Thursday 28 September 2017

Leader of the pack

Things have been looking up since my last post.

Long time readers will know that I have been a regular participant in the annual Grampian Tibet Support Group sponsored walk.

Traditionally, the event has taken place in early July, but this year they waited until September, last Sunday in fact, so the University of Aberdeen students could attend. And what a good idea that turned out to be. 

We always have a lovely day, and this one was no exception.

The walk started in Gourdon, a wee fishing village about 25 miles south of Aberdeen.

Look, here I am, leading out the merry pack, young and old.

We headed south along the coastal path to Johnshaven, where the weather was warm enough (just) for the group to enjoy a picnic lunch.

From Johnshaven we turned inland and uphill and walked along a grassy footpath. I was way ahead of slowcoach Gail at this point, so do not feature in the photo.

Where the path was too overgrown, we tramped through the adjacent field. I want you to know that the only reason I am not still leading the pack here is that barley stubble is mighty uncomfortable on WFT paws.

It was thirsty work too, but I'm pleased to say the students were all being so kind an encouraging.

We had a snoop around the old mill at Benholm before returning to the coast path.

And of course I posed nicely for more photos at the end of the walk, still looking sprightly and relatively clean after nine miles!


  1. oh you are the bestest leader ever... and that were well trained walkers who followed you ;o)

  2. Hari OM
    Well Bertie lad, I am thinking that was a very good antidote to being at the 'holiday home' all those weeks Gail was away gallivanting!!! With sunshine and good company, it could hardly have been better. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH My CATS Bertie we two ladies are standing tall and applauding each and everyone on that walk. WOW.... well done and all that beautiful scenery too. Congrats and yay for sturdy WFT feets to lead the way. Mom loves the town names Johnshaven made her smile.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Wonderful walkies! You are a mighty handsome guy, even after nine miles.

  5. Sure looks like a great walk. They are lucky to have you as their leader!

  6. Great job leading Bertie, you sure are an expert hiker!!
    Jakey, Arty and Rosy

  7. Bertie - Did you go to Catterline ? There's a great dog friendly pub there.

    1. Can you believe Gail went to the Creel Inn for her birthday a couple of years ago and DID NOT TAKE ME!

    2. YEP, that is humans for you. By the way Bertie, Great pack leadership here and then the recent Settlement negotiations worth of the UN. You are an amazing WFT

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  9. Such an interesting walk with lots of admirers!

  10. Well done, Bertie! I'm sure you kept everyone moving right along.

  11. You do seem to be leading the pack, my friend. Sometimes a dog just has to take charge!

  12. OMD Bertie, you went 9 miles?? Bravo, way to represent! Looks like everyone would have been lost without you!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley