Monday, 11 March 2013

Drama, drama, drama! (A weekend exchange of emails)

Saturday 9th March
Subject: Missing you 

Hi Bertie,

Boy am I missing you here in Nottingham. Won't be flying down again until the airline starts letting dogs on board. Without you to cuddle and to give me an excuse to escape the house for a walk every morning, I feel quite the grumpy old woman. But Human Granny and Grandad send you hugs. Sometimes I think they'd rather it was you who came to visit and me who stayed behind in Aberdeen.

Anyway, here is a photo of HGD watching the rugby on TV.

I don't think he knows any longer which country plays in blue and which in green, nor who is winning, but at least he settles down in his favourite chair and seems happy enough experiencing the familiar pattern of action. Unlike last night when I tried to view Crufts - it was the toy dog judging - and he became all agitated and kept asking "Gail, what are we going to do about this?" Maybe he would have preferred to see the terrier class.

Oh and another reason I wish you were with us. Do you remember how on your last visit to Nottingham you were busy inspecting the hole under the hedge by which the badgers had entered the garden?

And how you vowed to scare away the invaders to prevent them from digging up HGD's once so lovingly tended lawn?

Well the bad news is that Mr Brock and his gang have been back on the rampage and the grass is even more messed up than ever.

Anyway, I am sure you won't be worrying too much about that while you are 400 miles away and being treated royally by Marie-Thérèse and by Jakey's Mum and Dad in my absence.

Looking forward SO MUCH to seeing you tomorrow night.

Love and cuddles,

Sunday 10th March
Subject: Drama, drama, drama!

Hi Gail,

Wow Gail you have NO IDEA what excitement we had on our street yesterday morning!

Never mind the badgers!

I'm sure that Jake's Mum will tell you all about how I protected her and Jake's Dad from a drunken but harmless inadequate highly dangerous criminal whom they found hiding in the back of their car. And how Jake and I were put on guard duty while the police were summoned. You can guess how this evil man was terrified into submission after I barked and barked and barked at him. Really, Jake might be bigger than me, but I think we all know who can sound the more ferocious.

I understand that rewards are often given for heroic acts of valour. A medal or something. So far, I have to say, I have not received a even a gravy bone for my considerable efforts. Perhaps, on your flight back, you could think about how to remedy this......

Oh yes and that was a very nice photo of HGD, but I might just point out it would have been greatly improved had a certain exceptionally brave fox terrier been lying there and warming poor HGD's always cold feet.

Just a thought.

Toodle pip!


  1. HGD very snsibly knows that rugby is a game to be enjoyed no matter who's playing. The only thing that could have made it better a foot warming Bertie !

    These visits are very, very special.

  2. Hurray for brave Bertie! Treats all round....

  3. Bertie, you need to be cloned. You NEED to be in two places at once. Well done with the criminal...BUT it should be recognised!!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Both emails prove what Gail already knows... having a Bertie nearby can improve any situation, so Bertie we hope you will be there for Gail next time she visits HGD and HGY (even if she has to smuggle you onto the plane in her hand luggage!).

  5. Brave , brave Bertie. You should get a medal and extra treats. Oh my those naughty badgers. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Bertie! How fortunate you were there to guard the car until the police arrived. Your skills are much needed. I do have to agree with you the HGD would have been much happier to share his television viewing with you. Then again, you cannot be two places at once and your Gail was taking good care of HGD while you defended the home front.


  7. I had no idea you were such a tough security guard! I think you should receive some kind of award or special, delicious treat for your bravery!

    Your pal, Pip

  8. Bertie you are one Terrier with a purpose for sure!! Gail surely left your home in good paws and you are thoroughly entertained by Jke!!
    We still smile at that. Give HGD a hug from us...we know exactly what Gail is experiencing as my HGM is in a similar state.....
    Many years ago Mom said HGM said old age is not for sissies....Now we know what she meant.
    Lots of hugs
    Madi your BFFF and Mom

  9. More details, Bertie! This sounds newspaper-worthy. Sorry you didn't get a chance to go and take care of those badgers.

  10. hehe this really made me chuckle! What a brave thing you are Bertie, shame you couldnt take care of those badgers too! xxx

  11. Oh Bertie, you are called on in so many ways. There is alot going on for you and Gail right now. You are excellent at keeing everyone safe and well loved!

  12. OMD! Bertie, you're a hero! I'm sure Gail will be bringing you a shiny medal and a great big bone as your reward.

  13. Bertie,
    Your 27 carat gold medal is in the post and should be with you shortly. As devoted readers of your blog, we staff at the Royal Mint are giving you a colour choice for your ribbon. We were also going to send you bones, but they might get snow sodden on the way. And for Gail, we are offering a badge with "Proud owner of a brave, bouncing Bertie" on it.
    Haha, just joking, it's Pippa!
    Your bravery and skill definitely deserves a grand medal that you can pin onto your collar and wear with pride!
    What was a mannie doing in Jakes car? Maybe he was getting away from the cold!
    Have a great week!
    Pippa :) wuf


    So sorry that you are not there to warm HGD and HGM's hearts. AND to rid their lawn of VERMIN. THAT is so unfair..

    Love Milo :)

  16. I am astounded that you saved the day by apprehending this terrible criminal guy. A little dog with a big bark, is the hero and thats you, Bertie!


  17. Very brave! We don't know if we would be so brave. Lee and Phod

  18. BOL and who is having a better time!
    Benny & Lily

  19. Maybe the guy hiding in the car could not afford a taxi and just wanted a ride to the nearest pub. It sounds like you had the situation under control. Great job Bertie.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  20. Bertie- how brave! No wonder Gail is missing you. Hope it's not too long before you two are reunited.

  21. Bertie-
    You are a Terrier in great demand. You are needed to warm feet, keep the badgers at bay and referee the TV schedule in Nottingham...but also needed back home, to keep scary criminals out of the car!
    We think Gail is picking out your medal right now!!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  22. Hi there Bertie-bud,
    You are definitely needed in that backyard. I am sure that Badgers don't have any hope of getting anywhere if you were around.
    HGD looks very comfortable. Please tell Gail that my thoughts are with her at this time...must be really difficult.
    Sending lotsaluv to you ...and wishing Gail a safe journey home.