Saturday, November 28, 2009

Something that Inky is not telling you... that when we went and visited Riley and his new little sister Bonnie, there was a little bit of an incident...

Our first night at the house was deprived of sleep for everyone involved.

First of all, us Airedales sleep inside. We're not dogs, we like it warm and comfy and like to rest in close proximity to our pinkies (if not on the big bed right next to them).

While the pinkies settled in for the night down the corridor with all the bedrooms, we (Riley, Bonnie, Inky and myself) set up Camp Dale for the night in the main living area.

So here are the events of that night as follows:

It was Bonnie's first night ever with her new family, so the poor little lass had some crying to do. And if you ever heard a puppy cry at night, you know what I am talking about.

Our hosts have a beautiful house, with lots of glass surrounding it. So, on the inside you can watch all sorts of great wildlife zooming past during the wee hours (of course we all had our night goggles on). Terrific! We barked at EVERYTHING!
No hang on, I did more howling than barking while Riley definitely had some barking to do.

I should mention here that our hosts also have two delicious, ahem, beautiful cats.
Although they had to camp part of the night outside, towards sunrise, they were ready to come back in again. And boy, were we (Inky and myself) ready for them!!

By this stage, the pinkies issued many "shooshes" and "in your beds" and complained about a lack of sleep (I did say to them, that they should have stayed and bed and that I, the mighty Moll, would take care of it all). The cats were brought to safety in our hosts bedroom...

Inky didn't not want to give up carrying on about the cats and Mother Dearest truly had enough by then. She was highly embarrassed by our performance (why??) so she thought to separate us was wise and Inky was hurled into our pinkies' bedroom to be "muted". I was left with Riley to guard over little Bon Bon in her crate. The door to the corridor with all the bedrooms was locked firmly.

A short while after, Inky felt the urge to scratch at Pinkies' bedroom door (now on the inside). Poor pinkie thought that Inky needed to urinate and was going to escort her out.

The next few seconds are just a blur but what happened went a little bit like this:

Inky and Pinkie try to get past the firmly locked corridor door (not possible), the scuffle attracts my and Riley's attention (on the other side of that door), which then in turn attracts the attention of our host, who helps open the corridor door but leaves their bedroom door open only to see Riley zoom down the corridor to say hi to his Pinkie, Inky and myself decide to follow suit and HOORAY find the cats in our hosts' bedroom...

One of the cats decides to flee, Inky decides to chase, I follow Inky because it seemed like so much fun..

Cat heads down the corridor toward the main living area, we follow. About half way, our pinkie tries to stop us both but only manages to grab hold of me....

Two seconds later, the biggest smash bang you could ever imagine!! Our pinkie thought the worst (the glass display cupboard with all family heirlooms had come down to kill both, cat and Inky, and all heirlooms, but no...

As the clock strikes 5.50am the pinkies (all six of them) gather to find a puzzled looking Inky, a broken window, but no cat!

Inspector Molly was called upon but even I couldn't work out if Inky went through the window first and then the cat escaped, or if the cat jumped through the window and broke the window in doing so. And Inky simply wouldn't tell (she can be sooo difficult).

There was no blood at the scene which seemed like some relieve but the cat did not return for several hours which had our pinkie crying and feeling embarrassed, scared, guilty, anxious, helpless...

Let's just say, we feel very lucky that Riley's family still speaks to us, had us stay another night (for which we were all locked up, away from any big glass panes) and even agreed to have me stay for an extended holiday in a couple of months' time for while the pinkies will be overseas (little Inks will be housed elsewhere and I promised to be on my best behaviour in regard to the Kitty Kat)...



  1. We are what we are!

    Tank woo fur sharing this furry interesting weekend!

    PeeEssWoo: What, no pikhs?

  2. Oh my lord, what a disaster hehe. Good work Inky. That cat would have been a gonner if I was there.

    Noah x

  3. Wow, what an adventure. Y'all are awfully big, and big airedale plus plate glass don't go to well together. I'm sure glad y'all are all unhurt.
    Sally Ann

  4. Wow! What a fun adventure! We would have been locked up the 2nd night too! The hoomans can only take so much "fun"!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. What a story!! And it had a happy ending, but we bet there were a few terse moments there.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  6. Oh was für ein Airedale-Abendteuer!
    Nur unsere Pinkies verstehen den Spass nicht. Ich wäre gern dabei gewesen.
    Habe auch gerade eine neue große Glastür beschädigt. Wollte nur helfen und mit Kaminholz da lang laufen, wo vor kurzem noch keine Glastür Krieg.
    Liebe Grüsse Mischka

  7. We sure are glad there was no blood and that the kitty finally came home. We all know that kitty + Airedale + glass window can be disastrous! We know that from experience! We're glad you're all okay!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  8. What an exciting tail...errr, tale! My guess is we might have done exactly the same thing. Nothing more annoying than a cat that runs away. if they'd just sit still we wouldn't chase 'em. Right??
    Smooches, BabyRD & Hootie
    ps-Where are the pinkies going overseas?? In Jan-March we'll be in Arizona. Are they going that way??

  9. Oh my dogness. We are going to have dreams about that.

    All's well that ends well? We hope.

    Lovingly reassured.
    Jake and Fergi xxoo

  10. WooHoo! I didn't let Bentley read this because he might have gotten some great ideas from ya'll. Glad you had fun; I did from reading your exciting "tail!"

  11. Too much temptation Inky.. cats, constant views of wildlife, crying puppy... I might jump thru the glass too! Come on mom, we are dogs. The call of the wild always prevails.
    Glad everyone is okay!

  12. What a wonderful story. There's nothing like staying with friends when you've got a new puppy.

  13. Isn't it funny how the humans get all embarrassed and outdone when we are simply being 'dales! I'm glad you weren't injured!! I have to say that I probably would have done the exact same thing! So, good work Inky! hehe
    thanks for sharing the whole story, Molly!

  14. OH my Molly, you were the un-lucky one who was caught eh?? Me and STINKY are like you and Inky with kitties!! Soooooo much fun!

    I'm glad neither Inky nor the kitty was hurt tho...broken class sounds kinda scary...

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade


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