Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Other Side Of Winifred

This afternoon, As I was walking through the field gate with a bucket of eggs, I spied a young man running from out of our back gate. He stopped in the lane and started to check his pant leg and  from where I was standing I could clearly hear George barking wildly.
I shouted to him and jogged over calling out a pretty lame " can I help you?"
The man looked frightened but was smiling
" that bloody great big thing chased me down the path" he said pointing to the gate.
Behind the bars and In front of the other dogs stood Winifred.
She was staring at the man intently and was snorting like a bull
" I was only  just putting a leaflet through the door" he moaned " God I thought I was a gonna"
I started to laugh, I had left the back door open when I went to collect the eggs, and Winifred had been fast asleep on the kitchen floor.
I think they had both frightened each other.for when the man saw the shocked face of a fat bulldog he ran for it...and she legged it after him.
Who would have thought it? Winifred is now officially a guard dog
" she didn't bite you did she?" I asked remembering that he had been checking his pant leg
" no" he said, but I am sure I could see bulldog slobber
" I am sorry", I said " she's a big soft puddin really"
The leaflet man looked dubious
" she looks like a tank"
And when he handed me  a new schedule for our refuse collections
His hand was shaking




57 comments:

  1. I behave like Winifred when JWs turn up.
    Jane x

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  2. Damn remind me never to cross Winifred...

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  3. : - 0 So sweet of her to protect you from strangers. She's one MEAN guard dog.

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  4. Poor darling WiNifred. She's probably wondering what all the fuss was about.

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  5. Bulldog......guard dog.....nope, sorry, can't happen. Especially with such a cutie as Winifred. The guy obviously was a wuss.

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  6. well, who knew, eh? good for winnie.

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  7. You do make me laugh. The photo of you and your latest bulldog squeeze Winifred is a peach. Added to which she makes your chops look 10lbs thinner... or is it an illiptical ollusion?

    LLX

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  8. The young one placed a schedule inside your gate on your door is not a good thing. Winnie she was protecting you. The young one should have never entered the gate, just placed the schedule on your mail box. Maybe this person will think twice before entering a gate :-)

    Way to go Winnie!!!!!

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  9. Anonymous4:42 pm

    A tank. Haha.

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  10. guess HE won't pop round again! YOU GO, WINNIE!

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  11. Anonymous4:45 pm

    Winifred is trying to earn her keep, John. Maybe she thinks you need protecting from wildlife. Hope you have third party insurance.

    I was faced with a bull once upon a time. Not a dog. Middle of the field.I wasn't even wearing red. You can tell by looking into their eyes how they compute their chances (or rather mine). I broke Concorde's record. Never have I climbed a fence faster. Give me Winifred any time. Though, in fairness, at least bulls don't bark whilst chasing you.

    U

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    1. I have not been chased by a bull... But by cows before..... They can be just as worrying

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  12. Anonymous4:48 pm

    Winny is going to earn her keep.

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  13. Go get em girl ~ just scare em though ...great fun eh Winnie !

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  14. But she is the nicest "tank"i have ever seen....you go girl....she is already protecting you and property....she has to be nice to the postman though .....afterall he could bring money....but a guy with a leaflet?!...please.......

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  15. Ahaha! Our Dachshund is a little sod when somebody calls at the house.

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  16. What's so funny is that bulldogs don't have very expressive faces. They look like they're completely disgusted even when you're rubbing their bellies. She was probably snorting because she was out of breath from running after her new friend

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    1. LOL Mitchell!!!

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    2. True story! Ha!

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    3. Yes they do have an odd habit of looking non plus send with everything don't they?

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    4. I think you've nailed it, Mitch!

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  17. lol Bless her. She will bring the boys around later and forgo the protection money, you can pay her in slippers.

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  18. Yes, she looks like she could eat you whole, but anyone who's been around Bulldogs knows they are real softies :)
    She's looking well !
    ~Jo

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  19. Still laughing over Mitchell's comment. Perhaps the truest theory of all? :)

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  20. Dillon is sniggering here. He scares people at the gate ( though is a softie really ) Postmen are fearful of him. The freebie paper boy has got it sussed... give Dillon the rolled up paper to carry along the path ... so very pleased with himself ( Dillon not the paper boy )

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  21. Good for Winnie! My dog Ginger scared the nice guy from the gas company that came out this morning to help us light the pilot on our fireplace. She's really a sweetie, but feels it's her duty to put the fear of god into any strange men that knock on our door! LOL!

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  22. I expect the other dogs put her up to it - being new and all - they were hazing her.....poor Winifred.... and that's another thing, I can't say 'Winifred' without adding 'Atwell'. I'm turning into my mother, and it's all YOUR fault.....

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  23. I get blamed for most things wanda my gal

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  24. That poor young man! To encounter a crazed brute like Winifred when going about his lawful duty on behalf of the local council must have been nightmarish. At least you said you were sorry but I think it may be time to get Winifred a strong leather muzzle if of course they make them to fit squashed bulldog heads. As for the traumatised young man, he'll probably never work again.

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  26. She probably has a lot more secrets she is hiding from you! My cat, Gracie, growls when someone knocks on the door, but she runs and hides when they walk inside the door! Where were the terriers? They are usually the ones that will eat your socks off! She sure is a sweetheart...just look at that face!!!

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  27. Winston Churchill springs to mind in that photograph John. She obviously doesn't intend to fight them on the beaches - more likely on the back doorstep.

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  28. She's a class act John but watch out for any scotch egg deliveries as she may get to them before you.

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  29. Awwwww such a gud dug ! she lurves you.
    My two Scotties sound BIG but are real softies too !
    What they are usually barking for is lots of attention. Not very Scotty like in that respect.
    She may be a tank but I would worry about George, that could be his slobber on the pant leg.

    cheers, parsnip

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  30. Way to go Winnie, show em who is really top dog.

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  31. Anonymous8:20 pm

    Hi it's FM here, long time follower. My blog has moved to: www.frugalmummy.blogspot.co.uk
    Can I ask you to publicise this please as something horrid has happened and I can't access any of my old blog or the last four years' worth of blogs - aaargh!! This means I can't find my list of 400+ follwers either, and I genuinely love to spread a little bit of happiness through my blog. Many thanks, FM xxxxx

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  32. Winnie looks like Les Dawson's 'Ada' in that photo!

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  33. Well done, Winnie.

    Love,
    Janie

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  34. They all have it in 'em.

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  35. She's settling in nicely then. It's her territory now, after all? Introduce her to the postman, and put a warning sign on the gate?

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  36. Look into those beautiful eyes.....I will not believe there is a mean bone in her body!

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  37. Anonymous10:13 pm

    I just want to kiss that face!

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  38. Go Miss Winnie! Sounds like she has settled in nicely :)

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  39. I expected to read that you handed him a couple of eggs for his troubles. Of course, that would only cap his impression that you are batsh!t crazy.

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  40. Hehe.
    He's lucky he was only delivering leaflets. Bulldogs are built like tanks for a reason. ;-)
    Have a great Thursday, John. ♥

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  41. Winnie has already become your protector. Good dog!

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  42. Way to go, Winnie! Earning your keep.

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  43. I'm afraid our two do that too; especially with 'ramblers'. Scares the crap out of the townies, but they're only being friendly.

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  44. Well done Winnie guarding her home f rom horrible leaflet deliverers. Word will spread fast and you will be bothered no more - of course that means you will miss out of news of local events unless you send messages through the village grapevine that it is safe to enter providing you pat Winnie and get her utmost approval first, I guess if she's anything like her Dad the scent of a Scotch Egg should magically clear the pathway :-)

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  45. We had a German Shepherd who would have drowned a visitor (any visitor) in love. She looked scary (to some) though.

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  46. She's a big bully! :-)

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  47. Anonymous8:16 am

    Awww bless, I hope the bin men still come and collect your rubbish!

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  48. Winnie has certainly brought a lot of new excitement into your lives! Not that you needed any more,
    Nancy in Iowa

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  49. That's the trouble with women...change of mood in a moment...

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