Road Trip to Budapest: Day 4 Dobbie reunited with Gobbie

IMG_2346One of the great things about World Masters is catching up with all of your swimming mates, and I was therefore slightly surprised but delighted to reacquaint myself with Gobbie the rescue dog, who first burst onto the scene at Montreal. Dogs on the pool side are not a feature you regularly come across but Gobbie (the most photographed creature in Montreal)  see here and here.

All Gobbie fans will be delighted to know that he is now 7 years old so he’s entered the 45 – 49 years dog paddle (or if you’re American and politically correct “human stroke”) he loves flying and spent his time quietly sitting on a seat next to his mistress.

A rather slimmer 4 yr old Gobbie

Sadly I don’t know his owner’s name although I do now that she has a serious latex allergy and a fabulous taste in Crocs.

If you can’t be bothered to follow the links above I’ll summarise the Gobbie story, when I was talking to his owner she told me that he was a rescue dog and specially trained to bring her”nappy pins”. Which left me rather puzzled as to what earthy good a nappy pin could be to someone in need of rescuing?

About three days later I was informed that she suffered from a serious latex allergy and the penny dropped that it wasn’t nappy pins at all but epipens!

IMG_0201So today was Hajos A and the 100 Breaststroke and boy isn’t it hot. I was seeded 12th and managed to avoid yesterday’s paper issues and was satisfied with an 8th place finish in a time faster than Aberdeen so I can’t really grumble; except I will because they no longer dish out putty medals for the top 10 finishers, this time it’s down to the top 6.


  • 800 warm up
  • 100 breast stroke 1:32.39
  • 400 swim down






2 comments on “Road Trip to Budapest: Day 4 Dobbie reunited with Gobbie”
  1. JANE ASHER says:

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR REPORTING , Verity, really good to read how well you have all been doing. Safe journey home everyone, look forward to hearing about it in Sheffield, if you still remember it all!


    1. bingeswimmer says:

      Thanks Jane we missed you, it was a fantastic trip with absolutely brilliant facilities you would’ve loved it.


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