The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.

Things that go bump in the night


The Furlong family have been having a discussion about Bunny, the Shepadoodle that is viral on TikTok. Bunny talks to her owner by pushing an array of specially designed buttons on the floor. Bunny asks questions, makes statement and comments that seem wondrously intelligent.

She/he has been taught all of it through conditioning over many months. That Bunny does all of it all by herself because she is thinking things through seems to me to be a cockadoodle story.

I want to tell you a better one.

I’m deaf. Severely deaf. At night, when I remove my wondrous hearing aids, I cannot hear a thing.

Bass, the dog, sleeps in his bed on the floor at the foot of my bed.

Bass is not a talker. He never barks at us. He only barks at every delivery guy that walks past the house from his seat on the bay window windowsill in our lounge, and every person who rings the doorbell. If Bass wants something from us, we get ‘the stare’.

The silent stare.

Well, its no good silently staring at someone fast asleep in bed

who is now deaf AND blind.

So, he has learned ALL BY HIMSELF, without any conditioning from me, to bump the bed leg with his body.




Oh! She’s up! And now the light is on. And now she’s paying attention!

I think that’s very, VERY clever, yes?

Thank goodness he seldom does it, but he has done it enough times now to know (scientifically) he understands exactly what he is doing.

Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.

4 thoughts on “Things that go bump in the night

  1. It’s amazing how clever animals are!

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  2. I believe, only people who never have lived with a pet believe that pets aren’t able to act planfully.
    I had a cat once. After I moved house, I realized after a few weeks that she was often sitting on the front lawn in an unusual way, always around the same time of day. “Nothing moved”, as Douglas Adams probably would have described it. Not a whisker was moving. I watched. After a few minutes, a man and his dog came along. Cat didn’t move a single whisker. When man and dog were in the visual line, dog started to act very upset. Cat didn’t move a whisker. I swear, I could see a speech bubble above cat’s head: “Mate, you can’t do nothing, you’re on a leash.”
    Neighbours had a German shepherd that liked to lie on the cool steps of the front porch in summer. Neighbour told me: Cat provocatively walks up and down fence until finally German shepherd feels inclined to leave his shady place to run threateningly towards fence and cat. One time the little gate in the fence was open. Wow, how fast a cat can speed up a tree! 😉
    Cats definitely have a sense of mischievousness.
    Dogs teach us as much in the way of coummincating with each other as we like to believe we teach them. 😉

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