Is that a Polar Bear?

I’ve been asked how people react to me when I’m out and about with my bipeds. When I go into town, or anywhere busy, with my bipeds, we don’t get anywhere quickly because lots of people want to ask my bipeds questions about me. Most people are very nice and want to make a fuss of me, even if they are nervous of dogs.

My bipeds like to answer the questions and allow people to see there’s nothing scary about very large dogs. I stand, or sit, quietly and wait because I know they’re talking about me even when the person is too nervous to make a fuss of me. I think it’s nice when people want to hear about me and my noble ancestors.

Then there are the questions from people who don’t want or expect a serious answer, often called across the road. The most popular is, “Is that a polar bear?” That’s probably my favourite one, I don’t mind being thought of as a cuddly polar bear.

Polar bear

A handsome polar bear
Attribution: By Alan D. Wilson ( ([1])) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We are frequently asked if I’m a pony, if I’m a horse, and whether my bipeds have a saddle for me. I think it’s a bit rude to ask about a saddle for me – it’s a dreadful idea! My bipeds are always polite about it and reply that it wouldn’t be good for my back, but I can pull a small cart.

People often ask, “Did you know how big that was going to get?”

My bipeds’ usual response is that they did, but when I was still a puppy the male biped enjoyed telling people that I hadn’t stopped growing yet – the looks of surprise were priceless!

Some people do get closer in their guesses about me. They know I’m a dog, but not that I’m a Great Pyrenees. Newfoundland is the most popular guess, followed by St. Bernard. The size is about right. Some of the guesses can be amusing though – has anyone ever seen a long-haired Great Dane?

Clowie, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees strolling in the mountains

Is that a polar bear? Or is it Clowie, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog?

If I have the female biped on my lead, she is often asked, “Who is in charge?”, or “Who is taking who for a walk?”

That seems a strange question to me, when I’m walking nicely beside her on a loose lead. It’s always men who ask that question and they never ask the male biped that. I don’t want you to think they’re being sexist, I’m fairly sure it’s just that the female biped looks quite small next to me! She smiles politely and tells them that she’s in charge most of the time.

When we travel in France most people call me Belle, after the beloved character in the book and TV series. I don’t mind that at all as everyone is so nice to me in France and I am allowed to go almost everywhere with my bipeds – that’s how dogs should be treated!

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A Reminder

You still have until the end of May to enter the draw to win a free copy of ‘Someone To Look Up To’ – read ‘Spotlight on Blanche aka The Princess‘ for details of how to enter. Blanche lives in France so I expect she also gets called Belle by people who don’t know her.

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See you next Wednesday!


  1. It is interesting how silly people can be! Your female biped shows good restraint when asked who’s in charge ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • We rarely get surprised by it now! My female biped often mutters afterwards, but says it isn’t worth reacting. But there was one occasion when a large man being pulled along by a Yorkie asked us that question and she replied that she’d been thinking of asking him that! He didn’t seem to see the funny side.

  2. Me and Nellie are often asked the same questions and We are no where as big as you, Clowie

    • I’m not surprised that you hear the same things. I think that, to most people, a Labrador is big so any dog larger than that draws a lot of attention. I forgot to say how often we hear, “that’s huuuuge!”

  3. there was a kid on the show who screamed like an air raid siren, because it thought one of your cousins is a wolf… egg-sactly it said: un loup-garou… sadly the “wolf” was not hungry and we had to bear that screaming noises :o)
    if you wander through france don’t furget to visit me :o)
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    • Your poor ears! I expect the parents were just adding to the noise! I don’t think my cousins look anything like wolves with our floppy ears.

  4. You’re so big and fluffy!! ^_^

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  5. Oh I think you’re MUCH prettier than a polar bear…….we saw two Pyrenean Mountain Dogs at our town’s Spring Street Festival last weekend! They were attracting a lot of attention……no wonder – you are a beautiful breed of dog Clowie!

    Love, Sammy
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  6. Your size is perfect to me! All your charm, sweetness, brains, and personality could not fit into a smaller body. You are just right! I have a feeling this says something about my 22 pound body, but I’m not sure what….. Hmmmm….

    Love and licks,
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  7. I can’t believe people call you it, when you are so beautiful!
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  8. A “long haired Great Dane????” Seriously? People are nuts. Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  9. We don’t get asked much other than, what kind of dog are you? huh? We’re a dog dog, BOL. Me, Max, I’m a purebred, but Bella’s a mix so we guess that can be confusing. It’d sure be great to be compared to a cute polar bear. wag wag wag
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  10. So long as they make it up to you when they realise that you are you (i personally just can’t refer to an animal as it. You are so much more than an it!)
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    • I know just what you mean. My bipeds always ask, if it isn’t obvious, so that they can say he or she. It feels wrong to say it.

  11. OMD Clowie! I know exactly how your female biped feels!!! I get asked that all the time….always by men…..who is walking who. It actually kind of bugs me I have to admit!! Also, you get asked if your a polar bear, my huskies get asked if they are wolves! hahahaha!
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  12. When our samoyed was a pup we got that “Is that a polar bear cub?” question a lot from children. You must be proud to be compared to such a wonderfully large and majestic creature. Though I and your bipeds will probably agree that you are much more majestic!
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    • I’m quite happy being compared to a polar bear. I think it’s lovely that so many people want to make a fuss of me. I’m sometimes asked if I’m a Samoyed. The size and ears are wrong but I think we have quite a lot in common.

  13. We used to get the same remarks – particularly about who is walking whom – with our mastiffs. It was much more of a toss-up than with well-mannered Clowie. It was rather clear that I couldn’t stop one of my dogs when they decided to go— And it does sound as if Clowie’s humans are good sports all around.
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    • I enjoy all the attention I get when we’re out and about. The bipeds are pleased to talk to people about me and my breed.
      I was a handful when I was a pup, but I’m generally good now.

  14. Everyone called Katie a polar bear cub when she was a puppy. Now they just ooh and ahhh about how big she is and Mom says she doesn’t think Katie is all that big.
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    • I expect Katie was as cute as a puppy as I was! I wouldn’t call Katie that big either, I was surprised at how little she weighs when you mentioned it a while ago. We often hear, “that’s huuuuge!” But I think, to most people, anything larger than a Labrador is considered really big.

  15. That isn’t a bad thing; polars are cute, just like you!!
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  16. We don’t have many of your kind here in South Dakota, Clowie. So I often have a hard time distinguishing the breed. Maybe I just need to look at more of your pictures to get the image ingrained in my mind?


    Slobbery kisses,

    • I don’t mind people not knowing what breed I am and my bipeds are always willing to tell people about the breed. I love getting lots of attention.

  17. You have a much sweeter face than a polar bear Clowie!

  18. People are so funny! good job both you and your peeps have a sense of humour! No one ever mistakes me for anything other than a tuxie MOL xxx
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  19. I know people are just being friendly when they ask silly questions like the ones you experience. But don’t you ever wish they would just say, “Hello, aren’t you a beautiful dog?!” ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. I have always thought that puppies were really clever but after reading your post I ยดd say dogs might be even more intelligent than humans, or bipeds as you call them…
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend, dear Clowie! Aquileana ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I like to think most dogs are intelligent and that lots of people would be surprised at the things we know.
      Have a great weekend!

  21. Aurora Jean Alexander

    This is quite funny. Polar Bear, Great Dane? LOL
    You are a great and pretty dog Clowie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the story. It made me smile.

  22. It’s amazing how people can come up with such silly questions, sometimes! LOL What is it about big, white dogs? I took care of a white Shepherd for many years and the two questions that people asked the most: “Is that an Albino?” (Seriously, with the dark eyes and nose?) and “Is that a wolf”? (Seriously? You think a wolf can be that domesticated?) You are definitely like a cuddly Polar Bear, Clowie, only even nicer looking. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favourite clients was a Great Pyrenees named “Candy”. Such a sweet and gentle dog! Northern Europe is wonderfully dog friendly. When I lived in Germany, my parents’ and grandparents’ dogs went out to dinner with us every Sunday. Definitely how it should be! Have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Yes, some of the questions are strange. We’ve been asked if I’m albino, but at least I’ve never been asked if I’m a wolf – my floppy ears probably rule that out!
      I like to think that most Great Pyrenees have a certain charm.
      I love it when I go out for a meal with my bipeds. Most of the dogs we see out with their bipeds in places like pubs and restaurants are very well behaved.

  23. A polar bear?!! Oh dear! Well I guess there is a small resemblence ๐Ÿ˜‰ Interesting notion your female biped taking a polar bear for a walk…certainly a good talking point ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny how people especially men lol automatically assume a large dog is always going to be a wildly boisterous almost impossible to control creature. Some large breeds are much calmer and laid back than small/medium sized breeds and not that prone to racing around like greyhounds all day! Some I said! Not all! Not you! I’m sure you are bursting with beans and energy! But any dog that’s not had basic training can be a nightmare to take out on or off a lead and I’ve seen loads of men as well as women being hauled down the road by their very much in charge and taking the lead dogs and not necessarily large ones either! Even a small one can put a grown man to shame when it comes to walking nicely on the lead!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m white and I do like snow, so I guess that’s a good resemblance to a polar bear. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did try to train my bipeds to be towed along at my pace, but they’re very stubborn! I decided that I gain more from walking the way they like. It does look rather amusing when a tiny dog manages to pull a biped along!

  24. Clowie – Traveling to France sounds dreamy to me! Take pictures next time so we can travel “with” you. I hope to make it to France one day and maybe we’ll just bump into you there! Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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