Monday 30 November 2015

Gold star for best behaviour?

Between you and me, it can be a bit annoying, living in a household where boasting is not approved of and praise is meted out in puppy kibble sized portions.

"Blowing your own trumpet", "showing off", "being big-headed"; these things are all frowned upon by Gail.

But just occasionally, I feel I deserve at least a pat on the back.

Take Sunday morning for example. We had been over in Torridon for a couple of days, checking the cottage was OK before the winter weather sets in. On the way back to Aberdeen we stopped at the Basil Harbour Café in Nairn.

Gail says it is only recently that she has taken me into cafés "with confidence". She says readers will correctly guess there is history behind that statement.

Well I would like to point out that on this occasion I was as good as gold and as quiet as a mouse, despite the following potential threats to my equanimity:
  • The cafe was noisy and crowded when we arrived 
  • Bacon rolls and Full Scottish Breakfasts (including black pudding) were being served
  • Gail ordered a yummy looking cheese scone with her coffee
  • There was another dog present
  • I was made to sit in the middle of the café and pose for a photo when the place quietened down a bit

Am I not entitled to brag just a wee bit about my excellent manners?

Oh, Gail thinks you would also like to see a photo of a wintery looking Loch Torridon. I suppose, since I am also featured, you might find it worth a glance.

Can you feel the bone penetrating chill of the damp air?


  1. Well, being "good" are always somefin dat are ok to brag about. My momma are proud of me when I don't start fights at da vet. She's easily pleased, BOL!

  2. Hari OM
    I see no issue with your making it known that dogs are permitted in eating establishments in Scotland; if you happen to be on best behaviour at the same time, so be it...

    ...Where's your wooly jumper??!!! That's pawsitively numbing scenery... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. I finks that was pawsome behaviour Bertie, certainly deserving of your OWN full English (with black pudding!)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. I think that deserves a full Scottish for you Bertie... or now I think about it, perhaps not. Better safe than sorry.

    1. PS - love the photo... I almost shivered just looking at it.

  5. Oh Bertie I am clapping wildly and so very proud of your indoor manners!! Toot your horn and give yourself a pat on the back well done my friend, another pup an all those delish scents!!
    Now pass me a blankie that is a very cold picture.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. We think you definitely have the right to brag a bit, Bertie! We don't know if Mama would behave as well with all she has heard about full Scottish breakfasts being served!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. Bertie you most certainly should have bragged. Had for example, our Weasley taken your place, that scone would have been knocked out of Gail's hand in 5 seconds flat. Good work

    retro rover

  8. Wow, I'm glad that my momma believes in lavish praise for good behavior. Especially when there's a certain puppy in our household still learning her manners!

  9. We think you should get a ribbon and lots of treats! When we go someplace quite often Stanley has to yell out "I'm here". So we are very impressed!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. you are a well mannered guest in efurry restaurant or cafe, Bertie... think you should get a big sausage :o)

  11. Bravo Bertie for such good behavior. And yes your picture looks as cold as we feel here - 2 degrees this morning!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  12. WE think that THIS is YOUR Blog and if YOU want to Toot Your Own Horn Here... you just GO FUR IT!! Sometimes these Peeps just don't have their Strange Minds... in the Right places..
    WE SAY.... GOOD ON YOU BERTIE... You did SUPER as ALWAYS... and you DESERVE to let the WORLD know what a GRAND FELLA YOU ARE... A Leader of Lads... Dawg among Dawgs.

  13. Bertie there was a ladybug flying all around...I spotted it and mom captured me looking back and forth. I finally landed on the ceiling..eventually low enough that mom was able to put it on a piece of paper to take it outside. The one on my blog is an enhancement thanks to PicMonkey
    Hugs madi your bfff

  14. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, I think you were most excellent and deserve bunches of those bacon and cheesy snackers! I surely wish I could go to a cafe with you and we'd share the treats. BOL Gee, it does look a little cold there, but so very pretty!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  15. Bertie, kudos to you for your good manners. Sadly, we've never been near a cafe. That lake looks so cold. We're heading to 39°C today. We'll be hibernating.

  16. Berti we know you are always well behaved. You better teach Gail a few things
    Lily & Edward

  17. Bertie I don't have to go to your Loch the dampness here is enough for a bone chill. Did you get part of the cheese scone or was Gail as scrooge and ate the whole thing. I wish there was a cafe that allowed me in but then Lee does always bring me out a to go container.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  18. Can you please come and help with our mouse problem. The weather here isn't great, but hunting will keep you warm!

  19. My assistant is not the bragging type either, but I say you deserve some praise for your gold star behavior. Good job, Bertie, you did a fantastic job!

  20. Bertie - You're a real gentleman.

  21. Bertie..... in answer to your question of WHICH TARGET to Shoot fur... We say... always remember... AIM HIGH.

  22. I am having a little trouble fathoming such excellent behavior in a cafe. Ir is not even in my realm. I think yoy ABSOLUTELY ought to get to boast. And probably Ruby should send us all ritas so we can collectively raise a glass to you!!

  23. So you have been a good boy, eh,Bertie? One thing about that is, you don't have to brag since people can see the fine fellow in you. I love the sweater Gail knit for you, I've not learned that Fair Isle stuff but its beautiful! Cheers and hugs, Jo, Stella and Zkhat