The Bionic Quadruped Returns

Those of you who have known me for a while will remember that the Borg from Star Trek tried to assimilate my male biped and turned him into The Bionic Quadruped. I tried to make him take some exercise by moving the remote control out of reach and by licking the toes that stuck out of the cast. He didn’t really appreciate my efforts!

A few months had gone by since then and he was almost back to normal. He took me for a walk one day and he slipped in the mud. He made a horrible noise and he got up and we made our way home very slowly – he was hobbling on the bad leg again. When we got home he said that he’d felt his Achilles tendon go again and they made an appointment at the hospital with the specialist he’d seen before.

A few days later my bipeds went out and when they came home it was obvious that the male biped had had another encounter with the Borg. He had the same metal arm extensions, they called them crutches, and a cast on his leg again. He went and sat in his armchair and put the crutches down beside him. He seemed even more fed up than the first time it had happened.

I followed him across the room, to see if I could cheer him up. I nudged his arm gently with my head and he stroked me. Then I decided to have a sniff at his bare toes that were sticking out of the cast.

He said, “Oh no! Don’t start licking my toes again!”

I was a little surprised by that – I’d had no intention of licking his toes! I settled down by his chair and kept an eye on him.

The next day he was sitting on the sofa and I noticed he was leaning over trying to get something. I went to see what was wrong. He was trying to get the remote control, but he couldn’t quite reach it. I stood and thought about this. Then I moved closer and put my nose against the remote control and nudged it closer to him. He took it and smiled. I moved closer to him and he stroked me and told me that I’m clever.

I tried to stay close to him all the time, in case he needed help. One day, as he was trying to get out of a chair, he dropped his crutch and it was out of his reach. I managed to push it across the floor with my paw, so that he could reach it.

Six weeks passed and he came home without the cast on his leg. I went and made a fuss of him and sniffed his leg.

He gave me a hug and he said, “Yes, I’m getting better again! You’ve been a lot nicer to know this time than you were before when I was on crutches. You tormented me then! What a difference a few months make!”

The female biped came back into the room and he asked her, “Did you swap our Clowie for another dog? She looks like Clowie, but she’s much nicer than the puppy that was nipping my toes and teasing me the first time I was in a cast.”

She laughed and said, “She still has her moments! But I agree, she is much nicer to know than she was then. She’s ten months old now and all that training and socialisation is really starting to show results.”

He grinned and said, “What a relief that is!”

Then he stroked me again and said, “You’re growing into a lovely dog!”

I was really proud that they were so pleased with me.

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Clowie, you are so clever! I’d only help if I got treats BOL!

  2. Clowie I’m glad your biped has been restored after the Borg assimilation attempt and proving, like Capt Pucard, resistence isn’t futile! Can you tell I’m a Star Trek fan? 🙂 You are a very loving nurse maid.

  3. You’re so sweet Clowie, what lovely behaviour for a teenager! Sometimes they aren’t nice at all. Glad to hear you bipeds leg has mended, now he’s in shape to play!

  4. Aww…thanks for sharing!

  5. Hey Clowie, Jet here.

    You put the “T” in Therapy Dog, didn’t you! The first time was obviously a training run… speaking of 2 times, 🙁 for the male biped, what a bummer.

  6. Clowie what a sweet and sensitive girl you are! Such a helper! ((((hugs)))) Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. OMC! This is wonderful! What an absolute sweetheart with a caring heart of gold. Purrs….

  8. What a good pup you are to have taken such good care of your Bionic Quadruped! I think you should still lick his toes once in a while though 😉

  9. Clowie, I would be very proud of you indeed!! You are a (not so) little star!! xx

  10. What a nice story. You are a good dog. I don’t think my dogs would have considered nudging the remote closer to me like that. Very clever indeed. 🙂

  11. Hmm… 😉 Clowie the supreme Dog for the Disabled! lol 😉 Your poor male biped has been in the wars hasn’t he? Undoubtedly you warmed the cockles of his biped heart with your kind and endearing ways the second time, and probably saved him from a dark depression too…Now as to the first time lol! How you tormented and tortured him! Poor,, unfortunate biped! Licking his toes lol! Oh dear and if nipping them was involved…OUCH!! It’s lovely that you look after your bipeds so nicely now though 🙂

  12. Clowie what a wonderful companion taking care of the toes that are sticking out of the cast. Even toes need a little attention.

  13. You are such a smart and sweet dog, Clowie! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sense of humour 😉

  14. Awww this was a wonderful story. You are such a sweet dog!

  15. You sound like a very smart dog!

  16. Oh, Clowie, we think you are the nicest and most clever dog ever! We think you are great just as you are, and you couldn’t have tortured your dad so. Toe washing is great therapy for him.

  17. Very very clever Clowie. You’re just like me, we know how to be smart *Wag wag wag*
    I lOVE that you’re leading everyone into a false sense of security before you peform THE BIG ONE. Pawsome work. Glad to hear his cast is off. Did you get to keep it to chew up? *wag wag wag*

    • Hi Bella! You’re brighter than the bipeds, you know what I’m up to! I didn’t get to chew on the cast – he just came home without it one day. It would have been fun to play with!

  18. I think you’ve done a magnificent job with your biped, Clowie. Sometimes they just don’t understand what great caregivers we are.

  19. Aw, I never made it over here yesterday Clowie! Wow, you are incredibly helpful pup!!! My biped just recently got rid of some “crutches” too, but I tried to trip her up instead of helping out! Hehe! Perhaps next time she is on them again, I will be like you…you never know! Great job though!!

  20. You are an angel in a dog suit, aren’t you? How sweet you are to help “the man”! 🙂

  21. squeeeeee!!! Clowie!!!! You are so pawsome!! What a gurlfurriend!!! I so love you, really I do! You are the smartest, nicest big doggie…can I come live with you????….what???…what Mom???..oh yeah, and can Mom come too??? paw pats Savvy

  22. You really are a lovely girl Clowie! I think it is very special & sweet that you helped your Biped in all the ways you did.

  23. Hi Clowie, nice to meet you. You seem like a super nice and helpful puppy! That’s so cool what you did for your dad. Thanks for visiting me!

  24. They could have asked her! We all know that you are growing into a lovely dog!

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