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Remember how Rain was recently being unusually quiet and subdued?

THAT was nice while it lasted.

It lasted about a week. Perhaps because she got so much physical, mental, and social stimulation from doing Doggie Dash? At first we were concerned that she might have eaten something that gave her a little stomach upset, but a few days later she’d still be acting just as subdued.

Then almost exactly a week after it had began, she was back to normal. Like a switch in her brain was triggered. Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

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It wasn’t until she was back to normal that I realized just how great it had been. When I got out of bed in the morning, she wouldn’t bark. I didn’t need to wear the cookie belt (bait bag) around to work on her reactive tendencies at any given moment. Mornings were quieter because she wasn’t jumping around, barking at squirrels she could see in the trees across the street.

Dogs are said to frequently sense things well before their humans can. In the past, Breeze (another one of our Aussies) would start acting anxious a few hours before we’d see the dark cloud of a thunderstorm rolling in.

A few weeks ago our family got quite a shock when my mom’s brother (my uncle) landed in the hospital after a heart attack. He has been there since, and it’s possible that our strange schedule of leaving to visit the hospital each night was setting off Rain’s alarm bells.

Another odd thing Rain has been doing a little more consistently the last few weeks is being reluctant to leave my mom’s house to go with me at night. (We live next door to each other, with a backyard gate that facilitates movement back and forth.) At one point I suggested to my mother, perhaps Rain knows something that we don’t. Perhaps she’s being protective of Skye or my Mom.

As it turns out, that may have been a very accurate guess…but more about that on Saturday.

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