Monday 18 October 2021

What could possibly go wrong?

Did you want to say something Gail? 

Yes, in fact I did. Bertie, I just want you to know that we are having a change in routine later this week, and are finally going again to Inshriach House near Aviemore for a long weekend with John and Françoise and several other friends. Isn't that exciting!

Exciting? Well I'm not so sure. These days I'm happy just to be at home with you, enjoying the quiet life, on the whole. Can't we politely decline the invitation?

Oh please understand Bertie, I look forward so much to our Inshriach breaks, and this is the first time for over two years that we've been able to go. You know I put your needs first for ninety-nine percent of the time, so I'd be really thankful if you'd bear with me on this one.

Well OK, if you absolutely insist...

I do, I do. But one 'issue' Bertie is your, er, ever so slightly leaky bladder. I'm afraid that when we are inside the very grand house, you will have to wear your 'male dog belly band' most of the time. Oh and by the way, your old adversary Hemp the border collie will be there too...

Gail, this is a disaster in the making! Hemp will surely laugh at my belly band and call it a nappy. Oh it is all going to be so humiliating.

Bertie, please be assured that Hemp will on no account be allowed to make fun of you. He is a very intelligent dog and I'm sure he has developed some emotional literacy by now. He will respect you for your years and your superior blogging abilities.

(Bertie looks doubtful)

Er, if you say so Gail... 

Oh and by the way, if any readers of Friday's post are still puzzling over the breed of the dog we met, she was, as Fay correctly guessed, a Glen of Imaal Terrier. Here she is again. Her name is Maddy.


  1. no one will laugh at ya Bertie...we dogs understand each can say it is the most noble order of the garter you got for being da best ambassador of da whole land... and that is true!

  2. I don't know, I'd start out wif a good dose of terriertude just in case Bertie.

  3. Hari OM
    Well, Bertie lad, I quite understand Gail's champing at the bit to have this breakaway - but I am sure you will find some fun in it too. Just do your best to ignore Hemp and the rest will fall into place. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Hemp and his family are going to be so happy that you came for a visit, Bertie. You are gonna have fun!

  5. Oh Bertie, it will be so good for Gail to get away and meet up with old friends again. All our humans feel bereft at not being able to actually get together for such a long time.
    Don't you worry about Hemp - he's just jealous of your superior intellect, and all those pups and people who follow your blog.
    You go and enjoy yourself, and make sure Gail takes plenty of photos to show us.

    Inca xx

  6. i think easy hit it right on the head, your remark if anyone makes fun of your nappy.. I am happy for Gail and send lots of hugs and crossed fingers that the visit will be wonderful for both of you

  7. Bertie, lets hope and purr
    Hemp has as Gail said "developed emotional literacy". Although I have my doubts. I have known two border collies and let me just say..everybuddy around them knows every single emotion they are having 187% of the time.
    Hold your gorgeous WFT head and tail high Rise above Hemp. Safe travels and may you both enjoy bountiful fun, food and friends.

    Awww I have a fondness for the name Maddy and what a cutie she is too.
    Hugs Cecilia

  8. We're sure you will have a great time with all your friends, Bertie. Kinley has a great idea of just giving Hemp some terriertude up front so he will be too scared to give you any grief over the belly band. BOL!

  9. Bertie, when our cardigan welsh corgi had to wear "them," we referred to them as "pants." Problem solved. No laughing ensued, ever.

  10. Hopefully your worries will be for naught, and you'll all have a nice visit.

  11. Oh Bertie, no one would ever laugh at you for a stylish fashion accessory! No one needs to know it does double duty.

  12. We think you are being so very gracious agreeing to this weekend away for Gail's benefit...We are sure in return, she will make sure Hemp doesn't make fun of you!
    Sunny and the Gang

  13. If those are some peeps that Gail thinks so much of, we are certain that Hemp will have good manners and understand the nature of your special new garb:) Just relax, Bertie, and have a good time.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. Maybe there will be treats……
    Championship Belt seems a good idea (above).

  15. Bertie, I think Gail should have arranged a wee kilt for you to wear over your belly band, in a Bertie appropriate tartan, so you didn't have to have anyone see or ask you to answer that old question of what is worn or not worn under the kilt! Have a great holiday.