Monday, 6 January 2020

A happy band of brothers (and sisters)

A chance encounter a few days ago with 'Dougie' and his owner led to Gail and I being invited along to the first monthly walk of 2020 for a local group of wire-haired fox terriers and their humans.

We met at the car park at Cruden Bay and ventured along the cliffs to Slains Castle and before heading for a romp on the fine sandy beach.

If you look at the photos and deduce that it was a windy day, you would be correct.

I know you will all be wanting to know how I behaved, and how I compared to my five fellow foxies.

Gail says I was the tallest and perhaps the quietest, as well as the oldest and slowest. My furs were a bit shaggier than most of the others. Although I am not the playful type, I tolerated the insistent approaches of eight month old little Pickles with, Gail says, admirable patience. I did not embarrass Gail by ignoring her calls to "COME BERTIE!!!!' or attempting to get too close and personal with any of the WFT girls (or boys). I only released the smallest drop of pee on one of the kite boards lying unattended on the beach, and all but ignored a newly dead seal nearby.

As for Gail's behaviour, well she tried hard to be sociable despite suffering from a blocked nose, streaming eyes, sore throat and slight fever. Remembering everyone's names is for her a work in progress, although she's better with the dogs than the humans.

It was a nice, friendly group and I'm pleased to report that we have been invited back to attend the February meeting.
Close-up of Dougie and Bertie


  1. Hari OM
    My word, Bertie lad, was there a feeling of having entered a hall of mirrors??? &*> Were any of you related??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
    (Who is on the mend and hopes Gail is too.)

  2. What fun you had Bertie, and what a good boy. You must have been extremely well behaved to be invited back again.
    I wish that there was something similar here, because sometimes I'd like to meet another Labrador or two.

    Inca xx

    1. But Inca, you should come to NE Scotland. We must see fifty Labradors for every WFT!

  3. Oh Bertie now that is a merry band of WFT...
    I am sure there are subtle differences in all of you but with my untrained eye. OMDS...I'd probably go home with the wrong WFT..
    Dougie looks pretty sure he remembers you scent. Well done on your behavior.

    Oh no I'm so sorry Gail was suffering from a case of creeping crud. I hope by this post she is feeling some better. She receives 5 gold stars for being such a good sport
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. Well, we noticed straight off how the humans were rugged up, but the WFTs weren't wearing jumpers!!! Looks like a great day out, hopefully, by February Gail will be well...and not on her next cold.

  5. It sure looks like you all had a fun time together. How nice that you've been invited back for the next gathering.

  6. Wind and sniffles and all, it sure looks like a fun walk. We hope the weather is better in February and Gails' cold is long gone.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  7. A fine outstanding group of foxies yep companionship going along the way with friends makes life fun. Sorry Gail has the nose stuffed pray it does not turn into the old fashion grippe which is terrible here right now.

  8. What a fun outing for you, Bertie, and how exciting that you and Gail have been invited back!

  9. How fun to meet up with other WFT...although from what we saw, you were definitely the best looking!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  10. That meet-up looks like it was a blast. I hope you get to do it again soon

  11. What a nice time with new friends! Sorry that Gail is not feeling well
    Mabel & Hilda

  12. Glad to meet up with some ole chums

  13. We always love seeing some nice meet and greet with new friends. It looks like such a lovely time. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful rest of your week.
    World of Animals

  14. Bertie and Gail thank you for the lovely bday wishes...Bertie stay clear of Gail...don't want her to fall on you as she practices my youthful moves.
    Gail I hope you are feeling better...
    Hugs Cecilia

  15. First , we hope Gail feels better soon. There are some really nasty bugs going around here. The meet up looks like it was a tone of fun.

  16. How fun to be with all your relatives! It's like looking in the mirror. We are surprised that you didn't pick yourself out a new girlfriend! Hope Gail is on the mend. Happy hiking :)

  17. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! You left something out - you are the most handsomest too! Good job with your new friends!

  18. Wow, Bertie - you did absolutely fabulously! Ignoring a dead seal is truly a miracle for almost any dog! Way to go. And, yes, Gail - I hope that you are recovering.

  19. What a fun outing with all those pups! We hope that your mom is fully recovered and ready for more super outings!

    Kiki and Rosie