We used to have a Berger des Pyrenees named Margot.  Now that sounds all fancy for a sheep herding dog, but there it is.  These dogs have been around for centuries in the Pyrenees mountains in France.

Sheep herding dogs are notorious for being quick.  Margot was no different.  She was a perpetual motion machine.  Anytime she stopped moving you could just see in her face what she was thinking… “what’s next, what’s next, what’s next?!!!”

Beyond being quick, she was also smart.  She was too smart for her own good.  Actually, that’s not true.  She was too smart for OUR own good!  Not only was she smart, she was cunning.  She loved to chase the cats.  Our poor cats were taking their lives into their own paws if they dared to leap to the floor.

Margot loved to chase our black cat Echo the most.  She made his life miserable.  But the really strange thing was what she would do with our female cat Lily.  Margot would hump her!  I have never seen a dog hump a cat before, and certainly not a female dog humping a female cat!  All we could do was shake our heads.  We’d tried everything to make her stop, but it soon became evident that Lily wasn’t running away.  I’m not sure what that says about her, but back to Margot.

We have a dog door so the dogs can go outside anytime they want to.  Margot figured out that when she exited the dog door the cats would often jump down from whatever perch they were on.   Once she learned that, she would go out the dog door, wait on the other side for the thump of a descending cat, and rush back in for a chase!

The cats weren’t the only ones being duped by Margot.  If she barked like hell broke loose, Levi would jump off the bed to investigate.  Margot took that knowledge and would bark at absolutely nothing.  This would make Levi leave the bed and then Margot would get his cushy spot there.  It was all pre-warmed for her.  She was no fool. She was tricky!

When we got Levi, he was an adorable little Great Dane puppy.  Margot took one look at him and she took charge.  He was housebroken almost immediately.  I don’t know what she told him, but he listened.  Even when he weighed 120 lbs more than she did, she could still back him out of a room.  If he didn’t do what she wanted, she would take him by his throat!  She never hurt him, but by gosh, she got her point across!  Margot did not suffer fools gladly.  She was a “take no prisoners” kind of dog.

We knew we were in trouble when she learned how to how to open doors.  She could stand on her hind legs and take her paws and twist the knob!  After that, she was unstoppable!  We finally had to replace the door knobs with a type she couldn’t work.

I can’t leave out the potential homicidal maniacs.  Margot often thought people were coming to kill us.  At least you would think that by the ruckus she would make.  If someone was delivering something, they were coming to kill us.  If the trash man came, he was coming to kill us.  If friends came, they were coming to kill us.  Even the mailman was coming to kill us and he didn’t come any closer than the end of our driveway.  No one was above her suspicion. One day a delivery person came at the same time the trash man came and she was apoplectic!  I thought she would come unglued, but she lived to bark another day.

We lost Margot about 8 months ago and the house just isn’t the same.  No more crazy barking, no more being herded through the house, and very few people are coming to kill us.

 

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29 thoughts on “The Dog Who Knew Too Much

      1. I think my mother’s dog could be Margot’s reincarnation. She’s a Border Collie who is clearly on a heavy amount of drugs. Don’t bend because she could break the bones in your face with a crazy kiss.

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    1. Yes, that is true. There were so many times when I wanted to kill her. Not literally, of course, but one more bark was just going to put me over the edge. I’d like to hear that bark now. I’d like to see Margot put Walter in his place. George, you are new to my blog, but you will learn more about my demon Dane puppy Walter. I think Margot would have taught him a thing or two!

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    1. Yes, I smiled a bit, grimaced a bit and there was a fair amount of eye-rolling. Still loved her, though, crazy girl that she was. Thanks for reading Mel, I really appreciate you stopping by so often. 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much, Mel. I am so happy you enjoy my nutty meanderings. I have a great time writing them and it is so nice to know that they bring a smile to someone. ❤

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  1. Beagles are lovely dogs, though like Margot, rather vociferous! Maltese are just plain cute. I hope you have Boots for many years to come, even though he’s a pacifist regarding strange cats.

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  2. I am amused and sad at the same time. Loosing a family member, and dogs are family members, is always a sad moment. Good that you have the opportunity to live with this adorable and super protective dog. Who knows how many times she saved your lives!!!??!!
    And I had to look in the urban dictionary to know what “hump” was… hahahahaha
    Cheers!

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    1. We were lucky we had her as long as we did. She had a pancreatic disorder from the time she was a puppy and it was a miracle we could keep her alive for 8 years. She had a great life while she was here and I’m thankful we had that 8 years. After all, you are right, how many homicidal delivery people might have succeeded in their nefarious plot to kill us!? Plus, I am very happy to have increased your vocabulary, even if you had to go to the urban dictionary to do it. hahahahah!!!!!

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  3. Aaaaaww! I’m so sorry for your loss…. I have a crazy dog Scarlett, she is mixed Australian Shepherd. Her personality and characteristics sounds exactly like your Margot. I love this story a very nice way to remember a sweet girl.

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