Sunday, 27 October 2013

We all need cheering up sometimes

Oh by the way, has it ever occurred to you that this blog is just like the British Broadcasting Corporation?

It hasn't? Really? Let me try and explain. So what do we, me and the BBC that is, have in common? Well I can think of three things right off:

  • A Reithian commitment to enlighten, educate and entertain the public
  • A belief in balanced reporting, misinterpreted by some as liberal/left wing bias
  • A ban on advertising, product placement etc. 
The fact remains a shoestring operation, lacking BBC's multimillion pound budget, is down to the unfortunate lack of government legislation requiring my readers to pay a licence fee. (Believe me, the BBC's aggressive pursuit of those it deems, often wrongly, to have failed to cough up for a licence, has much of the terrier about it...)

Anyway, as sometimes happen at the BBC, this blog's high-minded attempt to remain unsullied by commerce occasionally comes into conflict with the real world. How so?

Some of you will already be aware of my lovely Bicontinental Dachshund friend Tootsie's Shoppe. Well a few weeks ago she invited her pals to leave comments on what they thought of the Shoppe, with the incentive that the names of all the commenters would go into a prize draw.

And guess what? I won. So exciting! The prize was a pack of the most beautiful cards, as pictured at the top of this post. They are of course available from Tootsie's Shoppe. Gosh, I am sure you have a friend who needs cheering up and would love to receive one of these cards.

Of course there are lots more dachshund themed gifts available; original, amusing and utterly delightful, every single one. I have even heard a rumour that a card featuring a wire-haired fox terrier is in the offing. 

And can you believe that my notoriously tight fisted owner has actually ordered one of Tootsie's mugs? Paid for with real money (well a credit card).

I am being told to get back to my core mission. Educate and enlighten.

So. Did you know that Lord Reith, founder of the BBC, was born in Stonehaven, just down the road from here? No I didn't either, but isn't Wikipedia a wonder!

PS. Thank you so much for your marvellous response to my last post in which I invited  readers to apply to be my godparent. Gail and I are busy reviewing the comments and we shall be providing feedback to all the applicants in a post later this week....


  1. Well Bertie, trust us on this, we get the BBC over here on cable, and you two have nothing in common, you are way better then what comes from them and those three items you listed, have not seen that from them!

    The Mad Scots

  2. We agree Bertie you are way better than the BBC. At least you are not full of repeats. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Can't say we know much about the BBC apart from the fact that our Dad LOVES to watch Top Gear on it - it cracks him up big time

  4. We love the BBC. Every Sunday night and sometimes during the day, we get BBC news on our NPR station and it's always so precise and clear. But then we're pretty much a fan of most things coming across the pond from your part of the world!

    Wirey woof,

    Just Harry

  5. We loved Tootsie and her shop! We once saw her blog on a TV show, it was pretty cool.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  6. Congratulations on those beautiful cards! We've never considered that Blogville may be like the BBC...or our ABC which we always watch because it has NO commercials.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  7. No offense to Tootsie at all, but I wouldn't buy cards that didn't have a better look alike me leaving the message. Its OK if you are sending to another doxy, I suppose or another short digger like yourself. Congrats on the win, though.


  8. Well, now I suppose making exceptions for such a worthy cause are just fine. That is one of the advantages of having a slightly smaller readership than the BBC. You can choose your sponsors without offense.


  9. Somehow we missed your last post. We must go check it out! Lee and Phod

  10. Congrats on winning those cute cards!

  11. Hari OM
    Congratubarktions on being a winner Bertie! I am with you on the three principles and agree that maintaining them in today's onslaught of commercialism, "I-want-ism" and downright excess is most difficult. I think you have balanced this very nicely though, as it is being kept between friends.

    ...................(does this bring up issues of sycophancy?.....)

    Eeekkk. Just burrow. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  12. You don't compare to the BBC we see over here

  13. Oh my I do see all of those comparsions. Now of course I like you so much better but I now know the root of my fascination, I am an anglofile American who grew up watching the BBC and still does today. I like to pretend that I am living in England. Often I am utterly unaware of American pollitics and celebretites but I am always on top of royal family news, not the trash reporting of course. Of course as I said before your blog is better but I do see the similarities and of course its even more impressive with your limited budget. Clearly all of the best things come from your corner of the world

    urban hounds

  14. Bertie what a lovely card made especially with you in mind! Remember when you burrow be sure to go deep enough to include your tail in the burrowing.
    Hugs Madi your bfff

  15. Thanks Bertie! I'm wagging away!

    I hope you like my (Bi)continental Breakfast Mug :)

    In the meantime, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my doggy godmother application.

  16. Oh precious Bertie... you are far better than BBC or any other blog I read. You and Gail have an amazing blog and I love your amazing descriptions, photos and mini films. I would love to be a godparent to you but you must know I live across the pond. I have always had Westies and now I want both a Westie and WFT just like you! I lived in England for several years and Scotland has always been my fav country. I can't wait to visit again and so dream of living there again. You make my day - I go to your site first thing every morning. Happy Paws to you and Gail!!!!!

  17. Bertie, that was great! And congrats on winning. That is exciting :-)

  18. Bertie,
    I think that, because of your support and likenesses to the BBC, they should sign you up for an hour slot of brilliant Bertie broadcasting (good alliteration there, Pip, well done). I'm not speaking about some 2 o'clock programme that only old folk watch, I'm thinking Saturday night telly. Now that would be good!
    Well done on winning those lovely cards, and I can't wait to find out who you've chosen as dog parent!
    Pippa :)

  19. Why I think you have lots of things in common beginning with the initials BB. Maybe they have infringed on your rights using those initials.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog
    Sweet William The Scot

  20. Mowzers, whatta cool gift of cards there! And yes we didn't know either that the BBC founder was from your neck of the woods!