Monday 26 November 2012

The right decision

Us dogs get to know our humans pretty well don't we?

So I think you can trust me to give you an accurate report of Gail's thought processes first thing Saturday morning. Here goes:

"Hmmm, I suppose I really should go Christmas shopping today, so I don't end up rushing around in a last minute panic once again. Oh dear but the shops will be terribly busy and anyway I haven't a clue what to buy, everyone has too many things already don't they? And it would be a shame to waste a nice bright day by being indoors. One needs to soak up every possible ray of sun at this time of year -  they say rickets is on the increase 'cos folk stay inside too much. Plus Darren Bett on the BBC forecast heavy rain for Scotland tomorrow. And then there's Bertie. I really owe him a good long walk, after sending him off to kennels last weekend. See him sat there looking at me with that adorable, optimistic, trusting little face. Yes, the Christmas stuff can wait. But where to go? It's so muddy everywhere at the moment...(thinks for a minute or two).  I know, we'll visit the Forvie Nature Reserve. The ground by the coast is sandy and well drained. And the terns aren't nesting at this time of year, so the dune area won't be closed off. The wind today is light, so no danger of Bertie getting sand grains blown in his eyes on the beach. If we complete the circuit of the Reserve - estuary, dunes, beach, cliff path and back - that's at least seven miles, so Bertie might even be a bit tired by the end. Yes that's what we'll do, better get going, it's a thirty minute drive and we've only a few hours before it's dark again..."

All in all, I think we can congratulate Gail on a good decision. As for presents, there's always Amazon gift vouchers.

But I must say she was wrong about the (lack of) mud.


  1. Good choice, Gail! We heartily approve!

    Bart and Ruby

  2. Hear hear! Sounds like a grand day out.

  3. What fun Bertie. Yep we say get down and get dirty. We too are well behind on our Christmas shopping. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Looking very chipper mate! Deccy x

  5. BOL - Mom did the same thing this weekend...


  6. We think too that Gail picked the right choice! Your outting looks wonderful.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  7. We think Amazon is a wonderful idea. And a mud bath is good for the skin!! Gail made a brilliant decision.

    Lilly, Piper, Ivy and The Sweet Buglets

  8. Definitely a good choice! You look like you had lots of fun.

  9. Sounds like Gail did something right, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  10. You sure looked like you had a great time on your adventure. I hope you didn't have to get a bath with all that mud though.


  11. We like the way Gail thinks.....and SHE says Amazon Gift vouchers are the best! Kept HER in reading material all year.

    Love the pictures, especially that one of you flying, Bertie.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  12. Absolutely correct, walks take precedence over shopping! Besides, Amazon is full of books about dogs.
    Alanis & Miro

  13. You have Gail well trained Bertie, nice work. We love the photos of you running

  14. MOL Bertie I do love Gail's thought process...seems it was a Bertie and Gail day all around and they are the best. You are for sure bouncy...Gail must have realized this the very minute she saw you.
    Many Hugs and Oh Mom said she agrees with Gail's comment on our blog and she found the same thing with the Asian Students.
    Madi and Mom

  15. Me thinks that was genius decision by Gail.... what a great day out. No -one like Xmas shopping! What Mud???

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  16. I'd like to see you factor in the temperature and the wind speed, Gail, otherwise perfectly good thinking about the day. Oh, and there was just a bit of mud, wasn't there. Not bad at all!


  17. Oh yes, she made the right decision. My assistant also prefers to wait until the very last minute for holiday shopping!

    Your pal, Pip

  18. Bertie, perfect decision we think. Glad you both enjoyed yourselves. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  19. Bertie what a perfect day!

    urban hounds

  20. Bertie you look fantastic & that place looks just pawsome!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  21. Bertie thanks for popping over to our blog.

    Of course you can come down. I can train you to be an outstanding "Pre-rinser". Just be very careful not to step on Taffy's toes he can get rather grumpy.

    Oh and it would probably be better if you don't come on a day when we have had beef lasagne for din dins.

    Love Molly xx

  22. One thing we've learned: always stay hopeful about the humans. Sometimes they really do make the right decisions.

    (We've missed you. Hope springs eternal that we'll be back. Soon.)

    Jake and Fergi

  23. We're most interested that Gail has a conscious decision making process, especially in the morning. Mama seems to operate on autopilot until well past noon. It's our job to gently nudge her so she doesn't go off the rails while she's on autopilot. And, of course, to get away with whatever we can because she's less likely to notice. :)

    Happy belated b'day to HGD! Our HGD will be 90 in a couple of months. We won't get to go see him, either. Phooey! Hope yours is steadier on his pins these days.

  24. That was a good decision. So much better than shopping!