Help! Kelp!

We had been walking along the shore and it was time to go home. We made our way up the beach, the last part was quite steep shingle. I had the male biped attached to me by a long lead. He said, “I’ll race you to the top, Clowie!”

Shingle beach

Shingle beach

We started running side by side. Our paws (and feet) slipped back with each step, it was difficult to go fast. I knew I’d be able to win because four paws are better than two feet on a slope. I started to get ahead of him and then I realised I needed some help with a problem, so I sat. He didn’t notice, he kept running.

The female biped wasn’t far behind us and she shouted, “Stop! Clowie wants something.”

He stopped just before he reached the end of the lead and turned round. The female biped arrived next to me and asked, “What is it, Clowie?”

I held one of my front legs up and she knelt down and took my paw. She looked at the pads, I think she was checking for something sharp in them. Then she checked between my toes – that tickles, but I kept still so that she would continue and find the problem. She pressed each pad gently and I just kept still. Β She moved her hands up little by little until she’d almost reached my elbow.

Then she paused, she could feel something in the hair at the back of my leg. She leaned forward to get a better look. The male biped, who had returned, asked, “What is it? Can I help?”

She replied, “It’s dried out seaweed all tangled up in her fur. It’s really sharp and it’s digging into her armpit.”

Dried seaweed - photo from Wikimedia Commons

Dried seaweed – photo from Wikimedia Commons

They began pulling at the seaweed, but it was difficult for me to keep my balance. The female biped got up and stood beside me, so that I could lean on her. She held my leg up and held some of my hair out of the way, while the male biped pulled the seaweed away. After a few minutes of pulling and tugging, he asked the female to see if she could feel any seaweed left.

She said she couldn’t and she put my leg down. I stood up and moved my leg. I took a couple of steps. That felt so much better! I gave them both a nudge with my head to thank them. They smiled and patted me and then we climbed up the shingle together. When we reached the promenade a couple of bipeds approached us and asked if they could stroke me. They made a fuss of me and said they’d seen me stop and sit to get help. They told my bipeds that I’m really clever.

It’s always nice to get attention and to be told I’m clever, but asking for help from my bipeds was the obvious thing to do when seaweed was attacking me. Even a coral reef sends out a message for help to the fish that live in it, when it’s under attack by seaweed! Seaweed is usually harmless and smelly, but it can be nasty. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes – those opposable thumbs can be really useful!

See you next Wednesday!

103 Comments

  1. Ouch! You are so smart Clowie to sit patiently while your humans helped you in your predicament. No seaweed and beaches here, so don’t guess we will ever have to deal with that!

  2. That seaweed is some crazy stuff! Glad you got the help you needed!

  3. Wow glad your peeps noticed that something was wrong. Poor Clowie, I bet the hurt like crazy. Glad they got that seaweed off of you.

  4. You were so smart Clowie and so were your bipeds for picking up your signals and figuring out how to help you…Gizmo will sit and wait when he gets a burr in his pads, knowing I will pluck it out for him

  5. I didn’t know seaweed was so pokey. Good thing you knew to stop Clowie. We have a week here called stingy beetle. It looks soft and furry like velvet but it actually hurts and burns like heck.

  6. You really are very smart Clowie πŸ™‚ What a great idea!

  7. Yikes. Glad you got some help. Darn seaweed!

  8. Didn’t know seaweed was so sticky and prickly. We have stick tights here which are no fun getting caught up in fur. You are a smart girl to sit and communicate to your bipeds that you were uncomfortable. I am pretty impressed that your bipeds could run up that steep hill. I would have to be pushed up from behind.. πŸ˜€

  9. I’ve never heard of seaweed attacking before, so it’s always good to learn something new. But, Ouch, Clowie, I’m glad you’re okay and that you had some help. It is good to ask for help, it’s not a sign of weakness if we’re unable to help ourselves at that very moment. Have a good day and I hope you get a treat! Copper says “Woof!” xx

  10. I had no idea that seaweed was harmful. Thank you for the PSA. I’ll avoid it at all costs.

  11. Wow, that sounds painful, I’m glad you got the help you needed.

  12. What a clever and intelligent Pyreeeee you are Clowie! And you’re right…everybody needs helping hand sometimes…just like everybody needs to have a friend πŸ™‚

    One little question for you – totally off topic but I need your help! I’m doing a short puppy care course with an Animal college – testing the waters before deciding on a full online course, or not. There’s a question about puppy socialisation/training classes…I’m supposed to visit and compare several and talk about what they do and the techniques used etc. But I don’t have a puppy! And I’ve never taken my dogs to any – they got plenty of socialisation without and were great for it. So I’m a bit stuck πŸ™‚ I can wangle it from online research to a point but I think you’ve had paws on experience of both good ones and bad ones…so any brief thoughts and pointers would be great if you and your bipeds get 5 minutes to spare πŸ™‚ If not don’t worry, but doesn’t hurt to ask does it!

    Wolfie hugs πŸ™‚

    • We went to three different classes when I was a puppy and we’ve been to more advanced training classes after that. We found it hard to find good classes. One of those classes was excellent in some respects and bad in others. There was plenty of space in the hall, we would handle the puppies each week as part of the class – checking teeth, ears, paws etc. People with children were encouraged to bring the to class to interact with the puppies – excellent for puppies who wouldn’t otherwise come into contact with children. On the down side, the trainer had only one way of doing things and if that didn’t work with a puppy then she would just advise to repeat it. If anyone asked a question about difficulties they were having, she was condescending and tried to embarrass the person.
      The second class had very limited space and talked about things to do, more than doing them – very boring for people and puppies. The trainer also attempted to humiliate anyone who asked a question about problems they had with their puppy.
      The third class was run by a rescue centre and was excellent. They always had a number of trainers at the class, so everyone could get some individual attention when required. They had an outside, enclosed area that we used sometimes – a far more realistic test of recall than in a hall. If anyone had a problem, they listened and could suggest ways of handling it.
      It was our impression that the first two trainers didn’t really understand positive reinforcement in training. They seemed to think it’s just pop a treat in a dog’s mouth and had no idea what to do if the unwanted behaviour is more rewarding than the treat.
      Let me know if you want more, or from a different perspective, or specific examples. We can email about it, if there’s more you’d like, or if you have questions.

      • That’s brilliant thank you! Just what I was looking for πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your time, it is sooooo appreciated πŸ™‚ I’m curious to know exactly how long the college expects the answers to be actually lol it only says if you can answer the questions in a few lines you’ve not done enough work! They do provide scollable boxes to submit the answers in…hopefully this means they will be happy to receive the long, in depth answers I so far have lined up!! They recommend visiting classes but they all want you to bring a puppy along and I don’t have one on hand, and I don’t think they’d take too well to learning that I was there to observe, then compare and contrast their classes for better or worse! Especially if they weren’t very good!! Also it was very interesting what you said about the actual trainers attitudes… I was looking into dog training instructor courses and they fail you if you don’t have a good people attitude and make the classes imaginative and interesting for both puppies and owners. They have a practical test where they give you a dog to show your skills with it and then you have to take a class you have prepared yourself, and it’d better be good if you want to pass!! Trouble is I’d be wanting to cuddle puppies for the whole class!! Ok shut up Wolfie πŸ˜‰ Go and prepare your fine and knowledgeable answer to the question!!

        • I’m glad I could help. I’m pleased to hear they’re placing importance on attitude. I think that being able to communicate with the dog’s humans is as important as understanding the dog.
          It would be hard to be in a room with puppies and not cuddle them!

    • P.S. If you haven’t already seen it, you may find this useful – http://www.thepuppyplan.com/

  13. Ouch! Who knew seaweed could pinch like that?! All I know for sure is that I hate it when it tickles my toes whilst swimming O.O

  14. Being attacked by seaweed is the worst thing! You were very brave (and clever) Clowie XOX

  15. Clowie you take it easy my friend x

  16. Hey Clowie,

    I’m like you and hate getting anything stuck in my fur, I always stop and ask my Mum to help me, even if it’s just a bur! πŸ™‚

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  17. Hi Y’all!

    Oh my that must have been very painful!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  18. I had no idea seaweed could inflict such harm and thank goodness for your attentive bipeds! Left unchecked that might have become infected. So very sorry for your pain.

    • One of the disadvantages of having such a luxurious coat is that things do tend to get caught up in it. It protects me from a lot, but any plants with sharp bits on them can be a nuisance. I’m glad I have my bipeds quite well trained!

  19. Holy fleas, Clowie! Its a good thing you were smart enough to sit and let the female biped know you needed help! I didn’t know seaweed would attack like that (my humans never take me to the beach because I’m a fraidy cat….literally)!

    Is it just me, or does it seem that the female bipeds are always the ones more likely to notice when their furry furiends need something?

    Shrimp

  20. so lucky your bipeds were on the ball

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