Honestly, I am not being catty | NevadaAppeal.com

Honestly, I am not being catty

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Looking for a home: Shadow, a gray tortoiseshell/Japanese bob mix, is 10 months old. She is looking for a home that will appreciate her sweet affectionate ways. Cruiser, Shadow’s kitten, is 14 weeks old. We need someone to foster him until he’s old enough to be adopted. Come out and play with them. They can be adopted separately. CAPS policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under 5 years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal.

Watson here and I just cannot believe that my mom thinks I’m getting catty. I looked up catty and it means being subtly or indirectly insulting. I guess I better explain myself before I get into deep doo-doo. Here’s what is happening every single night.

There’s a gang of spy cats who wait until really late when mom and dad are in bed, and then they sneak up to our front windows and peer in. That’s not all. I’ve even caught them climbing up in the tree so they can spy through the high-up windows. They are so sneaky, and one of them even thumbed his nose at me. The nerve!

If I could talk like a human I would just yell, “Hey, scat cats!” Unfortunately, I can’t, so I have to rely on my strong bark to alert my folks. I wish my folks had a quick guide to barking types because I’m sure they would back me up and get rid of the spies.

Well, I’m just going to write a quick reference for mom and dad, so the next time I try to alert them, they’ll know what I’m saying. I have five main barks and each one is slightly different.

My play bark is high pitched and usually repeated in a series. Yep, when I see my friends I let them know I want to play. The territorial bark alerts my folks of intruders. It’s repetitive and increases in intensity. If there is danger, I growl too. For serious situations I use the alarm bark, which is one or two sequential barks. I mean business with this one. It alerts my folks of unusual and dangerous circumstances. When I do this, they know something is wrong.

Another is my fearful bark; I don’t do this very often but it signals fear of the unfamiliar. It is high pitched and repetitive with my lips pulled back. My favorite is the excitement bark when I’m having fun. It’s high pitched and repetitive with little pauses.

So, there you have it, a guide to what your dog is saying, and I’m not just barking up a tree … well, maybe at the spy cats.

XOXO Watson


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Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer.