Protecting my bipeds

I really enjoyed World Smile Day last week. You all know that I was so excited about it that I couldn’t wait until the actual day to start the smiling. I was pleased to make new friends – I haven’t visited all of you yet, but I will soon! It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces!

Clowie, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees

I love meeting people and making them smile when I’m out and about with my bipeds. I’m always careful to sit politely and wait for the people I meet to show they want to make a fuss of me. This is because I know some people feel nervous of me as I’m large. I also enjoy making my bipeds laugh and smile at home by doing funny things, but there is something that’s even more important to me – that is to protect my bipeds.

It’s hardly surprising that protecting them is so important to me when you consider that my ancestors have honed their protective abilities for generations by looking after livestock in the mountains. Although I’m always on the alert for potential danger, I’m pleased that there have been less than a pawful of occasions when I’ve found it necessary to do anything more than give a warning woof. I’d like to tell you about one of those today.

It was late on a summer evening and it was getting dark. I was at home with the female biped. The doorbell rang and I went with her to answer the door. The hall was wide and there was a space to the side of the door where I sat. I could see clearly, but whoever was at the door would have to look sideways to see me.

My biped opened the door and there was a man there. He said he was selling manure for the garden. My biped told him that she wasn’t interested, but the man continued to talk. My biped kept repeating that she wasn’t interested, but the man just kept on talking. After a minute or two he began to move closer and closer to the front door.

My biped spoke louder than she had been, “I have said NO”, and at the same time she began closing the door.

The man placed a hand on the door and moved one of his feet onto the step, stopping my biped from closing the door. Before she could react, I gave a slight growl and stood up. My biped moved the hand closest to me slightly away from her side with the palm facing me, our silent signal for “wait” – so I stood still.

The man noticed me for the first time and a look of horror crossed his face. He leapt backwards as suddenly as a frog jumps! He landed awkwardly on the path about four feet away. His legs seemed to be a bit wobbly as he hurried away, calling back over his shoulder, “I have to go!”

Frog

I’d never seen a biped jump like a frog before!

My biped put a hand on my neck and we watched him go out of the gate before she closed the front door. Then my biped bent over and made a huge fuss of me. She told me how clever and good I am. The strange thing is that she praised me more for taking notice of her signal to “wait” than she did for scaring the nasty man away! But biped logic can be very difficult to follow – I try not to worry about it. I’m always pleased to accept praise and treats!

Even though it was funny to see a biped jump like a frog, I’m glad that I can be friends with most of the bipeds I meet!

See you next Wednesday!

97 thoughts on “Protecting my bipeds

  1. You have excellent instincts and skills, Clowie. πŸ™‚

  2. Good Clowie! πŸ™‚

  3. No wonder your biped made a huge fuss of you – you did real good Clowie, she was so proud of you.

  4. You are so very brave and smart as well. You are hearby an official onnabugeisha – female samurai. I am proud of you too and glad your bipeds have you for protections.

    • Thank you. I already have the title of Chief of Security, but I will proudly add onnabugeisha – I like the sound of that!

      • Anata ga kenmeidearu, Clowie-san! (You are wise). Us onnabugeisha have a hard task looking after those we love and an even harder task to sometimes hold back. You did a splendid job, Clowie-san.

  5. You are so smart! I wasn’t referring to clowie~

  6. Your female biped must be so proud of you Clowie. Well done and what a laugh to see such a silly biped jump like a frog, even if it was backwards!

    • Yes, she is proud of me and she was so pleased I was with her. I’ve never seen a biped move like that! And the look on his face was priceless!

  7. Well done you. That was a bit scary. So glad you were able to see the nasty man off. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Nice work, Clowie! Katie always makes Mom feel safe. Bailie and I also growl at humans we find suspicious, but we don’t seem quite as scary as Katie can be. For the most part we all love people, but some seem a bit shady!

    • Thank you, Emma. Yes, I’m sure Katie does make your mom feel safe. I expect you and Bailie could have persuaded the bad man to leave, but he’d probably have jumped like a frog for Katie as well!

  9. Hi Paw I like your style

  10. Courage and obedience are a remarkable combination. Well done, C. I am fearful and naughty, so every time Mom opens the door it’s a crapshoot around here!! πŸ™‚

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  11. Apart from laughing at Cupcake πŸ™‚ good girl Clowie..I always know my animals instincts and trust them..even the cats! our cats know when someone is no good..they circle them..and really get in their way..Forrest always stands between me and any men who visit here (workmen etc) he is friendly and happy but always stays between us..it is so obvious πŸ™‚ Hugs Fozziemum xx

  12. YAY! well done Clowie! the peeps of the pyrenees knew what they did as they invented your breed! how bad that this guy landed not in his own manure!

    • Thank you, Easy! I’m having a good laugh with my biped at the idea of the man landing in the manure – that would have been brilliant!

  13. What a horrible man, so glad you were there!! Sometimes it’s very usefully have a well trained large dog. BD will bark when someone coughs – I may have to admit to using this trick a couple of times when I have been alone and not liked the look of the people near me!

  14. i never realized dogs said pawful ,like bipeds use handful.you learn something every day.

  15. I’m inducting you into the Para-Poms Clowie! We’re small, but ferocious, and we could definitely use a big honorary Pom like you!

  16. Well done Clowie!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  17. You deserve your own staring role in a movie, Clowie The Protector! We’ll help wag the pawplay. wag wag, Max, Bella, and Lady (yes Lady is going on 5 months with us and is getting younger!) ❀

  18. Well done Clowie! Your hoomans must be furry proud of you πŸ™‚

  19. Clever and good indeed, Clowie. Good job. ❀

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