Saturday 16 December 2017

Ice skates for Christmas?

Gosh you know it's only a quarter of a mile to the park but it took FOR EVER to walk there this morning.

We have here a worst case scenario, paw grip-wise.

It all started over a week ago with two to three inches of snow.

Of course the Aberdeen City Council road gritter considers our quiet road the lowest of low priority.

Over the next few days the traffic compressed the snow and it packed down hard and turned to ice.

Then it rained in the night and the very top layer of ice melted to create a surface maximum hazard.

Our road is now like a skating rink but more slippery.

And we discover that Gail is no Torvill and I am no Dean.

I would like to mention that humans have it relatively easy; they are not faced with the problem of maintaining their balance while cocking their leg (a slightly tricky manoeuvre on the best of surfaces, for a WFT with a high centre of gravity and compact paws).

Ok, so Gail has pointed out that I don't absolutely have to cock my leg.

But really, what self respecting male wants to be seen IN PUBLIC peeing like a girl?


  1. Hari OM
    ..."And we discover that Gail is no Torvill and I am no Dean."... is this the place to admit you had me ROTFL??? Seriously, there was a cackle-fest here for 87 seconds, as the picture of the slipperier than slippy surface-sliding entered my mental picture theater. Yes. Quite mental... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
    (who is actually quite sympawthetic to your peeing plight.)

    1. Gail say: Good to know someone's appreciated the Torvill and Dean reference. I'm not sure if the joke translates beyond Brits of a certain vintage!

  2. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh Bertie that is way tooooooo icy for 2 or 4 paws. My word...does your area spread brine on the icy roads or do you have to wait for it to melt.

    As for lifting your leg and throwing your balance off boy do we hear you. That crazy Toto the mighty dachshund was almost 2 years old before he completely mastered standing on 3 legs to pp. If he and mom were walking and someone saw his friendly gait after a pp they always said.."she is a pretty dachshund". MOL Dachshund's aren't easily insulted or either they don't care.
    Hugs madi your bfff

    1. Gail says: The local council spreads 'grit' (a mixture of coarse sand and rock salt) on the busier roads, but they rarely make it round to our quiet little corner of the city.

  3. That looks dangerous! You need to put on some Yak Trax!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. Oh Bertie...we do hope it warms up for you soon!
    Arty(who does occasionally pee like a girl), Jakey(who NEVER pees like a girl) and Rosy (who is a girl and therefore does actually pee like a girl)

  5. Bertie, until it thaws you could always nip behind a tree or bush, then it won't matter which way you pee !

    Inca xx

  6. That does look slick! You be careful. Don't want any broken limbs for either of you!

    PS. Guide dogs aren't allowed to lift their legs....just sayin'. You could pretend to be a Service dog.

  7. Haha! Our mom loved Torvill & Dean and now "Balero" is going through her head and she is off to YouTube to watch that epic Olympic performance!
    Hazel & Mabel

  8. That does sound hazardous! Sometimes instead of cocking my leg or squatting like a girl, I just sort of lean forward in a manly pose.

  9. Oh Bertie does seem a tad difficult. perhaps you could not pee at all hang on until you get home

  10. LOL - any video? I hope you all stay safe and avoid any slippery accidents.

    Monty, Harlow, and Ramble

  11. Stay safe, and remember that salt, sand and whatever else they put out to keep humans safe are not good for your paws! love you

    1. You have no idea how often my paws have been washed this last week!

  12. BOL! No worries, Bertie! It's okay to pee like a girl. I do it when I'm multi-tasking....sniffing for rabbits and gotta pee at the same time. Be careful on that ice and just pee like a girl! ♥ Wyatt