Us dogs always know when something is up, don't we?
My familiar routine was disrupted this week when Gail came home from work early on Wednesday and started rushing around making lots of phone calls, packing bags and generally acting fraught.
We did go to Agility Club as usual that evening, where I was feeling full of bounce, despite Gail's apparently distracted state.
But when I woke up on Thursday morning, my paw was hurting REALLY BADLY and I absolutely did not want to walk further than the nearest lamppost.
I lifted up my paw and gave Gail my best pity party look, but instead of being all sympathetic (like she usually is) Gail just looked at me and said. "Oh no Bertie, this is such bad timing!"
So there was a hastily arranged visit to vet, where Ashley, my favourite vet lady, gently examined my left paw and the words "inter-digital cyst" and "antibiotics" featured in the ensuing conversation between her and Gail.
Then instead of being taken home to rest I was bundled into the car and we drove a very long way indeed.
The weather was truly horrid. I'd like to make a pun about gales and Gails, but from the way my precious human was gripping the steering wheel in an effort to stay on the motorway, as torrential rain lashed the windscreen of the wind-buffeted car, I suspect any jokes about the Scottish weather would not be appreciated.
Rain turned to heavy snow as we crossed the Pennines and still we drove on.
It dawned on me that we were on the way to Human Granny's house, which seemed odd as we'd only returned from there less than three weeks ago.
We finally arrived in Nottingham and, oh dear, I am so sorry to report that my beloved HGY is not at all well.
I fear Gail might not have much time to assist me with my blog for the next week or so.
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