Macula always barks a lot, but this past week it's been a lot worse: it's like she's been on high alert barking at things we can't see or hear, very tense, very reluctant to settle even after we acknowledged her "warning." It was becoming a pain.
Last night there was a lunar eclipse. Today, she's been much calmer.

So here's the question: is this coincidence or is there a connection?

Marie
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Well here they say the lonies are out on an almost full moon, so there proably is some truth to t he whole tail ; )
The eclipse was something,huh? I watched it over the ocean, and it was soo close..
Paulette~
So here's the question: is this coincidence or is there a connection?

It's certainly possible. I've noticed a similar behavior difference in the dogs at the dog park that appears to be connected to the phases of the moon. Others have commented on it as well, so I don't think it is all in my head.
Suja
Macula always barks a lot, but this past week it's been a lot worse: it's like she's been on high ... a lunar eclipse. Today, she's been much calmer. So here's the question: is this coincidence or is there a connection?

Maybe... animals seem to be sensitive to many geological and astronomical events in ways that we don't understand.
But last night Hubster, Gordo, Oppie and I found ourselves howling as the moon was turning copper.
Chile and Dylan had no time for such nonsense.
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Macula always barks a lot, but this past week it's been a lot worse: it's like she's been on high ... a lunar eclipse. Today, she's been much calmer. So here's the question: is this coincidence or is there a connection?

Coincidence. Skeptic magazine did an article on this a while ago. Apparently there's this idea that moon phases affect animal and human behavior. At the full moon inmates in insane asylums get more rowdy. Police departments schedule extra staff. Crime statistics increase. Dogs howl and werewolves become men ... or wolves, or ... nevermind. It is all hogwash.
This is from Snopes: "We tend to remember events that confirm hypotheses we already favor and forget about ones we don't. We pick and choose among inputs, preserving what strikes our fancy and discarding what doesn't. Because we're dealing only with the data we're attracted to, we'll perceive extraordinary patterns where none exist. Thus folks everywhere are convinced emergency rooms are overrun by patients during full moons ... "
Once we're primed to believe in the criminal/insane activity at the full moon, we tend to attribute unusual events to the moon when we notice it is full. The same crime at some other time was just a crime, but if it happens at the full moon, well then the moon caused it.

A researcher looked at crime statistics over a number of years and concluded that that the variations in incidents of crime has nothing to do with the moon.
There has been loads of research on mental illness in recent years. We now know lots more about schizophrenia, bi-polar, attention disorders, depression. Ever heard anyone on any of those PBS specials mention increasing patients' medications for the full moon?

I used to live in Miami where we got warnings about how to prevent being a crime victim all the time. There was never anything from the police department about being extra careful on the full moon.

Thomas Cahill put the bit about extra police staff for the full moon in The Gift of the Jews . I'd liked How the Irish Saved Civilization but stopped reading after seeing the urban legend about the full moon perpetuated in The Gift . Does no one vet these books?

Like all good urban legends, there might be a germ of truth in this one. Back in the days before street lamps, people would prefer to travel on nights when the weather was clear and the streets were well lit from the moon. That sure beats wandering around in the dark with a torch. With more activity, there was more criminal and insane activity too.

So no, Macula is not responding to the moon or the lunar eclipse. No dog is.
Lia
Last night there was a lunar eclipse. Today, she's been much calmer. So here's the question: is this coincidence or is there a connection?

A number of people on the k9 epilepsy lists have noted a correlation between seizures and solar activity - I haven't with Rocky. Still, I subscribe to this sometimes cool once per day (or less) email notice:
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(I feel comfortable in recommending this email newsletter because I subscribe with a special email address to which I have never received spam.)

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