Pets Watch Television
Do your pets watch TV?
Watching television is an activity most-practiced by young animals.
Willie, for example, is attracted by the sounds that come out, as well as some of the images. Recently he was sitting in my lap as I relaxed at the end of the day, and a character made a “pshhhh” sound. He stopped chewing on his rawhide
and spun around as fast as an electric drill.
I once had a patient, Maxx, a Boston terrier, who loved westerns. Any show with horses in it, he was transfixed. He maintained that interest until cataracts took his vision.
That’s unusual for an adult dog. Most puppies outgrow their interest in television.
Cats are mostly interested in the heat the tube generates. With today’s sets having no wide surface on which to lie, they have little use for the boob tube.
Queenie, shown at left, did something on her last visit that no other pet has, to my knowledge. We have an electronic picture frame in each examination room and she took a great interest in it. The one you see her looking at mostly has grandbaby photos on it. While she’s fairly young, 15 months, she’s pretty mature and has had extensive training as a pointer and retriever.
Still, apparently, she enjoys one of the activities of the young, and thought that watching this miniature “televison” was quite interesting.
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