Friday, December 16, 2011

Unexpected weirdness

I can’t really give you a good reason why I like this photo of vines twisted around a couple of saplings. I just do. Perhaps it’s the way the morning light warms the background, perhaps it’s the twists themselves. No matter.
Last night I was watching a TV show on DVD on my computer. The show took place in a rural setting, and in the background of one of the scenes I could hear a red fox barking. Now, this sound was probably added in some studio, simply as a way to add more “atmosphere” to the scene. I probably wasn’t even supposed to notice the sound, but being the kind of person I am, I did. And so did my dogs.

Dog and Baby Dog went nuts. They are attuned to the sound of a fox barking as much as I am. We have suffered many fox attacks on my poor chickens in the middle of the night. A pair of local foxes lives near the cabin and frequently bark to tell each other where the other is. I’ve had them gallop under the cabin, under one side and out the other. I’ve had them race down my driveway.

Well, those two dogs thought I had a red fox in the bedroom. They started barking, which soon turned into howling and later degenerated into lunging, utter chaos and full-scale destruction. The cats scattered and hid under the nearest piece of furniture. I had to the turn the DVD off to get them to calm down.

That’s the first thing they’ve ever paid attention to on the TV or computer. They totally ignore dogs barking on TV. They ignore wolves howling. Nothing else on TV has ever made me think they even heard the sound. But they sure heard that fox.


Cathy said...

hehehehe Too bad you didn't get a video of it. it would be hit on youtube

Scott said...

My pet Meyer's Parrot ignores most bird calls outside, but this morning the NPR environmental program "Living On Earth" had a "gee-whiz" feature about why birds' feet don't freeze in the winter complete with songbird calls, and my parrot when crazy! Go figure!

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: I hadn't thought of a video of dogs howling. How many people would get that they were howling in response to an on-screen fox barking? By the time I could explain all that, the howling would be over!

Scott: Ah, your parrot is a funny one. He (or she) probably knows all the local bird calls and isn't impressed by them any longer. it was likely some interesting, unknown bird song that that got him worked up.

Jord said...

Just found your blog while looking for images of Bohemian Waxwings mentioned on today's NPR "Living on Earth". Your dog and TV story reminds me of my 'Ellie' who goes wild barking when she hears a doorbell till I open it. Most annoying whenever a popular ad was running featuring a 'doorbell' at beginning. Getting up to 'answer the door' was a real pain! Ellie just wouldn't calm down unless I got up!