Thursday 29 November 2012

Surely I should have been Jeeves?

I guess most of you know that I was named after Bertie Wooster, the fictional character created by P.G.Wodehouse.

There comes a time in a chap's life when he starts to wonder if his name is really apt.

Gail says she chose it 'cos Bertie Wooster always makes her smile, and so do I. Furthermore, she claims that we two Berties have much in common, both being prone to getting into scrapes but never failing to bounce back, enthusiasm undimmed, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready for our next ill thought out adventure. Oh and that neither of us has a mean bone in his body.

Well I have been going into the subject in more depth and I can't help but feel Gail made a mistake with her somewhat superficial approach to name selection. Indeed I am quite upset to learn that this young Wooster is much given to alcoholic excess and short-lived engagements to unsuitable females. He has dodgy taste in clothing, an array of fearsome aunts and, worst of all, is described as possessing 'negligible mental powers'.

If only Gail had chosen to name me after a different and altogether more estimable inhabitant of Wodehouse's fictional England.

And no Gail, I am not thinking of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Bertie's Drones Club chum who keeps newts and has a face like a fish.

Nor am I thinking of Lord Emsworth, whose deepest emotional attachment is to his prize-winning pig.

That is so not funny.

We all know perfectly well I am talking about the masterful Jeeves, in theory Bertie's servant but without question a person of superior intellect, tact and subtly creative problem solving abilities.

Yes I think Jeeves would have been a quite splendid and fitting name.

Gail, please explain why are you laughing at me, again.


  1. Hmmm. I don't know .... despite the obviously contrary part about intellect, you just look like a Bertie to us. You're advancingt he great name for the rest of the Berties in the world!!!

  2. Perhaps Gail sees herself as Jeeves...always getting you out of scrapes. Just an idea!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. Sorry Bertie but we are laughing. The name is so apt. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. MOL Bertie...we agree you are a smart cookie with an answer or an opinion on nearly every subject...just like the fellow on Ask Jeeves....
    Had you been named Jeeves your blog could be Jumpin' Jeeves.
    Just sayin' that is what this cat thinks. Mom and Dad said it took longer to name me than it did their two legged daughter 41 years ago
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  5. Bertie controls the purse strings.....

  6. Bertie I think you need to find out who Gail is named after
    Benny & Lily

  7. Well, think we will stay out off this, we will just call you one of our furiends, BERTIE

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

  8. Bertie, perhaps it would be a good idea for you just to enjoy life and not worry so much.

    You will go grey prematurely if you carry on like this. Ask Gail for a nice bone or a scrummy treat. Sit back and relax.

    We think Bertie suits you very well. Be happy Gail didn't name you after an entire football team...............

    Have a bouncing weekend

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  9. Heh Heh Heh Who needs a book when we can read about your antics my furiend :) Jeeves is nice butt you know what would happen. It would either get shortened to Jee (which prefaces Jee Whiz quite a bit which would then indicate you were of questionable character, intellect, etc. ;) or when used in a conversation such as Butt Jeeves said quickly - bejeevies - which then could give peeps the incorrect impression that you are a scary doggy that should be avoided reducing the amount of sandwiches shared with you and pets from strangers.

    No, I think Bertie is much better ;D

    Waggin at ya,

  10. Smart as Jeeves is, it's still more advantageous to be the master than the servant. Naturally, this means you should be included in ALL of Gail's trips and adventures, while she smooths the way for you and makes sure you want for nothing. As Bertie, you are the top dog after all.