Sometimes, our dogs do things out of the blue that we don’t expect. I think we are all amused by our dogs at some point, but when it comes as a surprise, that often makes it better. The truth is, our dogs all react to things at times, but there are times when their reaction is unexpected we take notice. Sometimes, the sound of something is all it takes to set them off.
The other night, Mr. Taleteller and I were watching a show on television that referenced The Sound of Music. It was a silly show and every time one of the people in it referenced the movie, they played Julie Andrews belting out the iconic lines of the title song. The first time it played, Flattery’s ears popped up and she got the crazy look on her face that I’ve come to associate with a humorous moment, and sometimes a head butt, from her. As the song played, she did a little bark punctuated with an air snap and a rolling of her head on her dog bed.
I noticed her the first time she did it, but I didn’t think much of it besides to figure that she was wanting attention. A few minutes later, the song came on again, and Flattery did the same head roll, bark and air snap combo. This time, she snapped twice. I noticed that she was watching to see if we were going to notice.
Sure enough, the third time Julie Andrews started singing, she did more of her little crazy dog routine. I have no idea why she found The Sound of Music so invigorating, but we started laughing every time we heard the music again, knowing she was going to try to steal the limelight from Ms. Andrews and get attention for herself.
After awhile, the singing ended and Flattery decided to share the chair with my husband. She’s not the first dog we’ve had to react to something on the television. One of our fosters years ago was fascinated by a dog show on TV and actually walked around to the back hallway to figure out where one of the dogs had gone. Flattery hasn’t seemed interested in the television in a long time, but I guess Julie Andrews is the one that gets her attention. At least she has good taste.