The best-laid plans of mice and men (and dogs) often go awry

I was hoping to tell you some stories about my adventures, but I’ve been too busy to get my paws to the keyboard.

As most of you know I take my duties as Chief of Security very seriously, as does any self-respecting Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees). What you don’t know is that for the last few weeks I’ve had to raise the B.A.R.K. (Be Alert and Ready Know-how) level to level two which denotes serious vulnerability in a family member.

Not only have I been performing my security duties, but I’ve also been acting as a skilled nurse. The female biped has done her best to help me, but the lion’s share of the workload has fallen on me and I haven’t had a moment to spare.

I’m happy to be able to tell you that the male biped is recovering nicely. He’s now been told that there’s nothing further to worry about and he can concentrate on recuperating from the surgery. I’m sure that’s because I’ve looked after him so well.

I’ve dropped the B.A.R.K. level to three, but I will keep it at that level until his voice gets a bit stronger. He can still only croak quietly, so I have to stay near him in case he needs me. When he first came home, he looked like an extra from a horror movie. They should have allowed me to go to the hospital with him – I would have protected him from the surgeon!

He hadn’t been home ten minutes when he whispered to me that he hoped I’d be nicer to him than I had been when he’d had the problems with his Achilles tendon. That was an insulting thing to say but I’ve forgiven him as he must have been delirious! He’s since told me that I’m doing a wonderful job of looking after him.

I’ll be back with more news about my adventures as soon as I can get the B.A.R.K. level down to a more relaxing four or five. I’m looking forward to having time to catch up with all of you and your adventures.

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P.S. Here’s an explanation of the title for anyone not familiar with the phrase.


  1. Clowie it’s a good thing your bipeds have you looking after them. I’m sure your male biped appreciates you being there for him more than he’s able to say right now – you know how male bipeds are about EXPRESSING their feelings sometimes!!! (wink) Anyway, you take care of him and continue being a good Security Guard – we’ll hope to hear from you again soon!

    Hugs, Sammy
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  2. My goodness, C. You do have an important job to do. Best of luck to your dad for complete healing and recovery. And good luck to you and your mom. You will be the best medicine, of course.

    Love and licks,
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  3. Oh no! Poor human. What a huge responsibility for you Clowie – hope he’s better very soon so you can get some rest 😉
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  4. hugs to your human and POTP for a speedy recovery. it’s great that you have an eye on your human now to pawtect him… I did that too as the mama was sick, but the nurse who came to change the bandages was not amused :o)
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  5. So that’s why they don’t let dogs into hospitals!

  6. Sam and I send our best pawsitive healing thoughts to your dad so you won’t lose your voice barking protection.
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  7. Nice to see you have found a few minutes away from your duties to update us all. You have been missed!
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  8. We are so glad your bipeds have you, Clowie, to help out with everything. Where would they be without you? We hope everything settles down soon and your male biped has a complete recovery soon.
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  9. HOOOOOOOOWWWWWLOOOOO Clowie, at the very least big chunks of liver cake are in order for your admirable efforts with youR bipeds 😀

  10. Keep taking good care of the male biped Clowie – hope to hear that all is well soon.

  11. I’m happy to hear you’ve been busy with your bark levels and doing an amazing job, Clowie! And I’m looking forward reading more of you soon.

  12. You are so good at your job, Clowie! Here’s hoping your male biped has a speedy recovery.
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