Almost got my goat

This happened on one of my trips to Wimpole Hall, when I was about six months old. We arrived in the car park and my biped started to put on her coat. She hadn’t let me out of the car, I made a noise to tell her that I needed to get out in a hurry. She asked, “Can’t you wait until I’ve changed into my wellington boots?”

I fidgeted to show how urgent it was that I get out. She came and opened the back and clipped my lead on and allowed me to get out. I immediately started sniffing around very excitedly. My biped told me to sit. She said I had to wait while she changed into her boots, as the ground was very wet after all the rain we’d had. She put the car keys in her pocket and she got her boots out of the car, while holding onto my lead with one hand.

I sat quite still while she took one shoe off and put a boot on. Then she took the other shoe off and at that moment two goats trotted by. I immediately got up and started running after them. My biped was taken by surprise. She had no choice but to run behind me, clinging onto the lead, with only one boot on.

Goats? They shouldn't be in the car park! From Wikimedia Commons

Goats? They shouldn’t be in the car park! From Wikimedia Commons

The goats were getting away! I tried to run faster, but my biped had other ideas. She suddenly shouted ever so loudly, “Clowie, sit!” She never shouts at me, so I was quite startled and I sat almost immediately. Then I remembered that I wanted to catch up with the goats and I started to get back up, but by this time my biped was in front of me blocking my view. She again told me to sit.

We stayed there for a minute or two, until I stopped trying to get up and follow the goats. Then we headed back towards the car – and my biped’s second boot! Two men came hurrying towards us and asked, “Have you seen two goats come this way?”

My biped told them which field the goats had gone into and the men ran in that direction. We continued to the car. She picked up her boot and looked at her wet foot. She said it was probably a bit pointless putting the boot on now, but she did anyway and we went for our walk.

Later on when she was telling the story of our little adventure, she said that I’d made her get a wet foot. The male biped said, “That must have got your goat!”

They had a good laugh about that. It didn’t make any sense to me, but I like it when they laugh.

See you next Wednesday!

107 Comments

  1. That’s a great story! Love it. Gorgeous dog! :O)

  2. Cute story today Clowie πŸ™‚ Good job listening to your female human biped!

  3. When I lived in HI last year … seen many goats. Good thing you sat down. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Even at six months you would sit rather than chase the goats anyway! Clowie – you are such a good dog and your bipeds are good trainers. Raffles is pretty good, but I’m not sure he’s that good, anyway he’d probably run in fear from the goats!

    • I think chasing the goats would have been more fun, but I was slowed down by the biped clinging to my lead and I somehow can’t resist when they say ‘sit’! I’m sure Raffles, the bodyguard, wouldn’t be frightened of some goats, woof!

  5. Well done you Clowie! Very impressed that you could control that primal urge at such a young age.

  6. Ah, training trumps instinct! Good job by your biped, Clowie. It is tough to resist the urge to herd escaping goats. I think Brychwyn and Huxley would have listened as well as you did at six months if they saw escaping goats or sheep but even now, escaped squirrels and common birds like robins seem to need a great deal of their attention!

    • I think my bipeds have been quite sneaky with that ‘sit’ command. They have somehow conned me into obeying it automatically and it stops me from doing all sorts of things I’d rather be doing!

  7. Oh Clowie how inconsiderate of you! Your biped could have done herself a terrible injury running around like that πŸ˜‰ But how delicious…goat! You know they breed lively juicy goat on Ganymede, and its only a moon away!

    • She probably looked quite funny, but I was only concerned that she was slowing me down! I usually have chicken on the brain after talking to you, but it seems you’re thinking about chasing goats for a change!

  8. Love it Clowie but don’t the Peeps always spoil our fun. I haven’t seen goats before. Have a wonderful week, see you next Wednesday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  9. Lucky you! You saw goats… I haven’t…

  10. LOL got your goat. Glad mum managed to hang onto your lead otherwise Lord knows. We have images of mum running wildly after you with one boot on. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. BOL when typist is struggling to train her dog she always thinks back to you! A lovely story, and I saw one of you the other day!

  12. Well Clowie, I can’t blame you for wanting to see those goats up close – they are the same color as you – did you think they were your cousins maybe???

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Hi Sammy. I think that Collies sometimes mistake me for a sheep – they try to herd me! The goats looked like they were going on an adventure and I wanted to join in.

  13. Hahahaha! That’s the sort of thing I’d do too

  14. Oh, Clowie… doesn’t your human understand that goats are waaaay more important than boots?! Great story!

  15. Wow, you sure put out a good effort! Can’t believe she didn’t let you actually get one since you were so close!

  16. HA! HA! HA! That’s a great story (although at the time I’m sure it wasn’t as funny).

    Happy Wednesday!

  17. Love it, Clowie! That was so funny! πŸ™‚

  18. Clowie, I’m so impressed you obeyed so quickly – I’m not quite as good when there’s an interesting distraction like GOATS!

  19. Oh, if only you got YOUR goat (or two)!!!

  20. Funny story. You are a great listener Clowie. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

  21. Clowie tell her “boots first”! Good on her for hanging on, I don’t think I could have hung on to you.. πŸ™‚ See you next Wednesday.. πŸ™‚

    • She says that’s excellent advice! But, like so many things, she probably needed to learn it the hard way! I notice she’s always made me wait since then.

  22. What a great story! Love it!

  23. Ah ha, the bootleg biped takes on a whole new meaning, thanks to you Clowie. BOL And, we like the met-a-4 of “got your goat” also. BOL, Max & Bella

  24. I can just see you running after those goats! And I can just imagine your biped, running at a limp in one boot. πŸ™‚

  25. LOL! This naughtiness makes for a really great story! πŸ™‚

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