I live in a very male dominated household. One husband, three sons, two male dogs and until recently a male parrot. The only other female is Tosca, my gorgeous Bearded Collie dog. As a result I am well used to male chauvanist jokes, to finding the loo seat constantly up and constant reminders that the Alpha Male is infinitely more intelligent than the female of the species. Needless to say, Tosca and I have been fighting this stereotype relentlessly for quite a while.
Tosca (with Tickle) - she doesn't like cameras much!
At Christmas we spent five days away and our very kind neighbours came over twice a day to feed and entertain the dogs. Stick throwing and stuff. When we came back we couldn't understand why Tosca was so clean and her coat so silky (not the norm as I never manage to brush her enough!)
As the neighbour appears the dogs charge towards the bridge and jump up at her to tell her how wonderful she is and how welcome. On Christmas morning she appeared and only the two dogs greeted her. So she called Tosca who was clearly keeping warm (sensible in my opinion) in the barn. Tosca came bounding out, charged across the yard and onto the bridge and jumped up, from a distance, to greet Francoise. Unfortunately she missed. More unfortunate still, once she was mid-air she couldn't stop and went flying over the wall of the bridge. According to Francoise, one second Tosca was there, the next she had vanished into thin air. It was only when she heard a bark that she realised where she was.
Needless to say, whilst the moat is easily accessible from 90% of its banks, there is a good five feet from the top of the wall to the water. Francoise was all alone and the temperature was around freezing - although there was no ice. She decided there was no time to find help and leant over the bridge until she could reach Tosca who was then lifted unceremoniously out of the water. I'm glad to report that both survived their ordeal with nothing worse than cold moat water to deal with.
We laughed and laughed when we heard this story but it wasn't long before all the jokes started coming, thick and fast!