The Great Escape

It was a Sunday afternoon and we’d had a lovely walk in some woods a short drive from home. We’d almost reached the gate to leave the woods when we were surprised to hear voices. We turned the corner in the path and could see a group of people and large dogs by the gate.

As we drew closer, my male biped asked, “What’s happening?”

The Great Dane’s biped replied, “The gate is locked, it shouldn’t be locked till dusk. None of us can get a signal on our mobile phones and we’re trying to figure out what to do. Do you know another way out?”

My biped replied, “The only other gate I know of is right at the other end of the woods and opens onto the main road. It’s a loop of about six miles to get back here – there’s no footpath along the road and it would be dark by the time we got there.”

The Great Dane’s biped asked, “Do you think we can lift them over?”

My biped looked at the gate, which was high with barbed wire along the top. Then he looked at the stile which was very high and narrow with barbed wire next to it.

Ladder stile

The stile was similar to this one but higher with more barbed wire next to it

My biped said, “I think it will be very awkward. Have you seen any gaps or joins in the mesh of the fence?”

The Great Dane’s biped said, “Yes, I found a join, but no one else was strong enough to help me with it. I think we could probably hold a gap open together. Do you think we’ll be able to persuade all the dogs through a gap?”

My other biped chipped in, “Hopefully we’ll only need to persuade one and then the others will get the idea.”

One of the other bipeds took the Great Dane’s lead so that his biped had his hands free. Then he and my biped pulled at the mesh. When they had an opening, no one wanted to try to get their dog through first.

My female biped said, “I’ll go round and get Clowie to come through the gap to me.”

She climbed over the stile and made her way to the gap. They passed my lead through to her and she called me. I stood there, uncertain what to do. I wanted to please her, but I was still quite young and the gap looked rather small. I decided to stay where I was.

My biped said, “I’m coming back, I have another idea.”

She passed my lead back through and a moment later she’d climbed back over the stile and was beside me again. She explained to the male biped and the Great Dane’s biped that she thought she could climb through the gap and then she thought I would have the confidence to follow her.

They held the gap open again. It was rather awkward for her as it was a roughly oval gap starting about eighteen inches off the ground. She put one leg through and then bent right over and wriggled through and then she had to hop a bit to be able stand up and get the other leg through. She did look funny! But, I suddenly realised that it was really easy to get through the gap after all and I had no idea why I’d been worried. I popped through to join her!

Australian Shepherd jumping through a gap at agility

It was as easy as this!

She patted me and told me how clever I was. While she was still leaning over me, the Great Dane decided to follow me. The person holding him was taken by surprise and couldn’t hold onto his lead. The Great Dane took advantage of the fact that my biped was still leaning over, meaning her face was on a level with his, to give her a big sloppy kiss! My biped told him he was clever as well and took hold of his lead.

After that it was fairly easy to persuade the Old English Sheepdog and the Newfoundland through the gap. The two Labradors were then happy to jump through! The Great Dane’s biped and mine allowed the gap to close and pushed the mesh back into position. Then they climbed over the stile to join the rest of us to stroll along to our cars.

All the bipeds were very happy and thanked the Great Dane’s biped and mine for their help. They also told me I was very clever!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Pawesome escape! Wooooowoooooooooo!

  2. Good job Clowie, I had to do that for Tyler once. We were stuck and he was not going to leave us to squeeze thru so I (Mom) managed to get thru knowing he would always follow me. He trusted me completely and followed thru no problem. It’s wonderful that you have that trust in your female biped:-)

  3. My late Lexie and my Mica will also follow me anywhere, that kind of trust is so special 🙂

  4. Wow Clowie, you were so brave to go first! I know your Mummy was on the other side but still, pawesome job!
    The Pigs xx

  5. Well done to your hoomans for being so clever and working out a way around the issue! Sounds like you had quite the adventure and even made some new friends

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  6. That was a rather entertaining and amusing incident Clowie,
    your lead by example certainly paid of.

  7. Youz sure iz clever Clowie, no way would I go through a hole, I just don’t do hole’s or hula hoops BOL xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. The kind of leadership we’ve come to expect from you Clowie – your biped is clever to know how you’ll react to situations too!

  9. Well done to you and mum Clowie! we have to negotiate the barbed wire fence here sometimes and you have to be quite careful! they are old and rusty and just waiting to grab you!! Bravo hugs Fozziemum Pee Ess of course it had to be a group of large doggies!!!

  10. Clever you Clowie. LOL and sounds like a fun time was had and mum even got a slobby kiss for Mr Great Dane. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. You’re a born leader, C. And your mom is, too! What a fun escape story! Mom predicts I would’ve turned to stone and been there still…..

    Love and licks,

  12. Clowie, you are indeed quite clever and quite brave. You did a fine job of leading; You should be quite proud of yourself. Take care, biped Bill

  13. That was the perfect plan for an escape from “Alcatraz”, well done! maybe next time you can dig a hole… I’ve heard escape tunnels are in fashion :o) Have a great wednesday! btw: I met a lot of your relatives at the show on sunday, it was a pleasure to watch them :o)

  14. Good for you and your biped Clowie! Clever to figure out how to solve that problem and be the “leader of the pack” to get through a most awkward situation! BRAVO!

    Hugs, Sam

  15. what an adventure.. I love jumping but going under I am not sure but I am skinny I could shimmy

  16. You sure were smart and brave, Clowie! And your bipeds were so clever to figure a way to get all of you out. Well done to all! 🙂

  17. Good job! You are so clever..and brave Clowie!

  18. I know you were afraid Clowie, and we all are when we face a strange,frightening new situation! Good girl I hope you got a well deserved treat!

  19. BOL! Great story! I love how you titled this too! haha! Well, I am glad you all got out safely without being pricked by some barbwire! OUCH! That would have hurt, and Clowie, oh could you imagine what it would have done to your beautiful fur?!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  20. Oh, Clowie, you are so nice and well behaved as well as smart. I’m not as nice–if that had been my biped, by the time she was a third way through, I would have jumped on her to get through before she did. It is so important for me to be first and in the middle of stuff that I sometimes trample bipeds, quadrupeds, furniture, etc. etc. but I’m learning. guess I’m a slow learner! Have a good week. Mack

  21. We’ve definitely had to crawl through some barbed-wire fences with the Newfs in our day – with not much fur left behind, either! The dogs are usually more graceful about it than the humans. And Alma can be lifted by the Husband if need be, but Moses is a bit more awkward about it.

    • Yes, the obstacles on some footpaths are not very friendly for large dogs.
      The male biped can lift me but he only does it if he really has to.

  22. Humph. For some of us vertically challenged canines going under things is the only option.

  23. Well, if you have a Labrador and a dog biscuit, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a volunteer! Way to be very brave Clowie, particularly since it sounds like NO ONE gave you a biscuit. A “good girl” is nice, but a dog cookie really says ‘job well done’. 😉

    • Yes, my bipeds thought a Labrador should be easily tempted, but the people with them didn’t think so!
      I did get a few treats on the way back to the car, so it was worth it.

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