Sunday, 21 February 2010


Hello everybloggie. Been a sad time. Our chum Hamish left to go to the bridge. Such a grand old chap. Wise in word and deed.

Occasionally. Rascal ones! He left a comment on my blog not so long ago. Yapping about a neat terrier trick he'd pulled at the tea table when he was a young 'un. 'Course. I encouraged him to blog about it. Made me laugh my square head off when he did. Read it here on his blog. A right funny feast.

Straight after, inspired by Hamish's teatime tale, I put my paw to paper. Wrote a poem. Barking about the time me and Petey had just spent in London for his birthday treat (Petey's Birthday is this week everybloggie. Mica's too. Woohoo!!)

In my square noggin', as I wrote, Hamish was with me. Knew he would relate to my poem. Like to think now he might even approve. So. As they do in the front of fine books. A dedication. "This poem's dedicated to you my dear chum Hamish. Thanks for being you. Until we meet again."

Petey's Birthday Tea.

I wanted to treat my pal Petey
It's his birthday week you see.
I knew just where to take him.
The Ritz for a right slap up tea!

We nibbled and scarfed down biscuits
Munched on sandwiches. Marmite and Spam.
Sunk our teeth into Carob Gateaux
And a Victoria Sandwich with jam.

Millionaire Shortbread and Coconut Kisses
Cakes Coffee. Lemon Drizzle. Blueberry.
We couldn't bark no to crumpets
Or cupcakes topped off with a cherry.

Stuffed down tea cakes dripping with butter
Dundee cake. Flapjacks. Apple pies.
Bloggies. You would never believe it
But our bellies. They doubled in size!

Of course! Barkday cake for Petey
A Kitty log one, fresh 'n scrummy.
We belched out loud with pleasure.
Was completely. And utterly. Yummy.

Wolfed down plates of pink fondant fancies
Boy oh Boy. That tea was a winner.
As stuffed as we was. We loosened our togs.
And trotted off to the Savoy. For Dinner!

Happy Birthday week to you BFF Petey. Your kittie bro' Mica too. Have a wagging wonderful one!


houndstooth said...

You are a great poet! I hope they both have wonderful birthdays!


Martha said...

Hi Eric, lovely tribute to our wee pal and great birthday wishes for Petey!
We are quite sure Hamish would love your poem.
We certainly did. We loved the pics and our computer is now covered in drool.
It all looked very nice indeed and we hope you two behaved yourselves.
What a lovely teapot!
We must go over and wish Petey and Mica a great birthday week.
Do you think your mom arranged to have the two birthdays in the same week so it would be easier to remember?
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Jans Funny Farm said...

You are a wonderful host for Petey. And we laughed over the story of Hamish. It is sad he had to leave.

Unknown said...

Oh what a great tribute to Hamish and Petey!
kitty logs w/tea now that's a pawty! yummers.

Well pal. I'm back in action. Had to have a few words with the blog assistant- can u believe I've been away for almost 2 weeks? Geez! Oh mom says she likes your haircut. Now she's thinking about getting me one of her home haircuts.

Stella said...

What a great poem and lovely visuals to go with it. Lets think that Hamish is looking on, laughing and having a great time. After all, the Rainbow Bridge must have a huge computer room, where our pups could keep an eye on us!

Good going and I am going off to wish Petey a Happy Birthday!


Gus said...



Asta said...


Such a bootiful twiboote..I just know Hamish is smiling fwom ovew the bwidge whilst stuffing himself wif similaw yummies.
How pawfect that you and youw Bestest fwiend Petey awe celebwating his and Mica's biwfdays in this gwand fashion
smoochie kisses

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Dexter said...

Oh you little piggies. Hope those trousers had elastic waistbands. Hehehe.


doyle and mollie said...

supa tribute - scoffingly good actually!!

Duffy said...

Your descriptions of the tea banquet were scrumptious and your talent poetry, well, who knew. Very nice tribute to Hamish as well.

Unknown said...

Ah Eric, I'd have been here sooner with my comments about your marvelous poem, but I had to take an enormous nap. So glad we decided to walk to the Savoy. That exercise really worked up an appetite!

Thanks pal!

Your bestie,


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Talented paws
Talented tongue
Talented toofers

Thanks fur sharing this one!

I'm sure Hamish is smiling!


TwoSpecialWires said...

What a friend and host you are! We're not sure who probably enjoyed it most ... Hamish or Petey or any of your fan club. What we do know is Moma had to get up and get a shortbread to eat, and that means if we beg nice and sweetly, we'll get a nibble. You and our family over the pond are amazing.

Love and smooches to Old Soul (we're guessing his system isn't quite up to the rich cakes and pastries any more)
Jake and Fergi and family

Life With Dogs said...

Eric, you've got skills! :)

Hamish Westie said...

Dear Eric and SquareMom
Thank you so much for the beautiful and characteristically witty tribute to Hamish. I love the poem and and sure he would too (although he would certainly have felt carob cake to be a poor substitute for the chocolate that he had such a genius for sniffing out, no matter how well I thought I had it hidden!) The pictures of Eric and Petey are just hilarious.
Well I shall certainly carry on reading your blog, and as I adjust to life without dear Hamish ( I miss him so much at the moment) I am starting to think about the format for a new blog, although it may take a while to decide on the direction.
But for now,
All the best,

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Dear Eric

that was a wonderful tribute to dear Hamish, we didn't know him well, but we were so sorry to hear he had crossed the bridge.

And as one poet to another, may I compliment you on your Epic Poem, or should I say "Eric Epic Poem". ;0D

My Jeannie was reading this post and trying to resist snacking before her dinner, now she is beside herself with hunger looking at all your niceties in those pics!

sad licks, Marvin xxxxxxxx

oh and love from Jeannie xxxxx

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Well Eric dear boy, you did a wonderful job with that poem dedicated to our sweet buddy Hamish and to honor Petey's birthday. The photos were so yummy looking.Since Hamish's scone incendent was recounted awhile back we can't look at scones (or preachers!) the same!
x-BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Hi Eric
We didn't know Hamish but we are sure he would love that tribute. We are sorry he had to go to the Bridge but he will be having a wonderful time with all his friends who went before. We send comforting purrs to his family.
That is a great poem. You are very talented. Looks like you and Petey had the best time. Happy Birthday to him and Mica.

Jake of Florida said...

Weloved your double tribute -- to Hamish and to Petey -- your poetic skills are as fine as the other thrills you give us all the time with your creative wagging!

We bow and are proud to share the breed with you.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

DSS said...

I learned of your blog through Hamish & Gails. I know you were all great friends. We miss him terribly as well.

Lovely poem, and the pictures...well they tell the story don't they :)

Asta said...

Dawling Ewic
I cewtainly feel all youw squawe love and special kisses.
You aways cheew me up and I love the special biwfady tea you had fow Petey.
I suwe wish I could have joined you, those yummie nummews awe exackly what I love and I would have loved being wif two such gweat looking boyz.
Hamish' love and advice will stay wif us always..but i suwe wish he could have stayed longew to cheew us on
smoochie kisses

Agatha and Archie said...

WEll that was a lovely tribute to both the boys and you are quite a poet and you don't even know it( Sorry sorry ARchie took over for a brief second) listen can you do us a favor? WHen you act as our agent smoke a cigar..Archie says that makes you looks tuff..I think it will make you stink but what do I know..Lve A+A

McGillicutty said...

Dear Eric,

Yes, me muffer (fur mom) has arrived! She thinks that you are too cute for words! She is quite taken with ya, E!! And now, you bring on the pawetry charm to boot? Oh man, I need to take notes---YOU'RE the Ladies Man? Oh, did I mention that me muffer is a plus-sized model? She'll tell ya all about it soon...she is taking computer 101 from me right now. She will be blogging soon, I just know it. Stay tuned....

Irish Love,

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Petey and Eric partook of tea...

Selfish beasts, they didn't ask me.

Lacie alone; the winter is boring...

All she hears is Scruff and Stan loudly snoring...

She thinks of Petey...paws smeared with butter, all of the silver knocked down in the gutter...

Eric is crowned like a margarine ad...

Not realizing he looks a bit of a cad...

Lacie shrieks; so mad at being left out...Petey and Eric respond with a shout!

Shut your gob Miss Lacie, you'll render us deaf....and carryin' you 'round, tis more than we heft...

You are as big as a cow, as wide as a horse

We mean you no insult,you know that of course...

Now go away dear while we return to our tea...Eric requests on bended knee.

The day is rift with a hoooge screeching shriek, words sounding like "YOU TOTAL JERKS"..

You won't share your tea
You'll gnaw on your scones...

Splittin' nuthin' with me...

Cept a pile of old bones...

Happy Barkday to Petey

May he get a new ball...

As for sweet Lacie?

I'm goin' to the mall.


I can't take a hint...sheesch..

Happy Barkday, Petey!!!

Pee ess...Scruffy wrote this's horrible isn't it?


Joe Stains said...

What a great poem. We didnt know Hamish that well but he seemed like a fine terrier.

Bobby said...

Wow what a party, hang on only You and Petey, no wonder Lacie girl is upset. Poems are being written about you Eric.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Petey...I am going to SIT ON THAT SCRUFFY...

He published that STOOPID POEM he wrote and stuck up an even STOOPIDER PICTURE for Petey's barkday...


And we's always...




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Martha said...

Interesting anonymous comment there!
Where do they come from?
Anyways we came over to say the weather in Scotland is dreadful - blizzard conditions!
This is why our mum was mucking about with pics yesterday - well it was either that or housework!
We didn't even go for a walk yesterday as we feared we might lose Bailey in a snow drift!
We have managed out today. We see you have upset Lacie!
Beware young Eric!
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

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McGillicutty said...


We love your barkday poem about your big day with Petey. But, have you read Scruffman's rebuttle? Pretty good, I must say. And, you thought you could not invite Laciecakes without hearing her shriek all the way over there in the UK! Oh well, better luck next time.

By the way, me Mom and I need to take Photoshop lessons from you. I mean, how do you guys do these amazing things? Is there a book that me needs to read? I stink at it right now!

Irish Love, McG

Clive said...


You're some poet! A great tribute to Hamish and Petey and yourself sure celebrated his birthday in style!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Bruce said...

Happy Birthday Petey! Eric, you're a great friend...nice poem!
your cat pal,