Sunday, 11 November 2012

Ungainly? What an insult!

Oh I do wish I lived in one of those households where even the smallest of achievements are met with uncritical praise.

You see, now that it's dark in the evening when Gail returns home from work, she has decided to instigate a winter training programme teaching me new indoor 'tricks'.

This week it's been "roll over Bertie!"

It occurs to me that rolling over probably comes more naturally to the shorter legged breeds - dachshunds and the like.

For us gangling types, there seems to be an issue of where to put the legs.

Really, I think people should be impressed that I have finally, with the aid of extensive treat-related bribery, mastered the required activity at all.

But no, all I get for my efforts is "Bertie, can't you try to roll a bit more smoothly? You look so ungainly. No marks for 'artistic impression' for you my wee laddie".

Humph. What do YOU think?
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22 comments:

  1. Bertie,

    You were so quick we had to watch you do that a second time. Well done!

    Woofs,
    Riley and Enzo (who both still haven't learnt to roll over)

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  2. Bertie, Outstanding! You could use that as a how to video.

    Loveys Sasha

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  3. We had to watch you twice...we think you'll smooth out with some more treats.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  4. We think that is some professional rolling action Bertie. Have a super Sunday and a great Poppy Day.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. Bertie all we can say after watching your video is GREAT JOB! We think you've mastered it very well. Now let's see the video of Gail doing the roll over....

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  6. BOL - still better than our boys! They have never mastered that trick!

    Sam

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  7. Bertie - With talent like that a career on the stage , or possibly the circus, awaits.

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  8. Ernie and I think you do a SUPER SMOOTH as SILK roll over...

    You mentioned dachshunds and rolling over... THINK... TURTLES on their Backs buddy... THAT is how it is with US... NOW Don't LAFF!!!

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  9. Rut roh...you've given our mom a new idea. But we agree, what to do with our legs is a problem. Shame on Gail for not being more,appreciative.

    Wirey love,

    Jake and Just Harry

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  10. Oh Bertie GREAT JOB!!! I am impressed here!!

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  11. This makes me wag. I roll over a lot, but then I'm down low. There's some reach you have to get down to the ground.

    Good job, Bertie. Great job, Bertie!

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  12. Hi Bertie. This is our first visit. Nice to meet you and Gail. Read Gail's comment on BiContinental Daschund and wanted to wish her well.

    I think your roll over is great. That cute tail wag at the end really makes it!

    Lyvonne

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  13. Hi, I live in the same place as you! It's good to see another Aberdonian has a dog blog!
    From
    Pippa
    www.pippasheltie.blogspot.co.uk
    P.S You might recognise the places in the photos on my blog...

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  14. Hi, I live in the same place as you! It's good to see another Aberdonian has a dog blog!
    From
    Pippa
    www.pippasheltie.blogspot.co.uk
    P.S You might recognise the places in the photos on my blog...

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  15. I totally understand Bertie! I, being an elegant Airedale with loooong leggies, STILL refuses to do the 'roll over'. So, you my friend, should be congratulated on your mastery of the trick.

    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  16. I'm not universeally opposed to the indoor training, but it does often involve pointless contortions and faint praise. I am sure your barrel roles are executed with wonderful style.

    Kisses,
    Dexter

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  17. Looks alright, Bertie, next you can work on the Standing walk, where you get into a Stand and then take some steps. Once you perfect that, you can hitch a ride to a pub, and use the trick to make a few bob. This way fame and glory, Bertie, right this way!

    Cheers,
    Stella

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  18. Stella's idea is brilliant. Meanwhile, I'd say you're a natural, especially compared to Airedales.

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  19. Bertie-
    Why would you want to do that? Roll over what?
    Maybe if she put something stinky down to roll on...now there's a trick!

    Wyatt

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  20. That was an excellent roll! And so fast! We have no idea what Gail is nattering on about, after such a great performance. You spoil her, dear boy. In our house, the spoiling flows from mama to us and not the other way around. Always leave them wanting more, that's what we say.

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  21. Bertie, looks perfect to us mate. Lets see the video of your Gail rolling over and we'll compare aye? HOpe you got plenty of treats for that trick. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  22. What a taskmaster Gail is!
    Go on strike Bertie.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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