Gosh it's been ages since I saw my nice pals in England. More than a year in fact. So when I asked if we are going to visit Janet in Nottingham soon, or perhaps meet up with Janet and Helen for a walking holiday in Northumberland again, Gail just sighed, sat me down in front of the computer and said "sorry Bertie, this is the best we can do right now".
Fellow pups, have you ever taken part in one of these 'Zoom' calls?
Such a disappointment.
For starters, there is no connection, other than linguistic, between 'doing a Zoom' and 'doing Zoomies'. Rather than having a wild time racing around the garden in circles, one is supposed to sit still, stay awake and pay attention to faces flickering on the MacBook screen.
It seems Janet did attempt at one point to engage my interest by growling at me through the screen, but by then I had drifted off...
Now Gail is always telling me that in this time of lockdown restrictions one has to focus on what one can do, and not what one can't.
But it's hard isn't it? I mean Janet is, among her many talents, a world beater when it comes to playing tug-of-war with a terrier-like level of commitment, and this is not an experience that can be replicated in the virtual world.
Likewise, I'll never forget the wonderful time I spent as a puppy, licking the berry-flavoured moisturiser off Helen's feet...
Oh I do hope we can go down to England and see some of our lovely friends in person before too long.