Inspector Clowie

One Tuesday morning, a few summers ago, we set out for an early walk. I was anticipating a short walk as Pippin was missing, he’s the cat that spends a lot of time outdoors. The bipeds were worried about him as he hadn’t been home for a few days. They had been spending more and more time out searching for him.

We didn’t get very far on our walk before I suddenly ran off. I went right up to the front door of a house that was used as a holiday home. I made the noise I make when something is wrong and tapped on the door with my paw. They called me, but I stood my ground – they weren’t listening to me! One of them called again in the tone of voice that means “don’t make me come and get you”, so I sat down to make it clear that I wasn’t moving and that they really needed to listen to me.

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A Tale of Two Halves

Just after my first birthday, I was out in the garden when a good friend from the end of our street came to visit. He was chatting with one of my bipeds and he said that he’d like to see what I’d been learning at my training classes. I liked the sound of this – demonstrating my skills usually brought treats my way.

I had shown him all the usual things like “sit” and “down”. Then I showed him that I could walk backwards, which is very useful when I get into a confined space and he was ever so impressed. He then asked me to shake hands. I thought it was about time he gave me something tasty as a treat for being so nice to him. So I sat ever so nicely and offered him my paw as I’d been taught, but I put on my sad expression. He laughed and said that he was sorry but he didn’t have any nice treats with him.

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My First Puppy Class

My very first puppy class was an exciting evening. I had no idea what to expect. One of my bipeds took me in the car. We stopped outside a village hall and she carried me in. There were already about ten puppies in there with their bipeds. The other puppies were all as excited as I was. I was surprised at how small some of them were.

There were chairs spaced out around an area covered in rubber matting. We went over and my biped sat down and put me on the floor. There were lots of interesting smells.

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The First Makeover I Did

I was about thirteen weeks old and I was in the kitchen. There was never anything interesting left in my reach. I always had a toy and a chew but they never left any of their things where I could play with them.

I had been working on how to open the doors. They all had a handle, set at their waist height, that pushed down. I could easily reach them now and I had already opened a door that opened away from me. The kitchen door opened inwards and that made it a little more difficult. I had to pull the door towards me before my paw slipped off the handle. I decided to give it a try. Success!

I left the kitchen and decided to go and investigate the bathroom as I had never been in there. My first impression of the bathroom was that it was a very dull room. I then noticed a wicker basket and decided to have a look inside it. I lifted the lid and discovered there were clothes inside. I spread those around the floor. I then had a little nibble at the basket and it was satisfyingly crunchy and it came apart quite easily. It took me no time at all to break it into small pieces and spread it over the floor with the clothes.

The room was looking far more interesting now but I felt I could still improve it. I opened the cupboard to see if there was anything interesting inside. There was a roll of cotton wool. I shredded that and spread it around like snow. A couple of boxes of tissues were soon spread around in tiny pieces. Then I found a bumper pack of toilet rolls. I had seen the puppy in the advertisements unrolling those and having fun. I unrolled one and draped it about. It looked quite nice, but I decided to shred and scatter the rest of them.

Old Andrex puppy advertisement

My way was more fun than this!

It was starting to look quite artistic now, I thought. I heard one of the bipeds go into the kitchen. She soon came looking for me. She walked into the bathroom. She seemed very surprised.

She said, “How could you do all that in ten minutes?” Then she started laughing.

I heard the male biped ask her what was so funny.

She replied, “Clowie’s been busy in the bathroom.”

He said, “I don’t see what’s funny about that.”

She said, between giggles, “It’s difficult to explain, come and see.”

He came to the bathroom and he was just as surprised. He muttered something about it being amazing what I could achieve in ten minutes and then he started laughing as well.

That very same evening he put a hook next to the kitchen door and they put a cord round the handle. I could no longer open the door. I think they were worried about me working too hard! I have since done a few other makeovers in the house and garden, but I’ll tell you about those another time.

See you next Wednesday!