Ani likes to watch dogs on Youtube. Howling fascinates her, though it isn’t something she ever does herself. She sometimes climbs into my chair and waits until I put on something of which she approves then listens and watches, cocking her ears… especially at the puppies. She has an affinity for young things. Babies she loves, though she still tries to educate them early with a tennis ball. The first newborn she met had a ball at his feet by a couple of days old.
She always alerts me to young birds that have been blown from the nest too. There is a special tone to her ‘singing’… a quiet and varied vocal thing that is usually only used for lost tennis balls. Their parents, of course, are not allowed in her airspace without being severely spoken too. Babies are different though.
In a world without so many unwanted dogs, I would have loved to watch her with a litter of her own… though a whole batch of Ani-kin would probably be too much for even my flexible sanity.
She listens to the local dogs too and responds to their barks… the mornings always see them conversing across the airwaves and you can just tell they really are sharing – though what remains a mystery.
Today was a bit different. A dog has howled all day.
It didn’t sound to be in pain, just trying to attract attention. I’ve heard it howling before, but never for long. Today it howled all day, as if left outside while the owners are at work. I can’t locate where it is coming from, it is at some distance and the gardens all have high fences. But Ani doesn’t like it. She’s barely even played ball.
Ani herself chooses to be outside all day… but only as long as the back door is left open so that she can come and go when she pleases.
She was okay to begin with, just curious and listening, but the howling seems to have got to her as the day wore on and she came for far more cuddles than is usual. Normally she wouldn’t come without bringing a ball for you to throw. Today, she just seemed to want the reassurance of my hands in her fur and stayed close. And some people still think dogs have no emotions…