P1040231 copy

Hiya! It is I, Bruce. Kate and Tom are currently making Book and are spending most of their time rushing about taking photographs, writing words, and engaging in the mysterious activity of “Uploading to Dropbox”. But this is ok, as it gives me an opportunity to talk to you again. Indeed, some of you have written to inform me that you have missed my missives, and to enquire why I have been silent for so very long.

P1040330 copy

Friends, the principal reason behind my silence has been the Sorry Affair of the Sick Thumb. I somehow made thumb sick one day while I was out walking and it refused to get better. For weeks – nay – months – I was confined to quarters, forced to don demeaning booties and to swallow large pink pills. I was examined, re-examined, and examined again by various white coated individuals. The white coats said that because we live in the countryside, where the world is very wet and muddy and full (apparently) of something called Infections, that I was not allowed to go outside. I could not enjoy my daily walks and, for a while, this made me quite miserable. During this time I confess I did not feel like writing to you – indeed sometimes I barely wanted to speak to Kate and Tom, even though they tried to make everything fun as usual. But let me tell you that being an indoor dog when one is an outdoor dog is no fun all!

Eventually, though, something good happened. The white coats made me sleepy, removed my thumb and sent it away to a laboratory. After the thumb went to the laboratory all was well! Tom told me that the thumb had something called e-coli in it and, as I no longer had it, I was no longer sick! I was allowed to go outside again! Imagine my joy on that momentous day!

P1040239 copy

Since then I have happily returned to my old activities.

Paddling in Loch Lomond . . .

Millarochy Bruce copy

. . . leaping over the hills.

Bruce tree copy

And generally enjoying the great outdoors.

Super Bruce copy

Life is good.

Now, because I am shiny and look like this in photographs, many of you often tell me that I am a dignified and noble dog. But I would like to tell those of you who are convinced of my nobility that dignity is overrated . . .
Bruce7 copy
Bruce 2 copy
Bruce5 copy
Bruce4 copy
Bruce 3 copy
Bruce6 copy

. . .and that daftness is much more fun!

For some reason Kate and Tom howled with uncontrollable laughter when they saw some of these photographs of yours truly. I can’t think why, can you?

Bruce12 copy

See you soon love Bruce xx

121 thoughts on “Bruce returns

  1. Hello again Bruce! I have missed your observations and zest for life, glad you’re on the mend. Best wishes from Jim our black lab . He is too young to go on loooong walks yet but does so love the outside.

    Like

  2. Hi Bruce
    Sorry to be late commenting, but I have been getting ready to go on my hollybobs!! As ever, you look the most handsome of dogs in the photos – even when you are looking slightly daft!! Give my love to Kate.
    Your adoring fan, Anne xx

    Like

  3. Oh Bruce, I have missed you. Yes, you always look noble and handsome in your photographs. I rather like your expression in the “daft” photo. It shows your sense of humor. Good to know you are well and able to enjoy the outdoors again. Always a pleasure to see you. Regards to Kate and Tom.

    Like

  4. Bruce! How wonderful to see your wagging tail again! How wonderful to read your excellent writing! There will be a Lab at our house soon.

    Like

  5. Bruce, so glad to see you enjoying the wild again! I hope you get lots of chances to roll in the grass to scratch your back. All the labs I know LOVE it. :)

    Like

  6. Bruce put a smile on my face this dreary morning and reminded me of my childhood. I lived with a black lab name “Teal” from Germany when I was really little. He only spoke German and I only English, but our languages didn’t get in the way of our love for each other. I’m glad that Bruce is feeling better and give him a good chin and behind-the-ear scratch for me! Run, jump, chase Bruce! ~Tasha

    Like

  7. So glad you’re well again Bruce! Your photos got funnier as I scrolled down, I especially love the one with your ears in the air. Would love to know what you were thinking in the one after that!

    Like

  8. Dear Bruce,

    Thanks for the great post! I am thrilled to hear your thumb is gone and you are now a very happy and healthy dog again. My two girls would really enjoy you as I am sure you would enjoy two beautiful girls to romp around with outside. The huge landmass and ocean between us will thus keep us apart. Enjoy the outside world again!

    Knitski, Tally and Sadie

    Like

  9. Bruce! How wonderful to see you again! I always send your posts to my sister. who raises Golden Retriever puppies as helper dogs (Canine Companions for Independence). She loves to see what you’re up to. We’ve missed you and are glad your back, and back to your former self.

    Like

  10. Bruce, It’s so good to hear from you. I’m so glad you are feeling better and out and about again. Loved your pictures they made my day as you always do.

    Like

  11. Oh Bruce, so nice to have you back. I am sorry about your thumb but if it means you can be outside much more, then all is well. Believe me Bruce, Kate and Tom weren’t the only ones who laughed hilariously on seeing your pictures. You are one wonderful dog!!!

    Like

  12. I’m new to this blog and was delighted to see a post by Bruce! I’m so glad that you got well and can go outside and play. will you be in charge of the blog for long? You are delightful! And you brightened my day! Thank you, Mary.

    Like

  13. I don’t knit, or do anything remotely textile.
    But, my wife does all things textile.
    I do all things dog!
    So, my wife always forwards me Bruce.
    Smiles all around!

    Lucky husband of Eileen Fitzgerald

    Like

  14. Who needs a thumb when you’ve got ears like that?! You look so handsome with the black shiny coat and pink ear linings! Spruce, Bruce! Lots of tummy tickles, Xxx

    Like

  15. Aww Bruce Boy. I am so glad to see you back enjoying life. Also you have made me and my other human laugh with your less formal pics. I hope your humans are making sure your treat tin stays filled with things. Scritches from Edinburgh.

    Like

  16. Oh Bruce. You are priceless and extraordinarily photogenic! Whether you are posing in territorial fashion in front of the Scottish sky or howling like a coyote, you take all the prizes. Maia Aussie and I send our hugs!

    Like

  17. Ha! In my experience, labs are handsome creatures, but not remotely dignified. Mine has a penchant for sleeping upside-down, which isn’t dignified in the least.

    Like

  18. You look handsome in your shiny, healthy-looking coat, Bruce. Happy to see you frolic.
    Curious though why your eyes look red. Is this something to do with the camera or did
    you get into a little Scottish Ale while your parents weren’t looking?

    Like

  19. Bruce you are magnificent even in daftness!!! With hugs kisses and a wet nose from Charley your American four footed (and one eyed) fan and Johanna ps Charley says if one can life very happy with one eye, surely missing a thumb is no problem at all!!!

    Like

  20. Oh, Bruce, you could be a successful ambassador for anything! You have been missed so much. Dignity is much overrated, no doubt. Life is short, death is certain, and I hope that “thumbless” fun continues for a long, long time! See ya, Bruce!

    Like

  21. Dearest Bruce. I have a huge iPad, so your first picture is almost lifesize. I kissed your nose. Hope you don’t mind.

    Like

  22. Oh Bruce! You are the sunshine in my day ! (LOL) I’m with you – I vote for daftness! Pure joy and delight! I’ll take a page from your book any day! Thank you!

    Like

  23. Hello Bruce of Scotland! We are Oscar and Mia of Bloomington, Illinois. Our human momma, Miss Debbie, told us of your sick thumb and we are so glad to hear that you can be outside again. We are small, inside dogs but we love playing outside in the wetness and chasing squirrels. Do you like to chase squirrels?

    Like

  24. O, Bruce you ole charmer! I’m delighted to hear you are well, out there romping about, and living the high life.
    For your future, I foresee much love, glorious romps and wondrous glove finds. xo

    Like

  25. Missed you Bruce. So glad to see you back to you old self. You are incapable of taking a bad picture. You have true star power.

    Like

  26. Oh,Bruce!!!!! Love your posts!!! And the pics…magnificent!!! So glad to hear from you again…and seeing you so well…please post more often!!
    Julie

    Like

  27. Bruce, thanks for filling in while your humans are so busy. I am so glad you are feeling better and back to romping about. I have not been to Scotland so I enjoy it through your adventures. It is certainly someplace I would like to visit now that I have seen how much fun you have there and I see all the beautiful scenery upon which you romp!!! Keep romping and write again soon. We missed you!

    Like

  28. Aww, Bruce! I am so happy to hear that you are well! My black lab mix, Piko, would like to sympathize with you. When she had a cut on her pad, the vet told her that she couldn’t go on walks outside, but she refused to take that for an answer and would limp around the block with her injured paw held high in a plastic bag. I am so happy to hear that you are well, and can enjoy the spring and upcoming summer!

    Like

  29. Bruce, I’m so glad you are well again! I’m glad you didn’t have to be an indoor dog any longer than you did.

    I have always suspected that you were a goofball sometimes. :-) I’m glad to know you still have lots of pup fun!

    Like

  30. It’s so good to see you back, Bruce! Dignity is highly overrated. Daftness is the best medicine for you now that Thumb is gone. Yes, we laughed, too, but we are laughing with you, not at you. Never that, we love you too much.

    Like

  31. Oh Bruce, it was good to hear from you this morning knowing you are able to again enjoy being outdoors again. You are a lovable and funny guy!

    Like

  32. Ah, Bruce!
    So very good to see and hear from you!
    I so agree, there is nothing like being out in the great outdoors, mucking about.

    Like

  33. Dignity is highly over-rated (and entirely missing from the US presidential race…but that is another subject). In you, Bruce, daftness is a joy. And, sorry, but I must say I joined Kate and Tom in a long laugh looking at those photographs. So happy you can roam the land again. xoxo

    Like

    1. I couldn’t agree more – with all of it ! Bruce’s antics and daftness is a much better topic and he is far more photogenic than any of our (US) candidates. It is good to see Bruce enjoying his outdoor adventures again.

      Like

  34. Arthur the German Shorthaired Pointer sends his regards to Bruce. Even after miles of hiking, Arthur will sometimes get that crazy gleam in his eye that I see in Bruce’s eyes up there. This is always followed by several minutes of zooming wildly around the house. Daftness, indeed!

    Like

  35. Bruce! Glad to see you up and about. Years ago we had a weenie dog named Freddy. Freddy had to have Toe removed. Went through same process as you and was thereafter fine. He believed daftness was best, too. Best wishes for exciting hill frolicking.

    Like

  36. Aw, Bruce… you are AwEsOMe! Very photogenic, too! And I agree… the indoors is SO over rated!
    Glad you are feeling much better ~ good you are back :-)

    Like

  37. Oh, Bruce!!! I have to admit, that I, too, howled and doubled over with laughter at those pictures! So happy to see you are back to yer old self…and bringing fun and daftness to all who know you! Keep writing to us! We all love your reports from the field… They bring smiles to our faces! Happy Spring!

    Like

  38. Finally you’ve been released to run and romp again, Bruce! Happiness makes you even more HANDSOME! Welcome back to your great life on the loch! 😊

    Like

  39. So glad you’re better, Bruce! it’s lovely to hear from you again. and to see you frolicking about like a pup and having such fun. xoxo

    Like

  40. You just cheered up my day too, Bruce! Yes, I think being dignified and noble is overrated too! So glad you’re feeling much better and that you’re out and about again! Big hugs xx

    Like

  41. Dear Bruce,
    All dogs,young children, and those young at heart realize the importance of daftness on a daily basis.Thank you for the reminder and for spreading the word!
    Karen

    Like

  42. I also have a black lab and I am loving the photos and Bruce’s story. Our guy is recovering from ACL surgery, so it will be some weeks before he can run and jump and play. So we enjoy living vicariously through Bruce’s antics.

    Like

leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s