Monday, 19 February 2018

I am eight!

It is my misfortune to live with a human who is in general totally useless at birthday celebrations.

So yesterday I reached the grand age of eight years old and all I got was a rawhide bone, pigs ears and Dentastix (like a toothcare product counts as a present?) plus a quiet domestic night in Nottingham with Gail, her lovely friend Janet and Janet's lovely young friend Helen.

In fairness, Gail was tired after all the running around after Human Granny, Helen was tired 'cos she's at that stressful stage of writing up her Physics PhD thesis, Janet was tired after her recent influx of visitors, and I was a bit below par 'cos my paw problem has flared up again.

Well I must say I found Janet's piano playing most beautifully mellifluous and soothing. And now I understand why Gail is so modest about her own lack of talent in this area.

And then there were wonderful smells emanating from the kitchen where Helen was relaxing by cooking a delicious (although from my perspective disappointingly vegetarian) sweet potato chilli supper for the humans.

The highlight of the evening came just before bedtime, when Janet introduced me to a blissfully yummy new treat - sliced pear.

More please!

All in all not such a bad way to celebrate one's birthday, I suppose.


  1. oh wow you even got a piano concert... and it was just for you! Happy Birthday dear Bertie!!!

  2. Happy Birthday Bertie. You were clearly among good friends and your very special family. Cake is not all it is cracked up to be, according to Teka, who has stolen more than her share.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Bertie
    Wow, so you had a personal piano recital for your Birthday TREAT, how cool and grown up is that!!!! I am very jealous
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie lad - your birthday came and went??!!! My sincere, warm and belated greetings for your eighth. However, it is very sad to read that your paw again causes discomfort. Sending you a little POTP that it will improve quickly. I must say, I think that was really rather a civilized and worthy way to spend your day, culture and culinary creativity plus the revelation of pear!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Bertie, you and Gail have some of the nicest friends. I can't think of a better way to celebrate....although the addition of bacon might have moved the festivities up a notch :)

  6. Hey Bertie and Happy 8th!! You know when you think about spent your bday with 3 beautiful and talented women...and that was quite a treat in itself.
    I send kitty kisses to your sweet paw
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. Happy Birthday, Bertie. We can't believe you are EIGHT. We remember when Gail went to look--just to look at some wee WFT puppies. Sheesh! Sounds like you had a great, if quiet and vegetarian birthday.

  8. Dearest Bertie, 8 is great! Any treat is a good treat! We wish you the happiest birthday from Lee who is 8, Phod and Emma who are only 6.

  9. Happy Birthday Bertie!! sometimes quiet is nice
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. Sometimes a relaxing night in with a special treat is the best way to spend a birthday!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. We love sweet potato -that chili sounds quite tasty. Pear is good too, but we prefer apples:)

    Happy Birthday to you, or is that Happy BertieDay!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Bertie!!! Little Willow says Hi too! We hope your special day was wonderful!!

  13. Oh Bertie! What a FABulous Burthday celebration!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BURTHDAY TO YOU!!!! I've never had a pear eithers! I'll put that on my list...
    Ruby ♥

  14. Happy Birthday Bertie, you are the same age as me ! You had a super day, and Gail did remember, which is more than can be said for my human. She forgot all about my birthday !
    Sorry to hear that the paws are poorly again, and hope they will soon be better. Has Gail done anything about buying you some boots?

    1. We now have purchased some boots, but are waiting until my paws are no longer sore before trying them out! No doubt they will be the topic of a future post.

  15. Momma and I have found that as we get older, we don't make as big a fuss over our barkdays. A quiet evening at home can be lovely! A very happy 8th barkday to you, Bertie!

  16. Even if Gail did not have a brass band for you it sounds like your birfday was pretty good. Happy 8th birfday pal! We love to set in the Piano Room and listen to mom, even when she says she REALLY sucks. We think it is still beautiful BUTT she will NOT let anyone witness her playing. Her lessons never "took". Anyway, we hope your paw is better by now!!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. Happy Birthday! We think I am about 10 so just a little bit older than you.

    Sorry about the vegetarian chili. My assistant is a vegetarian so I'm all too familiar with the travesty of all veggie meals.

  18. Dear Bertie,

    Happy birthday, friend! You are almost as wise as I am! I am glad a few good things happened at least, because you deserve all the best!


  19. Please forgive us for being tardy with our barkday wishes. Our Mommy has been sick and we didn't have anyone to type for us.