Sunday 30 July 2017

A team effort and a question

Readers, I guess you might be wondering how things are going with my paws, after I had so many problems with painful interdigital cysts earlier in the year.

Well I'm delighted to report it's all good news!  When Gail took me for a follow up visit with dermatology specialist Peter Forsythe on Friday (in Aberdeen not Glasgow this time) he carefully examined the skin between the pads and said he was really pleased 'cos there were no signs of any soreness or infection and, basically, everything looked hunky dory.

I could claim the credit for the improvement, as I've been so good about tolerating all the paw washes and the poking around making sure not one tiny grain of dirt is left in even the deepest cleft between my pads.

But, I will concede, Gail is also to be congratulated on her persistence in making sure that every single day, even when she has to get to work early, she never omits to go through the now well established paw cleansing routine after my morning park walk.

And then of course, we have to recognise the contribution of Mr Forsythe, who took the time to consider my medical history, examined me carefully, and then applied his expert knowledge and judgement to work out the likely source of the problem.

So really, the fact that my paws are now in finest of fettles is down to a team effort - so often the best way of solving a seemingly intractable problem, don't you think?

Oh and talking of team efforts (or not..) I have a question for my readers in the USA. Watching the TV news this week, I am, frankly, puzzled.

You see, whenever Gail tells me about her time working in your country, and about the friends she still has over there, she says how almost all the Americans she's met have been kind, polite, considerate and gracious in their behaviour.

So it is disappointing to find out that across the Pond there are several humans in positions of power  who are setting a very different sort of example.

How could this happen? I am, I admit, confused.


  1. Glad your paws are doin better.

    Now, as for da paw-liticks - well, my momma literally threw up on election night. Not "I felt sick to my stomach" or something, but she seriously got sick about it. And her opinion of things has not changed.

  2. I'm glad efurrything is pawsome with your paws!!! teamwork is great, together we can move mountains, right? ...and maybe even bad politicians...

  3. Hari OM
    Oh what wonderfurs news Bertie lad... and isn't it also the case that the simplest solution is often the most elegant?!

    If only it were so simple at global polly-ticks level... Have you noticed how La Scaramouche also appears to be 'fantoche', having all the same physical mannerisms of DT. Yeech.

    Congrats again on those pawsies!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Congratulations on the pawfect report from the vet.

    Please tell Gail that some of us over here still have morals, honor and standards. And muzzer is glad she was not alone in barfing her guts out on election night.


  5. So very glad to hear your tootsies are doing so well. Happy feet, happy trails.
    Bonnie n Kenzie

  6. We are so happy that your paws are in great shape! As for politics, money has always caused problems and when you put someone in a very powerful position with no experience and yet an expectation of being the very best ever, well . . . don't get mom started. Yup, lots of puking happening around here.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Dearest Bertie...
    Thanks to Gail she found the best Vet to join Operation Cure Bertie's Paws!!! WE are so thrilled because we cannot imagine anything that would keep you from taking your beloved hikes.
    We have no answer to your in our little world we try are darnedest to be kind and considerate.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. So glad your paws are doing well!! As for the question - we ask ourselves the same thing - How did this happen?? We are totally embarrassed we have such a leader
    Hazel & Mabel

  9. We have been wondering about your paw. Teamwork is best, but kudos to Gail for keeping up the good work.

    We're not so confused about the rude leaders--but the people who just accept it.

  10. Yay for happy and healthy paws!!!

    Mama says, in order to stay sane, she ignores pawlitics on our side of the pond and will for the next 3 years....
    Jakey & Arty

  11. Hey Bertie...
    Mom wanted to tell Gail that she only saw Topo on Ed Sullivan show every week at the end. He was a little Italian mouse so could be he was on other programs in Europe that she saw. Wasn't he just adorable!!??
    Hugs Madi and mom

    1. Years ago there used to be a little mouse on English TV called Topo Gigio. Is that the same one? He was really cute.

  12. Bertie, I'm so glad that your paws are better - now you can have some really super walks in the beautiful countryside.

    Inca xx

  13. Hurray so glad your paws are doing better! Good work to the whole team.

    And sigh ...yes things over here are a mess. My assistant can hardly watch the news without turning all red in the face and on occasion almost throwing something at the TV. She is normally mild-mannered and very polite - but certain people in power push her over the edge.

  14. Great news about your Paws dear bertie. On a political note ,really, the damage that can be done by people is really amazing. Whilst he got in through the electoral college his opponent had more people vote for her. In my country we call this a gerry mander. But will all things this too will pass.