When the ladies of the Longhope Lifeboat Guild came over last year raising money for our local lifeboat, I talked about taking Scottie over to meet their mascot, Hector. That never happened. But when I heard they were bringing Hector this year, I knew I had to take Isla and Meg to meet him.
Longhope is on the island of South Walls, next door to Flotta – one I often photograph on dog walks. The lifeboat, the Helen Comrie, is stationed in the village.
It is a short passage from Longhope to Flotta’s main pier, and the lifeboat tied up where the ferry comes in.
As we walked along the pier, I could see a familiar shape investigating the area. This was Hector, Scottie and mascot.
Once my two saw him they wanted to be introduced. Scotties are unusual in that, unlike other dogs, they greet each other by touching noses first…..
… before doing the usual dog thing of smelling bums!
Hector wears a dog life jacket, something each lifeboat carries for canine casualties.
He is quite used to wearing it, and being picked up by the handle:
While some of the crew stayed with the boat…..
… the rest of us went back to the hall. My dogs stayed in the car, but Hector came in to join the fun and earn his keep, looking cute.
The pocket on his life jacket really does have a hip flask in it, and by the smell it really does contain brandy!!
We tried to get a pic of Hamish with the three boys from the lifeboat, but getting the four of them to stay still wasn’t easy, so the pix aren’t brilliant!!
Getting Hamish to pose with the RNLI flag was easier. Any Scottie owner will know from the expression that FOOD was being offered…!
Thank you to all RNLI Longhope for coming over. I am glad you raised a goodly sum to go towards the sterling work you do. (Their Facebook page is here.)