When I was a puppy, we used to go to Wimpole Hall for a walk quite regularly. It was a short drive away and we could walk near to grazing farm animals easily. My bipeds said that getting accustomed to being near cows and sheep without getting excited was part of my socialisation. I also had quite an adventure with a kissing gate there one day.

This particular morning I was with just one biped. We had walked along the track that went near all the grazing cows and I’d walked by them without paying much attention. I was a little over a year old and I’d seen them lots of times. We carried on and went for a lovely walk in the woods. When we returned we passed the main entrance to the house on our way back to the car park.

Wimpole Hall, main entrance - from Wikimedia Commons

Wimpole Hall, main entrance – from Wikimedia Commons

It was a weekday and we hadn’t seen anyone else at all, but when we got to the car park a coach arrived and stopped. The doors opened and lots of children, of about  eleven or twelve years old, got out. They saw me and they hurried across to us. The first ones to arrive starting stroking me. My biped said, “Not all at once! Take it in turns!”

The children stroked me quite gently, I think some of them were a little nervous. My biped saw how relaxed I was about it and didn’t protest when more of the children surrounded me. But I know she was keeping a close eye on me, to make sure I was still happy. One or two of them asked my name and lots of them were telling me how beautiful I am. I thought it was wonderful to have so many youngsters making a fuss of me at once!

The adults that were with the children stood by the door of the coach chatting together. After about five minutes one of them came closer to us and asked, “Are they ready for us up at the house now?”

My biped replied, “I don’t know. The main entrance isn’t very far.” She pointed and added, “It’s in that direction.”

The teacher said, “Oh, aren’t you here to take us up to the house?”

My biped said, “No, we just came here for a walk. We’re on our way back to the car.”

The teacher then spoke to the other adults and they started rounding up the children and they headed towards the main entrance. She then came to speak to us, “I’m so sorry, I would have rescued you sooner but I thought you were here to meet us. Your dog looked so relaxed, it was as though she expected all that attention.”

My biped said, “She loves attention and the children were being gentle. I would have called for some help, if she had been stressed.”

The teacher then asked about my breed, she said that some of the children would be sure to ask later. My biped told her a little about my ancestors protecting flocks in the mountains. The teacher told me that I’m very beautiful and patient. She thanked us and said that we had helped to make it a memorable day for the children. Then she left to catch up with the rest of the group.

We strolled across to our car and my biped opened it for me to get in. I could tell she was proud of me by the way she patted me as I settled down. I took a nap on the way home – the perfect way to end a delightful outing!

See you next Wednesday!

108 thoughts on “Surrounded

  1. Clowie,

    You would make a fabulous guide dog! Who could resist that gorgeous fur and smile! We hope some of those children had yummy fingers for you to lick.

    Bella and DiDi

    • I think I would, I could point out all the interesting smells in the grounds! I didn’t get to lick any fingers, I expect their fingers were more interesting later when they’d had their lunch.

  2. I wish Doggy was like that, but he’s too damn shy, he doesn’t like to be petted, he doesn’t enjoy attention, he’s a loner.
    It’s really sucks when kids come and ask you if they can pet him, you gotta say no, they walk away very disappointed.

    • That is a shame, but you have to do what’s best for Doggy. It’s nice when children like dogs, some are so scared.

  3. Clowie, you really were such a good girl. That is pretty scary to have a bunch of children come up to you like that. We are very proud of you. Take care.

  4. Clowie, you are a perfect role model and boy do we need that. I still jump up on people (me, Bella) although I am getting better. And, Iick people to death (me, Max) even though my biped says, don’t lick. (BTW: what’s a germ?). We always learn something wonderful here from you. Max & Bella

    • Thank you. I’m not too sure what a germ is, but from what I hear they lurk in very interesting places such as muddy puddles and in food that’s discarded at the park!

  5. What a wonderful surprise. A gang of kids who want to touch you. That is my dream come true. When Mom took me on a school visit, I said, “School?? I think this is heaven!”

    Love and licks,

    • I agree with you, Cupcake! I think it would be heaven to visit a school – I would love it! I’m glad you enjoy it.

  6. Oh, I can just picture all those nice little ones eyes lighting up when they saw you, Clowie! I love the little ones too 🙂 And you were so calm about so many of them giving you attentions all at once!

  7. Awww Clowie your such a friend to everyone! You must have been real patient with all those little kiddies running up to you! Kirby probably would have tried hiding between my legs! Your biped seemed very proud of you!

    • I love meeting people, especially children. My biped was very proud of me for staying so calm. I love it when they tell me they’re proud of me!

  8. I sure wish that I enjoyed walks and meeting new people like you do. Sometimes I am better about it than others, I sure can learn A LOT from you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • Hi Dakota, it is a shame that you don’t enjoy those things very much, but you may start to enjoy them one day. I know you have lots of fun at home in other ways!

  9. De Cunningham. (@skye613)

    You would make a wonderful Therapy dog Clowie! Been one for years. Children love to see us walk into their classrooms.

    • Thank you! I think it’s a lovely thing to do and I’m sure I would enjoy it. We started finding out about it when we still lived in England, but then we decided to move. There is much less opportunity to be involved in it in Spain and we live in a very remote area, so it isn’t possible. But it doesn’t stop me doing a bit of freelancing locally!

  10. What a beautiful place for a walk! There’s nothing like that anywhere near where I live. I suspect there aren’t many anywhere in the US! I’m glad you had such a good visit with the children. Sometimes they don’t understand how they can be intimidating to animals or how to be careful around them.

    • Yes, it is a lovely place for a walk. We have often taken visitors there and they have always enjoyed it, there’s a lot to see. It’s great that some of these old stately homes remain to still be enjoyed, the National Trust do a good job maintaining them.

  11. What a wonderful day! My Maya would have been overly excited about the children, but would have calmed down eventually. I didn’t get Pierson until he was already grown up so we are still working on socializing. He is okay with one small child but that many would have scared him. What a good dog you are Clowie!

    • Thank you! It’s difficult not to be excited about so many children! It’s a shame that Pierson would be nervous, but I’m sure he’ll improve gradually with your help.

  12. I bet you were the best part of the day for those children!

  13. Wow, things are so grand in the UK. Gorgeous place for a walk. Love the ruins or Folly as they have noted. Glad you enjoyed all the attention as the children will probably remember you over all else from that day. What a nice teacher too.

    • It is a lovely place. We like the folly and have walked up to it a number of times. It’s very convincing as ruins, even up close – until you walk round behind it and then you can see it was built that way. It’s fascinating.

  14. What a great day that must have been, Clowie – and what a good girl you were! My Mum says you are a great ambassador for your breed… 🙂

    Solo and Krissy 🙂

    • Yes, I really enjoyed myself. I’m really proud to think I could be considered an ambassador for my breed – just like you are for yours!

  15. Such a beautiful place to walk Clowie. Wimpole Hall looks huge in that picture! I have never been there. I think you did really well Clowie with the kids. I know had a bunch of children all come running at me I would have been a bit unsettled. You and your biped have a wonderful relationship and that helps in uncertain situations. I love that you napped on the way home!

    • It really is huge. I think you’d like the old stable block. The grounds are vast with many interesting walks.
      I think you’re right about my relationship with my biped helping me – I know they’ve never let anything get too difficult for me.
      It’s always important to fit enough naps into the day!

  16. You are such a good girl, Clowie! (Have to say that I think those teachers should have been more responsible. After all, they didn’t know what a gentle soul you are… I think they should have talked to your biped much sooner!)

    • Thank you. Yes, I think you’re right, my biped was a bit surprised that the teacher just allowed them to rush over. But we don’t seem to meet many people who try to teach children to ask before they approach dogs.

  17. I was a bit surprised at the teachers too! But all credit to you Clowie for being such a gentlelady 🙂

    • Thank you. My biped said that when she was at school the teachers would have made them form a crocodile! That makes no sense at all to me, woof!!

  18. You are great Clowie!! Riley and I wanted to let you know we nominated your blog for two blogging awards. The details are on our website:

  19. Looks like a gorgeous place!

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