A pair of heroic workmen rushed to help a dog walker whose beloved pet had ‘died’ only to discover that the stubborn pooch was staging a lie-down protest at not going on his favourite walking route.
Michele Bilsland, 43, had agreed to take Old English bulldog Begbie on a shorter walk than usual last Friday afternoon due to the bad weather in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
But when the canny canine realised this, he plonked himself down on the pavement and refused to budge.
Professional dog walker Michele took four-year-old Begbie, named after Robert Carlyle’s character in cult film Trainspotting, out of the cul-de-sac and turned left instead of right to take him on a quick walk around the block.
Just as Begbie swooned to the ground, two workmen driving past pulled over fearing he had dropped dead as Michele was stood open-mouthed in shock.
Michele from Crieff, Perth and Kinross, said: ‘The woods he likes are up the hill but we’d turned left because the weather was stormy so he knew I was walking him down the way just towards the village.
‘When he’s not going where he wants he just throws himself on the floor and then he
doesn’t move and turns his head away in disgust.
‘He’d done it seconds before the guys in the van came up that road.
‘I think they were a father and son who just parked up straight away and asked ‘are you alright love? What’s happened?’
‘Because Begbie was on the floor and his head was turned away they thought he’d died on me.
‘I told them he was fine and just having a tantrum and sulking so he wouldn’t move because he was playing dead.
‘I thanked them and they laughed when they realised he was just sulking – I just waited for him to get up.’
Begbie staged a minute-long protest before conceding defeat and starting plodding along the road.
Mum-of-two Michele said: ‘I’ve got used to it now so I know not to drag him along. After around a minute he just got up under his own steam but then did the same again a little later on.
‘He’s adorable and full-on in a nice way, he’s full of energy, very opinionated and such a character.
‘It’s such a lovely, unique side to him – I can’t get frustrated at him.