Thursday 9 May 2019

A long walk can be a bad sign

I always get a bit suspicious at this time of year when Gail takes me out for a longer than usual walk and at home starts getting all cuddly and soppy around me. 

My suspicions increase when I see her fussing over her red bicycle, pumping up the tyres, oiling the chain and so forth. 

So last night she came clean and informed me (one never gets asked) that on Saturday she is heading off to Wales for ten days with her cycling friends, and I am, of course, going to "camp". 

Well it was, at least, a beautiful walk on Bank Holiday Monday, a whole nine miles alongside the green banks of the River Ythan, through the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Gight Wood, and past the romantic ruins of Gight Castle, a former home of poet Lord Byron.

Think of me next week, lonely and bereft of affection in 'Fairways Pet Haven', not even able to contact my blogging friends....

Lord Byron, who described his beloved Newfoundland, Boatswain* as: ", who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices", would surely never have abandoned any dog to boarding kennels.

Normal blog service will resume after 21 May. 

*Epitaph to a Dog, see also this previous post


  1. that was a wonderful walk and we like Lord Byron a lot... we wish your Gail a good bike time and for you lots of treats and snacks in da "camp" ;O)

  2. What a fabulous walk! We hope that Gail has a wonderful time with her friends and we hope that you have just as much fun with your buddies at camp, Bertie!

  3. Never mind Bertie - the time in kennels will soon pass - it's only ten days after all ! Last year I had nearly four months in kennels. It was the first time ever, because my human was ill in hospital. it was the very first time we'd ever been parted and I thought I'd never get home !

    Inca xx

  4. Noooooooooooooooooooooooo Bertie tell me it
    'ain't' sooooooooooooo you'll be MIA for 10 days. I'll be w/o any views of your WFT glory.
    Oh to be own by Lord Byron, that would surely bring you glee. Secretly I'm sure Fairways Pet Haven will be tons of fun. Gail will be on a need to know basis about your week.

    Happy pedaling Gail, be safe and take some photos when your hands are free.

    Hugs Cecilia

  5. Well, Bertie, at least you got a nice walk. We know camp time is coming when the suitcases arrive on the first floor - and we get packed away in the Mom's vehicle:( We hope you and Gail both have a wonderful time away from home. We know that the folks at Fairways will fall in love with you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  6. Hari om
    Bertie lad, you will just need to take mental motes for the blog and tell us all about it when you return! Hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

    PS do pass on "safe travels" to Gail for me.

  7. We thought the photo of you--in the thumbnail photo--with the bike meant something Unfair was about to happen. Good luck at 'camp'.

  8. That looks like a lovely place for a walk. We're sorry to hear you are being abandoned for so long but we also hope Gail has a good ride on her trip.

  9. It was nice to have a long walk before Gail abandons you Bertie. We will look forward to your return

  10. OMD, Bertie, your walkie was most FABulous my furiend! I thinks it was the least Gail could do before sendin; you to the gulag!!! ☺
    I hopes she brings back something good for you ~ stay strong my furiend, and don't forgets the sad puppy eyes when she comes to retrieve you!
    Ruby ♥

  11. Poor Bertie, well, at least ya got a good walk in. Hope ya get a soovaneer too.

  12. Oh Bertie, we are so very sorry...we think Gail needs to get a bike trailer for you...;-).
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  13. We are glad that your human got to take what sounds like a lovely trip, and it looks like you got a great walk out of her guilt. But there better be some FABULOUS treats upon the return!


  14. Dear Bertie,

    I am wishing you well. I hope your place-without-your-Gail spoils you well.

    Also that is a beautiful place to walk! Also Lord Byron is an important person for Dogs! I did not know you are so close!

    Be well! And give your person a big guilt trip when she gets back.


  15. I'm itching for a Bertie and Gail glad it is just hours away
    Hugs Cecilia