I witnessed this behavior for the first time in her old vet's office when she was a puppy. In the lobby were two, child-size ceramic statues of a cat and a dog. Zoe barked at them, then got down in fetal position and whined when they didn't bark or meow back. The vet tech understood immediately our pup's confusion; she picked up the cat statue, which I think now might have been an optimist's piggy bank--i.e., huge--and showed her the bottom cork, and how the thing was hollow. Then she lowered it toward Zoe's snout for her to sniff. I guess it didn't smell like meat, or like something she could chase, and Zoe ignored it for the rest of the visit.
Zoe has barked at:
- outdoor Christmas decorations, including a giant tableau of blow-up reindeer waiting for a bus;
- the red sandstone jail 'liberty" marker that indicates the border of where night prisoners could roam to in our village, back in the day, for exercise--prisoners were allowed go on walks or jobs in the day, it was all done on the honor system;
- bags moving in the wind that look from a distance like they could be dying critters;
- lawn ornaments such as bent-over maidens and deer
- he-man lumberjack statues at Adirondack-themed diners
The day after the surprise late-April snow, she barked briefly in confusion at what looked like a few dirty pieces of Styrofoam.
|those two dirty looking white things used to be snow|
|As you read this post, these little white blobs are probably gone|
Bark at living things, especially the geese. She likes to chase them into the water and watch them glide away.