Thursday 4 February 2010


I'm speechless with rage (almost...). Talk about UNFAIR. You wouldn't believe what I overheard Gail telling a friend yesterday!

It was about this new 'job' she started in January. I had been thinking it quite a GOOD THING, because it seems she can mostly 'work' at home, tapping away at the computer, me at her feet. 

But now I feel used.  Violated even. 

Well. I just learned that Gail only got the job because of THIS BLOG. By pretending that she is the author. She even put the web address on her CV. Apparently the idea was to show that she could write in an 'accessible' way, not just as a boring old scientist. 

I wouldn't mind so much if I'd been asked about it first. Or offered something in return. A daily meal of fried liver, rounded off with a wee dram of Highland Park, comes to mind. 

Do you think I should write to her new employers and apprise them of this shocking deception?


Maxmom said...

Hamish my lad...never forget...You guys are a TEAM!!! - and a great one at that! The deal is this: Gail gives you food, you give her support in getting that food!
You're becoming like me now - a grumpy old man! What happened to 'distinguished' the way - thank you again for all your messages of support! We love you guys!

Angus said...

Hamish fret not - no boring scientist will ever be able to write as accessibly as you.

Martha said...

Hamish, we agree with you, this is an outrage.
You could write to Gail's new employers telling them that she is pretending to be you.
It would be interesting to see what their reaction would be!
Would they offer the job then to you - or do they only employ two leggars.
In which case you have a clear case of discrimination.
We must give this some thought, Bailey will discuss the implications fully with her legal advisors.
We think at this stage it should be possible to reach an 'arrangement' with Gail.
We do understand your anger but best to take your time on this one.
We have found that jobs that allow home working suit us dogs well so it might be best not to jeopordise this. Our own mum is at home today doing her work.
Well clearly she has to prioritise our blog first..........
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Hamish, we think you should "leave well enough, alone". But we also think some fried liver at least once a week wouldn't hurt and a wee dram at bedtime never hurt anyone.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Dexter said...

Humph, kind of enough to make a little chap.... CRACKER DOG!

Seriously, I think this new job is a good thing and part of our job as doggies is to help our humans even if it means self sacrifice.


Unknown said...

I'm with you, Hamish, this is an outrage. First of all, it's YOU who has made this scientific information accessible to humans...and DOGS! Why do employers always forget that crucial dog market?

See if you can split the job with her.

Your pal,


Byron said...

Hamish, you deserve a raise!
You should go on strike.

Licks and slobbers,

Stella said...

Hullo, Hamish!

You've so far got several opinions and I am of the "leave well enough alone" opinion. Gail is working at home, keeping you company, and that in itself is a great thing. I say DO NOT CONTACT her employers. She might get fired and have to take a job that would keep her away from home and you. That would be cutting off your nose to spite your face (an old saying here in the US).

So just take it easy, be generous and let Gail have what she needs from the blog.

Those are my thoughts, dear Hamish.


briansworld said...

I bet they would really see her writing as accessible then, Hamish! Don't feel bad. We know the truth.

Eric said...

Outrageous using you to get her job. Bribery is called for. Remember Hamish you have the upper paw. Refuse to blog or write jibberish. I can help with that one. Yes. You'll soon be on Gail's payroll.Just make sure you don't have to clock in at some early hour in the morning and have plenty of pee and tea breaks between the fried liver breakfast and dinners.

Wiry wags Eric xx

Anonymous said...

Hamish, Hamish, Hamish. I feel your pain. Remember this: you got that new coat as a Christmas gift, and you get lots of liver - cooked just the way you like it - and you get to, well, cock your leg in places you wouldn't have dreamt of in your salad days, AND you're the inspiration for her more "creative" side. Without you, my cousin, she'd be nothing. Sooo, I agree with my Rocky Creek friends. "Leave well enough alone" but don't, under ANY circumstances, let her forget it. IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU! Job, schmob.

Roo Roo,

the magic sleigh said...

Woooos Hamish, if woo contact the employers then woo would have to go get a job instead of Gail, then how would like that. I mean do not you have enough to do everyday without going out and having to work for food, kibble, bones,yummy treats, and a soft bed. I mean, that is what Mum's are for to pamper us while they work hard all day, that way we can relax and do what doggies do best, NAP!
I say get your revenge in private, go pee on her shoes or even better, steal her dinner!

-Kira The BeaWootiful

ScrapsofMe said...

Ack! Not even a credit? about a little blackmail? You promise to keep it down low if she promises to fork over nummy treats more often, and not fuss about the inside pee-breaks. After all, you are the talent, she's just the transcriptionist!



houndstooth said...


Firstly, I share your outrage! Humans can really push our buttons at time.

However, if you like having Gail at home to wait on you paw and foot, then perhaps you shouldn't actually make that call. What I would do would be to threaten to call and see if she gives you some liver anyway. You could really keep her under your paw that way.


Sally Ann and Andy said...

I think you might need to ask for some more treats after this.
Sally Ann

Two French Bulldogs said...

Hamish just let her be. She thinks she got over on you but she didn't. Don't forget where the treats and kibble come from
Benny & Lily

MacTavish said...

Well Hamish, you just need to train your tin-opener to understand her place! My people (I have two tin-openers to service my needs) are very well-trained, and fully understand the basis of our relationship - to serve me, of course (and help turn on the computer if the switches are too stiff for my old paws). And while I sometimes feel their writing skills could be much improved by studying mine, I draw a line at any hint of imitation, and so must you. Has she never heard of copyright law? And she's supposed to be a professional. All I can say is "Good luck" with negotiating a fully acceptable fee on this one - and remember, our people are, after all, only human!

Will look out for you next time you pass my wall. Purrz from MacTavish your neighbourhodd cat.

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Hamish ... everyone has given you good advise ... but what does your little westie heart tell you to do?

Keep us posted ... we want to know what happens next!

Unknown said...


Congratulations on your Mangominster Reader's Choice win. I realize that the statisticians will claim you came in second, it was the TERRIER competition and you were the highest scoring TERRIER, you are the winner in my book! So there! Raise a dram with me to 100% authentic, terriers from Scotland!

Your pal,


Candylei said...

Yay! Hamish you are the star! And you have the most wonderful backdrops in your photos of Scotland. ~({';O)

Unknown said...

Hi Hamish aka Hambone
I understand it is most disturbing to you not to have earned the title CDIT. I had to award it to the most deserving and channelled the spirit of my family predecessor -Scruffy who happened to be a Westie - a most intelligent boy who embraced the innate crackery terrier spirit. But there are many contests for the cool calm and collected-I'm sure you would earn your title in one of those shows.


TwoSpecialWires said...


Here is what we've learned, much because of you.

1. Consider all the circumstances.
2. Consider all the potential consequences.
3. Make your decision.

You are wise. And you know where the food comes from. We trust you'll make a good decision.

And if there's a job possibility for a couple of genuine good friends, we think you know how to reach us. Moma could use some extra money.

Jake and Fergi xxoo