My hearing was damaged early in life by working at a nightclub with fifty speakers over each dance floor. It was very loud; little did I know the ramifications of how that employment would effect my hearing. Over the years, my hearing has diminished even more.
This last year, my dog Zen, somehow automatically become very astute of my hearing needs. The place where we are currently living has terrible acoustics. I have a challenge hearing the dryer and oven buzzer when they go off. One day, Zen came to me and proceeded to stand in a frozen stance, staring and whining. This was repeated every time something would ring or buzz.
I learned that he was alerting me that a timer was buzzing.
I have come to appreciate his dedication. However, the other day I grew very frustrated as he came and gave me: “the look and whine.” He was relentless and would not leave me alone, even after I went around and checked everything that could possibly be buzzing or ringing! I finally addressed him saying, “Zen, the dryer, stove and phone are okay. What is it?” Well, it came to mind of what his trainer once said to me, “Always trust your dog, he knows.”
So, I stood and pondered what Zen could possibly be alerting me to, as I glanced over at the kitchen counter where my cell phone was charging. Ah, light bulb moment! When the cell phone is fully charged it gives one brief beep! And that is what Zen was attempting to tell me. He knows that a beeping/ringing sound is now his job to let me know. By the way, this is the very first time he has done this when the cell phone was fully charged. Zen is learning on a very fast curve indeed!
Thank you Zen