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