Really, I don't know why the humans are moaning about the latest 'lockdown' here in Scotland.
No-one can claim that "nothing ever happens" and "every day is the same" when they live with a wire-haired fox terrier...
After my exciting Christmas adventure on Sunday, Gail and I met up for a walk with her friend Ian - aka the 'Oil Man' - and his wee Westie Rosie. Do you remember five years ago when I first met Rosie?
[If not, see 'Meeting with Westie Puppy Rosie']
Well she's now an adorable five year old, and her little legs kept pace with mine, no problem, as we ascended Scolty Hill.
Then yesterday, another walk was planned, this time with Gail's friends J and F, their son Jamie and his border collie Hemp.
OK, so there is, er, 'history' between myself and Hemp, but we've tended to rub along fine together when we've met outdoors.
Not so yesterday I'm afraid.
The ground was crunchy with frost in the Warren Wood car park, where I was waiting patiently for Hemp and his family to arrive.
But no soon as they'd all climbed out of the car than there was an altercation involving Hemp and me.
Suddenly, Hemp had me by the scruff of my neck and both of us were snarling angrily. Jamie, a strong and brave young man, pulled Hemp away, at the price of a deep puncture wound in his right finger*. I was shaking badly, so Gail picked me up and gave me a close cuddle, while checking me for injuries. Soon I calmed down - it was only my pride that had been hurt. Hemp too appeared unscathed, but for poor Jamie it was a trip to A&E to get the wound checked over.
So Jamie's dad took Jamie to the hospital and Hemp back home, while Jamie's mum accompanied Gail and I for the planned walk around the woods. That's her in the background, texting Jamie to see if they'd reached the hospital yet...
Half way round we met a group of four more border collies and that encounter passed off without incident.
At least it all distracted Gail from fretting about whether my Christmas sweater was getting muddy...
Do you think Hemp might have been jealous of my jumper?
*Gail says: The incident with Hemp all happened so quickly that we cannot be sure whether Hemp or Bertie was responsible for Jamie's hand injury, although the depth of wound perhaps implicates the larger dog. The good news is that Jamie was seen quickly at the hospital, and received thorough and exemplary treatment. His injured finger was x-rayed, cleaned, disinfected and dressed. No broken bones were detected, nor stitches needed. Jamie was given a tetanus jab and antibiotics, and will go back in a couple of days for a check-up. I'm afraid his hand will be sore for a while. Rest assured, we will keep the dogs apart in future.