Hear No Evil

As a member of one of the more sensitive dog breeds (and smart but that’s for another blog post), I’ve always been a bit more, shall we say, aware, of strange, loud, or otherwise bothersome sounds. Things that beep, for instance, which includes many household objects: the stove when it comes back on after a power outage, the battery backups on the computer equipment, the dreaded smoke detector.

 

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I’ve spent my fair share of time hiding in closets.

 

And then there are cell phones. Why can’t they just ring like the phones of my puppyhood? There are umpteen different rings, chirps, beeps, and chimes, most of which are alarming to my ears.

Movies and television shows are chock full of disturbing noises—explosions, gun shots, roaring engines, booming music, to name just a few. What is the human obsession with all things noisy?

 

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What’s that noise?!

 

If it were safe outdoors, I’d just spend my time there, but then Nollind starts up the compressor or, horrors, a nail gun, a thunderstorm rolls in, or some duck hunter is firing off rounds. And then there’s fireworks. Seriously, whoever invented that crap must have been a real dog hater. Scares the bejesus out of most of us canines.

 

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One of our hair-raising summer thunderstorms rolling in.

 

In 2012 we were on our first RV trip over the Christmas holidays and Teresa and Nollind took us walking on a beach at Oceanside on New Year’s Eve. We went early, so that we’d be tucked in safe and sound at midnight when the fireworks started. At least that was the plan. At 8:00, the sky exploded just up the beach and if I hadn’t been attached to my people with a sturdy leash, it’s possible I’d still be running along the coast of California.

 

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The beach was great during the day.

 

And it’s not just me. A lot of dogs are sensitive to noise. My buddy Aspen, who lived with Teresa and Nollind when I first came, used to run blind as soon as she heard a gunshot, even if it was so far off it was imperceptible to anyone but her. In fact, it was what did her in in the end. She ran right into a tractor in one of her panicked states and damaged herself beyond repair. Poor silly, sweet girl.

 

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Aspen.

 

Other than that night on the beach, I’ve never been panicked by noise quite like Aspen, but lately, it’s like I hardly notice noises at all. An abrupt bang or a loud sneeze will launch me out of a nap but, generally, the world has become a lot quieter. Teresa and Nollind think I’m going deaf in my old age, but I don’t know about that. I still hear the important stuff, like the fridge door, a cheese wrapper, or someone driving into the yard. Maybe hearing just becomes more selective as we age, so I’ve opted out of thunderstorms and gunshots and the like.

 

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An undisturbed sleep.

 

Whether it’s loss of hearing or just being more selective, lately the world is a quieter, friendlier place for a sensitive dog, and that’s a good thing.

 

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This photo’s not really on topic, but it does feature ears, and we just had to post it somewhere.

 

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10 thoughts on “Hear No Evil

  1. Oh, Logan, I couldn’t agree more about what a noisy world it has become. One of my pet peeves is that there has to be music playing everywhere, in restaurants, in the background of radio documentaries.
    So, although you might very well be becoming “hearing-impaired” (I think that sounds much better than “going deaf”…a little denial is always useful) I hope you continue to hear the important stuff!

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    • I’m with you on the music, especially the kind that comes blasting out of the speakers when something dramatic is about to happen on the screen. Is it really necessary? Can’t they just see the action? Hearing impaired…I think I can live with that.
      Logan

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  2. Love that last picture!!!!

    Zulu wants to bark in defenceman when he hears bangs, particularly now that we can hear Global Fests fireworks. As a puppy we’re finding it relatively easy to acclimatize him to ” unexpected but semi-regular ” noises. Like thunder which he now knows the word and it’s not a threat. Same for fireworks, I’ve taught him ” Boom boom!” Last nights fireworks had no reaction. It would be neat to know what made Logan so fearful in his critically formative year.

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    • I wasn’t afraid of guns or thunderstorms or riding in the car until I was about three. At that point, I just suddenly became more sensitive to almost everything for some reason. The vet says it’s quite common for that to happen as we dogs get older so I’ve stopped trying to pin it on any one event.
      Logan

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    • In my opinion, there’s not a whole lot you can do, but we sure appreciate it when you try. My people have tried everything from herbal concoctions to thunder shirts to a set of doggie ear protectors that they use on dogs who fly in small planes. Some things worked a little, some not at all. This selective hearing seems to be the best solution so far!
      Logan

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