Have you missed me? I thought it was about time that I put paw to keyboard and told you about a few of my adventures. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve done that!
It’s usually very quiet at night here and I don’t often have reason to bark. This makes it surprising that I was woken by an ear-splitting ringing noise one night last week. I immediately leapt to my paws and started barking to alert the bipeds to possible danger. I didn’t get many woofs out before they woke up and acknowledged me.
The female biped called, “Thank you, Clowie. We can hear it.”
It wasn’t many minutes before they appeared. They looked a bit bleary-eyed, but they were as alert as any reasonable dog can expect bipeds to be when woken from a deep slumber at three in the morning. I was pleased to see that the male biped was dressed, as this meant he was taking the threat seriously and we would go and investigate. He fetched a torch and my lead (leash). We were ready.
Then the doorbell rang. We opened the front door and there were two of my doggy pals, Ron and Sadie, with bipeds.
Ron’s biped said, “The alarm is two doors down. They’re away on holiday, we’re going to check things out. Their son has a key and is on his way.”
Sadie’s biped added, “We saw your lights are on and we’re hoping you and Clowie will join us. It looks like you’re ready.”
My biped said, “Yes, we’re ready.”
We all headed in the direction of the noise. When we got close to the house with the alarm I could see Prince and his biped waiting for us in the driveway. Everyone was out tonight!
Prince’s biped said, “Hi, I can’t see anything amiss at the front. I saw you coming along the road and decided to wait for company before going around the back.”
Sadie’s biped said, “Yes, I suggest two of us go down each side of the house. Sadie and Clowie on this side and Prince and Ron on that side.”
Everyone agreed. It seemed like an excellent plan to me. Prince is a large German Shepherd and he is as serious about security as I am – and that’s quite a compliment coming from a Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees)! Ron and Sadie are not as security conscious as us, but they do have special skills.
Ron is a Pointer and he points. When he notices something unusual, he freezes like a statue and points his nose in the direction of whatever he has noticed. He doesn’t move a muscle until his biped says, “Okay, Ron.” His bipeds enjoy seeing wildlife on their walks that they never would have noticed without Ron pointing. He often holds up one front paw as though he stopped in mid-stride, but I’m fairly sure that’s just for dramatic effect.
Sadie is a Labrador and her special skill is amazing. She has a knack for getting bipeds to turn out their pockets and hand over any treats they have. She generally achieves this just by gazing at them, but if they’re particularly hard-hearted she drools a little. I thought this could come in useful if we should encounter a burglar. I could block the burglar’s escape and she could use this skill to get the burglar to hand over the loot.
We set off down the side of the house. We took it slowly. The bipeds were shining their torches on the windows to check them. Sadie and I checked the bushes that ran down the side of the house to make sure that nothing was lurking in them. We rounded the corner of the house at about the same time as Prince and Ron arrived from the other side. They hadn’t seen anything suspicious either.
The bipeds checked all the windows and doors at the back. We all gathered on the patio and the bipeds agreed it was probably a false alarm. I made it clear to my biped that I’d like to make sure by checking the rest of the back garden while we were there.
He said, “Clowie wants to check the rest of the garden, we won’t be long.”
Prince’s biped said, “Prince is keen to do that as well, we’ll join you.”
The others waited on the patio for us to return. We went to the end of the garden, checking that nothing was lurking behind any of the shrubs. The bipeds checked the lock on the shed. Prince and I checked behind the shed and we returned to the others.
We all went back to the front of the house to wait for the son to arrive. We soon heard a car approaching. As soon as he stopped the car, the son leapt out clutching his keys.
Ron’s biped told him that everything appeared to be in order.
He said, “Thank you, all. I’ll get this noise switched off as quickly as I can.”
He opened the door and switched on a light. He went in and moments later the noise stopped. Everyone, dogs and bipeds, breathed a sigh of relief. It was bliss for our tortured ears!
The son reappeared and the bipeds told him exactly what we’d checked. He thanked us all again and said he was going to have a quick check around indoors. We said we’d wait. We could hear him moving about inside the house and see the lights coming on.
He was back soon enough and said that everything seemed fine. He also said that he’d stay the night there, as he didn’t want anyone disturbed again. He thanked us again and said he’d get the alarm checked in the morning.
It’s surprising that a false alarm could be the beginning of such a pleasant nocturnal outing. The other dogs all agreed with me it was very enjoyable – the bipeds all seemed ever so slightly less enthusiastic!