Sunday 19 October 2014

WFTs come first, right?

I have to tell you that Gail is worried she was being inconsiderate to our fellow passengers on the 12:52 train from Newark North Gate to Edinburgh last Monday. In fact, she wishes to make an apology.

I have spent all week trying to tell her she did nothing wrong. Nothing at all.

I mean, how can she be to blame if the lady with the refreshments trolley was all over me like a rash no soon as she'd spotted me in the aisle (or rather, nearly reversed into me, truth to tell)?

The fact that this lovely lady, herself a wire-haired fox terrier owner, stopped to engage in a lengthy WFT-based conversation with Gail is entirely a Good Thing, in my opinion.

So what if the passengers further down the carriage were hungry and thirsty? One could say Gail did them a favour by helping them avoid the temptation to pay a king's ransom for lukewarm coffee and a tired sandwich.

The wiry theme continued when we took a break in Edinburgh to meet my pal Horatio, plus his Vizsla brother Harris and human Amanda. It was a damp and blustery afternoon for a romp up the slippery volcanic rocks of Arthur's Seat. Gail seemed particularly keen to stay away from any ponds and avoid a repeat of the Green Dog incident….

Can you tell Horatio and me apart?

The onward train from Edinburgh didn't arrive in Aberdeen until late evening and, would you believe it, just as we were about to disembark, Gail spotted a smaller version of your truly in the adjacent carriage. Turns out she is called Poppy, is eight months old, very cute (of course) and, like me, started life at Granddach Kennels.

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty perfect day. And absolutely no apologies are necessary.


  1. No apologies necessary - in fact da passengers should be thankin you for being so cute - ya helped dem save money and helped em cut calories.

  2. I agree with you Bertie. Doggies on a train makes everyones trip more enjoyable. All that fuss is good for the pup as well !
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. I popped over from Molly the Wally's blog to say hello.

  4. So no refreshments means money saved and a lower calorie count so we think you did everyone a favour there Bartie. Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Bertie - Did you get an illicit tired sandwich ?

  6. We agree with your opinions. Absolutely. The muzzer is volunteering to ride on the train with you the next time she crosses the pea. Trains and WFTs...two of her most favorite things in one package.

    No, I will not be coming along.


  7. it does sound like a perfect day to u too - and gail did everyone a favor - they didn't need those calories. PS thanks for the comments on our blog - and ye - Mom doe talk with an english/autralian accent - she was born in England and moved to Australia when she was 5 - so he has that accent even now :)

  8. Hari Om
    My word Bertie lad you sure know how to stop traffic it seems!!! You also stand out with the handsome markings, causing Horatio to pale into the background... though he teams very well with his Viszla-bro. My but you decorate the Seat just fine under those clouds. Yup. A near perfect day I would say. I do hope Gail will now let it rest and think about what is ahead... (has she warned you I wonder?) Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  9. Bertie for sure you cannot help being a Chick fault of yours or Gail's. If mom saw you she'd be all down in your face looking for kisses.

    You had a fine outing too.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  10. Bertie, we are SO envious that you are allowed on the train. Of course, as mom comes to think about it, three rottweilers on a train is sort of an absurd thought...Glad you had a good trip!

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

  11. Our first thought was that the tea lady had a CHOICE and could have continued serving. BUT then, we realised that she was overcome by your radiant handsomeness that she simply forgot everything else. However, it is not yours or Gail's fault.

  12. Oh sometimes it is such a burden to be adorable!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. We are with you Bertie, you can't help it if you are irresistible!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  14. You are indeed irresistible who wouldn't want to put you first
    retro rover

  15. Don't go falling off one of those cliffs, Bertie. Good thing my assistant wasn't with you as she is quite clumsy! Sounds like you had a lovely visit.

    Your pal, Angel Pip (popping back to say hello)

  16. What's more important than a talk about fox terriers? And at least no one burnt his mouth with hot coffee :o) I think I should travel with the train once too, maybe I find a Weim girl there...

  17. The classiest passenger on the train! No wonder everyone wants to talk to you, Bertie..

  18. Can't believe that Poppy is just 8 month old.

  19. It's not your fault that you are irresistible!

  20. It was great to see you Bertie and Gail! So glad you are recovering well and we haven't lost any of your social skills.

  21. Why Bertie you are just a social animal. Everybody wants to talk with you. Love the view of the city.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot