Our handsome three-legged boy Tanner developed a new habit a few months ago: He starts howling to let us know the phone is ringing.
At first he only did this when we were both outside, which was very helpful because when we’re working in the gardens or in the barn across the drive, we can’t hear the phone ringing in the house. But we could hear Tanner’s quirky howls, so we knew the phone was ringing!
I say it’s quirky because it sounds like a coyote trying to howl while gargling with mouthwash. It’s, um, different. Definitely not your “Call of the Wild” kind of howling.
Now, in recent weeks, he’s doing this even when we’re inside the house. He’ll let it go one or two rings — as if he thinks that’s enough time for us to get to the phone, thank you very much — but after that, he’ll let loose with the howls.
We haven’t figured out the “why” here, but he knows we do appreciate his phone service.