The Pied Piper of the Pyrenees

I went for a stroll in the park with my female biped recently. We walked across the small grassy field and went to the larger field. A small river flows along one edge of it and we spent some time watching the ducks. I had a good sniff around and passed the time of day with a couple of dogs I know. Then my biped said it was time for us to go home.

mother duck swimming with ducklings

It’s always fun to watch ducklings!

We made our way back to the small field, where there were now a few children with their mothers in the small playground that is fenced off in one corner. As we made our way across the field I turned to look back a couple of times, but it wasn’t until we’d almost reached the car park that my biped turned to look. There was a boy, about four years old, following us. His mother was still chatting to one of the other mothers in the children’s area and hadn’t noticed her boy had gone. He had almost caught up with us, so we stopped and my biped told him to go back to his mother.

He didn’t take any notice. He came up to us and started stroking me, so we stood there and I enjoyed being stroked. After a few moments my biped told him that he should now go back to his mother. He shook his head. My biped told him that we had to go now and we took a few steps in the direction we’d been walking. My biped was hoping that would make him go back, but he had no intention of going back on his own.

My biped sighed and we turned round and walked towards the children’s play area. The boy walked next to me, chatting away to me the whole time. We stopped near the gate to the play area and my biped called to the people inside as the boy still refused to return to his mother. There was a sign saying that dogs weren’t allowed in the children’s playground.

None of the adults seemed to hear my biped. One of them was pushing a swing with a child on it, but the others were busy chatting to each other. A couple of younger children noticed us and ran across and out of the gate that the first boy had left open. They came to make a fuss of me.

My biped said, “Clowie, this just gets better!”

I thought so, I was enjoying myself! It’s lovely to get lots of attention, but I think my biped was being sarcastic. She then told one of the children to stop putting his fingers in my ears – I was pleased she noticed. She then told the children that now they’d made a fuss of me they should go back to their parents in the play area. The children stayed where they were!

My biped again called to the adults in the play area – a little louder this time. The one pushing the swing heard her this time and asked what she wanted. My biped explained that the children wouldn’t return to their parents. She asked the other biped to get the attention of the chatting parents and ask them to fetch their children.

The parents came to get their children, but the children all started crying because they wanted to stay with me! The other children in the play area came out to make a fuss of me. We allowed them to stroke me for a few minutes and then we left.

Illustration of The Pied Piper by Kate Greenaway

Illustration by Kate Greenaway

On the way back to the car park, my biped told me I’m like the Pied Piper when there are children about. That was no surprise to me! We often have to stop and return children that are following me to their guardians. It’s just part of being out and about with a Pyrenean Mountain Dog!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. I just don’t blame them! Of course Clowie is more fun than the playground equipment. And far more fun than a parent…..
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  2. Clowie you are IRRESISTIBLE – especially to little kids….I think that little boy was totally entranced by you…’s nice to be recognized for the sweet and beautiful dog that you are!

    Hugs, Sammy
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  3. Sounds like you’d make a more attentive guardian to some of these little ones Clowie; they are a lot of work though so I think it was a good choice to leave them in the semi-wild where you found them.
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    • I think you’re right, my attention doesn’t wander when I’m watching over someone! It probably is more fun to meet them in the semi-wild than have them waking me up from a nap!

  4. Clowie, you are a real kid magnet! Great that you can show them how to behave with a big dog. Sadly not all big dogs are going to be as special as you.
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    • Yes, I do seem to be a kid magnet! They seem to be fascinated by my beautiful coat and my size. I enjoy getting lots of strokes and hugs.

  5. I have to admit that my mom was like that little boy once… instead to go to school she only went to a house with a boxer in the garden and shared her lunch with the dog while reading stories from her schoolbooks to the dog… sadly this kind of schooling was interrupted by the heartless teacher who was a snitch and informed their pawrents :o(
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    • Sharing lunch and reading stories with a dog sounds a very pleasant way to spend the day. The teacher should have made being at school more fun!

  6. Clowie those kids had a very special time that day with you… they maybe made a memory! BUT what is with the Mother who was totally clueless where her kid was? Pffft.
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    • Yes, I think they did enjoy it. It is amazing that a parent could be distracted for so long when they have a small child with them. Quite apart from him wandering off, all sorts of accidents can happen in a play area.

  7. haha! Oh my!!! Well I suppose “If you lead them, they will come…”
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    • Yes! My biped says she’s wondering if a pair of pointy wolf-like ears would make me less appealing and is threatening to make me wear some when we go out – I hope she’s joking!

  8. It’s a good thing you’re the Pied Piper and not a kidnapper! If I were that little boy, I’d want to follow you as well. Who can resist you, Clowie! <3
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    • Yes, I love getting the attention, but there are all sorts of reasons why young children should be watched a bit more carefully than that.

  9. I am glad that Paulette above, referenced what I was thinking. While that is a DARLING story it could have had a terrible outcome. With the world the way it is nowadays, the parents could have seen you far away with Clowie and their little boy (before the other children arrived) and assumed that you were trying to “lure” him with your dog. That would have been an awful situation. It also bothers me immensely that so many parents there were too busy chatting to notice that their children had completely left the area. Inexcusable. That being said, Clowie is adorable, but the parents lack of watching their children upsets me to no end.
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    • Yes, there is a worrying side to the story. There are all sorts of dangers when a child wanders off. My biped was quite shocked that the mother didn’t notice the boy had gone. It would also have been a tricky situation for someone with a dog that is nervous, or not reliable around children.

  10. That duckling photo is just amazing. So precious to watch mother duck and her babies swim!
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  11. I bet they got some white furs on their clothes to remind themselves of you 🙂
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  12. Boy, that inattentive parent was lucky that you are such a nice dog, Clowie. You could have been the Big Bad Wolf! (Of course, when I was a kid I probably would have rather played with you than the other kids too.) 🙂
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    • Yes, the children are quite safe with me, but they didn’t know that! I think I’m probably a lot more fun than the other kids!

  13. It is so wonderful that you are so good with children, Clowie, and that they flock to you!
    It’s not wonderful that parents don’t keep a better eye on their children though….especially these days. It’s probably a good thing you were there to attract them so that they didn’t wander off in some other way.
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    • I love meeting children and it makes me happy that they want to make a fuss of me, but it would me much safer for them if they were taught to ask first. I would think that wandering off would worry most parents these days.

  14. Clowie you have such a magnetic personality!! The Pied Piper could learn a thing or two from you! MOL
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  15. From a kid’s perspective, Clowie, you must be ginormous. It would be hard to resist coming over to check you out and then to find you re tolerant of children, well that’s just icing on the cake.
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    • Yes, toddlers can walk under my head and cuddle against my chest – they like that. And I love it, I’m always careful to keep very still for them.

  16. If only more biped adults were as responsible and conscientious as you, Clowie! How do so many of us make it to adulthood?! 🙂
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  17. That little boy was rather persistent wasn’t he? European parents are far more casual about their children than here. I don’t have kids but I see how little freedom they have here, they’d never be allowed to speak with strangers the parents didn’t know. You’re good not to get anxious around a whole pack of them little ones, I think I sure would 😀
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    • Yes, he was persistent! My bipeds say that most children have less freedom than they did, but it does vary a lot. People in quiet areas tend to be more relaxed about their children than people in city areas.
      I love meeting children, especially small ones!

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