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!


  1. I can only imagine a 100 pound bouncing puppy, and I’m not sure I could handle one! It sounds cute, but probably only if you’re not the person at the other end of the leash! 🙂

  2. Clowie I love the Winnie the Pooh stuffies. I would be bouncing around like Tigger if I could have that little Piglet.. 😀 I know your biped must have been concerned with keeping you un-bounced and I have to say that was a bit scary to me when I realized that there was shooting going on. But all ended well… Maybe not if you were a pheasant! Interesting post Clowie. See you next Wednesday. You know, I think you have a great idea here posting once a week. Maybe that would work for me since I seem to be having trouble getting anything posted at all!

    • I think the toys are lovely. It would be great to go and see them.
      My biped wanted to keep me un-bounced and get away from the guns as quickly as possible! She said it isn’t very nice having to walk along a line of guns, with everyone waiting for us to get out of the way.
      Posting once a week suits me and I need the routine of a day and time to aim for.

  3. ha ha this is brilliant -so witty. I’m just starting out and I’d love it if you could check out my blog: Thanks!

  4. Wow, sweet Clowie you were already a big girl at 7 months. We giggled about your mom’s shoulder sockets. 🙂 You were a very smart and obedient puppy and you are still smart and obedient, not to mention how beautiful you are. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs and nose kisses

    • I grew very quickly! She moaned about her shoulders, but she was pleased she’d managed to hang on to me – I didn’t make it easy that day!
      I hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

  5. I remember the bouncing well, and wrote a post about Zack’s star jumps! Tigger really is a great example to use because he is so well known, and Pyrs really do bounce on all fours like Tigger or lambs!

    • My bipeds enjoy seeing me bounce when we’re having fun playing football, but they were glad when I stopped doing it while they’re trying to keep hold of the lead!

  6. Oh Clowie! My human is grateful I just weigh 11lbs!! I bet that walk gave yours a good workout!!

  7. Would love to see video of you bouncing! Rita can bounce too! She can get quite high for a medium-sized dog. Hmmm…. The hubs’ nickname is Piglet, and I am Pooh – so she really should be Tigger I guess! We usually call her Bunny. (Which should probably be “Rabbit” to stick with the Pooh theme!) I read those posts on B.A. Soapbox and they were great!

  8. Hey, you should begin bouncing at home instead! Zack really enjoys bouncing even though he is 7 years old! And Monty, our previous Pyr, bounced for a long time too! Only Maddi never bounced – not even once in all the years she lived with us. Oh yes! I am sure your bipeds will take great joy to see you bouncing at home and if you decide to do it on the lead, think about all that good exercise for those upper arms!

    • They don’t like me bouncing indoors, so I bounce my way to the back door and invite them to come outside with me!
      When I’m blowing my coat they say that brushing me is a fairly good workout for their arms!

  9. I can imagine you were excited and wanted to play with the dogs. But I’m sure the other bipeds wouldn’t have liked it. I’m glad they saw you that day, bouncing your way across the field. 🙂
    But it could have gone badly wrong too. You were lucky.

  10. Hi Clowie hope all is well with you 🙂 We have been working on our house so not doing the blog rounds. Seeing Tigger here brought back lots of childhood memories 🙂

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