Every morning the Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager wakes up, fetches Fritz his breakfast, and then the two of them take some air around the village of Abriachan, right at the head of the Great Glen, where Butcher has made his Highland home.
"I can't describe to you how beautiful I find it up here – it is fantastic," he says. "The views are amazing where we live, unless the mist has come down. I love it here, I'm extremely happy."
How times have changed. Sir David Murray and Johnston are gone from Rangers, the club has suffered liquidation, and now Charles Green is trumpeting precisely the opposite line – that just as soon as a decent deal can be struck, Ibrox will be renamed.
It has been interesting to gauge the reaction of many fans to Green's proposal. Some vehemently despise an Ibrox rebranding. Others are either ambivalent or feel resigned.
No wonder this Northern Irishman is viewed as one of the most refreshing things to happen to Scottish football. For a man raised on a South Derry chicken farm, Shiels possesses a fine polemic that goes way beyond poultry.
Not a hope. It might have been very different not so long ago. The former Scotland manager once saw his international job as a means of paving a fresh path to opportunities in England, before the Hampden ceiling and plaster abruptly collapsed around him.
In these early days of 2013, Levein finds himself back at square one in his Fife redoubt: time to rebuild, for a second time, a managerial career in disrepair.