Sunday, 29 December 2019


I'll admit I don't often feel sorry for my border collie 'friend' Hemp (who is not always friendly towards me). After all, Hemp is the main reason I was left home alone on Christmas Day with only my new toy 'Crinkly Rudolf' for company, while Gail went round to Hemp's family for dinner. But afterwards Gail showed me this photo, and told me how Hemp had suddenly materialised out of nowhere, or more likely the kitchen, a nanosecond after his owner Jamie had lifted cute little niece Ina onto his lap, and how Hemp then stared resentfully at Ina for a good ten minutes. And I felt for him, I really did. No-one likes a usurper...

Meanwhile, away from the Christmas festivities, we have been enjoying lots of muddy country walks. 

But you know, it's odd how inconsistent our humans, the supposedly intelligent species, can be. 

Gail is always banging on about how she loves the smell of the fresh country air. 

But when I apply myself to the serious business attaching some of those 'country' smells to my shoulder furs, so we can enjoy them at home too, for some reason Gail gets all cross...
And I get put in the shower.


  1. What is it wif da humans not appreciating mud??

  2. Hari OM
    BOL... oh dear, Bertie lad... there's just no proper appreciation, it seems! Hemp does look like he has the hump... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Well Bertie, that's humans for you! They are never satisfied, and we can't always please them, no matter how hard we try.

  4. That's love from Inca of course, xx

  5. Ina is 200000% adorable. Hemp will need to understand 2nd place is okey dokey.
    BOL BOL Bertie..what is it with humans. You try to give Gail the essence of fresh forest air then she soaks you in water and soap.
    No pleasing some of the 2 leggers.

    Hugs Cecilia

  6. No need to feel sorry for Hemp because Hemp probably got to smell nappies mail during the festivities.

  7. Too bad you had to have a shower to wash off that wonderful smell. We are a bit envious of your beautiful scenery on those walks you take.

  8. People do not really appreciate the smells of nature! We hope Gail is enjoying her time no longer working. We are sure this means extra fun for your life Bertie!

  9. Inconsistent is right! We've forgotten what mud is....we just have dust.

  10. Poor Hemp...but then again, he did kind of deserve it didn't he?? ;-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. What a beautiful walk, Bertie! Bummer about the shower afterwards.

  12. Oh, but little humans are lots of fun to play with!! You can chase them, and they'll throw the ball over and over and over. (But they can't throw it very far.) AND they drop lots of crumbs when they eat!

  13. We are sorry you could not go with Gail to Christmas dinner...I wasn't invited either, but ROSIE was! (Something about being better behaved?!) So I think you were fully right to roll in something stinky...I think I may have to do the same thing!

    Your friend Kiki

  14. How sad to be left home for Christmas dinner, that little one might have dropped some foodables on the floor for you
    Mabel & Hilda

  15. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I KNOW!!! That makes NO SENSE! I try to bring the lovely smells home too, and our person always tries to stop me. What is wrong with the humans??

    Happy new year, friend!