Bouncing like Tigger

When I was a puppy I would bounce like Tigger from “Winnie-the-Pooh” when I was excited. This sounds cute, but it can be difficult for the biped on the other end of the lead when the puppy is large. My bipeds usually asked me to “sit” and we would wait until I had calmed down before walking on, but this is about an occasion when that wasn’t feasible.

Tigger and the other Winnie-the Pooh stuffed toys

Tigger and friends
These are the real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin and featured in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (aka Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. They are on display in the Donnell Library Center in New York City.

At the time of this tale, I was about seven months old and weighed a little over a hundred pounds. I was nearing the end of a walk with the female biped when I started to get excited because I could hear some strange noises. She talked to me and walked a little faster to keep my attention. When we turned a corner in the track there were a few men on the track and one of them shouted out, “Wait! Someone on the path!”

There was an open field to our left and the track went along the edge of it. On the other side of the field there was a line of about fifteen men with guns and each had a dog sitting at his side. They were all staring in our direction! I wanted to go and play with the dogs, so I started bouncing like Tigger.

My biped told me to “walk nicely” and tried to hurry me along the track. I bounced higher and kept pulling in the direction of the other dogs. I was sure that they would want to come and play, but they didn’t move even though most of them weren’t on leads – they sat there like statues! I was sure they’d like to have fun with me though, so I treated them to some of my most spectacular bouncing!

We had to walk a few hundred yards along the edge of the field. I managed to pull my biped a few yards into the field a couple of times, nearly pulling her over. She still had hold of my lead, but then she also held onto my shoulders with both hands to keep some control of me. She made me walk as quickly as she could and kept me pointing in the direction she wanted to go. She breathed a sigh of relief when we reached the end of the field and turned a corner in the track. I calmed down a bit, but I kept trying to turn and go back to play with the dogs. We hadn’t gone far before one of the men shouted, “All clear!”

A few moments later we heard some loud bangs from the direction of the field. I again tried to turn back so that I could play with the dogs, but my biped said that they were busy working.

My biped seemed very tired when we got home and she complained that I’d almost pulled her shoulders out of their sockets! She also said that she hadn’t realised that the pheasant shooting had started and that we wouldn’t be walking that way on days when they were having a shoot.


By Ron Knight from Seaford, East Sussex, United Kingdom (Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I was reminded about this incident recently when reading Back Alley Soapbox. There are two posts that will be very useful to anyone with an adult dog that is reactive, or to anyone that has a large and excitable puppy. They are: “Walking My Reactive Dog: Part 1” and “Walking my Reactive Dog: Part 2“.

See you next Wednesday!

82 thoughts on “Bouncing like Tigger

  1. Thanks for the links! Sounds very similar to Alma’s bouncing! I’d also avoid days with a pheasant hunt – sounds dangerous!

    • You’re welcome. My biped said that wanting to go towards the noise of guns showed I still had fluff for brains!
      She also said you’d appreciate this part of Pooh’s poem about Tigger:
      But whatever his weight in pounds, shillings, and ounces,
      He always seems bigger because of his bounces.

  2. Unfortunately Clowie, as I expect you have realized over the years, there are some dogs who can play and explore while others are working dogs. They have very strict rules to live by whereas your life has rules but much more lenient.
    Look forward to next Wed. blog
    Have a good day from Mary and Spotty dog

  3. Pheasant and grouse shooting days are one we avoid as the loud bangs from the guns don’t go down well and we just keep well away. We so know ‘my arm is barely In it’s socket’ type walks and that is why we NEVER go down Pussy Cat Alley anymore, big sigh. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Clowie – you bouncing must be quite a sight! Very surprised and impressed that the working dogs didn’t get distracted by you πŸ˜‰ Love the photo of the original stuffed pets.

    • I think my bouncing was quite impressive, but my bipeds seem pleased that I don’t do it anymore! We did hear later from someone at the shoot that a couple of the dogs needed reminding to “stay”, but they were amazing!

  5. I can’t believe they didn’t want to play with you!!

  6. I know that phenomenon, Clowie. There are really dogs who rather work than to play with us. Once I met the Beagle-pack of my neighbor and I immediately came over to say hello, but I needed tons of arm twisting till they ran around with me. The neighbor was overhappy and said: thanks, think I can go home now.

  7. Oh Clowie my mind is full of images of you bouncing like a bunny…….when I was little I used to hop when I was happy…..these days no hopping but at least I’m still HAPPY!

    Hugs, Sammy

  8. Oh yes Clowie we have the bouncy dogs….a roo or a bunny and it’s bounce central..arenlt these working doggies so very statue like when focused πŸ™‚ still think you would have been a cute sight to see πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xxx

    • I’d love to see a kangaroo bouncing about! Working dogs are amazing when they’re concentrating – they probably thought I was a very silly puppy!

      • Clowie I am sure they would not have even noticed…eyes on their prize! and yes we have a shearer come out with his dog ..and to watch them round up the sheep is clever..and yes the roos are wonderful and incredibly fast..they cross a paddock so quickly!! you would love it!!

  9. Guns! Yikes! Bouncing is a little cuckoo, but trying to go and play with hunters and their dogs, is REALLY cuckoo! It’s a good thing your mom biped knew what to do. Silly puppy…

    Love and licks,

    • I used to enjoy bouncing! I think the dogs were very well trained and would have been friendly if they weren’t working, but some types of hunting dogs can be scary. My biped says she’s really glad I don’t bounce about like that with her on the other end of the lead now!

  10. I love to jump and bounce… woof

  11. Some dogs, like like some people have jobs and when on the job, can’t play. I imagine that when not working, they would like to be friendly. Like the guards at thr Queen’s palace, those very brave male bipeds do not and cannot talk to or be friendly with other bipeds. Some bipeds have bad manners and no respect and try to make the guards laugh, play, or stop doing their work. But when not working, they are very friendly. We all need to respect those working. You are such a good girl, i know you will be better at this in the future. But I know I would have a very hard time not bouncing with you! Thank you for the picture of Christophers toys. I still enjoy reading those stories today. Take care of yourself and your bipeds!

    • My bipeds have seen the guards at the palace and said they have to put up with a lot, especially in the summer.
      I’ve met large groups of dogs in unexpected places since then and, although I’ve been interested, I haven’t tried to pull my biped over. She said that I embarrassed her that day!

      • Well, we’ve all done that. when I was a youngling, I certainly did my share of embarrassing my parental bipeds. But like you, I didn’t do that anymore. As I have said, you are a good girl, Clowie. I wish some bipeds were as well mannered and nice as you.

      • For Wordless Wednesday, I posted a lucky clover blossom necklace for you. A real live 4 leaf clover!!! I had to put a little reinforcement behind the clover leaves so you could see the four leaves. πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve now got ‘the wonderful thing about tiggers’ playing on a loop in my head interspersed with ‘whoop de….. something …….something’ and then I realise i don’t know that song and go back to ‘ the wonderful thing about tiggers’.

    Thanks for that….. pal!! ;0)

  13. Interesting post! And scary too! Having those men all standing there with guns! BOL!!!!!
    I am going to head on over the back alley soap box and check out those posts. Mika can be a little bit reactive at times, and my youngest (Koda) has been copying her lately while we are walking.
    Have a great day!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • I don’t think my biped enjoyed that part of the walk!
      I’m guessing that Mika and Koda are not as heavy as I am, but large enough for it to be awkward if they’re pulling.
      Enjoy your day!

  14. What an exciting, and scary, adventure! And, oh the dogs at your friends site are simply wonderful. You were a big girl for a puppy. We’re all relieved that your mom’s shoulder stayed in its socket. ❀

    • It was very exciting! I grew very quickly, my bipeds were pleased when my brain caught up with my body!
      The Newfs are gorgeous and they visit some lovely places.

  15. Oh dear Clowie. What an awkward experience. You just wanted to play and your biped wanted to have a nice walk without having her shoulders yanked….and there they were..WOOFIES!! Surely a recipe for excitement, paw hugs. Savannah

  16. Well, you were certainly a handful that day! I think it’s always a good idea to stay clear of hunters when they’re in the field. I’ve read too many news stories with tragic results. Better than you would keep that bouncing closer to home! But it sounds like maybe you’ve outgrown that behavior. πŸ˜‰

    • I could be quite a handful as a pup! I still bounce when my bipeds are playing football (soccer) with me in the garden, but I wouldn’t dream of bouncing about like that when I’m walking with them.

  17. I used to bounce alot too:-)

  18. Clowie, we bet you looked really cute bouncing about, but your biped probably felt a little more like Piglet who was always intimidated by large bouncy animals.

  19. Bouncy dogs are tough on our human limbs! We learned to “heel” πŸ™‚

    • Yes, my bipeds didn’t appreciate me bouncing on the lead. They didn’t like me pulling either! It took a while to convince me though!

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