Monday, 16 April 2018

Torridon Boot Camp

I am delighted to report that this weekend I succeeded in dragging Gail away from her never ending IKEA project and across to our cottage in Torridon. Even better, we were joined for the duration by our friend Yvonne.

And lest you imagine it was all about basking in the unaccustomed warmth and sunshine, I must set you straight right away. I had a challenging and intensive mission to execute.

You see, in under a month's time, I shall be staying with Yvonne for ten days while Gail is on yet another cycling trip. You will therefore understand it was of the utmost importance that I ensure our friend is properly trained in the finer points of Bertie care.

I must say Yvonne passed the first test with flying colours, responding very promptly when I sounded the early morning call in front of the cottage. (Gail says I may also have woken up every other household within a five mile radius, although she is exaggerating as usual).

I knew already that Yvonne is pretty capable when it comes to taking me for walks. So I think I will forgive her for dropping my obviously well deserved treat on path rather than delivering it directly to my mouth..

Her photography skills are coming along nicely too (which will of course be important if I am to keep up to date with my blog in Gail's absence).

I think we still need to work a little on certain issues. For example, ignoring me in favour of messaging her offspring and her husband Neil is really not acceptable is it?

And I hope I am mistaken in thinking that Yvonne here is trying to exert some discipline...

Also, I am not yet quite convinced she properly understands that even a lively chap like me needs his 'quiet time' every now and then.

However, all in all, Yvonne's training went rather well, we have formed an affectionate bond and I am now very much looking forward to staying with her and Neil in May.

I even think it could be quite a laugh...


  1. Glad your training of her is coming along so well.

    And what a gorgeous view by da way. Oh yeah, and den dere are da scenery . . .

  2. Bertie your Yvonne look like a most fun loving lady. YOu know how we can tell? She has very very fun and colorful walking shoes and a great smile!! Oh Bertie I predict you will have Yvonne and Neil eating out of your paw in a matter of minutes on your first day with them.
    I know Gail is very excited about her May trip and we look forward to hearing about it and seeing photos.
    Hugs Maid your bfff
    PS your WFT in that last photo is GAWGEOUS

  3. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, I am more than certain that your stay with Y and N will be to your liking and most satisfactory as the alternative of having Gail at home.

    I have to say though - am jelly-greeh you got all that sunshine up at Torry when down here the clouds clung to hills and spat the whole weekend. Dirty things. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. I'm glad the training is going well. Good help is so hard to find!

  5. Well, Bertie, it seems to us that your training session went quite well. We would love to have someone like Yvonne to care for us when the peeps go off on an adventure. We always end up at the boarding kennel. It's a nice place and all, but we think we might have a lot more fun with an Yvonne:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  6. Some peeps do take longer than others to train up, Bertie, but never mind, you'll get there in the end. You may even find that you have Yvonne and Neil better trained than Gail !

    Inca xx

  7. Hello Bertie, it was so good to see you, Gail and Yvonne at the weekend. What great photos, I particularly like the first one of you in the garden with the view and spring green colours. Have battened down the hatches for the rain and wind arriving tonight here in Torridon.

    I think you will have a super time with Yvonne and Neil.

    Best wishes


  8. Well done! Good to get in the training early...hoping Yvonne doesn't forget in the next few weeks. We think she's coming along brilliantly.

    We're fine here, thanks for asking.

  9. We wish we had someone nice like Yvonne to care for us. We used to have a relative that would stay here at the house with us, but she is now married with 3 young kids.
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. You are lucky you got some training time in. She appears to be a worthy human - teehee

  11. Bertie lad, What wonderful photography so your training must be on song. By the way those lovely daffodils........ gorgeous

  12. We feel very confident that Yvonne and your time together will be marvelous, dear doggy godson!
    Tootsie & Renee

  13. We are glad you are getting her trained. Don't let up or she'll pick up bad habits quickly!

  14. Training a perspective care giver is so very important!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  15. You are lucky to have such nice friends to stay with.

  16. Dear Bertie,

    I see Spring! Hurray! What a wonderful-looking Walk. I would very much like to join you there! And I am glad Yvonne passed the Bertie-test!