Friday 13 March 2020

Bertie's bright idea

Once again, I stand accused of stretching the definition of a 'Nature Friday' post.

Well, the world's atmosphere is part of 'nature' is it not?

And thus the efforts of our humans to clean up the atmosphere and curb carbon dioxide emissions are surely a valid topic for the LLB Gang's weekly blog hop?

Hard by the entrance to Duthie Park in Aberdeen we have a charging point for electric vehicles. This has been in place for about five years, but it's only recently that we've started to see more and more private cars using it. 

Now humans (Gail included) often say how one problem with electric cars is that the batteries take ages to recharge, so this is a limitation on longer journeys. Moreover, the battery charge runs out faster when it's cold and dark and you have the heater and lights on, and these are common conditions in Scotland in winter. 

Well I would like to put the counter-argument, make a suggestion.

As we all know, when driving long distances, especially with a canine passenger, it is important anyway to stop for a break every 2 -3 hours. My suggestion to those who are responsible for installing charging points is that surely the best place for them is, as here, beside dog-friendly parks, or alternatively at the start point of hiking trails or near nice sandy beaches? That way, the pups (and humans) get to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, and the time while waiting for the battery to charge will be well spent. 

Does your human have an electric car yet?


  1. Our movie theater has charging stations, but we haven't seen many others around. Momma's car is a 2006 Mustang, so no, no electric car for her.

  2. we don't buy such a thing... the tv showed what price people pay for getting the ingredients for such cars, so this is not better than a diesel car.

  3. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, I applaud your bright idea!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. No, Mom won't have one until they are perfected some more. We think there is still lots of work needed before they would fit our lifestyle. Happy Friday to you.

  5. You are one smart boy, Bertie! We have a friend with an electric car but we do not.

  6. need to be in 'charge' (pun intended) of all major decisions. Once a Boffin Bertie always a Boffin Boy.
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Bertie, that's a brilliant idea, and we are sure, that once they have been perfected, it will help sell lots of electric cars. Maybe they could provide local maps with all the best doggy places? You could advise them!
    We haven't got an electric car either. There don't appear to be any charging points around here, so it wouldn't be the best thing to buy.

    Inca xx

  8. That does sound like a good idea, Bertie. We're seeing a few charging stations around here, which is pretty amazing since we live in the land of Oil!

  9. That is a great idea! People can plan their long distance journeys around dog parks.

    We drive in a 13-year-old Getz.

  10. We don't have an electric car, but there are a lot of them around here. We like your idea of making stops near hiking trails and dog parks - makes perfect sense to us:)

    Woos, Lightning and Timber

  11. Even up here in nowhere land California we have bunches of places to charge cars..We think you have a valid point Bertie...more chrging stations near parks would be a pawsome idea!

    This is definitely Nature Friday material!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  12. We are seeing lots more charging places around us but we don't have one of those electric cars either. Your idea is a great one for where to put more charging stations.

  13. I am sure if there were chargers at the best dog spots more dog owners would get electric cars.

  14. Bertie, you always come up with great ideas, but this is one of your best! It makes perfect sense!

    Kiki and Rosie