I have a new family member: Lucy the dog - PBGV for those who know about tese things. She comes from a shelter and is still very shy - probably abused in her previous home - and has never made a sound - no howls or noises of any kind. I have been too busy for much practice recently and also had the mando in the shop, but today had time for a good practice and did it with the dog present. Suddenly, from under the sideboard came a throaty bark, starting low and moving through the upper registers. This continued until I stopped... the question is:
a) is the mandolin a way to cure dogs of their past trauma?
b) was she trying to sing 'True life blues'?
c) was this a sound of pleasure at finally being at a home with a mandolin player?
d) did the lonesome sound remind her of her genetic past hunting rabbit over the mountains?
e) Could 10 minutes of Aonzo scales at varying speeds possibly have irritated her to the point of protest?
f) I have a banjo. If I get it out, would she respond well to this, or would this be considered abuse?
Whatever the reason, I quickly moved off to the kitchen!!
(I have a dawg, and my mandolin is worth more than my car. Do I qualify?)