But a chap's head and ears can get a bit chilly at this time of year in Aberdeen. So I was quietly rather pleased to find this distinguished looking hat which Gail brought home yesterday.
It suits me doesn't it? The black velvet combines with my white coat to striking effect, I feel. The hat is versatile, and can be worn over or behind the ears. Apparently this style of headgear is called a 'John Knox' cap. It is worn by students at the University of Aberdeen who graduate with a PhD, thus befitting my intellectual status.
Gail is trying to argue that she is the only one in this household entitled to wear a John Knox hat. And it has to be worn with a fancy red gown. But look, it suits me much so better than her, don't you think? (And after all, I did help her a lot with that thesis thing....)
Well, you'll probably have realised that I'm now feeling a lot more cheerful than earlier in the week. Partly 'cos my human Granny came all the way up on the train from Nottingham, specially to visit me for a couple of days! (Oh, and something about attending a 'graduation ceremony' too). And, OK, I have to admit I was exaggerating a bit in my last post when I said I had been stuck in a cage for five days. It was more of a run, not a cage, with a comfy bed and a heater, and I did get taken out for walks twice a day, and the nice lady looking after me and the other dogs remembered that I have tender paws and always made sure I could always be walking on nice soft grass. So it wasn't that bad really, I suppose....
Back to the hat. I was hoping it could be mine for keeps. But it was whisked away yesterday afternoon, as it was apparently only on hire for one day, and I have been instructed not to publicize the fact that I was allowed to wear it at all.
PS. Finally, a message to my friend Fiona, who I haven't seen for ages, but I really like. She's getting married tomorrow to someone called Steve (I don't know him but I'm sure he's nice too). I hope that they both have a truly splendid day, and that all goes well for them in the future. Maybe they'll come and visit me sometime, and bring treats (left over wedding cake would be fine.....)
Hamish, We were positive that you already had your doctorate. You looks striking in that John Knox hat.
Congrats to Gail.
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java
Know you're not a fashion hound, dear Hamish, but you certainly know how to ROCK that look! Definitely snatch up that fantastic hat and hide it somewhere before it goes back to the lenders. Sure, Dr. Gail will have to pay a hefty fine, but it will be well worth it.
Also, please tell Gail we are SOOOO PROUD OF HER for receiving her doctorate. What an immense amount of work she's achieved. Well done!
(But you're still Top Dog!)
We were on the same wave-length! Were just headed over to your blog when your comment came in! Wowzer! We are certainly glad you got some very impressive photos wearing that John Knox hat before it was whisked away. We're quite sure that the first time you wore it, when you got your degree years ago, the battery pack must've been dead. It is so fitting for you.
And now, your Gail has the honor of joining your prestigious ranks! We are very proud of her. Dr. Gail. Human to Dr. Hamish. What a tremendous amount of work! We're glad you could all celebrate with Granny from Nottingham. And this time YOU didn't have to endure the long train ride.
We're guessing celebration is going to continue for a while! It oughtta! You ALL deserve it! (We know what an important role you played in this achievement, Hamish!)
Jake and Fergi and family!!
Hamish, you look wonderful!!! Yes that 'John Knox' cap is certainly you - and your look so intellectual!
Now of course Gail looks quite good too and congratulations to her - however, and don't tell Gail this, you look even better!!!!
We are pleased that your human granny kept Gail happy by attending the graduation - Gail would have been so disappointed to find that really she would have preferred to spend the day with you.
Now our memory of these events means there is usually a very nice meal afterwards - not to mention a wee refreshment!
We trust you had some share in the goodies.
We know Glasgow University don't let us dogs in - even though we did help get our humans through the stresses and strains of their thesis.
We believe assistance dogs are allowed to attend but then again there definition doesn't usually include intellectual aid!
Well done Gail & Hamish!!!!
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx
that hat looks quite dashing on you!
Mom says congratulations on the PeeHdee! That's quite an accomplishment!
I'm still workin on graduatin myself...from obedience class, that is. Luckily I don't have to do any thesis or nuthin tuff like that.
wags, wiggles & slobbers
Hey there Hamish
This is probably the last comment we'll make before our humans go off on their little excursion.
You look extremely smart, Dr Hamish!!!
Now....please send our heartiest congratulations to Gail...that is fantastic!!!! Well done!!! Hamish - you must be extremely proud of your Gail!!!
Hope you enjoy your well-deserved graduation ceremony.
THE MAXDOG FAMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Oh Hamish..how dapper you look in your new hat. Congratulations to the humans
Benny & Lily
Oh, Hamish dear friend, you look completely dashing in the John Knox hat and it well should be yours! However, we do want to congratulate Dr.Gail on her Ph.D and offer very best wishes for her future.
I am so happy to hear you are a happier dog, and hope you begin to enjoy each day as it comes!
YOu look so distinguished in your snazzi new hat!!
Congrats to Gail too.
You looking amazing in your hat.
Dr. Hamish, the hat suits you so well, you should have tried wearing it with a red gown too !
Congratulations to both of you because I'm sure you helped Gail get her thesis !
Please don't tell Gail -- but we think you look so much more striking in the hat that we think it should be yours for keeps!!!
Jake and Just Harry
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