More Dog Tales
By user12607856 on Jan 10, 2008
We've had Dusti for three and a half years now. It was my first dog. I wasn't always sure what to expect. I think I'm understanding a lot better now. I've also got a copy of the book How Dog's Think which I need to read rather than just skim.
I have three more observations.
I've noticed that during the day, as I'm working at home and Duncan is
at school, she'll position herself, if possible, so that she can see
what both Lynea and I are doing. That usually involves lying on the
back of a chair in the living room, so she can look into the office
where I am, and down a corridor to the room where Lynea is. As we move
around the house, she'll adjust accordingly.
Yes, all dogs do it. I can remember a pub I used to go to by the
canal in Exeter in England that had a large Irish wolfhound that
used to lie in front of the fire and every now and then let one off
that would clear the room. Dusti is usually more dainty then that.
They typically are silent-but-deadly, and only occur after she has
eaten some people-food that disagrees with her. We have noticed
that when it's an audible fart, she'll look back with a disgusted look
on her face as if to say "where did that come from?" and quickly
scuttle across the room as if to try to get away from it.
It would be quite amusing if it wasn't for the smell.
At night, Dusti sleeps on the bed with us. If it's cold she'll
wedge her butt right into one of us, and try to put her nose
under the top blanket to keep it warm. Some of the last few
nights have been quite cold. We've got a smoke detector where
(I think), the battery is starting to die. It'll give a beep about
every 45 seconds. The strange thing is that it'll currently do it
only in the dead of night when it's really cold. When I go looking
for the particular detector that's doing this, later in the morning after
I've got up, and the heat has been on, the beeping has stopped.
Presumably this is a natural property of electricity. Feel free to
educate me here.
Anyway, this beeping is affecting Dusti at night. She tries to
push up the blanket with her nose and get completely under it. As you can
imagine, this is not conducive to getting a good night sleep. I
suspect the only solution to this one, is to get up in the middle
of the next cold night, hunt down the malfunctioning detector, and replace
the battery then and there.