I’m glad Honey doesn’t bark much.
When people come to the door, she’s silent. When a neighborhood cat visits us on the porch, nothing. Even the Jack Russell and his beagle brother who bark at everyone who walks by their house don’t get a rise out of her.
But one sound gets Honey barking every time.
When she hears the sound of HIS bark, she goes nuts.
Who is he?
He is Riley the studly golden retriever.
Love Is In The Air
Riley lives three doors away. We could see his back yard from our house if the trees and shrubs weren’t a little overgrown.
But even if Honey can’t see Riley, she can hear him. And she knows his bark from every other bark in the neighborhood.
When she hears it, her ears perk up. She goes running down the steps. And she calls out to him: “Woof, woof, wooooooooooof.”
She sounds desperate.
But Riley never replies. He couldn’t care less that she’s talking to him.
I’m starting to wonder if he might be gay.
Don’t All Barks Sound Alike
Riley has a new neighbor. The people who live next to him have adopted a big dog.
I hear him bark sometimes. And if Riley is outside he barks back.
I can’t tell the difference between these two big dogs barking. Unless I look at Honey.
If the new dog barks, she doesn’t even perk up an ear. But if Riley responds, there she goes.
If He Barks, I’ll Go Running
Sometimes Riley barks from the front yard. While his people are doing things around the house, they’ll let him hang out on the porch and say hello to people and their dogs walking by.
The next time Honey alerts to a bark that sounds like it’s coming from the front yard, I’ll grab her leash and head over.
Maybe he’ll be up for a little game of chase in the front yard.
But if he’s not interested, Honey at least deserves to hear it from his own mouth.
Your Turn: Does your dog react to barks? All barks or just a few special ones?