Sunday 19 April 2015

There's nothing better…?

So, now we are settled back in Scotland, I decided it would be a good idea to treat Gail to a day out in the hills, to spend some quality time together.

OK, I admit it (you'll have guessed anyway). Being a canny wee laddie, I did have an ulterior motive.

The time was right to remind my dear human that she lives in an incomparably beautiful country with - let's not be modest here - with an exceptionally adorable dog.

I happen to know that Ballochbuie Forest, at the western end of the Queen's Balmoral Estate, is one of Gail's very favourite places.

And I knew it would be looking particularly stunning this spring Saturday, under sunny blue skies and with the mountains still capped with snow.

I led Gail along the track through the heather.

And allowed her a stop for coffee while I did a little exploring on my own.

At one point I tried my paw at deer stalking, but returned to Gail as soon as I realised she was distressed by my absence.

Oh gosh you can't believe how good I was being.

I even voluntarily cleaned my paws in the river Dee, just before we returned to the car.

I don't think Gail will be wanting to abandon me again for foreign parts any time soon, do you?


  1. Wonderful to have you both back! Stunning day yesterday so you made a good choice. We are coming up on holiday to balmoral again from the 1st May.... Maybe you fancy a catch up walk, cake and coffee??

  2. I think ya did a pretty good job convincin her to stay Bertie.

  3. You're so right Bertie. When the weather is as it is at the moment, it's hard to beat our wee country for beauty. Loved seeing you in the video and Gail managed to disguise the sheer terror in her voice at you not being around quite well I thought. A trained actress?

  4. No.....why would she want to go anywhere else. That was a gorgeous walk. Such a fantastic idea, Bertie.

  5. Hopefully not Bertie as your hood is so beautiful and with the lovely Spring who would want to go anywhere else? Have a serene and easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. You showed here what she was missing - adventures should always include Bertie - we bet you were both so relaxed when you got home

  7. your country is beautiful... I wish I could walk there with you while waiting for HRM to say hello :o) It sometimes so surprising how beautiful our slice earth can be, right?
    easy rider

  8. Hari OM
    Outstanding, Bertie lad, both your plan for Gail AND your responding to her call... you even threw in a bounce or three!!! Aye, 'tis a braw place in the current calm... There are sheep grazing among the gorse on the hill outside my window... bucolic!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  9. Oh Bertie we do so agree about the beauty of Scotland and the 100% adorable ness of YOU! Wow what amazing photos..and oh my you learned the art of paw washing in Gail's absence!
    How is HGma?
    We missed you both
    Madi your bfff and mom

  10. Bertie, you picked a wonderful place to remind Gail that she doesn't need to travel anywhere ever again!!

    -Ruby and Otto

  11. That is quite beautiful and you did an excellent recall!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. You make a great date Bertie. We can't imagine she will want to go. What a beautiful walk.

  13. That was very beautiful and what a fun walk. Just wish that I could walk with you *sigh*


  14. What a splendid outing! We had a visitor this week who is originally from Scotland...and he speaks with a Scottish accent! We just LOVED it!! We danced around him and barked at him so that he'd keep speaking to us. After he'd left we agreed that if we could hear you speak, we bet you'd sound JUST like Uncle Norman does!
    Wally & Sammy

  15. Yes, you do live in a most beautiful place! Very nice of you to rinse off your paws in the river - bet it was a bit chilly!

  16. such a lovely place, sigh, I would dearly love to visit Scotland one day. thanks for taking me along

    retro rover

  17. You're an awfully smart pup, Bertie!

  18. Whut a wunnerful place to visit... and ya did real gud on dat comin' when called thang.. good job, Bertie!!

  19. Bertie, please tell you mom we really enjoy her pictures on your adventures. Looks like you both had a great time!!
    Hugs and wags, Willow and her mom Gail

  20. Thanks for sharing your walk with us Bertie and photos of such a beautiful place.

  21. Stunning views Bertie, superb place to take Gail on a walk.
    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie