Follow me!

I love hiking in new places with my bipeds. Sometimes we walk in a big loop and end up where we started, but quite often we return along the same path. Some of the paths we walk aren’t used very much and it can be difficult to see the path, but I can always retrace our steps.

They noticed this when I was still quite young and they have encouraged me to show them which way to go when we are on our way home. The first time I did this on a long hike, they were surprised when I suddenly settled down for a rest – then they remembered that we’d stopped there for a rest on the way and that made them laugh.

One of our favourite walks separates into two paths that meet up again later – one path is longer than the other and goes to the stream. When we get to that fork, sometimes they choose the direct path and sometimes they say to me, “Which way would you like to go, Clowie?”

It’s a rhetorical question!

Clowie in a stream

Of course I want to go to the stream!

One day we were trying to find a path to the top of a small mountain. We found the beginning of it at the base and began to follow it, but the path grew more and more difficult to see and the trees grew thicker and thicker. We came across a small stream and followed that upwards until that became too steep. Paths in the mountains often follow streams for part of the route.

The bipeds thought they saw the path again and we carried on up. We took a few detours when there was a rocky part without trees and they could see out better and get an idea of how near the top we were. Our progress became even more difficult and they decided that we didn’t have time to get to the top and back down again before it got dark. We stopped and they turned round.

One of them said, “Path? What path?”

They always seem to find it harder to see the path down a mountain when they turn round, but I don’t think they had a clue this time!

The other one said, “I hope Clowie remembers the way, otherwise it’s going to take us ages to find a way back down.”

I had no doubts at all. I headed down through the trees with them following behind me. Occasionally one of them would say, “Are you sure, Clowie?”

I just gave them a look and continued. Then I took a sharp right turn and one of them said, “I’m fairly sure that’s not the way, Clowie!”

I continued a few yards and then stopped and looked at them, while it dawned on them that this was one of the places they’d tried to see out from amongst the trees. Did they apologise? No, but the look on their faces was priceless.

They told me I was clever and made a fuss of me and asked me to carry on. I guided them safely to the lower reaches of the mountain where even they could see the path again!

See you next Wednesday!

101 Comments

  1. Clowie that is FANTASTIC! Remind me if I go somewhere that I can get lost, to bring you along!

  2. Nicely done! Who needs a GPS when you have a GP!

  3. “Guide?? We don’t need no stinking guide!” Not when there’s Clowie!! Clowie you rock! Perhaps you could come with us on our next vacation & lend your sense of direction to my husbands lack thereof! lmao. Your better than a map. Sounds to me like a doggie treat is in order. Great post our friend!! Sharing now! 😉

  4. Well done guiding your feckless bipeds Clowie! They must feel so reassured walking with you. Lovely photo in the stream.

  5. Well done Clowie!! What would those hoomans do without you?!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  6. Time and again you show how amazing you are and yet they doubt you – i hope you got a really good tea when you got home!!

  7. The Boxers always seem to know which way they want to go, usually its on the scent of a deer! Sounds like you have fantastic walks x.

  8. Well done Clowie. What would your bipeds do without you? Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. It’s so good to get your perspective, Clowie! 🙂

  10. Silly humans. Not only are you smart, Clowie, but a dog’s nose knows what it knows, right?! And who wouldn’t choose the path with a stream? 🙂

  11. You are a trail blazer, Clowie! So brilliant! Once I got stuck behind the big chair in the living room. I went back there for a toy and forgot how to get out…..

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • Thank you, Cupcake. I hope you didn’t get worried when you were stuck behind the chair! I would just push it out of my way, but I guess it’s a lot larger than you are!

  12. Clowie, you’re better than a map. And much more huggable. Great post!

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

  13. Clowie what a wonderful story about your adventure with the mum and dad…clever girl indeed sweet girl …good job! hugs Fozziemum xx

  14. Clowie you are a brilliant girl! Glad you could use your talents in the way they are meant to be used. Thanks for the great story!
    Marty

  15. Clowie I’m thinking you are at your most happiest when you’re hiking with your Mom and Dad doing what you do best…..showing the way……protecting……having fun!

    Hugs, Sammy

  16. You’re so clever, Clowie! I bet you are already their guide for your future adventures. Keep up the good work.

  17. Very good Clowie! I don’t think your bipeds will be doubting your guide skills now. Clowie I am like you and love the streams. Such interesting things in streams and they make beautiful sounds!

    • The sound that streams make is very relaxing! It’s always interesting to sniff around on the bank, as well as play in the water, because all sorts of animals visit the stream.

  18. Clowie,I need you..I get lost in shopping malls so you’d get me out lickety split!
    Jane x

  19. Wow Clowie, you’re a doggie sat nav!

  20. Lol, silly humans. Doubting you and your sense of smell.
    At least they realize they need you to guide them and care for them. Can you imagine, some humans think they don’t need us! Yet, they get so muddled when we aren’t around.
    Poor silly people….

  21. Clowie, I am thinking that if we went for a walk together you could let me ride on your back!! I think you are as big as the St Bernard I saw in the vet the other day! They’re good at finding their way too (so I’m told!)

    • I think you could, Austin. I wear a doggy rucksack and carry some water sometimes, we could make you a seat on that!
      I am about the same height as most St Bernards I’ve met, but they can be a few inches taller. They are usually heavier than I am though.

  22. Oh you are one smart dog Clowie.. Ol Cissy gets nervous when she hears noises.. like the smoke alarm going off for no reason. One day dad was out some where on the property. We could not see him. Mom let Ol Cissy out and she found him and brought him to the house.

  23. Wow Clowie! What a pawsome story!!!
    Of course you knew the way! You should have never been doubted! BOL!
    BTW that photo is gorgeous, you must have had a great time! There are no places around here where we can hike that are even near as beautiful as that!
    Maybe next time they will follow you, no questions asked!!!
    ((husky hugz))
    frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky!

  24. Such a smart dog! Lucky your bipeds had you with them or they could have been lost forever!!

  25. I can’t imagine a world without dogs. I bet all bipeds would sit in the trees or would live in caves… or would get lost in the wild. I hope you got a whole bag of treats Clowie :o)

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