BERTS BLOG: As I was saying last month - sunbathing is fine if you cover up certain parts - however at the moment I seem to have been overtaken by the Mrs who thinks I need some protection! I kept trying to tell her that I was fine without the hat but she can be insistent. I do have a need for some kind of protection as I will explain but not necessarily from the sun… The Mrs is decorating my bedroom. At first she put my bed out of doors while she was sanding down the walls and ceiling. However, due to the concern from the Mrs of not constantly remaining in the brilliant sunshine I had crept back in doors to lay down on the cool floor for a bit of respite from the heat. When I ventured outdoors again to find the Boss he didn’t recognise me. After a quick intake of breath he loudly asked what the Mrs had done to me as I now resembled a white, pasty ghost of a dog and not his favourite chocolate. This elicited surprise from the Mrs who didn’t know I was inside when she was sanding down the walls and she instantly began patting and brushing me with her hands to rid my coat of white dust. This was such an enjoyable experience that I sneaked back inside again when she had her back turned, only by this time the sandpaper had been replaced with paint and rollers and I later emerged into the sunshine rather reminiscent of a Dalmation with large white spots…… The Boss instantly decided he and I needed to take a run down to the lake so I could swim my way back to being a chocolate Labrador again. Just by chance the Boss remembered he had to check out his fishing tackle and together we spent a pleasant afternoon playing by the water. On our return my bedroom had a perfect white ceiling and the Mrs treated me to a jolly good towelling and brushing which almost made up for trying to change my breed!