Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Lift, toss, scramble, repeat

So Gail and I went for a short walk on the hill behind the cottage on Monday. In normal times, the path can be hard to locate. This year, with so few visiting hikers, one very steep part of the path was totally overgrown with bracken as high as Gail's chest, and I, unconvinced that Gail had the situation under control, resolutely refused to proceed onwards through the dense vegetation. 

In such circumstances, I expect my human to pick me up and carry me until we reach a well-defined track again. Unfortunately, on this occasion it seems that Gail was unable to simultaneously carry me under one arm, and brush aside the bracken with the other, while ascending a 25% gradient on the uneven terrain, 

Ever resourceful, Gail adopted a protocol which involved the follow steps: (1) lifting me up, (2) holding me aloft, arms stretched out in front of her, (3) leaning forward and throwing me up the hill, (4) stumbling forwards through the bracken to where I landed. And then repeating steps (1) to (4). 

Obviously, no photos were taken, but in case you have difficulty visualising the situation, I have provided below a sketch of step (3).

I am pleased to report that Gail and I did in the end make it safely back to the cottage with no broken bones.

The next morning, I indicated that I would prefer just a short walk along the road. Although I had suffered no physical damage, the psychological scars might take a few days to wear off...


  1. bertie we totally agree... da phenny was carried by da mama through da stinging nettles too... and we hope your psychological scary can be treated with some tasty chewing bones...

  2. Oh Bertie, what a pity there was no-one around to help - and take a video of the whole shameful episode! However, you survived, and that was the most important thing.
    I'm sure a lot of fuss, and a fair number of treats, will go a long way to healing those psychological scars!

    Inca xx

  3. Hari OM
    OMD, Bertie lad, this is just the stuff that adventures are made of; mind you, not all adventures are fun and games, that I admit! Memorable though. Definitely one for the 'remember when' annals!!! Glad you were both unscathed. Physically, at least. Hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Wow - what an adventure that was for both you and Gail, Bertie. I can understand the short walk the next day☺

  5. OMDs Bertie your Gail was determined to make this
    trekk memorable to dog and person. You my friend told this story purrfectly I could totally visualize you air born. I'm sure your WFT tail/rudder was a great help when landing.
    I would stand firm on not repeating that until Gail can blaze the trail with a weed whacker.
    I loved your title too and your photos and art.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. OMD!! Doesn't she know never to toss a dog?!

  7. OMD, Bertie! I am glads you are okay my furiend! This made me thinks of whether Ma could do this with me, should we encounter such an obstacle ~ luckily, I am WAY too heavy for her to throw BOL!!! I guess we would just be stuck furevers BOL!!
    Tell Gail that Ma thinks she is ingenious! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  8. Hmmm...for a minute I thought you might be playing with Sunny...It sound a bunch like what I do to her BOL!! Glad you made it Bertie...I sure hope I am not psychologically scarring Sunny(she does keep coming back for more tho)!

  9. Working on upper body strength as well as leg muscles. Love the illustration. Might be good to stick to the flat until you can find the path more easily.

  10. Flying Bertie!!! We are happy to hear that no one was injured - and yes, next time find another pathway:)

    Gail is very good to you, Bertie.

    Woos ~ Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. Maybe next time Gail should bring some gardening equipment to blaze a new trail for you. We love your illustration of the process.

  12. Next your mommy is going to carry you to the top of Mount Everest next.

  13. Bertie,
    Bryan asked me to tell you and Gail how much he enjoyed this post and that Gail has a future in drawing....he was quite impressed.
    He reads your blog and YAM's every day
    Hugs Cecilia

  14. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I think you need to hire better help!

  15. haha, we love this post and thanks for illustrating it for us, it made us laugh all the more!