The Great Escape

It was a Sunday afternoon and we’d had a lovely walk in some woods a short drive from home. We’d almost reached the gate to leave the woods when we were surprised to hear voices. We turned the corner in the path and could see a group of people and large dogs by the gate.

As we drew closer, my male biped asked, “What’s happening?”

The Great Dane’s biped replied, “The gate is locked, it shouldn’t be locked till dusk. None of us can get a signal on our mobile phones and we’re trying to figure out what to do. Do you know another way out?”

My biped replied, “The only other gate I know of is right at the other end of the woods and opens onto the main road. It’s a loop of about six miles to get back here – there’s no footpath along the road and it would be dark by the time we got there.”

The Great Dane’s biped asked, “Do you think we can lift them over?”

My biped looked at the gate, which was high with barbed wire along the top. Then he looked at the stile which was very high and narrow with barbed wire next to it.

Ladder stile

The stile was similar to this one but higher with more barbed wire next to it

My biped said, “I think it will be very awkward. Have you seen any gaps or joins in the mesh of the fence?”

The Great Dane’s biped said, “Yes, I found a join, but no one else was strong enough to help me with it. I think we could probably hold a gap open together. Do you think we’ll be able to persuade all the dogs through a gap?”

My other biped chipped in, “Hopefully we’ll only need to persuade one and then the others will get the idea.”

One of the other bipeds took the Great Dane’s lead so that his biped had his hands free. Then he and my biped pulled at the mesh. When they had an opening, no one wanted to try to get their dog through first.

My female biped said, “I’ll go round and get Clowie to come through the gap to me.”

She climbed over the stile and made her way to the gap. They passed my lead through to her and she called me. I stood there, uncertain what to do. I wanted to please her, but I was still quite young and the gap looked rather small. I decided to stay where I was.

My biped said, “I’m coming back, I have another idea.”

She passed my lead back through and a moment later she’d climbed back over the stile and was beside me again. She explained to the male biped and the Great Dane’s biped that she thought she could climb through the gap and then she thought I would have the confidence to follow her.

They held the gap open again. It was rather awkward for her as it was a roughly oval gap starting about eighteen inches off the ground. She put one leg through and then bent right over and wriggled through and then she had to hop a bit to be able stand up and get the other leg through. She did look funny! But, I suddenly realised that it was really easy to get through the gap after all and I had no idea why I’d been worried. I popped through to join her!

Australian Shepherd jumping through a gap at agility

It was as easy as this!

She patted me and told me how clever I was. While she was still leaning over me, the Great Dane decided to follow me. The person holding him was taken by surprise and couldn’t hold onto his lead. The Great Dane took advantage of the fact that my biped was still leaning over, meaning her face was on a level with his, to give her a big sloppy kiss! My biped told him he was clever as well and took hold of his lead.

After that it was fairly easy to persuade the Old English Sheepdog and the Newfoundland through the gap. The two Labradors were then happy to jump through! The Great Dane’s biped and mine allowed the gap to close and pushed the mesh back into position. Then they climbed over the stile to join the rest of us to stroll along to our cars.

All the bipeds were very happy and thanked the Great Dane’s biped and mine for their help. They also told me I was very clever!

See you next Wednesday!

88 thoughts on “The Great Escape

  1. Oh, Clowie, you are so nice and well behaved as well as smart. I’m not as nice–if that had been my biped, by the time she was a third way through, I would have jumped on her to get through before she did. It is so important for me to be first and in the middle of stuff that I sometimes trample bipeds, quadrupeds, furniture, etc. etc. but I’m learning. guess I’m a slow learner! Have a good week. Mack

  2. We’ve definitely had to crawl through some barbed-wire fences with the Newfs in our day – with not much fur left behind, either! The dogs are usually more graceful about it than the humans. And Alma can be lifted by the Husband if need be, but Moses is a bit more awkward about it.

    • Yes, the obstacles on some footpaths are not very friendly for large dogs.
      The male biped can lift me but he only does it if he really has to.

  3. Humph. For some of us vertically challenged canines going under things is the only option.

  4. Well, if you have a Labrador and a dog biscuit, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a volunteer! Way to be very brave Clowie, particularly since it sounds like NO ONE gave you a biscuit. A “good girl” is nice, but a dog cookie really says ‘job well done’. 😉

    • Yes, my bipeds thought a Labrador should be easily tempted, but the people with them didn’t think so!
      I did get a few treats on the way back to the car, so it was worth it.

  5. Well done…my lot would have been there until dusk digging holes under the posts…

  6. Where there’s a will, there is a way!

  7. That was great work by you and the bipeds, Clowie. And I’m glad that gap was big enough for the adult dogs—It sounds like they were all on the large side while you were still a “little” puppy!

    • Thank you. Yes, they were all on the large side! A lot of the footpaths in that area have stiles with no other option, so that footpath with the gate is quite popular with the larger dogs.

  8. If anyone was to get stuck or snagged, it’d probably be me. I’m a terrible klutz. I think the ladders over the barb-wire are pretty neat. I like them a lot. Good for you Clowie to set such a good example and while you were so young. Your Bi-peds always know what to do.

    • The ladders are pretty neat. They’re easier than some types of stile for bipeds. But some footpaths are almost impossible with a large dog!

  9. Clowie, you are are both clever and brave ! … And a real beauty says Maria … And I agree with her … // Yarri 🙂

  10. Well done Clowie!! What an adventure!!

  11. I’m so glad you followed her through the gap! I also notice dogs tend to learn by following an example.

    We had a terrible experience last fall with an agitated and aggressive mule. My dog, husband and I were able to slip through a barbed-wire fence to get to safety, but it was a close call and very scary for us.

    • Yes, sometimes it’s much easier to see something done than to understand an explanation.
      That mule sounds scary! It’s a good thing you could all get through the fence.

  12. Clowie you were so brave to be the pioneer and lead everyone out:-)

  13. Once again Clowie you were a good girl! I am not a fan of barbed wire and we are in the process of removing it from The Tiny Ten. Those stiles are very interesting!

    • Thank you. I don’t like barbed wire, it can do so much damage. There’s quite a variety of stiles in England, some of them are very rickety!

  14. Clowie, you are such a clever trusting girl..paw hugs, Savvy

  15. Thank goodness you saved the day, Clowie! That would have been a very long walk for everyone if they had ended up having to go back around to the other gate.

  16. Good job sweet Clowie, you are amazing and so smart! Thank you so much for coming by Snookums page and leaving the sweet and comforting comment for us, we appreciate it very much. Hugs and nose kisses

  17. Glad you were around to take the lead Clowie!

  18. Oh Clowie, you are always clever! And what an interesting life you lead, really you do!!

  19. […] I thought I was quite an expert on stiles and kissing gates. I already knew that I can get through some kissing gates and that it usually means a nice reward. I had also seen stiles of different shapes and sizes and I knew it’s usually difficult for large dogs to use a footpath unless there is an alternative to the stile – I told you about one of those last week. […]

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