Surrounded

When I was a puppy, we used to go to Wimpole Hall for a walk quite regularly. It was a short drive away and we could walk near to grazing farm animals easily. My bipeds said that getting accustomed to being near cows and sheep without getting excited was part of my socialisation. I also had quite an adventure with a kissing gate there one day.

This particular morning I was with just one biped. We had walked along the track that went near all the grazing cows and I’d walked by them without paying much attention. I was a little over a year old and I’d seen them lots of times. We carried on and went for a lovely walk in the woods. When we returned we passed the main entrance to the house on our way back to the car park.

Wimpole Hall, main entrance - from Wikimedia Commons

Wimpole Hall, main entrance – from Wikimedia Commons

It was a weekday and we hadn’t seen anyone else at all, but when we got to the car park a coach arrived and stopped. The doors opened and lots of children, of about ย eleven or twelve years old, got out. They saw me and they hurried across to us. The first ones to arrive starting stroking me. My biped said, “Not all at once! Take it in turns!”

The children stroked me quite gently, I think some of them were a little nervous. My biped saw how relaxed I was about it and didn’t protest when more of the children surrounded me. But I know she was keeping a close eye on me, to make sure I was still happy. One or two of them asked my name and lots of them were telling me how beautiful I am. I thought it was wonderful to have so many youngsters making a fuss of me at once!

The adults that were with the children stood by the door of the coach chatting together. After about five minutes one of them came closer to us and asked, “Are they ready for us up at the house now?”

My biped replied, “I don’t know. The main entrance isn’t very far.” She pointed and added, “It’s in that direction.”

The teacher said, “Oh, aren’t you here to take us up to the house?”

My biped said, “No, we just came here for a walk. We’re on our way back to the car.”

The teacher then spoke to the other adults and they started rounding up the children and they headed towards the main entrance. She then came to speak to us, “I’m so sorry, I would have rescued you sooner but I thought you were here to meet us. Your dog looked so relaxed, it was as though she expected all that attention.”

My biped said, “She loves attention and the children were being gentle. I would have called for some help, if she had been stressed.”

The teacher then asked about my breed, she said that some of the children would be sure to ask later. My biped told her a little about my ancestors protecting flocks in the mountains. The teacher told me that I’m very beautiful and patient. She thanked us and said that we had helped to make it a memorable day for the children. Then she left to catch up with the rest of the group.

We strolled across to our car and my biped opened it for me to get in. I could tell she was proud of me by the way she patted me as I settled down. I took a nap on the way home – the perfect way to end a delightful outing!

See you next Wednesday!

108 Comments

  1. Oh, I can just picture all those nice little ones eyes lighting up when they saw you, Clowie! I love the little ones too ๐Ÿ™‚ And you were so calm about so many of them giving you attentions all at once!

  2. I sure wish that I enjoyed walks and meeting new people like you do. Sometimes I am better about it than others, I sure can learn A LOT from you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • Hi Dakota, it is a shame that you don’t enjoy those things very much, but you may start to enjoy them one day. I know you have lots of fun at home in other ways!

  3. Awww Clowie your such a friend to everyone! You must have been real patient with all those little kiddies running up to you! Kirby probably would have tried hiding between my legs! Your biped seemed very proud of you!

  4. De Cunningham. (@skye613)

    You would make a wonderful Therapy dog Clowie! Been one for years. Children love to see us walk into their classrooms.

    • Thank you! I think it’s a lovely thing to do and I’m sure I would enjoy it. We started finding out about it when we still lived in England, but then we decided to move. There is much less opportunity to be involved in it in Spain and we live in a very remote area, so it isn’t possible. But it doesn’t stop me doing a bit of freelancing locally!

  5. What a beautiful place for a walk! There’s nothing like that anywhere near where I live. I suspect there aren’t many anywhere in the US! I’m glad you had such a good visit with the children. Sometimes they don’t understand how they can be intimidating to animals or how to be careful around them.

    • Yes, it is a lovely place for a walk. We have often taken visitors there and they have always enjoyed it, there’s a lot to see. It’s great that some of these old stately homes remain to still be enjoyed, the National Trust do a good job maintaining them.

  6. What a wonderful day! My Maya would have been overly excited about the children, but would have calmed down eventually. I didn’t get Pierson until he was already grown up so we are still working on socializing. He is okay with one small child but that many would have scared him. What a good dog you are Clowie!

    • Thank you! It’s difficult not to be excited about so many children! It’s a shame that Pierson would be nervous, but I’m sure he’ll improve gradually with your help.

  7. I bet you were the best part of the day for those children!

  8. Wow, things are so grand in the UK. Gorgeous place for a walk. Love the ruins or Folly as they have noted. Glad you enjoyed all the attention as the children will probably remember you over all else from that day. What a nice teacher too.

    • It is a lovely place. We like the folly and have walked up to it a number of times. It’s very convincing as ruins, even up close – until you walk round behind it and then you can see it was built that way. It’s fascinating.

  9. What a great day that must have been, Clowie – and what a good girl you were! My Mum says you are a great ambassador for your breed… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Solo and Krissy ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Such a beautiful place to walk Clowie. Wimpole Hall looks huge in that picture! I have never been there. I think you did really well Clowie with the kids. I know had a bunch of children all come running at me I would have been a bit unsettled. You and your biped have a wonderful relationship and that helps in uncertain situations. I love that you napped on the way home!

    • It really is huge. I think you’d like the old stable block. The grounds are vast with many interesting walks.
      I think you’re right about my relationship with my biped helping me – I know they’ve never let anything get too difficult for me.
      It’s always important to fit enough naps into the day!

  11. You are such a good girl, Clowie! (Have to say that I think those teachers should have been more responsible. After all, they didn’t know what a gentle soul you are… I think they should have talked to your biped much sooner!)

    • Thank you. Yes, I think you’re right, my biped was a bit surprised that the teacher just allowed them to rush over. But we don’t seem to meet many people who try to teach children to ask before they approach dogs.

  12. I was a bit surprised at the teachers too! But all credit to you Clowie for being such a gentlelady ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you. My biped said that when she was at school the teachers would have made them form a crocodile! That makes no sense at all to me, woof!!

  13. You are great Clowie!! Riley and I wanted to let you know we nominated your blog for two blogging awards. The details are on our website: https://www.ohmyshihtzu.com/our-first-awards/

  14. Looks like a gorgeous place!

  15. What a lovely story! Sounds like you handled a tricky situation just perfectly Clowie. Your biped must have been so proud of you. : )))xxx Monty

  16. You were a credit to your bipeds that day Clowie ๐Ÿ™‚ And how lovely and patient you were! And it would seem, you are educational too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. What a gorgeous place to walk! And so nice to have the kids make a fuss over you. I’m not sure Rita would have enjoyed that… She hasn’t really been around kids. Caught her sniffing at the back of one at the beach the other day with a “what is that thing?” look on her face. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s a very interesting place to walk, there is quite a variety of things to see. Maybe the child had been rolling in something Rita found interesting, woof!

  18. All those kids probably thought that you had stepped right out of a fairy-tale, so big and soft and gentle and beautiful! I wouldn’t be able to resist giving you a cuddle either if we ever crossed paths ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Clowie, you are so purrfect, as usual! And we can understand why you walked at such a beautiful place and why everyone thought you were the guide. That is your mission and breeding! Our girl wanted to be a vet so the mom raised her from a young age to be comfortable around large animals too.

    • Thank you! It is a lovely place to visit. I love it when people want to come and meet me and make a fuss of me. That’s lovely that your mom helped your girl learn to be comfortable around large animals. And she had you to teach how to behave with smaller ones!

  20. No wonder they were so proud of you, Clowie! What a great ambassador for dogs you are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Clowie you were so good to let all the children pet you…sometimes children can be a little overwhelming but you were a star…what’s a “kissing gate”

    • Thank you, Gizmo. You have to swing a kissing gate and enter a tiny enclosure then swing the gate the other way to step out of the enclosure on the other side. They’re quite an old idea, but are still used quite a lot in England where there is livestock, as there’s no danger of someone leaving the gate open. There’s more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissing_gate

  22. well done, Clowie. Your bipeds are GREAT trainers, though!

  23. Sounds like a model canine citizen there! I bet meeting and petting Clowie was the highlight of some of the kid’s day.

  24. Hey Clowie,

    What a great way to end your day out! I love hanging out with kids, sounds like you were a huge hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy ๐Ÿ™‚

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