I guess I'm not the only pup who's been thinking about climate change this week.
OK, so, unlike most of the rest of Europe, it has not actually been that hot in Aberdeen - though the thermometer did register 24ºC briefly on Saturday afternoon before the thunderstorms arrived. But oh my heart goes out to all my fellow canines in France and Spain, who've been sweltering in temperatures of over 40ºC, some while wearing furry coats designed for the Arctic.
Anyway, I noted with interest that our weekend paper published an hour by hour guide to doing one's bit for the planet in terms of living a greener lifestyle.
It all looked quite reasonable until I came to this...
Gail, insensitive as ever, asked "what's the problem Bertie" and added "surely insect food is no more revolting than some of the stuff you pick up on walks when my back is turned".
I countered that if she's laying out good money for my dinner then I expect meals based on only the finest quality lamb or beef, irrespective of carbon impact...
We are on safer ground, environmentally, when it comes to transport.
As you know, both Gail and I love to travel by rail. Do you remember how, a couple of years ago, we went all the way to Switzerland by train and ferry? Yes indeed, and I would like to point out to young Miss Greta Thunberg, renowned climate activist, that when it comes to roaming around Europe in an eco-friendly fashion, Gail and Bertie got there first!
The grrreat news is that Gail is planning to do something similar this year, and take me, again by train, to visit our friends Renate and Michael at their home near Munich in Germany. We're not going until October (cross paws it will be cooler by then), but I'm SO excited, especially since I spotted in an email that Renate has already been asking about my dietary preferences, so she can better prepare for my arrival.
Gosh, but I've just remembered, our German friends are lifelong supporters of the Green Party. Oh I do hope they haven't heard about this insect food stuff...
I wonder what Greta's dogs are fed for their dinner?