Pan considers herself an alert dog. Half the time when she barks, there is no discernible reason for it. Two nights ago, she started barking really early in the morning, and wouldn't shut up. Hackles up and all. Let her out to take a look, and all she'd do is stand near the front door and bark. Rajesh said that when he was out there with her, the motion sensing light by the garage went on and we figured that the deer must've set her off. Finally, I told her to just be quiet and go lie down. She did as told, but let out periodic low rumbling growls before eventually falling asleep.

Anyway, this morning, when Rajesh was out walking Khan, the neighbor came running over to tell him that there was a Black Bear sighting. At the corner of our street and the nearest major intersection. Early Monday morning.
I bet the bear passed through our yard on the way, and that's what Pan was going all ape over.
Suja
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I bet the bear passed through our yard on the way, and that's what Pan was going all ape over.

And if a bear isn't worth a dog going ape for, then what is???

You must bow down to her superior wisdom, and take her more seriously next time.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
And if a bear isn't worth a dog going ape for, then what is???

I totally agree with that.
You must bow down to her superior wisdom, and take her more seriously next time.

It would be easier to take the dipstick more seriously if she didn't go ape over something or the other on a fairly routine basis. Although, this was more intense than just about anything else.
The government center had fireworks over the past weekend, and fireworks must be barked at endlessly of course (we now have a routine, whereby she finds me (and tries to sit on my lap, not part of the plan), and I sit with her until the eeevil fireworks go away, while she only growls under her breath). Then there is some dog that lives somewhere around here, that is quite possibly shouting some colorful obsceneties at her, because she must get the last word in. Then there are the people doing construction waaay back behind our woods, probably about 1000 ft. away, and they must be warned to stay away, since they're clearly eeevil and she must protect her turf. And..
Left up to her own devices, she would be one of those dogs that would bark at the wind or the rustling of the leaves. Thankfully for all concerned, I absolutely cannot stand barkey dogs, so she only gets to do her job briefly before she is thanked for it and asked to shut up.

Suja
Left up to her own devices, she would be one of those dogs that would bark at the wind or ... so she only gets to do her job briefly before she is thanked for it and asked to shut up.

Hey, you don't know what's making those leaves rustle. It could be trouble, nothing but trouble!
Zoe doesn't bark a lot, but she barks at anything novel in her environment. As I like to say, it's hard to believe it's a sign of intelligence when your dog is barking at your new doormat!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Zoe doesn't bark a lot, but she barks at anything novel in her environment. As I like to say, it's hard to believe it's a sign of intelligence when your dog is barking at your new doormat!

But has she had a standoff with a pillow sham and then pranced around at her prowess in keeping the horses on the sham at a scared frozen standstill?
Paula
Zoe doesn't bark a lot, but she barks at anything ... intelligence when your dog is barking at your new doormat!

But has she had a standoff with a pillow sham and then pranced around at her prowess in keeping the horses on the sham at a scared frozen standstill? Paula

No! But then, so few have! Now just who are we talking about here? I would like for it to be the German Shepherd, but I suspect it is a certain poodle-type.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
But has she had a standoff with a pillow sham ... horses on the sham at a scared frozen standstill? Paula

No! But then, so few have! Now just who are we talking about here? I would like for it to be the German Shepherd, but I suspect it is a certain poodle-type.

It was the chihuahua. She has since made peace with the pillow sham and Anna's horse decor bedroom was saved!
Paula
It was the chihuahua. She has since made peace with the pillow sham and Anna's horse decor bedroom was saved!

I forgot about the chihuahua of course it was the chihuahua!!

Glad the horse decor was saved! Chis are so small, I can see how even pictures of horses could be quite threatening! Or perhaps it's more a need to dominate them, even pictorially.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
It was the chihuahua. She has since made peace with the pillow sham and Anna's horse decor bedroom was saved!

I forgot about the chihuahua of course it was the chihuahua!! Glad the horse decor was saved! Chis are so small, I can see how even pictures of horses could be quite threatening! Or perhaps it's more a need to dominate them, even pictorially.

It's definitely a domination thing. Chis only know threatening as a verb, not an adjective. It pisses her off when people get frozen on the Tivo, too. She snarls at the frozen people, jumps at them, barks and is absolutely relentless until they give in and move, dammit! We won't even get into how she treats the California Dairy cows. Turns out she hates talking dogs, too. There was a commercial on tonight that has a talking dog. She was cool when the dog was sitting there, but when they computer animated a moving mouth on it, she wasn't having any of that.

Paula
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