Sunday 23 October 2016

'Romance' at the Castelgrande, Bellinzona

Oh gosh, I've been feeling so embarrassed about my behaviour in Bellinzona on Friday, I've even been reluctant to write about it, however much Gail says "not to worry Bertie, you're hardly the only one ever to have engaged in an inappropriate holiday romance ..."

In my defence, the Swiss Italian town of Bellinzona, with its three castles and its quaint old buildings, is surely a setting to inspire romantic thoughts, even in the most rational of Bouncing Boffins.
And I was, on the day, modelling my best Shetland wool sweater and so, at least in my own mind, was looking utterly irresistible. 

And I am sure you can understand, when you see Tootsie in her unimaginably cute wee butterfly harness, how, at least for a couple of hours, I confused my dear Doggy Godmother with the girl of my (lustful) dreams...

However, I must confess (and this is really embarrassing), that given the disparity in our sizes, I could not quite figure out the best approach when trying to, er, 'mount' her..

Rest assured, normal relations were restored when we returned to Tootsie's apartment (and Gail shocked me back to my senses by rattling a plastic bottle full of pebbles right in my face).

It was our last full day in Switzerland. But fear not, the adventure is not yet over...


  1. Poor Bertie - the "foreign" air has quite gone to your head ! We're sure Tootsie will forgive your sudden abandonment of your normal impeccable manners.
    Petite-Chose and Inca xx

  2. Hari OM
    Oh my, look at all those castellations, those elegant arches, the darkened stairways... crikey lad, it is easy to see why you may have forgotten yourself for a while. then again, I am a little surprised that neither you or Tootsie are 'dressed' (in the veterinary sense). All that outer wear is no protection in such things! Forgive Gail the bottle of stones. She's only saving you from yourself. Enjoy what remains of your big adventure! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. Tootsie is in fact 'Dressed', as you so delicately put it...

    2. Gail says: And Bertie has hitherto shown remarkably little interest in these matters!

  3. Ah Italy. My favorite food! My favorite muzzer! I can see how you got carried away.

  4. Oh Bertie I'm sorry but mom is LOLing really hard. Why well she told me way back in the late 70's Toto our mighty mini dachshund was
    infatuated with your wee 11 mo old human neighbor's diaper. Any time Toto was around Matt he would try the same maneuver with Matt's diaper
    Oh sweet boy this too shall pass.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. With such a romantic setting, we can totally understand how one could get carried away, Bertie!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  6. Oh, we sure hope Addi doesn't hear about this! BUTT you were looking so handsome and she was looking cute . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Blame the high altitude for you laps in judgment.

  8. You're always up to something!

    16 days until the election!

  9. What happens on vacation stays on vacation, Bertie.


  10. Tootsie is very cute! Sometimes things just get out of control for awhile!

    What a gorgeous place to visit.

  11. Romance has been the only thing lacking in your continental travels, Bertie and, with Tootsie so fetching and you looking remarkably handsome in your sweater . . . well, it's understandable.

  12. LOL! I'm actually quite flattered, Bertie. And all is forgiven.

    Wag on, and we miss you so,
    Your Tootsie xo

  13. so handsome in that sweater so continental no wonder romance was in teh air

  14. A love affair in Bellinzona ~ oh I hear a romance novel coming for sure. We the love the shadows cast by the stone pillars.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  15. You just got caught up in the moment, my friend!

  16. We understand that your lost your mind for a while visiting such a romantic place with the pretty Tootsie. We're glad your mom helped you to come back to your old self ! Purrs

  17. You WERE looking very dashing in that sweater....just sayin'

    Wyatt and Tegan