As a child, I was brought up in a home that had classical music playing when Dad was around. Not surprisingly, I eventually became quite fond of certain pieces.
Over time, not only did my interest in classical music expand, but I also fell in love with Skiffle, Folk and Rock music so I have, to this day, quite a broad appreciation of music.
When we were making the final arrangements to bring Ray home to live with us, and given that he was on medication for anxiety issues, it was suggested that a “classical music” ambiance may help him to settle into his new home. This was absolutely not a problem, because of my existing love of classical music, and so the appropriate ambiance was created. Ray had no problems whatsoever in adjusting to his new environment. Perhaps part of that was the music?
Sometimes when we are out on garbage pickup day, and while our attention is usually on Ray as he is likely to show a sudden interest in something distasteful, we see an item that is sadly not (in our minds) garbage. While we usually just shake our heads at such a waste when it could often have been donated, on one occasion it was a garden ornament of two children. A little girl was playing a violin while a little boy was playing a saxophone. A short time later they had received a good scrub and the duet was happily “playing” among the plants in our garden!
Ray’s first summer with us was rather challenging for him because he had tested positive for heart worm. Heart worm is fatal if not treated, and many dogs do not even survive the treatment however, if they can be kept calm throughout the treatment program so their heart rate is kept very low (no vigorous exercise and no excitement), then the odds of survival are increased.
Ray was subsequently always leashed when outside as we did not want him to get excited and suddenly go charging after a squirrel or a rabbit. During the summer I would take him outside and let him relax under a large umbrella or often he would simply chose some other specific spot to lay. I would then tie his leash to something close at hand and get on with some gardening jobs while keeping an eye on him.
I don’t suppose for one moment that he was imagining a personal serenade, but more likely simply enjoying a sheltered and cool place to chill ………… but he was there for a long time, a good portion of which was spent sleeping. No doubt those two children really appreciated his presence as their audience!.
Who would have known that an anxious rescued dog, heart worm, classical music, garbage, and garden statues could come together as a Post!