Saturday, 2 May 2009

Home guard

Here's me on duty, guarding the property in Aberdeen. As you can see, for the times when I'm not at my post, we have a special sign, warning would-be invaders that inside this house resides a Westie. 

Some folk question whether a dog as cute as me can be an effective burglar deterrent. Especially when the sign implies (wrongly) that I wear a kilt and play the bagpipes. 'Dad's Army' fans may wonder whether defense of the home front should be left to citizens of pensionable age. 

Fortunately, guard dog is not a job for which one requires references. Should that change, I have no doubt that several local vets will happily vouch for the fact that my bite can be every bit as good as my bark! 

PS I am quite ashamed about the state of our windows, and have set Gail to work on the paintwork, now that the thesis thing has been handed in. 


Stella said...

Hamish, I can vouch for the toughness of you terriers having had a handsome black Scottie for 16 years! He didn't know the meaning of "giving up" and I'm quite sure you don't either! Your Mom, family and friends can feel very safe with you about! I know I would!


the magic sleigh said...

I am sure that your bite is bigger than your bark. Mine is just the opposite, no guard dog am I! That is Scampi's job.
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Dughallmor Beagles said...

We'd be scared to come look like a ghostie! Wooooo!
And do you mean you are not also a handy-dog? Doing chores in and around the home, like touching up the paintwork??
Mind-you....the best we can manage is a spot of gardening for which we receive no thanks whatsoever!
Pfff....humans....never happy!
Slobbers xx

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Please send Dr.Gail over here next. The living room of our condo needs a new paint job. Mommy says it needs one desperately.
Glad to see you are still at work guarding the homefront. I'm the main guard here too.
ps-Missed you at Myrna and Gilbert's wedding. :>(

Penny said...

Hamish,I could have sworn that was me in the pic! Hah......I do the exact same thing I'll soon post a pic of me sitting on the back of the sofa during my duty of 'neighbourhood watch' Must be very comforting to our mommys to know that theres somedoggie Keeping there home safe as safe can be,Right??? That sign would really keep any introders out Espcially to know Thats its a WESTIE in the house! Everyone knows we do a good job at gaurding the house!
Lots of sloppy licks your dear pal,Penny!=]=]=]=]=]=]=]=]=]=]=]

Nika + PARKER said...

Ahhh yes - the guard dog - ME TOO, that's ME. Except if you go back to an earlier posting, you will see sometimes I doze off at my post.....shhhh it's just sooo relaxing looking outside : )

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Obviously any one who thinks a terrier is not a guard dog has never seen the inside of their mouth.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

The Black and Tans. said...


We have a similar sign. "Watch out Terriers about".

Mind you I don't really think it is necessary to have it, if anybody comes near our front door we let them know of our presence.

Molly and Taffy

Asta said...

Those who doubt youw guawding abiliites cleawly don't know tewwiews, hehehe! Good job!
Mommi says ouw windows awe a much biggew's impossible to clean them wifout climbing on the ledge seven floows above the stweet and Mommi won't let daddi do it...The building chawges $ 100.00..and we don't have it, hehehe, so it's dweadful. Mommi longs fow oowopean windows that she could clean evewy week
smoochie kisses

TwoSpecialWires said...

Guard dog? What's a guard dog? Am I supposed to do something different than lie comfortably and look out the window, looking perfectly adorable like you? Really?

I think I need a coach! Wanna be my coach?


Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Mum knows first hand how fiesty you guys can be! There was a westie on fence patrol where we used to live on her route to work.
~lickies, Ludo

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Please stop by our bloggie. We have an award for you.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Tee said...

You know we didn't even notice the windows when we were looking at you and your sign on the window. Now that you mentioned it, we think it gives it all the more rustic look!

We also left an award for you on our blog at

Martha said...

Hi Hamish
We missed you - we did try waving to you over in Torridon but we fear you didnt see us for the mist!!
We think you make a very good guard dog - you are very responsible. The sign really doesnt do you justice at all!!!
Keep up the good work.
Martha & Bailey xx

Martha said...

Just popped over to see our old pal! We havent arrived on Skye yet in the slideshow, that was the trip up where we had every kind of weather!! Once on Skye we did have intermittent periods of sun on the first two days - pretty awful thereafter. Some of the pics were very dark and some were stunning - thats the beauty of Scotland! We did look for you through the mist across the sea!!!
Just back from todays walk - lovely and sunny and now we are soaked through!!!
Hamish you must get a wee cbox!