Tuesday 21 April 2020

A muzzle puzzle?

I admit, these past few days, I've experienced moments of deep puzzlement.

First of all, when Gail excavated from the darkest corner of her box room an unfamiliar object which turned out to be a sewing machine...

...and then a few hours later when she showed me the result of all her snipping and pinning and stitching efforts.

Hmmm. Gail appears to have sewn herself some sort of a muzzle.

Now I know that lots of humans have been finding this 'lockdown' business tough, but I must say that so far Gail has generally remained calm, been diligent in her social distancing, and has not tried to bite anyone or shown other signs of aggression when we go out together for our daily exercise.

Do you think she really needs this muzzle?


  1. the mama made one with the folding instruction we got from fartbook... and it looks not as good as your Gails project LOL

  2. Hari OM
    Bertie lad - I rather fear that just about all of us these days are going to have to muzzle up. Not necessarily because we are a danger to others (though that is a large part of it) but because may be a danger to us - it's not the teeth but the breath (and its molecules) which are the problem, y'see. I know a boffin like yourself will grasp this concept.

    Meanwhile, yours truly got out the cotton yarn and crochet hook and has produced something similar. Keep an eye out for that one!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. You Gail and my mom were involved in the same mask-making business, Bertie. The first one was the tough one but tell Gail they get easier after that. We love her floral fabric and she did a great job! Our moms NEED to stay safe!

    1. Pleased to report Gail has now completed Face Mask Mark III, and has refined the shaping around the chin, evened up the side pleats and her seams are getting a bit straighter!

  4. Wow, Bertie, tell Gail that is one very smart mask!
    My human has a very ordinary one, and this morning she was given a pack of three at the local Farmacia (chemist), in a very fetching shade of blue. But do you know, she says she has nothing to wear with them! I mean they aren't really a fashion accessory are they - although Gail's looks very stylish.
    My human has her sewing machine out on the dining room table, and it's been there for ages, so long in fact, that she's forgotten what she brought it out for! I'll be waiting forever if she needs to make a mask for!

    Inca xx

    1. Gail's 1980s vintage sewing machine had been sitting undisturbed in its box since she moved to Aberdeen in 1999. She is amazed that it is still operational. Help from YouTube was required to thread it correctly.

  5. Bertie your post title and your words made me giggle uncontrollably and my eyes are watering with this statement:
    "Gail has generally remained calm, been diligent in her social distancing, and has not tried to bite anyone or shown other signs of aggression when we go out together for our daily exercise."
    I know in the deep dark corners of your mind you(and all other pups) are always hoping your peeps will not do something ridiculous and embarrassing while out and about. This might be the straw that broke the camel's back.

    Gail I say WELL DONE on the entire task of masking making. Thank goodness for YouTube providing threading and mask making tutorials.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Our mom has made similar muzzles for her and our dad. Gail was lucky her trusty old machine sprang to life for her. Her mask looks like it will do the job perfectly.

  7. Apparently the humans massively failed obedience school, as they couldn't even master the basic commands of "sit" and "stay." So now they all have to be muzzled when they go out.

  8. Wow Bertie, your Gail is very talented! Our Mama had to ask the lady who makes our bandanas if she would make muzzles for her and Daddy!

    They sure look silly!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  9. LOL! Maybe it's just a prevention, in case she does feel like biting someone.

    Mask wearing is voluntary here. Out here in the sticks, people with masks (except shopkeepers) are a rarity.

  10. She is a smart lady. I am sorry if it blocks your kisses.

  11. Oh Gail's mask is FABulous! Ma did want to dig through the closet to pull out her machine, so she made one out of a bandanna and some fusing tape and a couple of hair bands ~ it works great....though, she feels like she's robber in every store she enters! BOL! She now has bought some on Etsy, she calculated that it is cheaper for her to buy there, than to get the components and make some herself. ☺
    Ruby ♥

  12. A wonderful mask! you know our mom has had some brief thoughts about biting someone when she has had to venture out to the store and they don't observe proper distancing.
    Mabel & Hilda

  13. Bertie our Lady has been talking that she will need one and her mom is making her some. Does this virus make people bite?

  14. Ha ha ha!!!! Gail is very talented if she can make a muzzle herself! My friend made me one after I growled at the postal carrier.

    BTW, thanks for your comment on Hachi's update. I agree that almost all dogs hate having their paws touched. The problem with Hachi is that he behaves aggressively toward us about it. That's a first for us. So far, he only growls but we take it seriously.

  15. Your Gail is very talented to make her own mask...our mom had to buy one! But it is rather disconcerting to see all the humans in their muzzles! Crazy!

    Kiki and Rosie