Thursday 21 August 2014

Priorities all wrong...

Really, how could Gail go swanning off with her colleagues, geologising in the far north of Scotland and abandoning me in prison when we should have been in intensive training for the big dog agility relay event near Edinburgh this coming Saturday?

This relay business is very complicated you know. So much could go wrong, and I don't think Gail has practiced the baton passing thing anything like as much as she should have done.

Oh dear, yes, I am worried that Gail, with her distorted sense of priority, is going to let the whole team down.

And by the way, I hope everyone realises I am going to get VERY UPSET if forced at any point to stand too close to my team mate Manchester terrier Maddy, who, frankly, I find irritating.

What's even more irritating is that Gail is trying to make out she was doing me a kindness by making me stay in prison boarding kennels while she was away, saying at least I had a room to myself, unlike if I had come with her to Helmsdale.
Helmsdale Hostel - outside
Helmsdale Hostel - inside
And perhaps you can tell me just why these localities are so worth visiting that one would miss a vital training session and jeopardise the future success of the Deeside Devils dog agility team.

Caithness flagstones and tidal swimming pool, near Wick
An infestation of geologists at Dwarwick
Ammonite bearing rock on beach - Portgower
Windswept geologists by Dunnet Head lighthouse
Cliffs:  west from Dunnet Head

No? Beats me too.

PS Many thanks to Gail's colleague Quintin, for photos 4,5,7, and 8. Quintin has a sideline in pet portraits, see:


  1. You are competing in Edinburgh on Saturday?! The boys would love to watch/distract!! I'm in Aberdeen today and tomorrow with work but only have 1 1/2 hours free this evening which I think is a bit tight to meet up.

  2. I dunno, my momma seems more interested dan da kinda rocks dat ya wears on your fingers or ears dan dat kind.

  3. Crikey Bertie .... what's Gail thinking. That's just a bunch of old rocks. Isn't this relay thingie your entry ticket into CRUFTS!! Has Gail lost her marbles or something????? Humans ..... who'd have 'em?? AND she left you in gaol. Crikey ..... I'd be leavin' home, mate!!

  4. The only plus we can see is you didn't have to get dunked in cold streams....or the ocean.Paws crossed for the relay....can't wait to hear Her excuses if there's a balls up.

  5. OH my Bertie I should keep reminding her of the facts if anything goes askew. I mean you can never get enough training nevermind enjoying the great outdoors without you. We can't wait to see how it goes. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Hari Om
    Strewth, the sea baths are still there??? Very young childhood memories of them but that they were perhaps not in the best of order...(Father's family Invergordon-based.)

    But wait, what's this.... no practice for Saturday??? Where's the loyalty? Where's the commitment? Where's the judge going to look when the cookie crumbles??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Sorry Bertie: we are with Gail on this one! WHY would you want to sleep with multiple geologists, all of them wearing sweaty socks? Not that she is absolved of her responsibility to you and the Devil team, but cut her some slack.

    Gus and Teka

  8. I agree with are going to have way more fun...
    Hugs madi your bff

  9. well ...after being placed in the prison while SHE was off having fun we are hoping to hear you do your best stubborn terrier routine and make HER totally silly at the rally - she will have to admit to one and all that she didn't spend enough time practicing with YOU.

  10. Humans just make NO sense sometimes! You'll do grreat at the relay, Bertie, I just know it.

  11. WE think that Gail has.... ROCKS in her HEAD... BaaaaWaaaah... that is a Geology Joke fur you.

  12. And through all of this Bertie it's going to be all your fault. But since G doesn't care about you and took off without permission we know whose fault it will really be
    Lily & Edward

  13. You would have wanted to go look at rocks??? No way Bertie. Stay focused on the relay - visualize!!


  14. Oh My Doggies, well you do all you can, if your team losses.......well guess it's her fault! We think you should have been rock hunting with them, probably would have taught them something...Hey!

    The Mad Scots

  15. Hello Bouncing Bertie, Would you allow us to use your photo of Helmsdale Hostel to help promote the small business in the Independent Hostel Guide ?