Thursday, 27 July 2017

A novel concept: the refreshing dip!

You know what? Last weekend I made a most surprising discovery.

It really can be quite refreshing you know, going for a quick dip in a Scottish river!

(Hitherto I had thought of such an activity more as an endurance test).

Let me explain the context.

Although not sunny,  it was warm and a tad muggy on Sunday afternoon here in Northern Scotland when Gail took me for a long walk around Glen Tanar.

After six or seven miles I was feeling a wee bit weary and, you know what, the orangey brown river water (so coloured 'cos it contains dissolved organic matter from the upstream peat soils, nothing to do with pollution) began to look quite inviting. 

So I tentatively waded in, taking care to keep a firm footing.

Look, wasn't I brave - the water is almost up to my belly.

And I emerged feeling like a brand new dog, and came close to achieving escape velocity on the last two miles back to the car...


  1. I know what ya mean Bertie - our pool does feel refreshing when it's hot even though I'm not one for baffs or anything like dat.

  2. Oh that was very brave to jump in that water... glad your furs ist still white and whft-like... imagine your would leave the river as a lakeland terrier or an irish terrier pup ;o)

  3. It is a picturesque scene young Bertie you are indeed lucky

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Bertie what a cooling your heels and hot tummy in a refreshing creek is the purrfect way to recharge for a WFT mad mach dash back to the car. MOL MOL look at you run ears flying.
    Mom and Dad often walk by a creek but it is way way down a rocky bank...aka too steep for seniors
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. Sounds like that water was like a red bull, it gave you wings! teehee! stay cool!

  6. Love the idea of a cooling foot wash and a swish of the belly furs


  7. Hari OM
    My word Bertie lad - tis pawssible you have discovered The Elixeer!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  8. Oh yes, we love to do that too!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. What a brave chap you are Bertie, but it does look very inviting, and a good way to cool your paws.

    Inca xx

  10. That's the way we like water....getting in when we want. That stream looks just the thing to refresh you for the walk home.

  11. Wow Bertie....just WOW!! Before you know it, you'll be scuba diving with the Minis! Great job!
    Jakey & Arty

  12. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Water for wading and dipping in amazing, isn't it? If there is water, I am IN IT! I'm glad you have discovered this wonderful thing, and I hope you have more waters for wading in on future Walks!

  13. Welcome to the "wet terrier club"! Nothing like it on a warm day!
    Wyatt and Tegan

  14. Bertie - Not an activity to be repeated in December !