Four paws are better than two feet

The building work I told you about is not quite finished yet, so we’re still in chaos. To add to my worries, the female biped had a slight mishap one morning last week.

The male biped had left really early to travel to a meeting. I went for an early walk with the female biped, so that we would be back before the builders arrived. It was a wet morning and when the biped had wiped my paws dry she realised that she’d forgotten to post something while we were out.

She said that she would go on her own as she’d only be a few minutes and she didn’t want to dry my paws again. With the benefit of hindsight, I should never have let her go back out on her own! I settled down to wait for her and I must have dozed off because I didn’t notice she’d been longer than expected until I heard her opening the front door.

I went to greet her and was shocked to see that she was limping and covered in dirt. Then I noticed that there were two dogs with their biped at the end of the drive. The dogs told me that they’d seen my biped fall over and that they had made sure she got home safely. They said they were pleased to meet me and we’d have a longer chat another day. I thanked them and turned my attention to my biped.

She thanked the other biped and closed the door. I was worried about her and I started sniffing her to check for injuries.

She said, “It isn’t as bad as it looks, Clowie. My knee is a bit sore, but otherwise I’m fine. It’s just mud on me.”

Sign indicating a slippery surface

Watch your step!

My nose had already told me what was on her and I was surprised that she now classes duck poop as mud! I let her get washed and changed. She put the clothes she’d been wearing in the washing machine. When she’d done that she poured herself a cup of coffee and sat down. That gave me the perfect opportunity to sniff her over from head to toe. I soon found that she’d grazed her hand. She hadn’t mentioned that. I started to lick it for her.

She pulled her hand away and said, “That tickles! Don’t worry, I cleaned it thoroughly.”

Then she added, “You don’t miss a thing, do you? Give me a hug!”

I was only too pleased to give her a big hug. She told me that she’d slipped on some wet leaves on the path. I’d sniffed her trainers and I was fairly sure that duck poop was the culprit and not wet leaves. I was beginning to think she must have banged her head! I gave her head another sniff. I couldn’t detect a problem but I made sure to keep a careful eye on her for the rest of the day.

She didn’t need to tell me where it had happened, as my nose had already told me. There’s a section of path near the post box where the path narrows to a line of stone slabs between two grassy areas. The ducks like to hang out and quack there, when they’re not on the canal. Unfortunately, they don’t clean up after themselves and, unlike every responsible dog I know, they haven’t trained bipeds to do it for them. If you’ve ever seen duck poop, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the path can be quite slippery – especially in wet weather.

Ducks in grass

Don’t blame us! We were having a nap.

My biped had been to the post box and was on her way back. She was walking a bit faster than normal and one foot just slid away as she transferred her weight to it. She landed flat on her back. The dogs that I’d seen when she arrived home had been nearby with their biped and they rushed over to see if they could help. They’d then walked home with her to make sure that she got back to me safely.

I have, of course, taken good care of her. Her knee was sore for a couple of days, but there was no real damage done. She still insists on walking upright on two legs, although it’s obviously safer on four.

I’m very pleased that those dogs and their biped saw her home. I’m looking forward to meeting them out and about and getting to know them better.

See you soon!


  1. Glad you are successfully recovering. Take care of yourself!

  2. Thank goodness you are there Clowie to look after her. Sorry to hear about biped’s fall and hope she gets better soon. How nice that soon you will met those 2 doggies who helped. New friends for you.

    • Thank you, my biped is fully recovered. She was more shaken than hurt.

      I’m really looking forward to seeing those two dogs again and thanking them properly.

  3. how good that this dogs were there… and maybe your human saw that it is better to walk efurry way WITH a dog…. we hope efurrything heals up soon and that ducks looks for another place to do their business… it’s true that duck poo is awful… but also tasty when I eat it from a shoe… please keep that secret, ok?

    • Your secret is safe with me! I have been known to have a little nibble of duck poo myself, so I can’t go telling tales.

      I’m trying to make sure that my biped doesn’t walk anywhere on her own. She was fine after a day or two. She was more scared than anything. The first thought that went through her head when she fell was what happened to your mum and her elbow!

  4. There’s not much out there more slippery than duck poop! Glad no lasting damage was done. Great that you’re there to keep an eye on things Clowie — of course it wouldn’t have happened if you’d been on that walk…
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    • There isn’t! It’s rather irresponsible of the ducks to use the footpath in that way.

      I like to think the mishap would have been avoided if I’d been there, but sometimes accidents happen. I’m so glad she got a doggy escort home!

  5. Clowie you are such a wise and Great Pyrenees! It was very nice of the biped and two dogs to bring your biped back to you safely. Duck poop is a mess.

    • Thank you. Yes, I thought it was nice of them to see my biped home safely and I’m looking forward to seeing them again.

      I don’t know why ducks don’t get bipeds to clean up for them!

  6. As one who keeps ducks your biped has all my sympathy…house trained – or even path trained – they are not.

  7. You have very good dog neighbors!

  8. Glad you’re okay. I recently had a family member take a fall (from a ladder) and spent 11 weeks in the hospital (rehab and acute). Again glad you’re okay. And you’ve good friends, biped and furry, that helped.

    • Thank you. That sounds nasty! I hope your relation is fully recovered now. We know a few people who’ve done some serious damage by falling over recently. That’s why my biped was quite shaken by the experience even though no real harm was done.

  9. OMG – that could have been disasterous. It’s a good thing she was snoopervised getting home. Clowie, you take such good care of your bipeds. Maybe you should go with them on all outings from now on just to be safe.

    • Yes, I’m very grateful to those dogs for seeing her home. I intend to go on as many outings as possible, as bipeds shouldn’t be out on their own. But bipeds can be very stubborn!

  10. My goodness! Your poor biped! I’m glad you checked her injuries thoroughly, C. Keep an eye on her and don’t let her to too much till she’s back to 100%.

    Love and licks,
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    • I will keep a close eye on her, Cupcake. She has this strange idea about spring cleaning the whole house when the builders are finished, so it’s going to be tricky to make sure she gets enough rest!

  11. Falls can be so scary – I’m glad there were bipeds close by who saw your biped fall….and especially glad she’s just sore and no broken bones! Duck poop (and goose poop!) are terribly slippery/slimy – I suppose all poop might be (I wouldn’t know of course!). Let’s hope that never happens again Clowie!

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    • Hi, Sammy and Teddy! I hope it doesn’t happen again. I’ve been doing my best to not let her out of my sight since then.

  12. I wish my mom was covered in duck poo instead of having a broken ankle. It is a serious bummer for us with her one bad wheel!

    • Give your mum my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m sure she’s as frustrated by it as you are, Emma, as she likes to be active.

  13. Oh my goodness! I hope she’s totally recovered. You’ll need to have a serious chat with those darn ducks about picking up after themselves in the future. Thanks for taking such good care of your mum. I’m sure she is beyond grateful!
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    • Thank you, yes, she is fully recovered. I think she does appreciate the way I look after her, she gives me lots of hugs.

      I’ve always been polite to the ducks, but I think I’m beginning to see why some of the local dogs like to chase them!

  14. Oh dear…we’re just so glad that your biped is OK, and did not fare worse. We know of a couple other bloggers recently who fell (on ice), and broke things so it certainly could be far worse!
    We think your biped should keep you by her side at all times, Clowie, you are very observant and such a good caretaker.
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    • Thank you. We know of a few people who have fallen and had nasty injuries recently. We’re relieved this wasn’t serious. I think she should always have me by her side, wherever she’s going.

  15. Clowie…first of all it is lovely to meet such a good looking woofie as you. OH no we are sorry the female biped fell and worst of all in duck poooooooop. OMCs I can only imagine. Take care of her it could be you will need to block the door way from now until eternity.
    Hugs madi and mom

    • Thank you. I’m doing my best to look after her, although she says she’s fine now. I don’t intend to let her go out without me, but she can be very stubborn!

  16. Duck a L’Orange
    Roast Duck
    Peking Duck
    Crispy Duck Wraps
    Duck Ceviche
    Duck Rillets
    Duck with Plum Sauce
    Duck Ragu

    Need I say more?

  17. Oh goodness! Glad you weren’t hurt worse! Slipping and falling is no fun! That was nice of the other dogs and their biped to make sure you got back home to Clowie okay!
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  18. I hope you feel better soon.

  19. It’s tough when your biped doesn’t let you do your job. Doesn’t she remember you’re a guard dog?

    So glad she got back safely.

    As for the neighbor with the dogs–I believe the dog walkers provide a huge benefit for communities. They keep an eye on everything.

    • Sometimes I don’t think she realises how important my security duties are. She tells me there are some things I need to keep my nose out of or I’ll injure it. As if!

      Yes, I think you’re right about dog walkers noticing a lot that’s happening.

  20. Your “paw” mum (do you see what I did there? ;)) I am sure with you looking after her she will be back to her old self in no time!
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  21. I’m so glad you and your two-leggers are making such good friends in your new home, Clowie. But tell your female biped that she really shouldn’t try so hard! I hope she is completely better soon.
    BTW, I know little about duck poop. But our neighbours’ expansive lawn is usually completely covered in goose poop all summer long. It’s both very slippery and very clingy when you try to clean it off.
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    • Thank you, Stella, she is fully recovered. I will tell her what you said, it’s good advice!

      If you know about goose poop, you know all you need to know about duck poop! I have studied both, as one does. The only real difference is that duck poop comes in smaller blobs.

  22. I’m happy to hear you’re always taking good care of your bipeds, Clowie. And I wish your female biped a speedy recovery! 🙂

    • Thank you, I try to look after my bipeds as well as I can. She is fully recovered and I’m trying to keep her away from slippery places.

  23. ¿Oh I am sorry to know about her fall… I guess we bipeds could have balance problems as we only have two legs so there are more chances that these things occur. The ducks and slippery roads could help too! 😀 It is nice to know that your friends were there to assist too, dear Clowie. Overall a good lesson about moving forward and be there for our equals. All the best to you! 😀

    • Thank you. I definitely think that it’s safer on four legs! I’m really pleased those dogs saw her home. They are now my friends, which is a lovely outcome. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  24. gah! duck poo !
    Glad your mom was A-ok after a couple of lumpy days. Very kind of those other doggies to bring you home safely. Sounds like a nice community, it sure looks pretty there!
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