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. Funny story. Too bad your biped didn’t let you “got” the goat! (That’s such a funny phrase… Going to check out your link and see if it explains it.)

    • Hmm. Had the definition, but not the origin. Here’s what I found:

      “The dictionary definition of goat is ‘a ruminant quadruped of the genus Capra’. What’s that got to do with being angry? Given the meaning of ‘get your goat’, we might expect to find goat as a slang term meaning anger or annoyance. That meaning is recorded in the US book Life in Sing Sing, 1904, which goat is given as a slang term for anger. The phrase originated in the US and the first entry in print that I can find comes from a fanciful story about a burst water pipe that was printed in the US newspaper The Stevens Point Daily Journal, May 1909:
      ‘Wouldn’t that get your goat? We’d been transferring the same water all night from the tub to the bowl and back again.'”

      So, I guess goat used to mean being annoyed. Goats do sometimes seem a little testy…

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I’m sure I could have caught up with the goats, if I hadn’t been towing a biped!

  2. Great story. Wonder if they caught those silly goats. Goats can be really naughty sometimes. Glad the Mom and Dad laughed at the ‘Got your Goat’. You were such a good doggie to sit so quickly. Take care.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked it. The goats had gone through the gate to a very large, but enclosed field. The men closed the gate when they went in. Even if the goats found a gap in the fence, they would have been in another field belonging to the estate. They were fairly safe once that gate was closed.

  3. Well Clowie, as long as your biped didn’t put the boot in mol xx

  4. Clowie,

    Those humans speak another language sometimes. Where do you think the goats went?

    Bella and DiDi

    • Hi Bella and DiDi! The estate we were walking in has a huge amount of land. The goats had gone into a field and, once the men had closed the gate, the goats were safe from traffic. They could then only get into other fields. I don’t know how long it took to catch them though!

  5. Oh, you are a mischievous one, Clowie! I’m glad to see that you listened to your biped. It may not always seem like it, but sometimes they know best. πŸ˜‰

  6. Great story miss Beautiful heart Clowie …………Your Biped is a really kind lady πŸ™‚ !!!!!!!!!!!!
    she loves you very much – evident πŸ™‚
    and I love you toooo xxxxx
    fall in love with You each time i see You πŸ™‚ It’s true xo

  7. So Clowie, did you finally get to do your…um…you know…business? Betcha forgot all about that when those goats went adventuring by!!! Ma won’t take me to the place where she paints goats ’cause she knows I’d bark at them the whole time. You gotta work on the canine disobedience thingy, ’cause, boy you really nailed that sit. πŸ™‚
    Yours,
    Poppy

  8. Goats are real characters! The mom’s sister had a small herd on her little farm. They like high places and you are lucky they didn’t climb up on the roof of your car. But we are sure Clowie wouldn’t allow that!

    • Yes, they are characters! I think they’d be fun to play with. We see lots more of them where we live now. We’ve even seen wild goats – they are so agile!

  9. Oh boy, I bet that looked funny, mum running in one boot. Those silly goats might have been good playmates. I wonder how that ‘ol’ saying’ got started, ha!

    • Yes, she did look funny! I think it would have been fun to play with the goats. It’s strange how we say things without thinking about why we say them most of the time and how their origins have been lost.

  10. gotta watch out, goats can be mean!

  11. What a funny joke. Thanks for the laugh.

  12. Oh Clowie you had mum and I laughing so much! How funny! Got your goat! Hehehe! =^.^=

  13. somethingwagging

    I bet seeing you dragging a one-footed biped will make those goats think twice before they run through a car park. πŸ™‚

  14. Humans timing is not always right lol πŸ™‚

  15. Sweet Clowie you sure did good obeying commands as much as you wanted to go catch those goats. It is probably a good thing you didn’t get one or both of those goats, they have big horns and sometimes they love to butt with them. We are glad your biped didn’t hurt her foot running after you with only one boot on. I guess we will never know how long it took those men to catch up to the goats. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Thank you! The goats did look as though they’d be fun to play with. I’m sure they were up to mischief, but there’s nothing wrong with a little mischief occasionally. I’m pleased that my biped suffered nothing worse than a wet foot. She did look funny!

  16. Good girl Clowie! Glad everyone was OK!

  17. That sounds like something I’d do Clowie…I try hard to think up new pranks to play on my momz…Bet your mom had a good laugh over this one

  18. Love the picture of the goats!

  19. Great imagery in that story Clowie, I enjoyed it.
    Emu/Ian

  20. Hilarious story. I bet your biped’s face was priceless when you started chasing those goats.

  21. Great way to make your human laugh Clowie!! πŸ™‚

    Have fun

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  22. I love hearing about your adventures. Goats, what ya gonna do.
    Hey Clowie check out my new ride: http://www.dawsondogs.com/blog/2013/7/Riding-with-My-Boy-in-His-New-Truck

  23. Wow, what a sight that must have been with two goats strolling by! So glad you were a good listener eventually and stopped the chase. I can’t imagine running through mud with only one boot, eww!

    • It’s an interesting place to visit. My biped says she doesn’t advise running with only one boot on, it isn’t very comfortable. I don’t see why bipeds don’t like mud!

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