Wednesday 17 February 2010

Oot 'n' aboot in Ferryhill

So we went out for a walk round the neighbourhood at lunchtime today. The winter sun was shining bright, and in the middle of day, by this time of year, if there's not too much wind, you can begin to feel just a little bit of warmth in the rays. 

Not enough to make an old dog leave his coat at home mind. 
Anyway, we weren't in a hurry, and I persuaded Gail to bring her camera along, so I can show you what our little corner of Aberdeen looks like. On a good day....
But please be aware that our Northern city doesn't alway appear so benign.

For example, you wouldn't believe what the conditions were like when Gail took me out earlier this week. I can't imagine what she was thinking! 

I mean, who ever would consider it good idea to make one's elderly companion walk along by the city beach, when it's icy cold, a gale force wind is driving horizontal sleet in from the North Sea, and massive waves are walloping into the promenade? Well I did alright for a couple of hundred yards, then suddenly came over all faint and wobbly, my legs felt quite unsteady and I keeled over onto my side, and started to shake. I couldn't go any further. I just lay there. Gail picked me up and carried me back to the car, looking very anxious. She turned the heater on full and quickly drove us home. After a quiet couple of hours, inside in the warmth, I was feeling a good bit better.

So don't worry, I'm  OK again now. 

But it's no picnic, this getting old business.....


Martha said...

Hi Hamish
We love your new Header pic and liked seeing you touring the area.
Very cool collages! We thought Aberdeen was looking at it's best in the sunshine.
As for that walk the other day - what on earth was Gail thinking!
That wind from the North Sea is enough to blow our mum over!
We are so glad you recovered once home and in the warm.
We are thinking you might need to winter in a warmer climate.
We believe that SAGA have the equivalent for canines and you should be able to get a package for next winter.
Stay warm wee Hamish and tell Gail we are sorry she got such a fright cos we know she loves you very much.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Scooter said...

Those are some cool pictures of your area. Thanks for sharing. It is fun to see where other doggies live. You do look ver snazzi in your red coat,

yah I wouldnt go out on a cold day again, You gotta kill over before the walk, then she will keep you in and warm hehehe

Keep warm Hamish

ScrapsofMe said...

Well, that's one way to get out of a cold walkie....just keel over and play dead. But you probably skeered poor Gail out of 3 years of her life! Do we see a rolling doggie carriage in yer future? All wrapped up in a warm tartan blankie and pushed about in the doggie pram? It's a good gig if you can work it, all the fun of a walkie and none of the work.

Seriously, I'm glad you recovered once thawed out and rested. Maybe you are having blood sugar drops due to the stress of the cold? Maybe a nice snackie before, during and after would help? Cheese is always my first choice. Followed by a nice wee dram of something special.

The photos around home look so nice and GREEN! Does that mean spring is on it's way finally? I see you are enjoying a nice roll on the grass, or did you keel over again? Your new header looks smashing! Red is definitly yer best color.

warm woofie kisses,

Stella said...

Your neighborhood is very lovely, Hamish! I can imagine when summer and flowers come its even more beautiful.

I would like to tell you what my Mom said about older dogs. She said she had a 16 year old Scottie named Otis. When he was young he was a powerhouse, walk for miles in any kind of weather. But then slowly age comes along and you aren't as strong as you were. But your Mum doesn't realize it. You look the same, you behave the same, and you never think about the dogs abilities being different.
So sometimes the only way you find out is the way Gail did. I am sure she was scared and sorry. But she knew you could manage that walk at one time, and now learned its not a good idea. Our dog lost hearing and vision, and would panic when we walked someplace he didn't know. So we just started walking our blocks (ours and the next) where the scents were the same and he knew where he was.

So lets not blame our pawrents too much. Our age is all new for most of them.


Angus said...

Hamish to be out on the seafront at Aberdeen in February is the sort of thing that would make any sane laddie go weak at the knees. Next thing you know they'll be taking you up to Peterhead for the fresh air .

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Hamish! I think your Mum needs to realize that woo need to move south, woo could come here for the winter,not that it is much warmer, even I got cold and wanted to come in last night! It was at 32 (freezing) here! I am glad she will keep woo warm inside now.

-Kira The BeaWootiful

Pee Ess Woo- so, Mum wants to know if woo were named after Hamish MacBeth (the mystery series.....)

houndstooth said...

It looks much nicer in Aberdeen than it does here in Roanoke! I envy your green grass.

Perhaps you need to let your mom know that she needs to carry you more!


Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Hamish we love your red jacket. Thank you for taking us around town on your walk. It was fun
Benny & Lily

Asta said...

Deewest Hamish
Oh my dog, you scawed me too wif the discwiption of youw icy , windy walk.

I would have passed out wif heawt palpitations if I saw you keel ovew.
Thank dog Gail quickly took you into the wawm. Did she give you a wee dwam to wawm up youw insides?

Abewdeen looks lovely o a sunny day. I hope that spwing is coming soon and keeps wawming youw bones
smoochie kisses

Dexter said...

Oh my goodness, you gave me a fright with that story of your perilous walkie along the icy coast. Well, now you know, only bright sunny warm walkies. Spring is coming.


Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Oh dear Hamish I almost cried when I read about your cold, cold North Sea walk. I love the snow, but only want to be out in the cold for a short time, then it's by the fireplace for me!
Your little walk about of Aberdeen was fun! It looks like a lovely city. Perhaps Hootie and I should go to downtown Phoenix before it gets too hot and give a tour too! Of course, it isn't near as lovely as Scotland. This is a desert city.
BRD & Hootie

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Hey Hamish,

You look so debonair in your beautiful coat - quite the "man about town". Thanks for the tour.

The puppies are growing less seal like day by day - soon they will look more like puppies and less like baby seals. Thank you for being a Dogfather to them. You are a wonderful role model.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

At least you look furry handsome in your coat. But I do hope spring hurries up!

Thanks for the tour of Aberdeen!
Hamish, you really should stop scaring us like that, keeling over! oh no! I guess it gonna be hard for Gail to adjust to your changing needs too.
~lickies, Ludo

Eric said...

Dearest Hamish you scared the living daylights out of me with the story of your seaside walk. I hope you barked a piece of your mind to Gail.

Your corner of Aberdeen looks very green , not at all black like us other side of the wallers are lead to believe. And walking by the road without your leash, what a good boy, are you sure you're ALL terrier?!

Wiry love Eric