Friday, 21 March 2014

Paragon, model lad or prig?

A couple of weeks ago, we had Gail's friends, German teacher Margaret and her husband Jeffrey, round for dinner. Home made steak and kidney pie! You can imagine what super-canine restraint was involved in my sitting quietly beside the dinner table and not begging for a morsel.

Well a few days later, we received a nice 'thank you' note from Margaret in which I was described as a 'Musterknabe'.

Readers who knew my predecessor Hamish the Westie may even remember that he used to go with Gail to those German lessons round at Margaret's house. 

Well since I have never  been allowed to study German, I did not immediately know whether being called a 'Musterknabe' was praise or an insult. 

Google Translate, and Gail's big fat German dictionary, came to the rescue!

So apparently I am either a 'paragon', and 'model lad' or a 'prig'.

I think we can confidently discount the latter.

I am trying my very best to be good, as Gail and her family deal with the sad loss of HGD. As far as I can tell, they are doing OK, and I am enjoying all the extra cuddles.
Der Musterknabe

PS from Gail: Thank you so much to all those who left such kind comments about my father on my previous post. 


  1. Bertie - It's at times like this that family boys come into their own.

  2. Paragon, definitely!

    Keep giving Gail cuddles.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  3. Bertie you are the best and we send big hugs to Gail.
    Take care.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. What restraint Bertie, I mom, had no resistance to steak and kidneypie and it is impossible to find in the US. I am glad to hear you are supporting Gail and her family in this tough time

    retro rover

  5. Oh gosh, I missed the loss of Gail's father. Me and my assistant are sending lots of love and support across the miles. Take care.

    Ruby, Angel Pip, and Assistant

  6. Paragon and Prince Among Dogs!

    Hugs and nose pokes
    gus n teka

  7. Paragon. No need to ponder that one further. We just left a comment on your previous post. We are so sorry to hear the news of HGD. Keep those cuddles up Bertie. There is no better comfort!

  8. It is most definitely a wonderful compliment! Vorbildlich!

  9. Bertie of course you are a model every sense of the word. What a kind offer to help Gail in any way. I'm positive having a cuddly, bouncing WHFT around to make folks smile is all the help they need.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  10. We already knew you were a model lad. But not sure about no prig. They could have meant pig or something
    Lily & Edward

  11. Hari OM
    The very model of nobility and eagerness to please makes of you a paragon, dear Bertie!! Keep up those hugs. They'll be needed a while yet. Hugs and wags to you from YAM-aunty xxx

  12. Mmmm Steak and Kidney Pie - haven't had one in years - here in the States you can't even buy kidneys.

  13. I definitely think it are paragon!

  14. Bertie, we are sure glad you have those extra cuddles to offer to Gail. We've been thinking of you all. Whatever the translation is, it's a good thing you're around :-)

  15. Well, Bertie, prig is such a fun word to say, that I'm afraid I'm going to vote for that.


  16. oh yes, a paragon of virtue you are - well, except when there's a fox in the offing. Right?