Have you ever seen a dog’s reaction to a brass instrument? I did last night, and it was hilarious!
On my way up the elevator after work last night, I went into our storage locker and got out my french horn. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, since I want to get practiced up enough that I can join one of the New Westminster concert bands. Once I finished my piano and harp practice for the evening, I pulled out the horn. Cody (our Akita) was lying on the living room floor at the time, and obviously wasn’t expecting anything. He’s totally used to me practicing the harp now, and it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. The piano still perplexes him, and he will often come up and try to shove his nose under my hand as I’m practicing, similar to what he does when I’m on the computer.
But the horn… oh, that was funny. Keep in mind I haven’t touched it in at LEAST 15 years. I picked it up and blew through the mouthpiece, making the horn let out a loud “BLAT” The dog sat up abruptly like someone had shot something at him. He sat there watching me as I practiced a few scales, acting like he was startled every time I took a break and then started again. I’m still giggling over it.