Have I mentioned that my dog is dumb?
February 11, 2010

One of our biggest struggles with Hank is controlling his desire to howl.  Left to his own devices, that dog would howl at anything and everything.  Sirens.  Leaves moving.  Fellow dogs.  Our neighbor’s cat.  Church bells.  The snail that happened to meander into his territory.  EVERYTHING.

Most of the time, we’re able to keep him pretty quiet by giving him large doses of attention.  But no matter how much love we give him, he always howls when we leave.

The problem is that sometimes it’s like he just, I don’t know, FORGETS that we’re still around.  Then he tilts his head up and lets out the most mournful, pathetic-sounding howl that this world has ever known.  But as soon as we rap on the window and say DUDE, WE ARE STILL HERE, then he’s like OH!  HEY!  MY PEOPLE!  THEY’RE STILL HERE! and he wags his tail and stops.

Most of the time, that sort of thing happens after a few straight hours without belly rubs.  But there are times, like this morning, when it happens even though I just spent an hour with him curled up on the couch next to me.

Those are the times that make me wonder if he was given a secret lobotomy and I’m the only one who doesn’t know.

*** There is a new Behind-the-Blog post up.  World?  Meet Cynthia.  She’s worth getting to know.  I promise.

*** If you haven’t heard enough about my critters for the day, I am guest-posting here while Stephanie is on vacation.  It’s about how my cat is a ninja.  Which is totally true.  He is.


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  1. By on February 11, 2010

    My parents have two pugs, one is umm..“special”.

    Max won’t recognise you if you put on a hat and goes nuts until you take off the hat.

    They live in the suburbs and someone made a complaint about all the noise Max makes so they got this “shocker” collar for him. If he’s really going crazy they put it on him and it gives him a shock when he barks.

    Here’s the THING. THEY DON’T TURN IT ON. It shocked him once, and now he just stops when the collar goes on.

  2. By chocolate and whine on February 11, 2010

    Both the post and Corrine’s comment made me LOL. I love animals. They have the best personalities. Even the dumb ones.

  3. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 11, 2010

    LOL, Corinne, some friends of ours have a dog that does the same thing.

    They actually have two dogs.  The other one is smart.  When they throw a frisbee, you know how it curves?  The smart dog runs to where it will land after it curves and waits for it there.  The dumb hat-barking dog runs in the direction they threw it, lays down, and looks at the sky waiting for the frisbee to arrive.

  4. By on February 11, 2010

    I used to have a basset hound who would howl on demand.  It was how he talked to you, and because it would stop when you stopped, it wasn’t bad. 

    Except for one thing:  there was some music he absolutely hated.  He was our dog when I was a teenager and sometimes my brother or I would have MTV on (you know, back when MTV showed music videos instead of reality shows!), and particular songs would get him every time.  To this day I never hear the guitar solo in “November Rain” without hearing Otis howl.

  5. By on February 11, 2010

    haha sounds like Max and Pebbles. My parents have Pebbles (the smart one, and the female) trained to pull some bells that are hanging by the back door when she wants to go out. Max looks at the bells and expects them to ring themselves.

    I actually like the dumb one best!

  6. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 11, 2010

    OH SERIOUSLY, we have jingle bells on our door knobs b/c we tried to house-train Hank with them.  I have a cat that jingles the bells when he wants to go out, but Hank just sits there, looking at the door, wagging his tail.

    If I don’t catch on fast enough, then he chases a cat, finds something to destroy, and generally causes mayhem.

  7. By Cynthia on February 11, 2010

    Thanks for doing this Behind the Blog stuff Sarah… YOU ROCK!

  8. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on February 11, 2010

    Cynthia - I told you!  I’m a superhero!! =P You’re welcome =)

  9. By Grant on March 11, 2021

    Yes many dogs howl looking at cats. Especially if you have a blue nose pitbull dog, it hates other animals, it only loves human. That’s why experts always say to never adopt another pet in your home if you have a pitbull in your home.


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