23 February 2013 - Very Sad News
We were all very sorry to hear that Bertie went to Rainbow Bridge today. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by all his family and everyone who knew him.
Albert is a small Retriever Cross who has now been neutered. Basically he is a Golden Retriever in minature, about the size of a Springer Spaniel. We think he is about 7 or 8 years old and has the sweetest nature. He seems to be very quiet and he loves the car. He was a stray who, sadly, nobody claimed.
Simon met him from the transport at silly o'clock, together with Susie, and he is now in foster with Andy and Val and the lovely Smudge in the West Midlands.
UPDATE FROM SIMON 15.9.2010
Albert is doing very well with Andy and Val but to get a more rounded picture of him, we decided to let him spend a night and a day with Simon so we could ascertain his reactions to living in a family situation.
Simon says "Albert is a very sweet unassuming dog, so much so that, the majority of time, you don't even know he's there, except when you happen to trip over him. He's one step up from a stuffed animal! He has the occasional potter about the house and investigation of the garden but generally he's happy to find a comfy spot and watch life go by.
He's very easy going and we've had no problems introducing him to our three other dogs who have readily accepted him into the pack. He shows no interest in playing with them and is happy just to say a doggy "hello" and then settle down.
He's also met our three children (ages 13, 11 and 3.5) and has been thoroughly road tested by them. He allowed Thomas our youngest to hug him and stroke him and there was no sign of any stress or agitation on his part. The other two have given him plenty of fuss and Emily gave him a big hug and he didn't even bat an eyelid.
He seems to have a healthy appetite, although he has not got many teeth and he will gently take food from your hand, with no snatching from this elderly gentleman. He's also fully house trained and shows that he needs to go out by pacing, there's no barking or scratching from this old man.
Out on the lead he walks well but he does have a habit of stopping every 20 yards or so then, with a bit of encouragement, off he goes again. Andy and Val who are fostering him think he has spent his life with an elderly or infirm person, which I'm inclined to agree with, as that would explain this habit.
All in all Albert is a lovely old boy and I think the name suits his character. If someone is after an unassuming, easy to care for and gentle dog then Bertie is the boy for the job."
FIRST REPORT FROM WENDY 19/09/2010
UPDATE 3 NOVEMBER 2010
Wendy says. "Our biggest concern when we took Bertie home from the Reunion in September was the fact that he didn't seem to like to walk for very long without breaks!! This has proven to be an unfounded concern - he loves his walks with Shadow and is an absolute sweetie both on and off lead. His temperament is so relaxed and laid back that even Lauren, our 4 year old, can walk him on lead without any problems. Bertie gets on very well with Shadow - the way he is so laid back seems to be a calming influence on her and they potter quite happily together. He is very good in the house - no accidents and doesn't pester for food, although eats his meals happily. He does have a lovely little character - if we suddenly stop making a fuss of him, he will look at us and bark - as if to say "don't stop, I was enjoying that!"
He is settled in the house, especially when lying on the sofa, or in an armchair, but always has a waggy tail to welcome us. However, he doesn't craze us for attention, but settles quite happily wherever he chooses.
BRIEF UPDATE ON BERTIE DEC 2010
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2011
Bertie loves his walk and loves his fuss, but is quite content when at home just to sit in one of his favourite chairs (unlike Shadow, she doesn't feel a dog bed is for her!!) or else sit on somebody's lap and have a cuddle. He is very affectionate and loving, but never a pest, although if you are eating, he will sit by you and watch, ever hopeful. He is a friend to anybody that comes into our house and barks when he feels he is not getting the attention he deserves!