Wednesday 7 October 2020

A refresher course in Bertie walking

I know, it feels like it was an earlier geological era, but do you remember when, back in March, I was over in Torridon training some new walking companions, Richard and Tess

Well a lot has happened since then, but I am delighted to report that I was finally able to meet up with my lovely Torridon neighbours again yesterday and, even better, they had not forgotten the lessons I taught. (Tess even remembered the 'humans should always carry dog-friendly shortbread in their pocket' bit of the course..)

Tess and Richard had heard about my recent diagnosis, and were a bit concerned I might only manage a short outing, but Gail told them she thought I'd be fine, so long as they allowed plenty of time for my pee stops. And let me tell you, it was not me who was holding up the party when we ventured the three miles up the rocky path from Annat to Loch an Eoin.

As you can see, the environment was, shall we say, Scotland-soggy, and I hope you will excuse my bedraggled appearance in the picture below. 

PS Any rumours that Gail carried me across the stepping stones after I refused to dip my paws in the fast flowing stream or balance on the uneven boulders are absolutely Fake News. 


  1. we are sure that are fake news, Bertie... and we love your walk and that area... if someone would be carried through da troubled water what has no bridge it would be da Pehnny, he is a wimp LOL

  2. Bertie my handsome WFT OMDs Richard and Tess and slow Gail made fine walking companions...
    This is the second rainbow I've seen in a week...and it is quite encouraging. That was a lovely hike. As for the fake news: Umm no photos no proof.
    Hugs and tummy rubs to you and can decide who gets what

  3. You sure do have the most gorgeous walks, Bertie. Love that rainbow!

  4. My goodness, that was some walk Bertie! I'm not sure my human would have even ventured out in such weather, no matter how beautiful the scenery.
    This morning we went a nice relaxing walk along the promenade beside the sea, and were amazed to see people sunbathing on the beach - at just after 8:30!
    Now we are going to try out another new walk, in lovely sunshine.

    Inca xx

  5. You look like you had a great time on your hike, Bertie. How wonderful that your companions remembered to bring treats too.

  6. Bertie, I think you are looking great! You can't see me, but I'm right on top of that Rainbow watching over you. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸΆπŸ’™πŸ’œ

  7. How nice of Richard and Tess to remember the shortbread treats!!! That's what we call great friends. Your muddy paws tell us all we need to know - it was a GREAT walk!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. Hey...a couple of rainbows on that walk. Shortbread was probably the best one. Does look WET!

  9. We are well into our second week of dark skies and rain, perhaps it is just like Scotland. Glad you had an excellent walk.

  10. We can't say we aren't surprised your friends remembered your lesson are a very good Pawfessor(and we would never believe the fake news of Gail carrying you!)!!

  11. I am glad you are spreading your knowledge through the world.

  12. What glorious images. I think that I'd love Scotland. Of course, that's definitely fake news ;)

  13. OMD, that second pic is AMAZIN'!!!! I am so glads you trained the peeps so well Bertie! I SO don't believes Gail carried you! total fiction fursure! sigh...
    Thanks for taking us along on such a beautiful hike!
    Ruby ♥

  14. Wow! What a beautiful place to walk!

  15. Dear Gail,
    I am only just now catching up on Bertie's blog. I am so sorry to read about his recent diagnosis. I can not begin to comprehend what you are going through and feeling each day (when you see Bertie knowing the information you know about your beloved boy), but I hope, like our mutual blog friend Maxdog, Bertie enjoys many more happy days with you than the time you were told. Sending you and Bertie lots of good wishes and hugs from NZ, and if I could send him special food treats I would! Fran