Noises in the Night

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!


  1. the fabulous canine team worked so great together. Bravo to you and your fourlegged friends for protecting da humans!!!! and what a mighty fine event at night so entertaining and thrilling, wow!

    • The humans need us to look after them.

      It would be lovely if we could have more outings at night – it’s much more exciting than in the daytime!

  2. WOW! What an exciting early morning of search and rescue even though there was nothing to rescue! Sounds like everyone in your neighborhood looks out for each other bipeds and pups alike. That’s nice to know isn’t it. I’m glad all was well but I imagine everyone was happy to call an end to the detective work and get back home to sleep!!!! Good work Clowie….

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Thank you. Yes, it is a friendly place. I think villages often are because you see the same people all the time!

      I was ready for another adventure.

  3. It’s good to hear from you again, Clowie. Such good watchdogs. I’m sure the bipeds appreciated the nice fresh air at 3 in the morning. Hahaha.

    • Thank you, it’s good to put paw to keyboard again.

      The male biped said he was wide awake when we got home after the fresh air! I was ready for another nap.

  4. You guys are such good neighbors! – and very brave! Good job!

  5. Sounds like a good place to live, with its own canine security group on high alert!

  6. How wonderful to hear from you, Clowie, and with such an exciting story! That is such a good thing when neighbors come together – bipeds and canines with special skills, to take care of things! I bet everyone in your neighborhood feels very safe.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed hearing about my adventure. I think everyone does feel safe here. It’s usually very quiet and there are plenty of alert dogs to notice anything unusual.

  7. Whew! I was on the edge of my seat! It was like reading a chapter in a good book. I am glad all was okay and that was great how everybody joined together for safety. Nice to see you post, Clowie!

    • Thank you, that’s really good to hear. I really enjoyed my nocturnal adventure, but I think all the bipeds were relieved when it was over. It’s nice to be here again – I left it far too long.

  8. Good job! That noise would have made me crazy!

  9. Oh Clowie. You can really spin a tale. That was a great story, and we were very relieved that it all turned out OK. I am in awe of the courage of all the doggies involved. Once there was a false fire alarm at our apartment complex, and I tried to hide from Mom and wouldn’t even let her put my leash on to evacuate. She had to grab me by the scruff of my neck to secure me so we could get out safely. She said if it was a real fire, she would be forced to die trying to get me out. Courage has never been a strength of mine…..

    • Thank you, I’m really pleased you enjoyed my tale.

      My fearlessness has been passed down from my ancestors that protected flocks from wolves and bears. You’re a lot smaller than I am, so it makes sense for you to be more cautious in some situations. You make people happy when your mom takes you on visits with her and that is a very special skill.

  10. Squeeee!!! Clowie!!!! I have so missed you my dear gal pal. What an adventure you had with your male biped!!!

    • Hi Savvy, thank you for coming by, it’s lovely to see you. I will try not to leave it so long before I blog again! It was an unexpected adventure, but very enjoyable.

  11. Lovely to hear from you Clowie. What an exciting time. Could we employ you and your security team to monitor our house? Our two Cockers are now so deaf they don’t hear a thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thank you. It was exciting, all the dogs agreed on that! If only you lived a little closer, I’d be pleased to include you in my rounds. Maybe there’s nothing unusual for your Cockers to hear?

  12. We can come home and walk up to them and they don’t hear so anything usual or unusual would be missed ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Welcome back, Clowie! Gosh, what an exciting night adventure. Having ‘practice drills’ like that keeps one’s finely tuned skills in tact. Good for you and the 4-pawed security team ๐Ÿ˜

  14. So lovely to see a post from you again, Clowie! It has been awhile. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And, such an exciting adventure! What a great Canine Security Team you have there. The neighbours should feel very safe. Bipeds are usually a little grumpy when woken out of a deep sleep, but they handled it well, all things considered. Cheers!
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    • Thank you, it’s been too long since I posted.

      It was exciting! Yes, I’ve noticed that bipeds are not very good at waking up at unexpected times. I’m instantly alert, but it takes them time to wake up. Then they complain that they’re wide awake and won’t be able to get back to sleep. I have no trouble going back to sleep once the excitement is over. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. It’s wonderful to see you’re back Clowie. You were missed! And the adventures you got in only one night!

    • Thank you, it’s lovely to see you!

      It was a very exciting night, but the bipeds are pleased that most nights are peaceful.

  16. While your humans weren’t thrilled with the experience, it sure made me feel good reading about it. Just knowing there are those who would come to the aid of a neighbor gives me a warm feeling. Oh, and all those dogs! I’d be in heaven!

    • It’s a quiet, friendly village. Anything unusual does get noticed and checked on, which is reassuring. I think people are more likely to check what’s going in places where it’s usually quiet.

      All the large dogs living nearby were out to investigate that night. I probably should have mentioned that although the smaller dogs stayed in their houses they played their part by keeping the barking going while we investigated!

      My bipeds were surprised by how many dogs there are when we moved here. It makes sense though because it’s a great area for walking.

  17. A great good morning to you Clowie!!

  18. Hey Clowie!
    What a story! I’m so glad everything was okay with your bipeds!
    I’m just coming back from my long absence (Cattitude Chronicles) after Shrimp died. Hop over and meet my newest famiy member- Newly adopted in November last year. So good to find you again!

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