Tuesday 26 August 2014

The Englishman, the Scotsman, the Irishman and the Welshman.

No, this is not going to be another of those jokes invoking tired national stereotypes. Nor is it a reference to the independence debate.

And in fact it should truly be the Englishwoman, the Scotsmen and women, the Welshman, the Irish dog and the American…

All of these were present at the Royal Highland Showground, venue for last Saturday's dogs agility show.

The Englishwoman here, is of course Gail.

Note that she is looking mightily relieved and this is because, despite her woeful lack of commitment to training for the team relay event, we did not mess up in any major way and our team exceeded expectations by coming a respectable fifth (out of eleven).

See, Gail's team mates, Scotswomen Yvonne and Alison and our inspirational Texan team captain Jeri, were even still happy to pose with her after the event.
Yvonne and Phoebe, Alison and Maddie, Gail and Bertie, Jeri (Burns is hiding) 

The Irish dog I want to tell you about is this well cropped WFT pup Hayley.

Hayley is eleven years old and now retired from agility, but she had travelled all the way over from Ulster with her family - her sibling spaniels were in the competition. Gail was most impressed to learn that Hayley had reached Grade 6 in her agility career. She is quite a lot smaller than me. I think she is cute. 

Over in a different part of the showground on Saturday the Scottish Kennel Club were running their version of Crufts. Gosh there were a lot of very handsome pups strutting about the place. 

The Welshman was sat at a table outside the show arena when we walked past. He beckoned Gail over and told her she was a lady of excellent taste. 

You will have guessed that he was not referring to her dress sense. He wanted to know all about me, admiring my markings, my bone structure, my muscles, and my alert demeanour. He even asked if he could look at my teeth. (I have to tell you that did not go too well…) At this point the penny dropped and Gail asked if he was a show judge. It turned out we were talking to Mr Gerrard Morris, judge for the terrier group at Crufts earlier this year. Remember that a WFT won the terrier group? Gail found this picture on the internet. My new friend is the rosy cheeked chappie on the left. 

As for the Scotsmen and women well duh, I hear you thinking, we were in Edinburgh, of course there would be plenty of those, even at Festival time. 

This is true, but what we had on Saturday, in yet another part of the Showground, were hordes of bagpipe playing, kilt wearing, particularly Scottish looking Scots, all participating in a huge pipe band contest. 

You know, the Royal Highland Showground is not a place for lovers of tranquillity.

As if multiple pipe bands playing simultaneously next to a field of hyped up agility dogs did not provide enough noise, then you also had a nearby fairground blasting out loud music and, above, planes from the adjacent Edinburgh airport taking off every fifteen minutes or so.

To be honest, a bit too much excitement, even for me…
Back home and enjoying some peace and quiet.


  1. Ya do look like you're enjoyin dat nap, maybe all dat agility stuffs wore ya out.

    I really like bagpipes. Must be da Scottish heritage.

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  3. Oops, sorry I messed up my comment, Bertie. I wanted to tell ya I nominated ya fur da Most Influenshul Blogger Award... ya can pick it up here...Finley's Fables.
    Dat's cool ya met da Crufts judge... and did I see ya mention a Texan? Well, dat's da icing on da cake of yer day, I bet...hee hee...

  4. Bertie - It's entirely natural to want a wee nap after listening to bagpipes all day.

  5. Well done on the relay Team Bertie and you sure earned a nap there. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. What a wonderful day you had, and what a marvelous showing in the Agilities. AND you met a real CELEBRITY! AND you got to see all those men in skirts! No wonder you needed a nap. Muzzer says that Gail (or whoever was driving) gets extra points for driving and parking near that venue. Note that Muzzer sits in the back seat of the taxi and cringes when they go from the Airport at Edinburgh to the place(s) they like to stay in the center of town!

    Good Job Bertie old Boy!
    (I've been waiting to say that :) )


    1. Well Gus dear chap, it was Gail in the driving seat and please tell Muzzer that even Gail (who has driven without fear in London and Houston) does not enjoy the Edinburgh driving experience...

  7. that does indeed sound like a very noisy weekend but well done of placing fifth - that was an exceptional placing considering your team mate let you down in the training department - but we won't talk of that will we :) :)

  8. Hari OM
    Well done both of you and to the team as a whole... very respectable standing given the prep run...

    A silent showground would be a sad showground. Indeed the philosophical question arises "is a showground without shows not simply a field?" Am glad you found it to be in full skirl. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  9. I never saw a WFT with such a special fur like Hayley, she is super cute! We were happy that a foxterrier won the terrier group at crufts. Our crufts-dream bursted, because I nailed the championat de france. Butt mom anyway misunderstood the rules, she thought I have to be placed for the qualification, but it said I have to win the whole thingy to be a candidate for crufts... think we better watch the show next year in tv and we will bark for the foxterriers, of course!

  10. Bravo! I knew you'd do grreat, even with Gail's slacking off. And of course you'd attract the attention of a prestigious show judge. He knows quality when he sees it!

  11. And here we thought the pipe band was welcoming you home. Congratulations to you and your team. We are still waiting for the joke
    Lily & Edward

  12. You and your Crew did a GRAND job!
    OMD a Famous JUDGEY instantly RECOGNIZED just WHO and WHAT you really are... FANGTASTIC. That is super grrrreat.
    Our mom LOVES pipe and drum groups.

  13. OMDs Bertie you were given a most high compliment by Mr. Morris who knows all about WFT. WOW what an honor and well of course I'm partial but he is right you are a fine specimen with gorgeous markings but DANG Buddy no one person mentioned you GORGEOUS TAIL...obviously they all need schooling on how to recognize the best WFT tail...
    Hugs madi your bfff

  14. Bertie - I've just seen this. Tell me it isn't you. http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03017/Paw-Pageant-Sherlo_3017034k.jpg

    1. No, but my pal Horatio in Edinburgh has a Harris tweed bow tie!

    2. Bertie,

      Seeing all those kilts and then you sleeping on tartan, I did wonder if you have your very own tartan pattern and if there are ever any special occasions that you get dressed up?

      Riley - who only occasionally wears a Driza-Bone dog coat (well known this part of of the world Australian company that make human oilskin coats) to save the humans complaining about his wet dog smells on the days he has to venture out into torrential rain.

    3. I refer you to my post from a couple of weeks ago. 'All dressed up and no place to go' (17 August 2014).

  15. Well, we are relieved that Gail seemed to remember enough--without practice--of the agility routine to NOT embarrass the rest of the team. We were worried!

    Looks like an incredible noisy day out. Don't know that we would have coped. SHE says SHE hasn't seen an Afghan in years. They used to be everywhere here in the 70s....

    1. Is that the dogs or the coats?
      Cheers! Gail.

  16. Wow what a time you had Bertie. We are quite worn out reading about your day. Did you give that judge chap a nice "smile". Hee hee.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  17. Wow, that is a big day and you came in 5th! That is worth some treats. Well done! We love listening to the bag pipes.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws
    "Use Your Noodle & Vote For A Doodle!"

  18. See if you can't talk Gail into entering you at Crufts, now that you know a VIP there. Good luck with that,Bertski!

    Jo, Stella & ZZZkhat

  19. Bertie, that is a lovely blanket. Is it your own or do you have to share?