Monday, June 10, 2013

Meet my Cabinet: Bertie


1. Please introduce yourself(selves), tell us your age and a very special trait.
Bertie, aged 3. It is not well known amongst those who have never met me that I have a particularly (some have said irritatingly) piercing and high-pitched bark. I rarely deploy it inside the house, not even when the postman arrives, but rather I save my best efforts for when I am in the car with my flat-coated retriever friend Jake, being driven by Jake’s mum or dad, when I try to position myself as close as possible to their ear before vocalising my thoughts.
2. If you had and alter ego, who would you like to be and why:
Well I am pretty happy with who I am, but if I had to swap, oh, I think I would like to be my PON friend Bob  ( in France, ‘cos he has a cool name, a lovely playful sister Sophie, he gets fed croissants every morning and he meets a wide range of fascinating people, included the chiffon clad turban wearing Madame Bay.

3. What do you like best/least about where you live
Best is that it is only a five minute walk to Duthie Park, where I go every morning and can run free and meet all my pals.  Also good, I have come to appreciate from reading blogs from all around the world, is that it never ever gets too hot for comfort in Aberdeen.
Worst is that I have to share the house and compete for attention with Gail’s three bicycles. And that we are too far away from Human Granny and Grandad.

4. Who are some peeps/furiends you'd like to meet and why
Oh so many. Like just about everyone in Blogville. But most of all I would of course like to meet my beautiful girlfriend and fellow tank enthusiast Addi ( If I am allowed a historical figure too, I would love to meet Charles Darwin, who, by his meticulous and insightful research revealed the relationship between humans and animals in all its fascinating richness and glory. Oh and also he is known to have absolutely adored his pet terrier Polly.

If you could give one piece of random advice what would it be?
Be aware that both Gail and I have in common that other folk have described us as ‘advice resistant’.

6. What do you do for fun
I love to go for walks in the Scottish hills, but most of all I love to visit Human Granny and Grandad in England and to try to make them happy.

5. What is the first thing you do each morning
Stretch and roll over for a tummy tickle.

6. What is the first thing you notice about a new friend
It used to be that I would have bounced all over them before observing anything at all, but now that I am older and (a bit) more sensible, I do first make a brief assessment of their size and demeanour .

7. Tell us how you came to live in your family and how you got your name.
Fate. I was born on the same day that my predecessor Hamish died. I am named after P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster. We are both guaranteed to make you smile.

10. What is your absolute favourite food\
Bits of kidney from Human Granny’s home-made steak and kidney pie (the pastry is pretty good too).

Bertie over the months it has come to our attention that you have a very, very, very HAPPY Tail. Said tail has captivated Mom's heart. She gets all gaga when she sees your videos or heck even when she sees a picture with your precious little tail. SO Bertie do tell us is that happy tail a characteristic of Wire-haired Terriers? OR is it a Bertie trait? We are quite sure there is a scientific explanation for the mechanism controlling it. So here and now we invite you to expand on this Physics of tail wagging...beyond what goes up must come down!

BONUS Answer:
Well Madi and Mom, I am sorry to disappoint you, but for once my best explanation is going to be political, not scientific. I think that the reason my tail is so happy and waggly is that it is pleased to be there at all. You see, had I been born a few years earlier, my breeder would have had it docked. Yes really, can you imagine, depriving me of my best means of expression? I once met an older WFT who had a meagre stump of a tail. But thanks to an EU treaty (yes, fellow Brits, there are some good things to come out of the European Union), since 2006 tail docking has been totally banned in Scotland.

MADI HERE:  EVERYTIME WE SEE A PICTURE OF BERTIE MOM SQUEALS BUT OMCS when she sees a video with tail in action she hyperventilates.  

If you have not met Bertie, click here to visit him.


  1. Oh Bertie
    I would love to meet my handsome BF!! I have a waggy tail just like yours, who knew!! it is fun to learn more bout the coolest guy in blogville!!

    waggy wags

  2. Great interview! Though we'd have liked to read the Unabridged Version...see Bertie's post. Dogs aren't allowed to have docked tails here either. Or cropped ears.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. We're moving to the EU!!

    Bart, Ruby and Otto

  4. We didn't know Bertie! What a great woofie he is. So glad you do these interview fur us to make new furriends. XOXO from your main mancat, Prancer Pie.

  5. Wonderful to meet you Bertie! Tail docking has also been banned here in South Africa.
    Wally & Sammy

  6. It is a pleasure to meet you Bertie, you sound like one happy fellow. Our Mama is also a fan of tail wagging so we will have to pop over for a visit and find one of your videos.
    Another great interview Madi. You have chosen a very well rounded cabinet.

    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew
    Adam and Georgia

  7. Oh Madi I am so thrilled with my grand new title. You should see my tail just now.
    Toodle pip!

  8. Tail docking is still done here which makes Mommy sad (she's seen how breeders do it and it's horrific). I have no tail (born that way) so I "butt wag". BOL.


  9. We love Bertie. He sure is Blogvilles' resident boffin. He does go on some cool adventures in Scotland. Nice one Madi and as Bertie would say toodle pip. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. We love getting to know Bertie a bit more. I love the intellectuals! Hope you and Mom have a great monday!

  11. That is such a great review. We love the part about the tail. Glad it didn't get cut off when you were a puppy Bertie. Good to have you has a part of the staff for Madi. That tail wagging is so important. Take care.

  12. That was so wonderful! We love Bertie and Gail. It was fun reading more about them.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  13. It's always so fun to get to know our Blogville buddies a little better.

    Millie & Walter

  14. Bertie has such a great TAIL to tell! (BOL)

    So nice to nose more bout Bertie!

  15. i can't see how long tail is, but our boxer mix Jake did not get his docked and it is a lethal weapon, and really really leaves a lot of bruises on my legs. i don;t get happy at tail action i run from him... i am against docking but the tail sure hurts.
    ‘advice resistant’. is a word i am going to borrow since I am really that way.

  16. So fun to get to know more about Bertie. I love his blog.

  17. That sure is one cute tail waggin' woofie!

  18. Oh my gosh! That face!!!! So cute! We love a happy tail! Hugs to you all!

  19. Happy to meet Bertie, he reminds mom of Aster on the 'Thin Man' movies with Wm. Powell and Myrna Loy! That tail must go a gazillion miles an hour! Great interview, Madi!
    Molly and Kathy

  20. Hi Bertie! You are just adorable!

  21. Bertie you are adorable..Squeeeeeeel, I love running free in the park :) Nice to meet you xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  22. What a fabulous member of your cabinet! Bertie rocks! ... I hope I will get croissants every morning too!

  23. We see that GAIL only pawmitted Bertie to submit the HEAVILY Edited version of his interview... BaaaaaaWaaaaah.

    BUTT that is OK beclaws it was STILL a super duper interview.

    AND the not having the tail docked is WONDERFUL.

  24. Nice to learn so much about Bertie. Mom's family once had a WFT and she wishes Shannon had her full tail too - so fun to watch and so nice not to be docked.

    Have a great week.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  25. Hi Madi, missed you Mummy's back just saying hello!!!
    Love Hugs & Purrs,

  26. We know Bertie is a very good scientist
    Benny & Lily

  27. That's so so good they banned that tail docking!


  28. Bertie is so cute. Best thing they ever did was ban tail docking!
    Nice to meet you Bertie.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  29. I'd heard that tail docking was banned over in Europe. I feel bad for the boxer there, though! I didn't have my tail docked as a pup, but I had to when I was older because I was hurting it so often. It hurt a LOT more then. :( I'm so glad to learn more about you, Bertie!

  30. Bertie is so cute for a woofie Miss Madi.

  31. Nice to get to know Bertie more! Yes, we dogs need our tails!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Ambassadors of Love

  32. veree nice ta meet ewe bertie !!! N we iz WAY happee ya getted ta keep yur whoa....that wood hafta hurt ...

  33. Well now, if your Mom goes into convulsions and hyperventilates again --- make sure the Fancy Feast has been served FIRST!!!!

    Luvya two bunches.

    [sultry indeed...and the rain, tho we desperately need every inch and more, it's quite uncomfortable. As long as the A/C power continues to come through the lines, I'm okay with it. But if the A/C goes off, I'll be knockin' on your door!!]

  34. Nice to meet Bertie!
    He is soooo special!
    Kisses and hugs

  35. Thanks for introducing us to Bertie! What a happy woofie!

  36. Love the bonus question to find out that the EU let Bertie have his famous tail docking like declawing is wrong and should not be done. Was happy to meet and learn more about Bertie.


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