Listening: September 7, 2018

Listening: September 7, 2018

This past week was full of  gorgeous weather days and today, was no exception.   We went on a long leisurely walk and at the end, we waited on a hillside for the mailman.   While we were walking in the open field, Nancy became rather concerned that I was becoming deaf.  However,  at this point in our walk, I had transitioned into being what you humans call “selective listener” mode.  When we arrived home, she insisted on checking the hair in my ears (finally – you try neglecting cleaning your ears for awhile and you will know how us dogs feel at times) and cleaning them.    I had to listen to the Jeopardy Show on TV (argh), but at least, she remained QUIET while she worked on my ears.   I wonder if you humans realize how we tune so much of what you say to us, OUT – yup, we are selective listeners and you learned it from us dogs.

Maybe that is actually why Nancy likes us dogs so much?!   She speaks through her music and we also don’t have the need to speak much in words.  We speak through our expressions and wagging our tail (sometimes) and our eyes – come on, you haven’t noticed how our eyes tell all?!  How could I forget to mention that some of us do bark to be understood, but you know that!    I think she is finally learning not to talk so much on our walks -whew, what a breath of fresh air that is!

As you may recall, we do play fetch in the backyard A LOT!   In the photos I provided, take a look at what is hanging over our backyard?  There seem to be all kinds of speculations as to what it may be? So now, instead of just focusing on my fetch game up in the air, I have my eyes on that web of mystery.   Do any of you blog readers want to take a guess at what may be in that tree?   I convinced Nancy NOT to throw any of our fetch balls into that mystery web – yikes, right?!   I hope your  week is free of any entangled web mysteries and don’t forget to look up!

4 thoughts on “Listening: September 7, 2018

  1. Hi Louie, I think dogs communicate w/ smiles, too… you think? I’m not sure what that web is, but like your friend up there says it could have something to do w/ Halloween…. or aliens? OR maybe a hornets nest that got so old it gathered webs or spiders moved in? I just think you and Nancy have a lovely place to walk and to hear the beauty of the outdoors. Enjoy the cooler weather! Hugs! Lori

    1. Hi Lori, Yes, we are so thankful for a lovely area to walk and take in all the peace surrounding us. Hope you are doing well in Ohio!? Hugs, Louie

  2. Hi Louie-
    It’s funny you posted a picture of that web in a tree as I just saw that same thing in my neighbor’s tree yesterday! I’m not sure what it is, but it makes me think that halloween season is not far off. I had to chuckle when I read about the different ways you communicate – Ike is definitely the most vocal dog I’ve lived with! But, like you, he also communicates with his eyes and tail. You may already know this interesting fact about humans, but when it comes to first impressions, in the first few minutes of meeting someone, nonverbal communication is what is mainly responsible for those impressions. Enjoy the week and let us know if you figure out what that web is!

    1. Hello Dana! For sure I will keep you posted about the web in our tree. Please let me know if you find out anything about the web in your neighbor’s tree also. Enjoy your walks with Incredible IKE with this gorgeous fall weather!

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