I’m Gonna Crawl

I was really excited when my bipeds took me to Devon with them for a holiday. We stayed in a cottage that was close to the South West Coast Path and most days we went out and walked a different section of the path. We explored some wonderful beaches!

I thought I was quite an expert on stiles and kissing gates. I already knew that I can get through some kissing gates and that it usually means a nice reward. I had also seen stiles of different shapes and sizes and I knew it’s usually difficult for large dogs to use a footpath unless there is an alternative to the stile – I told you about one of those last week.

So I was surprised to discover a type of stile I’d never come across before. At first it looked just like any other stile, but then I noticed it had what looked like a large cat flap at the side. I couldn’t believe it when I heard the male biped say it was a dog door! It didn’t look very big at all.

Shows the way a dog door works at the side of a stile

This photograph of one in Kent shows how a dog door works.
Attribution:
Richard Dorrell [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The male biped raised the door. It wouldn’t lift very far. My bipeds said it was about the right size for a Border Collie to walk through, but the Collie would bump his head if he didn’t duck! They looked at the size of the gap created and then the female biped climbed over the stile, leaving me with the male biped.

The male biped asked me to get into the “down” position really close to the door. The female biped bent down on the other side of the door and asked me to “crawl”. I edged forward a little and then I stopped because I would be in the gap if I continued. The female biped urged me to “crawl” again and encouraged me through the gap. When I was through she told me I could get up and gave me a tasty treat and a cuddle.

The male biped was busy singing “I’m Gonna Crawl” (Led Zeppelin). He looked hilarious standing on the top of the stile singing and playing air guitar in the pouring rain!

We encountered many stiles with dog doors after that. The doors varied in size but most of them were larger than that first one. I got quicker and quicker at wriggling my way through them. The female biped said that was because I didn’t want to listen to the song again, but that’s silly because I love it when my bipeds sing! I had thought that crawling was just a trick I did to get treats, but it can be just as useful as walking backwards!

We saw some beautiful places, but my bipeds didn’t take any photographs on that holiday. Each day they said it wasn’t worth taking the camera out with us as it was raining so hard. They said the weather was bound to be better the next day, but we didn’t get any days without heavy rain. I don’t know what else they expected in the Springtime! I’ve found some photographs on Wikimedia Commons of some of the places I saw – it looks like other people have had better luck with the weather than we did. It’s a good thing I enjoy getting wet!

See you next Wednesday!

86 Comments

  1. You know Clowie, I know this blog is all about you but you have to admit, your bipeds are cooler than most dogs. Just saying……

  2. Haha that made me laugh πŸ˜€ They could have sung “Down and DIrty” but they didn’t πŸ˜‰ Or “Crawling” by Linkin Park hehe. Sounds like you had a wonderful time even though it rained though.

  3. There you are Clowie – a real life experience to suit all those crazy tricks your bipeds taught you!

  4. Oh no Clowie we are so sorry it rained but bet daddy looked well funny playing air guitar in the rain. Looked like you had some fabulous walks there. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. I really admire you, Clowie. Your bipeds are the best and yes, you’ve trained them well. The country I live in is so different than yours, my bipeds have to double, triple checks before they take me out as there are too many ‘no dogs are allowed’ signs. Luckily I still get a few places to go and sometimes they just give me some car rides.

  6. What a fun adventure you all went on, C. Hiking and doggie doors and rain (so I’m guessing mud) – what a blast.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  7. What a lovely adventure that was! I was really interested in seeing the dog doors in the fences – what a COOL idea!!! I think your bipeds are lucky to have YOU and you are lucky to have THEM – it’s a good match!!

    Hugs and love, Sammy

  8. What a really lovely and interesting trip you had Clowie…maybe you were doing the Australian Crawl πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xxx

  9. Bawahwhahhawa silly Daddy πŸ™‚ Yep Clowie, we have those and they are just the right size for me πŸ™‚ Catch ya next week xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. What a gorgeous gallery of shots from your walk!

  11. Clowie I’m glad your biped had only an air guitar, imagine what could happen to play an e-guitar in the pouring rain :o)

  12. Woah! All your tricks are really coming into handy, eh Clowie? And there was us thinking humans just taught you them fur a laugh. How wrong whee were!
    The Pigs xx

  13. Beautiful photos!!!! WOW! You go so many great places!!!!
    I haven’t taught my huskies to crawl. I wouldn’t even have a clue where to begin in order to teach it! But it seems like a great command to learn though! Thanks for sharing in your pawsome adventures!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • Thank you, it was a lovely adventure!
      Crawling can come in handy for a large dog. It isn’t difficult to learn, but I’ll think about how to explain it clearly.

  14. Wow – nice place! Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate for photos for you. But hey – at least you got an impromptu concert out of it!

  15. We second what Cindy wrote. Great adventure and lovely photos. What beautiful country. wag wag from your friends in Ojai.

  16. What a fantastic get-away. It’s a shame it was raining but it’s really beautiful there with the cliffs, beaches and fields. I never knew there were so many interesting ways to get through, over or under a fence. Thank heavens you’re a multi-talended wonder dog πŸ˜€ You live a very fit life Clowie, I hope your bipeds can keep up with you xK

    • I need to be a wonder dog with the obstacles there are on some footpaths!
      It really is a lovely part of the country to explore if you like walking.
      I do my best to keep my bipeds fit, but there are times I just have to wait for them to catch up!

  17. I have only been on one holiday so far I loved it.. momwithoutpaws took me to see Riley for an overnight stay

  18. We learned something new! We hadn’t heard of stile dog doors before but they are a very cool invention. Devon is so beautiful! You are lucky to be able to viist there. It’s one of the places our mom would love to see.

    • They’re simple and effective – I just wish they were a bit larger! Devon is beautiful – it’s great for walking and there are lots of pretty villages to explore.

      • Plus, don’t they make the best clotted cream there? The mom has always wanted to try it but here in the US, no one has heard of it and they don’t sell it.

        • You have my biped drooling at the thought of clotted cream! Devon and Cornwall make wonderful clotted cream. It isn’t generally available in the rest of Britain. It may appear for special occasions such as Wimbledon and sometimes you can find it in a delicatessen in a large city, but not often. I think it’s because it has a short shelf life. It has a lot more flavour than other cream and is delicious. They also make ice cream using the clotted cream and that is wonderful.

  19. Hmm, I wonder if your female biped wishes she did have a camera that dayβ€”to take a photo of the male’s impromptu performance! Thank you for taking us with you on these trips, Clowie. I love seeing these new places and hearing about your adventures!

    • It would have needed to be a waterproof camera! But he’s a bit like me he always stops if he sees the camera pointing in his direction!
      I’m glad you enjoy seeing some of the places I’ve visited.

  20. Now that was funny sweet Clowie, we could picture it all as we read. Sorry about the rain but your bipeds seemed to have had fun no matter what and you didn’t seem to mind the rain. That is cool about all the dog doors. Good job using your tricks to get you where you needed to be. Hugs and nose kisses

  21. I bet they really enjoyed having a soaking wet dog along with all the rain on the vacation! Bummer with the rain!

    • My bipeds frequently said that there’s nothing quite like the smell of wet dog! They had a stack of towels for me, but I’m sure you’ve found with Katie that a big towel is soon soaked. We were pleased to be staying in a cottage where we had a washer and dryer – we kept it busy with wet clothes and towels!

  22. Wow, you continue to amaze…so neat that you are able to put your training commands to such practical (and enjoyable) use! What beautiful country you are seeing. I went to the link about the South West Coast path; that is something I would love to see. Enjoy it for me, even with the rain!!

  23. So nobody tried ‘Singing in the Raijn’…or ‘il pleut, il pleut bergere’..

  24. You have been busy with the training Cowie πŸ™‚ I am impressed at your crawling ability! Your bipeds are a credit to you too. It must have taken many hours of intensive training to turn the male biped into such an adept entertainer especially in the rain! πŸ˜‰

  25. Such a shame your mum didn’t get a video of your dad singing – perhaps you could recreate the scene in your garden? BOL

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