Friday, 1 March 2013

Selective deafness

Although it doesn't show in the DNA profile, Daisy has many characteristics of a Doberman; smooth dark coat with brown head spots, long tail, friendly nature, love of play and close bond with her Human.

I recently read something on a breed website which made me chuckle:  "A Doberman can hear you from 250 yards and ignore you from any distance".

That's certainly Daisy who will return across the fells from some distance away and completely ignore me at 4 yards when there is something new to investigate.  Thankfully I got her attention before she got any closer to the swan.




15 comments:

  1. We saw swans on our walk last week, they didn't like Archie, they hissed at him. I think all dogs have selective deafness, especially when they're up to something they shouldn't be.

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    1. Poor Archie, I am sure he didn't deserve to be hissed at :}

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  2. Swans are so strong. Glad Daisy didn't much closer, she could've got a right peck. Ouch.

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    1. Thankfully there is no nest nearby so the swan wasn't feeling protective but I know how powerful they can be. I don't think Daisy has ever seen one before, hence the investigating.

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    1. So do Bearded Collies Sue, I suspect it might just be a 'dog thing' :}

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    1. Hi DW, lovely to have you visiting. The 'trouble' with Collies, whether it is Border or Beardie, is that they're too darn intelligent and do a lot of thinking for themselves :}

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  5. My ex-husband and I had a doberman and he was good at ignoring you too. (That was many moons ago). Our black swans can be quite aggressive, especially if you have food. My youngest son knows that only too well.

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    1. Susan, I think all dogs are good at playing deaf when it suits them:}

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  6. Hi Bilbo

    I haven't looked by for simply ages, and who do I discover but Daisy! - I just had to read back a few months to find out more. She is totaly delightful, and you obviously make the perfect family!

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    1. Hi Helen, welcome back, (are you Hazel's Big Sis or another Helen?)
      Glad you like Daisy, we think she's delightful too:}

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    2. Big Sister Helen here. And I love her HUGE ears - even if they can be selectively deaf!

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  7. Oh, do four paws have selective hearing too? I thought only husbands were afflicted like that.

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    1. SNORTLE!
      There are so many things I could say in reply to this but as Management reads the blog I'd better not .....

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