As a dog, I like noise, and I like to share my noises with others. I see someone, and tell them “You! You! You!” so that they know who they are, and then they respond with their own noises: “No! No! No!” I don’t really know what that means, but sometimes I get the feeling that they don’t always like to be called “You.” So, one day I decided to find a much better way to communicate, and luckily, Sandy keeps a lot of useful noise makers within my reach!
I think this machine is full of special squeaky toys that make sounds unlike any I’ve ever played with before. All I had to do was press each key with my paw, and sure enough, a new sound would come out! I thought this would be a great way to communicate better with the humans, but then my back legs kind of got tired, and I didn’t really feel like carrying around such a big, heavy squeaky toy holder just to communicate. Maybe something else.
Then Sandy gave me this string board, but I don’t really know why. Sandy plucked some strings, but my arms wouldn’t move that way. After a while, I started to get frustrated that I could not pluck a string, so I tried digging at them instead. They made noise, but then Sandy took the string board away.
Oh! Then she gave me this bark amplifier, which I thought was a really great idea until I tried to bark into it. It just sounded like me barking as usual. I thought that if I just licked it, maybe it would start to sound different, but no matter how much I licked it, it still sounded like a bark. So, Sandy gave me one last noise maker to try.
It’s a good thing that dogs are natural thumpers. Have you ever heard us thumping our tails against walls or beating the ground as we scratch ourselves? We dogs are masters of the beat, and these metal cylinders are just the thing to bring the beat into the open. Now I no longer have to ask Sandy for treats directly. I just have to drop my paws on the cylinder or nudge one of the shiny discs, and someone always comes rushing to attend. And if I send the whole thing clattering to the floor? Well, everyone comes running, and that’s just fine by me because I like to see them and running keeps them healthy.