Sunshine and Arran…now that’s a good mix.
We missed the A726 turnoff just outside East Kilbride. We then missed the A71 Irvine turn off on the A77 at Kilmarnock and finally turned into the local Asda as opposed to the ferry port at Ardrossan…but it didn’t matter…we were still on time to catch the Arran ferry, though making embarrassingly heavy weather of the navigation.
The Fatdog doesn’t mind the ferry and settled down quickly unlike some of the other canine passengers who suffered from a number of different neuroses…though not as many as their owners.
I liked the neurotic greyhound and his equally neurotic (in a nice way) owners. The poor beast had been attacked by a vicious staffy and had been to a pet psychologist for counselling. They were so pleased that he was able to eventually sit “nose to nose” with Maisie that it appeared to make their holiday. One of those happy, feel good, moments.
On the other hand there was a small Yorkshire terrier who squeaked like a rodent for most of the outward journey and was in the process of being carried off the boat by a “careful” woman owner when FD brushed past. The owner squeaked in a similar fashion and loudly exclaimed, “I’ll just walk behind you!” I shrugged, smiled and moved forward resisting the temptation to scream “Look out….rat!” then grab the offending article out of her arms and toss it overboard.
Later there was to be a nuisance of a dug who refused to stop pestering Maisie. Its two companions, who seemed to be in a perpetual state of war, snarled and barked angrily throughout the ascent of Goatfell. As a result of the last 2 problems the long walk in was continually interrupted by the calls of frustrated owners as their canine charges frequently transgressed. Put the f*****g things on a lead if theyare causing a problem! It ain’t rocket science. Jeeze!
Cap’n Jack was becoming increasingly psychotic the longer the snarling/barking and shouting went on. He has a low tolerance threshold when it comes to irritating animals…and humans…correction just mammals in general. He became quite inventive in his proposed disposal methods.
The ascent was to prove a long one.