There Be Dragons

I was in the garden with one of my bipeds. It was Spring and the weather was improving. I sat waiting for my biped while she messed about with some plants in the greenhouse. I hoped to play a game when she’d finished. I was almost a year old and so I waited patiently – or at least with the appearance of patience! Then this strange noise began, it was a really deep rumbling sound coming from next door. Then puffs of steam started coming over the fence. I realised it must be a dragon breathing fire, so I started barking to warn my biped.

My biped put her head out of the greenhouse, looked around, and said, “Quiet, there’s nothing to worry about!” This was strange because I know just how dangerous dragons can be!

I stopped barking, but I decided to stay alert. I usually knew that everything was fine when she said so, but I had a new feeling that I hadn’t had before. She came out of the greenhouse and I kept between her and the fence that the steam was coming over. It made it difficult for my biped to walk and she stopped and looked puzzled. Then she realised that I was still concerned about the dragon next door and she told me again that it was nothing to worry about.

I relaxed a little and let her walk normally. She wandered about watering plants in pots. I stayed close to her, but not so close that I would get in the way. Then she went near to the fence that the steam was coming over. It was too close! This feeling came over me again and I couldn’t allow it, I moved between her and the fence and starting pushing her away from it. She stepped sideways to try to go round me, but I moved quickly and stayed in her way and again started pushing her back. She stepped to the other side and again I quickly blocked her. All this blocking made me wonder if I’d be even better at American football than I am at the English variety, which is also known as soccer!

My biped, however, had other ideas. She spun away from me and went to the side of the garden away from the fence. She called me to her and asked me to sit and stay for a moment. This was no problem, there should soon be some treats coming my way, as I was really good at sit and stay. Sure enough, she had a treat in her pocket and it was quite tasty!

She disappeared into the house, returning in just a moment, and I could smell she had some of my favourite liver cake in her pocket now. We did some heel work well away from the fence with the threatening dragon behind it. I easily performed another sit and stay. We then did some more heel work, going closer and closer to the fence. Then we moved away again and I was a lot more relaxed, as the dragon seemed content to stay the other side of the fence.

She asked me to sit and stay again. The liver cake was really tasty, so I immediately sat and thought about the piece of liver cake I’d soon be eating. Then I noticed that my biped was nearer the fence than I was and I almost got up, but she very quickly said, “stay” in a very firm voice and I stayed. She quickly returned to me and gave me another piece of the liver cake. We repeated this a few times and it was really difficult to stay and earn the liver cake! She made a fuss of me and said, “You are a good girl, even with that tasty liver cake, I could see it was difficult for you with your new-found protective tendencies!”

Later, I heard my bipeds talking about the enormous steam cleaner that the neighbour hired and used to clean the block paving in his garden every year. They could believe that if they wanted, but I knew it was really a dragon.

See you next Wednesday!

90 thoughts on “There Be Dragons

  1. You showed great courage Clowie. I wonder if my neighbour has a dragon he could bring out so I could get some tasty liver cake? Sounds almost worth having a dragon next door to get the cake, especially as it stayed next door and no-one was hurt.
    Hmmm must think more about this 🙂

  2. Stan loves liver cake but I dont think he would be brave enough to do heel work next to a dragon to earn it! Well done.

  3. Your human must have felt to well protected – you are such a brave girl Clowie. Those water-spitting dragons are scary and you certainly don’t want to get spat on by them – it hurts!

  4. Yooo are soo brave Clowie..I would of been straight in doors and under dat bed..Every Dawg/Humom for themselves in this case!! Bol.
    Have a great day… I luv’s Wednesdays when I’s can wead yor stories 🙂
    Hugs Mollie xxxx

  5. Oh my Clowie , a close encounter with a dragon. How brave were you to try and protect your human. A happy day to all of you.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. BOL I hadn’t read your post when I wrote mine, that is soooo funny that you were in such close proximity to a real live dragon!!

  7. Dragons are everywhere! There’s one right around the corner from me. Mom calls it a “motorcycle”. I know better. I attack every time I see it.

    Love and licks,

  8. Oh Clowie! Good for you being so protective of your bipeds! Of course it was really a dragon – it’s name was “STEAM CLEANER” (or so they say) and it apparently will be visiting every year so stay alert!

    Bravo brave Clowie
    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Sammy, you’ve solved the puzzle! I didn’t understand how my bipeds could be so wrong about something, but they were partly right.

  9. Clowie, dragons are real, don’t let the humans fool you, attack and protect them every time you see one, don’t do like Doggy does, he hears the hairdryer and he runs to it so you can blow some hot hair on him, talk about a guard dog…

  10. You are so brave Clowie. And your biped knows it. But she doesn’t know what YOU know about dragons. I guess you’ll have to humor her and eat cake (liver ones that is!). I’m sending you a hug around the neck!!

  11. I wonder if your Biped even knows how many times a day you save her from all kinds of things? Just like you smell liver treats from far far away, you can sniff out danger and alert your bi-peds. Being a hero all day must be tiring work? Maybe good to catch a few winks on a grassy spot to be ready for the next job.

    • I do manage to catch a nap. They are surprised by my ability to sleep through most noise, but to wake up if there’s an unusual sound.

  12. Brave fur ball you deserve a big hearty meal :-). Hope things are ok overall xxx

  13. When I was growing up my rat terrier protector always attacked the vacuum cleaner, no matter how hard my mother tried to keep him away from it. What did he know that I didn’t? I wonder what it really was….

  14. Hi Clowie, I think we have a dragon too in our house, I’ve heared the same noise and saw puffs of steam…or was it my mom when she saw what someone (NOT ME) has done with a shopping bag?

  15. Wow, learning sounds like fun when liver cakes are involved! I bet you can hardly wait until the dragon comes back.

  16. i’d be wary of those sneaky dragons, too! 🙂

    thanks for stopping in today and leaving a comment on the anti-word verification post. wish more people would remove it. 🙂

  17. joulesandprescott

    Hi Clowie,
    Thank dogness you are there to protect your mom! That sounded like one scary beast. Keep up the protective instincts, our humans need it!
    Your furbuddies, Joules & Prescott

  18. Hey Clowie, Jet here.

    You were so brave and thoughtful to protect your biped. In exchange, your biped was so thoughtful to think of what you might be experiencing. 🙂

    We’ve had that dragon here, too… usually once a year or so…

  19. i believe you!!! you are so brave, barks

  20. We’ve never heard of liver cake, but we believe we kitties would like it. We aren’t sure anything would get us near that dragon, unless we knew someone had dedded it. You know, just in case, We aren’t called scaredy cats for nothing!

    • My cats like liver cake and get tiny pieces sometimes. They let me take care of anything dangerous and come out of hiding when I say it’s safe.

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