Thursday, February 19, 2009
A Howling Good Time
We don’t hear many sirens at our house, but when we do, the dogs tend to ignore them. At most, they might look in that general direction for a few seconds. Tuesday was different. Lots of sirens went by our cul-de-sac three separate times, and each time it was several vehicles, not just one. The first time, about 3:45 (yes, I went home early), Reyna ignored them and Duncan just raised his head and looked. The second time, about 6:15, Reyna raised her head and looked and Duncan actually wandered over to the fence to see what he could see. The third time was a whole ‘nother story. It happened at 10:40, and the sirens lasted for several minutes. Duncan shot through the dog door and proceeded to howl until all the sirens had stopped (Duncan has never howled at sirens before, but he does howl at other things). Reyna’s response had me laughing. She went to the kitchen windows and started barking. But her bark was different than usual. After a couple of normal barks, she changed to shorter, higher-pitched barks that sounded exactly like a stuttering howl. This was the first time in her life that she’s howled (or close to it). Can’t wait to hear what happens the next time we hear sirens!