a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: What Jake Hears

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

What Jake Hears

I keep experimenting to see what he hears. (See what he hears?) I think I've seen a twitch in one ear when I do a clicker behind his head, sometimes, but the twitch muscle apparently doesn't connect to his brain because he doesn't look up to see what's happening. Tried a bunch of the sounds on the computer. Nothing. And that lovely squeakie-toy sound used to keep him entertained for hours. Ah, the joy of dumb animals! Sitting and staring at various parts of a computer for hours on end trying to figure out where the sound was coming from! Not that I was sitting there for hours, clicking the "play" button, and watching Jake watch the computer...

OK, I inadvertently found something that he heard. Picture Jake lying sacked out & apparently sound asleep on his side on the office floor, head pointed away from me. Now go here. (If you can play a .wav file.) At the climax of "towering over your head," Jake lifted his head abruptly and looked over his shoulder at the computer in what was clearly horror, then shifted his gaze to me with severe remonstrance.

I'm sorry, but even to get Jake's attention I will not stroll the agility field imitating William Shatner performing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds--

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