Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring? FAKE NEWS!

Ode to So-called Spring

Really? Winter's over?
Please present your evidence!
The London-centric media may declare it so,
And talk of balmy days, but we have snow
On higher ground.
The case that Scotland is another country
Climate-wise at least, makes sense.

I’ll grant you, for the pre-work park walk
My collar-light’s required no more.
And by midday my square dog shadow
(Should the shy sun grace us with a beam or two)
Is less elongated than before.

But down by the North Sea
(The clue is in the name)
A fierce onshore gale cruelly exposes
The folly of last week’s over-zealous grooming session.
Oh how I wish those furs were still attached,
All seven ounces of them…

It’s true, brash ranks of daffodils
Are now amassed on southern facing banks.
They breed ‘em tough at these high latitudes.
But as for me, tho’ born of Buchan stock,
I’ll keep my Fair Isle jumper on
Until my precious wiry fur’s regrowed.

PS Thank you dear friends for all your kind messages about my paws. Delighted to report they are feeling loads better now. 


  1. Bertie I second efurry worth of your poem... and we enjoy "spring" with wearing boots and thick coats... sigh....
    but the good news is that your paws are better, that is sure a reason to be happy... even when the sky has 50 shades of gray ;o)

  2. Even in the Netherlands the wind is ever so cold! Very sensible to wear the lovely jumper.. Happy to haar the good news about your paws!

  3. Bertie I HEAR you. It was 84 here on Tuesday...64 yesterday. Today maybe mid to high 40's crazy crazy weather. Too bad Gail striped your furs but at least you have a sweater!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie lad, you couldn't have conveyed it better!!! The snow even laid on this hills outside my window and a goodly way down, at that - and it's still there! Unbelievabubble.

    Am so glad for the repawt on the tootsies; I actually woke at about 3am this morning and the only thought in my head was "how're Bertie's paws???" Strange but true! You totally rock that Fairisle, dear chap. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. What a great poem, Sir Bertie! And so glad your paws are much better.

  6. Great poem. And no dog does jumpers better than you do.

  7. Beautiful poem! Good thoughts to those paws
    Lily & Edward

  8. Sounds like Mother Nature is toying with you.... Anyway we're impressed with your poetry!

  9. WE Feel your Shivers, Bertie. It was only 18° F. here this AM. Brrrrrrrrr
    OMD OMD we are THRILLED to hear that your paws are BETTER. We will STILL send MORE POTP to keep this Trending fur you.

  10. Bertie, you are so expressive! And I luff your Fair Isle sweater. It's beautifur.
    Your Furend,
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  11. Glad the paw is better and we hope spring finds you!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Great poem Bertie!! Mother NAture must be on strike this year!!

    We are so happy your paws are feeling better and we must say, you look pretty dapper keeping warm in your jumper!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. Glad your paws are much better, Bertie. The only good thing about the cold weather is that it gives you chance to look very handsome in that smart sweater !
    It's cold and grey here, too, today.

    Inca xx

  14. Bertie, sigh... You. look SO handsome in your sweater. I had to walk in the rain last week. It was the most awful experience. Then the lady tried to dry me with a towel and I had to bite her. I don't do weather...