Poor HGD! Wishing him a speedy recovery and safe travels to Gail.

  4. Ah a very similar thing happened to my Gt Aunt only last week.... must be something in the air. A speedt recovery to HGD. Deccy x

  5. We hope HGD is feeling better and back on his feet soon.

  6. Oh we send our best wishes to your HGD..... and think you should still celebrate National Taco Day a little later!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  7. You'll just have to celebrate a bit late. We hope HGD recovers well and is up on his two legs soon.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  8. Oh Bertie, we send your Grandad all our best wishes for a speedy recovery. The very same thing happened to our dear sweet Nana and she was always saying her legs just went wobbly 'all on their own'. Give Gail our love too mate. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

  9. Delicious looking! Hope HGD is back up and about in no time!!

  10. Poor HGD we have become quite fond of him reading about him on the blog you can tell he is a character in the best way. We will be thinking positive thoughts. Your tacos look very interesting. I bet you could sell them for a pretty penny in nyc fusion food is very inn

    urban hounds

  11. Oh goodness! We are so sorry to hear about HGD. That is just terrible. We hope that he will be alright and back on his two legs real soon. Our HGD took a dive a few weeks ago also. He was a real mess by the time the neighbors helped him home. But like your HGD, they brush it off like it's nothing.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  12. Love and best wishes and healing paw to HGD. We hope he makes a speedy recovery. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. Well Bertie maybe you need to teach HGD to walk on all four. Seriously we hope HGD heals fast.
    Sweet William The Scot

  14. Hope HGD has a speedy recovery.


  15. OH BERTIE Please take some strong Dachshund Vibes fur your HGD's fast and complete recovery.

    I LOVE your Taco buddy. That is a very HEALTHY one fur SURE.

  16. oh golly bertie! we will be thinking of your HGD and hoping he has a speedy recovery!

    edgar & his mum

  17. Bertie, we're sending some Scottish Power of the Paw for HGD. We hope that Gail will bring you a taco back from Nottingham.

    Lilly, Piper and Ivy

  18. We're sending pawerful vibes to your grandpa for him to feel better!

  19. I woke up this morning thinking about your dad. What a blow to have a fall at that age. I hope that the injuries will soon heal up. What a wonderful daughter you are to be available to your parents. Please send him my love....all the way from South well as 'get well soon' wishes. You look after yourself too.

  20. Sorry to hear about Grandad's fall. Does he use a walker when he goes out and about? That has four legs on it that could help him to balance. Lots of older folks use them here.

    Thank you for the birthday wishes despite your comment about me lecturing you lads over there. You and Ludo both need it!

    Stella (and Jo)

  21. Oh Bertie
    Please let Gail, Grandad and Granny know we are thinking of them and a speedy recovery for Grandad. Its a fact that two leggers do get a worry as they get older and its right the Gail should be there for them
    Have a good time with your sitter
    George xxx

  22. Sending good vibes to grampy and sending a taco to you
    Benny & Lily

  23. Dawling Bewtie
    Sometimes my Mommi would do bettew wif fouw legs too
    She gets pwetty wobbly fiwst think in the mowning..aftew stiffening up ovew night.
    I will cwoss my paws that youw GwandDad heals completely and you and Gail can catch up wif maybe a taco ow two
    smoochie kisses

  24. Paws crossed for HGD, I hope he is all well very soon. I will miss you and hope you have a lovely time.

    Loveys Sasha

  25. Wishing you all strength and patience.

  26. Bertie we are so sorry to read your HGD has had a fall. We wish him a very speedy recovery.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

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  28. Best wishes to HGD for a speedy recovery! My 92-year-old HGM also has fallen recently, although she didn't have to go into the hospital, fortunately. It's quite worrisome when the humans get older and wobbly, isn't it? Although I'm getting a bit that way myself!

  29. Oh gosh, I am sorry to hear about your granddad. I hope he is back on his feet soon. My human granddad had a similar fall about 4 months ago. It's pretty scary stuff!

    By the way at 15, I sometimes stumble myself - the back legs aren't what they used to be.

    Your pal, Pip

  30. Hope your grandpa gets well soon. Our grandma had a topple too and went to the hospital a few weeks back, but she is a fiesty one. She's back home and it's business as usual :D

  31. Oh, Bertie, we're so sorry to hear about your HGD's spill. We sure hope he's better by now and maybe even back home. We'll be keeping our paws crossed for him. He didn't break anything, did he?

    Jed & Abby

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